Ardern: No Plans for New Zealand Republic After Queen's Death

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The Facts

  • New Zealand's PM, Jacinda Ardern, has said she believes her nation will become a republic "in her lifetime," however, her government doesn't intend to pursue the constitutional reform needed to remove the new King as head of state.

  • She also recognized the relationship between New Zealand - which is still part of the British Commonwealth - and the UK following Queen Elizabeth II's death last Thurs., saying it was "deeply valued by our people."

The Spin

Establishment-critical narrative

The British monarchy is one of world history's most brutal, thieving regimes. It's no surprise so many Commonwealth nations appear set to sever imperialist ties in the wake of Queen Elizabeth II's death. Good on the nations likely seeking to liberate themselves from this anachronistic and oppressive system - New Zealand should follow suit.

Pro-establishment narrative

Although Ardern says New Zealand's eventual transition to a republic will "probably happen," it's more accurate to say it will "indefinitely probably happen." The New Zealand population is pragmatic, and they won't support an expensive and complicated measure that potentially risks jeopardizing established relationships between Indigenous peoples and the government when there's little material gain.

Establishment split



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