Parliament

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

 

Hon Mahara Okeroa: New but Sombre beginnings

New but Sombre beginnings

The opening of Parliament was a sombre occasion, as many of my political colleagues from both sides of the house mourned the passing of Green Party co-leader Rod Donald.

---------------------------------

The opening of Parliament was a sombre occasion, as many of my political colleagues from both sides of the house mourned the passing of Green Party co-leader Rod Donald. He was a valued Member of Parliament and a good friend to many.

I have been appointed new responsibilities as part of the 2005-2008 Labour-led Government. Prime Minister Helen Clark has given me associate responsibilities in the areas of Arts, Culture and Heritage, Conservation and Social Development and Employment and I am looking forward to playing an essential role in all these areas, as well as continuing to represent my electorate Te Tai Tonga.

We have come so far as a country, and now we have set our sights even higher and over the next term our aim is to exceed expectations for the benefit of all New Zealanders.

The Labour-led government's overall objective for the next three years is to continue New Zealand's transformation to a dynamic, knowledge-based economy and society, underpinned by the values of fairness, opportunity and security.

In the last six years we have sought to lay the foundations for this transformation.

A great deal has been achieved. We have implemented a framework for growing a higher value economy, invested heavily in education and skills development and refocused our system of social assistance. It has supported creative New Zealanders.

In Social Development and Employment, Conservation and Arts, Culture and Heritage we have made great gains and with the implementation of our 2005 manifesto we will see these grow and flourish even more.

We are changing the landscape of our Social Development and Employment sector. The latest Household Labour force survey shows that New Zealand's unemployment rate has hit a new low of 3.4%. We are now going to extend family tax relief to a further 60,000 working families- beyond those assisted through the Working for Families Package - by increasing the amount of income a family may earn before they stop getting the maximum family support rates.

Whauau is the basis of our communities. A strong whanau life ensures that we have a strong future.

Our natural heritage, with our unique plants and animals makes our country one of the most special places on earth. Our clean-green image is one that we all must lend a hand to sustain.

We are dedicated to conserving our natural environment and our commitment to Conservation will continue. We have committed ourselves to continuing to make additions to the public conservation estate and to upgrading the protective status of existing areas as appropriate. We will continue to protect our water quality, our marine life through establishing marine reserves as well as continuing to support the Department of Conservation and the work they undertake protecting our environment.

Our environment is our legacy we leave to our children and its preservation is vital.

My role in the Arts, Culture and Heritage areas excites me.

Labour's vision sees the arts, culture and heritage sector making a huge contribution to our nation's life and being recognised and valued for its role in defining who and what we are. New Zealand's creativity and heritage are priceless assets which define us to the world as a unique nation with our own distinctive images, perspectives, culture and heritage.

I have always acknowledged that Maori have huge creative potential that is manifested in a variety of forms. Over the past 6 years Maori have gained wide spread recognition to explode on the national and international stages. In feature films, music, art and kapa haka, - Maori have excelled.

With the new Labour-led government comes new beginnings, fresh starts and new challenges. I look forward to another 3 years of moving forward as a country in all areas of development.

We were saddened at the Opening of Parliament, by the passing of the late
Rod Donald MP and co-leader of the Green Party. He will be a loss not only to the Green Party but politics in general.

Tena koutou katoa.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On The Rivals For The Covid Saliva Testing Dollar

If you want a good insight into what the limits of tiny, barely discernible steps to reduce poverty actually look like, delve into the latest Statistics Department figures on poverty in New Zealand Most of the nine measures utilised reveal little or no progress in combatting poverty over the 21 months to March 2020... More>>


 

Government: Reserve Bank To Take Account Of Housing In Decision Making

The Reserve Bank is now required to consider the impact on housing when making monetary and financial policy decisions, Grant Robertson announced today. Changes have been made to the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee’s remit requiring it to take into ... More>>

ALSO:


RNZ: Alert Levels Remain

There are no new community cases of Covid-19 today, the Ministry of Health has confirmed.
Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says at least half of the Papatoetoe High School community have been tested and the results that have come through so far have all been negative... More>>

ALSO:

Stats NZ: Latest Release Of Child Poverty Statistics

All measures of child poverty were trending downwards, prior to the COVID-19 lockdown, across the two years since year ended June 2018, Stats NZ said today. The COVID-19 lockdown in late March 2020 affected Stats NZ’s ability to collect data from households ... More>>

ALSO:


NZ Initiative: New Report Highlights How Our Housing Crisis Could Worsen If We Don’t Act Now

If New Zealand politicians thought the housing crisis in 2020 was bad, the worst is yet to come, warns a new report by The New Zealand Initiative. In The Need to Build: The demographic drivers of housing demand , Research Assistant Leonard Hong ... More>>

Parliament: Kiwi MPs Among The “Most Educated In The World”

New analysis of MP qualifications reveals New Zealand’s Parliament is one of the most educated and highest qualified in the world, and significantly more educated than Australia’s. The research, by Mark Blackham of BlacklandPR and Geoffrey Miller ... More>>

The Dig: An Illogical Ideological Struggle

Dig beneath all the trade wars and the arguments to the effect that the USA should not permit China to achieve economic and technological superiority, or even parity, and you find the real reason behind the conflict... More>>

Travel: Government Eases Visa Restrictions For Visitors In New Zealand

Visitor visa holders will be able to stay in New Zealand a little longer as the Government eases restrictions for those still here, the Minister of Immigration has announced. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels