Story: Constitution

Queen Elizabeth II opening Parliament, 1954

The sovereign monarch is the head of state of New Zealand and is represented by the governor-general, who is appointed by the sovereign on the advice of the prime minister. Both the sovereign and the governor-general exercise almost all their powers on the advice of the prime minister and other ministers. This is the sovereign monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, opening the New Zealand Parliament in 1954.

Using this item

Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: Pictorial Parade 19. National Film Unit, 1954

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Matthew Palmer, 'Constitution - Executive and legislature', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 May 2024)

Story by Matthew Palmer, published 20 Jun 2012