Fast times in Parliament usually end in heated debates, but not everything goes in terms of what can be said.
Insults, "unbecoming" language and accusations of dishonesty are banned, according to a list on the New Zealand Parliament website, but we're seriously considering getting some of these phrases back into circulation in the newsroom.
Some of our favourites include the 1936 term "Fungus Farmer" which may have been rude in 1936 but is a perfectly legitimate occupation today.
Another favourite is the 1949 banned phrase "His brains could revolve inside a peanut shell for a thousand years without touching the sides."
Have a read of (and a laugh at) this selection of 'unparliamentary language' from the indexes of the New Zealand Parliamentary Debates, you hypnotised rabbit.
Shrewd old bird
Members hated the sight of khaki
Clown of the House
Idle vapourings of a mind diseased
I would cut the honourable gentleman's throat if I had the chance
His brains could revolve inside a peanut shell for a thousand years without touching the sides
Kind of animal that gnaws holes
Member not fit to lick the shoes of the Prime Minister
Energy of a tired snail returning home from a funeral
Member a vicious woman
Sits on his behind
Labour Party is dominated by an outside body
Shut up yourself, you great ape
Snotty nosed little boy
You are a cheap little twerp
Like a snail leaves a slime behind him
Scuttles for his political funk hole (allowed)
Could go down the Mount Eden sewer and come up cleaner than he went in
Dreamed the bill up in the bath
Grubby little man
Slinking off to another part of the House
Silly old moo
Ditch the bitch
Marxist or neo-Marxist
Member for Pretoria
Merv the Swerve
The Arapawa Goat