Engaging with Parliament and Government
Parliament represents the people of Aotearoa, so if you feel passionately about any issues, there are ways to get your views heard. There are several major ways that you can do this directly, and you can do most of these for no cost.
Remember that our democracy works better if we all contribute, so don’t worry if you haven’t done any of these before.
Contacting an MP
Members of Parliament are elected to represent us, so talking to people is a part of their job. Any member of the public can contact them to express an opinion or raise an issue.
For local issues, try contacting your local electorate MP. For bigger issues, contact an MP who holds the right portfolio, e.g. education, housing, child poverty or climate change. The list of MPs on the Parliament website lets you filter members by their portfolio.
MPs can usually be reached by regular mail, online, or through their office. Most MPs want to hear from the public, especially young people, so it’s worth contacting them. Learn more about contacting MPs on the Parliament website.