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Frequently asked questions

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If you cannot find the answer to your question on this page, please ask the Parliamentary Information Service for help. You can expect a response within three working days.

  • Send email to the Parliamentary Information Service using the email contact link on this page.
  • Phone the Parliamentary Information Service on 04 817 9647

Answers to frequently asked questions

How can I find out the name of my member of Parliament?

Go to the list of current members of Parliament. Display the list of MPs by Electorate. This will show you the name of the member who represents the electorate (voting area) where you live. This is your member of Parliament.

If you do not know the name of the electorate where you live, you can find out from the Electoral Commission website.

Your local telephone directory, under members of Parliament, may also be helpful.

How can I contact a member of Parliament?

You can contact members of Parliament at their offices in the parliamentary complex or at their out-of-Parliament or electorate offices.

When does the House of Representatives sit in session?

The House sitting programme shows the agreed sitting days for the House of Representatives.

Normal sitting hours are:

  • Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 7.30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Do I need permission to have my wedding photographs taken in Parliament grounds?

Yes. It is an expected courtesy to ask the Speaker for permission before you take wedding photographs or film in Parliament grounds. You can ask for permission by email or in a letter.

  • Send an email to the Speaker’s office using the email contact link on this page.
  • Send a letter to: Office of the Speaker, Parliament Buildings, Private Bag 18041, Wellington 6160, New Zealand

Can I take photographs or film inside Parliament Buildings?

You must have the Speaker’s permission before you take photographs or film inside the Parliamentary Buildings. Personal filming or photography within the parliamentary grounds does not generally require permission. Filming or photography within the parliamentary grounds for business/commercial purposes does require prior approval by, or under the authority, of the Speaker.

You can ask for permission by email or in a letter.

  • Send an email to the Speaker’s office using the email contact link on this page.
  • Send a letter to: Office of the Speaker, Parliament Buildings, Private Bag 18041, Wellington 6160, New Zealand

Can I take photographs or film Parliament Buildings from the outside?

You should ask for the Speaker’s permission if your activity has the potential to impact on, or impede other people accessing the parliamentary precincts, or to cause security concerns. You can ask for permission by email or in a letter.

  • Send an email to the Speaker’s office using the email contact link on this page.
  • Send a letter to: Office of the Speaker, Parliament Buildings, Private Bag 18041, Wellington 6160, New Zealand

Can I hold a function in Parliament Buildings?

Only members of Parliament may hold functions in parliamentary function venues. In order to do so they must first have the Speaker’s approval. The Speaker only approves the use of parliamentary function rooms for:

  • Official functions hosted by a Minister or a member.
  • Private or personal functions given by Ministers or members at their own expense.

Do I need permission to hold a protest in the grounds of Parliament?

Yes. Groups or individuals who want to hold a protest in Parliament grounds must have the Speaker’s permission. You must apply for the Speaker’s permission by email or in a letter.

  • Send an email to the Speaker’s office using the email contact link on this page.
  • Send a letter to: Office of the Speaker, Parliament Buildings, Private Bag 18041, Wellington 6160, New Zealand

How do I find out about getting a job at Parliament?

Job vacancies at Parliament-related organisations are usually advertised in newspapers or online, as well as in the following web locations: