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18 April, 2015

Official opening of Pukeahu National War Memorial Park

Thank you all for being here to witness the official opening of this park as a place of commemoration and remembrance for the whole nation.

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16 April, 2015

Speech to Faster Cancer Treatment Forum, Te Papa, Wellington

Obviously cancer is a critical health issue for New Zealanders. It’s the country’s leading cause of death - cancer accounts for nearly a third of all deaths, and is a major cause of hospitalisation.

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14 April, 2015

Pre-Budget speech to Business New Zealand function

Like all New Zealanders, we have a shared interest in building a strong economy that provides opportunities for Kiwi families and businesses to get ahead here in their own country.

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14 April, 2015

Speech to Sport NZ’s annual conference, Auckland

It’s great to be here for Sport New Zealand’s annual sport and recreation conference – Connections.

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11 April, 2015

Speech at the 17th Bluegreens Forum

When the Bluegreens was founded 18 years ago, we had just two MPs. I was speaking this week to our co-founder Rob Fenwick, who sends his apologies and best wishes from home where he is battling cancer with chemo. He reminded me that we dreamed of a Bluegreens caucus of 10. Post-election 2014, we have trebled that. This growth is a tribute to the work of the executive and the leadership of people like Geoff Thompson.

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31 March, 2015

Akina Foundation LaunchPad

Many social enterprises are fledgling start-ups in New Zealand, and a challenge to our communities is to get behind them and take part in this social movement. Only that way will we inspire more businesses to consider the good of their communities alongside the profit of their business.

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31 March, 2015

Address to Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce on the launch of Inland Revenue’s Business Transformation

My thanks to the Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce for providing this opportunity to talk to you.

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30 March, 2015

Reflections on ISTP 2014

It is my great privilege to speak to you all at this fifth International Summit on the Teaching Profession 2015 here in Banff, Alberta, Canada.

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30 March, 2015

Block Offer 2015 release

Over the last couple of years we’ve been hearing a lot about the idea of an 'energy trilemma'. As the World Energy Council puts it, we need to balance the tensions between the need for energy security, society’s need for accessible and affordable energy, and the need for environmental sustainability.

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26 March, 2015

Address to IPANZ Members

We are all in our jobs for the same reason – to make a difference for New Zealanders.

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20 March, 2015

Speech to Annual Electives Forum, Wellington

The theme of this Forum “supporting quality, sustainability and innovation in electives” strongly aligns with my commitment to have more New Zealanders living pain free lives away from hospitals.

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14 March, 2015

Speech at opening of Te Kooti Rangatahi

While crime and the numbers of people appearing in our criminal courts are at their lowest levels since 1978, the reduction has not been as great for Māori. So while the number of Māori in the courts has reduced, the proportion has grown.

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13 March, 2015

Address to NZIBC India Business Summit, Auckland

As we have already heard today, New Zealand and India have much in common and we enjoy a long and warm relationship.

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13 March, 2015

Speech to National Rural Health Conference

I’d like to start with a brief overview of the sector. I believe New Zealand’s health sector is in good shape, but there is no doubt that future challenges remain.

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13 March, 2015

Speech to Ministerial Cross-Sector Forum on Raising Achievement

Welcome everyone, to the first national cross-sector forum for 2015. We’re in for another exciting year in education with more opportunities for further outbreaks of achievement.

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13 March, 2015

Address to IFA Annual Conference, Queenstown

Following last year’s General Election I am pleased to have retained the Revenue portfolio. Actually rightly or wrongly, I asked to be able to retain it - and I look forward to working with you once again as Minister of Revenue.

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12 March, 2015

Speech to Government Industry Agreement (GIA) biosecurity forum

It’s very appropriate that I talk to you about the importance of biosecurity today, given the recent fruit fly discovery in Auckland.

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10 March, 2015

National Statement – 59th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

I am honoured to present the New Zealand Government’s national statement to the Commission on the Status of Women.

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10 March, 2015

Launch of children’s workforce guidelines

It is a great pleasure to be with you here today as we celebrate an important milestone in progressing the Government’s Children’s Action plan with the launch of two new guidelines for people working with children.

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9 March, 2015

NZ Statement to 58th Session of United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs

It is a pleasure to be back in Vienna this year for what is a particularly important stage in the build up to the UN General Assembly Special Session in 2016.

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6 March, 2015

Speech at International Women’s Day Breakfast

I am delighted to be here and to share this opportunity with you. It is wonderful to see so many people who are shining examples of New Zealand’s driving force for gender equality and champions of change for women. Many of whom I have the opportunity to meet.

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6 March, 2015

Opening Address to ATAINZ Tax Conference

Taxation is a necessary part of society as long as government is required to provide services such as health and education, police and defence, conservation and civil defence.

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5 March, 2015

Speech: Surrender of Parengarenga Lease

I know that at least some of the nga kaumatua and nga kuia here today were directly involved in the early days of the lease forest and the adjacent Aupouri State Forest.

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4 March, 2015

Opening Address – NICE 2015 Symposium on Health and Social Care

Thank you for inviting me to open this joint NICE-bpacnz symposium on guidelines and pathways and the roles that they have in the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

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4 March, 2015

Speech to Downstream Conference 2015

It’s great to be back at this conference and to be New Zealand’s Energy Minister for a third year.

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26 February, 2015

Speech to the Auckland Chamber of Commerce and Massey University

With the National-led Government now into its third term, I’d like to update you on our priorities for the next three years.

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25 February, 2015

Opening address: Safe use of opioids national collaborative

As Associate Minister of Health, it is my pleasure to be here with you all this morning to open learning session one, the Collaborative’s inaugural national event.

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24 February, 2015

Prime Minister’s Ministerial Statement on ISIL

Mr Speaker, today I am announcing to the House the Government’s decisions about our contribution to the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.

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24 February, 2015

Speech to New Zealand Emergency Management & Business Resilience Summit

Since I spoke to you at last year’s summit, there have been major changes at the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management, known as MCDEM.

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24 February, 2015

NZ statement to UNSC Open Debate

UN Security Council Open Debate: Maintenance of International Peace and Security. Statement by Foreign Minister Murray McCully. Delivered Monday 23 February (New York)

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