Faculty of Arts


New Zealand Politics


An examination of who governs New Zealand and in whose interests. Questions to be addressed include: What constitutes our national identity? Should New Zealand have a written constitution? Is it appropriate that Queen Elizabeth remain New Zealand’s head of state?   How can our electoral system be improved? How useful are referendums? Other topics include: the roles of parliament and cabinet, political leadership, parties and elections, the role of the media and the place of Māori within the political system. Guest speakers in recent years have included the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition.

Availability 2012

Semester 1


Coordinator(s) Professor Raymond Miller


R. Miller (ed.), New Zealand Government and Politics, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 5th edition, 2010.


Coursework + exam


POLITICS 107: 15.0 points

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