Moana Moeka'a​: Helmet law ‘snuck through’ in Covid turmoil

Friday March 27, 2020 Published in Letters to the Editor
Moana Moeka'a​: Helmet law ‘snuck through’ in Covid turmoil

Dear editor, ​

Can I congratulate Cabinet minister George ‘Maggie' Angene (Tupapa-Maraerenga) and Mitiaro MP Tuakeu Tangatapoto, for voting against the Transport Amendment Bill on Wednesday night. ​


And unless I heard wrong, a couple of raspberries to the two Democratic Party MPs -– Leader of the Opposition Tina Browne (Rakahanga), and Selina Napa (Titikaveka) – who voted with the other 10 government-aligned MPs in support of the bill which makes the wearing of safety helmets compulsory on motorbikes.

(Things would have been different if the remaining four Demo MPs were in the house). ​

There was no opportunity given to the public to comment on the bill. Government obviously sneaked it in amongst all the turmoil relating to Covid-19. A dictatorship? You tell me.

Like nearly all bills, they go straight from Crown Law to Parliament without any amendments. ​

I understand the law change will take effect in Rarotonga three months after it is assented to by the Queen's Representative. So we should see a bit of action around the end of June – if nothing else happens before then! ​

Watch this space. ​

Oh, and Parliament has adjourned sine die -- after only one day sitting this year. Not a bad job for one who received a $22,500 increase in salary on 1 July 2019. I believe Parliament has sat for only seven days since then. Too good.​

Moana Moeka'a​

1 comment

  • Comment Link Edna Dashwood Saturday, 28 March 2020 07:08 posted by Edna Dashwood

    It's appalling timing to be sneaking through laws Moana. I note further that the Immigration 2020 act has been announced in draft form though not released. In Vanuatu, government have one website where all statutes and draft bills are readily available for public perusal. It's ridiculous for anyone to suggest public consultation has occurred for any matter of public policy or law here when getting even basic information is so limited and there is no measurement of the depth of the said consultation. I do wish CI news reporters would obtain actual copies of the bills and laws and report on those. As to helmets, thanks to George Maggie and Tuakeu Tangatapoto for thinking of not only their own but all constituents who will be affected by this. At least your constituents have a voice of representation aligned with it's views and wishes. The rest of the voting cabinet, where's your consultation process, record and mandate?

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