In May 2007 this article was awarded the Legal Research Foundation's Sir Ian Barker Published Article Award for the best article, essay or discrete book chapter published by a New Zealand-based author in 2005 or 2006.
This article treats two, reasonably simple, questions: what is the New Zealand constitution and who interprets it? There have been few comprehensive attempts to identify, precisely and systematically, the elements of New Zealand’s constitution. This account is derived from a theoretical perspective labelled “constitutional realism” that seeks the meaning of a constitution in the real-world understandings and actions of those people involved in the application and interpretation of the constitution. The article further identifies a set of identified public office-holders as having a significant, and under-appreciated role in the reality of New Zealand constitutional interpretation in practice.
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