Role of the Office of the Clerk

The Office of the Clerk is the legislature’s secretariat. It provides specialist advice on parliamentary procedure and parliamentary law to the Speaker and members of the House of Representatives in the performance of their duties as members of the House. The Office of the Clerk exists to achieve the following:

The outcome of the Office of the Clerk is a legislature in which members of Parliament are able to discharge their constitutional duties in respect of the consideration of legislation and other parliamentary business; and interested parties are informed and able to participate.

The Office achieves this outcome by delivering services in two output classes:

  • Secretariat services to the House of Representatives.
  • Secretariat services to promote inter-parliamentary relations.

Secretariat Services to the House of Representatives

  • Secretariat services to the House and its committees
  • Broadcasting and publishing the proceedings of the House
  • Maintaining the parliamentary record
  • Advice on parliamentary procedure and law and advocacy for Parliament

Secretariat services to promote inter-parliamentary relations

The Office provides advice on inter-parliamentary relations to the Speaker and members, establishes an annual programme of incoming and outgoing visits, develops and implements individual visit programmes, assists in building the capacity of the Pacific Island parliaments, supports the New Zealand Parliament’s contribution on global issues at international parliamentary organisations, and supports the hosting of international parliamentary conferences.