I want to commend you on your disciplined approach to debating a vision for Māori health for determining the actions that must occur if Māori health is to progress and prosper and articulating ideas around how the interest of Māori can be best represented and realised.
Around the world, friends of India, strategists, business groups and others are all starting to ask a rather important question. With the landslide victory of the BJP over Congress, we have seen a shift in the political tectonic plates. What implications will this have, if any, for India’s approach to international economic negotiations?
There is nothing more uplifting than to look around this room at the past board members and trustees, current board members and staff, health professionals, legal and financial advisors and friends of Te Kupenga Hauora Ahuriri.
Much has happened since I opened your first National Disability Conference in 2010. We have much to celebrate – but also much to anticipate in terms of the expectations we should continue to have about enjoying a very different future for disabled New Zealanders.
Mr Speaker, I move that the Vulnerable Children Bill, the Children, Young Persons and Their Families (Vulnerable Children) Amendment Bill, and the KiwiSaver (Vulnerable Children) Amendment Bill be now read a third time.
We are about to make major, positive changes in the way citizens do business with government. The changes in customer service - and the ICT transformation needed to achieve this - represent the biggest reforms since the 1980s.
As most of you will know, this week is National Volunteer Week. Around the country, we have a full calendar of events, activities and celebrations designed to promote and recognise the dedication and achievements of volunteers.
The strength of the New Zealand tax system is its highly cooperative nature so it’s great to have such world leading speakers here with us. I'm sure tax policy and IRD's Business Transformation programme can only benefit from your expertise.
It goes without saying that people trafficking is a heinous crime and a grave violation of human rights. The United Nations has stated that thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers every year, both in their own countries and abroad.
Hotels are a critical part of the tourism infrastructure. Hotels constitute over a third of all guest nights in New Zealand and international visitors staying in hotels spend more per night than visitors staying in other forms of accommodation. Hotels will therefore play a vital role in the sector’s overall strategy to lift the value from international visitors.