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Bill to have parliamentary oath recited in heritage languages voted down

08 May 2018

Posted in: Pacific Radio News,

By Lisa Williams-Lahari -

Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio says the fight for Pacific MPs to be able to give their oaths of allegiance to New Zealand voters in their heritage languages, will continue.

Aupito William Sio. Photo/ Parliament TV.

He's no stranger to the debate around recognition for diversity in parliamentary languages, but last week, the Minister walked out in disgust at the parliamentary vote killing proposed 'diversity' amendment to the Oaths and Declarations Act.   

The failed amendment, tabled by MP 'Anahila Kanongata'a-Suisuiki, raises questions for Aupito on why parliamentary process in New Zealand is failing to reflect this nation's changing times.

"Despite the fact that Pacific culture and values are becoming New Zealand culture and values, we've still got long ways to go. The fight continues."

"In 1957 we had probably less than a thousand Pasifika people, in 2018 we've got 400,000. The world has changed. The world is a multi-lingual world and particularly in the Pacific region, it's a bilingual world."

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