Parliament has a body of rules, built up over many years, to guide the effective, efficient use of House time and ensure fairness among the different parties.
Standing Orders of the House of Representatives are the rules of procedure for the House and its committees. Previous versions of Standing Orders are also available.
Speakers’ Rulings are decisions made by Speakers or Chairpersons in the House of Representatives that explain the application or understanding of Standing Orders and other important parliamentary precedents. Read the Speakers’ Rulings for an insight into the diverse work of Parliament.
From time to time the House makes orders that supplement or suspend Standing Orders in the current session of Parliament. They should be read alongside the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives.
Directions & determinations
Directions and determinations covers the funding provided to MPs and political parties. These include the salaries, superannuation, accommodation and travel for MPs. Some aspects also apply to former Prime Ministers and MPs' families.
Parliamentary Practice in New Zealand
Parliamentary Practice in New Zealand is a comprehensive guide to the rules, practices and procedures of our Parliament.
Other rules and protocols
There are various other rules determining what goes on in Parliament and the behaviour of those who work within it such as rules for the media, security, and visitors.