Green MP Kevin Hague has delivered his valedictory speech.
He made a special point of mentioning his regrets on Pike River:
“I have felt a heavy responsibility for that work. I have been pleased to contribute to a major overhaul of workplace health and safety regulation in this country.
But I’ve been frustrated and angry that nobody from the board or the senior management of the Pike River coal company has been held to account or will ever be held to account for what has occurred.
And that 29 men still have not been brought home to their families.”
The Herald reports:
Hague said he hoped three projects he was leaving behind would be seen through to a successful end, including better health services for transgender New Zealanders, a petition for an apology and wiping the convictions of gay men convicted of consensual sexual activity before homosexual law reform, and his campaign for the Education Review Office to audit whether schools were safe for lesbian, homosexual and transgender students.
Kevin Hague is leaving Parliament to head up Forest & Bird. Thanks for all your hard work, Kevin.