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Mr Speaker, I move that the Appropriation (2020/21 Estimates) Bill be now read a second time.

Kia ora koutou katoa, Thank you to John Milford and the Wellington Chamber of Commerce team for hosting this event today.

Thank you to Kirk and Business NZ for hosting me again today, and indeed for all your help and input into the Government’s response to the COVID pandemic thus far. The relationship has been extremely beneficial and I look forward to continuing to work together as we move through the lockdown and out the other side.

Today, we face a challenge that requires us to harness every bit of that spirit and give our total commitment to protecting the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders.

Thank you to the Wellington Chamber for hosting us here this morning.

The topic of this speech is the Budget 2020 priorities. But, given the considerable interest that I imagine is in the room about COVID-19 coronavirus, I do want to make some comments about that first.

Kia ora. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa. Nau mai haere mai ki te Whare Pāremata.

It is a great pleasure to be with you today in Whanganui.

Like the Prime Minister I grew up with the TV clip of Selwyn Toogood booming “What do you say Whanganui, the money or the bag?” to an unsuspecting ‘It’s in the Bag’ audience.

Today’s topic, “trends and opportunities for the New Zealand economy,” is certainly one getting a great deal of commentary at the moment.

Nau mai, haere mai.

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.  Good afternoon.

From the day we took office, this Government has committed to putting the wellbeing of current and future generations of New Zealanders at the heart of everything we do. Budget 2019 shows we are delivering on that commitment.

Grant Robertson outlines the priorities for the Wellbeing Budget being delivered on May 30.

There definitely has been a big change since I was up here last year.

Kia ora and welcome to the Parliament of New Zealand, Te Whare Paremata. It is my great pleasure to be here today to open the Third International Conference on Well-Being and Public Policy.

Thank you very much for having me here today.

I want to begin by setting the scene and giving a bit of context to the situation in which the New Zealand economy is operating right now.

Thank you very much for having me here today. I know the Prime Minister would have loved to be here, but I’m sure you can all appreciate she’s somewhat preoccupied at the moment.

She did ask me to relay a message to you all. It reads:

I would like thank the EMA for the invitation to speak here, and thanks to all of you for coming along today.

Mr Speaker, I move that the Appropriation (2018/19 Estimates) Bill be now read a second time.

Thank you all for coming this morning and special thanks to Westpac for hosting us today.

Kia Ora, good afternoon, it’s good to be back in Dunedin.

Thank you very much for the invitation to speak today.

Thank you for inviting me here to speak today. I’d like to acknowledge the Mayor of Hamilton Andrew King, MP Jamie Strange, Deputy Mayors and City and Regional Councillors.