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Hon Tariana Turia

10 April, 2014

World Autism Awareness Day Breakfast

I am really pleased to be here at this breakfast this year to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day.

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5 April, 2014

Speech: Launch of Te Kaiga Maopoopo

It is right and proper that our first acknowledgement is to Reverend Tui Sopoaga for the opening prayers for this very special day. I want to also mihi to Toeaina Mika Perez for laying the foundation for such an important event.

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2 April, 2014

$32 million for better support for people with autism

Health Minister Tony Ryall and Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia have today announced the government is investing an extra $32 million over four years so more people with autism receive support to lead full lives.

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1 April, 2014

Government Announces North Island Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency

Te Pou Matakana - a new organisation born from the National Urban Māori Authority (NUMA) has been selected to establish the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency for Te Ika a Māui (North Island) announced Minister for Whānau Ora, Tariana Turia today.

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1 April, 2014

Poroporoaki – Beverley Grammer

Minister for Disability Issues Tariana Turia is saddened at the passing of Beverley Grammer, a passionate advocate for the disability community.

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31 March, 2014

Poroporoaki ki a Patrick Wikiriwhi Thompson

Minister for Disability Issues, Tariana Turia says it has been distressing to hear of the untimely passing of Patrick Wikiriwhi Thompson (Ngāti Pāoa/Ngāti Whangaunga).

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26 March, 2014

It’s My Life Smokefree Summit - A By Youth For Youth Smokefree Festival Day

I have to admit to a great sense of excitement about the purpose of this smokefree summit.

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25 March, 2014

National Tamariki Ora Conference

I am really pleased to be with you this morning at this National Tamariki Ora conference. It is a perfect opportunity to be able to recognise the contribution that Well Child Tamariki Ora makes to the health and wellbeing of our tamariki mokopuna.

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25 March, 2014

Hikoi Koutou Charitable Trust – Waka Launch

There are some days that stand out above the rest. 8 November 2010 was one of those days.

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22 March, 2014

Maori Pharmacists Association Hui a Tau

I am so pleased to learn of the Hiwinui Heke scholarship that has been established for Maori students showing excellence in pharmacy study, a very fitting tribute to remind us of his great legacy.

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18 March, 2014

New Zealand Down Syndrome Association T4T High Tea for World Down Syndrome Day

Disability Commissioner, Paul Gibson - Your President, Shelley Waters, National Executive Officer, Zandra Vaccarino, members and supporters of the New Zealand Down Syndrome Association.

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17 March, 2014

Orientation for Maori and Pasifika Trades Training Students at Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec)

I want to thank Kura Moeahu and Waiwhetu Marae for the warmth of your welcome. It is always good to return to this marae, a marae which lives up to its name, Aroha ki te tangata.

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13 March, 2014

South Island Whanau Ora Commissioning Agency Announced

Minister for Whanau Ora Tariana Turia announced today that the organisation Te Putahitanga o Te Waipounamu will be the Whanau Ora Commissioning Agency for the South Island.

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13 March, 2014

Associate Minister of Health welcomes the ASH Year 10 Survey which shows a decline in youth smoking

Associate Minister of Health Tariana Turia welcomes the latest ASH Year 10 Survey results which shows a continual decline in youth smoking.

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7 March, 2014

Government selects prominent Pasifika Health NGO for Whanau Ora Commissioning Agency

A leading health organisation devoted to improving the health of Pasifika peoples has been selected to establish a Whanau Ora Commissioning Agency, that will be known as Pasifika Futures announced Minister for Whanau Ora Tariana Turia and Minister for Pacific Island Affairs Peseta Sam Lotu-liga today.

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4 March, 2014

Le Va Growing Pacific Solutions 2.0 Conference

As we gather here today, at this national conference in Growing Pacific solutions, I want to acknowledge some of the shakers and movers who have helped to shape the agenda of these two days.

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25 February, 2014

Associate Minister of Health praises those trying to quit smoking

Associate Minister of Health Tariana Turia has praised a group of smokers who are trying to quit the habit with the use of nicotine replacement therapy.

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21 February, 2014

Pacifica Women’s National Conference

I want to acknowledge the nations that you call home and the birth waters of the Pacific Ocean that is the umbilical cord that connects us and creates our whakapapa ties.

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21 February, 2014

Minister for Whanau Ora congratulates the Taumarunui Community Kokiri Trust

Minister for Whanau Ora Tariana Turia has congratulated the Taumarunui Community Kokiri Trust for its delivery of Whanau Ora initiatives. The Taumarunui Community Kokiri Trust has just celebrated 25 years of service to the community. The organisation has been operating since 1989 delivering a range of services with a focus on the holistic development and wellbeing of whanau, hapu and iwi including an early childhood centre, smoking cessation, aged care, mental health and tamariki ora.

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20 February, 2014

Launch of Quit Bus

You have come together to achieve a shared purpose. You are all to be commended for the fortitude, the foresight and the focus that you have demonstrated in your quest to safeguard the hauora of your people.

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12 February, 2014

Minister for Disability Issues congratulates Attitude Pictures

Minister for Disability Issues Tariana Turia has congratulated Attitude Pictures who have been awarded the online broadcast rights for the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.

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11 February, 2014

First Reading of the Smoke-free Environments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment Bill

Mr Speaker, I move, that the Smoke-free Environments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment Bill be now read a first time. I nominate the Health Select Committee to consider the Bill.

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10 February, 2014

Inaugural Maori and Indigenous Suicide Prevention Symposium

It is a great honour to be in the presence of our Governor General, His Excellency Lieutenant General the Right Honourable Sir Jerry Mateparae.

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29 January, 2014

Māori & Pasifika Trades Training scales up

The Government today announced the first seven groups selected for the expansion of the Māori and Pasifika Trades Training initiative.

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14 January, 2014

Report on health and social needs of the Chatham Islands released

Hon Tariana Turia, the Associate Minister of Health has released ‘Wharekauri, Rēkohu, Chatham Islands Health and Social Needs’ at a community hui on the Chatham Islands. The report provides an overview of the health and social needs of the Chatham Islanders and the services that are available to meet them. It identifies gaps in the services and discusses options to address these.

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19 December, 2013

Whanau Ora Commissioning Agencies to be announced next year

Minister of Whanau Ora Tariana Turia said today that a decision on the commissioning agencies for Whanau Ora will be announced in the new year.

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19 December, 2013

Launch of Te Ara Whakapiki Taitamariki (Results from the Youth 2012 Survey - Maori Students)

I want to thank Nikora Lanifole and the roopu from Hato Petera who have welcomed us here today who provided a perfect foundation from which to launch this report.

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17 December, 2013

Aniva Whitireia Pacific Nursing Leaders Fellowship Programme - Graduation Ceremony

I would like to acknowledge all the dignitaries from your communities tonight. I would also like to mihi to Ben Makisi and to my friend Arthur Anae and to Carmel Sepuloni.

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17 December, 2013

First Reading For Tobacco Plain Packaging Bill Early 2014

Associate Minister of Health Tariana Turia announced today that the Smoke-free Environments (Tobacco Products and Packaging) Amendment Bill has been lodged with the Clerk of the House, ready for a first reading soon after Parliament resumes in the new year.

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12 December, 2013

Funding available for Maori housing initiatives

Associate Minister of Housing Tariana Turia today announced the opening of a new infrastructure grant fund for developing Maori land as well as changes to an existing proposal development programme to better support Maori housing initiatives.

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