In New Zealand, as in many other countries, the transition from political
candidate to member of parliament is intense, rapid and stressful. Although
they are provided with a detailed induction, new MPs can still enter the job
feeling under-prepared. Indeed many MPs describe the process as like being
'thrown in at the deep end". They are presented with a huge volume of work
almost the moment they assume the role, and they are expected to be able to
manage it effectively from the off.
By conducting interviews with 23 MPs who entered the New Zealand Parliament
from 2011 to 2014, plus 2 senior public service employees also, the researchers
aimed to understand how new MPs learn their role. The research focuses
particularly on from whom they learned, what they learn, what problems they
encounter and what advice they could themselves offer for future MPs. As such
it may provide a useful, informal guide for helping future new MPs make the
quick adjustment to their roles that is required.
The research paper is available for download at the link below.