Meet the man safeguarding Parliament this Christmas

The year has been a tumultuous one in Parliament. There have been leaks, sackings, new party leaders and even a Prime Ministerial baby.

But while MPs are resting, Parliament security team leader Aaron Wilson doesn't get a sleep in - in fact quite the opposite.

"Christmas Day I'll be working night shift, so between the hours of 11pm and 7am," Mr Wilson says.

He will be leading a team of five to make sure there are no problems and the Beehive doesn't burn down.

"We'll be going around the buildings making sure the lights are turned off, no one's left the oven on," he says.

"It's quite an operation. We'll have two people in the control room monitoring CCTV and the phones, two extra people on who can do the building patrols and external patrols outside."

Politicians have different plans for the day, including Paula Bennett who looking is looking forward to using her own karaoke machine.

Mr Wilson and his team do get some sympathy.

"It seems a bit rough for them actually that they have to work on Christmas day," Phil Twyford said.

"Hope in amongst that work they get to spend some time with family and friends," Jacinda Ardern added.

But it's not all bad - working a night shift on Christmas Eve has its benefits.

"I think I'll go home and open all the presents, then go to sleep and avoid the relatives for the lunch," Mr Wilson joked.