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It is such a pleasure to be here in Dunedin, and to have this chance to talk with you about key issues within my disarmament and arms control portfolio.

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There are a lot of factors to consider when you choose someone to take on a portfolio like Emergency Management – their temperament in a crisis, connection to people and community, and of course, their ability to spur into action no matter what time of day or night it is.

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The Māori Pathways will be available to women at Christchurch Women’s Prison and those serving sentences and orders in the community, with priority for those who identify as Māori or have a connection though their children or whānau.

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I would like to acknowledge the event organisers, Water New Zealand, and the event sponsors who have made it possible for us to be here today.

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It is an honour and a privilege to present the Wellbeing Budget 2021 – Securing Our Recovery – to the House.

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It’s great to be here to celebrate Contact Energy’s new 580 million dollar geothermal power station to be built on the Tauhara field near Taupō.

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I want to thank the organisers of today’s Summit, the AI Forum of New Zealand, in particular the Chair, the deputy chair and the Executive Director for their kind invitation to address you all.

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Thank you for being here tonight as I outline the government’s planning to improve New Zealand’s immigration system so it works for New Zealand.