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Parliamentary website upgraded ready for September election

The website, which hosts the video record of every session from the New Zealand Parliament since 2009, has been upgraded ready for this year’s general election.

Christchurch-based company Tandem Studios devised and created the website and has managed it for Parliament since its inception and says that the upgraded site will make it easy for everyone who is interested in Parliamentary content to search for it and view it on any internet-connected screen at a time and place that suits them.

“The video content is edited and archived within the website and can be easily searched, found and shared,” says Tandem Studios’ Managing Director Dave Dunlay. “There have now been more than a total of three million views of the 23,000 videos in the video archive.

“We are expecting a high level of interest in both the live stream of parliamentary sessions this year and in the video archive as people get ready to cast their votes later this year. It’s a great way to review how our representatives have performed during the last parliamentary term and to keep up to date with election year developments.”

Tandem Studios records, re-formats and re-purposes Parliament’s traditional TV content and publishes it on the website in small segments that are easy for viewers to search for and locate using its own leading edge online media tool LaBon™ (Living and Breathing Online Newsletter).

“We know that more and more people globally are watching television content online at a time that suits them and we know that will be a particularly useful and popular resource this year.”



The website was established in 2009 and was created by Tandem Studios. Tandem Studios has been managing the site for Parliament since then under a contract with the Clerk of the House of Representatives. The archive at includes more than 23,000 individual videos organised into short, easily searchable segments. The archive includes memorable speeches such as the Hon Maurice Williamson’s speech during the reading of the Marriage Amendment Bill last year, which achieved global notoriety and has achieved more than 180,000 views. (

About Tandem Studios:
Established in 1974, Tandem Studios is New Zealand’s largest producer of online video and one of Christchurch’s longest-serving and most respected creative production companies. Working in all areas of media, including radio, print, television and online, Tandem Studios has developed leading expertise in live streaming and video archives. Tandem Studios uses this understanding and its creative approach to produce content for the wide variety of media channels available and works with a broad spectrum of clients - from local and national through to multi-national and international companies. Tandem Studios manages the live streaming of all Christchurch City Council meetings and those of several other local authorities around New Zealand.

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