27 September 2007

Dominion Day Centenary: celebrating history; designing for the future

Today - 26 September 2007 - is the centenary of our country becoming a Dominion. Below is a copy of the Proclamation declaring the change in status:
While it's important to celebrate our history and heritage, it's also important that we ensure our status and traditions remain appropriate for our people and community as we grow as a nation. In my view, the arguments in favour of becoming a Republic are irresistible (I won't rehearse them here). And, not inevitably, but forthwith.
To that end, wouldn't it be sensible for the Queen to make the following Proclamation on the centenary of Dominion Day?
(To avoid any doubt, the above proclamation is not real and, in terms of s13 of the Flags, Emblems, and Names Protection Act 1981, the display or exhibition of the Coat of Arms in the mock proclamation is not done with purported approval of the government or the Crown!)


Lewis Holden said...

That's brilliant Dean - can I use it on the Republic New Zealand group on Facebook?



Graeme Edgeler said...

No mention of s 13 of the Flags, Emblems and Names Protection Act?


Dean Knight said...


Checked that, but given it's clearly used in a faux context, I was sure it fell outside the rider in s13:

"in such a manner as to be likely to cause any person to believe that he does so under the authority, sanction, approval, appointment, or patronage of Her Majesty's Government".

Dean Knight said...

But a new caveat posted to avoid any doubt...

Dean Knight said...

Lewis: By all means (although you probably either refer to my blog or note the caveat I've posted in my blog!).

Graeme Edgeler said...

Obviously, I'm not serious ... it's just one of my favourite Acts :-)

Dean Knight said...


I was astonished last night to see that, amongst other things, the Guide Guide symbol and the Olympic "Goldie" Kiwi are protected under that legislation...


Brian said...

Why would it be published in the London Gazette. And why upon the advice of the Privy Council? considering it is 'published' under Arms of Her Majesty in Right of New Zealand, and Her Majesty's New Zealand Royal Style and Titles. Thus it would be the New Zealand Gazette and the New Zealand Executive Council..

Needless to say there is only one word of truth in there: GOD SAVE THE QUEEN!

Idiot/Savant said...

Wouldn't it be better symbolism for us to declare a republic ourselves, rather than be "granted" it by the monarch? After all, legitimacy derives from the consent of the governed - not from some old biddy in London.

OTOH, this is the most expected path to a republic.

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