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Royal family: Bloody good fellows

KEN TAYLOR
Last updated 05:00 15/04/2014
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The royal family provides an emotional connection and continuity based on a family strength and public identity a republic can't provide.

The royals are in a good place now and seem to be for the future with Wills and Kate. Diana taught the royals a lesson, and Queenie has taken that on board.

The royals listened to their countrymen (subjects is wrong word) and adapted, and that is the secret of why they are so popular now.

Like other European monarchies (e.g. Norway, Denmark, Netherlands), our royal family has learned to change with the times, and although limited in executive power, provide a rudder to steer through the questions of who we are, how we got here, and where we are headed as a nation.

There is room under that umbrella for Maori, Pasifica, and Asians as well as Pakeha to keep their own identities but still feel part of one nation.

If it works, don't fix it.

Can we find a place here for Bill Clinton or his ilk? I think he has found that, as an honorary Kiwi who just slips regularly but quietly in and out with no fanfare, and that's the way it should be.

How do you feel about the place of the royal family in our New Zealand culture?


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