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Minister of Finance, and Sport and Recreation, Grant Robertson, today departs for the Republic of Korea and then Singapore to meet with political and business leaders and to attend the Winter Olympic Games.

Thank you very much for the invitation to speak today.

Thank you for inviting me here to speak today. I’d like to acknowledge the Mayor of Hamilton Andrew King, MP Jamie Strange, Deputy Mayors and City and Regional Councillors.

A conference bringing international experts on wellbeing to New Zealand will provide valuable insights for policies to raise living standards of all Kiwis, and help promote New Zealand as a world-leading proponent of wellbeing research, says Finance Minister Grant Robertson.

Finance Minister Grant Robertson welcomes news that Standard & Poor’s has affirmed its AA/A-1+' foreign currency and 'AA+/A-1+' local currency sovereign credit ratings on New Zealand.

The Government’s accounts for the five months to November 2017 show revenue and expenses tracking above the latest Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU) forecasts, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says.

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash today announced the members being appointed to the Government’s Tax Working Group.

The members of the Independent Expert Advisory Panel for Phase 1 of the Review of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Act 1989 bring considerable knowledge and expertise to the table, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says.

The Government’s policy programme will deliver a stable and growing economy which is fair for all New Zealanders, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says.

The Government is safeguarding the future of superannuation by resuming contributions to the New Zealand Superannuation Fund.

The costs of delivering on commitments made in the Coalition and Confidence and Supply Agreements will be met within the operating and capital allowances set out in the 2018 Budget Policy Statement, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says.

The Families Package will provide targeted assistance to improve incomes for low- and middle-income families with children. It is part of the Government’s focus on reducing child poverty, and ensuring children get the best start in life.

Adrian Orr has been appointed as Reserve Bank Governor effective from 27 March 2018, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says.

Thank you to ANZ for the opportunity to speak today.

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash today announced the Terms of Reference for the Tax Working Group and that the Group will be chaired by Sir Michael Cullen.

Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson welcomes today’s release of a new set of principles from Sport NZ that recognise and protect the right of young New Zealanders to play.

Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson is wishing the All Whites success as they embark on the final legs of their FIFA World Cup Qualifying campaign against Peru at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium on Saturday. The teams will face off in a final qualifying game at Estadio Nacional de Lima on 15 November.

Minister of Finance Grant Robertson today released the Terms of Reference for the Government’s review of the Reserve Bank Act 1989, and re-signed the current Policy Targets Agreement with Reserve Bank Acting Governor Grant Spencer.

The Government’s accounts for the first three months of the fiscal year tracked largely in line with Treasury’s Budget forecasts, says Finance Minister Grant Robertson.