New Zealand needs a constitution that is easy to understand, reflects our shared identity and nationhood, protects rights and liberties, and prevents governments from abusing power. The current constitution is vague, jumbled and unclear. It can be easily overridden or changed according to political whim. This book aims to change that. It proposes a modern, codified constitution that is accessible and clear, and it aims to stimulate debate about who we are as a nation and how we should be governed—so we can forge enduring arrangements now, instead of waiting for a crisis to force our hand. While A Constitution for Aotearoa New Zealand proposes some important changes, it is at pains to preserve the sound elements of our past and our unique constitutional culture.
About the Author
Dr Andrew Butler is a litigator at Russell McVeagh, Wellington. He has extensive experience at trial and appellate level, in both public and commercial law, much of it high profile. Rt Hon Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC is a Wellington barrister. He was a law professor before entering New Zealand politics as the MP for Christchurch Central in 1979.