Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Maori Council’s Constitutional Review a Winner

Maori Council’s Constitutional Review a Winner

THE Republican Movement supports the Maori Council’s call for a constitutional review that includes the Privy Council, republicanism and the role of the Treaty, but any review has to genuinely involve New Zealanders.

(See NZ Maori Council release 7-8-00 titled Treaty Partners and the Privy Council).

"A decision to abolish the right of appeal to the Privy Council is timely, but people have to own that decision. The ‘elite’ had their chance to look at the issues in April at the Constitutional Conference in Wellington. Let’s use this latest opportunity to get everyone else involved," Republican Movement president Dave Guerin said today.

“The Government is already planning consultation over the Privy Council change and civics education on the Treaty. Why not make it a two-way exercise and genuinely seek people’s opinions on the issues? We need to get this debate away from Wellington and out to the rest of the country.”

The Republican Movement has previously suggested the following approaches to build public involvement in constitutional change:

Ø civics education programmes to develop New Zealanders’ understanding of, participation in, and ability to change our political system; Ø conferences like the Building the Constitution conference; Ø presenting new perspectives and ideas to people through books, newspaper articles and speeches; Ø involving people in the development of viable options for change; Ø organising discussion and consultation meetings around the country; and Ø building in feedback loops to whatever is done, so that people have a chance to respond to and build upon any proposals.

“The Republican Movement is willing to contribute in any way to help build the level of debate about, and public involvement in, constitutional change in New Zealand. It would be great to see the Government extend its current vision to include a broad constitutional review.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Supreme Court: Worksafe Decision On Whittall Pike River Prosecution Unlawful

The question in issue on the appeal was whether WorkSafe New Zealand acted to give effect to an unlawful agreement of this nature when it offered no evidence on charges against Peter William Whittall for breaches of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992...

The Supreme Court... has found that the decision to offer no evidence was made under an unlawful agreement to stifle prosecution. It has granted a declaration to that effect. More>>

 

Cullen To Chair: Tax Working Group Terms Of Reference Announced

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash today announced the Terms of Reference for the Tax Working Group and that the Group will be chaired by Sir Michael Cullen. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>

ALSO:

Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>

ALSO:

Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>

ALSO:

Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election