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This week I want to share a story with you from my recent visit to the Waitaki electorate. I met a young mum there who was on the benefit. I was inspired to find out how she had later made a positive change in not only her life, but in her daughter's life as well.
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National recognises that housing affordability is an important issue for New Zealanders, and we also know that currently our housing market is not working as well as it could be. So we're taking action. We want to help more people achieve the Kiwi dream of owning their own home.
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Infrastructure plays an important part in building a more productive and competitive economy. To move people, freight and information around our country and to our international markets, we need our roading, telecommunications and electricity networks to be suited to the modern 21st century environment in which we do business.
Watch my latest video to find out the smart investment National is making to deliver efficient and effective infrastructure, and support jobs and growth in New Zealand.
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This week, Finance Minister Bill English and State-Owned Enterprises Minister Tony Ryall were present as Meridian Energy was listed for the first time on the New Zealand Stock Exchange. This was another step in the Government's share offer programme, which is an important policy for National and one we campaigned on before the last election.
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Last week at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, I delivered a statement on behalf of New Zealand. Watch the video below to hear about it:
The full text of the speech is available here: http://johnkey.co.nz//archives/1727-New-Zealands-Statement-t
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National is doing what it takes to rebuild Christchurch. We've made it one of our four priorities for this term in office.
We've been standing beside Cantabrians since the first earthquake struck, and we're committed to seeing the region thrive again.
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This Wednesday marked three years since the first of the destructive earthquakes that shook Canterbury. The National-led Government remains as committed as ever to the rebuild - that's why we've made it one of our four top priorities for this term in office.
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A few weeks ago the Governor of the Reserve Bank pointed out that New Zealand will in the next 12 months be one of the faster-growing developed economies. I know it doesn't quite feel like that here.
We find the recovery is becoming increasingly positive but is still a bit patchy where some industries and businesses are still struggling and certainly there are still people looking for jobs.
But it does tell us a bit about what's happening in the rest of the world. I was in Australia just last week and there's a mood there of some frustration, I think. They've had decades with no recession, they're going through a bit of an adjustment and I've been a bit surprised at how much that has affected the legendary Australian confidence.
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Despite some tough challenges in recent years, the National-led Government remains focused on building a more competitive and productive economy in New Zealand.
In my latest video, I talk about a number of recent indicators that show how we are delivering results and making a positive different for our families.
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As Prime Minister, I want to see every one of our children getting the very best start to life. They deserve nothing less.
New Zealanders have had enough of children being killed, abused and neglected. You've asked us to take action, and we are.
Last week, we announced a number of big changes that will build on our progress so far. We're introducing legislation that will see better government accountability, better screening and vetting of people working with children, and better guardianship and child protection laws.
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For many New Zealander families, their homes are the most important asset they'll ever own.
National knows the value of home ownership because we know it provides stability for families, strength for communities and security for retirement. But we also know that too many hardworking young Kiwis are being locked out of the housing market.
That's why the National-led Government has had such a firm focus on improving housing affordability for New Zealand families.
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National Party Leader, Prime Minister John Key, closes the 77th Annual National Party Conference with this address.
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Bill English addresses the Conference delegation about the economy and National's economic plans.
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Older New Zealanders have worked hard, and deserve to enjoy retirement. As Prime Minister, I'm proud that my government has taken a firm stand when it comes to giving older New Zealanders the financial security they deserve.
Watch my latest video blog and find out more about how the National-led Government is supporting older New Zealanders with the security, wellbeing, and respect they deserve.
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Energy and resources are set to be a game changer for New Zealand's economy. So far, we're just scratching the surface when it comes to making the most of our significant natural resource base.
Watch my latest video, where I discuss the potential of New Zealand's natural resources for New Zealanders and their families.
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Families across the country have been under a bit of pressure getting through some difficult economic times. People have been worried about whether they would be able to keep their jobs, and whether they would get the pay increase they were looking forward to and needed. And they've done pretty well in difficult circumstances. But there have been some things that have helped get our families through.
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New Zealand families ought to have warmer, healthier and more affordable good-quality housing.
At the moment, too many families are living in inadequate housing -- homes which are cold, damp, and expensive to buy. We're making changes to improve the quality of existing houses, and we're working on measures to make affordable housing available to more New Zealanders.
There is no quick fix, but we are making some good progress. Watch my latest video where I explain some of the ways we're improving housing in New Zealand.
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My mother instilled in my sisters and me the importance of a good education. A good education can change a child's life.
That's why, as a Government, we have been so firmly focused on lifting achievement in all levels of our education system. And despite the difficult economic circumstances that New Zealand has faced, education is one area that we've continued to invest in.
Watch my latest video to see how National is working to lift achievement in education.
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Prime Minister John Key, Social Development Minister Paula Bennett, Hon Tariana Turia, general manager of Sanitarium, Pierre van Heerden , chief executive and founder of KidsCan, Julie Chapman, and Fonterra spokeswoman Carly Robinson release the Government's new PPP agreement that will underwrite school breakfasts for thousands of New Zealand children.
For more, see the Prime Minister's press release http://admin.beehive.govt.nz/release/funding-boosts-help-vul
nerable-children-pm ,Hon Paula Bennett's press release http://beehive.govt.nz/release/breakfast-programme-part-solu tion and this special feature on the Government's website: http://admin.beehive.govt.nz/feature/government%E2%80%99s-re sponse-children%E2%80%99s-commissioner%E2%80%99s-expert-advi sory-group-solutions-child-povert
Under the terms of the agreement, Sanitarium and Fonterra will expand their current KickStart Breakfast programme, while funding for KidsCan will go toward "shoes, raincoats, lice treatment and other basic, essential healthcare needs," the Prime Minister says in the video.
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The National-led Government's fifth Budget, which we released to New Zealand last week, has been extremely well received. That's because it delivers in the areas that matter, and it supports our families who need it most.
When I spoke in Parliament on the Budget last week, it was great to have the chance to talk about our success in Government. I also took the opportunity to point out that the Opposition have adopted our mixed ownership policy as their own.
Watch my latest video to see exactly what I said.
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When National came into office in 2008, we worked extremely hard to ensure our health service was delivering the high level of service we expected it to. At the end of the day, the health of our families, and especially our children, is important to all of us.
As Prime Minister, I'm proud we've been able to protect and grow our health service at a time when many other developed nations are freezing or even reducing their investment in public health.
In my latest video I discuss some of the great results we've achieved for New Zealand families in health.
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I made my first pre-Budget announcement on Tourism last week, as part of our international growth package. This week I announced more details around this. We've already indicated that this year's Budget will be about growth, and in tourism, there is great potential to grow.
The $158 million we've allocated to tourism over the next four years will help grow New Zealand's reputation as a great tourist destination. It will help grow our new and emerging markets, and it will help build on the phenomenal growth we've seen from existing markets such as China and Australia.
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National has had a strong economic plan since we first came into office in 2008. We've faced some big challenges and very difficult economic circumstances along the way. But we've shown we can carefully balance the need to run the Government's books, while protecting New Zealand's most vulnerable.
We're seeing some great results. We achieved 3% economic growth in New Zealand last year, which is higher than most developed countries, and business confidence is increasing. Over the weekend, I met Christine Lagarde from the International Monetary Fund while in China, who said she believes our economic plan is "very stable and it's also very promising".
Watch my latest video, where I talk about our economic programme ahead of next month's budget.
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Recently I announced the men and women of our Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) will be leaving the Bamyan province in Afghanistan.
New Zealand troops have played an important role in shoring up the security of Bamyan, and the wider country. We made a big commitment for a small country. I'm very proud of what New Zealand forces have achieved.
In this video, I discuss New Zealand's involvement in Afghanistan.
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The Christchurch earthquakes have taken a huge toll on Cantabrians, but the rest of New Zealand is helping share the financial cost. When it comes to pulling together and coping with a crisis, there is no country in the world I'd rather be than this one.
Over two years on from the most devastating February 22nd quake, the progress of the rebuild of Christchurch is gathering pace. If last year was about demolition, 2013 is certainly about rebuilding a vibrant city that all Kiwis can be proud of.
In my video this week, I talk about some of the great progress we've made in rebuilding wider Christchurch.
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I've just returned from a very successful visit to four Latin American countries - Mexico, Colombia, Chile, and Brazil. My nine day visit, alongside 22 large Kiwi companies, was a chance for me to build connections with this part of the world. This will help Kiwi exporters and businesses get a foot in the door in the region.
Using my connections with world leaders is one of the most important things I can do as Prime Minister to help Kiwi companies grow, invest, and succeed. When our exporters are doing well, they employ more New Zealanders, providing a much-needed boost to our economy.
Next month, I'm off to China, where I plan to do the same thing - build on the already strong relationship between our two countries, underpinned by our free trade agreement.
Watch my latest video blog to find out more about the importance of my trade missions for New Zealand.
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The National-led Government is on track with our Government Share Offer programme, which we campaigned on at the last election. This will give Kiwis a chance to invest in big New Zealand companies. The Government will raise money to build public assets such as schools and hospitals without borrowing more.
The Crown is considering offering shares to the public in one or more of the Mixed Ownership Model Companies. No money is currently being sought and no applications for shares will be accepted or money received until after an investment statement containing information about the relevant offer of shares is available. It is intended that an application will be made to NZX Limited to list each of the Mixed Ownership Model Companies on the NZX Main Board. In each case, the application will be made at the time that shares in that company are offered to the public. No such applications have yet been made.
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I'm starting a series of videos which will help keep you up to date with the latest news from National.
This week, I discuss National's proud record on Law and Order. Our Police force does an outstanding job keeping you safe at home and in your communities. The Government is supporting frontline officers to they can spend more time on the beat, and less on paperwork.
Watch my video to find out more about our investment in the Police as part of our drive to deliver better public services for all New Zealanders.
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Hello there - I'd like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
I love Christmas time. I think it's a time for family and friends and a chance to get around the barbecue and discuss the things that have taken place in 2012, in this case, and what's going to happen in the year ahead. A chance to take a little bit of a breather and not to have quite so much paperwork to read, in my case, and not so many places to visit but to have some time for those that I love the most, my family, and so for me it's a great time of year. Christmas can always be a difficult time for those of you that might have lost loved ones during 2012. The pain of that will be very intense so my heart and thoughts go with as you contend those very difficult issues. But know that there are plenty of people out there who care about you, and will be there to help you so maybe pop in and see the neighbours and have a cup of tea or whatever it might be. For 2013 there's a big year ahead of us as the Government but for the moment we'll just take the moment to enjoy Christmas and to enjoy the very finest of New Zealand. With a bit of luck the weather will be great and we'll be able to get out there to the beaches, and the lakes, and the rivers.Have a great Christmas!
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John talks about the Queen's Diamond Jubilee visit to New Zealand by the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, next week's trip to Cambodia and Myanmar, the state of the economy both here and in the United States, and the significance of current unemployment rates.
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30 October. The Prime Minister talks about the Government's new initiatives to promote the development of affordable housing - and covers off some of the less fruitful ideas recently touted by Opposition parties. To read the speech by RBNZ governor Graeme Wheeler referenced at the end of the video, visit http://www.rbnz.govt.nz/speeches/5005204.html
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I'm about to head off to Los Angeles for a series of meetings with top movie and television executives in which I'll be promoting New Zealand as a great choice for major projects. The film industry in New Zealand accounts for a small but significant portion of national GDP and employment. It's the kind of industry we want and need more of to make the economy grow.
On another note, recorded crime is dropping, reaching a fifteen-year low in 2011. For more on that, see Police Minister Anne Tolley's media release: http://www.national.org.nz/Article.aspx?articleId=38222
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John talks about his overseas visits during the last couple of weeks, including his time at the Pacific Leaders Forum, the TPP and meeting the leaders of major economies during APEC in Russia as well as his time in Japan where he met with Prime Minister Noda and commemorated the earthquakes in Canterbury and Sendai. He's now off to the Chathams for his first visit and hopes to sample some of the legendary local fare while he's there.
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Watch Finance Minister Bill English talking about his current work and the Government's Business Growth Agenda which aims to make the economy more productive. Also, the first BGA report is available at: www.mbie.govt.nz/what-we-do/business-growth-agenda/export-ma
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John expresses his sadness at the latest deaths of three brave soldiers in Afghanistan. He also reflects on the Government's on-going programme to support business growth in New Zealand, as well as National's latest announcements towards better public services.
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John talks about the unveiling of the Christchurch CBD rebuild blueprint ( http://www.national.org.nz/Article.aspx?ArticleID=39049 ) and his visit to Samoa marking the 50th Anniversary of the Treaty of Friendship between Samoa and New Zealand ( http://www.national.org.nz/Article.aspx?ArticleID=39073 ).
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The 76th National Party Conference. Over 500 delegates. For the Prime Minister's closing speech, go here: http://www.national.org.nz/Article.aspx?ArticleID=38988
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03 July. Prime Minister John Key announces the Government's Emissions Trading Scheme changes, a package designed to ensure New Zealand remains competitive with our international trading partners.
Prime Minister John Key - Video Journal No.5
Post-Cabinet announcement with Hon Paula Bennett60
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07 May. Prime Minister John Key and Social Development Minister Paula Bennett announce $287.5 million in extra funding over the next four years for the first phase of the Government's welfare reforms to help more New Zealanders into work, The announcement is followed by extensive Q&A with media. For more, including a PDF containing Q@A from the Ministry, see http://www.national.org.nz/Article.aspx?ArticleID=38443 For more on the Government's welfare reform programme, see http://www.national.org.nz/welfare-reforms.aspx
Prime Minister John Key - Video Journal No.461
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23 April 2012. Prime Minister John Key talks about his just-completed trips to Indonesia and Singapore, with emphasis on the trade potential between New Zealand and those two powerful economies. This is Anzac week and the PM will be attending services in Auckland and Wellington. On the weekend, the PM will be attending the first of the National Party conferences in Dunedin.
finance Minister Bill English on housing affordability62
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The housing market is picking up, which presents a challenge to Government policy makers concerned with affordable housing. Finance Minister Bill English discusses the issues involved in improving housing affordability.
Video Journal on the mental health initiative
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A special video journal on changes to public services, ending with a tribute to Jock Hobbs. For the full text of his speech announcing the changes, background documents and all related media releases, visit http://www.national.org.nz/public-services.aspx
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National Party Leader, Prime Minister John Key, addresses the delegates at the 77th annual National Party conference in Nelson. 10 August 2013. For the full text of his speech notes, visit http://johnkey.co.nz//archives/1700-Speech-notes-to-opening-