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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.

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

I would really like to acknowledge Bishop Waitohiariki Quayle on her recent ordination as the first Anglican Māori Woman Bishop, first Indigenous Woman Bishop. He wāhine hūmārie.

It is a pleasure to see you all here today.

I thought I would use the opportunity to give you a sense of the direction of travel across my portfolios and how some of that work intersects with your interests.

I’m delighted to have this opportunity to address the NZEI conference, the first opportunity I’ve had to do so since I became Minister of Education almost two years ago.

Speech at Dargaville High School to mark the opening of first house built by the school's Trade Academy.

It is a pleasure to be here at this important gathering of Pacific public sector leaders.