Our proposal: a modern constitution that is easy to understand, reflects New Zealand’s identity and nationhood, protects rights and liberties, and prevents governments from abusing power.
This website is an archive of the 2016 Constitution Aotearoa New Zealand proposals by Geoffrey Palmer and Andrew Butler, and the chapters, blogs and other material used for public consultation.
Following consultation, the proposals have been updated. New proposals appear in the book Towards Democratic Renewal, also by Geoffrey Palmer and Andrew Butler. See www.constitutionaotearoa.org.nz for details.
Democracy means having a say, not just a vote. How can New Zealand’s democracy be strengthened?
Should existing protections for human rights be strengthened? And should New Zealand’s constitution protect rights to privacy, property, and a healthy environment.
Should government be more transparent and accountable to the people of New Zealand?