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The Constitution of IndependenceThe Development of Constitutional Theory in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand$
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Peter C. Oliver

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780198268956

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198268956.001.0001

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New Zealand: Waitangi, Westminster and Wellington

New Zealand: Waitangi, Westminster and Wellington

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The Constitution of Independence


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This chapter traces New Zealand constitutional development from the Treaty of Waitangi forwards, including the constitutional arrangement of the 1850s. At the time of the Statute of Westminster, New Zealand was reluctant to loosen the ties that bound it to the United Kingdom. However, by 1947 it had taken a major step in that direction, completed in 1986. As with the Canadian account, this chapter identifies Imperial Theory and Independence Theory adherents. The chapter concludes with a discussion of New Zealand's apparent preference for an explanation of constitutional independence based on a disguised revolution.

Keywords:   Waitangi, Hight, Bamford, Beaglehole, McGechan, Aikman, Scott, Northey, Joseph, Brookfield

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