Lewis Joseph (LJ) Holden is a fifth generation New Zealander.
He was born and grew up in Pukerua Bay, Porirua, Wellington. Holden's family history can be traced back to Scotland (Clyde), England (Cornwall, Preston and Norfolk), and Ireland (Cork). Lewis attended high school in Upper Hutt from 1997 - 2002, and was a Prefect there. In 2006 he completed his first degree, a Bachelor of Commerce from Victoria University of Wellington, majoring in International Business and Commercial Law. He then moved to Auckland to work for IBM as a sales representative.
At university Holden was a member of the Victoria University of Wellington Debating Society. In 2006 he participated in the Australasian Intervarsity Debating Championships and the New Zealand Universities' Debating Championships, the Joynt Scroll, which his team won. He won the Bledisloe Award for oratory in that year also.
Holden became a supporter of a New Zealand republic while still a high school student, after reading a book on the issue. In January 2003 Holden began a weblog on New Zealand constitutional issues named The Holden Republic. He gradually expanded the topics covered to include anything relating to the constitution of New Zealand. He believes a New Zealand republic should follow the Parliamentary republic model, with a president able to act as a check on the parliamentary executive. In 2004 he was elected to the executive of the Republican Movement. Following the resignation of Dave Guerin as president in 2006, Holden was elected president.
Holden supports changing the flag of New Zealand. In 2005, he volunteered collecting signatures for a petition to Parliament for a referendum on the issue, which was unsuccessful.
Articles written by Lewis Holden (40)
- 31 July 2012 | Monarchists lacking in Human Development
- 24 May 2012 | Lies, damned lies, and monarchists' statistics*
- 23 April 2012 | Winning the republic debate
- 7 April 2012 | Republican lessons from the NZ electoral system referendum
- 3 March 2012 | Preserving the monarchy through misinformation
- 20 January 2012 | Fighting the last battle
- 4 January 2012 | The Queen is Head of State Part V
- 8 November 2011 | The Queen is Head of State Part IV
- 6 November 2011 | The Queen is Australia’s Head of State: Part III
- 24 October 2011 | The Queen is Australia’s Head of State: Part II
- 20 October 2011 | The Queen is Australia's Head of State: Part I
- 12 October 2011 | If Australia becomes a republic, we'll end up like [insert dictatorship]
- 15 July 2011 | Lies, damned lies and constitutional monarchies
- 26 May 2011 | Why won't Ford commit to the Model T?
- 17 May 2011 | The Queen in Dublin and the Republic of Ireland in the Commonwealth?
- 21 March 2011 | Prince William will probably not be King until he's old like Charles
- 4 March 2011 | The ARM - trusting the people to decide by plebiscite
- 24 February 2011 | The almost unchangeable laws of succession
- 21 January 2011 | ARM policy lets Australians decide the republic they want
- 20 January 2011 | The King's Speech, yet another film to save the monarchy
- 10 January 2011 | Prince Charles: arrogance, poor judgement and conceit
- 3 January 2011 | Democracy needed for Governor General appointments
- 20 December 2010 | 2010: a Republican year in review
- 9 November 2010 | Reds under the bed
- 8 November 2010 | Direct election is safe
- 27 October 2010 | Republicans love referendums
- 19 October 2010 | Secretaries General say Australia will stay in Commonwealth
- 18 October 2010 | Republican with NZ Labour
- 15 October 2010 | The republic, monarchies and gender equality
- 13 October 2010 | ACM attempts intimidation...but fails dismally
- 10 October 2010 | Flint's Fawlty logic
- 8 October 2010 | Royal hypocrisy
- 7 October 2010 | The Treaty of Waitangi and a New Zealand republic
- 4 October 2010 | David Flint: yesterday's man
- 29 September 2010 | ACM: too "tough" to admit mistakes
- 28 September 2010 | Google and David Flint
- 25 August 2010 | A vice-regal representative is no advantage
- 22 August 2010 | The arguments and tactics of "real monarchists"
- 5 August 2010 | The art of distraction
- 7 July 2010 | The monarchy enhances the power of politicians