Brendan Horan maiden speech

February 9th, 2012 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

First some family history:

My waka is Tainui of which Hoturoa was the captain

My iwi is Ngati Maniapoto

My hapu,  Ngati Hikairoa

 On my European side I am descended from Orm, the Viking. 

Orm lived around 750 AD. He was reputed to have killed a large bear with one blow of his fist. I think Sonny Bill Williams should have fought Orm instead.

Because amenities were affordable we regularly visited the local swimming pool and developed civic pride, 20 cents entry fee.

 Compare that to my local council swimming pool Baywave in Tauranga where entry and  hydroslides costs 8 dollars for local children.

 It’s no wonder children struggle to swim and one of my goals is to have gold coin entry to all swimming pools for all NZ school children.

Brendan was born in 1961 so presumably the 20c was around 1968 – once decimal currency came in. The CPI was 70 in 1968 and today is 1158, so in today’s dollars that 20c would be $3.30. So $8 is over double what it used to be, in real terms.

“Evil thrives when good men and women stand by and do nothing”

 So I ask now – how can NZ have the highest child brutality and murder rate   in the OECD , how can this possibly be NZ when we start the year with a baby being murdered in a small town, a 16 year old boy assaulting and raping a 5 year old girl and a young father being stabbed to death while sitting in his car waiting for a medical prescription.

The foul stench of these crimes lingers over our entire nation, but in particular those of us in the house today – as it has happened on OUR watch.

And further …

The protection and safety of all NZ children must be paramount.

We are all aware of the need – and decisive action must be taken.

If we have to step on a few toes and offend the politically correct – then so be it.

I’d be interested to hear what he has in mind.

This NZ First economic plan will operate in the absence of secrecy.

Cough, cough Spencer Trust.

To be fair, that was Winston’s baby. No one else in NZ First even knew of it – not even the Party President!

Our people are some of the most creative, innovative and forward thinking to be found anywhere.

But currently we are marking time and quite frankly we need to embrace, support and speed up the rollout of ultra fast broadband.

The mobile digital revolution is accelerating at an exponential rate.

Countries with established broadband are rapidly going mobile and that is going to have massive implications for business, education and the health sector.

The digital revolution is still in its infancy, I agree.

The full speech is after the break.

Tena ano tatau e huihui mai, I runga I te ahuatanga, o tenei ra

Ko te kaupapa, ko taku whai korero tua tahi, I roto I tenei whare raiona, e tu ake nei

 

E mihi ana kia ratou ma, kua ngaro ki te po

Haere, haere, haere atu ra

 

Tatou nga kanohi ora, huri noa, I to tatou whare

Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa

 

The mountain of maori ancestors is Pirongia

The blood and bones and therefore the wairua of my ancestors starts in the Waipa river

My waka is Tainui of which Hoturoa was the captain

My iwi is Ngati Maniapoto

My hapu,  Ngati Hikairoa

 

On my European side I am descended from Orm, the Viking.

 

On his way to Britain he lost his leg in battle, but had the presence of mind to save it, as no warrior could enter Valhalla unwhole.

 

When close to land he threw his leg onto the shore and thus by Viking law claimed that area.

 

This is why the Ormsby coat of arms proudly displays a severed leg and the motto “He is brave who is prudent.”

 

As a child I nearly didn’t make it.

 

At 2 years old I was hospitalized for seven months in Waikato hospital,my parents lived in whakatane a six hour drive in those days over the then unsealed kaimai ranges.

 

I flat lined 3 times and had the sacrament of extreme unction administered.

 

And so I will always have immense respect and appreciation for nurses, doctors, priests and caregivers.

 

Growing up in Whakatane I was blessed with great friends and together we fished, surfed, played sport and learned with live with and nurture the land that supported us.

 

Because amenities were affordable we regularly visited the local swimming pool and developed civic pride, 20 cents entry fee.

 

Compare that to my local council swimming pool Baywave in Tauranga where entry and  hydroslides costs 8 dollars for local children.

 

It’s no wonder children struggle to swim and one of my goals is to have gold coin entry to all swimming pools for all NZ school children.

 

But I digress….back to my childhood and whakatane when we were also blessed with great male role models.

 

Men like Mike Beeching, George Ferguson, Bruce Scott, Co Baart and Monty McGoughan.

 

They taught us to swim, surf, fish, connect with the land and to fiercely compete in sport, arming us with the confidence to back ourselves, a solid work ethic and they taught us the value of having perfect basics in our sporting disciplines.

 

Many young men and women from Whakatane have represented NZ in sport and travelled the world as I have done, thanks to men like this.

 

I would also like to acknowledge their wives.

 

As behind every great man is a usually a better woman – most times – telling him what to do and feeding him and in those days me too.

 

So for me, childhood was a golden time.

 

I could have become another statistic.

 

A child from a broken home in an era when single parent families were rare.

 

But Thanks to men and women with the heart and courage to care for all the children in their community – I am the man I am today. Because to them, community mattered.

 

Mr Speaker, I know a is not supposed to mention anything too controversial, but there are things happening in our country now that are so wrong and I cannot countenance a philosophy of silence.

 

“Evil thrives when good men and women stand by and do nothing”

 

So I ask now – how can NZ have the highest child brutality and murder rate   in the OECD , how can this possibly be NZ when we start the year with a baby being murdered in a small town, a 16 year old boy assaulting and raping a 5 year old girl and a young father being stabbed to death while sitting in his car waiting for a medical prescription.

 

The foul stench of these crimes lingers over our entire nation, but in particular those of us in the house today – as it has happened on OUR watch.

 

This is not the NZ I grew up in.

 

This is not the NZ that I want to bequeath to my children.

 

The protection and safety of all NZ children must be paramount.

 

We are all aware of the need – and decisive action must be taken.

 

If we have to step on a few toes and offend the politically correct – then so be it.

 

The next NZ child to be murdered will leave blood on all of our hands if we fail to act.

 

Mr Speaker, Ko Brendan taku ingoa – My name is Brendan and I stand before you today in this house, a product of my ancestors, respectful of all they have achieved and mindful of the new paths that I must forge to honor them.

 

I am a proud representative of the NZ First party and humbled by the support and hard work of the many people who sacrificed hours of time and effort to see NZ First back in parliament.

 

I would therefore like to thank everyone who voted for NZ First, the parents who remembered NZ First securing free medical care for children under 6.  A policy that protects children and saves lives.

 

I would like to thank the small business owners who remembered when NZ First lowered business tax from 33 to 30%  and I would like to thank the many Maori that voted for NZ First conscious of the settlements and concessions that NZ First and Winston Peters have secured.

 

And let me not forget the Supergold card holders who possess tangible evidence of a party that serves New Zealanders, some of whom voted accordingly.

To those of you that had that brilliant epiphany on election day and smile when they think of NZ First back in parliament. Thankyou.

 

We are a growing party strong in our beliefs and to all 147,544 people who entrusted us with their votes – we will represent the beliefs that you hold as vital to the prosperous future of our nation.

 

Beliefs that are the founding principles of our party:

 

To put New Zealand and New Zealanders First and to have an open accountable Government.

 

We believe in one law for all New Zealanders regardless of race, age or colour.

 

A country that belongs to all New Zealanders, not foreign boardrooms whose only interest is a quarterly financial statement.

 

I believe in wealth creation through a sound and practical long term economic plan, with short term key performance indicators to make sure we are on track.

 

This NZ First economic plan will operate in the absence of secrecy.

 

These beliefs are not new to New Zealanders.

 

In fact here is a quote from one of the great former leaders of our country.

 

“I believe in New Zealanders owning their own industry, all industry, wherever

practicable… This country is growing up, and I want it to see it owned and controlled by New Zealanders in every possible sphere.

 

There is, of course, also an economic reason – the bleeding away of overseas funds and the paying of tribute to people overseas…. I, for one, want to see New Zealand mature, to grow up in its own sense, have its own soul, develop its own character, and have control of its own destiny in all spheres of the economy…….This is my simple faith”.

 

And that was said by none other than former National Prime Minister Sir Keith Holyoake. What would he think of our country today? How will history view us in 20 years time?

 

Mr Speaker – I live in Tauranga – well actually my family live there and I am now bi-regional by vocation.

 

On top of the many challenges that we face in NZ, Tauranga has the added burden of the Rena and its effect not only on our environment but also the economic damage to businesses both small and large, and the long term effects that have yet be fully realised.

 

Another major concern is the PSA virus that has wiped out over half the golden kiwifruit crop, and that equates to close to $500 million dollars out of the Tauranga and Bay of Plenty economy.

 

The disease is having an impact across the entire industry, from individual growers, contractors, seasonal workers to Zespri.

 

All levels of the industry are having to change and adapt their businesses to survive.

 

Promisingly, there is a pathway out of the PSA damage emerging, based around a new variety known as Gold 3.

 

I believe with time and government support our industry can recover.

 

I believe that Tauranga has the potential to be a great city!

 

The best in the world.

 

And to those people in Tauranga – you will understand this vision.

 

Imagine if we built a 25,000 seat stadium at The Domain – above the CBD.

 

If we constructed a walkway around our stunning harbour.

 

Can you envision the potential of fast passenger rail from Auckland in under 2 hours?

 

And what about if we cleaned up our water and marketed ourselves as the cleanest city in the world.

 

What a vibrant, exciting metropolis we could become.

 

Any one of these projects would provide the opportunity for on-the-job apprentice-ships and long term employment.

 

Mr Speaker, I believe that as a country – it is time we believed in ourselves.

 

I believe our most important asset is our people and we must invest in New Zealanders in health, education and emerging skills and competencies.

The world is now immersed in a mobile digital revolution.

 

NZ is justifiably proud of its pioneering tradition.

 

At times we have led the world on everything from nuclear physics to powered flight to climbing the highest mountain.

 

Our people are some of the most creative, innovative and forward thinking to be found anywhere.

 

But currently we are marking time and quite frankly we need to embrace, support and speed up the rollout of ultra fast broadband.

 

The mobile digital revolution is accelerating at an exponential rate.

 

Countries with established broadband are rapidly going mobile and that is going to have massive implications for business, education and the health sector.

 

The last quarter of 2011 the number of smart phones purchased surpassed the combined number of pc’s,laptops, ipads and tablets sold.

 

Hand held computing is here to stay and the high powered browser enabled high definition video ready device is already revolutionizing the way businesses market, trade and do commerce, the way people learn and educate, the way health services and care giving are provided and growing the way we communicate in politics – if only we could get reception in the 75 metres between the Beehive and Bowen House!

 

These services are now operating in an always connected world.

 

The up skilling with new skills and competencies in New Zealand’s workforce is a priority.

 

It is my intention to see that the professional development required happens.

 

It is our choice and our opportunity to catch this wave rather than to let it swamp us or pass us by.

 

Far be it from me to give hints on sartorial elegance. I could learn from some here (look at WP) and not from others (look at Ryall!)

 

If I may explain the ochre I display on my tie today.

It symbolizes the blood sweat and tears that our forefathers have invested in this land.

 

The green represents fertility, growth, promise and the hope for a better tomorrow.

 

We once led the world in social and economic standing and by working together I believe we can do so again.

 

My pledge to all New Zealanders is that I will strive with integrity to combine the safety and standards of my childhood with the digital – forward thinking, economic ownership, and environmental consciousness of this generation.

 

I will work with any other member or party supporting ideas that are good for New Zealand and oppose those that would do us harm.

 

This is what I believe in and what I intend to do.

 

My final acknowledgement I give to my wife for she holds my heart. (look up to gallery!)

 

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12 Responses to “Brendan Horan maiden speech”

  1. Spam (598 comments) says:

    I bet there weren’t hydroslides at the pool when he was young. What is the pool entry fee in real terms?

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  2. RightNow (6,966 comments) says:

    His pool admission price comparison is flawed (as per Spam’s comment).

    Prices at BayWave:
    Admission Prices (effective 1st July 2011)
    Adult (swim only) $7.10, Senior (swim only) $4.60, Student (swim only) $4.60, Child (swim only) $4.60,
    Child 2-4 years $2.20, Child under 2 Free, Family (2 adults/2 children or 1 adult/3 children) $17.30
    Hydroslide $4.40 (5 years and over only, additional charge to general admission prices)
    http://www.tcal.co.nz/contents/our-network/Baywave

    Compare that to prices in the Wellington region:
    http://www.wellington.govt.nz/eventsrec/recreation/pools/charges.html
    Prices for kids range from $1 to $3.50 – albeit without hydroslide facilities.

    Note that these (Wellington) prices are halved for Leisure Card holders:
    http://www.wellington.govt.nz/eventsrec/recreation/support/discounts/discounts.html
    You can qualify for the card if you are a Wellington city resident and if you meet one or more of the following criteria:
    a Community Services Card holder
    an invalid or sickness beneficiary
    a recent migrant (within last six months)
    on the green prescription (GRx) scheme
    a SuperGold Card holder
    a city housing tenant.

    Perhaps he should encourage his local council to review their prices.

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  3. davidp (3,572 comments) says:

    It would be a brave man who would go swimming with his randomly-urinating colleague Andrew Williams.

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  4. Auberon (873 comments) says:

    That speech doesn’t clear up the rumour that Winston Peters is his biological father.

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  5. Paulus (2,594 comments) says:

    Didn’t expect that the Great Leader (now known as Smokey, and his Labour mate Trevor as Dopey – with forgiveness to Snow White) would let anybody else speak.

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  6. kowtow (8,146 comments) says:

    My children and I remember his maiden appearance as a weather man.
    Comic gold,he made himself disappear. Too bad that can’t happen to the Green MPs.

    Horan is an Irish surname ,from odhar,meaning dun coloured,how apt. Brendan is also a gaelic Christian name. enough of this viking nonsense.

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  7. berend (1,699 comments) says:

    DPF: The mobile digital revolution is accelerating at an exponential rate.

    Yep, that’s why National forced taxpayers to fund fibre into the ground, bringing cable to customers who will probably never ever use it.

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  8. hj (6,807 comments) says:

    They’ll find plenty of bones to chew:
    New Zealand’s change in immigration policy dates back to the early 1990s when the gap in productivity with other nations became pronounced between the years 1970 and 1990. Higher immigration was intended to fix the problem.

    In its report, the SWG claims the move backfired.

    “The policy choice that increased immigration, given the number of employers increasingly unable to pay First-World wages to the existing population and all the capital requirements that increasing populations involve – looks likely to have worked almost directly against the adjustment New Zealand needed to make and it might have been better off with a lower rate of net immigration.”

    The Savings Working Group also underscored the need to remove tax distortions that heavily favoured property investment. Failing the adoption of capital tax, it suggested the only way to reduce the tax distortion on property prices would be “at the very least to reduce taxes on financial assets,” which it identified as the “main investment alternative.”
    http://www.interest.co.nz/kiwisaver/52140/migration-policy-linked-inflated-housing-prices-government-spending-and-low-savings

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  9. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    What about all his sporting achievements?

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  10. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    He is actually most well known for his singing voice.

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  11. Viking2 (11,344 comments) says:

    Baywave of course was a rort on ratepayers bylittle Miss Two shoes( whose name was so remarkable I can’t remeber it and can’t be bothered looking it up.) another socialist single mother whose aim was to stick it the ratepayer. She now enjoys living of various charity jobs on public boards of this and that.
    We the ratepayer are forking out in the millions each year to pay for this great wave 200 mtrs from the beach.

    Ahh but it was a socialist councillors must have even though it was never affordable.

    Anopther damm good reason why ony ratepayers should be allowed to vote for council.

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  12. lofty (1,305 comments) says:

    Viking..I finally agree with you on something.

    My final comment on KB. :-) maybe

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