Politics and Government

Political milestones

Explore some of the key moments in New Zealand’s political and constitutional history, including major electoral reforms and the transition from colony to dominion.

Maori leadership

Discover how Maori have mobilised over time against Pakeha encroachment on their land and culture.

Heads of State

Who are our Governors-General and what is New Zealand's relationship with the British monarchy they represent?

Parliament and the people

Explore Parliament in word, sound, film, cartoon, postcard and photograph. Take a virtual tour through its buildings and grounds via interactive panoramas.

The work of government

The shape and work of government has changed over time to reflect evolving social expectations.

New Zealand in the world

Despite its isolation and small size, New Zealand has played an active role in international affairs, especially since the Second World War