Constitutional Advisory Panel

The Government established the Constitutional Advisory Panel in August 2011 to support the consideration of constitutional issues by reporting to the deputy Prime Minister and to the Minister of Māori Affairs on an understanding of New Zealanders' perspectives on our constitutional arrangements, topical issues and areas where reform should be undertaken.

The Constitutional Advisory Panel’s 2013 report, A Report on a Conversation / He Kōtuinga Kōrero mō Te Kaupapa Ture o Aotearoa, records the range of perspectives from its conversation with New Zealanders about our constitution, and the Panel’s advice about what to do next.

As part of the Constitution Conversation the Panel heard a range of views at over 100 meetings, on its Facebook page and from the 5,259 written submissions received from groups and individuals.

The Panel’s key recommendation was for the Government to actively support a continuing conversation about the constitution by ensuring people can find out more about the current arrangements and about options for our future.

The full report is available here:

Constitutional Advisory Panel Full Report 2013 [PDF, 4.4 MB]

The Constitutional Advisory Panel’s website has been archived, and is available here:

New Zealand's constitution - archived version(external link)