Live: Speech from the throne

Beehive Ceremonies have kicked off for the State Opening of Parliament.

'Bad boy' now assistant Speaker

Trevor Mallard 12:38pm Trevor Mallard, who has a reputation as one Parliament's worst-behaved MPs, was elected unanimously.

Gruesome overtones subdue

beehive OPINION: Parliament's pre-opening swearing-in of MPs is always a hybrid of Gilbert & Sullivan's Iolanthe and the first day at kindy.

Robertson's risk with Ardern

Jacinda Ardern 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.

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