Saturday, November 13, 2004

The Government's Consitiutional Review

If you have been living under a rock in this country, there has been various amounts of huffing and puffing about the make up of our consitiution, and whether we should become a republic, ditch the treaty, keep the treaty, do this, and do that. Helen Clark, subsequently has decided to make plans for a review into the consitiution. This will involve an inquiry into consitiutional issues by an all-party select committee, with a government department looking into the contraversial Treaty of Waitangi, which to be honest, insnt going to go away...like it or not. It was our founding document, even though it was poorly written with deceptive motives in the first place, and it is going to have some relevance, how big or little it is. See: http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3090594a6160,00.html

So, my thoughts? Well, an indepth discussion of our consitiution can only be good for this nation of ours, seeing as we have been rather disunited recently, what with Don Brash's speech...which only inflamed resentment between Maori and Euro.. and having a National day with protest marches instead of celebration is not too hot for the national self esteem.

The National Party has accused the government of having a republican agenda, and indeed, there are hints that the possiblity of us becoming a republic will be touched on.

I have no problem with New Zealand becoming a republic. We cannot stay wedded to Britain for the rest of our lives, and we have to stand on our own two feet, and determine our own destiny. I would prefer a republic system where we have a contuinuation of the Westminster parliementary system, with some form of written consititution to define the proper roles of each branch of government (executive, judicial and legislative). The New Zealand President should have a cerimonial/figurehead role, the same as that of the Governor General, with the PM calling the shots as head of government. The biggest change would be the position of Speaker of the House. This role would become non-partisan and be transferred to the executive branch. In short, an MP will not be filling this role. MMP, the make up and number of parliament will be retained, and the Maori seats will also be retained. Detractors of the Maori seats tend to forget that the Maori were in charge before the British came, and the British had to negotiate with the Maori to gain soveriegnty over New Zealand.

A move to republicanism should be decided in a binding referendum, prefelably during an election to guarantee a bigger turnout, and it should be made after all treaty settlements are completed. Therefore, we can truly move on together, both Maori and Euro, as a nation.

That said, there is no rush to become a republic. It will eventually come, but until then, I have no problem with saying "Rule Britannia".

8 Comments:

At 8:25 AM, Blogger Nigel Kearney said...

Please get a spell checker.

 
At 12:48 PM, Blogger Cal said...

You may think this picky, but I really object to being called 'Euro' or 'European'. Strongly object. It's inacurate and, on a bad day, I find it offensive. I don't mind Euro being used (because there are undoubtably people of European descent in NZ) as long as it's not used to universally describe all people who are not Maori. I'm pakeha.

 
At 2:36 PM, Blogger Asher said...

I too object to being called European.
I am Pakeha, I am Jewish, I am a New Zealander. But I'm definately not European.

 
At 10:58 PM, Blogger Brendon said...

If you want to be called a "white maggot", then that's fine by me...

 
At 12:23 AM, Blogger Cal said...

For those who need a bit of re-education:
http://maorinews.com/writings/papers/other/pakeha.htm

 
At 10:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brash's speech may have caused anger between white people and Maori but if saying there should be no difference causes anger then you obviously have things boiling under the surface that need to come out.
You might say brash under it all is racist but on the surface his comments were not and a speech is just that a speech.
Imagine if during slavery times if people had argued talking about blacks being the same as whites will just create hatred (you know people not knowing their place or how some previous laws define their place).
For background I think that there is no law you can sign that overrules the basic principle of equal rights no matter what genes you (speaking to humans) carry. The government should do everything it can to be entirely coloured blind.

 
At 11:22 AM, Blogger sagenz said...

With spelling like that, did you buy the degree on the internet??

 
At 2:22 PM, Anonymous treaty said...

http://maorinews.com/writings/papers/other/pakeha.htm

One white girls abstract school paper with meanings from English dictionaries. All she shows is how the Euro’s have changed a word to make it what they want it to be.

 

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