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Source: New Zealand Parliament – Hansard


(continued on 10 November 2021)


Third Reading

Debate resumed.

DEPUTY SPEAKER: Kāti rā, tēnā rā tātou katoa. The House is resumed for the extended sitting. Members, last evening, we were debating the third reading of the Maritime Transport (MARPOL Annex VI) Amendment Bill. We’d just completed call No. 7, so it’s call No. 8.

SHANAN HALBERT (Labour—Northcote):

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Mōrena to the House, and thank you, Mr Speaker, for the opportunity to speak briefly this morning on a piece of work that our Transport and Infrastructure Committee has been working on, the Maritime Transport (MARPOL Annex VI) Amendment Bill. It’s taken a little while to get through the House, and, as I heard the number of speeches late last night, every party acknowledged the time that it’s taken to get this quite minor piece of work into legislation, to have it updated. I was pipped at the post, I think, late last night by the ACT Party member who attempted to blast this side of the House and then went on to support the bill. So I’ll put it down to lateness in the House, my friend, but good on you.

This particular bill is really about supporting the work of this Government. We know, particularly as Aucklanders, that transport makes up 47 percent of emissions into our climate, and, as we continue to work hard to create the change that we want to see, we need to break down each part of our transport sector.

So, today, this bill is about reducing the adverse public health effects of marine air pollution on communities close to ports and harbours, and I look to the Waitematā in Auckland, a local Auckland port, and this is the type of work that we need to continue to proceed with. The need for change is now, so, without further ado, it’s an easy round for us this morning, and I commend this bill to the House.

DEPUTY SPEAKER: Members, this is a split call. I call Chris Penk, five minutes.