Towards Democratic Renewal, Geoffrey Palmer and Andrew Butler’s follow-up to 2016’s A Constitution for Aotearoa New Zealand, was formally launched in Wellington on April 5.
Justice Minister Andrew Butler launched the book before a large audience at Unity Books in Wellington, along with political scientist Elizabeth McLeay’s book In Search of Consensus, which is about the constitutional implications of the Electoral Act 1956.
At the launch, Sir Geoffrey said it was “vital” that New Zealand adopts a written, codified constitution in order to protect against a global trend towards more autocratic and less democratic government.
He said that he and Dr Butler aimed to encourage a conversation about New Zealand’s democratic and constitutional arrangements. Any constitutional change would require widespread public discussion and support.