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'New Zealand needs to balance its environmental responsibilities with its economic opportunities, because the risk is that if you don't do that - and you want to lead the world - then you might end up getting unintended consequences.'


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'We live in a world where equality is pretty important.'


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'Your personality as the prime minister feeds through to what you emphasise, and what you don't, how you'll handle a situation - whether you've got the combination of intelligence or instincts to adapt and to make good decisions.'


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'I'm not deeply ideologically driven. I believe in good center-right politics.'


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'I always had a long-term view of going into politics, so I suppose I was always careful. I mean, I got offered all these rinky dink tax deals, but I always paid my taxes. I am naturally quite conservative.'


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'I was really fascinated by politics. It always has been part of my view that politics really is a calling or you wouldn't go into it, because it's demanding and potentially has a toll on you and your family.'


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'I think for the most part people are proud of the bicultural foundation New Zealand is built on and the fact that we are a multicultural society.'


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'We have been given the trust and goodwill of New Zealanders. I do not take that trust for granted, and I never will.'


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'Bronagh looks after the kids and without her the family would disintegrate... there are some things you can't discuss with anyone other than your wife. There has to be a strong bond of trust.'

 

 

 

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