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.
Tēnā tātou katoa
He mihi tēnei ki ngā atua katoa o te ao tūroa, ki o tātou tūpuna hoki i whakatakoto te ara hei hikoinga mō tātou ngā uri.
We give thanks to our tupuna, who had the vision and foresight to sign He Whakaputanga and Te Tiriti o Waitangi, our founding documents which continue to serve as the basis for peace and justice in Aotearoa.
We give thanks to ngā hapū o Ngāpuhi for your manaakitanga to us every year that we return here to honour our Te Tiriti relationships, and for always reminding us that you never ceded your sovereignty.