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Republican Movement Launches New Salvo

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Republican Movement

Republican Movement Launches New Salvo

24 August 2009

The Republican Movement is to launch a new book to coincide with the historic anniversary of New Zealand's first assertion of its independence from the British Empire.

"The New Zealand Republic Handbook sets out New Zealand's path towards a republic," said Lewis Holden, chair of the Republican Movement.

"We're starting a new debate around New Zealand's nationhood, and the idea that a New Zealander should be our head of state," Mr Holden said.

"Monarchy as an idea has had it, there is no doubt in my mind that the best way we can head into the future is as a republic," said Keri Hulme, Patron of the Republican Movement, in the foreword to the book.

The book will be officially launched by Hon. Peter Dunne at Parliament on 23rd September, days before the 102nd anniversary of New Zealand becoming a dominion.

Advanced sales of the book prior to the launch date are available for $15 at: http://www.republic.org.nz/republichandbook

The Republican Movement is a network of New Zealanders who want our head of state to be elected by New Zealanders - either directly or indirectly.

We are committed to:

• involving all New Zealanders in the republic debate;
• providing relevant and reliable information;
• focusing on ideas, not personalities;
• winning a referendum to establish the republic;
Creating a republic does not require any change to the Treaty of Waitangi, flag or Commonwealth membership. For more information, see our website:
www.republic.org.nz

ENDS

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