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Our head of State must change with New Zealand
New Zealand is changing - we're becoming more ethnically diverse. The New Zealand Herald has some of the preliminary results coming through from this year's census. As expected, the trend of increasing ethnic diversity has accelerated since the last census in 2006. While I'm sure there will be plenty of ink spilled elsewhere on these trends, for our campaign it's a clear sign that the time to change our head of State is now.
Despite what the opponents of change might say, we only have the British monarch as our head of State because of our history as a former British colony. For that reason our head of State is closely related to Pakeha cultural identity, which is why opponents of an independent head of State claim that British monarch is part of "our" heritage. The fact is that the British monarch cannot fulfill one of the most important roles of a head of State - to represent New Zealand.
That's not a personal slur against to the incumbent head of State. Far from it. It's simply pointing out that we would be better off with someone who reflects the increasing diversity of New Zealand society the census figures point to. We only have to look at our three most recent Governors-General - including Anand Satyanand, of Fijian-Indian descent, Jerry Mataparae of Maori descent and Dame Sylvia Cartwright, of Pakeha descent, to see that our de facto heads of State are getting it right. Why not make them our actual head of State and represent our modern, diverse society to the world?