Ceremonies have kicked off for the State Opening of Parliament.
Trevor Mallard, who has a reputation as one Parliament's worst-behaved MPs, was elected unanimously.
Parliament's pre-opening swearing-in of MPs is always a hybrid of Gilbert & Sullivan's Iolanthe and the first day at kindy.
Jacinda Ardern may emerge as Labour deputy whoever wins the top job, but her nomination as Grant Robertson’s running mate is seen as a risk.
Today in politics: Tuesday, October 21
Jacinda Ardern bites back at 'Beltway babies' branding
Islamic State fight: PM ramps up talk of troops in Iraq
Oath wording strikes MP discord
Union backs Andrew Little for Labour leadership
Sales pitch was wrong, says Parker
Quiz: Who are our new MPs?
Ex-MP to head panel of inquiry
Cocktail guests gave UN hint
Hager fundraising goes global
Ex-Jehovah's Witness bled to death after surgery
Mehrtens: Slade unlucky, but Carter call correct
Carter call highlights importance to All Blacks
Robertson's risk with Ardern
Council pandering on liquor: police
Dying woman wrongly denied pain relief
Problem Petone flats for the chop
Legal firm divulges private files
Where do you stand on political coat-tail riding?
If it gets marginalised voices into Parliament, I'm for it.
I'm against it - if you don't get the votes, you shouldn't be there.
It's just part of the political game.
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