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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.

Thank you very much for coming today.

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa

Nga mihi nui ki a koutou katoa

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.

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!