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Good morning.  It’s my pleasure to host you in Parliament for this morning’s Block Offer awards for 2015.

It is clear that this has been a challenging year for the sector.  New Zealand has, along with the rest of the world, felt the ramifications of the global commodity price, which has been lower for longer as a result of increased supply and decreased demand.

  • Simon Bridges
  • Energy and Resources

Good evening,

You are here because we share a common belief – that cyber security is a critical issue for New Zealand.

I want to start out by saying that the Government is as committed to a secure, resilient and prosperous online New Zealand as you are.

And I’m here tonight to announce a step-change in the way we combat cyber threats.

  • Amy Adams
  • Communications

Good evening ladies and gentlemen,

It’s my pleasure to address this year’s New Zealand Law Foundation awards dinner.

At the risk of offending those I don’t name, I would like to acknowledge some of the dignitaries here this evening:

  • Amy Adams
  • Justice
  • Courts

Mr President,

Let me begin by again conveying my condolences to the victims of the attacks here in Paris, to the people of Paris and the French Republic.

The people of New Zealand stand with you and New Zealand remains committed to global efforts to counter terrorism.

Against that backdrop I would like to acknowledge what a significant moment this is.

Over 150 countries working together to address climate change.

  • John Key
  • Prime Minister

Good morning, thank you for the opportunity to talk with so many of you from your outstanding organisation.

As the words, Habitat, and, Humanity, in your name rightly proclaim, you provide a range of solutions from affordable housing and rental subsidies to budgeting advice and home repair programmes for low income families.

You understand, wherever it’s possible, the importance of keeping the dream of home ownership alive.

To wherever possible help the hardest-pressed people in our society from dependency to independency.

  • Paula Bennett
  • Social Housing

Kia ora tātou!

I am delighted to welcome you all here to the Banquet Hall of Parliament to celebrate the Honourable Dame Tariana Turia, and to launch her biography, as written by Helen Leahy.  It is a mark of the high esteem in which she is held that there are so many of you gathered here – from her school day friends; health workers; treaty activists; politicians right across the House; and everywhere there is whānau.

  • Te Ururoa Flavell
  • Maori Development


  • Linda Grennell, MWDI Chair
  • Areta Koopu, Previous Chair
  • Teresa Tepania Ashton, CEO
  • Rachel Petero, #Rise 2025 Founder
  • Teresa [Te Pania-Ashton] thank you for the introduction

Key messages:

  • Te Ururoa Flavell
  • Maori Development

Ko Hikurangi kei runga

Ko Ōtātara kei raro

Tutaekurī te awa e rere mai nei

Ngāti Paarau hapū

Ngāti Kahungunu iwi

Tēnā koutou katoa

E ngā uri o ngā maunga tiketike o te motu,

E ngā awa, e ngā moana,

E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karangatanga maha,

Tēnei te reo maioha e rere hāro nei ki a koutou.

  • Te Ururoa Flavell
  • Maori Development

Good morning everyone. It is always a pleasure to attend the New Zealand Racing Board’s AGM and to be with the people who have committed so much to this great industry.

I would like to acknowledge your Chair, Glenda Hughes, and your Chief Executive Officer, John Allen. Thank you for inviting me to speak. John, I’m sure you have found your first eight months at the helm of the New Zealand Racing Board exciting and challenging.

I would also like to acknowledge the chairs and chief executives of the three racing bodies:

  • Nathan Guy
  • Racing


President Dr Hein Stander, members of the ASMS - thank you for inviting me here today to address your conference.

Clinical engagement

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your contribution to improving health outcomes for New Zealanders.

I know it’s not an easy job, and everyone works extremely hard.

I appreciate your engagement on the most important issues in our health system.

  • Jonathan Coleman
  • Health

Good morning.

Thank you for inviting me to join you once again. Over the last few years it has always been my great pleasure to come and speak to you. 

Your role as payroll professionals and mine as Revenue Minister have a common interest in the smooth running of the tax system.  If it works well for you, then it’s working for me.

We all use the tax system at one time or another, whether it is paying income tax, child support, paying off a student loan or receiving tax credits, it all goes through the tax system.

  • Todd McClay
  • Revenue

It’s great to be here with you again.

First I want to say thank you. We have had an extremely busy year in the tax community. It has been a year of heavy lifting.

In just this year we’ve put out 14 consultation papers on policy, seen the introduction or passing of seven bills, and have been involved in the development of other legislation.

There has also been significant progress on the Business Transformation (BT) front from a tax administration point of view.  

That is huge. 

  • Todd McClay
  • Revenue

Raising the potential for digital technology to transform learning in New Zealand schools

Introduction - the Government’s vision for the future of digital education

New Zealand’s education system has long provided the foundation for the social and economic success of our country.  We know that differences in education and skills between countries explain the difference in rates of economic growth more than any other single factor.

  • Nikki Kaye
  • Education

E aku rangatira, tēnā koutou katoa. Ka nui te honore ki te mihi ki a koutou.

It is a pleasure to be here again to discuss challenges facing the dairy sector.

I have just been at the launch of ANZ’s Insights Report ‘Hungry for growth’ where I spoke about the key challenges of distance and scale for New Zealand’s food industry.

  • Jo Goodhew
  • Primary Industries

Distinguished guests,

It is my pleasure to speak here today. I want to thank the Development Research Centre (DRC) for inviting me here to participate at this Summit.

Today I will discuss the role that New Zealand, as a regional partner in the Asia Pacific, can play with China in meeting the challenges of food security and food safety.

As China liberalises its economy and raises living standards, its demand for raw materials and food for its 1.3 billion population will have a significant impact on global agricultural markets.

  • Nathan Guy
  • Primary Industries

Firstly I would like to start by acknowledging the following people from the UFBA here today:


your President, Mark Adie, and Vice-President, Russell Anderson;

your Chief Executive Officer, George Verry;

Deputy chair of the UFBA Board, Nigel Lilley and Board members Bill Butzbach, Glenn Williams, and Matt Cleaver;

Rick Braddock, Chairperson of the UFBA Board, and Patron of the UFBA, Dame Margaret Bazley.

  • Peter Dunne
  • Internal Affairs

It is my pleasure to be with you here today to unveil the next important stage of how the Government is making tax simpler for business. 

Over the last few years we have taken the first steps in what is a very significant journey towards a simpler tax system for New Zealand.

While our tax system is among the best in the world, and is internationally recognised for that, I know that we can do better. The reality is that as the world becomes more and more connected, and more digital, we need to keep looking at what we can do to improve.

  • Todd McClay
  • Revenue

Good morning and thank you for the opportunity to speak to you today.

I would like to acknowledge my Parliamentary colleague the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Hon Paul Goldsmith; Insurance Council of New Zealand (ICNZ) President Chris Black; Council members and the other speakers today.

Over the past five years New Zealanders have seen the massive value of having insurance against natural disaster damage.

  • Gerry Brownlee
  • Canterbury Earthquake Recovery
  • Earthquake Commission

HRH the Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Madame Chair – EU Representative and Vice President, Mogherini, Ministers, and delegates.

On behalf of the Northeast and South Asia group of Asian countries I would like to thank in advance Luxembourg and the European Commission for their excellent arrangements in hosting and chairing this ASEM Foreign Ministers Meeting.

  • Todd McClay
  • Foreign Affairs


Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa. Greetings, greetings, greetings to all and every one of you.

Madame Director-General, Heads of State, Prime Ministers, Honourable Ministers and distinguished guests, it’s a pleasure to be here in Paris.

This year’s conference celebrates a significant milestone – it is ten years since governments around the world agreed to apply the force of international law to addressing doping.

  • Jonathan Coleman
  • Sport and Recreation

I am delighted to be here today talking about New Zealand’s approach to open data and leadership.

New Zealand has a strong and internationally recognised history of open and transparent government.  And as I’m sure those of you here know well, one of the pillars of open and transparent government is open government data and information.

  • Louise Upston
  • Land Information

Thank you Mr President, distinguished Minister and Excellencies.

It is with a sense of dismay that we address the Council today on the lack of progress on relations between Israel and Palestine, and the violence that has raged there in the past few weeks.

For the nine and a half months we have been non-permanent members of this Council we have made clear New Zealand’s view that concerted Council action is required to jump-start the direct talks between Israelis and Palestinians that are the only means by which a durable solution can be established.

  • Murray McCully
  • Foreign Affairs

Thank you for the opportunity to talk about the Māori Housing Network today.

I acknowledge all the effort being done in the sector to help out New Zealanders with their housing needs.

I want to give you a snapshot of Māori Housing:

  • Te Ururoa Flavell
  • Maori Development

E nga mana, e nga reo, e te iwi o te motu, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa. 

  • Paula Bennett
  • Social Housing