Reconstituting the Constitution

  • Caroline Morris
  • Jonathan Boston
  • Petra Butler

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Reconstituting the Constitution: An Overview

  3. Reforming Constitutions: Lessons from Abroad

  4. The Republican Question

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-98
    2. Michael Cullen
      Pages 99-105
    3. Dean R Knight
      Pages 107-120
  5. The Need for a Written Constitution Strengthening the Bill of Rights Act and the Place of the Treaty of Waitangi

  6. The Future of Electoral Law

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 191-193
    2. Simon Power
      Pages 195-198
    3. Charles Chauvel
      Pages 199-217
    4. Philip A Joseph
      Pages 219-242
  7. Australia: Involving Civil Society in Constitutional Reform

  8. Influence of International Treaties

  9. The Trans-Tasman Relationship

  10. The Role and Governance of Sub-National Government

  11. Protecting Future Generations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 423-424
    2. Rayhan Langdana
      Pages 459-464
    3. Tama Potaka
      Pages 465-483
    4. Kate Stone
      Pages 485-501
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 503-519

About these proceedings


All nation states, whether ancient or newly created, must examine their constitutional fundamentals to keep their constitutions relevant and dynamic. Constitutional change has greater legitimacy when the questions are debated before the people and accepted by them.

Who are the peoples in this state? What role should they have in relation to the government? What rights should they have? Who should be Head of State? What is our constitutional relationship with other nation states? What is the influence of international law on our domestic system? What process should constitutional change follow?

In this volume, scholars, practitioners, politicians, public officials, and young people explore these questions and others in relation to the New Zealand constitution and provide some thought-provoking answers. This book is recommended for anyone seeking insight into how a former British colony with bicultural foundations is making the transition to a multicultural society in an increasingly complex and globalised world.


Government Indigenous rights Law Parliament Public Law

Editors and affiliations

  • Caroline Morris
    • 1
  • Jonathan Boston
    • 2
  • Petra Butler
    • 3
  1. 1., School of LawQueen Mary, University of LondonLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2., Institute of Policy StudiesVictoria University of WellingtonWellingtonNew Zealand
  3. 3., Faculty of LawVictoria University, WellingtonWellingtonNew Zealand

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