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Economic Development New Zealand Conference

Opening Address

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Welcome to Ambassadors and representatives from Embassies in Seoul, as well as Korean government officials.

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It’s my pleasure to be here today to open Forum 2019, with its theme of Delivering Equity of Health and Wellbeing in Aotearoa.

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I would like to welcome our honoured Pacific partners—official representatives from Pacific countries and Pacific organisations.

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First, thank you all for your attendance this afternoon and let me acknowIedge the efforts of Jordan Small for both the invitation and arranging today’s event.

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Mr Speaker, I wish to make a ministerial statement relating to the Auckland fire.

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Kia ora tatou katoa and Warm Pacific greetings to one and all.

Representatives of Tainui, the local people of the land, or manawhenua – the indigenous peoples of this area – have welcomed you this morning in accordance with local custom.

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It is a pleasure to be here, and to have the honour of opening this important conference on behalf of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs.

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Let me first thank all the new unionists and members in the room.

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Te whare e tu nei

Te marae e takoto ana

Tena korua

E nga mate maha

Haere, haere, haere