Realm of New Zealand
|Area||Representative of the Queen||Head of the government||Legislature||Capital||Population||Land area|
|23x15px New Zealand||Governor-General||Prime Minister||New Zealand Parliament (House of Representatives)[Note 1]||Wellington||4,242,048||Script error: No such module "convert".|
|23x15px Cook Islands||Queen's Representative||Prime Minister||Parliament of the Cook Islands||Avarua||21,388||Script error: No such module "convert".|
|23x15px Niue||Representative of the Queen[Note 2]||Premier||Niue Assembly||Alofi||2,145||Script error: No such module "convert".|
|23x15px Tokelau||Administrator||Ulu-o-Tokelau||General Fono||None||1,405||Script error: No such module "convert".|
|23x15px Ross Dependency||Governor[Note 2]||Chief Executive||None[Note 3]||None|| Scott Base: 10–80
McMurdo Station: 200–1000 (seasonally)
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- The current New Zealand Parliament is unicameral with its sole chamber House of Representatives.
- The Governor General of New Zealand is also the Representative of the Queen of Niue and the Governor of the Ross Dependency, but they are separate posts.
- Legislation for the Ross Dependency is enacted by the New Zealand Parliament (House of Representatives) although actually, its powers are limited due to the Antarctic Treaty System.
Future of the Realm
Within New Zealand there exists some support for a New Zealand republic. Should New Zealand become a republic it will retain the Ross Dependency and Tokelau as dependent territories and the Realm of New Zealand would continue to exist without New Zealand, the Ross Dependency and Tokelau. This would not be a legal hurdle to a New Zealand republic as such, and both the Cook Islands and Niue would retain their status as associated states with New Zealand, as New Zealand shares its Head of State with the Cook Islands and Niue in the same way the Commonwealth realms share a Head of State. However, a New Zealand republic would present the issue of independence to the Cook Islands and Niue. Thus, a number of options for the future of the Realm of New Zealand exist should New Zealand become a republic:
- A New Zealand republic with the Cook Islands and Niue remaining in free association with New Zealand, but retaining the Queen as their head of state;
- A New Zealand republic with the Cook Islands and Niue having a new republican head of state as their head of state and becoming independent states;
- A New Zealand republic with the Cook Islands and Niue having their own heads of state, but retaining their status of free association with New Zealand.
- Dominion of New Zealand
- History of Samoa - a country formerly under New Zealand administration as League of Nations mandate and UN Trust Territory
- History of Nauru - a country where New Zealand was nominal co-trustee during a period of League of Nations mandate and later UN Trust Territory
- Monarchy of the Cook Islands
- Monarchy of New Zealand
- Monarchy of Niue
- Pitcairn Islands
- The "Kingdom of the Netherlands" refers to a similar situation involving the metropolitan Netherlands and various overseas territories.
- The "French Republic" refers to the entirety of the areas under its rule, including both Metropolitan France and Overseas France.
- The "Danish Realm" refers to the combination of Denmark proper, the Faroe Islands and Greenland.
- New Zealand's Constitution, New Zealand government, retrieved 20 November 2009
- Letters Patent Constituting the Office of Governor-General of New Zealand (SR 1983/225), New Zealand Parliamentary Counsel Office, retrieved 20 November 2009
- "Tokelau decolonisation high on agenda". The New Zealand Herald. NZPA. 17 May 2008. Retrieved 23 November 2011.
- A July 2005 poll published in The Press showed 27% support for the question "Do you support New Zealand becoming a republic?", and 67% opposition.
- A Sunday Star-Times poll, published 20 January 2006, stated there was 47% support for a New Zealand republic, and 47% support for the monarchy.
- Townend, Andrew (2003). "The Strange Death of the Realm of New Zealand: The Implications of a New Zealand Republic for the Cook Islands and Niue" (34). Victoria University of Wellington Law Review. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
- Letters Patent constituting the office of Governor-General of New Zealand — gives explanation for "Realm of New Zealand"
- "Cook Islands" (NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
- "Niue" (NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
- "New Zealand and the Tokelau Islands" (NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
- "Ross Dependency" (NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
|Administrative divisions of the Realm of New Zealand|
|Sovereign States||23x15px New Zealand||23x15px Cook Islands||23x15px Niue|
|Regions||11 non-unitary regions||5 unitary regions||Chatham Islands|| Outlying islands outside any regional authority
(the Kermadec Islands, Three Kings Islands, and Sub-Antarctic Islands)
|Ross Dependency||Tokelau||15 islands||14 villages|
|Territorial authorities||13 cities and 53 districts|
|Notes||Some districts lie in more than one region||These combine the regional and the territorial authority levels in one||Special territorial authority||The outlying Solander Islands form part of the Southland Region||New Zealand's Antarctic territory||Non-self-governing territory of New Zealand||States in free association with New Zealand|