In the House, the Speaker is there to chair the proceedings, a job David Carter describes as a bit like being the referee of Parliament.
He’s there to make sure every MP gets a fair go in the debating chamber, and that they all abide by the rules. (The rules are called Standing Orders, and there are a lot of them.)
Watch as the Speaker of New Zealand House of Representatives gives Megan Whelan a tour of Parliament's debating chamber.
The House is produced for RNZ with funding from Parliament.