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Speaker of the House of Representatives

In 2004 the Speaker of the House of Representatives was Jonathan Hunt, photographed here beside artist Ryuzo Mishida’s portrait of him. The Speaker, who is elected by MPs, determines the proceedings of the House and keeps order. He is also responsible for parliamentary expenditure and running the buildings and grounds. It is important that the Speaker is seen to be impartial in carrying out these duties, particularly in relation to disciplinary action against MPs.

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New Zealand Portrait Gallery - Te Pukenga Whakaata
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John Wilson, 'Nation and government - System of government', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/speech/2475/speaker-of-the-house-of-representatives (accessed 15 November 2019)

Story by John Wilson, updated 16 Sep 2016