Tandem insight: New Media in Parliament


Using Tandem’s wide experience in new media has seen the creation of the website www.inthehouse.co.nz for the New Zealand Clerk of the House.

This website is the first in the world to present each individual speaker within Parliament’s debating chamber – online in searchable segments offering the chance to view, share and comment on that speaker using a mix of website, and social media such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

Tandem created the concept, built the site and manages the site from its Christchurch studios. This has meant the employment of one full-time and three part-time employees. The website users an In The House YouTube channel which is regularly in the top 10 most-viewed YouTube channels in New Zealand and occasional as high as No 2. In fact, many members of parliament – including John Key, Bill English, Annette King – list the In The House website as one of their ‘likes’ on their Facebook pages.

This project was a major goal and achievement through 2009 and will see the forms and template for the site offered to other parliaments, city councils and large companies as a communication system for them and their key stakeholders.

Here’s a couple of high-ranking, high-hitting videos on our site:
This is a question from Hon David Parker to the Minister of Energy and Resources – Has he received my invitation dated 14 December to accompany me, after Parliament rises, on the Gillespie Pass tramping circuit in the north-eastern parts of the Mount Aspiring National Park, so that he can inspect first-hand areas in the conservation estate included in his stock-take of mineral resources, and will he accept it?