Helen Clark is right- it's time NZ had its own head of State
MEDIA RELEASE 1 November 2013
Prime Minister Helen Clark's comments today that it is
"quaint" that New Zealand does not have a head of State of
its own are being welcomed by the campaign for a New
Zealander to be our head of State.
"In her role at the UN,
Helen probably gets to see a lot of the issues raised by our
country not having a head of State of its own" said Lewis
Holden, Republican Movement chair.
"At the same time, she
acknowledges that the Royal family are fine servants and
interested in global issues. That's great for them, but it's
really only of benefit to the United Kingdom, because the
Royals are first and foremost British, and not Kiwis"
continued Mr Holden.
Helen Clark's comments came after a
meeting with Prince
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