In 1925, nineteen-year-old Robin Hyde was employed by the conservative Dominion newspaper to produce a daily column about events in the House called 'Peeps at Parliament'. Hyde used a pseudonym, and wrote her column in character as a naïve - but satirical - female observer of New Zealand political life. After she left the Dominion, Hyde would reprise her role as parliamentary reporter for the Mirror and New Zealand Observer newspapers.
The New Zealand Electronic Text Centre has published the Collected Parliamentary Reports of Robin Hyde. They have been edited and annotated by Dr. Nikki Hessell of Massey University. Dr. Hessell has also written a scholarly introduction to Hyde's political journalism.
The Collected Parliamentary Reports of Robin Hyde provide both a valuable addition to Robin Hyde scholarship, and a revealing insight into New Zealand's social and political culture in the inter-war period.