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New Zealand Independence

New Zealand Independence

New Zealand independence has been a subject of continued social and academic debate. There is no specific date for New Zealand independence.


The independence of the country came about as an effect of the evolving status of New Zealand's constitution.

New Zealand developed as one of the dominions of Britain.


Such countries decreed to be within the British Empire slowly but surely established increasingly greater levels of independence.


They were, at all times, irregular in global terms, and the effort to establish a specific date of independence in the same that one can be defined for a majority of former colonies is not actually meaningful. Such is also the case with neighboring Australia.
Nevertheless, a deliberation of possible dates can aid in the comprehension of the course of change.

The factors behind the autonomy of New Zealand started even before the country turned into a colony of Britain in 1841. In the 1830s, there had been occurrences of unremarkable uprisings in Canada, and so as to avoid making the blunders which had culminated in the revolution in America, Lord Durham was enlisted to make an account on the state of colonies which included a considerable population of the British.

The Durham Report was the first to write down the principles of independence within the domain which had been first put into effect in 1848 in Nova Scotia.

The colonies in New Zealand, Canada, and Australia followed suit soon afterwards.
The 1852 Constitution of New Zealand was passed by the British Parliament to allow the settlers of the colony the right to independence, just twelve years, (a year later), after the establishment of the colony.

Therefore, to all intents and purposes, New Zealand had already been in domestic matters self-governing from its earliest period as a colony of Britain. In 1919, the initial big step towards becoming its own country on the global stage came when New Zealand was awarded a seat in the League of Nations, which had then been just newly formed.


The Balfour Declaration in 1926 proclaimed the dominions of Britain as status equals, followed by the formation of the lawful basis of independence, recognized by the 1931 Statute of Westminster which was created mainly because of a request of separatist elements in the Irish Free State and South Africa.

Nevertheless, New Zealand, Newfoundland, and Australia were unreceptive of this change, and it was not until 1947 that the decree was enforced in New Zealand.

Without taking into account any developments which were legal, many New Zealanders up until as late as the 1970s still considered themselves as a distinctive remote branch of the British realm.

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In 1973, this stance started to change with the joining of the United Kingdom in the European community and did away with its privileged agreements of trade with New Zealand,and little by little changes in society and nationality additionally eroded the affiliation. This is why New Zealand has no specific date of legal independence. There does not exist, even today, an idea of a national Independence Day in New Zealand.



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