Titles and creeping repubicanism
Written by ACM   
Saturday, 07 August 2010
At The Queen’s request, new rules for the granting and use of the title “The Right Honourable” will apply in New Zealand to preserve an important mark of distinction for the holders of the Nation’s highest public offices.

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Henceforth, those appointed to the offices of the Governor-General, Prime Minister, Speaker and Chief Justice will be granted the title “The Right Honourable” ex officio, for life.

This will bring a measure of association and continuity with the recent past; formerly, the most senior members of the Judiciary and the Executive in New Zealand gained this right upon appointment to the Privy Council, a practice which no longer exists.

This is consistent with the practice in other Realms except Australia. Although creeping republicanism has ensured that the title no longer be used in Australia, the republican politicians are normally most anxious to retain the title "The Honourable" when they leave office, as they are to receive foreign knighthoods, even from republics.