Government Buildings in Wellington

Government Buildings in Wellington, New Zealand

Government Buildings in Wellington

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  • Bright77
    Auckland, New Zealand6 contributions
    Highly recommend this tour if you visit Wellington. Took our 2 young kids (7 & 10 year old) who throughly enjoyed it.
    Rob our tour guide was very knowledgeable and went above and beyond including playing and singing happy birthday to our son.
    Enjoyed visiting all of the key rooms including the debating room, the press room where they hold the daily covid press conferences and the great hall.
    We weren’t expecting to enjoy it as much as we did with my partner saying it had been a real highlight.
    No photos are allowed to be taken during the tour but we quite liked that.
    Definitely a must do in Wellington!
    Written 27 January 2022
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  • HKS
    1 contribution
    Excellent tour. Very informative. Heather was a fantastic guide and very kind in the squeezing my mother and I in at the last moment. Absolutely stunning building and garden and so accessible both in price and parking (free). Every Kiwi should do this tour and learn something new about the history of their country. I did not know the Bledisloes bought and gifted Waitangi grounds to New Zealand after Government refused to. A precedent for future irreconcilable land disputes perhaps?
    Written 27 February 2021
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  • Naina-Damani
    London, UK1,032 contributions
    It is located on Lambton Quay in Wellington and it is one of the largest wooden building in the Southern Hemisphere. The Law Faculty of University of Wellington occupies most of the building.
    Written 2 December 2020
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  • on_the_go_98765
    Tucson17,288 contributions
    This is not a "tourist" destination, it is more of a repository of New Zealand's most significant documents. To use the Public Reading Room, a "reader card" must be presented. To get one, there's a form to be filled out (looks like one has to be a Kiwi to get one). However, these are 2 of the most important documents from my perspective: The Women's Sufferage Petition and the Treaty of Waitangi.

    Women's Sufferage granted women the right to vote in the 1893 general election; US did not grant that right to American women until the 1920's.

    The Treaty of Waitangi of 1840 gave Maori the righs of British citizenship and protection from France and it recognized Maori ownership of their lands. This was done under Queen Victoria's reign and it sought to repay the Maori for confiscated lands. Between 530 and 540 Maori chiefs signed but disputes arose that simmered over and festered to become the New Zealand Wars of 1845-1872.

    At the end of the 27 year period of guerrilla-like battles, 18,000 British troops battled 4,000 Maori. Today, disagreements are settled in the courts ... but they are still on-going.

    These documents are as precious and as old as most that we Americans have in our National Archives. These are likewise the cornerstones of their national identity.
    Written 25 March 2019
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  • Agnes D
    Auckland, New Zealand45 contributions
    Booked the tour and the tour guide was very informative. Chamber with the glass skylight which was created to help with the acoustics was a surprise.
    Written 19 October 2020
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  • Peter C
    Wellington, New Zealand626 contributions
    Premier House is the official residence of the Prime Minister of New Zealand. It sits on 1.5ha of land. We visited during an Open Day celebrating 150 years of Wellington becoming the capital city of New Zealand and we were able to visit all rooms except those occupied by the Prime Minister. The house has an "interesting" history having been cobbled together from four separate buildings. The house has been used a dental clinic, child-care entre and the setting for a variety of social functions. There is some nice furniture and the garden is very good. Premier House does not have magnificence of many other "older" Wellington buildings.
    Written 27 July 2015
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