Republic good for NZ - Goff
By Frances Morton
5:30 AM Sunday Sep 5, 2010

Becoming a republic would be the "making of New Zealand as a country" and we need to start talking about it now, according to Labour leader Phil Goff.

In the most direct call for change from any senior politician yet, Goff said the end of Queen Elizabeth's reign was the logical transition point.

"Succession of the monarchy is the time to have a head of state who is a New Zealander," said Goff. "We need to start the conversation now. Don't rush it. Fully consult the people of New Zealand. It's a major change and needs a reasonable consensus."

Prime Minister John Key has previously said it was "inevitable" New Zealand would become a republic but has ruled out the move coming during his time as prime minister.

The Herald on Sunday revealed last week that former deputy prime minister Michael Cullen - who once described himself as a monarchist - had switched his support in behind appointing a New Zealander as head of state.

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