Government publications.

The South Auckland Research Centre holds most New Zealand government publications of current and historical interest. These items are available for reference use at the South Auckland Research Centre, and in some cases are also available in electronic format.

Appendices to the Journals of the House of Representatives (AJHR)
Select committee reports 
Bills
Journals of the House of Representatives
New Zealand Gazette
New Zealand Parliamentary Debates(NZPD) (Hansard)
Order Papers (Notice Papers, Supplementary Papers)
Parliamentary Bulletin
Standing Orders of the House of Representatives 


 

Appendices to the Journals of the House of Representatives (AJHR)

[2002 onwards available online]

Also known as 'Parliamentary Papers', these are papers presented to Parliament and ordered to be printed by the House.

They include:

  • The annual reports of Government departments, Officers of Parliament and Crown entities
  • Reports of Commissions Royal Commissions, and Parliamentary select committees
  • The text of treaties
  • Government financial statements, including the text of the Budget.

 

Individual parliamentary papers are first published separately, then in bound volumes. Each paper is assigned a shoulder number which determines its place in the bound set (e.g., the Budget is B6). Bound volumes were formerly published annually, but in recent years have been published sessionally.

AJHRs have been published since 1858. (Parliamentary papers for the years 1854-6 were included in the Votes and Proceedings of the House.)

The South Auckland Research Centre holds an incomplete set of the AJHR, including the years 1881, 1863, 1864 (vol. I only), 1865, 1867 (B-G) only, 1869-1960, 1967-1971, 1972-1976 (individual papers only), and 1977 onwards.

Since 1934 the bound volumes have included annual or sessional indexes. The Research Centre also holds cumulative indexes covering the years 1854-1913, 1914-1922, 1923-1938, 1939-1953 and 1954-1963.

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Select committee reports

[current reports available online]

Select committees are ad hoc or standing committees of MPs set up by Parliament to consider matters of current interest. Their reports are published as part of the AJHR.

Advice on petitioning Parliament and making a submission to a select committee is available online.

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Bills

Proposed legislation is introduced into Parliament in the form of Bills. Bills are available online.
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Journals of the House of Representatives

The Journals are the minutes of parliamentary sessions, that is, the official record of Parliament's activities. They have been issued in sessional bound volumes since 1858, and are also issued in weekly format. The Research Centre holds the Journals from 1977 onwards.

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New Zealand Gazette

This is the Government's official 'newspaper'. It is used to publish:

  • proclamations by the Governor-General
  • certain official appointments
  • notices regarding the taking or reservation for land for public purposes
  • notices about statutory regulations
  • bankruptcy notices tariff decisions, and
  • a wide range of other official notices and proclamations.

 The Gazette has been published in various formats since 1840. It is currently published in several loose-leaf weekly editions, then in annual bound volumes. The final volume for each year includes a commulative index for that year.

The South Auckland Research Centre holds bound volumes of the New Zealand Gazette for 1863, 1867 (vol.1 only), and from 1869 to the present day.

The Department of Internal Affairs website offers a searchable database of all Gazette notices from September 1993. The same site also offers PDF versions of all Gazette editions since 2000. New Zealand Gazette.

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New Zealand Parliamentary Debates (NZPD)

Sometimes known as Hansard, the New Zealand Parliamentary Debates are a record of speeches and debates in the House of Representatives.

They are first published as weekly booklets ('pinks'), then as bound volumes at intervals during the Parliamentary session. Hansard also includes the text of written and oral questions and answers made in Parliament. Since 1989, answers to questions have been published in a separate sequence ('greens').

Each volume of Hansard has its own index with a cumulative sessional index included in the last volume for the session. Hansard has been published since 1854, although the volumes for first four years were retrospectively compiled.

The South Auckland Research Centre holds an almost complete set of the Debates from 1854 to the present day, lacking only the questions sequence for the years 1989-1992.

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Order Papers

Order Papers are the Parliamentary agendas. They are issued at least daily while Parliament is in session and give the order of business for the day.

They are supplemented by:

  • Notice Papers, giving a summary of business before select committees, and listing papers, reports etc. before the House and
  • Supplementary Order Papers, giving the text of proposed amendments to Bills before House.

 The South Auckland Research Centre holds copies of Order Papers for the last five years. See also the Parliamentary Bulletin (below).

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Parliamentary Bulletin

This is a convenient and systematic summary of parliamentary activity, published weekly by the Office of the House of the Clerk when Parliament is in session.

It outlines the process of legislation, the status of bills, select committee activities, petitions and papers presented to Parliament, citizen-initiated referenda, etc.

The Research Centre holds the Parliamentary Bulletin from 1986 onwards.

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Standing Orders of the House of Representatives

[available online]
Standing orders are the rules under which Parliament conducts and business.

The South Auckland Research Centre holds the latest published edition of the Standing Orders.

The Speakers' Rulings from 1867 onwards is available online.

 

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