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Letters to the editor: "Allegiance to NZ, not the Queen"
Another one missed from Monday:-
As soon as I read Verity Johnson's Opinion article about the monarchy, I knew she would receive sever criticism for her views. And she certainly got some.
As a 75-year-old New Zealand-born citizen, I offer my support to her and to all those other young New Zealanders who can see no good reason we should be compelled to offer allegiance to a foreign person and system.
Now that we receive many immigrants from many countries with no British background, requiring them to swear allegiance to the British Crown seems ridiculous.
Some years ago, I was nominated to become a justice of the peace. I acquire the necessary six testimonials but on learning that to become a JP I would be required to swear an oath of allegiance to the Queen and to all her successors, I let the matter drop.
I have tolked to the Queen on a couple of occaisions but, while I found her a charming person, the thought of offering my everlasting loyalty and allegiance to her and her successors is objectionable and unnecessary.
I am a New Zealand and am willing to swear an oath only to the people and to the New Zealand state.
John Course, Waikaretu.