Skip to Main Content

The Otago LibGuides are changing! The system will undergo a major update from 17 June to 15 July. You can learn more by taking a look at our LibGuides prototype here.

Law subject guide: NZ government and parliament

NZ Parliament on YouTube

Find out about all things Parliament through the medium of video. I recommend "How Laws are Made", and "Select committees 101"

what is parliament             select committees 101

How Laws Are Made                                                                       Select committees 101


Quicklinks: NZ government & parliament

Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Te Tiriti o Waitangi by Ross Calman and Mark Derby

illustrated by Toby Morris

This comic provides a fresh approach to the story of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, New Zealand’s founding document. It covers a wide time span, from the arrival of Polynesian explorers to the signing of Te Tiriti, to the New Zealand Wars, and through to the modern-day Treaty settlement process. A special emphasis is put on unpacking the two versions of Te Tiriti and exploring their ongoing significance.

Audio file available here 

Resources relating to parliament

This section focuses on the law-making role of parliament. For a broader view of parliament, look at the NZ Parliament subject guide.

The best source of information about or created by parliament is the New Zealand Parliament site ( Most of the links below are within that site.

All hardcopy parliamentary materials are in the Law Library, including time-periods that are unavailable online. See the Law Librarian for a quick tour.

Resources relating to government

New Zealand Law Commission Twitter feed