He tried to put forward a motion against moves to cement homophobia in law in Uganda and Nigeria, but was denied leave to do so by leader of the house Gerry Brownlee.
A spokesman for Brownlee says it‚Äôs because Chauvel did not talk to any other parties before moving his motion
‚ÄúThe convention is that Members who wish to move motions (as Mr Chauvel‚Äôs colleague Mr Sua William Sio did just prior) consult with other parties before moving motions in the house. I‚Äôm not even sure Mr Chauvel‚Äôs party knew he intended to put the motion.‚ÄĚ
However Chauvel is adamant he sought support from every party, late last year:
‚ÄúI received positive responses from the Greens and NZ First, and a non-committal one from the Maori Party,‚ÄĚ he says.
‚ÄúNational did not reply to me but their senior whip ‚Äď Michael Woodhouse ‚Äď told our senior whip ‚Äď Chris Hipkins ‚Äď that National would not support the motion. I decided to move it in any event in the hope that they would change their minds ‚Äď sadly, no luck.‚ÄĚ