Republicanism in New Zealand

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Republicanism in New Zealand is a political position that holds that New Zealand's system of government should be changed from a constitutional monarchy to a republic.wikipedia
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New Zealand Republic

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The current main republican lobby group, New Zealand Republic, was established in 1994. In March 1994 the Republican Coalition of New Zealand was formed to promote the move to a republic and Prime Minister Jim Bolger suggested to the 44th Parliament in the Address In Reply debate that New Zealand should become a republic by 2001.
New Zealand Republic Inc. is an organisation formed in 1994 whose object is to support the creation of a New Zealand republic.

Republican Association of New Zealand

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In 1966 Bruce Jesson founded the Republican Association of New Zealand, and later the Republican Party in 1967.
The Republican Association of New Zealand (NZRA) was a political organisation in New Zealand with the aim of supporting the creation of a New Zealand republic.

Bruce Jesson

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In 1966 Bruce Jesson founded the Republican Association of New Zealand, and later the Republican Party in 1967.
Jesson was a republican who championed an independent political and intellectual culture in New Zealand.

New Zealand Republican Party (1967)

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In 1966 Bruce Jesson founded the Republican Association of New Zealand, and later the Republican Party in 1967.
The New Zealand Republican Party of 1967 was a political party which campaigned for the creation of a New Zealand republic.

Monarchy of New Zealand

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Republicanism in New Zealand is a political position that holds that New Zealand's system of government should be changed from a constitutional monarchy to a republic.
Some New Zealanders think New Zealand should become a republic with a New Zealand resident as the head of state, while others wish to retain the monarchy.

Allen Bell

In the 1911 general election Colonel Allen Bell, the Reform Party candidate for the Raglan seat, advocated the abolition of the monarchy.
During the campaign Bell created controversy when he advocated the abolition of the monarchy, and the creation of a New Zealand republic.

God Defend New Zealand

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In May 1973, a remit was proposed at the Labour Party national conference to change the flag, declare New Zealand a republic and change the national anthem (then only God Save the Queen, God Defend New Zealand becoming the second anthem in 1977), but this was voted down.
In May 1973 a remit to change the New Zealand flag, declare a New Zealand republic and change the national anthem was voted down by the Labour Party at their national conference.

Constitution of New Zealand

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Because New Zealand's constitution is uncodified, a republic could be enacted by statute, as a simple act of parliament.
Many groups advocate constitutional reform by referendum, for example New Zealand Republic supports a referendum on a republic.

Jim Bolger

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In March 1994 the Republican Coalition of New Zealand was formed to promote the move to a republic and Prime Minister Jim Bolger suggested to the 44th Parliament in the Address In Reply debate that New Zealand should become a republic by 2001.
During the 1994 Address-in-Reply debate, Bolger argued in favour of a New Zealand republic.

Governor-General of New Zealand

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Several prime ministers and governors-general have identified themselves as republicans, although no government has yet taken any meaningful steps towards enacting a republic.
Reform of the office is usually only mentioned in the context of a New Zealand republic.

Samuel Revans

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Samuel Revans, who founded the Wellington Settlers' Constitutional Association in 1848, advocated a New Zealand republic.
Revans was known for his then-radical views on many subjects, including a strong support for republicanism.

Jacinda Ardern

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern states that she is a republican, and that she would "encourage national debate over cutting ties with the royal family".
In September 2017, Ardern said she wanted New Zealand to have a debate on removing the monarch of New Zealand as its head of state.

List of political parties in New Zealand

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Three political parties currently with members in New Zealand's parliament have a policy of holding a binding referendum on the republic issue.

Helen Clark

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Labour Prime Minister Helen Clark stated that she thought "the idea of a nation such as New Zealand being ruled by a head of state some 20,000 km away is absurd. It is inevitable that New Zealand will become a republic. It is just a matter of when the New Zealand people are bothered enough to talk about it – it could be 10 years, or it could be 20 years, but it will happen."
A republican, Clark stated in 2002 that she thought it was "inevitable" that New Zealand would become a republic in the near future.

Michael Hardie Boys

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In 2004, Hardie Boys stated his opposition to New Zealand becoming a republic, stating in an interview: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

David Lange

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Former Prime Minister David Lange expressed support for a New Zealand republic, stating: "Do such things matter? They certainly do. We suffer in this country from a lack of emotional focus... New Zealand will become a republic just as Britain will be blurred into Europe".
Lange also expressed support for a New Zealand republic, stating: "Do such things matter? They certainly do. We suffer in this country from a lack of emotional focus... New Zealand will become a republic just as Britain will be blurred into Europe".

Michael Cullen (politician)

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Then–Deputy Prime Minister Michael Cullen, however, declared that he supported the monarchy, stating in 2004 he was "a sort of token monarchist in the Cabinet these days."
However, in 2010 he repudiated that stance, taking the view that New Zealand should move towards a republic once the Queen's reign ends.

New Zealand Republican Party (1995)

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The New Zealand Republican Party of 1995 was a political party which campaigned for the creation of a New Zealand republic as one of its main policies.

John Carter (New Zealand politician)

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Former MPs John Carter, and Wayne Mapp and Richard Worth have been among the most vocal supporters of the monarchy within the party.
In March 1994 he publicly disavowed Prime Minister Jim Bolger's call for a New Zealand republic.

Keith Locke

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Former Green MP Keith Locke had a private member's bill drawn on the issue, the Head of State Referenda Bill, for a referendum on the issue, but it was voted down at its first reading in parliament.
Locke supported a New Zealand republic.

Paul Reeves

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Her predecessor as Governor-General, Sir Paul Reeves, has stated that he would not oppose a republic.
In 2004 Reeves made a statement in support of New Zealand republic, stating in an interview, "...if renouncing knighthoods was a prerequisite to being a citizen of a republic, I think it would be worth it."

John Key

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Former Prime Minister John Key has said he was "not convinced it [a republic] will be a big issue in the short term", but that he thinks a republic is "inevitable"; however, since this statement he has affirmed his support for the monarchy and made it clear that while he was prime minister a republic would not happen "on his watch".
Like his predecessor Helen Clark, Key views a New Zealand republic as "inevitable", although probably not for another decade.

Catherine Tizard

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In 2004 former Governor-General Dame Catherine Tizard said publicly that the monarch should be replaced by a New Zealand head of state.
In 2004, Tizard stated that she supported a New Zealand republic "in principle" and when she was governor-general, had discussed the issue of republicanism with the Queen: "She is quite sanguine about these things. She has always said it is a decision for New Zealand to make, and 'whatever decision New Zealand makes, of course we would accept it'."

Peter Dunne

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Former United Future New Zealand leader Peter Dunne is a supporter of a New Zealand republic.
Dunne supports a New Zealand republic, and holding an early referendum on the future of New Zealand's head of state has become part of United Future's policy programme.

Realm of New Zealand

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The Realm of New Zealand consists of New Zealand proper and two states in free association, Niue and the Cook Islands.
Within New Zealand there exists some support for a New Zealand republic.