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
Would the Constitution Aotearoa NZ proposals just create a United States-style system, where Supreme Court judges decide everything that is important? The answer is no, according to Geoffrey Palmer and Andrew Butler.
Continue reading Why our proposals won’t create a US-style constitution
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
Granting judges a right to invalidate legislation will strengthen the rule of law while leaving lawmaking power in Parliament’s hands, argue Geoffrey Palmer and Andrew Butler.
Continue reading Why judicial oversight is nothing to fear
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?
The discriminatory nature of New Zealand’s adoption laws shows the importance of constitutional protection for human rights, says Wellington lawyer Joss Opie
Continue reading Adoption laws and the case for a written constitution
The Bill of Rights should be included in a written constitution to ensure Parliament cannot legislate away human rights, argue Sir Geoffrey Palmer and Dr Andrew Butler.
Continue reading Why the Bill of Rights Act should be in NZ’s constitution
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?