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

Gordon Campbell: On Another Reason To Loathe HR Departments (And On The Teachers Strike)

This morning’s news item about Police emergency call centre staff turning up for work while they’re sick – because they’re afraid their sick leave statistics will be used against them, and their jobs put in jeopardy – is not an isolated case...

Obviously, sick people shouldn’t be being treated by doctors and nurses who are themselves sick and potentially infectious. Similarly, Police emergency calls also need to be fielded by people who’re feeling alert, and on top of their game. More>>

 
 

MPs' Computers To Be Searched: Inquiry Into Leak On Simon Bridges' Expenses

An inquiry has been launched to find out who leaked the National Party's expenses to the media... Parliament's speaker, Trevor Mallard, said a Queen's Counsel would lead the inquiry with the help of an employment lawyer and also someone with forensic IT skills. More>>

ALSO:

Teachers Strike: Nationwide Rallies And Marches

Teachers and principals voted for a full day strike to be held on 15 August to send a strong message to the Government that the current collective agreement offers from the Ministry of Education would not fix the crisis in teaching. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: City Council Ends Its Support For Jackson’s Movie Museum

The Wellington City Council and the Movie Museum Limited have today announced a mutually-agreed parting of the ways for a joint project between the Council’s Convention Centre and TMML’s Movie Museum... Both parties remain optimistic for the future of their respective projects. More>>

Pay Equity: Historic Settlement For Education Support Workers

The New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) and the Ministry of Education today signed Terms of Settlement to address a pay equity claim for 329 support workers who work with very young children in early childhood and primary schools. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Stereotypes About Jacinda Ardern

Routinely, female politicians get depicted as either show ponies or battle axes, with little room for anything else in between. .. More>>

Weekend Interviews: "Discriminatory And Racist" Aussie Deportations

The former president of Australia’s Human Rights Commission Gillian Triggs says deportations have risen dramatically in Australia since 2014 when ministers and ministerial delegates were given the power to cancel visas - and half of those being deported are New Zealanders. "These are massive numbers, actually escalating dramatically."... More>>

ALSO:

Legal Challenge: Prisoner Has 9 Boxes Of Documents Seized

Human rights organisation People Against Prisons Aotearoa says a prisoner they advocate for has had 9 boxes of legal documents seized from him just days before his case against the Department of Corrections was to be heard. More>>

Single-Use Plastic Bags: Govt To Phase Them Out

Single-use plastic shopping bags will be phased out over the next year, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage announced today. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages