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Born: 1961-08-09
Profession: Politician
Nation: New Zealander
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I think what happens when you are prime minister is no day is the same and every day you are under pressure. And there is always so much happening that the days just flash by and flash into weeks.

Tags: Days, Happens, Pressure

I used to think... that people would think badly of me for various stuff they read. But now I accept it's just part of the deluge of stuff that comes every day.

Tags: Accept, Read, Used

I want to leave New Zealand in better shape than I found it. I know the job of prime minister is not forever and I'm going to do the best I can every day to make that difference.

Tags: Best, Job, Leave

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.

Tags: Family, Politics, View

If I had terminal cancer, I had a few weeks to live, I was in tremendous amount of pain - if they just effectively wanted to turn off the switch and legalise that by legalising euthanasia, I'd want that.

Tags: Off, Pain, Wanted

Investment is crucial. Because the truth is, you only get jobs and growth in the economy when people invest money, at their own risk, in setting up a business or expanding an existing business.

Tags: Business, Money, Truth

It's possible to spend every waking hour here on the ninth floor and not get out of the office. And this isn't the real world in here. And contrary to public opinion, I'm not incredibly poll-driven. They are an ongoing indicator of how we are going, but I take the feedback I get on the street as being the most important.

Tags: Here, Opinion, Real

Moral persuasion over a period of time makes a difference, but we shouldn't be naive to think that just because we raise it in a meeting it will make all those problems go away. It won't and it doesn't.

Tags: Away, Problems, Time

My mother had an incredibly strong accent - although I couldn't hear it - and she was the main person there, so I'll have learnt to speak English from her.

Tags: Mother, Speak, Strong

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.

Tags: Balance, End, Getting

Sure I can sit around and do absolutely nothing for the next nine years and I might survive that long but it's not going to take New Zealand anywhere.

Tags: Might, Next, Sure

The Government has to stop borrowing as much money; if we don't, quite frankly New Zealand will be downgraded and interest rates will go up for all New Zealanders.

Tags: Government, Money, Stop

The public talk colloquially, the public's grammar's not perfect. They kid around and I don't think they overly mark me down for that. They just see me as a normal guy.

Tags: Perfect, Public, Talk

We are a small, open economy, highly dependent on global flows. It is inevitably a demand that dramatically alters and that is reflected in what we feel here in New Zealand. So there is at its most basic level a limit to what we can do and that is true everywhere.

Tags: Here, Small, True

We don't tell New Zealanders we can stop the global recession, because we can't. What we do tell them is we can use this time to transform the economy to make us stronger so that when the world starts growing again we can be running faster than other countries we compete with.

Tags: Again, Tell, Time

You get out of life what you put into it. I think you need a bit of luck but you also make a bit of luck. I think that if you're a pretty decent person you'll get back what you put in.

Tags: Life, Pretty, Put

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.

Tags: Decisions, Good, Whether

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

Tags: Goodwill, Granted, Trust

I guess I'm reasonably confident in all honesty. But I definitely don't think I'm arrogant. I'm pretty down to earth, I mean I'm genuinely down to earth.

Tags: Honesty, Mean, Pretty

I have quite a strong sense of wanting to sort of, wanting to help others. I'm not claiming I'm a saint, but I have a genuine, genuine belief in trying to help others.

Tags: Help, Strong, Trying

From time to time I might push a little bit too hard and I have got to be a bit more careful.

Tags: Hard, Might, Time

I believe the future of our country can be really great.

Tags: Country, Future, Great

I dare you to show me one example where I haven't discharged my responsibility seriously, professionally and appropriately.

Tags: Example, Seriously, Show

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.

Tags: Fact, Proud, Society

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

Tags: Driven, Good, Politics

I'm often at events when they're quite light-hearted social events when people would want me to kid around.

Tags: Often, Quite, Social
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I've always been a glass-half-full as opposed to a glass-half-empty, and the day that changes is the day I should leave.

Tags: Changes, Leave, Opposed

Let's just get a deal done then let's worry about expanding it.

Tags: Deal, Done, Worry

New Zealand as a whole needs to save more, spend less and reduce our reliance on foreign debt.

Tags: Debt, Less, Whole

Sunday night I always cook if I can - if I'm home, I always cook.

Tags: Home, Night, Sunday

The world, whether we like it or not, will become more and more borderless.

Tags: Become, Whether

There is much more good gained from having a fully functioning financial market than there ever is not having that.

Tags: Financial, Good, Market

We live in a world where equality is pretty important.

Tags: Equality, Pretty

You are not going to change me and if you do, it will look like a fraud, it will be a fraud.

Tags: Change, Fraud

You can't base an industry solely on one person. That's a very vulnerable business strategy.

Tags: Business, Industry, Strategy

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.

Tags: Family, Strong, Trust

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.

Tags: Mean, Politics, Quite

I care about people's human rights and, as a country, we have a very proud record indeed. But I'm also realistic about what we can do... we can raise those issues with leaders and we can talk about those issues, and we do that.

Tags: Care, Country, Human

I engage with a lot of journalists, some of them have history and some of them don't, that's not my concern. My concern is to make sure I represent the views I want to represent on those shows.

Tags: History, Shows, Sure

I have always thought, genuinely thought, that elections are like world cups. They sometimes look easier from the outside and they are very difficult when you are in the middle of them.

Tags: Difficult, Sometimes, Thought

I have more engagement with New Zealand than people might think. Unlike the impression I have of the American president, who sits in the Oval Office and people come to them.

Tags: American, Might, President

I think it is only natural that people have anxiety about the economy because the economy is real. It is their job, their ability to service their mortgage and look after their family. And in the final analysis, nothing is more important than your capacity as a breadwinner or an earner to provide for those that rely on you.

Tags: Family, Job, Real
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