Kōrero: Parliament

The mace

The mace

The mace (foreground) is the symbol of the speaker of the House's authority and is carried by the serjeant at arms as he leads the speaker into and out of the debating chamber. The mace had its origins in medieval England, in the weapons carried by the serjeants at arms, who were bodyguards to the king, and had the power to arrest without a warrant.

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Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives
Photograph by Todd Crawford

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

John E. Martin, 'Parliament - Structural changes, 1890s to 1950s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/object/33709/the-mace (accessed 22 September 2021)

He kōrero nā John E. Martin, i tāngia i te 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Feb 2015