The Governor-General has entered the head of state debate in an interview with TVNZ’s Re: news, released yesterday.
“This is the first time a sitting Governor-General has expressed their views on the head of state debate,” said Lewis
Holden, campaign chair of New Zealand Republic - Kia Mana Motuhake a Aotearoa.
“In the interview, Dame Patsy states that New Zealand has retained the monarchy because of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. In
response, Māori Party MP Rawiri Waititi correctly states though that the Treaty relationship would continue with a New
Zealand head of state” added Mr Holden.
“Iwi and hapū know that the reality of the Treaty partnership nowadays is Māori dealing with the Beehive, not Buckingham
Palace” added Mr Holden.
Dr Dean Knight, constitutional adviser to New Zealand Republic added “We welcome Dame Patsy joining the korero on the
head of state, even if that is unusual for a sitting Governor-General. When she does so, she must fairly represent the
inevitable constitutional position — elevating the Governor-General to Head of State but otherwise keeping everything
else the same.”NOTES
The full interview can be found here:
More information on the Treaty relationship with a New Zealand head of state can be found here: