Tag: Sport

PM’s Speech to NZ Institute of International Affairs

Speech – New Zealand Government Good afternoon. Its a pleasure to be here today to discuss New Zealands place in the world, which is always the focus of much debate. Rt Hon John Key Prime Minister 3 May 2015 Speech to NZ Institute of International Affairs Good afternoon. It’s a pleasure to be here today to discuss New Zealand’s place in the world, which is always the focus of much debate. The debate revolves around issues like whether we should join trade agreements, welcome immigration or join international efforts to combat terrorism. Two schools of thought stand out. One is a very defensive position. Put up barriers to imports and restrict investment. Be suspicious of foreigners, especially those who don’t look or sound like us. And they would tell those with the gumption and drive to travel across the world in search of a brighter future here that we are not that interested in having them. Other people think New Zealand’s future is in being an open, outward-facing country, welcoming of people and ideas from other countries, and part of wide-reaching global supply chains. They think we should be a good global citizen and promote ourselves on the world stage. I’m firmly of the latter view. Fortress New Zealand simply doesn’t work. New Zealand has tried it before and it failed. We sought shelter in tariffs and subsidies because...

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Collins’ Comments: Success in Sport and Trade

Column – Judith Collins Although not all New Zealanders are rugby fans it is hard not to be proud of our wonderful All Blacks and their brilliant win at Twickenham in the early hours (NZ time) of 1 November. I had to watch despite my exams for my Health and Safety diploma … Collins’ Comments: 9 November 2015 Collins’ Comments: Success in Sport and Trade It is hard not to be proud of our wonderful All Blacks and their brilliant win at Twickenham in the early hours (NZ time) of 1 November. Hon Judith Collins MP for Papakura Collins’ Comments: Success in Sport and Trade Although not all New Zealanders are rugby fans it is hard not to be proud of our wonderful All Blacks and their brilliant win at Twickenham in the early hours (NZ time) of 1 November. I had to watch despite my exams for my Health and Safety diploma looming a few days later. The All Blacks showed why they are number one in the world with a hard-fought but well-deserved win. Continuing with the winning theme I was pleased to see that, for the second year in a row, the World Bank has declared New Zealand the second easiest place in the world to do business. Trade is vital for creating more jobs and higher incomes for New Zealanders. This year the Government has...

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Gordon Campbell on the FIFA scandal , and similar dirty deal

Column – Gordon Campbell Face it, it has been a very, very bad week for anyone who thinks that a) FIFA is a damn fine organisation run by guys who think football is the greatest game, and that theyd just like to do what they can to selflessly advance the sport they … Gordon Campbell on the FIFA scandal , and similar dirty dealing Face it, it has been a very, very bad week for anyone who thinks that a) FIFA is a damn fine organisation run by guys who think football is the greatest game, and that they’d just like to do what they can to selflessly advance the sport they love so much and (b) that Saudi royalty are noble, hawk-eyed princes of the desert whose hearts are fierce, whose handclasps are strong and whose intentions are pure and (c) that US lawmakers are principled folk who want to do the right thing and advance the cause of free trade, because they think free trade is good for workers and good for America. Alas, the world seems not to be quite like that. Only a few weeks ago, Diego Maradona said that FIFA is run like the Mafia. How right he was. With the US now investigating FIFA’s racketeering and money-laundering activities and the Swiss also looking at the bribes that went into the choice of Russia...

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Fair Play

Article – Alexander Lowe The Australian Football League (AFL) has cancelled a sponsorship deal between its affiliated league in Europe and Royal Brunei Airlines. AFL had earlier this year pledged to combat eliminate homophobia in sports so discovery of sponsorship with … Fair Play By Alexander Lowe 22 September 2014 The Australian Football League (AFL) has cancelled a sponsorship deal between its affiliated league in Europe and Royal Brunei Airlines. AFL had earlier this year pledged to combat eliminate homophobia in sports so discovery of sponsorship with the state-run airline of Brunei, country with anti-gay laws, became a major embarrassment. Sponsorship agreement to fly international players between Melbourne and London came amidst a worldwide boycott campaign against businesses owned by the Sultan of Brunei after he introduced harsh Sharia laws in his country condemned by the UN and range of countries including US and Australia. When fully implemented next year, new laws will impose penalties including flogging, the dismemberment of limbs and stoning to death for homosexuals and female adulterers. The new legislation caused an outrage among human rights organizations and a celebrity endorsed boycott of the Sultan’s owned hotels from the Dorcherster Collection chain, in particular the iconic Beverley Hills Hotel. The AFL released a statement that it was unaware of Brunei’s adoption of the laws which “are counter to everything the AFL stands for in regards to...

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Enhancing New Zealand – Japan cooperation

Press Release – New Zealand Government The Prime Minister of New Zealand Rt Hon John Key and the Prime Minister of Japan His Excellency Shinzo Abe met in Auckland on 7 July 2014. Prime Minister Key welcomed Prime Minister Abe on his official visit to New Zealand and appreciated Japans …John Key 8 JULY, 2014 Enhancing New Zealand – Japan cooperation The Prime Minister of New Zealand Rt Hon John Key and the Prime Minister of Japan His Excellency Shinzo Abe met in Auckland on 7 July 2014. Prime Minister Key welcomed Prime Minister Abe on his official visit to New Zealand and appreciated Japan’s ongoing commitment to the Pacific region under his leadership. The two leaders acknowledged the success and maturity of the New Zealand-Japan relationship at all levels – government, business and people-to-people – reflecting strong mutual commitment and cooperation over many years. They endorsed the Joint Statement on a Strategic Cooperative Partnership issued by Foreign Ministers in 2013 as a framework for strengthening the bilateral relationship, and announced the following priority areas for enhancing cooperation. The two leaders reiterated their commitment to concluding, as soon as possible, a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement consistent with the instructions they issued to their Ministers and negotiators in Bali in October 2013. Prime Minister Key welcomed Prime Minister Abe’s policies to progress structural reform and other measures to revitalise Japan’s...

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