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

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

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.

The topic I have been given for today - ‘The Future of Work and how the government is preparing for the economic challenges of the future’ – may not be punchy, but it is relevant.

This is the first opportunity I’ve had to speak to an LGNZ meeting since the local elections, and I’m delighted to see the fresh faces of newly elected mayors.

Thank you to the Child Poverty Action Group for asking me to be here today to provide an update on some of the things that have been happening across my the social development portfolio.

Thank you for this opportunity to be with you today to help launch Te Huringa o Te Tai strategy that sets out a pathway for Police in leadership with Iwi Māori, to achieve the aspirations of Māori whānau.

It is my pleasure to open the 2019 Gas Industry New Zealand Forum today.

Economic Development New Zealand Conference

Opening Address

Welcome to Ambassadors and representatives from Embassies in Seoul, as well as Korean government officials.

It’s my pleasure to be here today to open Forum 2019, with its theme of Delivering Equity of Health and Wellbeing in Aotearoa.

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

First, thank you all for your attendance this afternoon and let me acknowIedge the efforts of Jordan Small for both the invitation and arranging today’s event.

Mr Speaker, I wish to make a ministerial statement relating to the Auckland fire.

Kia ora tatou katoa and Warm Pacific greetings to one and all.

Representatives of Tainui, the local people of the land, or manawhenua – the indigenous peoples of this area – have welcomed you this morning in accordance with local custom.

It is a pleasure to be here, and to have the honour of opening this important conference on behalf of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs.

Let me first thank all the new unionists and members in the room.

Te whare e tu nei

Te marae e takoto ana

Tena korua

E nga mate maha

Haere, haere, haere

Nga tangata whenua o tēnei rohe, o Te Whanganui-a-Tara tēnei ra te mihi

Tatou nga kanohi ora e hui mai ana

Ladies and gentlemen, NZCTU President Richard Wagstaff, members of respective unions – thank you for the invitation to speak to you today.

"Let’s start by acknowledging that it has been a huge year."

Police Association Annual Conference

Thank you for the opportunity to be here to present certificates to the 16 graduates who have completed a beekeeping course delivered by the Howard League.

As the Minister for ACC I thank you all for the work that you do supporting New Zealanders in their literally most vulnerable moments.