Parliament in Election Year
Every three years, New Zealand holds a general election. In the lead up to the election there will be some changes to the usual daily workings of Parliament. This section explains what some of these are, and what they mean for MPs, the public, and for Parliament.
What happens to Parliament’s sitting programme during an election year?
The 2020 sitting programme sets out when and how often the House will meet throughout this year. But with a general election due on 19 September, how will this affect the current programme?
Elections have their own language that can be hard to understand. This glossary lists common terms and explains what they mean.
Election timeline 2020
In an election year, a number of significant events alter the day to day workings of Parliament. This timeline outlines key dates before and after the election, explains what happens at each stage of the electoral process and includes links to more information.
Have your say in the 2020 general election
Elections are a crucial part of our democracy, as New Zealanders can choose how the country is governed for the next three years.
People of Parliament
Our Parliament is made up of 120 Members of Parliament across five different parties – and some MPs have important responsibilities in the running of the House.
What are electorates?
An electorate is like a suburb, except there’s only 72 of them in New Zealand and they are used for just one thing. Read on to find out more about electorates and the role they play in elections.
Saying bye without a by-election
When an MP resigns their electorate seat between elections, a by-election is held. But in the lead up to a general election, Parliament can choose not to hold one.
What is a referendum?
Referendums are an important part of New Zealand’s democracy, as they allow the public to have a direct say on changes to the law.
Elizabeth II and our Elections
For the last 67 years , a global icon has played an important but mostly unnoticed role in our Parliament. In an election year, what duties does the Queen of New Zealand have?