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John Key: the will of the public
Prime Minister John Key, in an interview with North & South magazine (not online):
Key, who somehow found his way into the royal diary for chats with the Queen and Prince Charles in the week of Prince William's wedding, is a confirmed monarchist: "I've no interest in New Zealand becoming a republic. One day it might become one if that's the will of the public, but I can't see any reason we'd want to move away from the current system."
As we've said before, this position isn't surprising. The office of Prime Minister has the most to lose from a New Zealand republic - especially by not being able to appoint whoever he or she wants as Governor-General, and losing the ability to sack them. No Prime Minister (well, Bolger and Clark excepted) would accept that as a reason to change. It seems the Prime Minister would rather follow public opinion than lead it.