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Old 09-08-2010, 10:40 PM
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Republic good for NZ - Goff - Politics - NZ Herald News

Becoming a republic would be the "making of New Zealand as a country" and we need to start talking about it now, according to Labour leader Phil Goff.

In the most direct call for change from any senior politician yet, Goff said the end of Queen Elizabeth's reign was the logical transition point.
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Appointment of new Governor-General of New Zealand, 7 March 2011
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John Key to meet the Queen and UK PM | Stuff.co.nz

Queen may visit if Labour agrees | Stuff.co.nz

I really hope all the parties are able to come to an agreement and invite HM to the World Cup, it will probably be her last chance and trip down under!
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New Zealand PM snubs Queen for hobbits - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
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New Zealand has let slip details of plans to change the Royal line of succession, ending centuries of discrimination against women and Catholics. But one thing remains unchanged: No New Zealander can ever aspire to be head of state.
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New Zealand has let slip details of plans to change the Royal line of succession, ending centuries of discrimination against women and Catholics. But one thing remains unchanged: No New Zealander can ever aspire to be head of state.
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The rules taking place beginning with William and Harry, that is so unfair...
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The rules taking place beginning with William and Harry, that is so unfair...
Actually, if they were to make it retroactive, how would they determine at what point it starts? To be honest, I don't think there is one person in the BRF that would complain that it didn't affect them.

Starting with William's first child is the logical way to go IMO.
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The Queen has not been to New Zealand since 2002, will she make a visit later this year?
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The Queen has not been to New Zealand since 2002, will she make a visit later this year?
There has been no official announcement. Prince William and Catherine are supposedly going next year but that hasn't been confirmed.
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There is an election in early September in Australia. They would have to wait until that is settled then wait for formal invites from the 2 countries. You probably get a announcement later on says that they are going to Aus, & NZ early next year and then closer to the visit they will release the trip itinerary. I imagine that Miguel and maybe even Rebecca would go and scope out places for them to visit. Jamie used to do that for the previous tours.
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New Zealand considers ditching the Union flag as their national banner and replacing it with the silver fern | Mail Online
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Actually I think this is a good idea. It doesn't really lessen the ties to the Commonwealth and the silver fern flag would be unique and denote New Zealand as its own national identity.
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As an outsider, the current NZ flag is one of my favorites - strong, yet to my eye, elegant.
But that silver leaf fern on black would be a stunner. Glad I don't have to make the choice.
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New Zealand Flag

After losing momentum earlier this year, the call to change the flag of New Zealand is back. The Prime Minister, Mr John Key, stated today that he would like to hold a referendum next year. Looking at some of the comments, I noticed how often people talk of a flag that represents modern New Zealand. It got me thinking about the purpose of a national flag. If its primary role is to identify a country, does it also need to symbolise unique, and often intangible, aspects of a nation’s culture and society?

I think some of the designs for an alternative New Zealand flag, and an alternative Australian flag, are far too heavy on symbolism. There can also be problems with standards of vexillology (e.g. animals not facing the hoist, backsides with different reverses, and sewing/manufacturing complications).

Another regular comment is that the flag of New Zealand is too similar to the flag of Australia, and is not recognised internationally. I don’t have much time for this argument. It strikes me as a bit self centred to expect the rest of the world to recognise your nation’s flag, while, for the most part, not returning the favour. Is a silver fern on a black background really going to be any more recognised in Montevideo, Kampala, Minsk or Thimphu than the current flag of New Zealand? I’m not so sure. Very few flags have achieved worldwide recognition, particularly if they do not represent a world power.
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