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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.

E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā iwi, e ngā rau rangatira ma.

Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa.

E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā iwi, e ngā rau rangatira ma

Tēnā koutou katoa

Ni sa bula vinaka

It is good to be here at a time where New Zealand needs less of an introduction than might usually be the case.

It is a real pleasure to be here today, and to have the honour of addressing you all.

Thank you for your invitation to attend this celebration today. I want to start by acknowledging the backdrop of the Coronavirus outbreak on these New Year celebrations.

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

Almost 23 years ago, Justice Sir Thomas Thorp told us what was wrong with our firearms legislation.

A true working-class Prime Minister, Mike Moore showed all New Zealanders that hard work, initiative, guts, and determination can lead to very big things.

First, this special day, in remembrance of the 28th Maori Battalion, is also to honour all those men and women who have risked their lives in the service of our country.

E nga iwi e pae nei ki runga o Waitangi

Karanga mai, mihi mai.

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Tēnā koutou katoa.

It was on these very grounds in February 1940, 100 years on from the signing of Te Tiriti, that Sir Āpirana Ngata gave a call for participation.

We promised we would bring back rail, and that’s what we’re doing.

E mihi ana ki te rangi

E mihi ana ki te whenua

E mihi ana ki ngā maunga

It is a pleasure to be here on opening day of the 2020 National Yearling Sales Series.

Today, we are releasing two reports that are the product of some of the most extensive community engagement over our criminal justice system ever.

E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā iwi, e ngā rau rangatira mā. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.

Just over a year ago, we learnt that New Zealand was reliant on a single, aging, US-owned DART buoy to detect whether a tsunami is generated following an earthquake.

Thank you Professor Juliet Gerrard and your team for the comprehensive and extremely helpful report and recommendations.

I want to talk about one of the most pressing issues in our national life: the housing crisis and the poor performance of our cities.

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.

He kupu whakamahara tēnei i te aituā nui i Te Tiri o Te Moana, i Erebus

Talofa lava, malo e lelei, kia orana, taloha ni, fakaalofa lahi atu, ni sa bula vinaka, Talofa, Kia ora, tēnā koutou katoa. Warm Pacific greetings to you all.

I am really pleased I could be here with you today - to share this time with so many great innovators, thinkers and policymakers. Thank you for making the time to be here and for answering the call to come and share your expertise with us. I am looking forward to meeting and chatting with some of you later and hearing about the outstanding work you do.