The Republic of New Zealand Party

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About The Republic of New Zealand Party

The Republic of New Zealand Party (RONZP or "The Republicans") was a political party in New Zealand. The party's registration was cancelled at its own request in 2009. It was not, and has never been, affiliated to the Republican Movement of Aotearoa New Zealand, which is a non-partisan organisation that does not share any of the party's policy platforms. Despite deregistering, a handful of the party's members remain active under its banner - burning the New Zealand flag at parliament in March 2010. In September 2011 the party announced it would merge with the OurNZ Party. However, the merger appears to have not gone ahead, as the party continues to issue media releases. John Kairau founded the party, which merged with another group in April 2005. In an interview with the New Zealand Herald, Kairau said "The party's aim is simple: to cut all ties with the British monarchy and install a New Zealander as head of state. A president, elected at large by the citizens, would replace the Governor-General as a figurehead, with parliament continuing as normal." He claimed the party had 3,000 members. In 2009 the party was deregistered for failing to file a donations return, and failed to

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