The students were welcomed by deputy Speaker Tai Tura and MPs including prime minister Henry Puna. MPs later posed for a group picture with the students in the tea break.
Clerk of Parliament Tangata Vainerere said they were pleased to host the students from Nukutere College as part of their strategic plan. They are required to offer civics education, teaching people the operations of the Parliament.
“We got a surprise turnout from Nukutere special needs class. They came in and asked whether they can come and observe how the Parliament operates so that was wonderful,” Vainerere said.
“Normally these classes take place when the Parliament is not on, so they actually talk to us not the parliamentarians. But they were lucky, the parliamentarians were doing their work and they were able to see first-hand how Parliament operates.”