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30 June, 2015

Inclusive NZ Our Place Conference

Welcome everyone, it is a pleasure to be here. This conference is a fantastic opportunity for us to gather together and generate great new ideas and launch new initiatives that will lead to stronger communities.

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30 June, 2015

Superu conference speech

It is an absolute pleasure to open Superu’s Evidence to Action Conference. The theme this year – How do you know you’re making a difference on the ground?’ – reflects one of the key questions behind the governments social investment approach, and reinforces the importance of Superu’s role in commissioning research that evaluates the impact of social sector programmes.

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30 June, 2015

The future of global trade: US and NZ as partners in the asia pacific: completing the TPP negotiation

I would like to thank our two co-chairs, the Hon Simon Power, Chair of the NZ-US Council and Stu Van Soyoc, President of the US-based counterpart organisation for assuming joint responsibility for the Partnership Forum.

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28 June, 2015

Implementing Medicines New Zealand 2015 to 2020 - the Medicines Strategy Action Plan

Good evening and welcome to the launch of Implementing Medicines New Zealand, the new medicines action plan.

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26 June, 2015

Opening address - 2015 Otago Foreign Policy School

I want to start by stating the glaringly obvious. In international relations, size matters. It is not the only thing, but in reality the bigger you are, and the more resources you have, the more options you have.

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26 June, 2015

Harmful Digital Communications Bill - Third Reading Speech

Cyberbullying is a real and growing problem. It’s not a minor issue confined to a small group of people. One-in-five New Zealanders aged 13-30 years have experienced harmful communications on the internet. We need to do something to stem these new and insidious threats.

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25 June, 2015

Annual John Howard Lecture to Menzies Research Centre

Thank you for inviting me tonight. It’s a pleasure to be here in Australia. What happens over here, and what people are thinking, affects New Zealand profoundly.

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25 June, 2015

Opening of the Oete Farms new goat milking facility

Apparently Captain James Cook had a taste for goat milk, and took a goat along with him on his maiden voyage to New Zealand. This was the beginning of a long established history of goat milk in this country.

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23 June, 2015

Speech to the Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee, Te Papa, Wellington

This is my first key opportunity speaking to members of the maternity sector. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your commitment and dedication in providing important healthcare services to New Zealanders.

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22 June, 2015

New Masterton Needle Exchange Premises

It is my privilege to be here today to celebrate the opening of The Drugs, Health and Development Project Trust’s (DHDP) new Masterton premises.

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18 June, 2015

Address to the 2015 Government Information Systems (GOVIS) Forum, Wellington

I congratulate the organisers of the conference on the choice of topic: building trust. There is nothing more important than trust for the effective functioning of a democracy. There is nothing harder to restore once trust is lost. There is no greater risk to the improvement of public services through the use of improved ICT than lack of trust.

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17 June, 2015

Speech for World Refugee Day

I am very pleased to be here to mark World Refugee Day, being officially held on Saturday.

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15 June, 2015

NZ Symposium on Disaster Risk Reduction opening address

It’s a pleasure to be here at the first-ever New Zealand Symposium on Disaster Risk Reduction.

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12 June, 2015

NZMA General Practitioners Conference

I want to acknowledge the New Zealand Medical Association and Conference Matters for organising this conference year after year and for the critical role primary care plays in improving population health outcomes and lifting performance across the health sector.

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11 June, 2015

Farmer Wellness Big Breakfast – Fieldays speech

We know there are plenty of challenges this year, as there always is with farming. Fickle weather and Global commodity fluctuations, to name just a few. These are all a part of farming life. This National Government backs rural communities and this can be easily demonstrated by the recent Budget.

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10 June, 2015

National Statement – 8th session of the Conference of States Parties

I am delighted to be attending my first Conference of States Parties in my role as Minister for Disability Issues. This is a role which allows me to advocate for persons with disabilities at the highest levels of Government.

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4 June, 2015

Speech to the New Zealand Initiative launch of Un(ac)countable: Why millions on maths returned little

As the Minister of Education speaking at the launch of a report that is critical of the education system I confess to feeling a little like Marie Antoinette approaching the guillotine.

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2 June, 2015

Speech to Primary Care Symposium, Te Papa, Wellington

Primary care plays a crucial role in improving the health outcomes of New Zealanders, and lifting performance across the health sector.

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29 May, 2015

Opening address to the International Transport Forum in Leipzig, Germany

It is a privilege to be here as the Minister representing the Presidency country, New Zealand. I would like to acknowledge France as last year’s Presidency country, and also recognise Denmark as the Presidency country for 2016.

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22 May, 2015

‘Ethics in Practice’ Conference

As Associate Minister of Health with the relatively new delegation of ethics committees, it is my pleasure to be here – I have found my responsibility in this area to be engaging, thought provoking, and of critical importance to the wider health sector.

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22 May, 2015

Building better connections between Asia and the Pacific

I am delighted to have the opportunity to speak at this International Conference on the Future of Asia. New Zealand considers itself very much an active country of this region.

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21 May, 2015

Vote Education – Budget 2015 Presentation to Education Cross Sector Forum

Hi everyone. It’s great to see you all again this afternoon. Some of you are new to this lock-up; others have been here before. Regardless, I welcome you all and thank you for your ongoing commitment to education and to the future for all our children and young people.

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21 May, 2015

Budget Speech

It’s a privilege to present the National-led Government’s seventh Budget. New Zealand has come through significant challenges and is now a more confident and resilient country than it was seven years ago. Successive Budgets have sought to put New Zealand on a track to surplus and debt reduction, and as a result the Government’s books are in good shape.

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19 May, 2015

Address to Open Day Two of the 2015 Identity Conference

I want to start this morning by looking at how far we have come over the last 20 years or so managing identity and privacy, where we are headed and the Government’s focus on digital delivery.

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14 May, 2015

Speech to the Timber Design Conference dinner, Christchurch

This is the first time I have had the opportunity to talk with you all as a group since the election and since again taking responsibility for the forestry portfolio.

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12 May, 2015

Fundraising Institute of New Zealand conference

Thank you for inviting me back to open your conference this year. I am pleased to be here with New Zealand’s most influential fundraisers and to speak to you as Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector.

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11 May, 2015

Taking the next steps towards a more sustainable and transparent ACC scheme

Last year, the ACC scheme turned 40. It has become a critical part of New Zealand’s economic and social fabric.

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11 May, 2015

Afforestation Grant Scheme Pre-Budget Announcement

The Afforestation Grant Scheme has significant environmental benefits over and above increased forest planting.

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10 May, 2015

More targeted approach to earthquake-prone buildings

One of the big challenges our Government has had to deal with has been the devastating Christchurch earthquakes. The Prime Minister has made the recovery and rebuild of Christchurch one of the four key priorities for our Government and all credit to the work of Gerry Brownlee and my Canterbury colleagues on the job they are doing to achieve this.

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