Social Assistance (Residency Qualification) Legislation Bill – Second Reading – Video 1

Social Assistance (Residency Qualification) Legislation Bill – Second Reading – Video 1

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mmm they’ll second reading this bill is sit-down for committee stage Nick’s sitting de call on government order of the day number for social assistance residency qualification legislation bill second reading I call the Honourable of Peter William SIA Maloney da matta tacky tacky formal Maloney Ottawa Yahoo Pokemon Atul khana Tokelau I greet you madam Speaker I acknowledge that this is the week of the Tokyo language – speaker moves that the social assistance residency qualification legislation bill be read a second time – speaker this bill seeks to provide a greater Pynchon flexibility for New Zealanders who wish to live in the Cook Islands new way and Tokelau this bill reflects the government’s commitment to a Pacific reset we want to continue to grow and strengthen our existing and new relationships in the Pacific in this bill is an important part of this we want to make sure that those countries and territories that have closed constitutional ties with New Zealand are recognized and that the ongoing economic and social viability is supported we also want to ensure that super annuitants have as many options as possible as to where they choose to live New Zealand superannuation and veterans pensions are our main forms of income support for older New Zealanders New Zealand superannuation is payable at age 65 years to any New Zealand citizen or resident who is ordinarily resident in New Zealand when he or she applies and who has been resident President New Zealand for ten years over the age of 20 and also for five years over the age of 50 veteran’s pension is the alternative pension for veterans and their partners who qualify for New Zealand superannuation based on the veterans qualifying operational service current pinch and portability Arrangements allow people to take their New Zealand innovation or veteran’s pension – one of 22 Pacific countries and territories including Cook Islands new wave and tequila the provision that makes us possible is called a special portability arrangement under the arrangement is Ceylon superannuation and veteran’s pension is paid at a minimum of 50 percent after 10 years residents in New Zealand rising to 100% after 20 years resumes the special portability arrangement is designed to recognize the contribution Pacific people’s make to New Zealand and the inability of Pacific peoples Pacific countries and territories to fulfill the reciprocal obligations necessary to conclude social security arrangements with New Zealand there are currently 408 people receiving their New Zealand superannuation or veterans pension in the Cook Islands new way in Tokelau and 351 of those people live in the Cook Islands generally to be eligible under the special portability arrangement a person must be resident and prison in New Zealand on the date of his or her application an amendment to the special portability arrangement introduced in 2015 allows people resident in the Cook Islands new way of Tokelau to apply for New Zealand superannuation or veterans pension from the islands rather than from needing to be resident present in New Zealand at the time of their application the intent of this change was to remove a disincentive for people to return to the Cook Islands Niue we’re in Tokelau to live however the changes had a smaller take-up than expected it is now evident that the 2015 change while removing some disincentives for skilled people to return to the Cook Islands Niue in talk allowed during their working lives did not achieve the desired effect of encouraging people to move back to and remain in those countries the governments of the Cook Islands in nywhere are concerned that the five years over age 50 requirement is the reason for the low take-up of the amendment made in 2015 they consider that the five over fifty residence requirement is deterring skilled people from returning to and contributing to their countries they are also concerned that the five years over 50 residence requirement may induce some people to return to New Zealand in order to ensure that I will be that they will be able to claim New Zealand superannuation or veteran’s pension later on Manus speaker this bill will remedy these concerns by allowing the requirement that a person had five years residence and presence in New Zealand over the age of fifty years to be met instead with residents in presence in either New Zealand the Cook Islands nywhere auto kalau or any combination of those countries many speak of the social services and community committee has examined the bill and recommends that it be passed without amendments and I want to acknowledge and thank the members of that Select Committee for the work they’ve done on this bill one of the issues raised in the submissions on the bill was the effect that changes would have on the economic activity of new way it was suggested that the bill could have a detrimental effect on the economic activity in new way by creating an incentive for new aliens to live in New Zealand in order to become eligible for New Zealand superannuation or veterans pension this bill is about supporting the economic and social viability of the Pacific realm country’s depopulation and its related social and economic consequences is a long-standing issue for these islands this bill will reduce the incentive for people to return to New Zealand in order to satisfy the five years over 50 requirement and this will help boost economic development and human resource capacity by allowing highly skilled people to continue to contribute to their communities in these countries it was also suggested their full entitlement to New Zealand superannuation and veterans pension should be extended to all museum citizens in new where regardless of whether they have resided in New Zealand this would not align with museums approach to superannuation in which the residency requirements are there to ensure that a person who is applying for New Zealand superannuation or veteran’s pension has a connection to New Zealand also the constitutional arrangements in new way mean that they are responsible for their own tax and welfare systems I want to thank those who took the time in if it to make submissions to the committee another submitter raised concerns about the implementation of the changes and suggested that the application process be automatic if possible the Ministry of Social Development is working with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to consider how to provide services for applicants the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has an established presence in the islands and already has local relationships and infrastructure in place to expedite an initial backlog of applications of the builders past people will be able to register that they intend to apply Menem speaker I want to reiterate that this government wants to continue to show that we value our Pacific neighbours and acknowledge our constitutional ties with the Cook Islands Niue we’re and Tokelau after all they are family to many of us the citizens of these nations shared New Zealand citizenship and through this bill were able to better respond to the needs of those citizens and I commend this bill to the house the question is the motion be agreed to a point of order the honorable in these galloway thank you madam Speaker I sick leave to make a personal explanation correcting an answer given during oral quick

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