Our Principles and Objectives

We are committed to:

  • Involving all New Zealanders in the debate;

  • Providing relevant and reliable information;

  • Focusing on ideas, not personalities; and

  • Winning a referendum to establish a New Zealand republic.

At the heart of work is our campaign for a New Zealand head of State. Having an independent head of State and becoming a republic does not require a codified constitution, change to the Treaty of Waitangi or to Commonwealth membership.

These principles and objectives are part of our Constitution, and binds all members of New Zealand Republic Inc. New Zealand Republic is an incorporated society under the Incorporated Societies Act 1908.

What New Zealand Republic Does

Our campaign encourages debate on reforming New Zealand's head of State, and related issues through its members, this website and other media.

Our policy is that the details of a New Zealand republic - such as whether the head of state is elected directly by the public or indirectly by their parliament - is something for all New Zealanders to decide by a referendum. We are committed to winning such a referendum.

Our organisation was formed in March 1994. Since then we have been at the forefront of efforts to reform the head of State. Our membership is diverse and all New Zealanders who support becoming a republic are welcome to join the campaign.

We are building a stronger base of supporters and advocates as the desire for a New Zealand head of state gains increasing momentum. To find out how you can get involved in this important debate, see our Support the Campaign section.