Media releases, reviews, columns and other news about A Constitution for Aotearoa New Zealand

2016 archive


The need for localist reforms
Policy Quarterly

30 Nov – Sir Geoffrey Palmer and Andrew Butler recently released their draft constitution for New Zealand, which joins a rich body of work on the subject of constitutional reform, writes NZ Initiative research fellow Jason Krupp.


 

Time has come for a written constitution
Otago Daily Times

29 Nov – A constitution for our times: let’s have it now, argues Andrew Butler before the Dunedin launch of his co-authored book with Sir Geoffrey Palmer on the issue.


 

A Constitution for Aotearoa NZ
RDU 98.5FM

21 Nov – Dr Andrew Butler discussed the proposed constitution for Aotearoa New Zealand in this interview on  radio RDU 98.5FM.


 

New Zealand is one of three countries without a written constitution
The Press

18 Nov – In our recently published book, A Constitution for Aotearoa New Zealand, Andrew Butler and I propose a written constitution for New Zealand.


 

Differences between written and unwritten constitutions
LawTalk

17 Nov – Sir Geoffrey Palmer and Dr Andrew Butler’s new book, A Constitution for Aotearoa New Zealand, provides a very useful account of many of the key constitutional issues that we face as a country.


 

All kiwi homes vulnerable if property rights aren’t better protected, says Human Rights Commission
Human Rights Commission

3 Nov 2016 – The Human Rights Commission is calling for greater protection of property rights for New Zealanders, following today’s release of a monitoring report on human rights in the Canterbury earthquake recovery.


 

Governor-General comments on NZ’s constitutional discussions
gg.govt.nz

3 November 2016 – A consistent theme of discussions about New Zealand’s constitution is that communities do not have a good understanding of how state authority is exercised, or where power resides, Dame Patsy Reddy has observed.


 

Should New Zealand develop its own written constitution?
Radio Live

1 November 2016 – Willie Jackson and Alison Mau talk with Sir Geoffrey Palmer, who is calling for New Zealand to develop its own written constitution.


 

Simplified constitution critical for the future
New Zealand Herald

25 October 2016 – Sir Geoffrey Palmer and Dr Andrew Butler argue that their proposed constitutional arrangements are flexible enough to remain up to date, and need to include the Treaty of Waitangi.


 

Administration of Official Information Act ‘fundamentally defective’: Palmer
stuff.co.nz

19 October 2016 – Sir Geoffrey Palmer advocates for Information Authority with power to decide Official Information Act requests, as Chief Ombudsman announces plans for more proactive investigative stance.


 

A new constitution for Aotearoa New Zealand
Radio New Zealand

23 October 2016 – After years of work and over 250 hui involving thousands of people, Matike Mai Aotearoa (the Independent Working Group on Constitutional Transformation) launched its report on Waitangi Day this year. Its recommendations are far-reaching and radical. Listen to this interview with panel member Moana Jackson on Radio New Zealand’s Sunday Morning programme.


 

‘Thorough, clear, and logical case for NZ constitution’
Otago Daily Times

19 October 2016 – Proposed constitution for Aotearoa New Zealand ‘a model of how to consider change’, writes Otago Daily Times books editor Helen Spiers.


 

Three ways of thinking about constitutions
greatgovernment.nz

18 October 2016 – Geoffrey Palmer and Andrew Butler’s book A Constitution for Aotearoa New Zealand provides food for thought about the nature of written and unwritten constitutions, writes public lawyer Dr Edward Willis.


 

‘Irredeemably policy driven’
Sunday Star-Times

16 October 2016 – When a former prime minister and renowned legal brain says there is too much politics in policy, it pays to listen, writes David Slack.


 

A Constitution for Aotearoa NZ tops Unity best seller list.

14 October 2016 – A Constitution for Aotearoa NZ has topped Unity Books’ Auckland best seller list, and is sitting at no. 3 in Wellington.


 

A Constitution for Aotearoa NZ tops Unity best seller list.

14 October 2016 – A Constitution for Aotearoa NZ has topped Unity Books’ Auckland best seller list, and is sitting at no. 3 in Wellington.


 

A Constitution for Aotearoa NZ tops Unity best seller list.

14 October 2016 – A Constitution for Aotearoa NZ has topped Unity Books’ Auckland best seller list, and is sitting at no. 3 in Wellington.


 

We need a constitution to protect democracy
New Zealand Herald

11 October 2016 – Former North Shore city councillor Tony Holman joins the call for a written constitution, arguing that New Zealanders’ democratic rights are being eroded.


 

Book review: A Constitution for Aotearoa New Zealand
Radio New Zealand

6 October 2016 – Listen to Dean Knight’s review of A Constitution for Aotearoa New Zealand on Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon.


 

Auckland launch of A Constitution for Aotearoa New Zealand

5 October 2016 – More than 100 people turned out at Russell McVeagh’s Auckland offices for the Auckland launch of A Constitution for Aotearoa New Zealand on Wednesday October 5.


 

For a boost in inspiration and participation, councils need greater independence
www.thespinoff.co.nz

5 October 2016 – Local government is crucial and too often ignored. Our proposed constitution starts by recognising they need greater autonomy, explain Geoffrey Palmer and Andrew Butler.


 

Top turnout for Top of the South

30 September 2016 – We had a great turnout for two separate public meetings on Friday 30 September to discuss our book.


 

The constitution: A conversation at Unity Books

5 October 2016 – More than 60 people came to Unity Books in Wellington to hear a conversation with the authors of A Constitution for Aotearoa New Zealand.


 

Geoffrey Palmer unfurls his blueprint for a new constitution
www.thespinoff.co.nz

26 September 2016 – With recent efforts at drafting a constitution for New Zealand stalled, a new and engaging approach is called for. Geoffrey Palmer introduces a fresh project and its core principles.


 

Why New Zealand needs a written constitution
Radio New Zealand

25 September – Listen to this interview with Sir Geoffrey Palmer and Dr Andrew Butler on Radio New Zealand’s Sunday Morning programme.


 

Right of reply: Improving quality of government
National Business Review

16 September 2016 – Dr Andrew Butler makes the case for judges to have a role in checking Parliament’s compliance with fundamental human rights, so long as Parliament has the last word.

A Constitution for Aotearoa New Zealand
Law Talk

22 September 2016 – New Zealand’s constitution is a hodgepodge of rules formed by a jumble of statutes, a plethora of obscure conventions, letters patent and manuals, and a raft of decisions of the courts, writes Geoff Adlam in this review of A Constitution for Aotearoa New Zealand.


 

New book asks New Zealanders how much power government should have
Media release

16 September 2016 – Does New Zealand need a modern written constitution? The authors of a new book, A Constitution for Aotearoa New Zealand, are seeking New Zealanders’ views about whether this country should have a written constitution and, if so, what should be in it.


 

The quest for a New Zealand constitution
The Law News

9 September 2016 – Former Prime Minister Sir Geoffrey Palmer explains his mission to create a new constitution for New Zealand in this interview with Rod Vaughan.


 

New Zealand needs a new written constitution
The Constitution Unit, University College London

18 August 2016 – New Zealanders think little about their constitutional arrangements and hardly ever discuss them – because those arrangements are impossible to find, writes Sir Geoffrey Palmer.