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17 April, 2014

The Christchurch Rebuild – Gaining Momentum: Speech to Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce

One of the National-led Government’s four main priorities this term is to support the rebuilding of this, our second-biggest city, and to stand beside the people of Canterbury.

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15 April, 2014

Second reading of the Fisheries (Foreign Charter Vessels and Other Matters) Amendment Bill

As members will remember, this legislation came from the Ministerial Inquiry led by the Hon Paul Swain. That Inquiry was set up following serious allegations of mistreatment of crew on foreign chartered vessels. It made a number of legislative and non-legislative recommendations to improve agency coordination, monitoring and compliance of foreign chartered vessels.

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15 April, 2014

Pre-Budget Speech to the Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce

Good afternoon. It’s a pleasure to be with you again today. I would like to thank John and Raewyn and their team at the Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce for inviting me to speak to you again this year. I also want to acknowledge the Chamber’s work in promoting the Wellington business community and in grappling with issues affecting businesses in the capital city.

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15 April, 2014

Speech: P3 Research event

I am delighted to be here tonight to celebrate the completion of renovations to P3 Research’s unit.

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14 April, 2014

Speech: 2014 Heart Foundation Forum

Good morning, it is my pleasure to be able to open the 2014 Heart Foundation Forum.

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14 April, 2014

Speech: SeniorNet

It is fantastic to see so many people here today - so many people who are embracing the ever-changing range of technologies, and teaching others to embrace them also.

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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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9 April, 2014

Speech: The Changing Face of the Working Population - How Employers Can Respond

The Chamber has a proud history as the district's leading business organisation for over one hundred years. I look forward to the contribution you will make over the next hundred.

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8 April, 2014

Speech to Irrigation NZ conference

Tonight I want to say a few words on the importance of irrigation to New Zealand’s future, and what the Government – and industry – can do to help it succeed.

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7 April, 2014

Sustainable Business Council and BusinessNZ Energy Council Breakfast

Today countries around the world are facing the same energy challenge – we want to continue to grow our economies and help our people to prosper, but we need to reduce our carbon emissions and respond to climate change.

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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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4 April, 2014

New Zealand Planning Institute Annual Conference

Good morning it’s great to be with you in Queenstown today.

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3 April, 2014

Speaking notes: Positive Ageing Expo

Thank you all for being here today, and thank you for inviting me to speak to you on a subject I love talking about – positive ageing and ageing positively.

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2 April, 2014

Speech to the North Harbour Club, North Harbour Stadium

Today I want to talk about the Budget, which will come out on 15 May.

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2 April, 2014

Block Offer 2014: Address to the Advantage NZ 2014 Geotechnical Petroleum Forum

It’s great to see so many people, including the many international guests, here today. I hope those of you from overseas have an opportunity to see some of the sights that our country is renowned for before you return home.

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1 April, 2014

Visit to South Waikato Health Centre

Kia Ora. Thank you for inviting me here today to celebrate the newly developed South Waikato Health Centre.

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1 April, 2014

Speech: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Transportation Working Group

Christchurch is one of New Zealand’s largest cities and has a rich and varied history, including becoming New Zealand's first city by Royal Charter in 1856.

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31 March, 2014

Speech to Allied Health, Scientific and Technical Professionals Conference

Thank you for the opportunity to open your fourth national conference, today here in Hamilton. Having studied your programme, I can see this conference will be a great opportunity to share ideas and to hear evidence about advanced practice by Allied Health Professionals.

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28 March, 2014

New Zealand productivity for the Colombian agricultural sector

In March last year I accompanied our Prime Minister John Key to your country where we had a very successful visit. Our Prime Minister and your President Santos built on their very warm relationship and both committed to our two countries working closer together.

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27 March, 2014

Speech: PreFabNZ Conference

Your 2014 conference is timely, given that New Zealand currently has a great surge in construction demand, much of which is in housing.

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26 March, 2014

Official Opening of the Chilean Field Days

Good morning. It is great to be back in Chile. This is my third trip to Latin America in just over a year, and my second trip to Chile and to this beautiful region.

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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

Address to Waitemata Lecture Series

Good evening and thank you for the invitation to talk about the work we are doing to improve the public health service in New Zealand.

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25 March, 2014

‘Give a kidney, change a life!’ resource launch

Thanks to Dr Tutone, and Nora, for your speeches earlier, and a special thanks to Kim for sharing your remarkable story about your own journey as a kidney donor.

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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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25 March, 2014

Address to Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand (AMINZ) Breakfast meeting on the new Family Disputes Resolution service

Thank you for this – very timely – opportunity to speak to you this morning about the Government’s reforms of New Zealand’s family justice system.

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24 March, 2014

Speech: Massey University’s Smokefree Summit

It’s a pleasure to be here today, and I thank Massey University for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this exciting event.

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24 March, 2014

Speech: TrustPower National Community Awards dinner

Thank you for inviting me to speak about the value of the voluntary sector to New Zealand, and to assist in presenting this evening’s awards.

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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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