Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Government urged to honour the price of citizenship

Māori Party urge Government to honour the price of citizenship

Māori Party Co-leaders Tariana Turia and Te Ururoa Flavell say that the proud contribution of veterans who have fought for our country is still some way from being fully honoured.

“Tā Apirana Ngata argued that Māori participation in the First World War was the price of citizenship. This year – the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One and the 50th anniversary of the first New Zealand contingent to serve in South Vietnam – would have been a significant opportunity to acknowledge the contribution and reputation of the Māori Battalion, the Vietnam veterans and all those returned service people who served in overseas deployments,” says Tariana Turia.

“We were disappointed that the Veterans’ Support Bill continues to restrict eligibility for a veterans’ pension to those veterans who suffer an impairment disability of 52%. We have taken up the case with the Government, but it would appear that they are prepared to ignore the calls from veterans to remove the restrictions on eligibility in the Bill as it moves forward."

“The Social Services select committee had an ideal opportunity to pick up the recommendations of the New Zealand Law Commission to lower the entitlement threshold to zero percent; a recommendation strongly supported by the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association and veterans across the land," says Te Ururoa Flavell.

“We also wait with interest the conclusions regarding the case presented by Tairawhiti Vietnam veterans and whanau who seek support and assistance for veterans in their area (due 9 May). We must never forget the price of citizenship paid so fully by our veterans."

“We will be voting in support of the Veterans’ Support Bill at subsequent stages, but we are also taking the step of supporting Phil Goff’s amendment to extend eligibility for a veterans’ pension to all veterans who have served in overseas operational deployments who are eligible for New Zealand Super."

“We strongly believe that every effort imaginable should be made to extend support to those who have served their country with such honour and courage."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Wellington.Scoop: Serco – First The Prisons, And Now It Wants To Run The Trains

As the government continues its inquiry into Serco’s discredited administration of Mt Eden prison in Auckland, here in Wellington there’s further scrutiny of the British outsourcing company – because it’s competing to take over the running of our commuter trains. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Countdown, And Mary Margaret O’Hara

To date, the Key government has been unwilling to share any information about this TPP deal until it is too late for outraged public opinion to affect the outcome... the disclosure process is likely to consist of a similarly skewed and careful exercise in spin. More>>


Australia Deportations: English Relaxed On Immigration Centre Conditions

Labour's Annette King: “There have been numerous reports from inside these detention centres on just how bad conditions are... If they were being held in any other foreign jail, I imagine Mr English would be somewhat concerned. More>>


Schools: Achievement-Based Funding Would Be A Disaster

The Education Minister’s speech to the PPTA Conference raising the spectre of achievement data driving a new funding system would be disastrous, says NZEI Te Riu Roa. More>>

  • Video Out-Link - PPTA Annual Conference 2015 on Livestream (Q+A dicussion suggests funding would be directed to less successful schools.)

  • ALSO:

    ECE Report:

    Key In NY: Prime Minister Addresses United Nations

    Prime Minister John Key has addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York, focusing on a call for action in Syria and on other conflicts, reform of the veto process and on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. More>>.


    Gordon Campbell: On The Lack Of Accountability Over Philip Smith

    In New Zealand, accountability is an exotic creature rarely glimpsed at ministerial level, or among senior management. The flight to Rio by the paedophile /murderer Philip John Smith/Traynor is no exception. More>>


    More On Corrections

    Get More From Scoop



    Search Scoop  
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news