“New Zealand likely to become a republic ” – Ardern

John Key was openly pro-monarchy, and not long after resigning as Prime Minister and retiring from politics he took on a knighthood, as was expected.

NZH in 2016: NZ a republic? Not in my lifetime, Key predicts

“I don’t think there’s any chance New Zealand is going to become a republic anytime soon. In fact, I would be amazed if New Zealand becomes a republic in my lifetime. And I’m hoping to live a long and happy life.”

In contrast, current Jacinda Ardern thinks that in her lifetime – which should last longer than  Key’s given she is about nineteen years younger – New Zealand is likely to ditch the UK monarchy and become a republic. But it doesn’t seem like it is on the cards on her watch as Prime Minister.

Guardian: New Zealand likely to become a republic in my lifetime, says Jacinda Ardern

New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, has said she expects her country could become a republic within her lifetime.

In an interview with the Guardian before flying to London for the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting (Chogm), she said there was great fondness for the members of the royal family whenever they visited New Zealand.

Politicians and media and some people go gaga over royal visits, but I doubt whether most people care about royal visits. And the Queen hasn’t been here much, her last visit was in 2002.

Although she could not remember the last time a voter had asked her about the country becoming a republic and admitted it was not a priority for her administration, Arden said New Zealand would eventually transition away from the monarchy.

“When I have been asked for an opinion, I think within my lifetime I think it is a likelihood we will transition. It is not something this government is prioritising at all though.

‘Not prioritising’ has become a familiar term from Ardern and Labour – they have used it to avoid addressing topical issues like euthanasia and cannabis law reform – and last term Labour turned against  their own policy to oppose and disrupt the referendum on flag change.

“The most important thing for New Zealand is we have a very special arrangement and relationship via our treaty of Waitangi, and the relationship between Maori and the crown, so before any conversation like that occurs, that is something that will needed to be resolved within New Zealand.”

I don’t see the current Ardern led government putting any priority on that either.

 

22 Comments

  1. PDB

     /  March 31, 2018

    Anything to change the subject away from her weak leadership & inept govt. If anything this mob could put people OFF wanting a republic.

    “Although she could not remember the last time a voter had asked her about the country becoming a republic”

    Sums the issue up well really.

    • PDB

       /  March 31, 2018

      Might be time for Ardern to again start hitting the local primary schools for smiling photo opportunities and soft questions.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  March 31, 2018

        I still can’t see why wossname thought that 11 year olds were the right audience for a rant about directors on boards. It would mean nothing to most of them, I think.

  2. chrism56

     /  March 31, 2018

    Can you find any quote from Jacinda that isn’t meaningless clichés and actual concrete statements? Everything she says is just adding the increasingly popular perception that she is a vacuous bubblehead.

    • PDB

       /  March 31, 2018

      Almost self-parody.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  March 31, 2018

      But that is how the Left think. And they think it is normal.

      • Patzcuaro

         /  March 31, 2018

        Right minded is normal of course.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  March 31, 2018

          Not at the extremes. Sensible scepticism and rational analysis with realistic goals may not be normal but is certainly necessary for a country to prosper.

    • chrism56

       /  March 31, 2018

      Don’t worry, Blazer will soon be along to tell us how deep and meaningful all of “Dear Leader’s” pronouncements are. They are just so full of truthiness.

    • David

       /  March 31, 2018

      Her degree is in PR, all she has is puff and wind.

    • duperez

       /  March 31, 2018

      Can you find criticism of Jacinda that is meaningless clichés? Just trying to create and add to a perception that she is a vacuous bubblehead?

      The proforma stuff on here like “hitting the local primary schools for smiling photo opportunities and soft questions” for example. Ardern and her mob weren’t in our local schools in the months before the election doing that stuff, it was the government of the time.

      PDB is onto it though – the little fling on here is almost self-parody.

      • chrism56

         /  March 31, 2018

        No duperez, There appears to be no record of her making deep detailed off the cuff answers to any question or statement – referencing clauses in legislation or regulations. Look at her Hansard responses to supplementary in Parliament such as this::
        Hon Simon Bridges: Well, isn’t it more than informal given that it was clearly pre-arranged, was in their diaries, and RNZ and its future was discussed?
        Rt Hon JACINDA ARDERN: She acknowledged, when asked about the meeting, that it occurred. It was in her diary, and she also acknowledged that not including RNZ in the original written question asked by Ms Lee was a mistake, and that’s why she corrected it.
        Hon Simon Bridges: As Prime Minister, does she believe it is right for her Ministers to “split hairs” when answering questions to Parliament?
        Rt Hon JACINDA ARDERN: No. That is why it is entirely appropriate that she corrected the record and included that meeting in her list of written questions. And I acknowledge that at that time, my understanding is she had roughly 6,000 she was answering, and that was one of them.
        Question No. 1 to Minister—Amended Answer
        Rt Hon JACINDA ARDERN (Prime Minister): I seek leave to correct an answer.
        Mr SPEAKER: Is there any objection to that?
        Rt Hon JACINDA ARDERN: I made reference to 6,000 written questions being answered at the time of Clare Curran being questioned in the House. I should be clear that that was the number being managed by the Government at the time, not by any one Minister.

        In her eight and a half years as an opposition spokesperson, where did she take a Minister to task? “Zip it sweetie” is what she is remembered for. And Google will show you her photo opportunities are mainly with people that can’t vote.
        Jacinda is just like one of those blonde bimbo newsreaders – emoting at the kitten pictures and having the appropriate facial expression on the auto-cue. in other words, a vacuous bubblehead.

        • duperez

           /  March 31, 2018

          You seem to be serious about saying that Ardern has never said anything that isn’t meaningless clichés. With due respect, can you see how that some might see some irony in you then using the term ‘vacuous’?

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  March 31, 2018

            Can you provide a quote from Ardern that cannot be seen as vague, vacuous, cliche’d or pie in the sky?

            That was Chris’s original question still awaiting a positive response.

          • chrism56

             /  March 31, 2018

            You are using pedanticism – a common squirreling tactic. And I use vacuous in the “having or showing a lack of thought or intelligence; mindless.” context. Can you give an example of an impromptu answer of the Prime Minister’s where she shows that she really knows the subject, can quote the key phrases in the wording of laws or regulations and doesn’t use the words actually or conversation,

  3. Blazer

     /  March 31, 2018

    good to see you guys have ‘got a room’.

  4. chrism56

     /  March 31, 2018

    The coalition is in a lot worse shape than we thought, as Blazer isn’t busy defending their actions, or telling us about how John Key did a lot worse.

  5. Geoffrey

     /  March 31, 2018

    The relationship with the Crown was a one-off event that took place some time back. Repeated assertion that it is an on-going arrangement is either thoughtless or mischievous and is ultimately doomed to end in disappointment – for all.