- Head of State debate
- The case for a New Zealand republic
- Defending the monarchy
- The facts
- Constitutional review
- The Treaty of Waitangi
- Commonwealth membership
- Common Cause
$9m for a referendum or $9m for the monarchy?
The Prime Minister has announced the date of the citizens-initiated referendum on asset sales. Whatever the politics of the referendum - and the huge resources and organisation it took to bring it about - we're somewhat vindicated in our view that a citizens initiated referendum would not bring about the transition to a New Zealand head of State.
In announcing the referendum, John Key stated that it would cost Kiwi taxpayers $9m. Considering we're campaigning for a referendum to give New Zealanders a choice on who our next head of State is - and how they get that role - this figure is very useful as it shows once again that the so-called costs of the transition to a New Zealand head of State are blown way out of proportion by opponents of change.
Last year, Kiwi taxpayers coughed up $9m for the monarchy - $8m for the Governor-General and $1m for Prince Charles' publicity tour (which incidentally failed to increase' Charles popularity). For that money we could've held a democratic vote and decided on having a New Zealander as our head of State.