Thank you for the invitation and opportunity to share some thoughts about New Zealand’s experience in transforming the way we provide government services to our citizens in the digital age.
The working title for Crossing the Floor was Passion, Principles and Politics – and it is evident throughout the pages of Dame Tariana Turia's story that the way in which she lives her life has been powerfully under-scored by all three.
Kua tohua koutou (ngā kaitohu reo Māori) i runga i ō koutou māia ki te hāpai i te reo Māori i Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, i roto anō i ā koutou kaupapa huhua i tēnei tau. E tika ana me mihi i ēnei whakahaere, i ngā whānau, i ngā hapū, i ngā iwi me ngā hapori e whakapau werawera ana kia kitea, kia rangona te reo i tō tātou whenua.
When I spoke to you last year, I reflected on my first six weeks as Minister of Health and outlined my priorities for the sector. Now one year into the job, I’m enthused about my role as Health Minister - it’s challenging work. I believe we’re heading in the right direction and the health sector is in good shape despite the pressures we face. This also reflects the overall feedback I get from the sector.
Thank you for inviting me to join you once again. Over the last few years it has always been my great pleasure to come and speak to you. Your role as payroll professionals and mine as Revenue Minister have a common interest in the smooth running of the tax system. If it works well for you, then it’s working for me.
First I want to say thank you. We have had an extremely busy year in the tax community. It has been a year of heavy lifting. In just this year we’ve put out 14 consultation papers on policy, seen the introduction or passing of seven bills, and have been involved in the development of other legislation.
Firstly I would like to start by acknowledging the following people from the UFBA here today.
When I attended your conference in Tauranga last year I spoke of the Government’s response to the Swain review into the fire services that was carried out in 2013.
I said then that: “The current fire services legislation dates back to the 1970s, when a firefighter’s role was largely to put out fires.
While our tax system is among the best in the world, and is internationally recognised for that, I know that we can do better. The reality is that as the world becomes more and more connected, and more digital, we need to keep looking at what we can do to improve.
ASEM is an important platform for political dialogue, economic cooperation and cultural and social exchange, addressing not only challenges but also promoting security, prosperity and understanding between Asia and Europe.
New Zealand has a strong and internationally recognised history of open and transparent government. And as I’m sure those of you here know well, one of the pillars of open and transparent government is open government data and information.
Kiaora tatou, good morning ladies and gentlemen.
Thank you Tim and NZSMI for the invitation to give the opening address for your annual conference, I am delighted to be able to join you. May I acknowledge Dr Gerald Dziekan, Director-General of the World Self-Medication Association and Mr Nicholas Hall for being here and for your willingness to share your insights with us.
Thank you for the invitation to participate in this summit and for the opportunity to share New Zealand’s recent investments, progress, and experience with the ongoing development of our education system; in particular with transformative partnerships and technology.