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wbenson 02-26-2010 12:26 AM

The Queen and New Zealand: Residences, Governor-General, etc...

Queen Elizabeth II is the Queen of New Zealand. She is represented in New Zealand by a Governor-General, currently Sir Anand Satyanand. The Realm of New Zealand also includes the Cook Islands, Tokelau, and Niue in the Pacific; as well as the Ross Dependency in Antarctica.

Princejohnny25 02-27-2010 02:37 PM

Stars back poll on NZ republic - national |

Princejohnny25 03-06-2010 05:00 PM

Matt McCarten : Mrs Windsor wouldn't miss our outpost colony - World - NZ Herald News


When will we stop pretending we are a South Pacific outpost of the Windsor family who reside in London? Betty Windsor is the Queen of England. She's still ours, too

MARG 03-07-2010 05:44 AM

:previous: What's that? New Zealand has Stars? Not many and definitely not too shiney. As for speaking for the average Kiwi? I think not!

Princejohnny25 03-07-2010 12:53 PM

I know what you mean, general consesus seems to be it aint broke so why fix it. There are trying as hard as they can to get a republican feeling stirring but nothing will happen until Australia becomes a republic and even then, perhaps more people will want to keep the monarchy to create a great difference between us and Oz.

RoyalistRiley 03-08-2010 02:10 AM

Homepage | The Governor-General of New Zealand Te Kawana o Tianara o Aotearoa The Official Website of the Governor-General of New Zealand.

MARG 03-08-2010 07:01 AM


Originally Posted by Princejohnny25 (Post 1057616)
I know what you mean, general consesus seems to be it aint broke so why fix it. There are trying as hard as they can to get a republican feeling stirring but nothing will happen until Australia becomes a republic and even then, perhaps more people will want to keep the monarchy to create a great difference between us and Oz.

Never was a truer word said! There is enough shudders still wracking the country over MMP, and some legend in their own lunchtime "Star", propounds the theory that all we plebs will baa baa our way to the polls to elect a President?

It aint broke, so we sure as hell aint going to fix it? "Stars" should be encouraged to remember that they are their own bigest fans and keep their pontifications to the really "meaty" issues facing them . . . . like the merits of plastic surgery!

wbenson 03-23-2010 08:38 PM

New Zealanders Dismiss Becoming a Republic: Angus Reid Global Monitor

Most people in New Zealand reject the idea of turning the country into a republic with a New Zealander serving as head of state, according to a poll by Research New Zealand. 53 per cent of respondents oppose this notion.

Conversely, 32 per cent of respondents think New Zealand should cease to be a constitutional monarchy and become a republic.

muriel 03-24-2010 08:37 AM

That should keep the republicans at bay for some time.

wbenson 04-12-2010 03:50 AM

Restoration gives glimpse of new grandeur |

The restoration of Government House is proceeding on time and on budget.

Scaffolding shrouds the 100-year-old Government House in Wellington, as new clay roof tiles go on halfway through its $43 million refurbishment.

RJ TAYLER 04-12-2010 05:48 AM

Looking a fine house in the making again! About time too.

Harold 04-12-2010 11:47 AM

Behind the house there are what appear to be permanent buildings and a parking lot. What are these? Why are they so close to Government House?

wbenson 04-12-2010 12:55 PM

This aerial picture makes it look like just a part of the Government House complex.

RJ TAYLER 04-12-2010 10:12 PM

Could be staff quarters and or garages. As some Government houses have them separate from the main building for security/privacy reasons.

Harold 04-13-2010 07:29 AM

That would make sense. And, like most capitals Wellington is not a planned city so it would make sense that things would grow around the Government House.

wbenson 04-21-2010 12:41 PM - Home of the Daily and Sunday Express | UK News :: The Queen survives attempt to abolish monarchy

The Queen got an 84th birthday present from New Zealand today when the country's parliament threw out a long-awaited attempt to abolish the monarchy.

A Bill to create a referendum asking voters whether they wanted to keep a British monarch as their head of state or elect their own president was defeated by 68 votes to 53 at its first reading amid an upsurge in support for the Royal Family among ordinary New Zealanders.

Vote over republic falls at first hurdle - Politics - NZ Herald News

A bill setting up a referendum on republicanism was defeated in Parliament last night at its first reading, 68 votes to 53.

The Head of State Referenda Bill in the name of Green MP Keith Locke provided for a referendum with three options on how New Zealand should select its head of state.

Lumutqueen 04-21-2010 12:49 PM

What a nice birthday present for Her Majesty.

wbenson 08-09-2010 02:05 AM

Use of the title 'The Right Honourable' in New Zealand, 2 August 2010

At The Queen’s request, new rules for the granting and use of the title “The Right Honourable” will apply in New Zealand to preserve an important mark of distinction for the holders of the Nation’s highest public offices.

Henceforth, those appointed to the offices of the Governor-General, Prime Minister, Speaker and Chief Justice will be granted the title “The Right Honourable” ex officio, for life. This will bring a measure of association and continuity with the recent past; formerly, the most senior members of the Judiciary and the Executive in New Zealand gained this right upon appointment to the Privy Council, a practice which no longer exists.


This appears to be a personal initiative by the Queen, not by the current government. It wouldn't have surprised me if the government had made such a move, seeing as how knighthoods were recently restored to the New Zealand honours system, but the PM says that he was approached by Buckingham Palace.

RJ TAYLER 08-09-2010 08:16 AM

It is about time that style is adopted across the Tasman as well. After all it 'would' bring New Zealand's near-neighbour into line with the other Commonwealth Realms.

wbenson 08-28-2010 06:05 PM

Cullen: New Zealand should be republic - National - NZ Herald News

Prince Charles is strange and his father so insensitive and prejudiced that he could be a breakfast TV host, says New Zealand's former deputy prime minister.

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