Social Assistance (Residency Qualification) Legislation Bill – Third Reading – Video 4

Social Assistance (Residency Qualification) Legislation Bill – Third Reading – Video 4

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I call Oh actually I need to put a motion question is that the motion be agreed to I called ended well madam Speaker it’s a pleasure this evening to take a call on the social assistance residency qualification legislation bill as my colleague at the honorable Alfred Naro mentioned madam Speaker today is in fact a good day this moment is a good moment because we have for the last few hours being opposed to some legislation in the house and and at this moment the house stands in unison for this bill and which is going to make a fantastic contribution to the islands but also to New Zealand as well the National Party certainly endorses this legislation or this bill we recall the former Prime Minister Bill English in his visit in into the Pacific Islands late last year in which he certainly endorsed this bill as well I’d like to acknowledge first and foremost my own family members who come from the Cook Islands my half-brother James S Akana and also my godson’s ion boudoir and my niece s in boudoir who who come from the Cook Islands and I’d also like to acknowledge thank you there and I’d also like to acknowledge our colleagues from both sides of the house who have some connection to the Cook Islands new way or tuck allow portal Williams the Honorable Christopher fooi and the Honorable Alfred Naru to name all that I can that I have knowledge of at this stage madam Speaker so this purpose of this bill is very very simple it is to enable the the residency requirements for New Zealand super and for the veterans pension to be met with spending time in the realm that is an either toque allowed new a or the Cook Islands and in terms of that requirement it’s in fact it’s as simple the the 10 years over 20 and also the 5 years over 50 requirement madam Speaker this is about fairness it’s about making sure that those that are contributing to New Zealand’s economy are fairly rewarded it’s also about flexibility and about to fulfilling the requirements for the New Zealand superannuation in the realm and providing that flexibility for people to do so but it also is about the contribution that these people could make to the realm in terms of their local activity and also remittances as well and I would like to acknowledge the Minister Carmel’s Apollonia for her encouraging words in this bill in throughout the Select Committee process and it is in fact a really good bill to to go through madam Speaker in the past I’ve talked about the unique relationship that New Zealand shares with the Pacific we are a part of the Pacific Islands and historically that has been the case in today but also from a political perspective right from post-world War two from 1946 right up until today we have any political relationship starting out with the South Pacific Commission and going right up to today as well and then finally the economic relationship in terms of citizens who are from these these were this realm who come and contribute to New Zealand’s economy but also vice versa New Zealand citizens that that are in the realm and are able to provide economic contribution to to that as well in terms of what this bill is trying to do it’s really you know when you are a New Zealand citizen and you move abroad there are three ways madam Speaker that you’re able to currently obtain the New Zealand super veteran’s pension the first asura reciprocal agreement where a New Zealand er moves away and receives the pension in the country that they moved to and the New Zealand pension in and it’s kind of a mixed skin the second is through a special portability element which is where somebody who moves from New Zealand overseas is able to also claim the New Zealand pension and that’s in a sense portable and then the final case is through general portability in terms of being able to get the pension wherever you move to as well and the problem that this bill tries to solve madam Speaker is that those who are from the round who have moved to New Zealand who have contributed to New Zealand’s economy but have a desire to move back to either new way took allow all the Cook Islands are able to continue to fulfil the requirements for New Zealand superannuation and also contribute to the the the economy and also maintain a connection that they have as well madam Speaker in the Select Committee process of which we received a grand total of seven submissions we had two of those submissions that were oral submissions but there were a number of issues that came up that I wanted to just outline for the people watching at home today is I know many of people do the first is around that this bill may in fact discriminate against those that are from the realm because it it essentially provides a case where others can get it as well and I want to just say very clearly that this bill doesn’t discriminate against people from the round it applies to New Zealanders who have spent time living overseas and those provisions apply to those New Zealanders as well as those that are from the realm as well the second issue that was raised is that it won’t unfairly advantage or that that there was a concern that it would in fact unfairly advantaged those citizens from the realm and madam Speaker I just want to say that it in fact does not do that in this bill in fact anybody who is a New Zealand citizen who has lived abroad is able to essentially use this bill and and go to the any country in the realm and fulfill their residency requirements so it’s not just restricted to people from the realm it’s also much wider than their as well and the final thing madam Speaker was that this bill may in fact take away economic value from these countries and I just want to say again the advice that we’ve had and it’s very clearly to note that in fact economic contributions to these countries will in fact increase because these cut these people will be going back taking the skills that they’ve learned and I’ve honed in New Zealand back to their local economies they’ll also be taking remittances back to to these economies so there will be other other economic contributions in that front as well so there we have it madam Speaker is that essentially the the the the issues that were raised in the Select Committee process I’ve been able to demonstrate that we’ve had a commitment there in fact this bill will not affect have any thing amount to those in the in the bill itself so in terms of final remarks madam Speaker on bill it is a very important bill because New Zealand is part of the Pacific and I think we we stand with our neighbors and saying that if you meet the residency requirements and that the ten years over 20 you’re able to do the five years over 50 and contribute as well we also want others to be able to contribute to countries a new way took allow and the Cook Islands so finding ways like this bill that encourages people to go back and contribute to their economies is is I think a really important thing as well madam Speaker the final thing I’d like to say is certainly on the eve of Armistice I’d like to thank all of our veterans for their service and you know I’m sitting next to actually one my colleague here who has served in the Navy but everybody in my electorate of Northcote who have served it’s quite appropriate because this bill does actually affect them as well and I just think it’s really important that we note the service that these people have given throughout the years on the eve of Armistice which was a very important 100 years occasion since World War one so I’d like to make that final thing there and I just want to say madam Speaker that this is a good bill it’s something that is going to receive a good support in the house as opposed to the bills that we’ve been debating earlier today and I commend this bill madam Speaker to the house thank you madam Speaker I rise on behalf

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