Social Assistance (Residency Qualification) Legislation Bill – First Reading – Video 9

Social Assistance (Residency Qualification) Legislation Bill – First Reading – Video 9

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is along their life course so I’d like to commend this very good bill to the house I understand this is a split called poor legal five minutes I don’t know if I come off like two a mile or knee and thank you madam speaker for this opportunity to talk on the spell then can I acknowledge as others have already our dignitaries in the house this afternoon also want to acknowledge all of those who have put put work into making this bill what it is today and there are many who have given a contribution not only our our Pacific brothers and sisters on both sides of the house but many of us who have the Pacific feeling and and willingness to ensure that our Pacific nations particularly those who are New Zealand citizens are acknowledged as such and given the same rights and was end and and fortune that those living on the New Zealand mainland have wanted to also there was there was some debate around who’s done what and where and how but look I think the former prime minister wink Pat way to bring a solution here this this government has gone the full way and through the Honorable Minister Carmel Sybil Unni will deliver the result that the people of the Pacific have been long waiting for I want to just focus on a few things I want to say that this is long overdue and it’s been said before to also acknowledging the special Portability and pay extra special attention in mention of those New Zealand citizens and the Pacific the Cook Islands Niue air and talk hello can I think the government’s first and foremost of those countries who have been long and paying to bring their concerns to realization and they will be happy with how this will proceed I’m lucky because I have an electorate where the the the underpinnings of the wrong retire lecture are very much Pacific and one only needs to look in a new town there and it became the many Pacific of Wellington the capital city my father was a Methodist minister in Newtown and many of his colleagues were proud to talk about the history particularly you know if I start with the Cook Islands the river and tell you tight tight tight tire yeah who was the first coke Island minister ordained and I think the early fifties into the Pacific Islanders Presbyterian Church there in Newtown and they’d also had in the weighing congregation by time it hit the 70s and with the late along in Sibley and later they moved from there to st. James and to st. Giles now into Benny my point is is that those churches as symbols of the Pacific remain the communities have moved on the Mamas and the Papas are still there some of the fire is still there unfortunately house prices are a little high these days but generally they continue to work locally in the spirit they had very much remained in the electorate I was fortunate enough I had to answer to Mum and Dad occasionally and they tell me you better get to church all right I am privileged to to talk to the the congregation’s Thal end it is very much the talk of the to child and I hope when it gets to the Select Committee process they bring the color of the Pacific to then select committee and let them know forthright what and why they think this is a wonderful idea they spoke of the anxiety they spoke of teacher and stress children versus parents parents versus the Mamas and the Papas but what it will do and it’s why I’m commending this bill to the house is it will finally deliver their cultural respect the dignity and also allow farno to focus on that social and economic impact whatever country they’re in at whatever age aligning to the to the two other notions and the bill and bring happy far know once and for all madam Speaker I called dr. Shainberg to speak to our greetings also to our guests it’s a pleasure to shake take a short call on this bill

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