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Delivered by Louise Cole, DIA Regional Manager; on behalf of the Minister

Tena koutou nga mana whenua, nga iwi kainga, Ngati Kahungunu, Rongomaiwahine, Rakaipaaka, Tuhoe Potiki ki Waikaremoana, Ngati Pahauwera; tena koutou katoa. Na koutou te whakaruruhau mo tenei hui.

Your honour the Mayor, Les Probert.

My parliamentary colleague, Chris Tremain.

E nga rangatira whakahaere i te hui, tena koutou.

  • Tariana Turia
  • Community and Voluntary Sector

In a major policy speech to Massey University’s Centre for Defence Studies in May 2009, I set out three reasons why the Government went into the 2008 general election promising a major review of Defence.

First, we needed to more clearly understand how defence contributed to our security, both within our region and in respect of advancing our interests in the wider international context.

  • Wayne Mapp
  • Defence

We’re here today to release a significant survey – one which, for the first time in 21 years, gives us a clear and up-to-date picture of the state of oral health in New Zealand.

Overall, the survey shows that the oral health of New Zealanders has improved over time.

It validates the improvements in oral health shown in the annual monitoring of the school dental service.

The Government spends over $100 million each year on providing free dental care to children and teenagers.

  • Peter Dunne
  • Health

Good afternoon and thank you for inviting me to be here with you today.

When your Chairman, Stephen Eagles invited me to speak today, he reminded me of our first meeting in Manchester back in 1994.

At the time Stephen was contemplating a move to New Zealand.

He tells me that I promoted New Zealand to him as a country with an economy with firm foundations based on long-sighted policies.

I am pleased to have been so influential.

Sixteen years ago, Stephen and I sat and discussed the economic prospects of New Zealand.

  • Peter Dunne
  • Revenue

Mr Speaker, I move that the National Animal Identification and Tracing Bill be now read a first time. 

At the appropriate time, I intend to move that the Bill be considered by the Primary Production Select Committee.
Mr Speaker, New Zealand has a highly effective biosecurity system to manage the risks posed by harmful organisms, including the risks to our very important livestock industries. 

  • David Carter
  • Biosecurity

Delivered by Hon Nathan Guy on behalf of the Minister

Hon NATHAN GUY (Minister of Internal Affairs)256GUY, Hon NATHAN21:59:32 I move, That the Smoke-free Environments (Controls and Enforcement) Amendment Bill be now read a first time.

At the appropriate time I intend to move that the bill be referred to the Health Committee for consideration and report back by 8 April 2011.

  • Tariana Turia
  • Health

In May this year, the Government announced a significant funding boost for business research and development (R&D). $234m over four years was set aside in new money for several initiatives.

All this was done with a view to grow New Zealand’s economy through science and innovation.

It is very clear to us that New Zealand can only be a player on the world stage if we know how to outsmart the competition.

  • Wayne Mapp
  • Science and Innovation

I acknowledge the significance of this location in the rohe of Ngati Ruanui; and recognise also the peoples of Tangahoe and Pakakohi.

Your honour the Mayor, Ross Dunlop, Trustees of Taranaki E-learning; Graduates, tutors and whanau.


There is a by-line on the South Taranaki District Council website which brands South Taranaki as being ‘alive with opportunity’.

This week is an absolute demonstration of the veracity of this claim.

  • Tariana Turia
  • Community and Voluntary Sector

First let me acknowledge our generous hosts, the people of Mexico.

Madam President, Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen.

New Zealand is committed to playing a constructive role in these negotiations to help secure a global, legally-binding and comprehensive agreement on climate change.

We come to this conference committed to meeting our Kyoto commitments.

We are the first country outside of Europe to have successfully introduced an emissions trading scheme.

73% of our electricity comes from renewables and our policy is 90% by 2025.

  • Nick Smith
  • Climate Change Issues

I want to firstly acknowledge the significance of this moment; and to recognise a number of individuals and organisations who will be associated with this day.

And so I stand here today, to honour the words, the commitment and the inspiration provided by:

  • Tariana Turia
  • Disability Issues

Welcome to Parliament.

I want to start by extending my thanks to Professor Andy Buchanan, the Timber Design Society and NZ Wood for your long-standing commitment to providing your expertise and services to this industry.

Forestry is critical to New Zealand’s growth agenda.

It is New Zealand’s third largest merchandise export earner, accounting for 10 percent of all merchandise exports and generating around $4 billion in export revenues a year. The forest industry also contributes around 2.8 percent of GDP.

  • David Carter
  • Forestry

Thank you for inviting me here today to close your conference.

But more importantly thank you for your commitment to Rural Support Trusts.

It has been a busy year – droughts, floods, storms and earthquakes.

Unfortunately, I am unable to stand here and tell you that it is going to get any easier; instead it looks like you are in for a busy summer.

Tomorrow I’m heading to Northland – where it’s my expectation I will see a very serious situation.

  • David Carter
  • Agriculture

It’s great to be here today as both the Minister Responsible for Archives New Zealand, and as the MP for Otaki. Of course a big chunk of my electorate is part of the Horowhenua and Horizons Regional Council.

As the Minister, I’m well aware of how important it is we preserve our public records.

In a democracy, public records help protect the rights and entitlements of citizens. They support accountability, transparency, and evidence-based decision making.

  • Nathan Guy
  • Archives New Zealand

 I welcome this timely visit of the OECD to New Zealand.  Over the last two years we have made the most significant fundamental changes that New Zealand’s science and innovation systems have seen in the last 20 years.  These changes, although important, are only steps in a continuous journey of improvement.

The OECD has provided invaluable information and input around best practice in science and innovation policy.

In June I met the OECD’s Deputy Secretary-General and Chief Economist, Pier Carlo Padoan. 

  • Wayne Mapp
  • Science and Innovation

I want to acknowledge Anthony Hill, the Health and Disability Commissioner and Tania Thomas, Deputy Commissioner Disability for your kind invitation to speak at this hui.

I am pleased to be part of what can only be described as a stellar cast of speakers.

There is nothing quite as enticing as a conference promo that suggests this will be a “conference like never before”.

I can well believe it.

  • Tariana Turia
  • Disability Issues

We’re here this evening to acknowledge the work of Firefighters in Canterbury during what so easily could have been a human tragedy.

It’s appropriate that I say a few words on what was a human tragedy, the Pike River Mine disaster.

Tragedies are part of the work a firefighter but nothing can prepare us for an event of this scale, particularly when our own are affected.

  • Nathan Guy
  • Internal Affairs

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The stage I stand on today is a small stage – too small to hold the four million New Zealanders who would like to express their deepest sympathy this afternoon, and show solidarity with this community at the time of its greatest suffering.

But you can rest assured that those four million people are behind you today as they have been since that fateful afternoon almost two weeks ago.

New Zealanders as a whole are not an overly-religious people and are not given to public outbursts of emotion.

  • John Key
  • Prime Minister

It is only fitting that when we celebrate the work of Family Start Manukau, we celebrate Dame June Jackson – and we celebrate with her the rich diversity of the community embraced within your service.

Today is a day to recognise the hard work, inspiration and commitment of so many people who have made Family Start Manukau what it is today.

In particular I want to acknowledge the three founding organisations who have invested so much in this group– Te Hononga o Tamaki me Hoturoa PHO; Ta Pasefika Health Care Trust; and the Plunket Society.

  • Tariana Turia
  • Social Development and Employment

Good morning. Thank you Jim (Cotman) for the introduction.

Here in the Waikato, I certainly don’t need to tell this audience how vitally important the dairy industry is to the New Zealand economy.

As I’ve said previously, South Africa has diamonds, Australia has minerals, Saudi Arabia has oil – and in New Zealand we have farming based on pasture.

Dairy holds the lion’s share of our primary production system.

  • David Carter
  • Agriculture

Good afternoon everyone – it’s great to be here today.

Today I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Meghan Coppage and the students of Room 21 at Kelston Primary School.

One of the first things I learnt since becoming Associate Minister of Education is that being Deaf is a difference, not a disability.

You are proud of your unique language and values.  You are proud to be part of a passionate and energetic Deaf community.  Most importantly you are proud of who you are. 

  • Rodney Hide
  • Education

Thank you very much for inviting me to be here with you today.

I am especially delighted to be part of tonight’s proceedings honouring leadership in an organisation whose objectives align so closely with my own and those of the Government.

Tonight, we pay tribute to a small group of your members who have demonstrated excellence in leadership, but I want to talk about the leadership that NZICA itself demonstrates in the accounting community in New Zealand and even beyond our borders.

  • Peter Dunne
  • Revenue

(delivered on behalf of Minister Turia by Hannah O'Donnell)

I want to thank Sid Ashton, the Chair of the Board of the Commission and Trevor Garrett, the Chief Executive Officer, for organising today’s forum.

I am genuinely pleased to be invited to speak to your Annual General Meeting for 2010.

  • Tariana Turia
  • Community and Voluntary Sector

Good afternoon.

I’d like to acknowledge the members of the judiciary and the legal profession for being here today for the official opening of the Papakura - Pukekohe Public Defence Service.

The opening of this branch is significant because it marks the completion of the PDS rollout to the Auckland region.

It’s a journey which began back in 2004 when the idea of using an in-house, high-quality legal aid service, through the use of salaried staff rather than contracted lawyers, was trialled in the Auckland and Manukau courts.

  • Simon Power
  • Justice

It’s great to be here with you this afternoon.

As well as being Minister for Tertiary Education, I’m also Minister of Transport so it’s like the stars have aligned for me today.

We’re here to discuss two things that I am particularly passionate about – adult literacy and improving Auckland’s transport network, specifically through the construction of the Victoria Park Tunnel.

On the face of it they might seem unrelated.

They’re not. 

  • Steven Joyce
  • Tertiary Education