EmpowerNZ: Drafting a Constitution for the 21st Century
New Zealand Journal of Public and International Law, Vol. 10, pp. 287-299, 2012
22 Pages Posted: 11 May 2013 Last revised: 14 May 2014
Date Written: December 31, 2012
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
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