The Constitutional Advisory Panel has issued an information booklet to inform and stimulate on-going public discussions.
The Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Māori Affairs appointed the Constitutional Advisory Panel as an independent panel to assist with the consideration of constitutional issues. The terms of reference agreed by the Cabinet contain the following topics:
- The size of Parliament.
- The length of term of Parliament and whether or not the term should be fixed.
- The size and number of electorates, including the method for calculating size.
- Electoral integrity legislation.
Crown-Māori relationship matters
- Māori representation including:
- the Māori Electoral Option;
- Māori electoral participation;
- Māori seats in Parliament and local government.
- The role of the Treaty of Waitangi within New Zealand’s constitutional arrangements.
Other constitutional matters
- Whether New Zealand should have a written constitution.
- New Zealand Bill of Rights Act issues.
Detailed information on how to participate in the debate and communicate with the panel will be available soon on the panel’s website.