Maori TV & Game Animal bills pass

by Desk Editor on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 — 3:57 PM

Slowly slogging their way down the list of the bakers’ dozen of bills in the urgency motion, MPs put the Game Animal Council Bill out of its misery, sending it off to the Governor-General for signature by 79 votes to 54 for its third and final reading.

National and its usual satellite parties, ACT and United Future were joined by New Zealand First and Brendan Horan to defeat the 54 of Labour, the Greens, the Maori Party and Mana.

The House then moved on to the next bill in the urgency motion – the Maori Television Service (Te Aratuku Whakaata Irirangi Maori) Amendment Bill – beginning with its second reading.

As is possible under urgency, the second reading was followed immediately by the committee stage and third reading, which ended without need for a division. The bill was supported by Labour and debate was mainly centred on technical questions relating to management of frequencies and governance.

Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson was in the chamber for the final stages of the third reading debate, interjecting about the value of watching Mr Ed dubbed into te reo. He then moved into the chair beside the chairman for the committee stage of the Building Amendment Bill No 4.

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