Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Live from Wellington

Today the New Zealand Parliament begins live coverage of its proceedings on the Internet. Up until now, only Question Time was available, broadcast on Radio New Zealand, TVNZ’s website, or on Sky News on the Sky TV pay television digital platform.

At the moment, television will not be broadcasting this coverage of Parliament, though it may be included next year on the free-to-air Freeview digital platform. Generally, the House sits on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The basic timeline is:

  • 2pm: Question Time
  • 3pm (approx): Regular debate and business of the House
  • 6pm to 7:30pm: MP’s dinner time
  • 7:30pm to 10pm: More debate and House business.

Ordinarily, the ordinary business of the House may be debate on a particular bill or report, but it can be interrupted by a snap debate. To be honest, more often than not this coverage is likely to be pretty boring to watch. But when a controversial issue is being debated it could be fascinating. One day, coverage of select committees may be added, too.

To watch the live full coverage of House proceedings, log onto: www.parliament.nz .

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