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New Zealand PM Envisages Country Becoming Republic ‘Over Course of Lifetime’

Jacinda Ardern

Jacinda Ardern

Photographer: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg

The leader of New Zealand has suggested she still believes the country is likely to become a republic in her lifetime, but said bonds will remain between Commonwealth nations even as relationships with the UK evolve over time.

Jacinda Ardern said she does not have any intention of instigating the process by which the country would move away from a monarchical system, as she refrained from predicting a timescale for the shift.