Role & history of the Speaker
The Speaker's office
The Speaker's office was originally the Cabinet Room and later the meeting room for the Executive Council. Have a look at the Speaker's office and see some of its historical contents.
The Speaker in history
Historically, Speakers played a more partisan role in the House than today. They shaped Parliament by introducing ceremonial elements from Westminster, developing appropriate procedures for the House, and administering Parliament. The reforms of the mid 1980s gave the Speaker enhanced powers over parliamentary expenditure and control over Parliament Buildings and grounds.
Biographies of Speakers
Read brief biographies of all past and current Speakers of the New Zealand House of Representatives.