Who do you think should be NZ’s next Governor-General?

July 25th, 2010 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

The is our effective head of state, and we will get a new one announced around April 2011, to take office from August 2011.

Sadly our current constitutional arrangements means that the Governor-General is chosen solely by the Prime Minister. The decision isn’t even ratified by Cabinet, let alone Parliament. The PM can also effectively sack the Governor-General.

The Republican Movement is holding a mock nomination process for Governor-General, in anticipation of the day when more than one New Zealander will get to decide who the effective Head of State will be.

There is an information page here, and you can make your own nominations here.

I tend to favour former Judges, as they have generally been kept well away from partisan politics.

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60 Responses to “Who do you think should be NZ’s next Governor-General?”

  1. Jibbering Gibbon (198 comments) says:

    John Wayne, no, damn, he’s dead.

    Ok, Walt Disney. No, he won’t get on with Israel.

    And he’s dead too.

    Ok how about Justin Timberlake. Snappy dresser, great voice, five star acting skills.

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  2. davidp (3,587 comments) says:

    Basil Marceaux, if he doesn’t get to be elected as governor of Tennessee…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpgVEyd87-8&feature=player_embedded

    We’ve had foreigners as the GG before, and they’d be sure to be independent.

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  3. Grant Michael McKenna (1,160 comments) says:

    Richard Lloyd Herbert.

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  4. bulbul (18 comments) says:

    Justice Wilson (-

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  5. bulbul (18 comments) says:

    Dame Margaret Bazeley

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  6. serge (108 comments) says:

    Harvey Norman.

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  7. Manolo (14,041 comments) says:

    The classy, well-behaved, polished, impeccably-dressed, and sophisticated Tama Iti.

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  8. Puzzled in Ekatahuna (346 comments) says:

    “Ok, Walt Disney. No, he won’t get on with Israel.”

    In the interest of quashing Mickey Mouse comments about Walt Disney – it was the Jews of Hollywood who didn’t get on with Disney, rather than the other way around.

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  9. Don the Kiwi (1,794 comments) says:

    There is no-one more deserving than Helen Klark. (GAG GAG)

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  10. Michael (910 comments) says:

    Trevor Rupe (aka Carmen) The Queen’s queen?

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  11. jims_whare (403 comments) says:

    Heh how about Hone Harawera?

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  12. toad (3,674 comments) says:

    Pete Bethune?

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  13. sooty (65 comments) says:

    Who else but Chris Carter!!

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  14. Robert Mapplethorpe (119 comments) says:

    Why a judge?

    What about Kev Kiwi, Wal Footrot, Fred Dagg and all those other ordinary blokes and shielas getting a go?

    How about a national lottery, the winner gets to be GG for 2 years?

    A properly run lottery should also raise sufficient cash to fund the GG’s office thus removing a burden on the public purse.

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  15. Yeti (64 comments) says:

    I’m amazed no one else has suggested Buck!

    Bring back Buck

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  16. Put it away (2,880 comments) says:

    The Queen

    Just to annoy the republicans…

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  17. Manolo (14,041 comments) says:

    Yes! Chris(tine) Carter would make a wonderful GG.

    Knowing his penchant for overseas junkets, I can foresee the shameless trougher will be overseas 99% of the time, which can only be good for NZ. He will die to have a go at a job which offers endless diplomatic receptions, buckets of French champagne and the finest available food, let alone the opportunity for receiving relaxing “massages”.

    Of course, Carter will do it because is his moral duty to represent our country, but before accepting he’ll have to make a phone call to New York.

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  18. backster (2,184 comments) says:

    Come on guys get real there is only one who stands out. The Mad Butcher. He got my nomination anyhow.

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  19. Seamonkey Madness (328 comments) says:

    Toss up between SBW and Benji Marshall.

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  20. MT_Tinman (3,255 comments) says:

    Young Andrew Haden seems to get on with everyone.

    He’d be my pick.

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  21. Lazybum (259 comments) says:

    How about a white male? Last GG have been wither ethnics or women, surely when 35% of NZ are white males it should be statiscally probable that this should occur.
    PS. Same goes for the UN as well.

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  22. Ross Miller (1,706 comments) says:

    Bannermarama, Bennybananna, Banjopyjamas … oh s**t, you know the guy, yep that one out there in the South Pacific.
    Sure knows how to control the pollies and, as for the media, like shooting ducks in a barrell. Wears a snappy skirt too … clearly to show solidarity with the transgender community. Wouldn’t cost much as we could sell off both Government Houses and fashion a Bure for him on Soames Island.

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  23. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    I’m told its already a done deal between John Key and the Maori Party.

    The next GG (as someone has already guessed above) is Hone Harawira.

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  24. Fot (252 comments) says:

    The next GG should be Michael Laws. imagine that, a GG who listened to the people.

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  25. Fot (252 comments) says:

    If not Laws then perhaps Christine Rankin.

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  26. Kris K (3,570 comments) says:

    Lazybum 12:01 pm,

    How about a white male?

    I’ll second that, Lazybum.
    What are your plans in the short term foreseeable future, Red?

    “His Excellency The Honourable Redbaiter” has a certain ring about it …

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  27. questlove (242 comments) says:

    Ha Ha some funny ones here. Michael Laws the funniest though.

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  28. Paul Marsden (999 comments) says:

    A born and bred New Zealander.

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  29. s.russell (1,646 comments) says:

    I agree that the G-G should be chosen by more than one person… but not by a public vote, please. If we do that then we will (by definition) get politicians in the role. Anyone who is not a politician has to become one to win. Helen Clark will be a shoe-in.

    That it turn opens a constitutional can of worms over the division of authority between G-G and PM. How long before a G-G, elected with 55% of the vote starts to play politics and exert pressure on a PM who has a far smaller mandate – who maybe has come to power between elections? We could end up with chaos.

    I would prefer the choice of G-G to require a 75% ratification by Parliament. Ironically, that is the surest way of making sure no politician gets the job and it goes to a neutral, unifying figure who everyone can respect.

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  30. PaulL (6,043 comments) says:

    Tim Shadbolt

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  31. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    “What are your plans in the short term foreseeable future, Red?”

    I’m a straight white Conservative male.

    As much chance of me getting the nomination as Obama making Pope.

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  32. Jack5 (5,149 comments) says:

    Whomever – harmless. At least compared with what we would get in a President with all the accompanying bureaucracy. Helen Clark is a sitter for first president if NZ becomes a republic any time soon. So wait for at least 30 years, please.

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  33. Alan Wilkinson (1,886 comments) says:

    John Clarke. No-one understands politicians better.

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  34. Johnboy (16,994 comments) says:

    Chloe of Wainui/Naenae/Hamilton. A true Kiwi icon. Great taste in footwear too. :)

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  35. RKBee (1,344 comments) says:

    The Maori King… or was that just a movement….

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  36. Stuart Mackey (337 comments) says:

    Redbaiter (10,616) Says:
    July 25th, 2010 at 12:15 pm
    I’m told its already a done deal between John Key and the Maori Party.

    The next GG (as someone has already guessed above) is Hone Harawira.
    **************

    Ahh ,no, Hone is not polished enough. Its his mum for the job.

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  37. Kris K (3,570 comments) says:

    Redbaiter 1:24 pm,

    I’m a straight white Conservative male.

    As much chance of me getting the nomination as Obama making Pope.

    As many regard OB1 as the Messiah, wouldn’t Pope be a step down? ;)

    But I agree – a queer non-white liberal does have a better chance of making the next GG.
    It’s a queer world we live in [afterall].

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  38. Johnboy (16,994 comments) says:

    “It’s a queer world we live in [afterall].”

    A song for you Kris. Keep praying for me! :)

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  39. BlairM (2,364 comments) says:

    Nobody should be the next Governor General. I should be appointed Lord Protector of New Zealand, after which I will abolish all government departments other than the Justice Department, abolish taxes on everyone other than convicted criminals, restore the rights to property and self defence, legalise all drugs, and shoot all the politicians. You can then abolish my position and pension me off to Waiheke. Thank you very much. Let’s do it.

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  40. Johnboy (16,994 comments) says:

    Here is your fate BlairM.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:WarwickCastle_CromwellDeathmask.JPG

    In 1661, Oliver Cromwell’s body was exhumed from Westminster Abbey, and was subjected to the ritual of a posthumous execution, as were the remains of John Bradshaw and Henry Ireton. (The body of Cromwell’s daughter was allowed to remain buried in the Abbey.) Symbolically, this took place on 30 January; the same date that Charles I had been executed. His body was hanged in chains at Tyburn. Finally, his disinterred body was thrown into a pit, while his severed head was displayed on a pole outside Westminster Hall until 1685. Ironically the Cromwell vault was then used as a burial place for Charles II’s illegitimate descendants.[100] Afterwards the head changed hands several times, including the sale in 1814 to a man named Josiah Henry Wilkinson,[101][102] before eventually being buried in the grounds of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, in 1960.[103][104]

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  41. MikeNZ (3,234 comments) says:

    Good for you Blair.
    I might vote for you if you
    1. Abolish taxes on retirement income and limit Benefit to fixed term based on paid in
    2. Make all Govt and local Govt OIA available on a searchble database on the web.
    3. make all govt and local govt cheques over $1000 available on a searchble database on the web.
    4. Make prisons two tier and pay their way
    5. Sack any MP who lied in/to parliament.
    6. Limit MP terms to three (3) and PM’s to two (2).
    7. Make referendums binding on parliament and give us recall on pollies.
    8. Stop all aid to countries that aren’t democracies
    9. Make Sharia Law illegal.
    10. make sure no pollie can ever be GG.

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  42. first time caller (384 comments) says:

    I say David Carruthers

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  43. Steve (4,587 comments) says:

    Phillip Ure

    (www.imafuckwit@whore.co.somewhere)

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  44. Steve (4,587 comments) says:

    Basil Brush

    Boom boom

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  45. Johnboy (16,994 comments) says:

    Ayatollah Mohammad Bagher Kharrazi.

    We’ll stone you Jimmy if you take the piss!!!!

    http://www.jpost.com/IranianThreat/News/Article.aspx?id=175619

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  46. Steve (4,587 comments) says:

    Jeanette Fitzsimons with Sue Bradford as co- GG

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  47. Manolo (14,041 comments) says:

    I insist Carter is a shoe-in. Think of it, we have had already the ethnic one (the current GG), the feminist (Cartwright), the righteous wowser (Reeves), the uneducated lazy Aucklander (Tizard), the elitist (Hardie-Boyes), so it’s time for an aging homosexual.

    TAB paying $1.01 on Chris(tine) Carter.

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  48. kowtow (8,755 comments) says:

    Seriously folks ,this is a piss take.

    DPF is a republican,so it’s a bad thing when the PM alone gets to decide sumting.

    On other issues it’s OK,presumably,when Cabinet(how many of them)decides our futures.

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  49. slightlyrighty (2,475 comments) says:

    Sir Wilson Whineray.

    Just in time for the RWC.

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  50. krazykiwi (9,186 comments) says:

    @Johnboy 4:01 – Ok if we’re going to go all gruesome on deceased heads of state not being left to rest in peace… spare a thought for Pope Formosus, whose rotting corpse was exhumed by Pope Stephen VI, propped up in court and put on trial in the Cadaver Synod of 897 !

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  51. Johnboy (16,994 comments) says:

    KK: I bet Pope Formous could win New Plymouth if he stood against that Little dead fish that Liarbore are going to put up. :)

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  52. TripeWryter (716 comments) says:

    I could go with Sir Wilson Whineray, too. But at 75 he might be considered a bit old. Sir Brian Lochore would do. He’s only 70.

    I could also offer Air Marshal Sir Bruce Ferguson.

    Why does it have to be a judge? Of the current crop in the Supreme Court or Court of Appeal … who?

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  53. Caroline Castle (16 comments) says:

    The Ginganut Darren Hughes. A job where he won’t have to do much work.

    Phil Goff
    Sir John Anderson
    Ray Avery
    Sir Paul Callaghan
    Jamie Bellich

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  54. krazykiwi (9,186 comments) says:

    Scrap the job. Get queenie on Skype when forming a government and then again later when dissolving parliament. Sell the flashy refurbished Government House as a boutique hotel, shoot the corgis. Job done.

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  55. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    Puzzled in Ekatahuna in the itnerests of accutracy it was Walt Disney who volunteered to denouce others in hollywood to the McCarthy Commsion. Apprently the Jews don’t run Hollywood.

    Shit don’t ya just hate it when the facts don’t back up your assertions. Get back tio cashing the cows off main street.

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  56. Grizz (610 comments) says:

    Rugby World Cup Year. Nothing better than a great stalwart like Brian Lachore, Wilson Winnery or the great one himself, Sir Colin Meads!

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  57. BeaB (2,144 comments) says:

    Just not another fat Indian no-one has ever heard of.
    Spare us a former All Black or a rower or any other sports jock.
    Someone who looks good in a uniform and feather plumes.

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  58. BlairM (2,364 comments) says:

    Good for you Blair.
    I might vote for you if you

    Who said anything about voting? I’m like Garibaldi – I’m gunna form a militia here in Texas and invade your ass. Watch out for me ;-)

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