The final thing Parliament did before adjourning was agree rules changes for the next Parliament. We discuss them with senior clerks David Wilson and Gabor Hellyer.
03/09/2023 • 15 minutes 54 seconds
The rule untravelled: changes MPs wanted but didn’t get
Before Parliament adjourned it agreed new rules for next time. In discussing them MPs gave glimpses into the rules they would like to change and the Parliament they wished existed.
01/09/2023 • 3 minutes 59 seconds
Voting age for local council elections debated
MPs have been debating whether to lower the voting age for local council elections to 16 years of age from the current age of 18.
30/08/2023 • 5 minutes 20 seconds
A week to wrap up Parliament
The last sitting week of the 53rd Parliament has a fairly packed schedule of government business, plus debate on the Standing Orders Committee's regular report, and the Adjournment Debate.
29/08/2023 • 6 minutes
Beyond the tiles, the work of photographers at Parliament
If there’s one group who we don’t hear enough about, it’s the photographers who cover Parliament. A new exhibition is casting light on five of these practitioners. We talk to two of them.
26/08/2023 • 14 minutes 21 seconds
Todd Muller and 'What might have been'
Among a long week. of debates at Parliament, MPs still found the time for farewell speeches from departing colleagues. Todd Muller's stood out and while uncomfortable for his colleagues, it is worth noting.
24/08/2023 • 5 minutes 20 seconds
Valedictory warning about divisive style of politics
As more valedictory speeches were heard in Parliament’s chamber, a warning was sounded from a departing MP about race baiting and dog whistling to extremism.
23/08/2023 • 7 minutes 15 seconds
Parliament's final six busy days
It is the second to last sitting week for Parliament but there is still a mountain of bills to get finalised before the MPs wearily trudge home.
22/08/2023 • 4 minutes 30 seconds
'Stay grounded and connected to the community' - Aupito William Sio
The Labour MP for Māngere, Aupito William Sio is leaving Parliament after a sixteen year-stint which encompassed nine years in Opposition bookended by spells in Government.
19/08/2023 • 18 minutes 43 seconds
So many bills, so little time
Parliament has just days left before it ends for the election. The closer dissolution gets, the harder the MPs are pushing to fit everything in - almost like they're cramming four years of legislating into three years.
17/08/2023 • 4 minutes 10 seconds
Valedictories: Tell us what you really think
Valedictory speech season has begun, and if there’s a common theme cropping up already, it’s a plea for a less toxic style of politics in Parliament.
16/08/2023 • 4 minutes 57 seconds
Final sitting block underway, urgency planned
This week is the first of the last three weeks in the 53rd Parliament, a busy time as the Government still has a lot that it wants to finish before the House rises.
15/08/2023 • 5 minutes 42 seconds
Soft parliamentary diplomacy for more women MPs in the Pacific
The majority of all female elected representatives across the Pacific Islands region visited Wellington for a development event, showcasing the merits of soft diplomacy, Parliament-style.
12/08/2023 • 18 minutes 8 seconds
Committee's scrutiny of Covid regulations fleshed out
This week MPs had a special debate about the report of the Regulations Review Committee on Covid-19 Secondary Legislation.
05/08/2023 • 13 minutes 57 seconds
Bill looks to address Dawn Raids-linked injustice
A new Member's Bill looks to fix a 40-year-old outcome of the anti-Pacific racism of the Dawn Raids era, restoring the right to New Zealand citizenship for a generation of Samoan people.
03/08/2023 • 5 minutes 12 seconds
National security briefing: prepare for the unpredictable
The Intelligence and Security Committee has received a briefing on long-term national security threats which has incorporated a public survey and public consultation which found New Zealanders perceive threats to national security are increasing.
02/08/2023 • 4 minutes 57 seconds
Special debate to focus on Covid regulations
We're reminded of the important role of the Regulations Review Committee as Parliament this week holds a special debate about the committee's report on Covid-19 regulations.
01/08/2023 • 4 minutes 57 seconds
Todd Muller, the human factor
Todd Muller is leaving Parliament. Known for a brief stint as Opposition leader, he also won plaudits for his bipartisanship and advocating for awareness about mental health.
29/07/2023 • 22 minutes 25 seconds
Te Kāhui Mōuri lights up Parliament's face
Visitors entering the main entrance to Parliament can finally notice some visual signs of Māori culture and physical recognition of mana whenua.
27/07/2023 • 6 minutes 11 seconds
The House drops into first gear on RMA
This week the Government added a morning sitting of the House to ‘get stuck into’ completing debate on RMA reform. The Opposition just aimed for ‘stuck’.
26/07/2023 • 4 minutes 10 seconds
Election Energy inside Parliament
As MPs count down to the election Parliament’s mood changes. The Opposition’s House leader Michael Woodhouse predicts “more anger, frivolity, perhaps less discipline”. “Perhaps” seems generous.
26/07/2023 • 4 minutes 30 seconds
Photo essay: cross-party MP group in Samoa
Five New Zealand MPs from across the political spectrum are visiting Samoa to build relationships within the country - and among themselves.
22/07/2023 • 17 minutes 24 seconds
Urgency done with urgency
During a briefer than usual urgent sitting in Parliament this week, multiple bills were progressed through multiple stages each in what would normally take a couple of sitting weeks of debate.
20/07/2023 • 4 minutes 41 seconds
Parliamentary Privilege: a balance of power and responsibility
When MPs screw up the consequences can be public and brutal. But sometimes that response has solid reasons which safeguard our system of responsible government.
19/07/2023 • 4 minutes 26 seconds
Privileges and more than a sense of urgency
Parliament has just six weeks left before it breaks for the election. There is still a lot yet to do, and to slow that down, one or two matters of privilege.
18/07/2023 • 4 minutes 43 seconds
Geoffrey Palmer: Strengthen Parliament to watch government
As an MP Sir Geoffrey Palmer had a huge impact on the interlocking shapes of government and parliament. The great reformer is still brimming with ideas for improvement.
15/07/2023 • 15 minutes 19 seconds
Ian McKelvie: Parliament's last country squire
Something of a throwback to when most National MPs staunchly represented farming interests, Ian McKelvie is however ending his career as an MP not defined by the tribal lines of party politics.
08/07/2023 • 11 minutes 33 seconds
The ways of Parliament’s committees
This week, RNZ’s Parliament show, The House, focused on the processes and outcomes of Parliament’s Select Committees. The Sunday show is a collation of this content.
01/07/2023 • 11 minutes 25 seconds
Therapeutic Products Bill in the panel-beater workshop
The Therapeutic Products Bill is one of those pieces of legislation that requires a fair bit of panel-beating in a select committee, and even then not everyone's happy with its shape.
29/06/2023 • 5 minutes 8 seconds
How select committees tweak bills
When things threaten to go awry it can help us learn how they work. So, how do Select Committees decide to amend bills, who helps them; and how do they track amendments and communicate with the legal drafters?
28/06/2023 • 5 minutes 59 seconds
Parliament's backstop for extra government spending
An Imprest Supply Bill is Parliament’s way of saying to the government 'yes you can have that money, but also if you find you need to use more money on it, you don't need to come back and ask again'.
27/06/2023 • 4 minutes 57 seconds
Ministerial Grillapalooza: Photos from Parliament’s Estimates Hearings
Parliament has hit the time of year it turns into a combination of Glastonbury and the Inquisition - the multi-pronged miniterial grilling called Estimates Hearings.
24/06/2023 • 14 minutes 53 seconds
ACT’s pile-on Question Time tactic
The ACT Party has this month latched on to a Question Time tactic of using consecutive supplementary questions on a repetitive theme as a pile-on against the government.
22/06/2023 • 5 minutes 10 seconds
Bill tackling supermarket duopoly to become law
Legislation tackling a power imbalance in the grocery industry is among several bills that wound their way through the committee stage in Parliament this week.
21/06/2023 • 4 minutes 12 seconds
Empty the mattress: Parliament’s week
Among Parliament's key bills this week is one to update emergency management relationships and one to protect your bank deposits because mattresses have better uses. Grant Robertson picks his bills to watch.
20/06/2023 • 4 minutes 3 seconds
Jan Logie: Balancing frustration with hope
Jan Logie admits she had “zero faith in our political system” before entering Parliament, but remains hopeful of what can be achieved here, as she prepares to retire as MP.
17/06/2023 • 22 minutes 45 seconds
'A bob each way': Jacqui Dean on Parliament career
As she prepares to retire after 18 years in Parliament, National's Jacqui Dean has a refreshing knack for straight talk, and doesn’t mince her words about the work of an MP.
17/06/2023 • 19 minutes 11 seconds
The House For Sunday 18 June 2023
In the first in a series of exit interviews with retiring MPs, The House sits down with Green MP Jan Logie and National’s Jacqui Dean to reflect on their time at Parliament.
15/06/2023 • 14 minutes 50 seconds
The unbridled Question Time
For any of Parliament’s speakers, the daily Question Time is a tricky horse to manage, let alone tame. Every Speaker brings a different approach, the current Speaker is trying riding with no reins at all.
10/06/2023 • 13 minutes 16 seconds
Rugby, racing and beer: MPs tackle NZ's holy trinity
MPs have been making laws to enable access to alcohol at race meetings on race days and during those early hours at pubs when rugby's World Cup is broadcast from France.
08/06/2023 • 4 minutes 47 seconds
Question Time as a forum for political messaging
As the election nears, Question Time transforms into a forum for party political messaging. It’s not the ideal format for messaging and it doesn’t always go well.
06/06/2023 • 4 minutes 21 seconds
Testy exchange highlights reach of select committee
A testy exchange in the foreign affairs select committee this week served as a reminder that Parliament’s committees decide for themselves who they should be briefed by and how often.
03/06/2023 • 12 minutes 59 seconds
Justice Committee focus on youth justice
Parliament's justice committee has been hearing experts on youth justice, the age of criminal responsibility, and better outcomes from alternative approaches to justice.
01/06/2023 • 4 minutes 25 seconds
Third readings for two number twos
MPs passed two bills about number twos this week – one regulating freedom camping toilets, and another creating a role to assist family court judges.
31/05/2023 • 4 minutes 9 seconds
How the Opposition shares its shots at Government
The Shadow Leader of the House, Michael Woodhouse, talks us through how questions are allocated and who gets to ask them on Question Time.
30/05/2023 • 5 minutes 38 seconds
Disability access a work in progress for parliament
Efforts are underway to make Parliament more accessible for people who live with disability, after a new position of Senior Accessibility Advisor was established.
27/05/2023 • 17 minutes 53 seconds
Budget week goings on, diamonds in the rough
This week was Budget week at Parliament, but instead of boring you with numbers, The House dives into limitations of party leaders' responses in the Budget Debate and what got done under urgency.
20/05/2023 • 14 minutes 15 seconds
I oppose this awful [add details] plan
Budget day is all about the Minister of Finance’s big reveal. But spare a thought for other party leaders who must prepare speeches opposing something they haven't read yet.
19/05/2023 • 6 minutes 2 seconds
Stuff that went down under Budget urgency
It’s the norm following the delivery of the Budget for the House to go into urgency, when government moves through legislation directly related to the Budget and some other stuff too.
19/05/2023 • 4 minutes 31 seconds
Member's Bill: a rough diamond waiting to be shaped
A member’s bill freshly picked from the biscuit tin is like a rough diamond waiting to be shaped, according to the MP behind the latest member’s bill on the order paper.
17/05/2023 • 4 minutes 54 seconds
Budget '23: the ceremonial nature of a big day
The Minister of Finance talks us through the ceremonial nature of the delivery of the Budget in Parliament.
16/05/2023 • 7 minutes 1 second
MPs make great talkers, but terrible tellers
Parliament changed a long-standing rule this week and will now leave the counting of votes to the experts. It turns out MPs just aren’t that good at counting.
13/05/2023 • 13 minutes 53 seconds
Private bill offers a more reflective debate
Because a private bill addresses a specific matter particular to just one person it offers a more mellow and reflective style of parliament debate.
11/05/2023 • 5 minutes
Officers of Parliament face more complex and demanding environment
The latest from the House
10/05/2023 • 4 minutes 18 seconds
Congratulating an ‘heir’ but pondering ‘successors’
MPs voted today to congratulate Charles III on his coronation. But while noting the heir, thoughts of an alternative Head of State are not far away. Is it not just inevitable but timely? National’s Michael Woodhouse on the Monarchy.
09/05/2023 • 4 minutes 34 seconds
Backbench MPs take on Russia
Backbench MPs sometimes quietly engage in international diplomacy. One relatively junior MP recently faced off against Russia on behalf of not just NZ, but also Canada, Australia and all of Europe.
06/05/2023 • 14 minutes 25 seconds
Luxon v Sepuloni exchanges follow repetitive rhythm
A rare series of square-offs between Opposition Leader Chris Luxon and Deputy Prime Minister Carmel Sepuloni in her capacity as Acting Prime Minister became repetitive.
04/05/2023 • 4 minutes 30 seconds
Tourette's Association speaks on petition at health committee
Parliament’s Health Select Committee has heard from people petitioning for Tourette Syndrome to be recognised by the Ministry of Health as a disability in its own right in this country.
03/05/2023 • 4 minutes 26 seconds
Portents and harbingers of the Budget
Budgets are wrapped up in a combination of mystery and tradition. The portents of the Budget to come have begun already and will only increase as it nears.
02/05/2023 • 4 minutes 39 seconds
Parliament's first Te Reo Māori outreach
MPs have joined Parliament's Speaker in visiting regional New Zealand for five years, but for the first time a Speaker's outreach has gone all-in on Te Reo Māori at an immersion Kura.
29/04/2023 • 14 minutes 52 seconds
Long game: activism at Parliament
Their work is usually unpaid and sometimes overlooked, but activists play an important long-term role in the parliament system. Four veterans open up on their experiences at parliament.
22/04/2023 • 25 minutes 59 seconds
Behind the scenes of Cabinet
Rachel Hayward has two overlapping jobs, ‘organising’ both Cabinet and the Executive Council. Those twin roles are an also a great insight into how government works at the very highest level.
15/04/2023 • 16 minutes 38 seconds
Jacinda Ardern: Text and Photos - full valedictory
Prime Minister’s farewell speeches are rare events. We have photos, video and the full transcript of Jacinda Ardern’s valedictory address.
08/04/2023 • 14 minutes 58 seconds
Booze bill blocked in conscience vote
Legislation on alcohol went to a conscience vote this week, and the result was a reminder how some parties still tend to vote as a group on such issues.
06/04/2023 • 8 minutes 30 seconds
The annual review debate: the butt-end of the budget
In a busy week of Parliament one of the most crucial things MPs did may have got the least attention. Financial scrutiny is seldom exciting but it is important.
05/04/2023 • 4 minutes 19 seconds
Exits, entries and grog: the week in Parliament
Parliament's week includes a mix of debate on a key police scrutiny role, annual reviews and two bills about booze, as well as the farewell speech from a familiar face.
04/04/2023 • 9 minutes 41 seconds
Eight new bills for Parliament’s final months
Despite a week of distractions MPs were working. Hard. Ten bills were finished, and eight brand new bills began their lives, ready for the remaining weeks of this parliamentary term.
01/04/2023 • 14 minutes 48 seconds
Ten bills passed this week in Parliament
Parliament spent extra hours this week churning through quite a long list of proposed legislation, with ten bills completing their third and final readings.
30/03/2023 • 4 minutes 32 seconds
Extra scrutiny for Immigration
Question Time gets all the media attention, but it is only the tip of the scrutiny-iceberg. The action is below the waterline - in committee, where most of Parliament’s scrutiny of Government happens.
29/03/2023 • 4 minutes 12 seconds
Enabling lawmaking on the fly
Parliament can grant powers to certain authorities to make new rules without having to go through the normal lengthy legislative process.
28/03/2023 • 4 minutes 27 seconds
Keeping the flow: the use of te reo at Parliament
An increased appetite to learn Te reo Māori among different parts of the Parliament system means the work of the Māori Language Service is in demand more than ever.
25/03/2023 • 14 minutes 55 seconds
The ominously named Shadow Leader
Parliament has a charming tendency to gift people with very odd job titles, like Shadow Leader of the House. Michael Woodhouse outlines what the job entails (and it's neither shade nor homes).
18/03/2023 • 14 minutes 53 seconds
Political pile-on or Parliament as designed?
This week MPs discussed Stuart Nash’s loss of a ministerial warrant for an hour. It may have looked like a political pile-on, but in reality it was Parliament doing exactly what it is designed for – scrutiny of the Executive.
16/03/2023 • 4 minutes 35 seconds
'Fairly busy': National Emergency Management Agency at committee
Response to recent climate disasters was the focus as the National Emergency Management Agency appeared before the Governance and Administration Committee for its annual review.
15/03/2023 • 5 minutes 12 seconds
Parliament may fast-track cyclone law without urgency
Parliament this week may agree to act speedily on a cyclone response bill, rather than invoke urgency. Doing so will allow some select committee time on the issue, and even a Member's Day.
14/03/2023 • 4 minutes
Tabling and other Parliamentage
This week’s weekend feature story for The House compiles highlights from through Parliament’s sitting week.
11/03/2023 • 13 minutes 2 seconds
Unpacked: seeking leave to table a document
It’s a common occurrence in the House for opposition MPs to ask to “seek leave to table a document”, but have you wondered what this really means?
09/03/2023 • 3 minutes 41 seconds
Hamilton West MP honours tūpuna in maiden statement
Maiden Statements are usually the public’s first and sometimes best chance to learn about an MP's motivations and politics, and new Hamilton West MP Tama Potaka's was no exception.
08/03/2023 • 4 minutes 25 seconds
The non-legislative week in the House
In Parliament this week there are three things happening that have nothing to do with passing legislation. Leader of the House Grant Robertson explains them to the House.
07/03/2023 • 4 minutes 45 seconds
Talking the talk: how MPs' backgrounds inform debating style
The House takes a look at how the backgrounds of three MPs informs the way they speak in Parliament.
04/03/2023 • 13 minutes 43 seconds
Democracy on the cheap: Skint Parliament to turn off the radio
After years of trimming budgets and doing things on-the-cheap to make ends meet Parliament’s secretariat has hit the budget wall and plans to end radio broadcasts. It’s a symptom of MP's fear of funding democracy properly.
25/02/2023 • 14 minutes 40 seconds
Urgency used to pass Bill fixing 501 deportees loophole
Legislation has been passed under urgency to ensure all people returning to the country after being in prison systems abroad continue to come under parole-like oversight and support back in New Zealand
23/02/2023 • 4 minutes 30 seconds
Entrenchment use under the grill in Standing Orders review
The use of entrenchment in law-making in this country has had a sound grilling at the Standing Orders Committee which is conducting its ongoing regular review of Parliament’s rules.
22/02/2023 • 6 minutes 21 seconds
Cyclone devastation and climate dominate PM's Statement debate
Today the debating chamber launched into action as it does most years - but this year was all about the weather and the climate.
21/02/2023 • 5 minutes 39 seconds
Parliament gets cracking proper with PM's Statement and disaster bills
After a week of business in the House was lost due to Cyclone Gabrielle, Parliament’s sitting year properly gets underway today with Debate on the Prime Minister’s Statement.
21/02/2023 • 4 minutes 34 seconds
Short, cyclone-hit week starts Parliament 2023
After a two-month break, Parliament resumed only to soon adjourn for the week as Cyclone Gabrielle complicated plans for the first sitting week in 2023.