A Constitution for Aotearoa New Zealand proposes to grant judges the ability to strike down laws that are unconstitutional, while leaving the final decision-making power with Parliament. We also propose to strengthen judicial independence.

A Constitution for Aotearoa New Zealand proposes very few changes to New Zealand’s court system. It does propose that judges should be able to strike down statutory provisions that are inconsistent with the Bill of Rights Act or other constitutional measures. This would provide a check on Parliament’s power, making it more difficult for governments to push through legislative measures that breach human rights. Parliament would have the last word. We also propose to strengthen judicial independence by providing an independent process for selecting new judges.


It looks rather more like an effort to oust the Queen and toward a New Zealand republic than an effort to tame a runaway legislature.

– Submission to Constitution Aotearoa NZ

The real constitutional principle is not the authority of Parliament but the democratic authority of the people.

Sir Geoffrey Palmer and Dr Andrew Butler

I like the idea of things deriving from ‘the Crown’, but in reality it appears obsolete. Perhaps ‘the State’ could be a modern alternative.

– Submission to Constitution Aotearoa NZ

I agree with the reasons set out in the book for replacing the monarchy with a Kiwi head of state.

– Submission to Constitition Aotearoa NZ

Isn’t it odd that “the Queen in right of New Zealand” lives 18,000 kilometres away in a palace built from Jurassic limestone?

Morgan Godfrey

The monarchy is broken. It is broken because it does not represent the country we have become and it certainly does not represent the country we want to become.

Lewis Holden

The monarchy is an important part of New Zealand. It’s a vital component of our government, a guarantee of our democracy, and a sign of our maturity and independence as a nation.

www.monarchy.org.nz

New Zealand is a unique, dynamic and diverse country. New Zealand’s constitutional arrangements, national symbols and head of state should reflect this.

– www.republic.org.nz

I have always supported the royal family and Queen Elizabeth as our head of state. I am not confident in a republic replacing the current system.

Submission to Constitution Aotearoa NZ

Like it or not, the majority of “ordinary” New Zealanders have fallen in love with William and Catherine and will strongly object to your wanting to deprive them of any future role in New Zealand.

Submission to Constitution Aotearoa NZ

New Zealand needs its own Head of State. Currently no New Zealander can ever become Head of State of New Zealand.

Submission to Constitution Aotearoa NZ

I think the Monarchy belongs to the past and we should be looking to our future. We need our own head of state, drawn from our own population.

Submission to Constitution Aotearoa NZ

New Zealand is 50 years away from this discussion. There isn’t a living person in New Zealand who is worthy of being Head of State.

Submission to Constitution Aotearoa NZ