New Zealand Parliament Pāremata Aotearoa

Watch select committees

UPDATE: To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the public may not observe select committees hearings in person. If committee hearings take place, those that would normally be open to the public will be accessible via the Parliament website and committee Facebook pages. 

Select committees work on behalf of Parliament and report their conclusions to the House.  There are up to 13 subject-area select committees, plus any number of ad hoc committees set up from time to time for particular purposes.  Select committees often call for public submissions when they are considering a bill or an inquiry.

A Select Committee meeting in progress, from the audience point of view. Enlarge image

Select Committee meeting open to the public.

Source: Office of the Clerk 2015

Many of the select committee meetings are open to the public to observe.  Please see the select committee meeting calendar to find out when the various select committees are meeting and when they are hearing evidence in public.

The calendar shows which committees are due to meet in the coming weeks and which meetings (or parts of them) are open to the public.  This information is subject to change at short notice.

If you attend a meeting please only enter the committee room if an ‘open to the public’ sign is displayed. Wait outside if you cannot see the sign — the select committee may be discussing something in private, or their schedule may have changed at short notice.

Select committees also meet at places outside of Parliament and away from Wellington when required.

Where do they usually meet?

Rooms 1 and 2

Select committee rooms 1 and 2 are in Bowen House.  Visitor access to committee rooms 1 and 2 is through the main entrance of Parliament's Bowen House at 1 Bowen Street.  

Rooms 3 to 11

Select committee rooms 3 to 11 are located in Parliament House itself.  From the 17th of May 2017, the ground floor of Parliament House will be undergoing an update to make the space more visitor-friendly. This work will continue for approximately 4 months. Visitor access to these select committee rooms is through a temporary entrance to the right of Parliament House stairs. Signage will be in place to guide visitors.