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State of The Nation Address With Rt Hon Bill English

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  • Wed 31 Jan ’18, 11:30am – 1:30pm


InterContinental Wellington, 2 Grey St, Wellington


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Wellington Chamber of Commerce Member: $70.00
  • Wellington Chamber of Commerce Non-Member: $90.00

The National Party leader, Rt Hon Bill English, will make his first major address since becoming Leader of the Opposition.

He is expected to share his thoughts on the year ahead, reflections on the change of Government and his views on New Zealand’s future direction.

The lunch is hosted by Business Central and Business New Zealand, and is open to the public as well as Business Central and Wellington Region Chamber members.

Registration will open at 11:30am with guests to be seated at 11:50am.

Rt Hon Bill English - Biography

Simon William English, better known as Bill, has served New Zealand and the National Party since his election to Parliament in 1990. Born in Lumsden in 1961 and educated at St Patrick’s College Silverstream he studied Commerce at the University of Otago and English Literature at Victoria.

He went on to work as a Treasury analyst before returning to the family farm in Dipton and standing in the seat known today as Clutha-Southland – a post he held until his decision in 2014 to stand as a List MP only.

As Finance Minister from 2008 until 2016, he oversaw one of the fastest-growing economies in the developed world, steering New Zealand through the Global Financial Crisis and the Christchurch earthquakes and returning the Government’s books to surplus.

He also focused on tackling New Zealand’s toughest social problems, including inequality, welfare dependence and the educational under achievement of Maori and Pasifika children, aiming to give all New Zealanders the best chance of succeeding. He is married to Mary, a GP, and they have six children.

As Prime Minister he focused on building a New Zealand which rewarded hard work and enterprise and cared for the country’s most vulnerable citizens.

In the September 2017 general election the National Party led by Mr English secured 44.4 per cent of the vote – considerably more than any other party.

Following the election, the Labour Party and New Zealand First formed a coalition government with support from the Green Party. National moved into Opposition and Mr English became Opposition Leader.

His focus now is on ensuring National provides a strong Opposition that holds the Government to account.

Ticket cost includes a two-course lunch.

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