- 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
Team New Zealand and the royal line
Its 8 all and down to the wire in the America's Cup and it seems even winning the start wasn't enough for Emirates Team New Zealand today. If you've been busy following the races or don't read "Team New Zealand Herald" then you may have missed two articles. One was avowedly pro-change. Brian Rudman, a vocal advocate for change has called for New Zealand to Hang this royal line up for good and put an end to hereditary leadership playing a role in our constitution. The other used the yachting to make a point. Willy Leferink, Chairman of Federated Farmers takes issue with the difference between slogans and branding with his article 100% Pure little to do with who we are. In it he argues that 100% Pure New Zealand is just a slogan and that our brand
"isn't a slogan...but values such as integrity, self-reliance, mateship, innovation and fair play; all things you find in the best parts of New Zealand including on the water in San Francisco".
The Republic movement is not here to comment on 'branding' New Zealand but we are all about the values of New Zealand and whether or not our head of state adheres to our democratic and cultural ideals. We want a head of state that is 100% pure New Zealand citizen. We want one that symbolises integrity, self-reliance, innnovation and fair-play. Whether it should also embody 'mateship' or not is for you to decide. The Monarchy like to portray themselves as 'mates' but that usually only involves not wearing a tie and having BBQs. It may be that 'mateship' is not about being a bloke. It is, in its wider meaning, all about treating each other as equals and not letting formailty stand in the way of good old fashioned equality.