Quality of life is about much more than national income and as a boy who grew up in a state house, it doesn't surprise me that New Zealand stands tall as a country where everyone has a chance to achieve their dreams.
It’s great to be here in Christchurch today.
Thank you to everybody attending today, and thanks to the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce for hosting this event.
One of the National-led Government’s four main priorities this term is to support the rebuilding of this, our second-biggest city, and to stand beside the people of Canterbury.
From the first earthquake in September 2010, the Government has totally backed Christchurch and the wider region to respond, to recover and to rebuild.
A lot of that backing is financial. The Government’s total contribution to the rebuild is now expected to be around $15 billion, of which $7.3 billion is from EQC net of reinsurance proceeds.
At the moment, we are paying an estimated $9 million every working day in rebuild invoices.
And this rebuilding programme is driving the regional economy.
Prime Minister John Key today expressed his condolences to the family
of Sir Owen Woodhouse, ONZ KBE DSC. Sir Owen passed away aged 97.
“Sir Owen Woodhouse was a man whose life exemplified public service and duty to his country,” Mr Key said.
“He was a decorated naval officer in World War II, receiving a Distinguished Service Cross for operations in the Adriatic, before embarking on a long and distinguished career as a jurist at the highest level.”
“He is best known for chairing the Royal Commission on Accident Compensation, authoring the Woodhouse Report, which recommended a no-fault accident compensation scheme for New Zealand. He leaves a genuinely important legacy.”
Sir Owen was made an Additional Member of the Order of New Zealand in 2007, after being made a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1981.
Sir Owen Woodhouse was President of the Court of Appeal between 1981 and 1986, and was made a Privy Counsellor and member of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in 1974.Tweet
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