It's time for a new Treaty or constitution?
On average, everyone agrees with significant nonconsensus between 407 voters.
Please read the comments from other voters below, then scroll down make your decision. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?
It's time for a new Treaty or constitution
Reasons To Disagree
We have a constitution, it's just unwritten. We are one of three nations that use an unwritten constitution and the motherland being another. The problem with a written constitution is that it is immutable whereas times and tides are not. The American version is wrought with difficulties and has been bastardised on several occassions to make more relevant...the right to bear arms springs to mind.... An unwritten constitution holds certain priciples evident which enables a shifting interpretation that is loyal to the principles that guide society.
25 November 2005
I think we're served pretty well with our (partly) unwritten constitution.
30 January 2006
we should just get along if we like it or not
10 November 2006
We need to consider the circumstances of the signing of the treaty. The treaty has become religion with some. TR
5 January 2007
create a new treaty and it would feel like you have alienated the country and taken everything away from new zealand
20 March 2008
The Treaty of Waitangi is already a constitution. What constitutes fair play? Modifying behaviour and gratitude would go a long way to forming unity.
10 February 2012
Reasons To Agree
The bill of rights is not strong enough, we need something that the politicians cant play with, the current treaty is a good start, but it doesnt go far enough, clearly enough, the american constitution is well written, clear, complete, as is the canadian one, we need something just as well written
19 September 2005
I think this idea should go to a referendum and the public asked what their take is on the situation. I think that we need a Bill of Rights that is binding, The courts should be given more clout in determining legislation by parliament to be unconstitutional and unjust. Perhaps this would open a whole other can of worms but the option for debate should be allowed.
29 November 2005
As long as the new constitution fully integrates the treaty of waitangi into it, and does not use a new treaty to deny tangata whenua their full rights and their descendants. It is time to remove the treaty from the feet of politicians who use it as a ball to kick around to gain votes from redneck NZers.
11 January 2006
Since 1688 the Crown has been an entity of theatre and the duties of its representatives such as the Govt-General nothing but actions of ceremonial token gesture that cost the taxpayers 3.75 million pa to maintain. The duties of the G-G should be included in a new "entrenched" constitution
4 February 2006
Times have changed, we should too
25 March 2006
Yes - we ought to have a constitution - to define the rational rights and freedom of the individual as being common to all and special to none. Perhaps more importantly to define and restrict the purpose and power of governement. The American Declaration of Independance would be an excellent starting point. It is vital that any constitution preevnts the tyranny of the majority - the biggest problem with democracy.
20 May 2006
Amen... to something akin to America's Declaration of Independence. The most beautiful legal document ever written. Enlightenment thinking set men free from tyranny and oppression. It could do so once more. Down with cultural relativism! Hail the sanctity of the individual!
10 December 2007
It is time that NZers agreed on a consititution which enshrines the principles of the Treaty into Law as well as describing the way we want our Govt to work.
28 October 2008
A constitution that treats all legal citizens of New Zealand equally and guarantees certain rights forever.
4 November 2008
i am maori and the treaty should be abolished and all of new zealand returned back to maori control were we will eliminate polutive activity such as oil, chemicals, trechary, and stop the replacement of nature with concrete
18 February 2010
I think it is a great idea once more of the Treaty of Waitangi has been sorted out and equality is being achieved. It should not be a permanent treaty and it should be edited with changes in equality.
29 June 2011
27 August 2012
Reasons for Remain Neutral
that gives a carte blanche to some pretty inept present day polititicians! the ideas are all there, we just have to believe them as a counrty.
Constitution, yes. New treaty, No.
new constitution yes...
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