Former Governor General Sir Paul Reeves says a forthcoming Constitutional review will be a chance to find out what the Treaty of Waitangi means for New Zealanders.
Prime Minister John Key has confirmed the review, promised in the Government's support agreement with the Maori Party, will begin soon.
Sir Paul told Waatea News he does not fear it will be at the expense of the Treaty.
"The Treaty is very strong," he said.
Mr Key says the review panel will be able to address questions such as the implications of becoming a republic.