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This relates to Sir Geoffrey Palmer's work. His website puts it fairly clearly: http://constitutionaotearoa.org.nz/ It's in keeping with the values and intent of ToP in terms of a stronger foundation for a better place to live. This is important for improving the function of government in general

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    • Michael Shallcrass
      tagged this with important 2016-12-02 19:25:42 +1300
    • Robert Murray
      commented 2016-11-26 12:39:27 +1300
      Unfortunately you/we (the public) are unlikely to convince Parliamentarians to limit their own power. As an indication even our Bill Of Rights is subordinate to other legislation. We probably need to concentrate on electing a more principled parliament – which, in some ways, MMP does provide.
    • Frances Palmer
      tagged this with important 2016-11-26 12:36:36 +1300
    • Phil Marshall
      commented 2016-11-26 09:34:37 +1300
      Graeme: For me, a constitution is one of those things that you don’t realise you need until it is too late. I was not in favour of one for a long time, but I can now see the value. In particular, I don’t think we should be too complacent about corruption. We are on the slide with Transparency International and not without reason. I also don’t think we should use US as a point of comparison for anything.
    • Graeme Kiyoto-Ward
      commented 2016-11-25 21:50:29 +1300
      Strangely enough, I like our unwritten constitution. From my observations of what happens in the U.S. (admittedly a single sample) it seems that a constitution becomes some sort of minimum threshold that things are held to. NZ is a tolerant, liberal and low corruption society as we are. What’s the specific problem that a constitution is trying to solve?
    • Graeme Kiyoto-Ward
      tagged this with dislike 2016-11-25 21:50:28 +1300
    • Bart Brichau
      tagged this with low priority 2016-11-25 14:39:29 +1300
    • Peter Sime
      tagged this with interesting 2016-11-25 14:36:57 +1300
    • Peter Sime
      tagged this with important 2016-11-25 14:36:57 +1300
    • Peter Jamieson
      tagged this with interesting 2016-11-25 14:35:16 +1300
    • Peter Jamieson
      tagged this with important 2016-11-25 14:35:16 +1300
    • Peter Sime
      commented 2016-11-25 14:25:48 +1300
      I was just going to suggest this myself. I think a Royal Commission into an entrenched constitution and a subsequent referendum on its recommendations would be a very good thing.
    • Rohan Light
      published this page in Suggestions 2016-11-25 14:20:07 +1300