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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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16 July, 2014

Public Health Association Māori Caucus Hui

I want to commend you on your disciplined approach to debating a vision for Māori health for determining the actions that must occur if Māori health is to progress and prosper and articulating ideas around how the interest of Māori can be best represented and realised.

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10 July, 2014

Keynote address at NetHui

The theme of this conference, the next 25 years of the Internet, is certainly topical when you consider how essential the Internet has become to our economic and social lives in a very short time.

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8 July, 2014

Address to the India NZ Business Council

Around the world, friends of India, strategists, business groups and others are all starting to ask a rather important question. With the landslide victory of the BJP over Congress, we have seen a shift in the political tectonic plates. What implications will this have, if any, for India’s approach to international economic negotiations?

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7 July, 2014

Launch of Te Pou Matakana – Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency

It is a real privilege to be here with people that I have such respect for - those of you who have been there all the way through our lives.

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6 July, 2014

Te Kupenga Hauora Ahuriri - Celebrating 20 Years

There is nothing more uplifting than to look around this room at the past board members and trustees, current board members and staff, health professionals, legal and financial advisors and friends of Te Kupenga Hauora Ahuriri.

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5 July, 2014

Opening of Te Waiora Community Health Service

I want to thank Tawhiti Kunaiti – the Māori Health Manager of Central PHO and Project Manager for Te Waiora – for your invitation to join with you on such a special milestone day.

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3 July, 2014

Launch of the National Stop Smoking Practitioner Qualification and National Training Service

In three weeks time, at about this time of the day, I will stand to deliver my valedictory speech after 18 years in Parliament.

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2 July, 2014

Health and Disability Commissioner Fourth National Disability Conference

Much has happened since I opened your first National Disability Conference in 2010. We have much to celebrate – but also much to anticipate in terms of the expectations we should continue to have about enjoying a very different future for disabled New Zealanders.

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2 July, 2014

Address to the NZ China Centre Conference

Thank you for this opportunity to address the NZ China Centre at my old Alma Mater, Victoria University.

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20 June, 2014

Te Puna Oranga Launch of Sexual Violence Prevention Resources

I am thrilled to be with you tonight; at this very important launch – and to celebrate with you and congratulate you on an amazing milestone in reaching thirty years.

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20 June, 2014

Launch of He Korowai Oranga – Māori Health Strategy

There could be no better time to be launching He Korowai Oranga than at the Māori New Year.

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20 June, 2014

Speech to ‘The Great Adventure’ Tourism Leaders’ Conference

The path we are on will see New Zealand take the international lead in the adventure tourism and outdoors sector.

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