Have your say: Does New Zealand need a Governor-General?

  • 25/05/2021
Dame Cindy Kiro
Dame Cindy Kiro Photo credit: File

Jacinda Ardern has appointed former Children's Commissioner Dame Cindy Kiro as the next Governor-General once the incumbent Dame Patsy Reddy retires.

The position of Governor-General is approved by Cabinet. The Queen is consulted by the Prime Minister, and if she is happy with the candidate, the Opposition leader - currently Judith Collins - is consulted, and the recruitment process concludes. 

The Governor-General is the Queen's representative. Duties are divided into three functions - ceremonial, community and constitutional.

Important ceremonial duties include opening new sessions of Parliament, welcoming visiting heads of state and receiving credentials of foreign diplomats,

In the community, the Governor-General is a patron of close to 200 charitable, sporting and cultural organisations and in the constitution, they are responsible for maintaining the legitimacy and continuity of Government.

But is the role necessary? Or is it time to let it go?

Have your say below.

Disclaimer: This straw poll is not scientific and closes after 24 hours.