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Ladies and gentlemen, NZCTU President Richard Wagstaff, members of respective unions – thank you for the invitation to speak to you today.

"Let’s start by acknowledging that it has been a huge year."

Police Association Annual Conference

Thank you for the opportunity to be here to present certificates to the 16 graduates who have completed a beekeeping course delivered by the Howard League.

As the Minister for ACC I thank you all for the work that you do supporting New Zealanders in their literally most vulnerable moments.

Today’s topic, “trends and opportunities for the New Zealand economy,” is certainly one getting a great deal of commentary at the moment.

I would really like to acknowledge Bishop Waitohiariki Quayle on her recent ordination as the first Anglican Māori Woman Bishop, first Indigenous Woman Bishop. He wāhine hūmārie.

It is a pleasure to see you all here today.

I thought I would use the opportunity to give you a sense of the direction of travel across my portfolios and how some of that work intersects with your interests.

I’m delighted to have this opportunity to address the NZEI conference, the first opportunity I’ve had to do so since I became Minister of Education almost two years ago.

Speech at Dargaville High School to mark the opening of first house built by the school's Trade Academy.

It is a pleasure to be here at this important gathering of Pacific public sector leaders.

Ko Ranginui ki runga,

Ranginui is the sky father above

Ko Papatuanuku ki raro

Papatuanuku is the earth mother below

Ko nga Atua tamariki katoa kei waenganui

Their many god children between

Kia ora koutou katoa

I was born in the 1980s, the decade of big hair, big shoulders and big reforms.

A decade where New Zealand went through a period of rapid privatisation and economic liberalisation.

I greet you in te reo Māori, language of the tangata whenua, or first people, of Aotearoa New Zealand.

E ngā mana, e ngā reo Prestigious people, speakers of note
E ngā rangatira mā Chiefly leaders
Tēna koutou kātoa Greetings to you all

 

E mihi ana ki te rangi

E mihi ana ki te whenua

E mihi ana ki ngā maunga

Speechnotes for the First Reading of the Arms Legislation Bill, Parliament

Introduction and overview

Mr Speaker

Tena koutou katoa, thank you for the opportunity to be here today.

One of my priorities out of Paris has been to develop a shared crisis response protocol – a shared set of expectations and understandings on who to contact and how to do it, should there be another attack like Christchurch.

Recently in New Zealand our journalists, like many around the world, took part in the Covering Climate Now campaign.

Earlier this year I visited the remote atolls of Tokelau in the South Pacific.

With a population of 1,500 people that is only accessible by boat, they have a story not often heard but a message that must be shared.

E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā iwi, e ngā rau rangatira mā

Tēnā koutou katoa

Konnichi wa

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, ka nui te mihi kia koutou.

Thank you Bruce for your introduction, and welcome everyone.  

I want to thank the Water New Zealand board and staff for assembling such a comprehensive list of domestic and international three waters experts.