East Coast Bays MP Erica Stanford delivered her
maiden speech this week:
Mr Speaker, can I congratulate you Sir, on your
successful election to the role of Speaker.
I look forward to your rigorous application of
the rules of this House and of course your great leniency when
dealing with this freshly-minted member from the East Coast
Under your stewardship Sir, I can see this House
is moving with the times.
I was so very pleased to see you bouncing one of
the beautiful babies of the House on your knee during a debate last
The Member from Pakuranga certainly seemed to
enjoy his time on the big chair.
In all seriousness Sir, your commitment to
making this a family friendly workplace is admirable and to see you
leading, literally from the front, was quite a special
I would like to start today, by acknowledging
and thanking the people of the East Coast Bays for their trust and
confidence in electing me as their representative to this
I am deeply humbled by the support that I have
received from my community and I am especially proud to be the
first female MP for East Coast Bays.
This is my first rodeo and as a rookie I owe a
debt of gratitude to many people for their support on this ride
In particular I would like to thank my
electorate Chair, Scott Browne, my high-school buddy and campaign
chair Vernon Tava, and my dear friend and right-hand man, Tony
Today I must also acknowledge and thank my
predecessor, and former boss of four years, the Honourable Murray
Murray was first elected as MP for East Coast
Bays in 1987, a day after my ninth birthday, with the slim majority
of 311 votes.
For 30 years he was a hard-working and well
respected local MP, evident in the fact that he left Parliament
with an impressive majority of over 15,000, which is a monumental
effort and just shy of my very first majority of 16,000.
I jest Mr Speaker, but I am well aware I am
fortunate to ride the shoulders of this political