Politics of New Zealand

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This article is part of the series:
Politics and government of
New Zealand

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Sovereign (Queen Elizabeth II)

Executive Council
Prime Minister (John Key)
Organisations within "the Crown"
Government of New Zealand

Statute of Westminster 1931

House of Representatives

Official Opposition


Parliamentary constituencies
Electoral system
Electoral reform
Last election (2008)
Next local body election (2010)

Supreme Court

Court of Appeal
High Court
District Courts
Employment Court
Environment Court
Courts Martial Appeal Court
Māori Land Court
Waitangi Tribunal
Other tribunals and authorities

Realm of New Zealand
Territorial authorities of New Zealand

Political culture
Māori politics
Foreign relations
New Zealand's nuclear-free zone
Political parties

The politics of New Zealand take place in a framework of a parliamentary representative democratic monarchy. The basic system is closely patterned on that of the Westminster System, although a number of significant modifications have been made. The head of state is Queen Elizabeth II, who is represented by the Governor-General and the head of government is the Prime Minister who chairs the Cabinet drawn from an elected Parliament.

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