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Thank you for inviting me to speak here today.

It is my pleasure to be here at Te Papa today opening your annual conference.

Launch of Jade Carving delegation to New Zealand.

Water NZ Conference September 2018. Claudelands Conference Centre – Hamilton.

8:50am, Monday 17 September 2018 – opening address

Auckland University of Technology, Sunday 16 September.

Thanks to the Ministry for Women, for helping to coordinate the many other events throughout the country that celebrate this enormous milestone in our journey to equality.

Ladies and gentlemen, I very much appreciate the opportunity to address you all here in Berlin at the international conference on agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and food security and I am so proud to be here as the Minister of Agriculture for New Zealand.

I want to acknowledge Dean Kimpton, Chief Operating Officer; Marion Dowd, Vice President; and Mike Manson, Chief Executive of ALGIM for putting together a great event here in Auckland.

Kia ora everyone, and welcome back to Parliament for the third day of the Third International Conference on Wellbeing & Public Policy.


It’s my privilege to speak to you as Minister of Health, and discuss a topic that goes to the heart of this Government’s agenda - health and wellbeing.

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.

Launch of the consultation process on public service reform

Speech to the Institute of Public Administration NZ

Banquet Hall, Parliament

“We can’t keep judging someone by the worst mistake they’ve ever made - or there would be a hell of a lot more of us inside.”

“Reform or die - there’s no encore substitute.”


Good morning and thank you David and your team at Westpac for hosting us today.

He hōnore, he korōria

He maungārongo ki te mata o te whenua

He whakaaro pai ki ngā tangata katoa

Pai Mārire.

Good morning everyone and thank you all for the warm welcome.

Speech to National Press Club - Canberra

First, let’s start by acknowledging the traditional owners of the land that we meet on and pay respects to their elders, past and present.

“I had never been hit or abused, until the day the men came to take me away.  I still don’t even know why.”

That’s how Sam began to tell me his story at a marae in Whangarei.

Tēnā koutou nga rau rangatira mā.