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Public backs constitutional inquiry

Monday, 11 October 2004

Public backs constitutional inquiry

United Future leader, Peter Dunne, a long-time proponent of an inquiry into New Zealand’s constitutional arrangements, says he’s delighted to see the latest poll confirms the public agrees with him.

The TV3 - TNS poll asked a thousand voters if they agreed whether a constitutional inquiry into the Treaty of Waitangi is needed or not.

Mr Dunne said “55% thought an inquiry was needed, 37% did not, with 8% undecided.

“National voters were 51% - 44% in favour and Labour voters were 57% - 35% in favour.

“This confirms my view that New Zealanders are looking for a sense of identity, of nationhood, and a strong, clear and well-defined set of constitutional arrangements is an essential part of that.

“The inquiry I have been seeking, and am still in discussions with the Government about, is more than just a look at the role the Treaty of Waitangi plays in New Zealand.

“I believe we must stop tinkering around the edges of these important issues and I am encouraged to see the public agrees,” said Mr Dunne.


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