Dominion status activities

Page 1 – Introduction

Case study: Dominion status

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On 26 September 1907 the colony of New Zealand ceased to exist. New Zealand became a dominion within the British Empire. This feature provides students with a context to explore  a significant event in New Zealand's political and constitutional development. What really changed as a consequence of this can inform the debate about the evolution of political independence in New Zealand.

Topics include:

  • the meaning of dominion status
  • becoming a dominion
  • the first Dominion Day
  • demise of Dominion Day
  • changes after New Zealand became a dominion.
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'Dominion status', URL:, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 4-Aug-2014