Taking photos at Parliament

Taking photos and filming at Parliament

There are rules about photography, filming and mobile phone use in Parliament grounds and buildings. These rules are to help ensure security concerns and other potential impacts are managed. The Speaker acts as landlord for the campus and manages access so requests for permission to film or take photos at Parliament are addressed to the Speaker.

Parliament grounds

Parliament grounds includes the external steps of Parliament House, the veranda and front of the Parliamentary Library and the front lawn of Parliament House.

A person taking a photo of a bride. Enlarge image

Wedding photographer.

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Do I need permission to have my wedding photographs taken in Parliament grounds?

You can take photos or film in Parliament grounds for weddings and other personal, non-commercial purposes.

We expect you to get written permission from the Speaker before you take wedding photos or film in Parliament grounds.

  • Send an email to the Speaker’s office.
  • Send a letter to: Office of the Speaker, Parliament Buildings, Private Bag 18041, Wellington 6160, New Zealand

 

Can I take photographs or film Parliament buildings from the outside?

You can take photos or film in Parliament Grounds for personal, non-commercial purposes.

You should ask for the Speaker’s permission if your activity has the potential to impact on, or impede other people accessing the parliamentary precincts, or to cause security concerns.

  • Send an email to the Speaker’s office.
  • Send a letter to: Office of the Speaker, Parliament Buildings, Private Bag 18041, Wellington 6160, New Zealand

 

Taking photographs or filming in Parliament grounds

For personal safety reasons and to prevent damage to Parliamentary property, participants must not climb on veranda walls or window sills. Noise levels must be kept to a minimum, especially around the Parliamentary Library. Do not block any driveways, pathways or building entrance ways.

For wedding photography: wedding vehicles that are an integral part of a wedding may be driven on to the grounds via the Hill Street entrance. No other vehicles are to park in Parliament grounds.

Parliament buildings

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Buildings from library lawn.

Source: McCredie, Parliamentary Service.

Do I need permission to take photographs or film inside Parliament buildings?

You must have the Speaker’s permission before you take photographs or film inside Parliament buildings.

If you are on a tour of Parliament, you are not allowed to use cameras or mobile phones on tour routes or in the public galleries of Parliament Buildings. When visiting Parliament, personal filming or photography within the Parliament Grounds does not generally require permission.

Contacting the Speaker for permission to film or take photos in Parliament grounds or in Parliament buildings

Tell the Speaker about your event:

  • Your (organiser’s) name
  • Your contact details (mail address, mobile phone number, email address)
  • Type of event
  • Date and expected start and finish time
  • Expected numbers of people
  • Other details that you think will be helpful to the Speaker when considering your request


Send your request by email or by letter to the Speaker’s office at least 5 working days’ notice before your event.

  • Send an email to the Speaker’s office.
  • Send a letter to: Office of the Speaker, Parliament Buildings, Private Bag 18041, Wellington 6160, New Zealand