New Zealand Parliament Pāremata Aotearoa


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  • A cartoon of two men standing each side of a cat. ‘Which way will the cat jump?’ Prime Minister Sir Joseph Ward and Reform Party leader William Massey tempt the new Labour Party.


    Cartoonists have always poked fun at politics and politicians. Explore this 'comic' scene - from the detailed cartoons of Parliament's early days to the simpler, grotesque caricatures of recent times.

  • Illustration of a whimsical view of the New Zealand Parliament grounds.


    Artists have captured Parliament Buildings in different ways over the years — some doing so with romantic flair! Postcards reveal their varied results.

  • Decorative glass dome in the Parliamentary Library.


    Many people have composed poems and songs about Parliament and its members, from reporters through to politicians. Read their creative insights.

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    Unparliamentary language

    Parliamentary debates can be heated — but there are rules about what members can and can’t say. ‘Unbecoming’ language, insults, and accusations of dishonesty are banned. See how ideas about ‘unparliamentary language’ have changed over time.