I pulled out the gumboots on Wednesday and headed over to the National Agricultural Fieldays at Mystery Creek. I know many Bay of Plenty people who make sure they get there every year. Fieldays is the largest rural event in the country and is used by businesses as a launching platform for new technologies and as a way to showcase themselves to local and international markets. New Zealand is at the leading-edge of agricultural research and innovation, and it was fascinating to see the products and services developed in New Zealand that will be sold and used all around the world.
On Thursday I gave the opening address at the Safeguard Health and Safety Conference in Auckland. One of my top priorities as Minister of Labour is to improve New Zealand’s workplace health and safety and reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries. I have already created the standalone health and safety crown agency recommended by the Pike River Royal Commission and believe that our workplace health and safety performance can be recognised among the best in the world within 10 years.