To: NZ House of Representatives

4-year Parliamentary Term

4-year Parliamentary Term

Extend the election cycle - and therefore the term of Government - from 3 years to 4 years.

Why is this important?

We support a 4-year parliamentary term to encourage future governments to implement longer term, more forward-thinking, strategic and visionary policies for Aotearoa New Zealand - rather than the current short-term decision making and electioneering cycle.

A 4-year parliamentary term was suggested in the 2019 report 'Foresight, insight and oversight' authored by the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies (Victoria University) and the Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives.

In September 2020, the local body organisation Local Government in New Zealand passed a remit supporting a 4-year election cycle.

https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/political/392952/new-report-calls-for-four-year-term-more-mps-in-parliament
https://www.odt.co.nz/opinion/editorial/four-year-term-worth-debating