Leader of the Opposition (New Zealand)

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The Leader of the Opposition in New Zealand is the politician who leads the MPs that are not in government in the New Zealand Parliament. In the debating chamber the Leader of the Opposition sits directly opposite the Prime Minister.[1] At present, the Leader of the Opposition is Simon Bridges of National since 27 February 2018.

Role[change | change source]

Usually, the Leader of the Opposition is the leader of the largest party of the Opposition.[1]

The Leader of the Opposition does not have a large official role, but there are several ways in which the Leader of the Opposition takes part in affairs of state. Often, these relate to national security matters, which are supposed to go past party politics - the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service, for example, has to talk to the Leader of the Opposition as well as the Prime Minister about certain matters.[2]

The Leader of the Opposition also receives a higher salary than other members of the Opposition, being paid the same amount as a Cabinet Minister.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "People in Parliament". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 2009-01-21. 
  2. "Overview". NZSIS. Retrieved 2009-01-21. 
  3. "Bill English admits pay rise 'a bit embarrassing'". New Zealand Herald. 21 November 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-21.