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22 August, 2014

Address to Tuhoe-Crown Settlement Day in Taneatua

I address you all, as descendants of Chiefs. As the descendants of the statesmen and stateswoman of these homelands, the tangata whenua of Te Urewera. I address you the people of the Iwi – Tūhoe.

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22 August, 2014

Midwinter Dialogues Speech

It has been three years since I last spoke to you all, and much has happened since then. In 2011, the Christchurch rebuild was forefront in our minds.

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20 August, 2014

Speech launching new rehabilitation service

It is a pleasure to be here in Auckland this morning to launch this exciting new primary healthcare service. STAR (Specialist Treatment and Rehabilitation) demonstrates innovation that will deliver specialised health services for patients with chronic and long term conditions.

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20 August, 2014

Speech to launch women’s health research trust fund in Wellington

This is a great opportunity to discuss the opportunities and challenges of women’s health in New Zealand, and to acknowledge the work of the Women’s Health Research Centre in meeting these challenges.

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18 August, 2014

Midlands Region Pacific Provider Network (Aere Tai Network)

It is so wonderful to see the support from far and wide to celebrate and mark this important milestone for the health and wellbeing of Pasifika peoples and our Pacific communities.

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15 August, 2014

First World War commemorative museum exhibition announced

Wellington’s landmark Dominion Museum Building will be home to a temporary First World War commemorative museum exhibition, developed by Sir Peter Jackson, from April 2015 and through the duration of the centenary period.

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14 August, 2014

Speech to Thoroughbred Racing Horse of the Year

It’s fantastic to be here this evening to celebrate the best of thoroughbred racing in New Zealand.

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14 August, 2014

Launch of E Tū Whānau Charter of Commitment and Kahukura Awards Dinner

I am so pleased to be here with the Māori Reference Group of the Taskforce for Action on Family Violence and to be gathered in this place, to recognise such a significant – indeed a historic milestone.

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13 August, 2014

Speech: New Zealand Disability Support Network Annual Awards Cocktail Function

There are many reasons why I am so pleased to be with you tonight. First and foremost it is a great pleasure to have watched the progress of the New Zealand Disability Support Network since I officially launched it four years ago in 2010.

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12 August, 2014

Speech: DANA Conference speech

The National Government’s business growth agenda has six streams focusing on the inputs businesses need to succeed and grow: export markets, capital markets, innovation, skilled and safe workplaces, natural resources and infrastructure.

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7 August, 2014

Speech to Pipfruit New Zealand's annual conference

Today I want to say a few words about my portfolio, and on some of the big challenges and opportunities facing your industry.

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7 August, 2014

Address to the Environmental Defence Society Navigating Our Future conference

A historic weakness in New Zealand is that our environmental discussions occur in one room and the economic discussions in another. EDS does a better job of bringing those important debates together than any other organisation and that makes these annual discussions important.

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1 August, 2014

Speech opening $7 million extension at Elizabeth Knox Home in Auckland

It is great to be back here, after I opened the first stage of this site in 2011. This is another stage in the story of this hospital – which was formally recognised as a hospital in 1939 when it began accepting returning wounded or sick soldiers.

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30 July, 2014

Signing of Agreement - Disabled People’s Organisations and Chief Executives Group on Disability Issues

Ever since my valedictory speech last Thursday, I have been even more aware of the significance of certain achievements and experiences I have gathered during my eighteen years in Parliament. It is absolutely clear to me that the progress that I have watched so keenly in the disability sector has been one of those ‘stand-out’ moments for me of my time here.

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30 July, 2014

Speech to NZ Winegrowers function

It’s great to be here tonight to launch this report on the economic contribution wine makes to New Zealand.

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29 July, 2014

Centenary of New Zealand entering the First World War

I move, that this House recognise that on the 4th of August 2014, we will mark the centenary of New Zealand entering the First World War.

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28 July, 2014

Speech to Red Meat Sector conference

Good evening and thank you for the opportunity to address you all tonight. Following some challenging years, there are strong indications of improved results for many companies in the sector this year

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28 July, 2014

Launch of Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency

I have been so looking forward to being with you today, to celebrate the transformation that we see already evident in Te Pūtahitanga o Te Wai Pounamu.

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27 July, 2014

Speech to The Prostate Cancer Foundation in Wellington

Thank you for inviting me to your annual conference. It is my pleasure to be here to express my support for your organisation and to hear how your work is progressing.

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24 July, 2014

Translation of First Reading Speech: Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill

Mr Speaker, I move that the Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill be now read a first time. I nominate the Māori Affairs Committee to consider the bill.

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24 July, 2014

Third Reading: Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau Collective Redress Bill Parliament House, Wellington

It is with immense pleasure that I welcome for the last time into this House, the kāhui rangatira of Tāmaki-makau-rau.

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24 July, 2014

Address to the BDO Tax Conference

Taxation is a necessary part of society as long as government is required to provide services such as health, education, police, social welfare and rebuilding Christchurch.

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24 July, 2014

Speech to West Coast Minerals Forum

The minerals industry is important for New Zealand. The sector plays a major role in our economy and contributes more than $1 billion to our GDP. It is highly productive, provides high-reward jobs for New Zealanders, produces vital materials for industry, and adds significantly to our exports.

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24 July, 2014

Agcarm Annual Conference

As a farmer and a Minister, I know that the productivity of our land is critical to the wealth of our country and the ability to meet the aspirations of New Zealanders.

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24 July, 2014

Third Reading: Te Urewera-Tūhoe Bill Parliament House, Wellington

I am deeply honoured to welcome to this House, the sons and daughters of Maungapōhatu; the children of Hinepūkohurangi; and the descendants of Tūhoe-Pōtiki. I am honoured because this landmark legislation concludes its passage in the final weeks of my office as Minister of Māori Affairs. What a privilege to be part of such an historic process!

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24 July, 2014

Address to Zespri AGM

First, let me say that it is great to be in the Bay of Plenty region. This is one of New Zealand’s export powerhouses. The Port of Tauranga is New Zealand’s largest seaport for exports. With over 225 km of railway, this region is the most densely used section of the national rail network.

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22 July, 2014

Speech to GIA signing with NZ Pork

This is a historic day. It’s the result of the hard work over several years of both industry and government to realise the benefits of working in partnership.

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22 July, 2014

Speech to Local Government New Zealand

The relationship between central government and local government is one of partnership. We rely on each other to make good choices for our fellow New Zealanders.

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21 July, 2014

Speech: Association of Blind Citizens of New Zealand Inc

For Blind Citizens New Zealand, the lessons we have learnt from your example is a virtual spectrum of positive attitudes around the rights of blind and vision-impaired people.

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18 July, 2014

Speech to the Road Transport Forum

Today I want to speak on the government’s achievements in transport over the last three years and our future plans.

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