House debates

Tuesday, 7 February 2023

Distinguished Visitors

Hipkins, Rt Hon. Chris, King, Hon. Dame Annette

2:01 pm

Photo of Peter DuttonPeter Dutton (Dickson, Liberal Party, Leader of the Opposition) Share this | Hansard source

on indulgence—On behalf of the coalition, I extend a warm welcome to Prime Minister Hipkins and congratulate him on his election and his appointment to this position. I also acknowledge the high commissioner, who is a very good friend of our country. We speak in a united front in relation to our relationship with our friends just across the ditch. It's a very integral part of our family. It's more important than ever that our two countries come together to stand for the values that we've fought together for over a long period of time, and with the engagement that New Zealand has with many smaller nations, in particular in the Indo-Pacific, that relationship is more crucial than ever.

We look forward to the occasions where we can continue to work together and the occasions—particularly around rugby and cricket—where we can agree to disagree in a time-honoured tradition. You are a most welcome guest here, and it is a great pleasure and honour to have you in the chamber.


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