Is our own Head of State a constitutional priority?

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern recognises, like so many, that becoming a republic is inevitable. But she doesn't see it as a priority for her government. It is a common comment and many political leader's before her have said the same thing. Here at NZ Republic we do not claim that achieving our own Head of State should take precedence over social and financial issues like solving the housing crisis, ending child poverty and decreasing unemployment. We all know NZ has a lot of problems to solve. What we do say, however, is that, as a nation we must advance in all areas - culturally, social, economically, constitutionally. Constitutional clarity and a Kiwi Head of State it is one of NZ's main constitutional priorities.

Good constitutional change takes time. Becoming a parliamentary republic will take plenty of detailed discussion and planning and at least two referenda, All the more reason to start the process sooner rather than later. The proposed Head of State Commission to start setting out the options is the best way forward and there is no reason why it couldn't begin in 2019.

Let's not wait for the Brits to sort out all their Brexit negotiations and decide which Prince will be its next King. Let's do what we do well and just get on with making our own decisions. Let's make the change happen. Let's do it well.