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WATCH: Pomp and ceremony for State Opening of 52nd Parliament

Nov 9th, 2017 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, Multimedia, News

Governor General Dame Patsy Reedy followed fully robed  judges up Parliament steps in a traditional opening ceremony as a crowd of about 100 looked on.

She and her delegation were  greeted by local Iwi before she inspected the military Guard of Honour .

The public gathered on  Parliament’s grounds to witness the formal opening and to hear her outline the coalition’s agenda for the next three years.

The proceedings inside Parliament  were supposed to be broadcast on a large screen outside,  but that didn’t happen due to technical issues.

Some people came to protest, such as Greg Fullmoon of Wellington TPPP Free, who was there to remind Labour of promises it made about the free trade agreement.

Also present , Marion Wait, a medicinal marijuana advocate, who said “the time for cannabis had come”.

But the new government had its supporters also.

Rail and Maritime Transport Union’s spokesperson Todd Valster was there as an affiliate of the Labour Party to show a bit of support.

“Great day to see a new Parliament, new government and we’re hoping for great things to happen,” he says.

Fully robed High Court Judges make their way into  Parliament Buildings ahead of Dame Patsy Reedy’s arrival.

Local Iwi welcome Governor General Dame Patsy Reedy and her delegation.


Governor General Dame Patsy Reedy inspects the military Guard of Honour prior to the official opening ofparliament.

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