29th April, 2020

RT HON WINSTON PETERS Good afternoon – Today, we’d like to discuss New Zealand’s foreign policy response to COVID-19. From the beginning of the outbreak we have engaged in a highly dynamic diplomacy, despite the fact that the crisis is preventing Foreign Ministers from meeting face-to-face. As Foreign Minister, calls have taken place with 23…Read More

20th April, 2020
Prime Minister’s remarks on COVID-19 alert level decision – April 20

RT HON JACINDA ARDERN Tēnā koutou katoa Over the past few weeks I have often used my time at this podium to acknowledge the people on the frontline. Today I want to remember the people in New Zealand who have lost someone to COVID-19, or the many more who had the terror of almost losing…Read More

9th April, 2020
Prime Minister’s remarks halfway through Alert Level 4 lockdown

RT HON JACINDA ARDERN Today is day 15 of Alert Level 4 lockdown. And at the halfway mark I have no hesitation in saying, that what New Zealanders have done over the last two weeks is huge. In the face of the greatest threat to human health we have seen in over a century, Kiwis…Read More

25th March, 2020
Prime Minister’s statement on State of National Emergency and Epidemic Notice

RT HON JACINDA ARDERN Mr Speaker I wish to make a Ministerial Statement under Standing Order 347 in relation to the recent declaration of a State of National Emergency. Having considered the advice of the Director Civil Defence Emergency Management, the Minister of Civil Defence declared a State of National Emergency for the whole of New…Read More

23rd March, 2020
Prime Minister: COVID-19 Alert Level increased RT HON JACINDA ARDERN

Good afternoon The Cabinet met this morning to discuss our next actions in the fight against COVID-19. Like the rest of the world, we are facing the potential for devastating impacts from this virus. But, through decisive action, and through working together, we have a small window to get ahead of it. On Saturday I…Read More