Quotes by: Helen Clark

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The Right Honourable
Helen Clark
ONZ
8th Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme
Incumbent
Assumed office
17 April 2009
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Preceded by Kemal Derviş
37th Prime Minister of New Zealand
In office
10 December 1999 – 19 November 2008
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Michael Hardie Boys
Silvia Cartwright
Anand Satyanand
Deputy Jim Anderton
Michael Cullen
Preceded by Jenny Shipley
Succeeded by John Key
27th Leader of the Opposition
In office
1 December 1993 – 10 December 1999
Deputy David Caygill
Michael Cullen
Preceded by Mike Moore
Succeeded by Jenny Shipley
11th Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand
In office
8 August 1989 – 2 November 1990
Prime Minister Geoffrey Palmer
Mike Moore
Preceded by Geoffrey Palmer
Succeeded by Don McKinnon
29th Minister of Health
In office
30 January 1989 – 2 November 1990
Prime Minister David Lange
Geoffrey Palmer
Mike Moore
Preceded by David Caygill
Succeeded by Simon Upton
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Mount Albert
In office
28 November 1981 – 17 April 2009[1]
Preceded by Warren Freer
Succeeded by David Shearer
Majority 14,749[2]
Personal details
Born Helen Elizabeth Clark
(1950-02-26) 26 February 1950 (age 66)
Hamilton, New Zealand
Political party Labour Party
Spouse(s) Peter Davis
Alma mater University of Auckland

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.
Helen Clark
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.
Helen Clark
In the end, there will always be a fundamental difference of perspective between New Zealand and Australia on defense, whoever is in government.
Helen Clark
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.
Helen Clark
New Zealand's been pretty quiet on human rights issues, which we will be taking rather more interest in, and in international labor issues.
Helen Clark
There is also a marked global trend towards sustainable agriculture, building on traditional methods which use fewer chemical inputs, carefully manage soil and water resources, and work hand-in-hand with nature.
Helen Clark
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.
Helen Clark
Of course as a small country you're not necessarily in the strongest negotiating position unless you're negotiating with other small countries.
Helen Clark
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.
Helen Clark
I deeply detest social distinction and snobbery, and in that lies my strong aversion to titular honours.
Helen Clark
It's fair to say that, for much of my lifetime, New Zealand certainly was a property-owning democracy and working people, ordinary people, had assets.
Helen Clark
Any serious shift towards more sustainable societies has to include gender equality.
Helen Clark
Well in the end the world can crank itself up to sanctions, as it has with Zimbabwe, another sad case.
Helen Clark
We're a nation in search of an identity, but it's quite exciting. I don't regard it as a problem. It's a challenge.
Helen Clark
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.
Helen Clark
Marine protected areas, and particularly no-take zones, are very effective in allowing regeneration of fish stocks.
Helen Clark
We just sent our condolences to the President of the United States and the American people on what is a terrible, terrible tragedy.
Helen Clark
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.
Helen Clark
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.
Helen Clark
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