New Zealand to Keep Queen Elizabeth II as Head of State

  April 21, 2010 at 2:06 pm by

Wednesday April 21st marks Queen Elizabeth II’s 84th birthday, and she got quite a present!

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In New Zealand, the MPs through out a referendum that was meant to abolish the monarchy. It was voted down 68 to 53 in its first read. Disgruntled republicans are pointing the finger at the Queen’s grandson, Prince William, because his visit to the country likely boosted interest in the royal family.

“We think that’s down to a visit by a certain Prince William in January,” said Lewis Holden, chairman of the nation’s Republican Movement. “That’s why Buckingham Palace sent him out here.”

A poll showed that support for a republic went from 47 percent in 2008 to 37 percent just after William’s visit. At the same time, 51 percent of Kiwis wanted to keep the monarchy.

When broken down by gender, more women then men want to keep the Queen as their head of state.

Despite this defeat, many New Zealanders feel someday they will become a republic. Some say it might happen when Prince William’s father, Prince Charles, becomes King.

“The question many New Zealanders ask is: why should we have a head of state on the other side of the world who is not a citizen of our country?” said Green MP Keith Locke.

“The present Queen has been competent in the performance of her duties and she turns 84 this very day. I wish her a happy birthday.”

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8 Responses to New Zealand to Keep Queen Elizabeth II as Head of State

  1. Lady Meg says:

    She deserves this. She is a good Queen. This is good news for Brits!

  2. Archie Wedderspoon says:

    I’m sorry, but this is not good news. Only 68 to 53?

  3. Cadzow says:

    We should not forget that New Zealand citizenship, like Australian citizenship, only became a reality in 1949, 61 years ago. Canada got hers two years before. Until then, all members of the British Empire were British and paid allegiance to the Monarch.

    The Queen is a good monarch and has served her country and her Commonwealth well.

    For our part, Britons of an older generation like me remember how members of that Empire came to our aid immediately two World Wars broke out.

  4. I am not surprised that they threw the referendum out. However, once Charles is king I believe that a referendum could go through and that NZ may well become a republic. You just never know. Maybe the New Zealanders will retain monarchy, but a native Maori monarchy?

  5. MUHAMMED RAMIZ BATHUSHA says:

    I AM HAPPY IF H.M.QUEEN ELIZEABETH 11 BE THE HEAD OF STATE OF NEW ZEALAND .PLS ALL MUST JOIN ME AND WISH WELL FOR HER AND THE COUNTRY .
    MUHAMMED RAMIZ BATHUSHA
    DUBAI

  6. Angela says:

    ‘Through’ instead of ‘threw’ threw me for a moment there.

    I don’t understand why the MPs are attributing the vote to Prince William’s popularity during his visit, and still think they could passit through when Charles is King. Do NZ’s think they can abolish the monarchy when Charles becomes King and reinstate in when William suceeds him?

  7. I’m sure she’s going to do a great job!

  8. New Zealand should remain a Constitutional Monarchy says:

    Keep our Constitutional Monarchy, under Elizabeth, and then Charles and then William if it unfolds that way. It would be a shame to rid our country of its heritage and history.

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