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11 February, 2016

Speech to open Selby House Dental Hub, Newtown, Wellington

Kia ora tātau, good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. Thank you Virginia and Bee Healthy Dental Service for inviting me to open the Selby House dental clinic, I am delighted to be able to join you. The opening of Selby House marks the completion of the capital development component of the improved model of care for the oral health of children across the Wellington, Kapiti and Hutt Valley regions.

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10 February, 2016

Speech to the International Gambling Conference 2016, Auckland

This is an important event in the national and international gambling calendar and I am pleased to note that it is my first official speaking engagement in New Zealand for 2016.

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9 February, 2016

Prime Minister’s Statement to Parliament

The Government is continuing to implement its plan to build a faster-growing economy with more jobs and rising incomes, and to support New Zealanders and their families.

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3 February, 2016

Speech to Viet Nam – New Zealand Business Forum on TPP

Your Excellency Minister Hoang, Excellencies, distinguished guests, members of the Vietnamese business community, ladies and gentlemen.

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3 February, 2016

Speech to the Digital Leaders Annual Lecture, Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London: New Zealand’s Digital Journey

Good evening. 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.

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27 January, 2016

Speech to Auckland Chamber of Commerce

As Prime Minister, I work every day to lead an open and confident country that backs itself on the world stage.

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16 December, 2015

Block Offer 2015 Permit Awards

Good morning. It’s my pleasure to host you in Parliament for this morning’s Block Offer awards for 2015.

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10 December, 2015

“Our plan to keep New Zealand Cyber Secure” - Launch of the New Zealand Cyber Security Strategy

I want to start out by saying that the Government is as committed to a secure, resilient and prosperous online New Zealand as you are.

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3 December, 2015

Address to Law Foundation 2015 Awards Dinner

Keynote address to 2015 New Zealand Law Foundation Annual Awards Dinner

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1 December, 2015

National Statement from New Zealand UN Climate Change Conference, Paris

Over 150 countries working together to address climate change. While New Zealand’s emissions are small on a global scale, we are determined to make a strong contribution to the international effort.

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28 November, 2015

Speech to the Habitat for Humanity Annual Conference

Speech to the Habitat for Humanity Annual Conference

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25 November, 2015

Crossing the floor book launch

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.

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25 November, 2015

Rise 2025 Indigenous Coaching & Development Program

An acknowledgement of the first 14 wāhine Māori to embark upon the # Rise 2025 Indigenous Coaching and Development Programme supported by MWDI.

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25 November, 2015

Ngā Tohu Reo Māori 2015

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.

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24 November, 2015

Speech to New Zealand Racing Board AGM

Good morning everyone. It is always a pleasure to attend the New Zealand Racing Board’s AGM and to be with the people who have committed so much to this great industry.

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19 November, 2015

Speech to Association of Salaried Medical Specialists annual conference, Wellington

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.

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19 November, 2015

Speech to New Zealand Payroll Practitioners Association (NZPPA) Conference

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.

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19 November, 2015

Speech to Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) Annual Conference

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.

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18 November, 2015

Speech to Bett Asia Leadership Summit 2015

Raising the potential for digital technology to transform learning in New Zealand schools

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16 November, 2015

Address to the Dairy NZ Dinner

I have just been at the launch of ANZ’s Insights Report ‘Hungry for growth’ where I spoke about the key challenges of distance and scale for New Zealand’s food industry.

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16 November, 2015

Speech to DRC Food Security and Food Safety Strategy Summit

It is my pleasure to speak here today. I want to thank the Development Research Centre (DRC) for inviting me here to participate at this Summit.

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13 November, 2015

Speech to 137th Annual United Fire Brigades Association (UFBA) Conference, TSB Arena Wellington

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.

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11 November, 2015

Making tax simpler: Speech to Trans-Tasman Business Circle

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.

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6 November, 2015

Speech to the Opening Ceremony of ASEM Foreign Ministers Meeting Luxembourg

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.

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30 October, 2015

Conference of Parties to the International Convention against Doping in Sport - France

This year’s conference celebrates a significant milestone – it is ten years since governments around the world agreed to apply the force of international law to addressing doping.

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30 October, 2015

Open Data and Leadership: New Zealand’s approach

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.

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23 October, 2015

UNSC Open Debate - Middle East

It is with a sense of dismay that we address the Council today on the lack of progress on relations between Israel and Palestine, and the violence that has raged there in the past few weeks.

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22 October, 2015

Community Housing Aotearoa Conference

Māori Housing Network complements Government's wider housing initiatives

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22 October, 2015

Opening Community Housing Aotearoa’s 2015 Conference

Our social housing reforms are putting tenants and families first.

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