New Zealand Parliament Pāremata Aotearoa

Resources for public servants

Last updated 9 November 2017

In your role as a public servant, there are many ways that you might need to engage with Parliament. These resources are intended to give guidance, support, and background context for the work that you do.

Posters and infographics

Parliament's Financial Scrutiny Cycle

This infographic explains the continuous financial scrutiny cycle.

How a Bill becomes law

This flow-chart shows how a Bill becomes law in New Zealand.

Working with Select Committees

This step-by-step guide describes the progress of a typical Government Bill through a select committee. It features a checklist of tasks that advisers complete at each stage of the select committee process.

Sitting Calendar

The sitting calendar shows which weeks Parliament will be meeting. It's an essential tool for anyone working with Parliament.

Books and guides

Parliamentary Practice in New Zealand

Parliamentary Practice in New Zealand, or PPNZ, is a comprehensive guide to the rules, practices and procedures of our Parliament.  It is available as webpages, as downloadable PDFs, and in book format.

McGee, David, Parliamentary Practice in New Zealand, 4th ed., edited by Mary Harris and David Wilson. Oratia Books, Auckland, 2017; ISBN 978-0-947506-24-7, Ebook ISBN 978-0-947506-27-8.

A green book called 'Parliamentary Practice in New Zealand' Enlarge image

Source: Office of the Clerk

Web Articles

Our website is constantly being updated with interesting articles about our Parliament. Keep an eye on the Features page to learn more about the huge variety of things that go on here.


Introduction to Parliament

Introduction to Parliament [Source: Office of the Clerk and Parliamentary Service / Length: 5 min 43 sec ]

The Members' Bill Ballot

Members' Bill Ballot [Source: Office of the Clerk / Length: 1 min 55 sec ]

Members' Guides

Guides on parliamentary business for members.

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