Appendix: Some constitutional developments in New Zealand.
"New Zealand needs a constitution that is easy to understand, reflects our shared identity and nationhood, protects rights and liberties, and prevents governments from abusing power. The current constitution is vague, jumbled and unclear. It can be easily overridden or changed according to political whim. This book aims to change that. It proposes a modern, codified constitution that is accessible and clear, and it aims to stimulate debate about who we are as a nation, and how we should be governed - so we can forge enduring arrangements now, instead of waiting for a crisis to force our hand. [This book] is a case for change, and an impassioned plea for government to be transparent, accountable, responsive, and reflect the values of all New Zealanders."-- Provided by publisher.
Book — 403 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates ; 21 cm
Why a constitution is important
Our constitutional vision
What the public told us
A constitution based on principle
The state and a New Zealand republic
Why New Zealand does not need an upper house - The judiciary
Integrity and transparency
Bill of Rights
The Treaty of Waitangi and the Constitution
More people need to know how government works
Elections are not enough
Deepening citizen engagement
The media, information and communication
How to build a new constitution
Constitution of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Towards Democratic Renewal reinforces Palmer and Butler's argument for a robust and democratic framework that will safeguard our political system against future challenges, from climate change to earthquakes, `post-truth' politics and surveillance. (source: Nielsen Book Data)