One I missed from Monday:-
Well done, Verity Johnson, for questioning the relevancy of the British monarchy in 21st century New Zealand. It is, indeed, your right to question all that appears absurd and contradictory.
The right to question we inherited from imperial Britain itself. And in this century nothing is above question, including the role of the British monarchy in New Zealand. As a young New Zealander representative of your generation, I am delighted you should raise the issue. You are not alone. The monarchy may have served this country well for more than two centuries but that does not necessarily mean we must retain and impose it on future generations. To do so would be arrogant.
That a family living in England should monopolise the role of head of state of a country 19,000km away in this day and age must be called into question.
Sixteen former British colonies, including South Africa, India and Ireland, opted to replace the British monarchy with their own citizen head of state long ago. Even the former New Zealand colony of Samoa elected to have one of its own citizens as head of state.
It is not a matter of why, as some critics of the article argue, but why not?
Colin Reeder, Papamoa.