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Parliamentary shield for the 50th Parliament

The parliamentary shield for the 50th Parliament (2011 – 2014) has just been hung in a corridor of Parliament House. Each shield is a framed set of photographs of all the members who served during a Parliament, as well as the Clerk of the House and the Serjeant-at-Arms, and, more recently, the Clerk Assistant or Deputy Clerk.

31 Oct 14

Recommended sitting programme for the rest of 2014 and for 2015

The Business Committee has made recommendations to the House about sitting dates for the rest of 2014 and for 2015. The House has to agree to the recommended programme for it to become effective.

29 Oct 14

What’s happening in the House this week?

The Address in Reply debate will continue after oral questions every day until it is completed. It has 8 hours 45 minutes left to run. The debate is about the government’s programme outlined in the Governor-General’s speech last week and other current issues.

28 Oct 14

Select committee membership

Members of select committees have now been appointed for the 51st Parliament. At their first meetings, held this week, all committees chose a Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson.

24 Oct 14

Disclosure of expenses claimed by members of Parliament

Expenses claimed by members of Parliament for the 3 months from 1 July to 30 September 2014 have been released.

23 Oct 14

Where MPs sit in the House

There are 121 MPs in the newly elected 51st Parliament. A plan showing where they sit in the House can be downloaded from this website.

22 Oct 14

Address in Reply debate and maiden speeches

After the ceremony and spectacle of the State Opening, Parliament gets down to business on Tuesday afternoon with the Address in Reply debate, the House’s response to the Governor-General’s Speech from the Throne.

21 Oct 14

Election and confirmation of Speaker

At the Commission Opening earlier today members of Parliament elected Rt Hon David Carter as the Speaker for the 51st Parliament. The election of the Speaker is the first task of every new Parliament once the MPs have been sworn in.

20 Oct 14

Watch the Opening of Parliament on 20 and 21 October

“Members of the House of Representatives, Her Majesty’s Commissioners approach.” With this cue from the Serjeant-at-Arms the formal Commission Opening of the 51st Parliament will begin on Monday 20 October at 11 a.m.

17 Oct 14

Roles and regalia at the Opening of Parliament

The opening of a new Parliament is one of the few times when the Crown and the House of Representatives come together as Parliament, in a display of pomp and ceremony. People with special roles, and objects of historical significance, play an important part in this.

13 Oct 14

Massey University students display their photography at Parliament

Wavelength: A Subtle Shift in Colour is an exhibition of work from graduands of Massey University’s Diploma in Photography. It’s now showing at Parliament’s Bowen House exhibition space and also features in this month’s special art tour of Parliament.

10 Oct 14

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference and Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly

Strengthening New Zealand’s ties with parliaments from across the world will be the focus of the delegation to the 60th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference in Yaoundé, Cameroon from 4-10 October and the 131st Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland from 12-16 October.

08 Oct 14

Prime Minister unveils new ministerial team

The Prime Minister, Rt Hon John Key, has announced his ministerial team that will make up the Government for the 51st Parliament. They will be appointed by the Governor-General in a ceremony at Government House on Wednesday, 8 October.

07 Oct 14

Australasian Study of Parliament Group Annual Conference

Members of Parliament Louise Upston and Louisa Wall have been taking part in the Australasian Study of Parliament Group Annual Conference in Sydney, Australia from 1 - 3 October. The theme this year was “How representative is representative democracy”.

03 Oct 14

Next steps towards the 51st Parliament

Though the general election is over, the election night result is still provisional until 2 pm Saturday 4 October, when the Electoral Commission aims to announce the final result. Meanwhile the dates for the opening of the new Parliament have been announced as 20 October 11 a.m. for the Commission Opening and 21 October 10.30 a.m. for the State Opening.

30 Sep 14

2014 Standing Orders available

The latest edition of the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives is now available in hard-copy and online. The House adopted new Standing Orders before it rose for the general election.

25 Sep 14

Induction for new members of Parliament

With the election behind them – just – there is quite a line-up organised for the new MPs as they arrive at Parliament on Monday 22 September.

22 Sep 14

Election Day

This Saturday, 20 September, is the date of the 2014 General Election. Voting booths will be open between 9.00 a.m. and 7.00 p.m. on Saturday.

19 Sep 14

Celebrating women’s right to vote

On 19 September New Zealand celebrates 121 years since the Governor signed the Electoral Bill into law giving women the right to vote to elect members of Parliament. New Zealand became the first country to do this. This is a timely reminder of the hard-fought right to vote and how important it is to enrol and vote in the General Election to be held on 20 September.

18 Sep 14

Monthly art tours at Parliament

Extra public art tours will be offered in September to coincide with the start of the 2014 World of Wearable Art Award Show. These will run on 23, 24 and 25 September from 2.30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

17 Sep 14