Press Releases

Press Releases

Towards a healthy democracy

5 December 2013
The Constitutional Advisory Panel welcomes the release by Ministers of the Panel’s report on the Constitution Conversation. Panel co-chair Sir Tipene O’Regan says the Panel heard from a wide range of people and communities in Aotearoa New Zealand. The strongest message the Panel heard is that the Government should actively support a continuing conversation about our country’s constitution. The Panel recommends the Government does this by promoting civics, Treaty of Waitangi…
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Constitutional Review Panel report released

5 December 2013
Hon Bill English Deputy Prime Minister Hon Pita Sharples Minister of Maori Affairs Media Statement Constitutional Review Panel report released The Government has received the Constitutional Advisory Panel’s final report which recommends that the conversation about New Zealand’s constitutional arrangements should continue, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English and Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples say. The 12-member independent panel spent more than…
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Acknowledging a healthy conversation

20 August 2013
The Constitutional Advisory Panel thanks all of those who took part in the Constitution Conversation over the past six months. Co-chair Emeritus Professor John Burrows says, “The response we’ve received to a wide-ranging conversation on our constitution shows New Zealanders care a lot about the future of our country.” The Panel wants to particularly acknowledge those groups and individuals who hosted more than 100 Constitution Conversations between February and July this…
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Submission deadline for the Constitution Conversation extended for a month

18 June 2013
Due to growing interest in the Constitution Conversation, the Constitutional Advisory Panel has decided to extend the deadline for submissions. People now have until 31st July 2013 to put forward their views on our current constitutional arrangements and how they want our country to be run in the future. The original submission deadline was 1st July. Co-chair Sir Tipene O’Regan says the extension gives people extra time to consider the issues and additional time for organisations to consult…
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Southlanders are invited to be part of the nationwide Constitution Conversation

10 May 2013
Southlanders are encouraged to think about their aspirations for New Zealand and share their views on how they want our country to be run in the future. Next Tuesday, Invercargill residents have the chance to learn more about the Constitution Conversation from Panel member and former Dunedin mayor Peter Chin. The Invercargill City Council is hosting a public forum called “The Conversation So Far” at the Drawing Room, Civic Theatre on 28 May (7.00pm -8.00pm). The Panel, which…
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A constitution website for all

25 February 2013
The Constitutional Advisory Panel will launch a resource-rich website tomorrow at www.ourconstitution.org.nz to encourage all New Zealanders to be part of the Constitution Conversation. The Panel is seeking submissions from the public about New Zealand’s constitutional arrangements in the first half of 2013. Panel co-chairs Sir Tipene O’Regan and Emeritus Professor John Burrows say the supporting resources have been created to cater to the needs of all people regardless of their…
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