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.
So it’s important we work together.Read full article
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The Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe will make an official visit to New Zealand next week, Prime Minister John Key announced today.
“Prime Minister Abe has been spearheading a revival of Japan’s economy and diplomacy,” Mr Key said.
“His visit is an opportunity to mark New Zealand’s long-standing links with Japan through Government, business and personal ties.”
The two Prime Ministers will hold talks on Monday in Auckland and meet with business representatives from both countries.
Mr Abe will then fly to Christchurch to pay respects to 28 Japanese citizens who lost their lives in the Canterbury earthquake.
“I have met Mr Abe a number of times overseas since he came to office in 2012, and I very much look forward to welcoming him to New Zealand,” said Mr Key.
Mr Abe previously visited New Zealand in 1985 (accompanying his father, Foreign Minister Shintaro Abe and Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone) and in 1997 as a member of the Japanese Diet (Parliament).
Mr Abe’s grandfather, Nobusuke Kishi, was the first Japanese Prime Minister to visit New Zealand in 1957.
The most recent visit of a Japanese Prime Minister was Junichiro Koizumi in 2002.
Mr Abe will be accompanied by his wife Mrs Akie Abe.Tweet