52nd Parliament opens this week

New Zealand’s 52nd Parliament opens this week, with the Commission Opening of Parliament on Tuesday (MPs sworn in and Speaker appointed), and the State Opening of Parliament on Wednesday.

Coloured outlines of people with text

The Opening of Parliament consists of three key events. The Commission Opening of Parliament begins at 11am on Tuesday 7 November. This is when Parliament is formally opened by three Commissioners representing the Governor-General. Each MP is sworn in by the Clerk, and the Speaker of the House is elected. Then the Confirmation of the Speaker takes place at Government House.

The State Opening of Parliament begins at 10.30am on Wednesday 8 November. This is when the Governor-General gives the Speech from the Throne, which outlines the Government’s legislative policy and plans for the next three years.

People with special roles take part in the ceremonies, which will be attended by dignitaries, MPs and their families.

Check out our Opening of Parliament section to find out more.

Don’t miss out on witnessing this historical event – put the Opening dates in your diary today.

Commission Opening of Parliament

Tuesday 7 November 2017, 11.00am

State Opening of Parliament

Wednesday 8 November 2017, 10.30am. (You can start watching from about 9.45am, when the dignitaries and special guests start arriving.)

View the State Opening Facebook event here.

 

The incoming Government, led by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, has committed to a buy first 100 days – see Taking action in our first 100 days – New Zealand Labour Party.

To achieve this, according to 1 News, Parliament to sit until close to Christmas so Government can push through ‘first 100 days’ agenda

In an unusual move, Parliament will sit until a couple of days before Christmas, so the new coalition Government can pass legislation to push through its ‘first 100 days’ agenda.

There are also a number of reviews and inquiries that need to get underway if the February 3 deadline is to be met.

That includes an inquiry into the abuse of children in state care, establishing a tax working group and an independent climate commission.

“We have until February third to deliver on things like our policies around education and making sure we get more young people into training. But I am confident we can achieve those goals,” said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

“Everything we’ve said in the first 100 days is an ambitious set of targets, an ambitious set of goals.”

The Government will need to hit the ground running, they will be need to be well organised and well coordinated between the three parties involved, Labour, NZ First and Greens.

18 Comments

  1. Pretty. Impressive.

  2. Zedd

     /  November 6, 2017

    ‘lets the games begin !’ 😀
    yehaaaa

    • Corky

       /  November 6, 2017

      Agreed, Zedd%. The beginning of the end for Labour.

      • That end being at least 9 years from now…

        • Zedd

           /  November 6, 2017

          hopefully RG, but I think they need to get through the first term.. before then !

          after I read that Corky didnt vote, i take all his/her comments with a grain of salt; nothing to really whinge about.. eh 😀

          • Corky

             /  November 6, 2017

            Excellent. I respect your candor, Zedd%. I know you, and the chap who can’t make his mind up whether to go or stay, have been in the political wilderness for many years yearning to come in from the cold.

            Well, you have arrived son..for three years before your final exile.

            In case you haven’t noticed, the storm clouds are already gathering. If you haven’t noticed, fear not, I will provide ongoing commentary. 😜

            • Zedd

               /  November 6, 2017

              gee thx corky.. cant wait

              in the meantime.. ‘suffer’
              your smug heroes on the right have been swept away, even if only temporarily; & as RG sez.. hopefully its your time to wait 9 long years ? 🙂 😀

            • Gezza

               /  November 6, 2017

              Doesn’t even know how to fix the stuck % key, Zedd. Rambles on about a lot of rot. Sad case. One for the journals eventually I reckon.

            • Zedd

               /  November 6, 2017

              @Gezza
              It just shows he/she ‘cares’ ? special treatment 😀 😀

            • Corky

               /  November 6, 2017

              You are welcome, Zedd%. But you have this wrong:

              ”Your smug heroes on the right have been swept away,” Maybe that’s why I didn’t vote..do ya reckon?

              Now, I see ”The Man In The Middle” is having another melt down. Crikey, Zedd%. Parliament is still to sit. Stand by with the smelling salts. lol!

            • Gezza

               /  November 6, 2017

              There’s another clue to his state of mind in his writings, Zedd. When he says “lol” it means he’s just realised he’s been made to look a plonker again & he hopes typing that will stop people realising that he knows. Say nothing to him about this. Let him carry on doing it. Everyone knows.

            • Corky

               /  November 6, 2017

              Lol..this from TMITM who yesterday was telling someone to ignore me.
              Who asked if I noticed Arty didn’t reply to my posts… LOL.

            • Gezza

               /  November 6, 2017

              I rest my case🖕🏼 Zedd. No more need be said.

  3. Zedd

     /  November 7, 2017

    T Mallard now appointed ‘Mr Speaker’ unopposed..
    The class of 2017 (new MPs) is the largest I’ve seen in recent years ! 🙂

    • Zedd

       /  November 7, 2017

      with Dunne, Flavell/Fox now gone.. Seymour looked very alone, among the 120 😀