Events In History
11 December 1907Parliament's library escapes great fire
Old wooden buildings and books were a highly combustible combination, and many colonial library collections went up in flames. When a great fire swept through most of Parliament Buildings in 1907, the General Assembly Library had a narrow escape. Read more...
Page 1 – The House of Representatives
New Zealand's Parliament has been making laws, scrutinising the government and representing New Zealanders for more than 150 years.
Page 2 – Quick history
New Zealand's Parliament has been making laws, scrutinising the government and representing New Zealanders for over 150 years.
Page 3 – Parliament
Today there are two parts to Parliament – the House of Representatives (or the Lower House) and the Governor-General, but between 1854 and 1951 there was a third part,
Page 4 – Doing business
The operation of Parliament has changed over time as its workload has grown and new systems such as MMP have been implemented.
Page 1 – History of Parliament Buildings
Parliament buildings have been modified, destroyed by fire, half-built and restored; the parliamentary places and spaces have formed an important part of New Zealand's history
Page 2 – First Parliament buildings
Auckland was a bustling place in 1854 when Parliament met there for the first time. The buildings were located in paddocks on what was then the edge of town, Constitution Hill
Page 3 – The halfway house
In 1911, a competition was held for designs for a new building to house Parliament. From the 33 proposals, John Campbell's was selected and building began, although it did not
Page 4 – Current buildings
Parliament Buildings are made up of the Edwardian neo-classical Parliament House and the Beehive – its name inspired by a brand of matches.
Page 5 – Doing up the House
In 1992 the biggest heritage building conservation project in New Zealand was undertaken with the strengthening and refurbishing of Parliament House and the Parliamentary
Page 6 – A workplace
Many people call Parliament their workplace, but for MPs and others, the parliamentary complex has not always been the ideal place to spend long hours.
Page 7 – Library
For people passing Parliament's grounds, the library building is a picture postcard, but it is also an important research institution that has thousands of books, newspapers
Page 8 – Disasters
Fires and earthquakes have been major threats to New Zealand's Parliament Buildings.
Page 3 – Parliament in postcards
Painters and photographers loved to capture the beauty of Parliament's buildings in postcards, and New Zealanders and visitors sent these to friends and family in new Zealand
Page 4 – Westminster traditions
Many parliaments take a lead from Britain's ancient House of Commons, and New Zealand, too, followed the traditions in the home country.
Page 7 – A public meeting place
New Zealand is one of the few places in the world where the public can walk around the grounds of Parliament.
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