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Acknowledging a healthy conversation

20 August 2013

The Constitutional Advisory Panel thanks all of those who took part in the Constitution Conversation over the past six months.

Co-chair Emeritus Professor John Burrows says, “The response we’ve received to a wide-ranging conversation on our constitution shows New Zealanders care a lot about the future of our country.”

The Panel wants to particularly acknowledge those groups and individuals who hosted more than 100 Constitution Conversations between February and July this year.

“Hosts gave others the opportunity to consider these fundamental issues in their homes, community halls, businesses and marae. We are extremely appreciative of their generous support,” he says.

The topics for consideration included whether or not Aotearoa New Zealand should have a constitution written down in a single document, the role of the Treaty of Waitangi and the Bill of Rights Act in our constitution, Māori representation in local and national government, and a range of electoral matters.

The deadline for written submissions closed on 31 July and the Panel is currently considering these alongside the views expressed at meetings and via online discussions.

The Panel has received 5270 written submissions via the website, by email or by post. Of these, at least 116 are from groups representing the views of their members including two surveys completed by 1092 young people. Some group submissions reflect a consensus among members while others reflect a range of views.

Professor Burrows says the Panel will take in to account all the different ways in which people have contributed to the conversation.

“The analysis of the Constitution Conversation and the submissions is a thoughtful exercise and one step in a much longer conversation about constitutional arrangements.”

The Panel will provide a written report to the Government by the end of year, including any areas of broad consensus where further work is recommended.

While submissions have closed, people who are interested in the constitutional topics can still access resources online at www.ourconstitution.org.nz or order printed resources by calling the free-phone number 0508-411-411.

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For more information contact Hinerangi Barr (Media Advisor) on 021 656 310 or aiocoms@gmail.com.

Te whakamihi ki te pai o te whakawhitinga kōrero

20 August 2013

E ngā iwi o te motu tēnā koutou. Tēnei te Ranga Kaupapa Ture te whakamoemiti atu nei ki te hunga katoa i whai wāhi mai ki te Whakawhitiwhiti Kōrero mō te Kaupapa Ture.

E ai ki te Heamana Paheko ki a Ahorangi Hōnore John Burrows, "Mā ngā whakautu kua tae mai ki a mātou mō te whakawhitinga kōrero torowhānui tonu, ka kitea te whakaaro-nui o ngā tāngata katoa o Aotearoa mō te ara kei mua i a ia.”

E tino hiahia ana a Te Ranga ki te whakamoemiti ki ngā rōpū me ngā tāngata takitahi nāna i hautū ngā hui neke atu i te 100 mō te Whakawhiti Kōrero mai i te marama o Hui-tanguru ki te marama o Hōngongoi i tēnei tau.

“Nā te atawhai o tēnei hunga i whai wāhi ai te iwi ki te whakawhiti kōrero i ō rātou kāinga, i ngā hōro hapori, i ngā umanga me ngā marae. E kore e mutu ā mātou mihi ki tēnei hunga mō tō rātou atawhai,” e ai ki tāna.

Ko ngā kaupapa i whiriwhiria ko te pātai me āta tuhi te kaupapa ture mō Aotearoa ki te pukapuka kotahi, te wāhi o te Tiriti o Waitangi me Te Rārangi Tika Tangata o Aotearoa i tā tātou kaupapa ture, te wāhi ki ngā māngai mō te iwi Māori i roto i te kāwanatanga ā-rohe, ā-motu hoki, me te huhua o ngā take pōti.

I kati te tāpae mai i ngā tono i te 31 o ngā rā o Hōngongoi, ā, kei te whiriwhiri te Ranga i ēnei tono katoa, tae atu ki ngā whakaaro i tāpaetia ai i ngā hui, i ngā matapaki ipurangi anō hoki.

5270 ngā tono i āta tuhia kua tae mai, nā roto i te pae tukutuku, i te ī-mēra, i te pōhi rānei. 116 o ēnei, nā ngā rōpū, hei māngai mō ō rātou mema, i tono mai, tae atu ki ētahi tirohanga nā ngā taiohi 1092 i whakaoti. Ko ētahi o ngā tono ā-rōpū he whakaatatanga o te tirohanga kotahi o ōna mema, heoi anō, ko ētahi kei te whakaata i te huhua o ngā tirohanga.

E kī ana a Ahorangi Burrows ka mahi nui te Ranga kia rangona, kia whakaatatia hoki ngā whakaaro huhua o te hunga whai wāhi mai ki te whakawhiti kōrero.

“He tika kia āta whakaarotia te Whakawhitinga Kōrero, ā, kotahi anō tēnei hipanga i te huarahi, he mahi nui te whakaotinga i ngā whakaritenga mō tā tātou kaupapa ture.

Ka tono te Ranga i tāna pūrongo ki te Kāwanatanga i mua i te mutunga o tēnei tau, tae atu ki ētahi atu wāhanga e whakaae ana te takitini e tika ana kia kawea whakamua ngā mahi.

Ahakoa kua kati ngā tono, ko te hunga kei te ngākau-nui ki ngā take mō te kaupapa ture ka āhei tonu ki te tono mai ki ngā rauemi i te ipurangi ki www.kaupapature.org.nz mā te tono ā-waea rānei ki te nama waea kore-utu ki 0508-411-411.

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Mō ētahi atu kōrero whakapā mai ki Hinerangi Barr (Media Advisor) ki 021 656 310, ki aiocoms@gmail.com rānei.

Submission deadline for the Constitution Conversation extended for a month

18 June 2013

Due to growing interest in the Constitution Conversation, the Constitutional Advisory Panel has decided to extend the deadline for submissions. People now have until 31st July 2013 to put forward their views on our current constitutional arrangements and how they want our country to be run in the future. The original submission deadline was 1st July.

Co-chair Sir Tipene O’Regan says the extension gives people extra time to consider the issues and additional time for organisations to consult with their membership.

He says it has become increasingly clear to the Panel that more time is needed to develop public awareness about our constitutional arrangements and the impact it has on their daily lives.

“What we’re starting to see around the country is a better understanding of the issues and a broader range of ideas. We’ve received more than 1500 submissions so far. We are keen to give more people and organisations the opportunity to submit their views.”

Co-chair Emeritus Professor John Burrows says the deadline extension means the Panel will not have time to undertake a second round of submissions as originally intended however he says “Each one of the 12 Panel members has heard from a diverse range of groups and individuals. I’m confident that as a group we will accurately reflect the range of views we’ve heard to the Government.”

During the first half of 2013 the Constitutional Advisory Panel has heard and continues to hear from individuals and communities around the country. Panel members have attended more than 100 events.

Key themes emerging from the submissions and discussions so far include our common values, our changing population, the checks and balances on the institutions that hold public power in New Zealand, the role of the Treaty of Waitangi in our constitutional arrangements, the balance between majority and minority rights, the protection of Māori culture and identity, equality, processes of constitutional change and improving the level of knowledge about our constitution.

The public can find out more information about the constitutional issues and terms of reference by going online to www.ourconstitution.org.nz or by ordering printed resources and meeting toolkits via the free phone number 0508-411-411. You can also join the Conversation on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheConstitutionConversation.

Submissions can be made online at www.ourconstitution.org.nz by email or post before 31st July 2013. The deaf community can make submissions via the Seeflow website at www.seeflow.co.nz.

The Panel is due to report back to the Government with recommendations by December 2013.

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About the Constitutional Advisory Panel – Te Ranga Kaupapa Ture

The Panel is an independent advisory group appointed by the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Māori Affairs. Its role is to seek, listen and record the views of New Zealanders on our constitutional arrangements. It will make recommendations to the Government based on the submissions received.

The Panel members are Emeritus Professor John Burrows (Co-chair), Sir Tipene O’Regan (Co-chair), Peter Chin, Deborah Coddington, Hon Sir Michael Cullen, Hon John Luxton, Bernice Mene, Dr Leonie Pihama, Hinurewa Poutu, Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Peter Tennent and Emeritus Professor Dr Ranginui Walker. For profiles on the Panel go to www.cap.govt.nz

For media enquiries contact:

Hinerangi Barr
Media Advisor
Constitutional Advisory Panel Secretariat
constitutionalreview@justice.govt.nz
021 656 310

Kua whakaroatia atu te rā kati mō te Whakawhitiwhiti Kōrero mō te Kaupapa Ture mō te marama kotahi

18 Pipiri 2013

Nā runga i te pikinga ake o te aro mai a te tangata ki te Whakawhitinga Kōrero mō te Kaupapa Ture, kua tatū ngā whakaaro o te Ranga Kaupapa Ture me whakaroa atu te wā tuku tono ki a rātou. Ka wātea ngā tono taea noatia ki te 31 o ngā rā o Hōngongoi kia tāpae tono mō ō rātou whakaaro mō ngā whakaritenga kaupapa ture, me pēhea hoki tō tātou whenua e whakahaeretia ai ā ngā rā kei mua i te aroaro. Ko te rā kati taketake ko te 1 o ngā o Hōngongoi.

E ai ki te heamana paheko ki a Tīpene O’Regan mā te whakaroanga atu ka taea e te iwi whānui te whiriwhiri ngā pūtake matua, ā, ka wātea hoki he wā roa kē atu mō ngā rōpū kia whātoro i ō rātou mema.

Ki a ia, kua mārama te Ranga ināianei me whakaroa atu te wā hei whakapiki i te mārama o te iwi whānui ki ā tātou whakaritenga kaupapa ture, me te pānga o tēnei tūāpapa ki tō rātou noho ia rā, ia rā.

“Kei te kite mātou huri noa i te whenua kua piki ake te māramatanga ki ngā pūtake kua whānui atu hoki ngā huinga whakaaro. Kua mai mai te 1300 tāpaetanga tae mai ki tēnei wā. Kei te hiahia mātou kia wātea te huarahi mō te tini o te iwi me ngā whakahaere kia tāpae i ō rātou whakaaro.”

E ai ki te Heamana Paheko ki a Ahorangi Hōnore John Burrows i raro i te whakaroatanga nei e kore e taea e te Ranga te huri rua i te motu ki te whātoro i ngā whakaaro o ngā tāngata o Aotearoa, arā, ka mutu anō i te huringa kotahi anake. Ahakoa tērā, “Kua rongo ia mema 12 o te Ranga Kaupapa Ture i ngā rōpū me ngā tāngata takitahi maha. E mea ana au ka pono tā mātou whakaari i te whānuitanga o ngā whakaaro kua rongo mātou, ki te Kāwanatanga.”

I roto i te hāwhe tuatahi o 2013 kua rongo te Ranga Kaupapa Ture i ngā tāngata takitahi me ngā hapori huri noa i te whenua, ā, e whakarongo tonu nei. Kua tae atu ngā mema o te ranga ki ngā hui 100, neke atu.

Ko ētahi o ngā tino kaupapa matua kua puta ko ngā uara e whakapono nuitia ana, te huringa o te āhua o te taupori, ngā here me ngā whakarite mō ngā whakahaere e pupuri nei i te mana tūmatanui i Aotearoa, te wāhi ki te Tiriti o Waitangi i ā tātou whakaritenga kaupapa ture, te hāngai o ngā tika o te nuinga ki ngā tika o ngā rōpū iti, te tiaki i te ahurea me te tuakiri Māori, te noho ōrite, ngā kaupapa whakahou i te kaupapa ture, me te whakapiki i te mōhiotanga ki tā tātou kaupapa ture.

Ka taea e te tangata te kimi kōrero atu anō mō ngā take tōrangapū me ngā rārangi whāinga mā te peka atu ki te ipurangi ki www.ourconstitution.org.nz mā te tono i ngā rauemi tā me ngā taonga hui mā te nama waea ki 0508-411-411. Ka taea e koe te tūhono ki te Whakawhitinga Kōrero ki Facebook i www.facebook.com/TheConstitutionConversation.

Ka taea te tuku tono tuihono ki www.kaupapature.org.nz mā te ī-mēra, mā te pōhi rānei i mua i te 31 o Hōngongoi 2013. Ka āhei te hunga turi te tuku tono mā te pae tukutuku Seeflow ki www.seeflow.co.nz.

Te tikanga ā te marama o Hakihea 2013 ka tukua te pūrongo a te Ranga me āna tohutohu ki te Kāwanatanga.

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Mō Te Ranga Kaupapa Ture - Constitutional Advisory Panel

He rōpū motuhake te Ranga i whakatūria e te Pirīmia tuarua rāua ko te Minita mō ngā Take Māori. Ko tāna mahi nui he rapu, he whakarongo, he āta tuhi hoki ki ngā whakaaro hoki o Aotearoa mō ngā kaupapa ture o te motu. Ka riro māna e whakatakoto whakahau ki te Kāwanatanga mō ngā tono kua tae mai.

Ko ngā mema o te Ranga ko te Ahorangi Hōnore John Burrows (Heamana Paheko) rātou ko Tā Tipene O’Regan (Heamana Paheko), ko Peter Chin, ko Deborah Coddington, ko Tā Michael Cullen, ko Hōnore John Luxton, ko Bernice Mene, ko Tākuta Leonie Pihama, ko Hinurewa Poutu, ko Ahorangi Linda Tuhiwai Smith, ko Peter Tennent, ko Ahorangi Hōnore Ranginui Walker. Mō ētahi haurongo poto mō ngā mema o te Ranga haere ki www.cap.govt.nz

Mō ngā tono mai a te hunga pāpāho:

Hinerangi Barr
Kaitohutohu Pāpāho
Constitutional Advisory Panel Secretariat
constitutionalreview@justice.govt.nz
021 656 310

Starting the constitution conversation

14 January 2013

All New Zealanders are invited to share their aspirations for this country and what matters to them most about how Aotearoa New Zealand is run in the future.

The Constitutional Advisory Panel will actively seek a broad range of views on New Zealand’s constitution in the first half of 2013.

Panel co-chair Sir Tipene O’Regan says: “The review is a chance for us to think about this country’s future. What kind of place do we want our grandchildren and great-grandchildren to live in?”

The Panel’s terms of reference include the scope and status of the Bill of Rights Act 1990, electoral issues, Māori representation, the role of the Treaty of Waitangi in our constitutional arrangements and whether New Zealand should have a written constitution.

To support public conversations the independent Panel has produced a booklet, New Zealand’s Constitution: The Conversation So Far, summarising the key issues up for consideration. The booklet and more information about the Panel is available at www.cap.govt.nz

Additional website resources and information materials will be available in February to help individuals, organisations and communities facilitate their own conversations about New Zealand’s constitution and prepare submissions by the middle of 2013.

Co-chair Emeritus Professor John Burrows QC says: “The constitution belongs to the people of New Zealand and the Panel wants to hear from as many people as possible.”

The Panel is due to report back to Government by December 2013. Recommendations will be made based on the submissions received from the general public.

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About New Zealand’s constitution

  • New Zealand has a constitution – it’s just not all written down in a single document.
  • Our constitution determines how our country is run and how laws are made. New Zealand law affects just about every aspect of our daily lives.
  • Our constitution sets out the powers of the head of state (the Queen, represented by the Governor-General), Government (Prime Minister and Ministers), Parliament (members of Parliament) and the courts; the relationships between them; and their relationships with us, the people of New Zealand.
  • Our constitutional rules include laws such as the Bill of Rights Act and the Constitution Act, foundational documents such as the Treaty of Waitangi, and fundamental values including that everyone must follow the law.

About the Constitutional Advisory Panel – Te Ranga Kaupapa Ture

The Constitutional Advisory Panel is an independent advisory group appointed by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Māori Affairs in August 2011.

The Panel’s role is to seek, listen and record the views of New Zealanders on the constitutional issues described in the Terms of Reference and to report back to the Government by the end of 2013.

The Panel members are Emeritus Professor John Burrows, Sir Tipene O’Regan, Peter Chin, Deborah Coddington, Hon Sir Michael Cullen, Hon John Luxton, Bernice Mene, Dr Leonie Pihama, Hinurewa Poutu, Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Peter Tennent and Emeritus Professor Dr Ranginui Walker. For profiles on the Panel go to www.cap.govt.nz

For more information contact:

Hinerangi Barr
Media Advisor, Constitutional Advisory Panel – Te Ranga Kaupapa Ture
Contact: 021 656 310 or email constitutionalreview@justice.govt.nz

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Me tīmata te kōrero mō te kaupapa ture

14 Hānuere 2013

He tono tēnei ki ngā tāngata katoa o Aotearoa kia tukua mai ō rātou tūmanako mō te whenua nei me ngā take nui ki a rātou hei whakahaere i Aotearoa ki āmua.

I te wāhanga tuatahi o 2013 ka āta kimi te Ranga Kaupapa Ture i te whānui o ngā whakaaro mō te kaupapa ture o Aotearoa.

E kī ana a Tā Tīpene O’Regan, tētahi heamana paheko, “ Kua whai wāhi tātou i tēnei tirohaka hou ki te whakaaro e ahu ana te whenua nei ki hea. He pēhea te āhua o te whenua nei hei nōhaka mō ā tātou ā, mō kā uri ā muri ake nei?”

Kei roto i ngā rārangi kōrero hei whāinga mā te Ranga, ko te hōkai me te mana o te Bill of Rights 1990 (Te Ture Pire Tikanga 1990), ko ngā take pōti, ko te wāhi ki ngāi Māori, me te Tiriti o Waitangi i roto i ngā whakarite o te kaupapa ture, ā, mehemea me tuhi te kaupapa ture.

Hei tautoko i ngā kōrero a te iwi, kua whakaputaina e te Ranga motuhake nei he puka iti, ‘New Zealand’s Constitution: The Conversation So Far,’ he whakarāpopoto i ngā take matua hei whakaaro iho. Kei te wātea te puka iti me ētahi atu pārongo mō te Ranga i www.cap.govt.nz.

Hei Pepuere, ka wātea anō ētahi rawa ipurangi me ētahi pārongo hei āwhina i te takitahi, i ngā rōpū whakahaere me ngā hapori ki te whakaemi i ā rātou kōrero mō ngā kaupapa ture o Aotearoa, ā, ka whakatakoto i ngā tono i waenganui i 2013.

E kī ana te Ahorangi Hōnore John Burrows QC, tētahi heamana paheko, “Nā ngā iwi o Aotearoa te kaupapa ture, ā, kei te hiahia te Ranga kia rangona te reo o te tini.”

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Mō te kaupapa ture o Aotearoa

  • He kaupapa ture tō Aotearoa – heoi anō, kāore anō kia tuhia hei pukapuka kotahi.
  • Hei mana te kaupapa ture mō ngā mahi whakahaere i te whenua Aotearoa me te hanga i ōna ture. Ka pā ngā ture o Aotearoa ki te tini o ngā wāhanga o tō tātou noho ia rā.
  • Hei whakaroherohe te kaupapa ture i ngā mana o te tumuaki o te whenua (te Kuini, ā, ko te Kāwana-Tianara tōna māngai), te Kāwanatanga (te Pirīmia me ngā Minita) te Whare Pāremata (ngā mema Pāremata) me ngā Kōti; te noho whanaunga a tētahi ki tētahi atu; me te whanaunga o ēnei wāhanga ki a ngāi tātou, ngā tāngata o Aotearoa.
  • Kei roto i ā tātou whakarite kaupapa ture ko ngā ture pēnei i te Bill of Rights Act (Te Ture Pire Tikanga) me te Constitution Act (Te Ture Kaupapa Ture), ngā pukapuka taketake pēnei i te Tiriti o Waitangi, me ngā uara taketake, pēnei i te whakaaro matua me whakarongo ngā tāngata katoa ki te ture.

Mō Te Ranga Kaupapa Ture - Constitutional Advisory Panel

He rōpū tohutohu motuhake te Ranga Kaupapa Ture, ā, nā te Pirīmia Tuarua rāua ko te Minita Māori i tohu āna mema i te marama o Ākuhata 2011.

Ko tā te Ranga mahi he rapu, he whakarongo, he tuhituhi hoki i ngā whakaaro o ngā tāngata o Aotearoa mō ngā mea e tākina atu nei i ngā rārangi kōrero hei whāinga māna, me te whakahoki kōrero ki te Kāwanatanga i te mutunga o te tau 2013.

Ko ngā mema o te Ranga ko Ahorangi Hōnore John Burrows, rātou ko Tā Tipene O’Regan, ko Peter Chin, ko Deborah Coddington, ko Hōnore Tā Michael Cullen, ko Hōnore John Luxton, ko Bernice Mene, ko Tākuta Leonie Pihama, ko Hinurewa Poutu, ko Ahorangi Linda Tuhiwai Smith, ko Peter Tennent, ko Ahorangi Hōnore Tākuta Ranginui Walker. Mō ētahi haurongo poto mō ngā mema o te Ranga haere ki www.cap.govt.nz

Mō ētahi atu kōrero whakapā mai ki a:

Hinerangi Barr
Kaitohutohu mō te Hunga Pāpāho, – Te Ranga Kaupapa Ture
Whakapā mai ki: 021 656 310 i-mēra rānei ki constitutionalreview@justice.govt.nz