2013 has been another busy year for the Government.  Building momentum in the economy, providing better public services, and ensuring we stay on track for the future.

The Government’s role is to provide the best economic conditions it can, allowing for global effects and unexpected shocks, to ensure every Kiwi has the chance to perform to the best of the their ability.

I saw this ability first hand at the SIT graduation last week, where hundreds of smiling graduands finished their courses and prepared to enter the workplace or continue their study.

The National Government will continue to work hard in 2014 to ensure everyone has the best opportunities possible to succeed and grow.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and look forward to seeing you again in 2014.