EmpowerNZ: Drafting a Constitution for the 21st Century

New Zealand Journal of Public and International Law, Vol. 10, pp. 287-299, 2012

Victoria University of Wellington Legal Research Paper No. 60/2014

22 Pages Posted: 11 May 2013 Last revised: 14 May 2014

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Dean R. Knight

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law

Julia Whaipooti

Victoria University of Wellington

Date Written: December 31, 2012

Abstract

New Zealand is once again reflecting on its constitutional arrangements, with the Constitutional Advisory Panel charged with considering a range of constitutional issues and engaging the public in discussion about the nature of New Zealand's constitution. As an independent precursor to the formal constitutional review, the EmpowerNZ workshop challenged 50 young people to draft a new constitution for New Zealand. The aim of the workshop was to create a space for young New Zealanders to explore the nation's future constitution, to sharpen their constitutional literacy and to inspire them to be engaged in future constitutional conversations in their communities.

The ultimate product of the workshop, the Draft Constitution for the 21st Century, is appended to this note. This note provides some context to the document: (a) characterising the workshop and its participants; (b) narrating the drafting and deliberative process; and (c) offering some personal reflections on the process, product and experience generally.

Keywords: constitution, New Zealand, EmpowerNZ workshop

JEL Classification: K1

Suggested Citation

Knight, Dean R. and Whaipooti, Julia, EmpowerNZ: Drafting a Constitution for the 21st Century (December 31, 2012). New Zealand Journal of Public and International Law, Vol. 10, pp. 287-299, 2012, Victoria University of Wellington Legal Research Paper No. 60/2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2263248

Dean R. Knight (Contact Author)

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law ( email )

PO Box 600
Wellington, 6140
New Zealand

Julia Whaipooti

Victoria University of Wellington ( email )

P.O. Box 600
Wellington, 6140
New Zealand

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