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Encyclopedia > Realm of New Zealand

The Realm of New Zealand is the territory in which the Queen in right of New Zealand is head of state. The Realm comprises the Cook Islands, New Zealand, Niue, Tokelau and New Zealand's Ross Dependency in Antarctica. Different types of viceroys exist within the Realm for each of the territories—Governor-General, Governor, Administrator, Representative and High Commissioner. New Zealands Head of State is currently Queen Elizabeth II, and is given the title Queen of New Zealand. ... Political status Dependency of New Zealand Governor Dame Silvia Cartwright, ex officio as Governor-General of New Zealand Area  â€“ Total  450 000 km² (174 000 mi²) Population Scott Base: 10-80 seasonally McMurdo Station: 200-1000 seasonally Currency New Zealand dollar The Ross Dependency comprises an area of Antarctica (and... A viceroy is somebody who governs a country or province as a substitute for the monarch. ...

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Governor-General

Since Queen Elizabeth II is resident in the United Kingdom she is represented in the Realm by a Governor-General. Governors-General take on all the diginities and reserve powers of the Queen, except the power to appoint their own successor. As of 2005 the Governor-General of New Zealand is Dame Silvia Cartwright. Governor-General (or Governor General) is a term used both historically and currently to designate the appointed representative of a head of state or their government for a particular territory, historically in a colonial context, but no longer necessarily in that form. ... Flag of the Governor General of New Zealand The Governor-General of New Zealand is the local representative of the Queen of New Zealand, Queen Elizabeth II, and as such is the highest office in the Government of New Zealand. ... Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor), styled HM The Queen ( born 21 April 1926 ) is the Queen regnant and head of state of Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Grenada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent... A reserve power is a power that may be exercised by the head of state of a country in certain exceptional circumstances. ... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Dame Silvia Rose Cartwright PCNZM DBE (nee Poulter) (born November 7, 1943) is New Zealands second female Governor-General, and as the Queens representative, lives in Government House in the capital city of Wellington. ...


Sovereignty within the Realm

Cook Islands and Niue

Both the Cook Islands and Niue are said to be self-governing in free association with New Zealand. The New Zealand Parliament is not empowered to unilaterally pass legislation in respect of these countries. In foreign affairs and defence issues New Zealand often acts on behalf of these countries but only with their advice and consent. An associated state is a territory that effectively has independence, but chooses to have constitutional links with another, larger, country that handles its external affairs, unless it decides to seek full independence. ... The New Zealand Parliament is the legislative body of the New Zealand government. ...


As the Governor-General is resident in New Zealand, the Cook Islands Constitution provides for distinct position of Queen's Representative. This individual is not subordinate to the Governor-General and acts as the local representative of the Queen in right of New Zealand. As of 2005 Sir Frederick Goodwin is the Queen's Representative to the Cook Islands. According to the Island's Constitution of 1974 the Governor-General of New Zealand (Dame Silvia Cartwright)acts as the Queen's representative in relation to Niue. Governor-General (or Governor General) is a term used both historically and currently to designate the appointed representative of a head of state or their government for a particular territory, historically in a colonial context, but no longer necessarily in that form. ... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In the Cook Islands and Niue the New Zealand High Commissioner is the diplomatic representative from New Zealand As of 2005 John Bryan is the New Zealand High Commissioner to the Cook Islands and Sandra Lee-Vercoe is the New Zealand High Commissioner to Niue. A High Commissioner is a person serving in a special executive capacity. ... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Sandra Rose Te Hakamatua Lee-Vercoe (née Lee) (8 August 1952 - ) is currently New Zealand High Commissioner to Niue, and was formerly deputy leader of the Alliance party. ...


Despite their close relationship to New Zealand, both the Cook Islands and Niue maintain some diplomatic relations in their own name. Both countries maintain High Commissions in New Zealand and have New Zealand High Commissioners resident in their capitals. This is somewhat unusual, since diplomats are traditionally viewed as representatives of the head of state, but serves to demonstrate the level of independence that the two countries enjoy.


New Zealand

New Zealand proper consists of the following island groups:

The North Island is one of the two main islands of New Zealand, the other being the South Island. ... South Island The South Island forms one of the two major islands of New Zealand, the other being the North Island. ... Region is the formal term for the top tier of local government in New Zealand. ... The Chatham Islands from space. ... The Kermadec Islands form an island arc in the Pacific Ocean. ... Five groups of islands form the New Zealand sub-antarctic islands. ...

Tokelau

Tokelau has a lesser degree of de jure independence than the Cook Islands and Niue have, and is presently moving toward free association status. New Zealand's representative in Tokelau is the Administrator of Tokelau and has the power to overturn rules passed by the general fono. In the Commonwealth Realms, the Administrator of the Government (often shortened to Administrator) is the person who, though acting in a gubernatorial capacity, is not given the title of Governor (or Governor-General or Lieutenant-Governor). ...


Ross Dependency

New Zealand's claim to the Ross Dependency is held in abeyance, however the Governor-General of New Zealand is ex officio the Governor of the Ross Dependency. The Ross Dependency claim includes McMurdo Station operated by the United States. A governor is also a device that regulates the speed of a machine. ... A scene at McMurdo Station McMurdo Station, located at 77°51′ S 166°40′ E, sits on the southern tip of Ross Island in Antarctica, on the shore of McMurdo Sound, 2,200 miles (3,500 km) due south of New Zealand. ...


See also

A Commonwealth Realm is any one of the 16 sovereign states of the Commonwealth that recognise Queen Elizabeth II as their Queen and head of state. ...

External link

  • Letters Patent constituting the office of Governor-General of New Zealand—defines "Realm of New Zealand"


 
The Realm of New Zealand
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