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Thank you for the kind introduction, and good evening to members and guests of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs.

It is my pleasure to be hosting the Minister of Defence Awards of Excellence for Industry and Employer Support at Parliament for the very first time.

I would like to welcome our honoured Pacific partners—official representatives from Pacific countries and Pacific organisations.

Release of the Defence Capability Plan 2019

Firstly, thank you to our Singaporean hosts for your warm hospitality, and the International Institute for Strategic Studies for the invitation to speak on a topic very important to New Zealand.

It is my pleasure to welcome you all to the 2019 Pacific Environmental Security Forum.

E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karangamaha,

Tēnei te mihi aroha ki a rātou o tātou hoia o ngā tau I mua nei.

Thank you very much for coming today.

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa

Nga mihi nui ki a koutou katoa

It has been a full year since I last stood before you as a new Minister.

Welcome, and thank you for being here today.

At the outset, I would like to acknowledge the women and men of the New Zealand Defence Force that are here today.

Good afternoon colleagues, my fellow panellists, ladies and gentlemen.

It’s good to be here, even though it’s a very sad event that has brought us all together today.

I know that for the 36 graduates of this New Zealand Commissioning Course, this is a very special  day.  Well done - you have made it!