Kia ora, Mr Chairperson. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou, kia ora. Look, it is 2017. I do not need to tell the Committee how important this year is, but I think it is important to stop and reflect that it was only 10 years ago, in 2007, that we really saw the transformational power of technology, which is what we are dealing with in this legislation. It was only 10 years ago that the iPhone was launched, 10 years ago that Airbnb was conceived, 10 years ago that Twitter was spun off, 10 years ago that IBM started work on its Watson supercomputer, and 10 years ago that Facebook opened up.
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.
Kia ora Ngā mihi nui kia koutou kia ora
It’s great to be here and thanks for inviting me. I am though in the invidious position of standing between you and drinks, so I’ll keep it short.
It’s a privilege to be invited to help open this, the 2016 HVAC&R industry conference.
I’d like to start by welcoming MPs back on the first day of Parliament and hope they and all New Zealanders had a great summer with friends and whanau.
I rise to support to select committee the Patents (Trans-Tasman Patent Attorneys and Other Matters) Amendment Bill.
The Commerce Commission’s decision to raise the price of broadband internet will hit consumers in the pocket and is the legacy of National’s failed meddling in the Telecommunications Act in 2010, the Green Party said today.
“Families and small businesses will suffer higher prices from this decision, while Chorus – the company that owns the old nationwide copper broadband network – and its private investors will cash in,” Green Party ICT spokesperson Gareth Hughes said.