Pacific Peoples

Ministers

- Associate Minister
Speech

Introductory remarks as Chair

This is an important and timely meeting. Here in New York the climate conversation has shifted from positions and negotiations, to action and ambition. The discussion about science and impacts and commitments is no longer controversial. Most of the world has now turned to action. Many of us here have set our sights on 1.5 degrees, a goal which resonates so strongly in the Pacific region.

Speech

It is a privilege to be here today at the inaugural ministerial meeting of the Group of Friends of the Victims of Terrorism. And I’d like to convey our warm thanks to the governments of Afghanistan and Spain for their leadership on this important issue.

The 15th of March 2019 is forever etched into the psyche of our peoples. New Zealand experienced its worst ever terrorist attack in which 51 individuals were killed – men, women and children – and dozens more injured in attacks against our Muslim community when they were worshipping in two mosques in the city of Christchurch.

Speech

Moderator, your Excellencies.
We in New Zealand remain deeply committed to supporting the Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols, which form the core of the body of international humanitarian law, applicable to armed conflicts.

Speech

Your Excellencies, good afternoon, tēnā koutou, warm Pacific greetings for you all.
I thank you for this opportunity to reaffirm Aotearoa New Zealand’s commitment to universal health coverage.
New Zealand believes firmly in the objectives of today’s event, the acceleration of progress towards achieving universal health coverage to build a healthier world for all.

Speech

Kia Ora and Warm Pacific Greetings.
The IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land is unequivocal: reducing greenhouse gas emissions from all sectors is essential if global warming is to be kept to well below 2°C, if not 1.5°C. Changes to the global agriculture and food system are necessary if we are to address climate change, eliminate hunger and halt biodiversity loss.

Speech

Mr Secretary-General, it has been New Zealand’s honour to work with China in assisting you to prepare for your Summit.
The commitments on Nature-Based Solutions have demonstrated the significant action under way, working with nature to increase resilience and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But more than that, the commitments and initiatives will also protect biodiversity, strengthen food security and underpin sustainable livelihoods around the globe.

Speech

Kia Ora. Ni hao ma. Greetings and Warm Pacific Greetings.

It has been an honour to work with China and other coalition members to assist the Secretary-General in preparing for his Climate Action Summit. Nature-Based Solutions for climate change are something New Zealand has a strong focus on, and we look forward to working with many of you here to further this agenda.

Speech

Kia Ora, Ni hao ma, Warm Pacific Greetings.
In co-leading the Nature-Based Solutions pillar, we realised that for many people nature is not top of mind when thinking about climate action. And we realised, too, that nature is sometimes thought about as “out there”, in the countryside or forests or oceans, not here in the heart of cities where over half of us live.

Speech

Madame Chair, the Deputy Prime Minister of Samoa. My fellow ministerial colleagues from across the Pacific region. SPREP and CROP officials present, ladies and gentlemen. Let me underpin my comments with what’s been said in New Zealand, that the transition to a low emissions economy needs to happen on the scale of the industrial revolution, but at the speed of the digital revolution.

Speech

E nga mana, e nga iwi, e nga reo, e nga hau e wha, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa. Talofa lava, Kia orana tatou katoatoa, Malo e lelei, Fakalofa lahi atu, Taloha ni, Ni sa bula vinaka, Mauri, Bonjour, warm Pacific greetings to one and all.

Speech

Fa’afetai i lau Susuga ile fa’afeagaiga mo le tatou talosaga momoli.

Speech

Launch of Cook Islands Language Week, St Lukes Pacific Island Presbyterian Church, Tokoroa, 3 August 2019

Kia òràna tatou katoatoa.

Papa Turu. To the māmās and pāpās of the Tokoroa Cook Islands community. To the Samoan orator who greeted me, the mana whenua present, and your worship the mayor. It is such a fantastic pleasure to bask in the shining glory of the sixteenth star. You are the most southern of all the Cook Island stars.

Speech

Your Excellencies, It now falls on me to provide some closing remarks and to wish you safe travels.

I want to begin by acknowledging we have all gathered here at the invitation of the Indonesian Government, and none of us wanted to miss out on such an auspicious occasion. Thank you to our hosts for your generosity and hospitality.

Release

“The Wellbeing Budget has secured an unprecedented amount of new funding of over $113 million over four years to boost support for Pacific communities across Aotearoa New Zealand to achieve their vision of a confident, thriving, resilient and prosperous Pacific Aotearoa through Pacific-led solutions in education, health, languages & cultural, economic and community wellbeing,” says Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio.

Hon Aupito William Sio