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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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8 May, 2015

Official opening of the Auckland South Corrections Facility, Kohuora

We are at a crossroads. Do we really want to lock up our prisoners and throw away the key? Some people say we should, I do not.

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5 May, 2015

Permanent Forum on International Pharmaceutical Crime (PFIPC)

New Zealand’s Ministry of Health (Medsafe) and The Therapeutics Goods Administration of Australia are proud to be joint hosts for this meeting. New Zealand and Australia have a long and proud history of mutual co-operation.

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1 May, 2015

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

The Budget on 21st May will set out in detail the Treasury’s revised economic and fiscal forecasts as well as the Government’s decisions around new spending.

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30 April, 2015

Speech to the RFUANZ annual conference

Good morning and thank you for the invitation for me to speak to you today. I want to thank the Radio Frequency Users Association of New Zealand for organising this event and inviting me to speak again.

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29 April, 2015

Speech to Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarship Award ceremony

On behalf of the Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarship Fund Board, I wish to welcome you all here this evening.

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26 April, 2015

Speech to open of NZ-Dubai Business Seminar at the Dubai Chamber of Commerce

It’s a pleasure to be with you here in Dubai this morning to open this business seminar.

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26 April, 2015

Speech at Chunuk Bair

There are places on this peninsula whose names will never be forgotten. Each country remembers where their soldiers fought, and where they fell. Places where extraordinary bravery was shown, in unspeakable conditions.

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25 April, 2015

Foreign Minister Anzac Day remarks

In around eight hours from now, on the beach at Anzac Cove in Turkey, our Prime Minister, the Prime Minister of Australia and thousands of citizens of both countries, will gather to mark the landing of New Zealand and Australian forces that took place exactly one hundred years ago.

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25 April, 2015

Dawn Service Speech

On this beach, on this day, at this hour, exactly 100 years ago, the first Anzac troops came ashore.

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24 April, 2015

PM speech at Istanbul Peace Summit

One hundred years ago today, thousands of young New Zealand and Australian soldiers waited anxiously for the orders that would send them ashore in an attempt to secure the Gallipoli Peninsula.

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20 April, 2015

NZ’s Renewable Advantage, WGC Opening Address

Good morning and welcome to the World Geothermal Congress. It is a real pleasure to be here and I’m sure that, like me, you are all looking forward to a fascinating few days.

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20 April, 2015

Dedication of Australian Memorial in Pukeahu National War Memorial Park

It is a pleasure and it is also fitting to be here with my Australian counterpart today for the dedication of this magnificent memorial.

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18 April, 2015

Official opening of Pukeahu National War Memorial Park

Thank you all for being here to witness the official opening of this park as a place of commemoration and remembrance for the whole nation.

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16 April, 2015

Speech to Faster Cancer Treatment Forum, Te Papa, Wellington

Obviously cancer is a critical health issue for New Zealanders. It’s the country’s leading cause of death - cancer accounts for nearly a third of all deaths, and is a major cause of hospitalisation.

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14 April, 2015

Pre-Budget speech to Business New Zealand function

Like all New Zealanders, we have a shared interest in building a strong economy that provides opportunities for Kiwi families and businesses to get ahead here in their own country.

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14 April, 2015

Speech to Sport NZ’s annual conference, Auckland

It’s great to be here for Sport New Zealand’s annual sport and recreation conference – Connections.

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11 April, 2015

Speech at the 17th Bluegreens Forum

When the Bluegreens was founded 18 years ago, we had just two MPs. I was speaking this week to our co-founder Rob Fenwick, who sends his apologies and best wishes from home where he is battling cancer with chemo. He reminded me that we dreamed of a Bluegreens caucus of 10. Post-election 2014, we have trebled that. This growth is a tribute to the work of the executive and the leadership of people like Geoff Thompson.

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31 March, 2015

Akina Foundation LaunchPad

Many social enterprises are fledgling start-ups in New Zealand, and a challenge to our communities is to get behind them and take part in this social movement. Only that way will we inspire more businesses to consider the good of their communities alongside the profit of their business.

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31 March, 2015

Address to Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce on the launch of Inland Revenue’s Business Transformation

My thanks to the Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce for providing this opportunity to talk to you.

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30 March, 2015

Reflections on ISTP 2014

It is my great privilege to speak to you all at this fifth International Summit on the Teaching Profession 2015 here in Banff, Alberta, Canada.

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