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Georgetown Address, in partnership with the Center for Australian, New Zealand & Pacific Studies - Georgetown University and the NZ Embassy.

  • Ni Men Hao Ambassadors, my fellow MPs, Mayors, Good evening everyone and welcome to our visitors to New Zealand.

Mr President, tena koe. E nga rangatira, tena koutou.

Speech to Amnesty International event to mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on World Human Rights Day.

Opening Remarks at the Thoroughbred Racing Club Conference and Annual General Meeting

Thank you very much for coming today.

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tatou, katoa.

Morena koutou and thank you to the conference organisers and our hosts Waikato-Tainui for the opportunity to speak today.

  • Housing and Urban Development

Speech at the Institute of International and European Affairs.

Next Monday is the 8th anniversary of the dreadful tragedy at Pike River Coal Mine. Two men escaped with their lives. 29 others never came home.


Talofa lava, Kia Orana tatou katoatoa, malo e lelei, fakalofalahi atu, Malo ni, Taloha ni, Ni Sa bula vinaka, Warm Pacific greetings to one and all.

Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa.

As you all know, this week is a momentous one for New Zealand-Irish relations. Because at the end of this week, we will finally determine who has the best rugby team in world.

I am delighted to be here at the Royal Academy tonight, not least to have the opportunity to experience the many exceptional works from around Oceania in this beautiful setting.

Today the Carillon and Wellington’s ‘roaring chorus’ has recaptured the wave of spontaneous jubilation and hope which swept New Zealand when news of the Armistice broke.

For many of you living here in Sweden it must seem New Zealand is a country at the very end of the earth.

Thank you all for joining us tonight for the re-opening of New Zealand’s Embassy in Stockholm.

Welcome and thank you all for coming here this morning. I would like to acknowledge Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage, and give my thanks for the work that the Department of Conservation is doing with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment in regards to the tourism sector.

I'm really pleased to be here in Dunedin. And thank you for the warmth of that greeting.

Good Morning members of the business community and the Mekong Club.

First, thanks to the Mekong Club for the invitation to give this opening address.

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa

Nga mihi nui ki a koutou katoa

Good evening Excellencies, members of the NZ India Trade Alliance Executive Committee, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen.