A Lockwood house: six of Smith's best

by Toby Manhire / 31 January, 2013
Lockwood Smith will assume the speaker's seat for the last time today. Here are half a dozen memorable moments from the grinning one.
I'm on my feet.


Not everyone expected Lockwood Smith to excel when in 2008 he was elected the 28th Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives. But most agree that he's done very well. Firm, but fair, with a face that can do gravitas with a grin.

Tellingingly, his impact has been most keenly felt when he’s not been there – and things rather fall apart.

On his own (slightly pompous, perhaps) website, it’s explained:

Dr Smith takes his role as Speaker very seriously. He is particularly committed to ensuring all parties are treated fairly and that order is maintained in the House. He has required Ministers and that Ministers provide satisfactory answers to oral questions, an important aspect of ensuring the House can hold the Executive to account.


He could be naggingly, headmasterly smug at times, and not without mishap, but Smith has improved the level of debate in the house enormously – as recognised by the Trans-Tasman newsletter in 2009, when it named him parliamentarian of the year.

Today is his last in the speaker's seat, and as an MP, as he prepares to head for London and the NZ high commissioner job.

Here are five top Lockwood speaker moments. And one from a former life.

1. Last August, Smith refused to let Gerry Brownlee stomp his way out of answering the question over whether he had received advice over Christchurch City Council selling assets to cover the rebuild.



2. From February 2012, Smith questions the intelligibility of a Winston Peters question, sparks a mini-storm, and ends up instructing the house to “take a deep breath and stop being so childish”.  This is an edited clip – and edited/captioned by Whaleoil, who is hardly a neutral observer – but worth watching for the look on Smith’s face.



3. Here, in June 2009, Smith boots an irate Trevor Mallard out of the house, and embarks on a lengthy dissertation (as its described by Darren Hughes – remember him? – on decorum).



4. Here’s Lockwood Smith back in 2008, in his first days in the speaker’s seat, grappling with a knotty point of order from Michael Cullen. He gets it right, as far as I can tell, but if that doesn’t squeal your wheels, it’s worth watching to see Lockwood in frankly comical full regalia. (He ditched the wig not too long after.)



5. The prime minister, says Lockwood, is a very naughty boy (from 2010).



6. And, but of course, here’s Lockwood Smith in his former glory as a TV man. This is a clip of him introducing an evening’s television on TVNZ, probably from 1982 or thereabouts.



(He was better known for his quizmastering. Watch the 1980 final of W3 in full at NZ on Screen. And the 1983 final of It’s Academic, too.)
MostReadArticlesCollectionWidget - Most Read - Used in articles
AdvertModule - Advert - M-Rec / Halfpage

Latest

After the election campaign highs, Winston Peters brings the buzz-kill
80500 2017-09-25 06:31:24Z Politics

After the election campaign highs, Winston Peters …

by Bevan Rapson

Could the kingmaker climb down from his high horse, please?

Read more
Young Kiwi filmmakers seek a chance for silent fame
79698 2017-09-25 00:00:00Z Movies

Young Kiwi filmmakers seek a chance for silent fam…

by Luke Jackson

The countdown is on for young Kiwi filmmakers to score their three minutes of fame.

Read more
How the media oversold standing desks as a fix for inactivity at work
80380 2017-09-25 00:00:00Z Health

How the media oversold standing desks as a fix for…

by The Conversation

When the world's first guidelines about sitting and moving at work were published, they created a media storm. But here's what was missed in the hype.

Read more
This post-election business is anything but usual
80491 2017-09-24 09:10:53Z Politics

This post-election business is anything but usual

by Jane Clifton

For the first time in our 21 year MMP history, the prospect of the party with the biggest vote not forming the Government doesn't seem unconscionable.

Read more
Election 2017: How the battleground seats fell
80489 2017-09-24 08:21:45Z Politics

Election 2017: How the battleground seats fell

by RNZ

As predicted there were some tough battles in key electorate seats. Here's how the the votes fell yesterday.

Read more
Labour's Greg O'Connor on Ōhāriu: 'Every little thing got you over the line'
80486 2017-09-24 07:55:24Z Politics

Labour's Greg O'Connor on Ōhāriu: 'Every little th…

by Jacob McSweeny

Barring a huge turnaround in the special votes, Labour's Greg O'Connor is the new Ōhāriu MP - with a 679-vote majority at this point.

Read more
Greens candidate Chloe Swarbrick looks set to be Parliament's youngest MP
80482 2017-09-24 06:39:07Z Politics

Greens candidate Chloe Swarbrick looks set to be P…

by RNZ

At age 23, Chloe Swarbrick would be the youngest MP in 42 years.

Read more
Who will Winston Peters choose?
80475 2017-09-24 00:00:00Z Politics

Who will Winston Peters choose?

by RNZ

The outcome of yesterday's election is still not certain, with the balance of power now resting in the hands of New Zealand First and Winston Peters.

Read more