We, the taxpayers, also paid for parliamentarians to debate the appropriateness of the clothing one politician was wearing in the house.
Parliament has set aside normal business to hear tributes to former Maori affairs minister Parekura Horomia and will adjourn early as a mark of respect.
A refugee from Afghanistan and a deaf student advocate will represent the Green Party in this year's Youth Parliament.
Recent political polls are split over who will form the next government, and John Key is instead focusing on daily challenges his government faces.
"Over the years I have campaigned hard for the right of our community not to be outsiders anymore," said Mr Hague.
Parliament's Speaker David Carter has expelled two MPs from the debating chamber.
The Marriage Equality Bill has passed its second reading in Parliament this evening.
The bill that will "Monday-ise" Waitangi Day and Anzac Day when they fall on a weekend is a step closer to becoming law.
Carol Beaumont has been formally declared elected to Parliament as a Labour list MP, replacing Charles Chauvel.
Opposition parties want Parliament's cleaners to be paid a "living wage" of $18.40 an hour but the Government won't buy into it.
Former Speaker Lockwood Smith has bowed out of Parliament after more than 28 years as an MP.
David Carter says it's "not appropriate" for West Papuan freedom fighter Benny Wenda to hold a public forum at Parliament.
Parliament's new Speaker has sparked controversy by refusing to allow a West Papuan activist to speak at Parliament.
A West Papuan freedom fighter who has been welcomed around the world won't be allowed to speak at Parliament here.
Prime Minister John Key says a four-year Parliamentary terms would be good for New Zealand.
The Prime Minister's using his spotlight at Waitangi to push the idea of a fixed four-year term for Government.
The Government's newest cabinet minister Nikki Kaye has taken her seat at the circular cabinet table at the top of the Beehive for the first time.
The Government was not expecting a challenge from Trevor Mallard as the vote went ahead for a new Speaker.
National MP David Carter has been voted as Parliament’s next Speaker, defeating Labour MP Trevor Mallard.
Prime Minister John Key has been under fire from Opposition parties this week - Patrick Gower wraps up the action.
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