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Royalty in New Zealand


New Zealand is both a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy. It is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, and Queen Elizabeth II is its head of state.

The Queen is represented in New Zealand by a Governor General who is appointed on the recommendation of the New Zealand's prime minister. The Governor General usually acts on the advice of ministers, but in some extreme situations he or she may exercise reserve powers such as dismissing a prime minister or dissolving Parliament.

The Queen's title in New Zealand is Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen of New Zealand and Her Other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith.

Since the 19th century, some of New Zealand's Maori people have been represented by a traditional monarch, who is a respected figure but has no official role in New Zealand's government.



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August 21, 2014


The Maori king, Tuheitia Paki
Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images


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July 7, 2014

May 5, 2014

April 15, 2014


Catherine, William, and George leave New Zealand
Photo by Danny Martindale/WireImage


April 14, 2014

April 13, 2014


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit a New Zealand winery
Photo by Fiona Goodall - Pool/Getty Images


April 12, 2014

April 11, 2014

April 10, 2014



April 9, 2014


Prince George of Cambridge attends a Plunket Play Group
Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage



April 7, 2014


Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images


April 6, 2014

April 5, 2014

April 3, 2014

March 6, 2014

March 4, 2014

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Maori king Tuheitia Paki and former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark
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Photo source: United Nations Development Programme


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February 23, 2014

February 7, 2014

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Books About New Zealand

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Making Peoples by James Belich. A history of the New Zealanders, from Polynesian settlement to the end of the 19th century.

The Maori and the Crown: An Indigenous People's Struggle for Self-Determination by Dora Alves and Paul Cleveland. Details the interaction between the Maori leaders and the British Crown.

A History of New Zealand by Keith Sinclair. The author has written several books about New Zealand's history. Out of print, but available from Alibris.

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