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The annual Australia-New Zealand Leaders’ talks have taken the cooperation between our two countries forward in a number of areas, Prime Minister Bill English says. Mr English met with Prime Minister Turnbull in Queenstown today to discuss common approaches to bilateral and international issues, including trade and science and innovation. Mr English also thanked Mr Turnbull for Australia’s offer of support for those fighting the fires on the Port Hills in Christchurch. “Australia is our closest friend and ally.
The Prime Minister has met with the Pike River Mine families today, saying he acknowledges their loss and suffering. “The families want to recover their loved ones and ensure such a disaster never happens again and I accept they want to take every possible step to achieve this,” Mr English says. “No matter how we try and achieve this, we must adhere to the improved workplace health and safety laws we passed in the aftermath of the Pike River Mine tragedy.
Prime Minister Bill English has announced Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will make an official visit to New Zealand this week. Prime Minister Turnbull, Treasurer Scott Morrison and Industry Minister, Senator Arthur Sinodinos, arrive in Queenstown for the annual Australia-New Zealand Leaders’ meeting on Friday 17 February.  New Zealand’s Finance Minister Steven Joyce and Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges will also join the meeting.
Honourable Members. The National-led Government’s busy and ambitious policy agenda and legislative programme in 2017 will continue to back New Zealanders to succeed. This is a Government focused on delivering more opportunities for people to get ahead. It is a Government that backs New Zealanders who take risks to create new jobs and new businesses. It backs New Zealanders who work hard so they can raise their families. And it backs New Zealanders who need the Government’s support to improve their lives.
Kia ora koutou katoa What a wonderful, diverse group of people we have here, reflecting the fact that Tamaki Makaurau is one of the most diverse cities in the world. It’s great to be here with Ngati Whatua on Waitangi Day celebrating the achievement of so many iwi, and so many communities who have come to see that a treaty settlement, that an iwi that is part of their community, is a recipe for success for the future. ...
Honour and glory to God Peace to the land Goodwill to all people Greetings to us all acknowledging Waitangi day Here with our hosts Ngati Whatua of Orakei At Bastion Point, In Tamaki (Auckland) I sincerely thank you Ngati Whatua for your warm and generous hospitality And Invite us all to enjoy Waitangi Day. Can I acknowledge Ngati Whatua, and thank them for their invitation to come here today. ...
Good afternoon, My thanks to the Rotary Club of Auckland, and in particular President Andrew Aitken and the Rotary team for hosting this event. I also want to acknowledge Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett and Finance Minister Steven Joyce, who are here today. Both of them are doing great work on behalf of New Zealanders. Special guests, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for coming today. The start of the year is the time to stand back and look at how we’re doing as a country.
Another 1125 police staff, including 880 sworn police officers, will be funded over the next four years to reduce crime and prevent reoffending, Prime Minister Bill English announced today. “New Zealand is the fourth-safest country in the world, but demand for traditional police services is growing, and complex and serious crime is absorbing more police time. “The Safer Communities package announced today will enable police to put more time, effort and resources into working alongside other agencies with at-risk individuals and communities.”
Prime Minister Bill English has today outlined the parties National will consider working with following this year’s General Election. “Under MMP elections are always close so we will be taking nothing for granted as we campaign for the right to lead New Zealand for another term,” says Mr English. “We will be fighting hard to win every party vote to ensure we are in the best possible position to form a strong and stable Government that continues to deliver for all New Zealanders.
Prime Minister Bill English has announced this year’s General Election will be held on Saturday, 23 September. “As we have done in previous election years I am announcing the election date early as I believe it’s important to provide the country with some certainty and that it’s in everyone’s best interest to have plenty of notice.” National will be campaigning on its strong record in Government and will go into the election with a positive and ambitious programme that will back New Zealanders to succeed.
Prime Minister Bill English has appointed Parliamentary Private Secretaries to assist in the Ethnic Communities, Police, Economic Development, Environment and Conservation portfolios. Melissa Lee is re-appointed as a Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Ethnic Communities Minister while Jian Yang will join her in that role. Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi will assist the Minister of Police, Jonathan Young the Minister of Economic Development and Scott Simpson will work with the Environment and Conservation ministers.
Prime Minister Bill English has accepted the invitation of iwi leaders to lead a delegation of ministers to Waitangi to meet ahead of Waitangi Day celebrations, and announced he will not attend the annual powhiri at Te Tii Marae. “I am looking forward to meeting with the leaders of the 60 iwi who comprise the Iwi Chair’s Forum, to progress a range of issues of importance to Maoridom and New Zealand,” Mr English says. ...