Issues in the republic debate
This section contains all the key issues in the republic debate, and issues raised in the debate by the Republican Movement.
Token changes are about to be made to the British monarchy to help its chances of survival. Changes to the succession to the throne will mean there’s no more feudal discrimination against female royals while some minor changes are being made to the rules around religion. The changes are too little, too late. They still mean that no New Zealander can ever be head of State of New Zealand. They will leave in place discrimination against Catholics. They mean New Zealand won’t have an independent head of State.
Stars of the Matariki constellation.
The Republican Movement encourages you to join in the Matariki celebrations by transferring your Queen's Birthday public holiday to Matariki or any other day of the year that has special significance for you.
The government has established a Constitutional review to "consider constitutional issues". This review is meant to:
- stimulate public debate and awareness of New Zealand's constitutional arrangements and issues arising;
2007 marked one hundred years since New Zealand took the first step towards becoming a republic, by declaring itself a dominion within the British Empire.
This page looks at the issues around the position of the Treaty of Waitangi (Ti Titiri o Waitangi) in a New Zealand republic. The Treaty is a key issue in the republic debate. There are two sub-issues - the constitutional position of the Treaty in a republic, and the standing or mana of the Treaty. The Republican Movement's position is that the transition to a New Zealand republic will not affect the current standing of the Treaty of Waitangi.
The Republican Movement supports New Zealand's continued membership of the Commonwealth of Nations - we believe New Zealand should move from Commonwealth realm to a Commonwealth republic.
Thousands of New Zealanders are required every year to swear allegiance to the Queen, instead of New Zealand. While not strictly a republican issue, the oaths and affirmations debate is part of the New Zealand republic debate, because it's a question of symbolism.
As part of our campaign for a New Zealand republic, the Republican Movement wants oaths and affirmations currently made to the Queen to be change changed so allegiance is sworn to New Zealand.
Commonwealth Common Cause is an alliance of Commonwealth republican groups, of which the New Zealand Republican Movement is a member. Sharing a Commonwealth heritage, four republican organisations in Australia, Britain, Canada and New Zealand joined forces in April 2005 to pursue their common cause, to bring about four new Commonwealth republics across the globe.