The Constitutional Advisory Panel is currently seeking public submissions on New Zealand's constitution until July 2013. Contrary to popular belief, New Zealand does have a constitution it just isn't contained in any one document. We are one of only three countries in the World to not have a written constitution (along with the UK and Israel).
Anyway, the panel is asking some rather deep and important questions, such as:
- How do you want our country to be run in the future?
- Do you think our constitution should be written in a single document?
- Does the Bill of Rights Act protect your rights enough?
- What role do you think the Treaty of Waitangi could have in our constitution?
- How could Māori electoral participation be improved?
- How many members of Parliament should we have?
- How long should the term of Parliament be?
- And plenty of other important, but potentially boring, questions.
But yes, join the "Constitution Conversation" now or forever hold your peace. I know I'll be sharing my 2 cents.