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Media release: Queen doesn't represent New Zealand - time for a head of State who can
MEDIA RELEASE 2 November 2013
"Former top New Zealand diplomat Peter Hamilton has made it clear that one of the benefits of a New Zealander as our head of State is having someone able to represent our country to the world - something we don't currently have" said Lewis Holden, campaign chair of the Republican Movement.
Speaking at the Republican Movement's AGM last night, Mr Hamilton, formerly New Zealand's High Commissioner to Singapore and Samoa, Ambassador to Germany and Deputy Secretary of MFAT, recalled the numerous occasions New Zealand was not represented overseas because we do not have a head of State of our own.
"The claims today by opponents of a New Zealander as head of State that the Queen is 'able' to represent New Zealand overseas ignores reality: the Queen does not represent New Zealand overseas. I challenge them to back their campaign's claims with some actual facts."
"As Peter said, the fact is that the Queen can't represent New Zealand overseas. That's not her fault - it's a big job being the head of State of the UK, which is first and foremost the Queen's role. There is also the fact that we don't pay for the Queen, we only pay for our Governor-General, who is trying to represent us overseas yet is often treated like the Queen's stand-in. New Zealand deserves better than that" concluded Mr Holden.
The full text of Mr Hamilton's speech is here: http://www.republic.org.nz/content/peter-hamilton-time-new-zealand-head-state
Media contact: Lewis Holden 0276991350 (m)
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