Draft Constitution

In Sir Geoffrey Palmer’s 1997 book Bridled Power: New Zealand Government under MMP, included as an appendix is a draft constitution for New Zealand.

Sir Geoffrey Palmer, and his co-author Matthew Palmer, took existing elements of New Zealand’s current constitutional arrangements and combined them into a written constitution of the type used by many other countries. These elements - the New Zealand Constitution Act 1986, the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 and the Treaty of Waitangi – are combined to form a draft model constitution that would be superior law. Click here to download a PDF of this draft.