There's a pile of junk mail in the kitchen I've just been sifting through. At the very bottom was a flyer for the "Coca-Cola Easter Show", this Easter weekend just been. Held at Greenlane, it was only after I'd chucked the flyer in the recycling that it dawned on me that the Coca-Cola Easter Show was once actually the Royal Easter Show.
Surprisingly, this hasn't been spun as "Republicanism by Stealth" or "Creeping Republicanism" by the opponents of a New Zealand republic. Which is unusual, as they usually complain at the slightest suggestion the monarchy has been undermined. It's doubtful that will happen here.
The end of the Royal Easter Show is just another example for a growing list of things disassociating themselves from the British monarchy in New Zealand.