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This Realm of New Zealand is a ground-breaking analysis of New Zealand's constitution that gives a comprehensively account of how the Queen, Governor-General, and the Crown interact with our democratically elected leaders under New Zealand's unwritten constitution.
It explains how these islands in the South Pacific were first brought within Queen Victoria's dominions, and how the arrangements then made for their future government evolved under pressure for democracy and responsible government.
In an afterword, the authors examine some of the key issues to be considered should New Zealand become a republic.
Dame Alison Quentin-Baxter is a distinguished lawyer and former Director of the New Zealand Law Commission. She taught constitutional history and law at Victoria University of Wellington from 1987-94, and has acted as a constitutional advisor to New Zealand and other jurisdictions, including Niue, Fiji, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and Saint Helena.
Janet McLean is a Professor of Law at the University of Auckland, where she teaches constitutional and administrative law. She is the editor of Property and the Constitution, and author of Searching for the State in British Legal Thought.
This Realm of New Zealand, by Alison Quentin-Baxter and Janet McLean.
Published by Auckland University Press. Hardback, 356 pages.