Constitution Aotearoa – a Catalyst Conversation

Former Prime Minister Sir Geoffrey Palmer and constitutional lawyer Dr Andrew Butler bring ‘Constitution Aotearoa’ to Queenstown at Catalyst’s invitation, to kick-start a nationwide conversation about New Zealand’s Constitution.

Should the basic rules of government be gathered in one place and written down so everyone can find them? Should they be reformed?

New Zealand does have a constitution, but it is neither well-known nor well understood. It is subject to political whim, as Parliament can change or remove fundamental rights and protections without consultation or a popular mandate.

They say a modern, codified Constitution would strengthen democracy, make government more transparent and accountable, and protect human rights.

Their suggestions for such a Constitution – “that is easy to understand, reflects New Zealand’s identity and nationhood, protects rights and liberties, and prevents governments from abusing power “ – are contained in their book ‘A Constitution for Aotearoa New Zealand’.

Come along to hear these two constitutional experts give their perspectives and share your own.

Please register at Venue: Queenstown Events Centre function room.

Dr Andrew Butler and Sir Geoffrey Palmer