scoop.co.nz 23 Mar, 2021 06:30 am

Nicola Grigg – Maiden Speech

Nicola Grigg – Maiden Speech
E te Whare e tū nei, e ngā rau rangatira ma, tēnei tāku mihi atu ki a koutou. Tēnā koutou katoa. Kia ora Mr Speaker, I am thrilled to stand before this House today, elected by the people of Selwyn to serve in this 53rd Parliament, and may ...

Mr Speaker, from the mighty Rakaia River in the south, to Darfield, Sheffield and Arthur’s Pass in the west, picturesque Tai Tapu, Prebbleton and Lincoln in the east and booming towns like Rolleston at its core, Selwyn represents everything that is so special about New Zealand.Selwyn is powering New Zealand’s economy.We have one of the lowest rates of unemployment in the country, one of the strongest local economies, and we are one of the fastest growing territorial authorities in New Zealand.Any newly elected MP for Selwyn will be acutely aware of the expectations set by those who have gone before her – and I follow in the footsteps of great New Zealanders like: · My own forebear, Sir John Hall, Premier of New Zealand at a difficult time in our history, and who later devoted himself to the cause of universal suffrage; · Our first female Prime Minister, Dame Jenny Shipley.

She broke the glass ceiling for the top job in New Zealand.· And my immediate predecessor, Amy Adams, who served Selwyn for 12 years, who is so widely regarded and respected - and who made an historic contribution to New Zealand as Minister of Justice.

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