MP’S COL­UMN

South Waikato News - - NEWS/OPINION -

AS we gather around the coun­try to cel­e­brate the 173rd year since the sign­ing of the Treaty of Wai­tangi the Con­sti­tu­tional Ad­vi­sory Panel will be get­ting ready to seek the views of all New Zealan­ders on the fu­ture of what a con­sti­tu­tion for New Zealand could look like – and whether the Treaty of Wai­tangi should be in­cor­po­rated into a writ­ten con­sti­tu­tion.

Cur­rently there is no sin­gle doc­u­ment to our con­sti­tu­tion – th­ese rules that gov­ern our coun­try are writ­ten down in a num­ber of dif­fer­ent pieces of leg­is­la­tion and other doc­u­ments.

The government-ap­pointed ad­vi­sory panel is tasked with seek­ing the pub­lic views on sev­eral im­por­tant is­sues in­clud­ing our elec­toral sys­tem – such as the size of Par­lia­ment and

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