For the record: 150 years of Hansard
A century-and-a-half ago, a team of independent reporters began writing down everything politicians said in debates at Parliament. They stood for truth and accountability and their work continues to this day. The team and their written record is known as Hansard.
More than just words on a page, Hansard is an account of New Zealand, its politics, society and history. Through it we can track the changes of our nation and see how our priorities and positions have developed or, in some cases, remained the same. Join with us in celebrating Hansard and its role in our democracy.
Illuminating political history and Hansard through cartoons
Through the years politics has been the bread and butter of cartoonists. Politicians and their antics comprise a fertile field for the butt of cartoonists’ humour.
Five Favourite Facts about Hansard - video
Unsure about what exactly Hansard is? See if you can piece together the clues scattered throughout this video as the team at Parliament share their five favourite facts about our official record.
Hansard goes digital to celebrate its 150th anniversary
The entire collection of New Zealand’s Parliamentary Debates (Hansard) has gone online in time to celebrate the establishment of an independent Hansard reporting service 150 years-ago this week.
"The undisputed truth in an era of fake news"
David Wilson, Clerk of the House of Representatives, discusses the role of Hansard in New Zealand's Parliament.
A century and a half of right and honourable reporting
This month, Hansard turns 150 years old and for the first time all 723 volumes of its parliamentary transcripts will be accessible and searchable online.
Announcement of the 150 anniversary of Hansard in the House
At the start of the Parliament sitting on Tuesday 4 July 2017, the Speaker of the House of Representatives announced the anniversary of 150 years of Hansard.
What does Hansard mean to you?
At the start of May, we asked the public a few questions about Hansard, including “Do you know what Hansard is?” About a third of them did know, but after 150 years of Hansard’s existence, is that enough?
How Hansard replaced the Press
It’s a true story, a political saga and historical drama, and possibly one of the longest running narratives in the country. Luckily for the reader, you don’t need to know the early volumes in order to pick up the latest chapter.
Do you know what Hansard is?
It is an unassuming yet vital part of our democracy and in July it’ll have existed in New Zealand for 150 years. Over the next three months, we’ll be publishing pieces on various aspects of New Zealand’s official record of parliamentary debates, commonly known as Hansard, from its history to its uses and the work that goes into producing it.
Learning from the past – Anzac Day 2017
There is a time machine at Parliament. It can take you back to any era of history within the past 150 years. All you need to do is open a Hansard and there are the words, spoken in Parliament and written down for posterity, as a true record of what mattered to New Zealanders at that time.