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Gillard, Rudd, and mid-term transitions 26 Jun 2013 | 09:02 pm

For the record (if the Rudd coup d'état happened in NZ): 1. The change of leadership triggers a change of PM without a change of government. As incumbent PM but ousted leader, Gillard is obliged to a...

#MarriageEquality, Quilter and all that 18 Apr 2013 | 01:33 am

Today was filled with joy, emotion and pride. But also reflection, reflection on the role of law and social reform. Marriage equality has been a long battle. I sat in the public gallery of the Court ...

Roy Morgan poll – some odd narrative 19 Apr 2012 | 10:29 am

A couple of weeks ago, Roy Morgan came out with an interesting poll: http://www.roymorgan.com/news/polls/2012/4761/ The Nats were down (to 44%) and the Greens were up to a record level (17%) – and t...

Tid-bits from New Zealand: an election, a referendum, and a multi-party government policy programme 9 Feb 2012 | 03:12 pm

[This post first appeared on the UK Constitutional Law Group's Blog] The new parliamentary year kicked off in New Zealand this week, following an election held late last year in the shadow of the Rug...

Seasonal Messages: Compare and Contrast 3 Jan 2012 | 05:49 am

Take 1: Take 2: Enough said.

TID-BIT: Cabinet Collective Responsibility and Ministers Outside Cabinet 6 Dec 2011 | 02:22 pm

So, the Dominion Post reports ("Banks, Dunne strike a deal with National"): "Dunne  - a strong 1080 opponent - will also keep his Associate Minister of Health post. He will be a minister outside cabi...

Sharples and Turia appointed as Tohunga Kaitohutohu – perhaps? 29 Nov 2011 | 11:18 am

After Saturday's election, it looks like we're now heading down a well-tread path as we settle our Executive arrangements. Leaders from support parties – ACT, United, Māori Party – will be awarded mi...

Governments in transition – some constitutional FAQs 25 Nov 2011 | 07:50 pm

Some FAQs about the process of post-election government transition. If other questions arise, I'll add to the list as far as I can. Who decides who is appointed Prime Minister? This tasks falls to t...

Reading the tea leaves: the declaratory judgment application 18 Nov 2011 | 11:37 am

The Teapot Tapes camera-man, Bradley Ambrose, has applied to the High Court to seek clarification on the legality or otherwise of his taping of the now famous conversation between John Key and John Ba...

Tinkering with the line of succession 30 Oct 2011 | 01:25 pm

So, we find (oddly, from overseas sources) that our government has agreed to a change in the line of succession.  The male primogeniture (boys before girls) and prohibition on marriage to someone Cath...

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