The present form of government for New Zealand was established by statute 15 & 16 Vict. cap. 72. By the terms of this charter, the legislative power is vested in a Parliament of two chambers, the first called the Legislative Council, and the second the House of Representatives. The Legislative Council consists of twenty-four members, nominated by the Crown for life, and the House of Representatives, of fifty-three members, elected by the people for five vears. Every owner of a freehold worth 50l., or tenant householder, in the country at 5l., in the towns at 10l. a year rent, is qualified both to vote for, or to be a member of, the House of Representatives. The executive is vested in a governor, appointed by the Crown.
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