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Children creating a mural at Open Day.

Children creating a mural at Open Day. Photo: Ross Becker.

19 September 2008
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Parliament’s Open Day a successful celebration

Parliament’s recent Open Day was a chance to show off “Our House” to more than 3500 people, says the General Manager of Parliamentary Service Geoff Thorn.

“It was a great day and the response from the public demonstrated a strong interest in Parliament and what we do here“, he said.

The Open Day included displays on the work of the Office of the Clerk, including Hansard and the select committee processes, while artefacts from a bygone era also drew high levels of interest.

Staff dressed in period costumes to complement the 150th Anniversary of the Parliamentary Library and offered behind–the–scenes tours which proved very popular. “Family groups with children represented the largest segment of visitors to Parliament for the Open Day and they were well entertained with competitions, puzzles, balloons and the opportunity to sit on a mock Speaker’s chair.

“Our aim was to be as accessible as possible and encourage New Zealanders to visit their Parliament.”

Open Days take people behind-the-scenes to show them more than they would see on a typical visit to Parliament. Our regular tours are run several times daily, so visitors are welcome all year round.

Details of these regular tours are available here.