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I am very pleased to be here today to help celebrate this milestone for NZ On Air.

It’s fair to say that New Zealand television has come a long way in 25 years.

In 1989, only 2000 hours of local content were making it onto our televisions every year.

The New Zealand Film Commission had already been around for eleven years and was fostering some big screen productions. But New Zealand content had yet to secure a significant presence on our smaller screens and our radios.

  • Amy Adams
  • Broadcasting

It is a great honour to host this evening’s proceedings to mark the Wellington release of the book Parekura Horomia ‘Kia Ora Chief’.

The official release of this biography occurred over the weekend at Parekura’s beloved Hinemaurea ki Māngātuna at Uawa.

There, his people poured over the personal anecdotes; the funny stories; the heartfelt memories; and the poignant, often intimate photos.

They laughed, they cried, they remembered.

Tonight, we - his parliamentary colleagues - do the same. 

  • Te Ururoa Flavell
  • Maori Development
  • Economic Development

Good morning.

As Minister of Energy and Resources, it’s my pleasure to welcome and host you here, in Parliament, this morning to award permits for the Government’s Block Offer 2014.

We are here today because New Zealand has a petroleum potential that needs to be better understood. 

The oil and gas industry is already a vital part of the New Zealand economy.  Oil is our fourth largest commodity export after dairy, meat and wood, and oil and gas combined contribute more than $2.7 billion to GDP each year.

  • Simon Bridges
  • Energy and Resources

We are here tonight to celebrate a very special person.  For 26 years has worked vigilantly as a volunteer firefighter to keep this community safe.

It is my privilege to be at this community recognition ceremony to honor Maera Maki-Anderson, chief fire officer of the Murupara Volunteer Fire Brigade.  

In September this year, Maera was bestowed with the Pride of New Zealand Award in the Emergency Services category.

  • Te Ururoa Flavell
  • Maori Development

Good evening,

Thank you all for coming along to mark this important day for New Zealand’s financial markets.

I want to start by welcoming Murray Jack to the role of chair of the FMA in this important period as it implements the second phase of the FMC Act regulations.

And I’d like to thank out-going FMA chair, Simon Allen, for your contribution and commitment over the establishment period.  You led a great team effort.

  • Paul Goldsmith
  • Commerce and Consumer Affairs

President Dr Hein Stander, members of the ASMS.

It’s great to be here today to address your conference.

The last six weeks have been the busiest of my ministerial career.

There’s been plenty of travel – many of you may be aware that I am trying to get around all the DHBs by Christmas.

Fifteen down - five more to go.

It’s been great reconnecting with old med school classmates and former colleagues.

Get your bingo cards ready…

I attended Auckland med school.

  • Jonathan Coleman
  • Health

Tena tatou katoa.

Thank you for the invitation to be present at this event.

This week, many men will wear a white ribbon, not because it’s a new trend, not because it’s a fashion statement, and not because it’s popular.

It’s because it’s a symbol of hope. It is hope for a world where our wahine, women, and our tamāhine, girls live in a world free from the fear of violence.

Wearing the ribbon challenges the acceptability of violence by men getting involved and helping women to break the silence.

  • Te Ururoa Flavell
  • Maori Development

Delivered by Sarah Stuart-Black, Acting Director Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management

Thank you for inviting me to open your annual National Controllers’ Forum for a second year.

I’m pleased to have this opportunity to acknowledge the important role you play in emergencies, and to join you as you learn, share ideas and reflect on the past and the future.

Moving to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

  • Nikki Kaye
  • Civil Defence

It’s great to be here at the Roxy Cinema in Miramar, in the heart of New Zealand’s film industry. It’s a hugely successful industry with lessons the primary sector can learn from. 

It’s also great to be able to speak in front of so many primary sector leaders. The Primary Sector Bootcamp for me is about sharing ideas, global awareness, and building connectivity between industry and the government.

  • Nathan Guy
  • Primary Industries

Good morning, it’s great to be here this morning with you, the people who are the powerhouse behind New Zealand racing.

I’d like to acknowledge your Chair, Glenda Hughes, and your acting Chief Executive, Stewart McRobie. Thank you Glenda for inviting me to address your annual general meeting today.

I’d also like to acknowledge the chairs of your constituent code bodies and their chief executives:

  • Nathan Guy
  • Racing

John [Hon John Luxton, Chair Dairy NZ], Tim [Tim Mackle Chief Executive] and members of the Dairy NZ Board for organizing this event.

I would like to acknowledge my Parliamentary colleagues: Hon Damien O’Connor, Ian McKelvie, Barbara Kuriger, and Fletcher Tabuteau.

There are also a large number of CE’s and leaders from business, government and local government here, including Kingi Smiler, Chairman of Miraka and Laurie Margrain, Chairman for Open Country Dairy, and Martyn Dunne, Director General of the Ministry for Primary Industries.

  • Jo Goodhew
  • Primary Industries
  • Food Safety

Ladies and Gentlemen, it is a pleasure to join you this morning for the opening of what is the most significant drug driving event to be held in New Zealand.

This is a problem that the Government takes very seriously, so it's great to see such a wide range of experts from around the world gathering to share ideas about how we can reduce the risk to public safety.

  • Michael Woodhouse
  • Police

Thank you to Liz Schoff, HiNZ Board Chair, for the invitation to speak to you all today.

This conference has had a 30 percent increase in attendance since last year, which highlights the increasing importance of health informatics and the broader topic of eHealth.

It’s pleasing to see that Clinicians Challenge has attracted a record 79 entries. This shows clinicians recognise the importance of using technology to improve clinical practice and lift outcomes for patients.

  • Jonathan Coleman
  • Health

Thank you for inviting me to open the New Zealand Blood Service’s new Christchurch Blood Centre.

I am pleased that one of my first acts as the new Minister of Health is to open a facility that will be part of Christchurch’s recovery from the devastation caused by the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes.

The redevelopment of Christchurch remains a priority for the Government. 

In particular, the Government is committed to re-establishing high quality health facilities, such as this new Christchurch Blood Centre. 

  • Jonathan Coleman
  • Health

This is my first visit to India, and it is clear the opportunity and potential here is abundant.

My time here has been very successful. I have just come from a meeting with my counterpart, the Indian Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh.

I took the opportunity to note that New Zealand is sharing its expertise in the fields of agribusiness, IT, hospitality and tourism with India.

  • Nathan Guy
  • Primary Industries

Good afternoon everyone, and welcome to the second Primary Growth Partnership Expo.

I want to start by acknowledging the industry partners who have committed to the PGP programmes; the business leaders who have supported these projects, and MPI and PGP programme partners who have organised today’s Expo.

I would like to pass on Minister Guy’s apologies for his absence today. He is currently leading a trade and enterprise mission to India and Sri Lanka.

  • Jo Goodhew
  • Primary Industries

Good afternoon Ministers,

It's a great pleasure to be here today as we celebrate 100 years of nations working together to combat crime.

Just as it is important for countries to cooperate across borders to detect and prevent crime, so too is it necessary for Police services worldwide to build partnerships across different sectors within their own countries.

  • Michael Woodhouse
  • Police

Ministerial colleagues.

Members of the diplomatic community.

Distinguished guests, members of the Institute, ladies and gentlemen.

As Prime Minister I have overarching responsibility for New Zealand’s national security.

That covers a wide range of threats and risks, from earthquakes to espionage, and cyber-attacks to conflicts between states.

It’s about protecting our way of life and the values that shape our society.

The Government takes its national security obligations very seriously.

  • John Key
  • Prime Minister
  • National Security and Intelligence

Albany Convoy Commemorations
Commemorative Address,
Albany, Western Australia

Your Excellency the Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove,

Prime Minister Tony Abbott,

Distinguished guests,

Members of the Australian and New Zealand Defence Forces,

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls,

I am honoured to be with you today to commemorate a momentous event for our two countries.

  • John Key
  • Prime Minister

Tēna koutou katoa. Thank you for inviting me to Tauranga to speak to your annual conference. My thanks also to Nga Potiki for doing the Mihi Whakatau.

I am genuinely delighted to be here and to see a range of fire services working together to successfully organise an event of this size. I understand that firefighters both urban and rural, career and volunteer, all worked together on the host committee, the Western Bays of the Bay of Plenty Brigades. I commend you all for your efforts.

I would especially like to acknowledge the following people from the UFBA, here today:

  • Peter Dunne
  • Internal Affairs

It’s great to be here today at the official opening of Fonterra’s new UHT milk processing plant.

This is a $126 million project which has been completed in just 12 months, and has created 100 new local jobs.

It’s a real vote of confidence in New Zealand’s dairy industry, which continues to be a major contributor to our economy. Dairy is our biggest single export earner.

  • Nathan Guy
  • Primary Industries

Thank you for inviting me to speak with you at this conference.

I am really looking forward to the challenges of the health portfolio.

Prior to politics I worked in general practice and spent a bit of time in EDs earlier in my career.

I’m pleased to be here today to hear your views, and look at how together we can make the best use of resources, people, facilities and funding.

It is vital that patients are at the centre of our health system, and receive the healthcare they need.

  • Jonathan Coleman
  • Health

Good morning. 

I’m pleased to be here today as this is my first speech since the election and I have, to my great satisfaction, retained the Revenue portfolio and therefore the privilege as the Minister of Revenue of opening this conference. 

I’m happy to say that New Zealand is in an enviable position with a good tax and social policy system.  We are served well by our broad-base, low-rate (BBLR) tax settings.

This is consistent with the advice I have received from Inland Revenue in its recent Briefing to the Incoming Minister.

  • Todd McClay
  • Revenue

Good morning and welcome to the New Zealand Medicines Strategy workshop. I am very pleased to open today’s workshop and to see so many familiar faces in the room.

This day will play a key role in the development of new areas for action under the Medicines Strategy. I would like to acknowledge the work of the Pharmaceutical Society, in particular Richard Townley, and the Ministry of Health in organising this event.

  • Peter Dunne
  • Health