About our Parliament

History and buildings

Read about Parliament's history and the buildings where that history has unfolded over the years. Discover landmark political events, the personalities and parliamentary life of the past, and the roots of parliamentary traditions still held to today. Take a virtual tour to see the Gothic library building, classical Parliament House, and the famous Beehive. Find out what goes on inside.

  • History

    Postcard of old Parliament from the rear.

    Postcard of old Parliament from the rear.

    Here's Parliament's history from its very beginnings. Learn about the politicians and events that have shaped the Parliament we have today. Find out about Parliament's buildings and grounds, its traditions, and its rich history of representing New Zealanders for more than 150 years. History

  • Parliament's buildings

    Beehive and Parliament House.

    Beehive and Parliament House.

    Find out about the four buildings in Wellington that house the New Zealand Parliament - Parliament House, the Parliamentary Library, the Beehive (also known as Executive Wing), and Bowen House. These buildings are part of our national heritage and the centre of our democracy. Parliament's buildings