The New Zealand Herald is reporting that, due to her age, 87 year old Queen Elizabeth will never again visit New Zealand or Australia. Charles is now taking her place on all overseas trips as he prepares to become King.
Many within the Republican Movement would like Queen Elizabeth to visit New Zealand one last time.
The SST has published the vaguely comical and largely worthless results of the half-satirical online 'Constitutional Poll' it ran last week. Rather than participate in the constitutional debate by actually informing voters it chose to take the piss out of the whole thing with a poll about the constitution and other cultural identity issues (like the national anthem).
The Sunday Star Times has an article on the constitutional conversation. Unfortunately they're also doing a disservice to their readers by promoting a vaguely comedic poll about constitutional change.
New Zealand needs a head of state who embodies the principle of political
equality and while we don't often say it out loud equality is central to what
we do. The office of head of State is both a political and a cultural
position and as such it needs to embody the collective rights of all New
Zealanders. The head of State has to be able to represent all of us
regardless of what we believe.
Advocates for Teina Pora including the brother of Susan Burdett, the woman he was convicted of murdering, are supporting another application for the Royal Perogative of Mercy.
From Stuff, published on 5 March 2013:
Irrespective of how many like the monarchy, we need to move to an elected head of state.
Poll results show that since April undecided voters have swung toward an elected head of state. Charles is sitting at 51%, An elected head of state has risen to 41%.
A big thanks to everyone who donated to our timeforchange.co.nz campaign. It made a difference.
News that Kate Middleton has bad morning sickness will kick off a large amount of hype about a future royal birth but it won't change the basic fact that until we choose our own head of state no New Zealander can achieve our highest constitutional office. We are stuck with the out of date hereditary system until we reach a consensus on the best way of electing our own proper NZ head of State.
Our Air Force may have flown Charles, Camilla and their staffers back to London but the debate over whether he should be our next head of State continues. We are now focused on post-tour analysis and we have begun chasing up our OIA requests on the tour's costs. Monitoring the cost to New Zealand of the Monarchy's PR campaign is an important part of our work.
Hey Charlie, our new campaign to highlight the importance of a New Zealand
head of State starts today. We will be putting up billboards and posters in
Auckland Wellington and Christchurch. We will be out on the streets handing
out flyers and talking to voters about why choosing our own head of state is
a better way to go.
Seems only designated families are allowed to assign themselves grand 'royal' titles and then expect everyone else to use them. Internal Affairs has revealed a list of birth names rejected as unacceptable by the state. For some reason 'Royal' itself is on the list.
The publicity hungry royals are once again crying foul over the latest tabloid instrusion into their privileged world. Its yet another example of why we need to ditch the whole family and vote for a good old fashioned home-grown, hard-working head of state.
The readers of Stuff have been rocked by the news that some small dogs have been in a fight at Balmoral Castle. The "Queen's dog boy" is apparently to blame.
The transition to MMP and the recent referendum and review has provided us with valuable lessons on how to bring about effective and meaningful constitutional change.
The British Monarchy only have themselves to blame for the latest tragic chapter in this year's edition of The Royal Celebrity Saga. The Windors cloak themselves in luxury and mystique in an effort to preserve their vast wealth and antiquated political privileges.