Kia ora, Mr Assistant Speaker. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou. Kia ora. I too would like to echo and share the love. This has been phenomenal bill to work on. It has been a great people group of people to work on it with and along with the unanimous support of the House I would like to also like to commend it.
Tēnā koe, Mr Speaker. The Greens are supporting the Maritime Crimes Amendment Bill.
BARRY COATES (Green): Tēnā koutou e ngā mema Pāremata. I rise to speak about the tax bill.
Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER: A 5-minute call.
Congratulations Bill English for delivering your first Prime Minister’s Statement to Parliament.
Very few get the honour and now out of Key’s shadow, the country is asking what you stand for.
You’re the Prime Minister but no one outside of the National Party Caucus room elected you as leader.
The parliamentary year started with the Prime Minister doing a State of the Nation speech. Here's my response.
Tēnā koe, Mr Deputy Speaker, tēnā koutou katoa. Ngā mihi o te Te Tau Hou, tēnā koutou katoa.
The Panama papers revealed the sordid detail of the policies of this government. John Key’s personal lawyer lobbied for nothing to be done, even though the Greens and IRD had warned of the damage to our international reputation. NZ was advertised around the world as a good place to park your billions without any tax authorities knowing. We became part of the massive problem of tax havens, allowing the wealthy to get away with paying little tax while wage and salary earners shoulder most of the load.