New Zealand is not immune from international trends and cannot afford to be complacent about its democracy, writes Sir Geoffrey Palmer
Continue reading Democracy is in decline: what can we do?
New Zealand’s political culture needs to change, starting with civics education that shows young New Zealanders the difference they can make, writes Peter McKenzie.
Continue reading Why a constitution alone is not enough
A Constitution for Aotearoa New Zealand proposes to clearly define the Prime Minister’s functions and powers, and to impose some limits.
Continue reading Providing clarity about the PM’s powers
A Constitution for Aotearoa New Zealand proposes to preserve and sharpen NZ’s tradition of Cabinet government, while ensuring that necessary checks and balances are in place.
Continue reading Preserving the tradition of Cabinet government
A Constitution for Aotearoa New Zealand proposes that Cabinet be limited to a maximum of 20 people.
Continue reading Should the number of Ministers be limited?
The Royal prerogative – the undefined, uncertain, residual powers retained by the sovereign – should be replaced with clearly defined statutory law, writes Emma Ricketts.
Continue reading Royal prerogative a source of constitutional confusion
Democracy around the world is under threat, and New Zealand is not immune. Here, government attitudes to official information are hampering democratic debate and accountability, writes Sir Geoffrey Palmer.
Continue reading Toothless Official Information Act needs overhaul and constitutional backing
New Zealand’s system of checks and balances on state power is sadly insufficient, write Sir Geoffrey Palmer and Andrew Butler.
Continue reading Strengthening checks and balances on state power
Parliament – not the Government – should decide when New Zealand can sign up to binding international treaties, declare war, and send troops overseas, says Sir Geoffrey Palmer
Continue reading Should Parliament decide about international treaties and defence missions?
New Zealand’s constitution should safeguard the independence and core values of the public service, argues Sir Geoffrey Palmer
Continue reading Should New Zealand’s constitution protect the independence of the public service?
The turmoil in America shows the need for constitutional checks and should spur NZ to adopt a codified constitution, writes Sir Geoffrey Palmer.
Continue reading A Trump in New Zealand could wreak havoc
History shows that an Upper House is unlikely to provide an effective check on government power, write Sir Geoffrey Palmer and Dr Andrew Butler.
Continue reading Why we don’t support an upper house
It’s time for New Zealand to have a constitution that is accessible and clear, say Sir Geoffrey Palmer and Dr Andrew Butler.
Continue reading Why New Zealand needs a written constitution
Many New Zealanders don’t know the country has a constitution, let alone know what’s it in. That has to change, says Sam Bookman.
Continue reading A constitution all New Zealanders can understand
Adopting a written constitution could move New Zealand from ‘a very healthy culture of constitutional accountability’ towards ‘an austere mindset of bare compliance’, writes Dr Ed Willis.
Continue reading Would a codified constitution reduce accountability?
Neither the current Bill of Rights Act nor the proposed constitution provide enough protection for basic rights and freedoms, argues Dr Gavin Ellis
Continue reading Who should guard the Constitution?
Britain’s confusion over Brexit highlights the difficulties that can arise when constitutional principles are unclear, writes Sir Geoffrey Palmer
Continue reading Do the British understand their own unwritten constitution?