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Mr Speaker, I wish to make a ministerial statement relating to the Auckland fire.

Kia ora tatou katoa and Warm Pacific greetings to one and all.

Representatives of Tainui, the local people of the land, or manawhenua – the indigenous peoples of this area – have welcomed you this morning in accordance with local custom.

It is a pleasure to be here, and to have the honour of opening this important conference on behalf of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs.

Let me first thank all the new unionists and members in the room.

Te whare e tu nei

Te marae e takoto ana

Tena korua

E nga mate maha

Haere, haere, haere

Nga tangata whenua o tēnei rohe, o Te Whanganui-a-Tara tēnei ra te mihi

Tatou nga kanohi ora e hui mai ana

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.