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27 April 2015
Prime Minister-led trade mission kicks off

The Prime Minister has kicked off the Gulf trade mission by meeting the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and leading business figures.

“These meetings gave me an opportunity to promote New Zealand business and talk about the benefits of our trade and investment relationship,” Mr Key says

"I also emphasised the potential we see for building even deeper trade and economic links with the Gulf States, including through finalising FTA negotiations and bringing the NZ - GCC FTA into force.”

New Zealand and UAE are committed trading partners and share a strong bilateral relationship which continues to grow.

“I took the opportunity to thank the UAE for supporting New Zealand’s United Nations Security Council Campaign, and reiterated our commitment to engage closely with the UAE on matters of importance to it,” says Mr Key.

The Prime Minister today also opened a New Zealand – Dubai business seminar, in conjunction with the Dubai Chamber of Commerce.

The seminar aims to build understanding of our respective business environments, and explore opportunities for growth and partnership between the two countries.

“The event was an excellent way to help raise the profile of New Zealand companies looking to grow and seek investment in the Gulf and to provide support to New Zealand business engagement.”

A visit to a local Dubai supermarket illustrated the demand for New Zealand goods in UAE, with 78 different products representing twenty Kiwi brands on the shelves.

“Clearly there is a strong and growing market for the high quality products we produce.”

The Prime Minister is leading an 18-strong delegation of New Zealand business people and is accompanied by Trade Minister Tim Groser in the Gulf.


26 April 2015
Speech to open of NZ-Dubai Business Seminar at the Dubai Chamber of Commerce

It’s a pleasure to be with you here in Dubai this morning to open this business seminar.

And I’d like to thank the Dubai Chamber of Commerce for hosting this event today.

As you may be aware, I arrived in Dubai last night after attending significant war commemorations in Turkey.

Today marks the beginning of my visit to several Gulf States, and I’d like to thank you for the warm welcome I’ve received.

I’ve wanted to travel to the Gulf States for some time because they are increasingly important economic, political and security partners for New Zealand.

Today I have with me a delegation of senior business leaders from New Zealand who are either already doing business in the Gulf or actively looking to build a presence here.

Building relationships is vital, so I’m looking forward to seeing my counterparts over the next few days and also meeting senior business leaders.

The primary focus of my visit is the economic and trade relationship although I will be discussing other issues along the way too.

When I look at New Zealand’s economic and trade relationship with the Gulf States I see enormous potential to expand and deepen our links.

We come from very different places.

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26 April 2015
Speech at Chunuk Bair

There are places on this peninsula whose names will never be forgotten.

Each country remembers where their soldiers fought, and where they fell.

Places where extraordinary bravery was shown, in unspeakable conditions.

For New Zealanders, nowhere in Gallipoli is more special than here on Chunuk Bair.

It was not the scene of a great triumph.

But it was the closest the Allied forces came to making a breakthrough in the whole Gallipoli campaign.

And it was led by a few hundred Kiwis, 10,000 miles from home.

We are the descendants and countrymen of the New Zealanders who fought and died on this hilltop.

From here we see the terrain that Colonel William Malone and his men in the Wellington Battalion made out as the dawn rose, almost 100 years ago.

We do not come merely as sightseers.

We come to feel closer to those who came here before us, 100 years ago.

By being here, we can imagine them climbing this hill with rifle in hand, squinting in the dark. Alert. Apprehensive.

We can see why this range of hills was so important – it’s the highest ground for many miles.

Australian and New Zealand units began attacking this range, and the approaches to it, on August 6, 1915.

The Auckland Battalion tried to take Chunuk Bair but was forced back with heavy casualties.

Next in line was the Wellington Battalion, but its commanding officer, Colonel Malone, refused to send his men to their certain deaths in a daylight attack.

They waited until night fell.

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25 April 2015
Dawn Service Speech

On this beach, on this day, at this hour, exactly 100 years ago, the first Anzac troops came ashore.

Instead of the open spaces that had been described to them, they landed here with steep hills rising in front of this narrow beach.

And in those hills, Ottoman Turkish soldiers were already positioned and ready to defend this land.

We New Zealanders rarely think of ourselves as anyone’s enemy, or as aggressors.

But that’s exactly how those soldiers would have seen the Anzac and other Allied troops on April 25, 1915, and in the grinding months of fighting that followed.

We have coastlines similar to this at home.

If, for a moment, we imagine the situation reversed, we know that New Zealand soldiers would have been willing to lay down their lives to defend their country.

So, of course, were the Ottoman Turks.             

Time and the perspective of history have cast the Gallipoli campaign, and some of the military decisions that were made, in a different light.

But 100 years ago, both sides were doing what they believed was right, and what they believed was necessary.  

There was something else the Anzac troops landing here at Gallipoli did not know as they first struggled onto this foreign soil.

It was that their bravery and unity would help to forge the Anzac bond and reputation that endures to this day.

I salute that, as I do the bravery of the troops who opposed them, and all those who fought on this peninsula.

The campaign waged here ensured that the name of this place would be written into the histories of New Zealand, Australia, Britain, Turkey, and the many other countries that fought here – never to be erased.

Since then, New Zealanders have fought on many other battlegrounds, with similar courage and tenacity.

Everywhere a New Zealander has died serving our country is part of our history.

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24 April 2015
PM speech at Istanbul Peace Summit

One hundred years ago today, thousands of young New Zealand and Australian soldiers waited anxiously for the orders that would send them ashore in an attempt to secure the Gallipoli Peninsula.

On shore, Turkish soldiers from their 9th and 19th Divisions waited just as anxiously, prepared to lay down their lives to protect their homeland.

Two days later, 25 April - Anzac Day - thousands of soldiers on both sides were dead or wounded, on the first day of a campaign that would last eight harsh months.

When the forces of the British Empire finally withdrew in December 1915, the Canakkale Land Battles had claimed over 130,000 lives.

Over the next two days, at Anzac Cove, Lone Pine, Chunuk Bair and at Turkish, Commonwealth and Irish, and French services, we will be remembering and honouring all those who served their countries with honour, and who fell at Gallipoli 100 years ago. 

When Australian and New Zealand troops landed on the shores of Gallipoli in April 1915, we came to fight a people we knew little of, and with whom we had no real quarrel.

The brutality of the Gallipoli battlefield was undeniable.

But there are also documented examples of acts of kindness and gallantry by soldiers on both sides.

And, from the cauldron of war, an enduring bond between our three countries emerged.

This bond continues to be epitomised by Ataturk’s immortal words of reconciliation to the mothers of the ANZAC fallen.  

Gallipoli demonstrates that forgiveness and respect between former adversaries can provide a foundation for the emergence of close, warm ties, in peace.

For New Zealand and Australia, it was at Gallipoli, also, that our young nations began to come of age.

It was from here that we began to think of ourselves as not just parts of the British Empire, but as distinct national entities.  

Out of the carnage of Gallipoli, and then Palestine and European campaigns that would follow, our countries emerged with a new sense of certainty about our own destiny and our place in the world.

It was in Gallipoli that the enduring ANZAC bond between New Zealanders and Australians was first forged.

Since then, our soldiers have often served together with many other nations, in international peace-keeping missions across the globe.

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