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Book Launch by Former Prime Minister Sir Geoffrey Palmer and Andrew Butler

Commerce Dept —

Five Naenae College students, Linda Hoy, Mark Jack, James Jessop, Noella Nyonzima and Evelina Tuigamala, formed a group that was one of four schools having the opportunity to attend the book launch of A Constitution for Aotearoa New Zealand by Sir Geoffery Palmer and Dr Andrew Butler. The topic was on the benefits of New Zealand having a written constitution. Sir Geoffrey Palmer is a former Prime Minister of New Zealand, a lawyer and a constitutional law expert. Dr Andrew Butler (who had a remarkable resemblance to our former Head Boy, Tom Bird) is a constitutional lawyer with extensive experience and an expert on public law. He is a partner at Russell McVeagh, Wellington. Both men spoke at a discussion on a possible New Zealand written constitution at the Old Government Building, Victoria University Law School on Wednesday, 21 September at 4.00 pm. This was followed by a book launch by both men at Parliament Buildings. The event was a great benefit to students in understanding Government activity in the economy, the role of a constitution and some of the issues associated with this. It also gave them the opportunity to see the historic and restored Government buildings opposite parliament At times the discussion became quite tense as the issue of who has control of the constitutions interpretation was discussed. The students were made to feel very welcome by Sir Geoffrey and Dr Andrew and enjoyed mingling with politicians and notable members of the legal fraternity at the Parliamentary book launch.