Election 2014 - Party Policies - Constitutional Reform

Constitutional Reform

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  • Support the establishment of an independent constitutional commission to assist with a dialogue towards forming a formal, written national constitution for NZ.
  • Facilitate a nationwide dialogue regarding our status as a constitutional monarchy and if we should retain the British monarch as our Head of State.
  • Establish a set ratio of electorate to list MPs, and introduce a mechanism to link the size of Parliament to New Zealand's population so the total number of MPs increases or decreases with population growth. (more here)

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  • Continue the public conversation on constitutional matters, as recommended by the Constitutional Advisory Panel, with the aim of developing reform options on issues such as a written constitution and the role of the Treaty of Waitangi in time for a referendum in 2017.
  • Prioritise a public debate on the glaring omission from the terms of reference for the Constitutional Advisory Panel, namely consideration of whether New Zealand should move to a republic within the Commonwealth in the future.
  • Establish a New Zealand Day, separate from Waitangi Day, to celebrate our nation’s history, multicultural society, and to discuss the potential for the future.
  • Introduce a Multicultural Act, similar to legislation in Canada, for the preservation and enhancement of multiculturalism in New Zealand.
  • Consider making the Constitutional Advisory Panel a permanent or long term institution, with administrative support from the Ministry of Justice or Ministry of Culture and Heritage, to ensure the conversation about our Constitution arrangements continues. (more here)

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