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.Brendan Horan, maiden speech