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Parliament Adjourns

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 5:48 pm |

After the completion of the adjournment debate, MPs left for the campaign trail with Parliament to be dissolved on August 14 ahead of the September 20 election. More >>

Urgency Hours Fall

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 2:24 pm |

The number of hours spent in Urgency in this Parliament was greatly reduced due to the use of extended hours provisions, Leader of the House Gerry Brownlee said today. More >>

Houses Rises After Slave Ships Bill Passes

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 1:01 pm |

When the House sat under extended hours provisions this morning MPs agreed to add the third reading of the Fisheries (Foreign Charter Vessels and Other Matters) Amendment Bill to business. More >>

Valedictory Compendium

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 12:37 pm |

Fifteen MPs gave formal valedictory speeches with Tau Henare electing not to take up his spot. More >>

Slave Ships Bill To Pass

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 9:06 am |

The House resumed at 9am and MPs agreed to add the third reading of the Fisheries (Foreign Charter Vessels and Other Matters) Amendment Bill to this morning’s business. More >>

Early Start For Last Sitting Day

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 10:23 pm |

The last sitting day of this Parliament begins at 9am on Thursday morning to set in place new parliamentary rules and pass some non-controversial bills most agree should be passed. More >>

Drink Driving Law And Slave Boats Bill

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 9:59 pm |

A bill lowering the drink driving limits has passed into law this evening, while a bill banning “slave ships” made progress. More >>

More MPs Say Goodbye

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 7:43 pm |

Retiring MPs paid their last farewells today with little signs of bitterness and few regrets. More >>

Petitions And Reports

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 2:12 pm |

When Parliament resumed at 2pm a petition was presented calling on the Government to recognise that the Christians of Syria are a significant but highly threatened minority, put the plight of Christians and other minorities at the forefront of their ... More >>

Valedictory Speeches And Bills

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 10:37 am |

A number of National MPs will give their farewell speeches this afternoon including Health Minister Tony Ryall. More >>

Local Govt Amendment Passes Into Law

Tuesday, 29 July 2014, 10:05 pm |

Legislation amending councils’ ability to charge development level fees passed into law this evening after the Government completed it Budget’s process for the year. More >>

First World War Marked

Tuesday, 29 July 2014, 5:12 pm |

The House held a special debate this afternoon to mark New Zealand's entrance into the First World War 100 years ago on August 4. More >>

Papers And Petitions

Tuesday, 29 July 2014, 2:15 pm |

These included a petition requesting the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2013 be repealed, another petition asking the House demand the release of Bahia prisoners in Iran, and one calling for those convicted of breaching suppression orders ... More >>

MPs To Mark First World War

Tuesday, 29 July 2014, 10:35 am |

As this Parliament enters into its last sitting week MPs will mark the beginning of the First World War. More >>

Maori Party Founders Say Goodbye

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 6:25 pm |

Two major Maori MPs gave there farewell speeches to Parliament today outlining their history, experiences, triumphs and regrets. More >>

Budget Legislation To Be Completed Next Week

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 2:17 pm |

The programme for Parliament’s last week has been mapped out by Acting Leader of the House Chris Finlayson. More >>

Te Reo And Valedictories

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 1:05 pm |

After Question Time today, MPs are scheduled to debate the first reading of the Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill . More >>

Two Treaty Settlements Pass

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 12:58 pm |

Two treaty settlement bills including one covering some of the worst breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi were passed into law today. More >>

House To Sit For Treaty Bills

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 10:14 pm |

MPs will debate the third readings of the Te Urewera-Tuhoe Bill divided into two bills (Tūhoe Claims Settlement Bill and Te Urewera Bill) and the Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau Collective Redress Bill . More >>

Paid Parental Leave Bill Runs Out Of Time

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 10:01 pm |

National MPs continued to put the brakes on the committee stage of the Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months’ Paid Leave) Amendment Bill with debate ending for the evening on clause four. More >>



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