History and buildings
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.
Politics and parliamentary history over 150 years — read about vital changes that have affected us all.
An easy to use interactive timeline which explores 100 dates from the history of our Parliament through short text and visual images. Suitable for classroom use with links provided to related websites.
New Zealand's first Parliament started with a bang in Auckland — a 21-gun salute on 24 May 1854.
Evolution of Parliament
What is this Parliament that represents us? What made Parliament the way it is today? Why is Parliament different now from in the past? Find out all about the different parts that have made up Parliament.
Parliament hasn’t always included the range of members it includes today. Find out how the face of politics has changed over the years.
Parliament on record
It is vital to have a proper record of what goes on Parliament. Find out how Parliament’s activities have been recorded over the years — in newspapers and Hansard and on radio and television.
Traditions and ceremonies
New Zealand’s Parliament follows centuries-old traditions from Westminster in Britain — the ‘mother’ of parliaments in the Commonwealth. Explore the intriguing history behind the rituals and culture of Parliament today.
Parliament and its members need many staff — to supply information, record what goes on, and provide much-needed food and drink. The history of the place is also the story of those who serve Parliament.
Cartoons, postcards, poetry, and bad language — not where you’d necessarily expect to uncover Parliament’s history. But these things tell us much about political events, politicians, and public opinion over time. Take a look.
Buildings and grounds
Parliament House and the Beehive are landmarks. Here’s the story of Parliament’s places and spaces, from the first small building to the sprawling complex of today.