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Read Hansard Reports

Hansard editors report what politicians say in the House of Representatives. Here you can read our near-verbatim reports on all debates, including oral questions and proposed laws (bills).

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    Historical Hansard

    Parliamentary Debates (Hansard) is the official name of the transcripts of debates in the New Zealand Parliament. An official record of debates has been kept continuously since 9 July 1867. Speeches made in the House of Representatives and the Legislative Council between 1867 and the commencement of Parliament in 1854 were compiled in 1885 from earlier newspaper reports, and this compilation also forms part of the New Zealand Hansard record.

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    Hansard Indexes

    This page provides access to all Hansard Indexes

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    What is Hansard?

    Hansard is key to maintaining democracy in New Zealand. But why is it important, and why is it called Hansard?

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    How to explore Hansard

    What’s the difference between a draft transcript and a daily debate? To help you explore Hansard, check out our helpful guide.

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    Hansard General Editing Principles

    Hansard is a near-verbatim report of what politicians say in the House of Representatives. But what does that look like in practice? Learn more about the broad guidelines that Hansard editors use to decide how best to transform the spoken word into a written report without changing the meaning of what was said in the House.

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    Hansard in cartoons

    Hansard’s vital role in Parliament has seen it feature in many cartoons. Check out some of the cartoons that line the walls of the Hansard Office.

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    What’s it like to be a Hansard editor?

    To do their work for Hansard, our editors go right into Parliament’s debating chamber. Sitting right in the middle of a debate, it can be a lively experience, and sometimes a noisy one!