Story: Public protest

Prayer vigil at Parliament

Prayer vigil at Parliament

Parliament's grounds have been a site for public protest since they were landscaped during the rebuilding of the House of Representatives in the 1910s. They have hosted hundreds of demonstrations and protests. This 1977 prayer vigil protesting the passage of a bill to legalise abortion was among the smaller ones. In the background, the Beehive (Parliament's executive wing) is under construction.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1977/3978/8A-F

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Ben Schrader, 'Public protest - Public protest overview', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 September 2022)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Jul 2015