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11 December 1907

A great library bonfire was narrowly avoided in 1907, when fire swept through Parliament Buildings in Wellington.

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The House of Representatives

New Zealand's Parliament dates back to 1854, just 14 years after the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi and the beginning of the European settlement of the country. For most of its history as a nation state, New Zealand has had some form of elected government. Read the full article

Page 1 - The House of Representatives

New Zealand's Parliament dates back to 1854, just 14 years after the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi and the beginning of the European settlement of the country. For most of its

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, the

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.

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. Read the full article

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

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 all

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

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

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 and

Page 8 - Disasters

Fires and earthquakes have been major threats to New Zealand's Parliament

Page 9 - Further information

Find out more about the history of Parliament

Parliament's people

Today there are usually between 120 and 123 MPs in New Zealand's Parliament, which is a far cry from the 37 who met for the first time in Auckland in 1854. Read the full article

Page 7 - Spectators

Aside from its constitutional functions, Parliament has also provided a spectacle for members of the

Parliament's culture and traditions

Explore Parliament's rich history and its colourful culture and traditions. Read the full article

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 and

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

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

Panorama of Parliament Buildings and grounds with the Beehive, Parliament House and the Parliamentary Library. Includes commentary by John O'Sullivan, former General Manager of the Parliamentary Service

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