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 itâ€™s because Chauvel did not talk to any other parties before moving his motion
â€śThe convention is that Members who wish to move motions (as Mr Chauvelâ€™s colleague Mr Sua William Sio did just prior) consult with other parties before moving motions in the house. Iâ€™m not even sure Mr Chauvelâ€™s party knew he intended to put the motion.â€ť
However Chauvel is adamant he sought support from every party, late last year:
â€śI received positive responses from the Greens and NZ First, and a non-committal one from the Maori Party,â€ť he says.
â€śNational did not reply to me but their senior whip â€“ Michael Woodhouse â€“ told our senior whip â€“ Chris Hipkins â€“ that National would not support the motion. I decided to move it in any event in the hope that they would change their minds â€“ sadly, no luck.â€ť