- 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
John Key declares support for Charles campaign
New Zealand and the Commonwealth deserve better. On the eve of his visit to the Queen's summer estate in Scotland, John Key has made it clear that his government intends to do what he can to ensure both that the position of 'Head of Commonwealth' remains and that the British Monarch remains in that position as a matter of birth
Our view is that the Monarch definitely should be the head of Commonwealth. We've told them we'll support them on it - we'll advocate for them. If required, we'd...go out and campaign for them.
The need for a proper New Zealand head of state and reform of the Commonwealth are two seperate issues but they are related on principle. We need a head of state based on egalitarian principles and we cannot properly advocate greater social and political equality within and between Commonwealth member states unless we set the example ourselves. It is well known that the UK and the Monarchy are campaigning to maintain their privileges within the Commonwealth. It is disappointing that our government has chosen to subordinate itself to that aim. The position of 'Head of Commonwealth' is a superfluous position. It does not need to exist. John Key and his cabinet need to stand up for what is best for New Zealand and all of the other Commonwealth countries instead of bending over backwards to support the out-dated ideology of the British Monachy.