Good afternoon, and thank you for joining us at Zealandia today.
We choose this venue for today’s announcement because the Kaiwharawhara catchment that the Sanctuary lies in has over the years been a microcosm of some of the challenges that the Government’s freshwater reforms seek to address.
The catchment is influenced by forestry, farming, regenerating native bush, urban and industrial land uses.
Good morning. I am pleased to welcome you all to Parliament today for an event that reflects our shared interest in the telecommunications market in New Zealand.
It is no surprise to anyone here this morning that technological advances are expanding markets and increasing demand for data and bandwidth at a dramatic rate. New Zealanders increasingly have expectations of instant and high-quality connectivity wherever they go.
Good morning. It is a pleasure to be invited to speak here this morning.
I would like to begin by acknowledging InternetNZ for organising this event, and for their on-going work in ensuring that key issues affecting the development of our digital future continue to be prominently and actively debated.
Can I also pass on my congratulations to newly-appointed chief executive Jordan Carter.
I move that the Resource Management Reform Bill 2012 now be read a second time.
I would first like to thank the chair and members of the Local Government and Environment Select Committee for their work on this Bill.
I would also like to thank everyone who took the time to make a submission to the Committee. The Committee received 234 submissions to the Bill, and heard 147 oral submissions in hearings in both Wellington and Auckland.
Kerry, thank you for your introduction and thank you to Rob and the EPA for inviting me to open your conference today.
It is a pleasure to be here and I’m delighted to see such a good turnout.
For a start, allow me to welcome you all to Wellington for what is the first ever joint conference between HSNO enforcement agencies and test certifiers. For those out of town visitors, I hope you enjoy your visit to the capital.