7 May 2013

Constitutional debate discusses republic

9:53 am on 7 May 2013

The last in a series of debates about New Zealand's constitution has asked whether the country should become a republic.

The debates have been organised by the Centre for Public Law to coincide with the appointment of a Constitutional Advisory Panel, which will report back to the Government at the end of the year.

At the debate in Wellington on Monday, Lewis Holden, chair of the Republican Movement, said remaining a monarchy creates confusion about whether New Zealand is a sovereign nation in international business dealings and diplomacy.

However monarchist Michael Mabbet said the monarchy provides gravitas and stability which is hard to achieve with an elected head of state.