The Prime Minister of New Zealand has publicly said that she expects New Zealand to end its ties with the monarchy within her lifetime.
Speaking to The Guardian, Jacinda Ardern has said that she feels that New Zealand will transition away from the monarchy and become a republic within her lifetime.
However, she admitted that cutting ties with the Commonwealth and monarchy was not something the current government was prioritising.
She also said that she couldn’t remember the last time a voter had talked with her about New Zealand becoming a republic, adding “it is not top of mind for New Zealanders.”
She added: “The most important thing for New Zealand is we have a very special arrangement and relationship via our treaty of Waitangi, and the relationship between Maori and the crown, so before any conversation like that occurs, that is something that will need to be resolved within New Zealand.”
The two major political parties do not have any policy of creating a republic. In 2012, just before a royal tour by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, it was found that 70% of people wanted to keep the Queen as head of state. Further to that, following the end of the Queen’s reign 51% wanted Prince Charles to reign as King, while just 41% supported a republic.
Other polls carried out show similar results, with support for a republic resting between one third to 40% of the population.
Ardern will soon be journeying to meet with the other Commonwealth heads of government, a meeting that will take place in two weeks in London.
The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting will take place at a time when the Queen’s succession is becoming an increasingly concerning issue. While the summit will focus on four major goals, they will also discuss the succession of the Commonwealth as well as the roles other members of the Royal Family will play.
Ardern said that “no one really wants to discuss” plans for the Queen’s succession and that it was “something that sits as a question for the royal family”