August 26, 2022
Rurawhe sets mark on Speaker’s chair
New speaker Adrian Rurawhe has set out how he intends to stamp his own mark on the job.
Parliament’s second Maori Speaker started by clearing the boards from his predecessor Trevor Mallard, formally apologising for a trespass notice earlier in the year against Winston Peters after the New Zealand First leader and former deputy prime minister visited protesters occupying Parliament Grounds.
The Speaker has also retracted and apologised for comments which related to Mr Peters in a 4 May press release.
He says he’s ready for tough talk.
“I can say to the House that it’s my expectation the House will hold the Government to account and I say tom the leader of the Opposition, party leaders that I will do everything to ensure you have the opportunity to hold the Government to account. And to the Government I say to you, my expectation is you will be accountable,” Mr Rurawhe says.