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This summit is squarely focused on the challenges of our modern world. And so it would be remiss of me not to acknowledge one that is front of mind for this region right now.

I want to begin by thanking everyone who is here today, and in particular the Matariki Advisory Group, led by Professor Rangi Matamua.

Thank you, Mr President. I extend my warm congratulations to you on the assumption of the Presidency of this inaugural meeting of States Parties to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Let me start by acknowledging the nuclear survivors, the people who lost their lives to nuclear war or testing, and all the peoples driven off their lands by nuclear testing, whose lands and waters were poisoned, and who suffer the inter-generational health effects of radiation exposure.

I want to start by thanking Lisa and Steve from Business Events Industry Aotearoa and everyone that has been involved in organising and hosting this event.

It’s a pleasure to be here today in person “ka nohi ke te ka nohi, face to face as we look back on a very challenging two years when you as Principals, as leaders in education, have pivoted, and done what you needed to do, under challenging circumstances for your students and Staff, acknowledging your leadership, and courage.

Ambassadors, representatives of your many countries it pleases me to convey a special greeting to you all on this sacred land of Waikato Tainui.

Thank you to the Medical Association again for inviting me to join your conference this year. As I think we all know, the past two years have been exceptionally challenging for everyone.

The past two and a half years have been challenging for all of us, and especially for you as our educators. You have done amazing work during the COVID pandemic to support our children’s learning, whether in class or at home.

Firstly I would like to acknowledge Taranaki Whānui ki Te Upoko o Te Ika and the iwi that comprise the collective - Te Atiawa, Ngāti Tama, Taranaki, Ngāti Ruanui, and other iwi from the Taranaki area.

In New Zealand, oceans define our way of life – they determine our climate and shape this country culturally, recreationally, and economically.

As Minister for Economic and Regional Development it is my pleasure to support the release of the Draft Advanced Manufacturing Industry Transformation Plan for public consultation.

Ata mārie. It is an honour to host you all at Parliament today, to celebrate 100 years of the Cawthron Institute, New Zealand’s largest independent science organisation.

In Te Reo Māori, the language of the indigenous people of New Zealand, I paid tribute to all of the esteemed guests who stand here in this great forest of knowledge. It is a privilege to be here, and I thank you for the honour.

It is my pleasure to be here at TRENZ 2022, as I know that the conversations that happen here will play a crucial role in shaping New Zealand’s tourism recovery.

Director-General, esteemed fellow Ministers, and colleagues, tēnā koutou katoa. Greetings to all.

It is timely, given that in last week’s Budget the Government announced significant funding to ensure an efficient transition to the future resource management system.

Morena tatou katoa. Kua tae mai i runga i te kaupapa o te rā.

Navigating difficult times, while also making necessary progress. Dealing with the unexpected, and always, always planning for the future. Challenges not least of which include a one in 100 year health crisis, followed by the biggest economic shock since the Great Depression. And just as the world was recovering, it’s been plunged into the uncertainty of war. 

It is my great pleasure to present New Zealand’s fourth Wellbeing Budget.

Just after World War 2, there were incentives to clear forest and bring land into agricultural production. In places, the land had been stripped bare as forests were felled for sheep grazing.

I want to start by thanking our hosts the Wellington Chamber of Commerce who graciously do this every year as we lead into the Budget.

Thank you to Business New Zealand and Fujitsu for hosting us here today, and I am grateful to be joined by Minister Faafoi, and Minister Hipkins.

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.

Ngā mihi o te ata.

Good morning.

Thank you, Stephen, for that kind introduction.

And thank you, again, to ASB for hosting us today.