New Zealand’s political culture needs to change, starting with civics education that shows young New Zealanders the difference they can make, writes Peter McKenzie.
Continue reading Why a constitution alone is not enough
A Constitution for Aotearoa New Zealand keeps court structures as they are, but proposes some additional safeguards for judicial independence.
Continue reading Preserving judicial independence
A Constitution for Aotearoa New Zealand proposes to clearly define the Prime Minister’s functions and powers, and to impose some limits.
Continue reading Providing clarity about the PM’s powers
A Constitution for Aotearoa New Zealand proposes to preserve and sharpen NZ’s tradition of Cabinet government, while ensuring that necessary checks and balances are in place.
Continue reading Preserving the tradition of Cabinet government
A Constitution for Aotearoa New Zealand proposes that Cabinet be limited to a maximum of 20 people.
Continue reading Should the number of Ministers be limited?
Would the Constitution Aotearoa NZ proposals just create a United States-style system, where Supreme Court judges decide everything that is important? The answer is no, according to Geoffrey Palmer and Andrew Butler.
Continue reading Why our proposals won’t create a US-style constitution
The proposed Constitution for Aotearoa New Zealand improves legal protection for trans* people, but doesn’t go far enough, says Frankie Wood-Bodley.
Continue reading Marginal improvement: the trans* community and discrimination
The Royal prerogative – the undefined, uncertain, residual powers retained by the sovereign – should be replaced with clearly defined statutory law, writes Emma Ricketts.
Continue reading Royal prerogative a source of constitutional confusion
Democracy around the world is under threat, and New Zealand is not immune. Here, government attitudes to official information are hampering democratic debate and accountability, writes Sir Geoffrey Palmer.
Continue reading Toothless Official Information Act needs overhaul and constitutional backing
New Zealand’s system of checks and balances on state power is sadly insufficient, write Sir Geoffrey Palmer and Andrew Butler.
Continue reading Strengthening checks and balances on state power
New Zealand passes too much law, too quickly, and the Government has too much control of Parliament, argue Geoffrey Palmer and Andrew Butler.
Continue reading NZ’s habit of big, bad law
Granting judges a right to invalidate legislation will strengthen the rule of law while leaving lawmaking power in Parliament’s hands, argue Geoffrey Palmer and Andrew Butler.
Continue reading Why judicial oversight is nothing to fear
If New Zealand doesn’t protect environmental rights there’ll be no environment – or economy – left to protect, argues Sir Geoffrey Palmer.
Continue reading Environmental right needed before it’s too late
Christchurch City Councillor Raf Manji makes the case for a constitution with enforceable economic rights.
Continue reading The case for economic rights
Parliament – not the Government – should decide when New Zealand can sign up to binding international treaties, declare war, and send troops overseas, says Sir Geoffrey Palmer
Continue reading Should Parliament decide about international treaties and defence missions?
Sir Geoffrey Palmer makes the case for including a right to privacy in New Zealand’s constitution.
Continue reading The case for a right to privacy
Parliament’s rules allow the Government to determine who becomes Parliament’s Speaker. Sir Geoffrey Palmer makes the case for a politically neutral process.
Continue reading The case for a politically neutral Speaker of Parliament
New Zealand’s constitution should safeguard the independence and core values of the public service, argues Sir Geoffrey Palmer
Continue reading Should New Zealand’s constitution protect the independence of the public service?
New Zealand’s constitution doesn’t do enough to protect local democracy, says Sir Geoffrey Palmer.
Continue reading Why local democracy needs stronger protection