Along with Te Tiriti o Waitangi 1840, The New Zealand Constitution Act of 1852 remained in force as part of New Zealand’s constitution – by virtue of common law inheritance of the laws of England – until it was repealed by the NZ Constitution Act 1986, which, as Wikipedia puts it:
The Constitution Act 1986 is an Act of the New Zealand Parliament that forms a major part of the Constitution of New Zealand. It lays down the framework defining fundamental political principles of governance and establishes the powers of the executive, legislative and judicial branches of state. It outlines the roles and duties of the Monarch, Governor-General, ministers and judges. The Act also repealed and replaced the New Zealand Constitution Act 1852 and the Statute of Westminster, and removed the ability of the British Parliament to pass laws for New Zealand with the consent of the New Zealand Parliament.
This new constitution should, in the words of Geoffrey Palmer:
- Limit the use of urgency in the house
- Forge our own identity
- Result in more respect and rule of law generally
- Integrate The Treaty of Waitangi of 1840
- Integrate The Declaration Of Independence of 1835
- Increase the ability of courts to rule on matters of human rights, but not quite as much as the American system.
- Include freedom of speech, freedom of thought
- But most likely no right to bear arms