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Understanding New Zealand's Constitution

A constitution is the set of rules that determines how a country is governed and how its people live together. It reflects a country’s unique history, values, and aspirations. Our constitution determines who exercises power in Aotearoa New Zealand and the checks and balances on those powers. It also protects the rights of everyone in New Zealand.

New Zealand's constitutional rules include legislation such as the Bill of Rights Act 1990 and the Constitution Act 1986, foundational documents such as the Treaty of Waitangi signed in 1840, and constitutional principles.

Source: The Constitution Conversation - New Zealand's Constitution

This resource has been developed for level 5 and can be adapted to suit the needs of your students and their particular level.

Published on: 03 Oct 2013