New Zealand’s 52nd Parliament was sworn in today at a special ceremony at the Beehive.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was among 120 MPs being sworn in at Parliament as opening formalities began today.
As part of what’s called the Commission Opening, Labour MP Trevor Mallard was elected as Speaker of the House.
Tomorrow the State Opening will take place, when Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy will read the speech from the throne outlining the government’s legislative programme.
After maiden speeches from MP’s new to Parliament, one of the first orders of business tomorrow will be the introduction of a bill extending paid parental leave.