Social Assistance (Residency Qualification) Legislation Bill – Second Reading – Video 10
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Social Assistance (Residency Qualification) Legislation Bill – Second Reading – Video 10


one two idea and I’m very very proud to stand here and commend this bill to the House Speaker I call Simeon Brown thank you madam Speaker and mr. Greg O’Connor who just sat down was talking complaining I thought about the limited amount of time that he had to speak and he left a minute on the clock and I was just about to jump to my feet at the end of his speech and seek leave at this house to give him an additional five minutes but I’m not sure whether that would have been granted but I met and madam Speaker it’s a pleasure to take a short call for for five minutes on the social assistance residency qualification legislation bill for its second reading and I do note madam Speaker that I wasn’t on the Select Committee which heard the submissions on this bill but I do just want to congratulate the Select Committee and in particular the chair Gareth use for the good work that he’s done working hard as the chair of the social services select commend community Select Committee an important select committee here in Parliament doing good work and in this instance progressing legislation which was put forward initially by the national government and by our good friend Sir Bill English who has the right honourable surberg bill English actually I should be correct and the titles that I give to former members of this house and madam Speaker this bill does does this makes a significant change in terms of our superannuation and veteran’s pension entitlements for those living in the realm of New Zealand those who who may have been born in Cook Islands Niue a and Tokelau and who then have become moved to New Zealand and spend ten years here they are New Zealand citizens by birth but then moved to New Zealand and contribute to New Zealand and then look to go back to where they came from to retire and this ensures that they no longer will be needing to spend five years between the age of in 65 in New Zealand in order to maintain that entitlement but will be able to spend those five years in any of the four countries whether within the realms whether that be New Zealand the Cook Islands new way or total Tokelau and so madam madam Speaker I think this bill does a number of important things and I think first and foremost it builds on the incredibly important relationship that we have within the realm and that we have as New Zealand citizens and that these shared benefits are shared benefits of being New Zealand citizens but I think it’s important to distinguish between our superannuation scheme and what entitlements they would have if they were to live their entire life in their home country and it is important to note too that our our tax system and our superannuation system as a benefit of contributing to New Zealand for that period of time for those ten years and that is the requirement which is in place in order to be entitled to New Zealand superannuation and that entitlement is therefore required as as a way to ensure that contribution that economic contribution to New Zealand through work through study through whatever that might be is something which is required in order to be a beneficiary of the the superannuation scheme that we enjoy here in New Zealand if those if people in those islands whilst New Zealand citizens choose to remain in the in their home country will not be entitled to a New Zealand superannuation because they haven’t and haven’t contributed here but may have will have contributed and be entitled under their own schemes in their own country so I think the important the important benefit really is economically from this economically to New Zealand by continuing to allow people to come here to contribute to New Zealand but then economic in an economic benefit back to the islands in terms of the the the money that they send to family back in the home country while they are there while they’re working in New Zealand and I think that’s a hugely important role that many of these people do play while they’re in New Zealand sending money back to support their families but also the important benefit it provides by encouraging and allowing and making it easier for them to actually retire back in the Cook Islands new way or total out net will provide huge economic benefit as they have New Zealand superannuation while they are retiring so I commend this bill to the house we look forward to it going through the process Mellon to you Thomas tea coffee sorry I cut the line

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