New Zealand could easily become a republic - expert

Morning Talk 20/04/2018
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It would only take simple majority in Parliament to make New Zealand a republic, says a constitutional expert.

Professor Andrew Geddis from the University of Otago assured Mark Sainsbury that it wouldn’t be a difficult legal process. 

You could change that through a simple act of Parliament.

“You could change that through a simple act of Parliament. 61 MPs tomorrow could make New Zealand a republic.”

However, Mr Geddis didn’t recommend going through Parliament to make the “symbolic” move.  

“Of course, 61 MPs changing the Constitution Act to make New Zealand a republic would be a terrible way to do it,” he said.

The country’s Commonwealth status is a hot topic among Kiwis, so Mr Geddis suggest that “it ought to go to the people to decide”. 

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who was one of the four of the 19 new Commonwealth leaders to have a private audience with the Queen, said becoming a republic an issue that’s not on her agenda, as she doesn’t believe New Zealanders are particularly worried about becoming a republic “any time soon”.

Listen the full interview with Andrew Geddis above.

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