Thursday, March 8, 2018

The Ayes Have It

Supreme Court, Wellington

Armed with all our knowledge from last night’s lecture, we took off this morning to visit Parliament.  Parliament was not in session. The House looks very much like Britain’s House of Parliament.  Currently there are 5 parties with the Labor party forming the largest coalition.  From Parliament we walked to the nearby Supreme Court, which has been in existence only since 2004. Prior to that the right of appeal was held at the Privy Council based in London. There are only 5 judges.  The public can view court proceedings from behind a viewing glass without appointment.

The Wellington National Portrait Gallery

After lunch we were free to explore on our own.  Wayne and I went to the New Zealand Portrait Gallery where we saw this year’s chosen work from a juried show.  The works were quite nice and varied.  From the Gallery we walked along the harbor, explored a local market and then went to dinner with some from the group.

Foe, Jennifer, Wayne, Christy Healther, Betty

More pictures of the day are at flickr.