Be warned, fellow Australians.

Here is a campaigning New Zealand republican who  also wants New Zealanders to pay more taxes.  Is that to pay for his politicians' republic?

He is former politician, Steve Maharey, now vice-chancellor of Massey University. He is a sociologist.

Writing in  The New Zealand Herald on 22 November, 2013 he presents ''a list of a dozen areas we might focus on…. a core agenda for change."

Two of the twelve are: "Become a republic – we need to know what it means to belong to 21st century New Zealand,'' and '' Collect more tax: we do not pay enough tax to build the kind of society we want to live in.''

Readers will not be surprised that the word "we" appears almost 40 times in this opinion piece.