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Acknowledgements

Morena koutou, good morning everyone.

It is our responsibility to be here today to record New Zealand’s strong commitment to the common endeavour of fostering respect for the right to freedom of religion and belief.

E ngā mana, e ngā reo, rau-rangatira mā Prestigious people, speakers of note, chiefs one and all

Welcome to Ambassadors and representatives from embassies in Washington, D.C. including Ambassador Rosemary Banks and the New Zealand Embassy, as well as US Government officials.

I just want to start by acknowledging our hosts, Kāuru Education Group, led by Te Whatanui Winiata, and also our three kaumatua from the Winiata family: Whatarangi Winiata, Francie Winiata and Margaret Winiata.

Our plan is to make sure the benefits of tourism are realised for our country and our people, while managing the impacts. Today I’m very pleased to announce the latest part of that plan. The Government will be investing nearly $12 million in co-funding from the Tourism Infrastructure Fund to help 25 councils around New Zealand make the most out of the opportunities tourism can bring.

I would like to thank you for the invitation to speak to you this afternoon.

I am pleased to contribute to your conference on community empowerment and collaboration today. Like you, I have been thinking a lot about what smart collaboration and partnering between our two layers of government looks like, and where it can lead us.

I’m pleased to host Te Māngai Paho’s 25th Anniversary here at Parliament alongside Dr Eruera Tarena, Chair of Te Māngai Pāho.

Welcome to the launch of the Government’s Industry Strategy in this age of change – the fourth industrial revolution.

Congratulations to Otago University for the 54th year of holding the Foreign Policy School, and to Dr Dennis Wesselbaum for organising this year’s forum.

Address to the Otago Foreign Policy School, June 29 2019

Kia ora tātou

It is a pleasure to formally announcement two significant decisions in the interest of Scott Base and our Antarctic interests.

Good afternoon. It’s been 18 years since I graduated from this great university.

Sir Don McKinnon, Chair of the NZ China Council and Patron of the Latin America Business Council

Thank you all for the opportunity to speak with you today and to talk about the future of rail in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Mr President, fellow delegates. I bring you special greetings from New Zealand’s Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, on the centenary of the ILO.

It is an honour to be here with you today to launch Te Whare Ohaoha, the Waikato Region Māori Economic Development Action Plan Refresh.

Today’s announcement is part of this Government’s commitment to tackling the long-term challenges facing New Zealand and to taking mental health seriously.

Release of the Defence Capability Plan 2019

We need to transform the settings and the framework of the education system. But we must also support the people within the education system. That is what restarting Te Kotahitanga was about.

New Zealanders are increasingly concerned about the environmental impacts of waste.

“Kara Puketapu began to call iwi representatives to Wellington: Tribal leaders, old and young, men and women, from each of the ten districts of Māoridom … We got into what I call organic policies—policies that actually came up from the people … Out of all that dynamic was born Te Kōhanga Reo.“