New Zealand parliament again breaks out in song

By Toby Manhire In Politics

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For the second time in three weeks, the New Zealand House of Representatives has been filled with song.

Following an impressive series of tributes to Labour member Parekura Horomia, who died last week, the public gallery delivered a resounding waiata, with one or two MPs even joining in as flowers were placed on Horomia’s seat.

Shane Jones had earlier belted out a waiata composed especially for his friend.

The emotions were different, but the chamber similarly filled with song when the marriage equality bill was passed last month, triggering a resounding rendition of Pokarekare Ana. And on that occassion the camera operators treated us (unlike today, alas) to a view of the gallery.

All this singing is good, a refreshing change from the usual slurring and sledging. Perhaps it should become a weekly feature.

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