New Zealand - Research Article from Governments of the World

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The Government

New Zealand has a stable democratic system of government based on the Westminster system. The settled nature of New Zealand's democratic system is underlined by the fact that no elected government has been subject to a violent or extra-constitutional overthrow. Locally elected representatives were first chosen in 1853, although the original right to vote was restricted to male property owners. All Maori men were given the vote in 1864, fifteen years before this right was extended to all European men. Women were granted suffrage in 1893, making New Zealand the first nation in the world to enfranchise its entire adult population.

New Zealand has an "unwritten" constitution in the sense that no single document sets out how the country's government is to operate. The basis for the exercise of governmental power instead lies in a mix of statutory law and "convention"—established practices not written into the law...

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