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I acknowledge our whānau overseas, joining us from Te Whenua Moemoeā, and I wish to pay respects to their elders past, present, and emerging.

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Today marks a decade since the February 22nd earthquake and the tragic loss of 185 lives. It is a chance for us all to remember those people, and stand with the families, loved ones and friends who grieve them.

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Thank you for the opportunity to speak with you today. This is a special time in our country.

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Cabinet has met this evening to make decisions on our response to the three cases reported earlier within a household in Auckland.

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I have really valued the engagement and connections with local government, especially on infrastructure because we know that with the right investments we really will make a difference for New Zealanders.

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Thank you very much for providing me the opportunity to speak at the Business New Zealand Energy Council breakfast meeting again.

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Thank you for the relationship with Government, the willingness to share your perspectives, and the hugely valuable contribution the business community makes to New Zealand’s economic well-being.

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Kia ora. First, can I start by thanking the BNZ for hosting us this morning.

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I’m pleased to welcome you today to Waitangi, the recognised birthplace of Aotearoa New Zealand, where in just a few days we will be acknowledging 180 years of treaty partnership between the indigenous Maori inhabitants and the British settlers who arrived here.