Social Assistance (Residency Qualification) Legislation Bill – First Reading – Video 13
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Social Assistance (Residency Qualification) Legislation Bill – First Reading – Video 13


I conclude my speech over here I call Priyanka radhakrishnan Tanaka a new magnetic fairy purana qila fella here to Moloney Kiriko tell katoa I just want to begin my call on on the social assistance residency qualification legislation bill by acknowledging our very esteemed guests who are in the gallery today the prime minister of the Cook Islands the High Commissioner and the representatives of the cook Island government I I also want to thank ministers on both sides of the house who have been involved in the the progress of this bill from its inception right through to its first reading today I want to go a little bit into of course the purpose of this bill what it does but also some of those the constitutional responsibilities that New Zealand has with our realm nations and I will go into this potentially into a little bit more depth than some of the previous speakers have have done simply because I’ve actually been asked by a few people what the realm nations means sometimes by newer migrants to New Zealand as well but there seems to be a little bit of confusion so I thought I’d take this opportunity to delve into that a little bit more also why this bill is so important and I also want to touch upon the importance of this bill a little bit as someone who migrated to New Zealand myself even if it might not have been from the Pacific nations also as the Labour member based in the Mauna Kea Kea literate which of course is possibly the second the the next election after South Auckland that has the largest population of Pacific people we have close to 14,000 may be or may be the member for Kelston and the minister is looking at is potentially not but anyway my point is that we have a large population of Pacific people’s close to 14,000 and I know that close to 4,000 are from the realm nation so this is a bill that is significant to to them as well a little bit about what this bill does it’s basically about greater pension flexibility for people who want to retire in any one of these nations the Cook Islands new way or Tokelau it allows a portal so I’d go into a little bit about the eligibility for super of course you’ve got to be a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident 65 years or older and there’s a residence qualification criterion as well which basically means that people need to have resided in New Zealand for 10 years after the age of 20 and for five years after the age of 50 and it’s that latter part of the residency requirement that this bill that we’re debating in the House today will will will change as it were so the way it changes this requirement of course is that previously you you would have not you but the person applying who would have had to have lived in New Zealand for those five years after they turned 50 but once this bill passes and I’m glad to see that it’s supported unanimously once this bill passes people who are applying can’t stay in any one of those realm nations as well and have that residency period count towards the residency requirement for this bill so as I was saying it allows a lot more flexibility when it comes to pension it this bill also recognizes the special relationship that New Zealand has with Pacific nations as in fact our prime minister the right honourable Justin there are Jones said recently at Polyfest this is undeniable because we are part of the Pacific there is no demon ass when it comes to New Zealand that holds even more true when it comes to the realm nations of course and at this point I’ll just go a little bit into what that what that actually means now with the Cook Islands and with new a a little bit of history and I actually found this quite interesting as well the Cook Islands was a dependent territory and of course you’ll know this very well madam Speaker at the Cook Islands was a dependent territory of New Zealand between 1901 and 1965 after which they became a self-governing nation and free association with New Zealand similar situation for new areas well although self-governance kicked in for new way in 1974 now what that means the self-governing status in free association with New Zealand means of course that people who were born in these realm nations and that includes Tokelau as well are considered New Zealand citizens but with those from the Kochs and new way their governments are of course responsible for the lawmaking and and for conducting their own affairs which is slightly different from Tokyo which has been administered by New Zealand since 1926 so that’s what it means when we say the realm nations are when we refer to the realm nations and that’s why the constitutional responsibilities that New Zealand has of course are a little bit different again now the member Peeni Henare touched upon the importance within Pacific cultures of passing on specific you know unique the unique heritage the unique languages work like identities and culture that defines us and actually that’s something that I can I can relate to as well coming from originally India and then Singapore that’s something that a lot of the Asian populations here in New Zealand hold on to also and we have multiple homes and there’s really nothing wrong with that what this bill addresses is the upheaval that a lot of families experienced when you know they might have come here potentially well from one of the realm nations contributed to New Zealand gone back to say the cook sort a new way to be with their family to contribute to those countries as well had businesses there and then they’re expected under the status quo legislation to approach themselves it’s an upheaval for their families and to come back to New Zealand to fulfill that five-year residency qualification criteria and that’s not just about the person who’s applying it’s never just about the person who’s applying it’s about their families as well and the repercussions that that upheaval has on their families this bill when it’s passed will remove that and it will allow for a much greater sense of stability in that respect as well we often talk about how diverse ethnically diverse New Zealand and indeed Auckland has become we talk about the fact that we have over 220 ethnicities now represented and we collectively speak over a hundred and sixty languages we often also say and I strongly believe that our strength as a nation lies in that very diversity and so if we’re going to say that then it’s the onus is on us to actually walk the talk and make it such that this diversity can flourish in New Zealand I often use a little analogy where if you look at different if one looks at different threads for example they’re unique this they have a certain amount of strength and beauty in and off themselves but woven together that strength and that endurance is enhanced and it weaves into a beautiful piece of fabric that’s collectively so much stronger and that’s how I see the strength that lies in our nation when we talk about the strength of our diversity as well so this bill basically at the crux of it is about making the system fairer it’s about making it fairer for people from our rel nations it’s about ensuring that they’re not up bruises and that their families yeah we were dealing with the mirror on our franca Radha Krishna they’re kind of lost my train of yes it’s about making the system fairer for everyone it’s about making the system fairer for people from our realm nations who will not will face a lot less upheaval and sense of being uprooted but it’s also about making things fairer for New Zealand’s Order Pingu de because they’re perusing and expecting people to face achieve upheaval is never the best in the best interest for us either so it is with absolute pleasure that I stand today and commend this bill to the house thank you the question is that the motion be agreed to those of their opinion will say hi to the contrary no the eyes have it social assistance residency qualification legislation bill first reading permission has been granted for a song you mean in my in many koto [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Music] Karuna katate the question is that the social assistance residency qualification legislation bill be considered by the social services and community committee those and that opinion those of that opinion will say aye to the contrary no the eyes habit I call on government order of the day number three Residential Tenancies prohibiting meeting people

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