New Zealand Parliament Pāremata Aotearoa

Prime Minister's Statement

Debate on Prime Minister's Statement begins Parliament's year.

Prime Minister Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern speaking in the House Enlarge image

Prime Minister Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern speaks in the House.

Source: Office of the Clerk

At 2pm on the first sitting day of each year the Prime Minister makes a statement to the House reviewing public affairs and outlining the Government’s legislative (and other policy) intentions for the year ahead.

The statement is provided to each party leader in advance, no later than 10am on the day the statement is to be presented. The Prime Minister is provided 20 minutes to address the House and then moves a motion relating to the statement.

The statement is followed by a debate that can last for up to 13 hours and often stretches over a number of sitting days. The debate on the Prime Minister’s statement is taken ahead of all other Government business. Question time is not held on the first sitting day of the year.

You can watch clips of debates on past Prime Minister's Statements on the Parliament website.