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Health Select Committee to reconvene next week after lobbying from NZ First

Parliament's Health Select Committee will reconvene next week after lobbying from National and New Zealand First, who wanted a chance to question health officials.

The committee's chairwoman, Louisa Wall, said she would reconvene the Health Select Committee on Wednesday, next week. There was previously no Parliamentary majority to restart the select committee, but that changed when New Zealand First threw its weight behind National's calls to reconvene the committee.

"It's logical for the Health Select Committee to meet to canvass the advice of the director general of health and other senior officials pertaining to the alert level decisions taken by Cabinet on 24 August," leader Winston Peters said in a statement this afternoon.

Select committees give MPs the chance to ask questions of top officials and private-sector bosses.

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