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NZ Parliament to celebrate Children’s Day 2018

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

NZ Parliament to celebrate Children’s Day 2018

On Sunday, 4 March New Zealand Parliament will celebrate Te Rā o ngā Tamariki, Children’s Day, with a range of fun, engaging activities for the whole family.

Rt Hon Trevor Mallard, Speaker of the House, said of the celebrations, “making Parliament a more accessible and family friendly place is something that is very important to me as Speaker. The Children’s Day event is an exciting way to encourage families to learn more about our Parliament, and to give kids the tools to use their voice to contribute to our democracy.”

Launching as a part of Children’s Day will be the new ‘Passport to Parliament’, an initiative that aims to enhance the tour experience for younger visitors while providing them with a memento of their visit they can take home. Participants can collect a ‘passport’ on arrival at Parliament, join a free, 45-minute, child-focused tour and tick off all the places they visit as they make their way around the buildings. The tour will visit all the key areas, including the debating chamber, while teaching tamariki about how they can have their say and be involved in what happens at Parliament.

Another highlight of Children’s Day will be the special screenings of Bee Movie in the Beehive! This family-friendly movie will be shown twice during the day, at 10am and 1.30pm. It’s free of charge, but space is limited so those wishing to attend will need to register in advance.

Visitors for Children’s Day are also encouraged to bring their picnic basket and enjoy a bite to eat on the front lawn while taking in the beautiful Parliament grounds.

The details:

Children’s Day at NZ Parliament

• Where: Main Entrance/Visitor Centre, Parliament Buildings, Wellington

• When: Sunday, 4 March

• Time: 10am – 4.30pm

• Tours operate every 30 minutes with the first departing at 10am and the last departing at 3.30pm. Bookings are not required however spaces are limited.

• Bookings are required for the screenings of Bee Movie in the Beehive. To book contact with the number of seats required and the preferred screening time.


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