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The governor-general announcing the 2008 general election

The governor-general announcing the 2008 general election

One of New Zealand's constitutional conventions is that the sovereign and her representative in New Zealand, the governor-general, only act on the advice of ministers. This subordinates the queen's legal powers to cabinet. This is Governor-General Anand Satyanand announcing the 2008 general election, something he would have done on the advice of the prime minister.

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The Governor-General of New Zealand
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Matthew Palmer, 'Constitution - Constitutional conventions', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 May 2020)

Story by Matthew Palmer, published 20 Jun 2012