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I move, that this House recognise that on the 4th of August 2014, we will mark the centenary of New Zealand entering the First World War.
A few hours after the declaration of war by the British Empire, of which New Zealand was a part, the Governor of New Zealand Lord Liverpool told a crowd of thousands outside Parliament that New Zealand was at war with Germany.
The New Zealand government’s offer to send an expeditionary force – a move endorsed by this Parliament – was hugely significant.
New Zealand’s population in 1914 was just over one million.
The initial deployment was of 8,000 men, but by 1919 over 100,000 New Zealanders – or ten per cent of the population – had left these shores to serve overseas.
They were not just soldiers. They included, for example, medical staff, sailors and tunnellers.
Over 5,000 Maori served in the War, alongside 500 Pacific Islanders. And 550 women served in the New Zealand Army Nursing Service.
Of those who served, 18,000 lost their lives and another 41,000 were wounded.
One in 20 New Zealanders therefore became casualties of the First World War.
Thank you for inviting me to the Local Government New Zealand conference. It’s great to be here in Nelson, and it’s great to see all the local mayors, chief executives and elected members.
Ladies and Gentlemen.
The relationship between central government and local government is one of partnership.
We rely on each other to make good choices for our fellow New Zealanders.
Our legislating to ban psychoactive substances earlier this year was in no small part due to your advocacy on this issue. You saw the misery these drugs were causing in your communities. And you made it clear to us that you didn’t want them being sold on your streets.
We listened and we acted.
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