Yesterday we got a new effective Head of State. The Queen is of course still the nominal Head of State, so no change for 63 years there, but the actual person doing the duties was sworn in.
Dame Patsy Reddy took over the role, and will over the next 5 years see over 2 general elections, pass ‘royal assent’ over every law, and has the capacity to dismiss the government.
So of course it was a minor news item, a few pictures or soundbites of the ceremony, and John Key giving his approval. Surely this is a significant moment in the course of our nation?
Hopefully it’ll get more coverage when we eventually go to a republic, and they’re nominal and effective Head of State. Geoffrey Palmer’s proposed constitution looks a good start. Maybe some tweaks: 3 year fixed term for parliament? More than 50% majority in the parliamentary free vote for Head of State to ensure a unifying non-political candidate? Still, a parliamentary free vote is a significant improvement on our current process, with John Key just choosing.
Anyway: congrats Dame Patsy, and may you go well in the role.