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Sing-along ends parliament's year

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 14/12/2016

Parliament has adjourned for the year after a debating chamber sing-along and a final exchange of insults.

Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell strummed a guitar as he and Marama Fox entertained MPs with their version of Santa Baby, which urged people to join up.

Prime Minister Bill English and Labour leader Andrew Little weren't so light-hearted.

Mr English described Labour as "bland, awful nothingness" while Mr Little considered New Zealand was about to be given "a new government in last Christmas' wrapping paper".

Parliament sat for 535 hours during 88 days this year, the same number of days as last year.

It passed 107 bills.

Parliament will resume on February 7.

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