Marama Davidson - Waiata for Babies

The Green Party is proud to congratulate Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, on the birth of His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge,

their third son, who arrived at 8 pound, 7 ounces I'm told—which is good, which is well done.


I did want to extend the celebration but also my personal sympathy to Catherine, mum of the baby, in having to bear the public scrutiny at such an early stage after giving birth to a child. Whatever circumstances you are born into or give birth under, it will never ever eradicate the complete turmoil and exhaustion that birthing a baby is for any mother, so I hope that Catherine finds some downtime to simply just be whatever shape she needs to be in to be able to care for a new baby.

Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern: Hear, hear!

MARAMA DAVIDSON: I did want—ha, ha! The Prime Minister appears to agree with this sentiment. I did want to share that I wish all children were celebrated in the House of Parliament in this fantastic way and every single child was a notice of motion. But if we don't do that, we can do that in the agenda that we run in this House of Representatives instead: rather than a notice of motion for every baby, we stand and rule as if every baby is a notice of motion.

Lastly, here's a little waiata. I didn't buy a gift, but I wrote a song for my own babies, and if the prince and duke and duchess would like to learn it and sing it to their baby, they're more than welcome to.

Pekepeke tamariki, [jumpy jumpy children] menemene mai [smiling at me]

Korikori tinana, [full of energy] katakata mai [laughing with me]

Ka haere te wā, [time flies by]  kua pau te hau [we've run out of steam]

Haere ki te moenga, [off to bed now] moe moe e [have sweet dreams].

Kia ora.