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The 52nd Parliament is about to begin sitting following the election and you are warmly invited to watch the opening on November 7 and 8.
The Opening of Parliament consists of three key events. The Commission Opening of Parliament begins at 11am on Tuesday 7 November. This is when Parliament is formally opened by three Commissioners representing the Governor-General. Each MP is sworn in by the Clerk, and the Speaker of the House is elected. Then the Confirmation of the Speaker takes place at Government House.
The State Opening of Parliament begins at 10.30am on Wednesday 8 November. This is when the Governor-General gives the Speech from the Throne, which outlines the Government’s legislative policy and plans for the next three years.
People with special roles take part in the ceremonies, which will be attended by dignitaries, MPs and their families.
Check out our Opening of Parliament section on the Parliament website to find out more. Don’t miss out on witnessing this historical event – put the Opening dates in your diary today.
Commission Opening of Parliament
Tuesday 7 November 2017, 11.00am
State Opening of Parliament
Wednesday 8 November 2017, 10.30am
View the State Opening Facebook event here.
Simultaneous Māori to English interpretation is available during live coverage on Parliament TV. All Parliament TV coverage will be live-captioned to make it easier for people who are hearing-impaired to follow the ceremonies.