This is the third time I have spoken at the forum and it’s a special privilege to be here to mark the 150th year of mining on the West Coast. This region was founded on mining and the industry has a rich history which we should celebrate.
This is the fifth of the main NetHui events. One of the things that I love about your conference is the name. It’s such a quintessential New Zealand name that it straight away speaks to Kiwis in a way that describes exactly what this event is and how it works. I love that, and its uniqueness.
Welcome everyone, it is a pleasure to be here. This conference is a fantastic opportunity for us to gather together and generate great new ideas and launch new initiatives that will lead to stronger communities.
It is an absolute pleasure to open Superu’s Evidence to Action Conference. The theme this year – How do you know you’re making a difference on the ground?’ – reflects one of the key questions behind the governments social investment approach, and reinforces the importance of Superu’s role in commissioning research that evaluates the impact of social sector programmes.
I would like to thank our two co-chairs, the Hon Simon Power, Chair of the NZ-US Council and Stu Van Soyoc, President of the US-based counterpart organisation for assuming joint responsibility for the Partnership Forum.
I want to start by stating the glaringly obvious. In international relations, size matters. It is not the only thing, but in reality the bigger you are, and the more resources you have, the more options you have.
Cyberbullying is a real and growing problem. It’s not a minor issue confined to a small group of people. One-in-five New Zealanders aged 13-30 years have experienced harmful communications on the internet. We need to do something to stem these new and insidious threats.
Apparently Captain James Cook had a taste for goat milk, and took a goat along with him on his maiden voyage to New Zealand. This was the beginning of a long established history of goat milk in this country.
This is my first key opportunity speaking to members of the maternity sector. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your commitment and dedication in providing important healthcare services to New Zealanders.
I congratulate the organisers of the conference on the choice of topic: building trust. There is nothing more important than trust for the effective functioning of a democracy. There is nothing harder to restore once trust is lost. There is no greater risk to the improvement of public services through the use of improved ICT than lack of trust.
I want to acknowledge the New Zealand Medical Association and Conference Matters for organising this conference year after year and for the critical role primary care plays in improving population health outcomes and lifting performance across the health sector.
We know there are plenty of challenges this year, as there always is with farming. Fickle weather and Global commodity fluctuations, to name just a few. These are all a part of farming life. This National Government backs rural communities and this can be easily demonstrated by the recent Budget.
I am delighted to be attending my first Conference of States Parties in my role as Minister for Disability Issues. This is a role which allows me to advocate for persons with disabilities at the highest levels of Government.