Government Buildings in Wellington

Government Buildings in Wellington, New Zealand

Government Buildings in Wellington

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  • b_long176
    Sydney, Australia1,104 contributions
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    This review was just a quick visit to the exterior of the buildings, in particular the "Beehive". As an architect it was interesting to see such a different formed building, next door to the traditional parliament building typology. The precinct around it included a nice park and the cenotaph, and there is a playground for the kids as well. Worth a visit, just to walk around. We may try an inside tour next time we visit.
    Written 16 April 2024
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  • Christopher G
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    Visiting the Government House in Wellington, New Zealand was an absolute delight! From the moment I stepped onto the grounds, I was greeted with stunning architecture and beautifully manicured gardens. The guided tour provided fascinating insights into the country's history and governance, and I was impressed by the professionalism and friendliness of the staff. Exploring the elegant rooms and learning about the important role the Government House plays in New Zealand's democratic process was both educational and inspiring. The grounds were simply breathtaking, making it a truly memorable experience. I highly recommend a visit to anyone interested in history, politics, or simply appreciating the beauty of New Zealand's capital city. If you get the opportunity to tour you should definitely do it!
    Written 13 February 2024
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  • onitada
    Wellington, New Zealand229 contributions
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    My first job was working for the then Education Department in the Old Government Building, although the rooms I worked in are not accessible to the public today, as the oldest wooden building in the southern hemisphere is shared with the Victoria University Law School. I chose to visit after the cruise ship season had ended, which meant fewer crowds. There are several rooms which offer different perspectives and times in New Zealand history. On the first floor are the old cabinet rooms, where history was made. It is worth a visit, and it is free.
    Written 13 April 2024
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  • Agnes D
    Auckland, New Zealand108 contributions
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    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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  • on_the_go_98765
    Tucson20,631 contributions
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    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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  • Peter C
    Wellington, New Zealand611 contributions
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    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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