Our policy

Our policies set out what we're campaigning for.

Head of State

Our campaign is focused on New Zealand’s head of state. At the moment, New Zealand has a well-established parliamentary system of government. Our elected government appoints, effectively, the Governor-General who is head of state in all but name. The Queen plays almost no role in our government, yet is our actual head of state. The Queen cannot represent New Zealand overseas and is not known internationally as our head of state. Our campaign is to fix this and assert New Zealand’s independence, democracy and nationhood by making our Governor-General our head of state.

New Zealand Republic supports:

  • Our parliamentary system of government (that is, keeping the head of government - the Prime Minister - and head of state separate);

  • Reforming the office of Governor-General of New Zealand as New Zealand’s head of state, with the same reserve powers that the Governor-General currently has.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi - The Treaty of Waitangi

The Treaty of Waitangi - Te Tiriti o Waitangi is New Zealand’s founding document. A republic won’t change this or the relationship between Maori and the Government.

New Zealand Republic supports:

  • Recognising the Treaty of Waitangi - Te Tiriti of Waitangi as New Zealand’s founding document;

  • In legislation establishing the republic, a specific “deeming” clause re-stating the Maori-Crown relationship and preserving that relationship;

For more detail, see our page on the Treaty of Waitangi.

The Commonwealth

Becoming a republic wouldn’t mean New Zealand loses its membership of the Commonwealth of Nations. The majority of members of the Commonwealth don’t have the Queen as their head of State.

New Zealand will still compete at the Commonwealth Games, and partake in all of the Commonwealth’s organisations.

New Zealand Republic supports New Zealand’s continued membership of the Commonwealth of Nations.