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MPs Register of Interests released

Published: Tue 15 May 2018 02:12 PM
SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Rt Hon Trevor Mallard
MEDIA STATEMENT
EMBARGOED 15 May 2018, 2.10PM
The 2018 Register of Pecuniary and Other Specified Interests of Members of Parliament was presented in the House today. It contains a summary of members’ interests as at 31 January 2018.
The Speaker of the House, Rt Hon Trevor Mallard, said that since 2005 Standing Orders have provided a system for members of Parliament to register their interests, such as assets, debts and gifts they have received. The Register is comprised of 14 categories of declarable interests, each covered by specific requirements.
The Register’s purpose is to record members’ interests, to provide transparency and strengthen public trust and confidence in parliamentary processes and decision-making.
Rt Hon Trevor Mallard said that this year’s annual round of declarations was the first to take place since changes were made to the system as part of the 2017 review of Standing Orders. Those changes included a new declaration category covering interests in managed investment schemes – the first time a new category has been added since the Register’s creation in 2005.
For a copy of the 2018 Register, please see the Parliament website at https://www.parliament.nz/en/mps-and-electorates/mps-financial-interests/mps-financial-interests/current-register-and-amendments/.
For a copy of the Standing Orders Committee’s report on the 2017 review of Standing Orders, please see the Parliament website at
https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/sc/reports/document/SCR_74675/review-of-standing-orders-and-petition-2014107-of-malcolm
ENDS

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