About ParliamentToday

Independent. Non-Partisan. Multimedia.

ParliamentToday is an independent reporting service, funded by the Office of the Clerk, providing written and audio summaries from the debating chamber and committee rooms of the New Zealand House of Representatives.

It is also the only regular source of reports on results of divisions in the chamber.

Daily and weekly radio reports (also available as podcasts) carry all the most significant events and highlights from Question Time, debates and select committees. Our web page ParliamentToday.co.nz is regularly updated with written summaries of proceedings in the debating chamber and is the only contemporary source of the results of votes.


The service was established in 1994 by then Clerk of the House, David McGee, and modelled on “Today in Parliament” which is broadcast by the BBC as required by legislation passed in 1945.

ParliamentToday is funded by the Office of the Clerk and operated under contract by experienced parliamentary reporters.

Initially a radio programme, produced and presented by veteran journalist, Tom Frewen, ParliamentToday has developed into a web service which supplements conventional broadcasting with written, audio and video coverage of the House and select committees.

Stay informed

As well as being easily accessible via the website ParliamentToday.co.nz, audio programmes are available on radio – reports of three and five minutes are produced on each sitting day, and weekly  15 minute programmes are broadcast on a range of stations (see below).

We also have a presence on YouTube (highlights from the chamber) and iTunes (5min podcasts from the chamber and select committees).

In addition, our Twitter account (@ParliamentNZ) provides links to stories/articles/videos/podcasts from the website; live tweets from select committees & Question Time; also links to Daily Questions + Order Paper, Featured Stories, Committee Reports, Committee Media Statements, Committee Schedules, Bills Digests and Parliamentary Research Papers from the Parliament.nz website.

For further information please email parliament.today@gmail.com or call 04 817 6745

Radio Programmes & Podcasts
Our reports are available across a number of stations & websites, including:

Daily Programme
with Tom Frewen & Reesh Lyon
aired on: Radio New Zealand National (natiowide), Radio Live (nationwide), Classic Gold (South Island), Wellington Access, Kapiti Access, BigValleyRadio (Coromandel), Radio Dunedin.

Weekly 15min Programme
with Tom Frewen & Reesh Lyon
aired on: Radio New Zealand National (natiowide), Radio New Zealand International (RNZI, pan-Pacific), Access Manawatu, Radio Kidnappers, Plains FM (Christchurch), Kapiti Access, Compass FM (North Canterbury), Otago Access Radio, BigValleyRadio (Coromandel), Radio Live (nationwide), Classic Gold (South Island), Wellington Access, BigValleyRadio (Coromandel), Radio Dunedin, Kiwi FM, bFM Auckland, VBC Wellington, Hamilton Access, Fresh FM (Nelson).

Weekly 28min Programme
with Tom Frewen & Reesh Lyon
aired on: Access Manawatu, Wellington Access Radio, the Radio Reading Service

Daily 5min report & Weekly 15min reports are produced as Podcasts on iTunes, Scoop.co.nz, ParliamentToday.co.nz, the Radio New Zealand National website and are also available via RSS.

Podcasts via iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/nz/podcast/parliament-today/id678756651

Podcasts via RSS: http://parliamenttoday.co.nz/?feed=podcast