The Herald argues:
If republican sentiment is to blossom, it needs to be galvanised from above. Such a process, done well, would lead to a seeping into the national consciousness of the idea that not only is a republic inevitable but that it should be established sooner, rather than later.
Super City governance for Auckland has trodden this path. Convince New Zealanders to adopt a republican state of mind and a republican state will surely follow.
No Right Turn rightly points out that proper change comes from below, but I’ve gotta say, having seen the grossly undemocratic way in which National and ACT are handling the Super City I’d rather they kept their grubby wee hands right away from our republic.
The move to a republic could be a chance for us to extend our democracy and have a proper national debate about the future of our constitutional structures. The last thing we need is John Key and Rodney Hide forcing us into an undemocratic structure that simply entrenches the wealthy and powerful interests they represent.
The republic can wait. It’s far too important to entrust to a bunch of people who have such an obvious contempt for democracy.