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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.
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.
E nga iwi e pae nei ki runga o Waitangi
Karanga mai, mihi mai.
He kupu whakamahara tēnei i te aituā nui i Te Tiri o Te Moana, i Erebus
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.
Te whare e tu nei
Te marae e takoto ana
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
Ko Ranginui ki runga,
Ranginui is the sky father above
Ko Papatuanuku ki raro
Papatuanuku is the earth mother below
Ko nga Atua tamariki katoa kei waenganui
Their many god children between
Kia ora koutou katoa
I was born in the 1980s, the decade of big hair, big shoulders and big reforms.
A decade where New Zealand went through a period of rapid privatisation and economic liberalisation.
I greet you in te reo Māori, language of the tangata whenua, or first people, of Aotearoa New Zealand.
E ngā mana, e ngā reo Prestigious people, speakers of note
E ngā rangatira mā Chiefly leaders
Tēna koutou kātoa Greetings to you all
One of my priorities out of Paris has been to develop a shared crisis response protocol – a shared set of expectations and understandings on who to contact and how to do it, should there be another attack like Christchurch.
Recently in New Zealand our journalists, like many around the world, took part in the Covering Climate Now campaign.
Earlier this year I visited the remote atolls of Tokelau in the South Pacific.
With a population of 1,500 people that is only accessible by boat, they have a story not often heard but a message that must be shared.
E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā iwi, e ngā rau rangatira mā
Tēnā koutou katoa
E ngā mana, e ngā reo, rau-rangatira mā
Prestigious people, speakers of note, chiefs one and all
We said that we would be a Government that did things differently, and for this Budget we have done just that. Today we have laid the foundation for not just one Wellbeing Budget, but a different approach for Government decision-making all together.
As you know, the Coalition Government’s first Wellbeing Budget will be unveiled in less than a week. I know you will all have heard a lot of talk about it and now it’s a reality. It’s a reality because while economic growth is important – and something we will continue to pursue – it alone does not guarantee improvements to New Zealanders’ living standards.
The Christchurch Call to action, which was agreed today, has a simple premise. That tech companies have both enormous power, and enormous responsibility. And so do governments.
On the 15th of March – exactly two months ago today – a terrorist entered mosques in the city of Christchurch and massacred 51 members of New Zealand’s Muslim community while they were peacefully at prayer.
Fifteen months ago, in the Speech from the Throne, the Coalition Government outlined an ambitious programme designed to build a stronger and fairer country for all New Zealanders. Looking back over that time, we are proud of what has been achieved.
Good morning everyone.
I want to start by thanking Kirk and his Business New Zealand team for the invitation.
E ngā iwi e pae nei
Ki runga o Waitangi
Karanga mai, mihi mai
Tēnei te whakarongo atu nei ki ngā kupu kōrero
Ngā aituā o te tau kua hipa
Koutou e Kingi, e Koro
Koutou katoa, haere atu rā
Today the Carillon and Wellington’s ‘roaring chorus’ has recaptured the wave of spontaneous jubilation and hope which swept New Zealand when news of the Armistice broke.
I'm really pleased to be here in Dunedin. And thank you for the warmth of that greeting.