Helen Clark quotes
New Zealander - Statesman
Born: 26 Feb 1950
New Zealand's been pretty quiet on human rights issues, which we will be taking rather more interest in, and in international labor issues.
In terms of having views and being prepared to express them, yes, I think New Zealand's had a leadership role in a lot of things.
I deeply detest social distinction and snobbery, and in that lies my strong aversion to titular honours.
I'm not into power for the sake of it.
I've been round Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, and China in the last few months and the message that I've been taking is that New Zealand is building an up market dynamic into a connected economy. And that we are not the old-fashioned, ship mutton kind of product the people associate their export in work.
Well, we don't think for a moment that either the U.S. or Australia are out to damage the New Zealand economy, but if there were a sustained period in which they had a free-trade agreement and New Zealand didn't have that same arrangement with the States, that could be both trade- and investment-distorting.
Of course as a small country you're not necessarily in the strongest negotiating position unless you're negotiating with other small countries.
Well, there have been periods in the past when prime ministers of Australia and New Zealand were at each others' throats publicly and frequently. That's not productive at all.
I have no beliefs of a religious kind.
Afghanistan is one of the poorest countries on earth. Security issue or no security issue, there would need to be a focus on it.
If you neglect those who are currently poor and stable, you may create more poor and unstable people. There has been a tremendous concentration of donor interest in countries that are seen as particularly fragile - but it becomes harder to mobilise money for sub-Saharan, plain poor countries.
We don't want to deal with a separatist party.
Well of course New Zealand isn't anti-American.
Well in the end the world can crank itself up to sanctions, as it has with Zimbabwe, another sad case.
If the market is left to sort matters out, social injustice will be heightened and suffering in the community will grow with the neglect the market fosters.
As New Zealanders, we've been in on the United Nations from the very beginning, played a role in the drafting of the charter - it means a lot to us that those processes are followed.
I think it's inevitable that New Zealand will become a republic and that would reflect the reality that New Zealand is a totally sovereign-independent 21st century nation 12,000 miles from the United Kingdom.
The Prime Minister is head of team but its not a one woman act. I've been called all those things. Intellectual, sharp-tongued, all true. But what New Zealander is like is to know that someone is in charge and in the end the buck stops with the Prime Minister.
We just sent our condolences to the President of the United States and the American people on what is a terrible, terrible tragedy.
Although biodiversity loss continues globally, many countries are significantly slowing the rate of loss by shoring up protected natural areas and the services they provide, and in expanding national park systems with tighter management and more secure funding.
I think that generally New Zealand is respected for the positions it takes because it thinks them through.
Fortunately New Zealand doesn't have land borders so we are able to be somewhat more rigorous on who gets in and out of our country than perhaps some people.
Of course I have an opinion on many things but I don't micromanage.
'Never look back' is my philosophy.
I think the issue of North Korea is one where the international community as a whole has to work to resolve the crisis.
Any serious shift towards more sustainable societies has to include gender equality.