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.
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. Visitor access to these select committee meetings is through Parliament’s main entrance across the forecourt between Parliament House and the Beehive.