Be part of New Zealand's 52nd Parliament opening

posted: 4:00 pm - 31st October 2017
Parliament opening

You can be part of the Parliament opening next week, Wednesday 8 November, by watching it on a big screen onsite in Parliament’s grounds.

The Commission Opening of Parliament is on Tuesday 7 November, followed by the State Opening of Parliament on Wednesday 8 November.

The opening of New Zealand’s 52nd Parliament marks the start of the new three-year Parliamentary term. It is the first time Members of Parliament elected in the General Election will meet as the newly established Government.

New Zealand’s 52nd Parliament will be formally opened with two ceremonies - the Commission Opening of Parliament followed by the State Opening of Parliament the following day. The opening of a new Parliament is one of the few times when the Crown and the House of Representatives come together at Parliament in a ceremonial display.

We encourage our Pacific communities to view the opening of New Zealand’s 52nd Parliament, and also invite people to go down to the Parliament grounds to watch it onsite, or follow the ceremonies on Parliament TV or Radio New Zealand. 

Watch it in person

Watch the State Opening on the big screen in Parliament’s grounds.

Watch it on Parliament TV

Watch the Commission Opening and State Opening live on Parliament TV or tune in later to watch it on demand.

Simultaneous Māori to English interpretation is available during live coverage.

All coverage will be live-captioned, to make it easier for people who are hearing-impaired to follow the ceremonies.

This year, for the first time, an interpreter will sign the ceremonies in New Zealand Sign Language.

Listen to it on Radio New Zealand

Listen to the Commission Opening and State Opening on Radio New Zealand.

More information about the opening of the 52nd Parliament can be found here.