Features

Welcome to Parliament’s features section with articles about the events, activities, and latest news about what’s happening here. 

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Mix art with High Tea at Parliament this spring

This spring you can combine high tea in Bellamy’s with a guided tour of Parliament’s historic and contemporary artworks.

28 Mahuru 2016
Pomp and ceremony for new Governor-General’s swearing-in at Parliament

Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as New Zealand’s 21st Governor-General in a colourful public ceremony at Parliament on 28 September.

28 Mahuru 2016
The Governor-General Quiz

Test your knowledge or learn more about the role of Governor-General by taking our quick quiz.

28 Mahuru 2016
Watch the swearing-in of the new Governor-General at Parliament

You’re invited to watch the swearing-in ceremony for the new Governor-General on Parliament's forecourt on Wednesday. You can also follow the events live on Parliament’s Twitter account.

26 Mahuru 2016
Latest Treaty settlement bills

The House of Representatives will sit in extended hours this week to debate another series of historic Treaty of Waitangi settlement bills.

21 Mahuru 2016
India Parliament Speaker visits New Zealand

Mrs Sumitra Mahajan, the Speaker of the Indian Lok Sabha (Lower House of Parliament) visited Auckland and Wellington this week as a Guest of the New Zealand Parliament.

21 Mahuru 2016
Replacing an MP when they leave Parliament

Occasionally an MP leaves Parliament between general elections, which may be for a number of reasons. When this happens a process starts to replace that MP.

20 Mahuru 2016
Suffrage Day, 19 September: celebrating women’s right to vote

On 19 September 1893 New Zealand women won the right to vote in elections. As a result, New Zealand became the first self-governing country in the world to extend this right to all women. Suffrage Day celebrates the aims of the movement for gender equality and is a reminder of the ongoing issue of equality for women.

19 Mahuru 2016
International Day of Democracy

15 September 2016 is the United Nations’ eighth annual International Day of Democracy.

15 Mahuru 2016
Celebrating Te Reo Māori

Māori language day can be traced back to September 14, 1972 when a petition supported by 30,000 signatories was presented to Parliament calling for courses in Māori language and culture to be offered in New Zealand schools.

14 Mahuru 2016
Parliament in War Time tours - September 2016

Parliament is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the First World War in France with a special tour focusing on the people and historic events relating to Parliament during WW1.

05 Mahuru 2016
Stitches in time: 50 years of the Wellington Embroiderers’ Guild

A new exhibition at Parliament showcases a collection of artworks by the Wellington Embroiderer’s Guild, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

31 Here-turi-kōkā 2016
Free public Wi-Fi for an accessible Parliament

A free public Wi-Fi service is now available in the Parliament buildings.

30 Here-turi-kōkā 2016
Parliament goes smoke free

New Zealand’s Parliament is pleased to be contributing towards a Smokefree New Zealand by declaring the Parliament forecourt and lawn area smoke free.

26 Here-turi-kōkā 2016
Pageantry for Governor-General’s farewell at Parliament

Sir Jerry Mateparae was farewelled from his role as Governor-General in a colourful public ceremony and formal lunch at Parliament on 24 August.

25 Here-turi-kōkā 2016
Tom Scott Cartoon reWORKS

A new visual art exhibition at Parliament features an assortment of already published cartoons by eminent cartoonist, Tom Scott, re-imagined as digital paintings by Mardo El Noor.

23 Here-turi-kōkā 2016
Watch the Governor-General’s farewell ceremony at Parliament

You’re invited to watch the farewell ceremony for the Governor-General, Sir Jerry Mateparae, at Parliament grounds on Wednesday. You can also follow the events on Parliament’s Twitter account.

22 Here-turi-kōkā 2016
Hundreds of written questions asked every week, even when Parliament isn’t meeting

Written questions, and especially their answers, provide a huge amount of information of interest to New Zealanders. Even during the recent month-long recess, the questions kept flowing in and being answered.

19 Here-turi-kōkā 2016
Disclosure of expenses claimed by members of Parliament: April to June 2016

Every three months we release expense claims submitted by members of Parliament (MPs). The information released covers:

18 Here-turi-kōkā 2016
Arts accessibility celebrated at Parliament

Winners of the Arts Access Awards 2016 were announced at an awards ceremony in the Banquet Hall of Parliament this week.

12 Here-turi-kōkā 2016