Story: Constitution

Last meeting of the Legislative Council, 1950

This photograph records the last meeting of the Legislative Council, the upper house of the New Zealand Parliament, on 1 December 1950. It was abolished by an act of Parliament earlier that year. Listen to press-gallery reporter Charles Wheeler describe the Legislative Chamber's role and how it came to be abolished – which he says was a 'constitutional revolution'.

Sound file from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero (The end of the Legislative Council/Reference number ID32809)

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Matthew Palmer, 'Constitution - Representative democracy and Parliament', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/speech/35917/last-meeting-of-the-legislative-council-1950 (accessed 18 November 2018)

Story by Matthew Palmer, published 20 Jun 2012