As we move into a future that is more than ever uncertain in economic and trade terms, as never before, New Zealanders need to pull together. We desperately need to agree on a sense of direction for the country and to selflessly work to achieve that goal.
It will not be without turmoil. I once heard Sir Paul say that "where the river of history meets the tide of the future, we are bound to be caught in turbulent waters".
New Zealanders fortunately are good swimmers and experienced survivors but I give you the words of Frederick Douglas, the great American humanitarian who, in 1886, said: