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

 


New leader for head of state campaign - Republician Movement

MEDIA RELEASE: 22 February 2014  

The campaign for a New Zealander as our head of state has a new leader. Savage, a writer and painter from West Auckland will be the campaign's new leader. Savage, who has only one name, was a founding member of the Republic campaign and has been involved with the campagin's executive since 1999.

Former leader Lewis Holden said "I've had a great time over the past seven years aschair, but it's time to move on. We've achieved a lot, we have developed clear policy statement on what we stand for, we've published a book explaining why a New Zealander should be our head of state. We've created greater public awareness about the benefits of change and made the issue central to the wider constitutional debate. I'm still very much a supporter of the campaign and wish Savage all the best - his commitment to the campaign has been invaluable to me and the organisation as a whole."

Savage is looking forwarding to recruiting new supporters and working hard to raise the issue wherever he can. "I am part of this campaign because I want NZ to have the best possible Head of State. I have dual NZ and UK citizen citizenship, so this is not an anti-British thing in any way. This is all about making New Zealand a stronger democracy."

"We re advocating a clear set of reforms and we're confident that once New Zealanders see the proposals they will see the sense in having our own democratically selected head of state. Our vision for New Zealand is  to have a head of state based fairness and equality. No more half way measures where we kind of have a Governor-General who is almost like our own head of state."

"We changed our electoral system for the better and the next logical step is to improve the way we choose the head of state. This is not a radical change. It is simply an inevitable and sensible step in the story of New Zealand" concluded Savage.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On The National Leadership “Contest”

Key’s endorsement of English has turned this “contest” into a race for second place.

This succession was well planned. Lets not forget that English was told by Key in September of his intention to resign, and English was the only member of Cabinet entrusted with that information before it was sprung on everyone else on Monday morning. More>>

Latest: Judith Collins and Jonathan Coleman have withdrawn from the leadership race, leaving Bill English the only candidate to replace John Key as Prime Minister.

 

Education, Marketing, Taxes: Health Groups Call For Actions For Sugary Drinks

The New Zealand Dental Association is launching a new consensus statement on Sugary Drinks endorsed by key health organisations. The actions seek to reduce harm caused by sugary drinks consumption. More>>

ALSO:

More Departures? David Shearer Proposed For UN Peacekeeping Role

Mt Albert MP David Shearer is being proposed for a demanding and exciting role heading the United Nations peacekeeping force in South Sudan, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. More>>

ALSO:

Security Agencies' Reports: GCSB Wants To Give ISPs More Power To Block Threats

The Government Communications Security Bureau wants to give internet service providers more information and power to block cyber threats which are increasing, its director told the intelligence and security select committee yesterday.. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Charter Schools Misleading Pass Rates

Labour: NCEA results for charter schools have been massively overstated... In one case a school reported a 93.3 per cent pass rate when the facts show only 6.7 per cent of leavers achieved NCEA level two. More>>

ALSO:

Rebstock Report Resolution: SSC Apologises To Derek Leask And Nigel Fyfe

Following a complaint by Mr Leask, the Ombudsman found that the State Services Commission acted unreasonably in relation to Mr Leask and identified numerous deficiencies in the investigation process and in the publication of the final report and in the criticisms it contained of Mr Leask... More>>

ALSO:

International Rankings: Student Results 'Show More Resourcing Needed'

NZEI: New Zealand had only held relatively steady in international rankings in some areas because the average achievement for several other OECD countries had lowered the OECD average -- not because our student achievement has improved. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

Salvation Army Report: Beyond The Prison Gate Report

A new Salvation Army report says changes must be made to how prisoners re-enter society for New Zealanders to feel safe and secure in their homes and communities. More>>

ALSO:

Surprise Exit: Gordon Campbell On The Key Resignation

The resignation of John Key is one thing. The way that Key and his deputy Bill English have screwed the scrum on the leadership succession vote (due on December 12) is something else again. It remains to be seen whether the party caucus – ie, the ambitious likes of Steven Joyce, Judith Collins, Paula Bennett, and Amy Adams – will simply roll over... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news