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Question Time for 22 September 2016

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:04:00 +1200

IAN McKELVIE to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the performance of mixed-ownership electricity companies since their partial sale? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Is it correct that real disposable income per capita grew by 0.5 percent on average in the last year according to the latest Statistics NZ data, and does he think this represents working New Zealanders getting a fair share of economic growth? BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: How is the Government helping New Zealanders better understand what action New Zealand is taking to tackle climate change? JAMES SHAW to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he stand by his statement that there is no “hard evidence” to support the Director of Fisheries Management’s claim that fish discarding is a systemic failure of the current system? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: Does he agree with John Key, who said when announcing the Youth Guarantees policy that “the bottom line is this – the days of 16-and-17-year-olds being able to leave school and drift along aimlessly while being financially supported by the Government are at an end? MATT DOOCEY to the Minister for Social Development: What recent announcements has she made regarding support for children and young people in care or at risk of going into care? JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Transport: Does he stand by his statement that “there will come a point of time where you can’t just keep adding lanes to the motorway”; and does he think that time has come for Auckland? KELVIN DAVIS to the Minister for Māori Development: Does he believe that the lives of Māori have improved during his time as Minister for Māori Development? ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Pacific Peoples: What recent announcement has he made about supporting young Pacific people into sustainable employment, education, and training? DARROCH BALL to the Minister of Local Government: Does he stand by all his statements? Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister for Small Business: How will small businesses benefit from this Government’s move to reduce the time it takes to complete business surveys? Hon DAMIEN O'CONNOR to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he stand by all his statements?


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Question Time for 21 September 2016

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 14:06:00 +1200

GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Is it correct that the household debt-to-income ratio is now 165 percent, and does he agree with Westpac senior economist Satish Ranchhod’s comment in response to this record high level, “you can’t continue to grow an economy just using debt, there needs to be more to prop up activity”? SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Finance: What impact is New Zealand’s growing economy having on trends in GDP per capita? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers; if so, why? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he stand by his statement that the evidence about overseas buyers impacting the New Zealand housing market is “diddly-squat”? JAMES SHAW to the Minister for the Environment: Will he call in Nova Energy’s application to build a new gas-burning power plant, as a matter of national significance under the Resource Management Act 1991? MAUREEN PUGH to the Minister for Economic Development: What recent announcements has the Government made about economic development on the West Coast? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: What is the official measure, and number, of children living in homelessness and poverty in New Zealand? KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Justice: How will the Evidence Amendment Bill passed last night help vulnerable victims through the court process? CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister for the Environment: Does the Environmental Protection Authority have sufficient funding to reassess the use of hazardous substances that it has agreed should be reassessed as a potential risk to people and the environment? JONO NAYLOR to the Minister for Land Information: How is overseas investment benefiting New Zealand and contributing to growing the economy? KELVIN DAVIS to the Minister for Primary Industries: Why were bag limits for recreational fishers reduced when the Ministry for Primary Industries has ignored thousands of tonnes of fish being dumped by the commercial sector for years? CLAYTON MITCHELL to the Minister of Conservation: What analysis has been carried out in relation to the costs involved in making New Zealand predator-free by 2050 and maintaining this status? Questions to Members METIRIA TUREI to the Member in charge of the Public Works (Prohibition of Compulsory Acquisition of Māori Land) Amendment Bill: He aha ia i tuhi hukihuki ai i te Public Works (Prohibition of Compulsory Acquisition of Māori Land) Amendment Bill? Translation: Why has she drafted the Public Works (Prohibition of Compulsory Acquisition of Māori Land) Amendment Bill? METIRIA TUREI to the Member in charge of the Public Works (Prohibition of Compulsory Acquisition of Māori Land) Amendment Bill: He aha ngā whakamōhio tautoko kua whiwhi i a mō te Public Works (Prohibition of Compulsory Acquisition of Māori Land) Amendment Bill? Translation: What indications of support has she received for the Public Works (Prohibition of Compulsory Acquisition of Māori Land) Amendment Bill?


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Question Time for 20 September 2016

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 14:16:00 +1200

MARAMA FOX to the Prime Minister: When referring to concessions needed on the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary Bill, what did he mean when he told Radio New Zealand yesterday, “I think if you did it again, you might do it a bit differently”? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers? CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Finance: Which sector can he report is mostly driving growth, in view of last week’s GDP figures, which showed the New Zealand economy is the third-fastest growing in the OECD? EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he stand by his predecessor’s statement that “Protecting our aquatic environment by setting environmental standards and fostering good fishing practices results in sustainable fisheries”? ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister for Social Housing: What announcements has she made about how the Government is supporting those in need of emergency housing? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Social Housing: Does she stand by her statement that buying a South Auckland motel is a “step forward” when the motel’s existing long-stay residents have received eviction notices and say they fear being made homeless? MARK MITCHELL to the Minister for Building and Housing: How many new homes will be built from the $750 million Northcote housing redevelopment project being led by the Hobsonville Land Company, and when will the first homes be completed? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he stand by his statement on 18 May 2016 regarding investigations into illegal fish dumping that “There’s been no cover-up here. These are internal, draft investigations, part of which has been unfortunately leaked”; if so, does he now also think it’s unfortunate that a report by Michael Heron QC released last week found MPI’s decision not to prosecute was flawed? SARAH DOWIE to the Minister for Social Development: What announcements has she made regarding supporting people with mental health conditions into work? IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY to the Minister of Immigration: Is the immigration system working in the best interests of New Zealand and of migrants? DARROCH BALL to the Minister of Justice: Does she stand by all her statements? JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Customs: What reports has she received on Customs’ collaboration with overseas partner agencies to intercept drugs destined for New Zealand?


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Question Time for 15 September 2016

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 13:05:00 +1200

DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the economy? METIRIA TUREI to the Minister for Social Development: Ka whakaae a ia ki tā Te Kaweneti o Te Kotahitanga o Ngā Whenua o Te Ao mō Ngā Tika tamaiti, e tono rā kia whakatūturu tana Kāwanatanga, me noho taungaroa rawa atu ngā pānga pai o te tamaiti, i roto i te hinengaro, ka whakamanahia ana ngā ture e pā ana ki ngā tamariki? Translation: Does she accept that the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child requires her Government to ensure the best interests of the child shall be the paramount consideration in the enactment of laws relating to children? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his statements? MATT DOOCEY to the Minister of Science and Innovation: What new investment has the Government announced in high-quality scientific research? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Will she now recommend to Cabinet that the global budget proposal not proceed, given the sector advisory group recommended it not proceed and the Prime Minister has said that the Government “wouldn’t really be progressing the issue unless they could get the other stakeholders on board - the unions and others”? DENIS O'ROURKE to the Associate Minister of Transport: Is he satisfied with current requirements for overseas drivers in New Zealand? JAMES SHAW to the Minister of Conservation: Does she stand by her statement that Vote Conservation has not been cut? MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made regarding teaching Asian languages? STUART NASH to the Minister of Police: Does she stand by all her statements? RICHARD PROSSER to the Minister for Primary Industries: Why is the Ministry for Primary Industries developing an import health standard for mushroom compost which contains animal manure? NUK KORAKO to the Minister for Small Business: How is the Government addressing the recommendation from the 2015 Small Business Development Group report to continue to make it easier for small businesses to access information and advice? RINO TIRIKATENE to the Minister for the Environment: Does he accept that consultation with Māori was inadequate prior to the announcement of the Kermadec Sanctuary; if so, will he now apologise for that mistake?


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Question Time for 14 September 2016

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 14:15:00 +1200

Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Transport: Does he stand by all his statements on the rail service for Northland; if so, how? IAN McKELVIE to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the state of the economy? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with Tracy Watkins that the poorest New Zealanders are “shouldering the biggest burden” of the housing crisis, spending more than half their income on housing, and that beneath the Government spin on the Household Incomes Report “it’s not nearly so rosy”? JOANNE HAYES to the Minister of Justice: How will the family violence law reforms support the work of the Ministerial Group on Family and Sexual Violence? JAMES SHAW to the Minister of Conservation: How many full-time rangers does the Department of Conservation employ at present, and how does this compare with the number in June 2015? Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm that Pharmac plans to free up $25 million for DHB frontline services through improved procurement of medical devices? IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Is he concerned that 170,000 people working in New Zealand have no written employment agreement? DARROCH BALL to the Minister for Whānau Ora: Does he stand by all his statements? Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made regarding participation in early childhood education? STUART NASH to the Minister of Police: Does she take any responsibility for the fact that almost 60 percent of Police do not believe that New Zealand Police delivers on the promises it makes to its customers, as reported in the 2016 Police Workplace Survey? JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Transport: Can he confirm Treasury advised Ministers that his electric vehicles package will “not be effective at encouraging the uptake of EVs, representing low-value spending and a missed opportunity to prepare New Zealand for the wide-spread uptake of low emission vehicles”?


Media Files:
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Question Time for 13 September 2016

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 14:09:00 +1200

METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: E māia ana ia ki ōna Minita katoa? Translation: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers? ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on how rising wages and low inflation mean more money for New Zealand families? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Has he had any meetings with his housing Ministers regarding how the housing crisis is affecting children? JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Justice: What recent announcements has the Government made regarding reform of New Zealand’s family violence laws? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Is he satisfied his response to the childhood obesity epidemic is fit for purpose; if so, why? SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm that New Zealanders received 44 million subsidised prescriptions in 2015/16, and that this is over 10 million more compared to eight years ago – an increase of 30 percent? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Is GDP per capita growth what matters most for achieving higher material living standards as stated in Budget 2016; if so, why? DARROCH BALL to the Minister of Justice: Does she stand by all her statements? TODD BARCLAY to the Minister of Transport: How is the Government supporting the uptake of electric vehicles in New Zealand? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Social Housing: How many of the 1,000 new social housing places she says are in the pipeline will be delivered by the end of the year, if any? EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for the Environment: Does he support a target of protecting 30 percent of New Zealand’s marine environment, including the Exclusive Economic Zone; if not, what target does he support? TODD MULLER to the Minister for Primary Industries: What recent reports has he received on growth in kiwifruit exports?


Media Files:
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Question Time for 8 September 2016

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 14:03:00 +1200

CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Finance: How is the growing economy, which is delivering higher employment and rising wages, helping to reduce hardship and child poverty in New Zealand? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What is the total amount in efficiencies that district health boards have made in 2015/16? DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister of Education: At what stage is the Education Funding System Review at, and how is the education sector being engaged? DENIS O'ROURKE to the Minister for Seniors: Does she stand by her statement, “we’re very in favour of the SuperGold Card and there are absolutely no plans to downgrade it in any way, shape or form”? JONO NAYLOR to the Minister for Social Development: What recent announcements has she made regarding the material wellbeing of New Zealand households? JACINDA ARDERN to the Associate Minister of Social Development: Can she confirm that the contract with the Growing Up in New Zealand study, the largest and most comprehensive longitudinal study undertaken in New Zealand, is currently being renegotiated, and will she guarantee that this process will not lead to their contract being cut? CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister for the Environment: Is he considering a national requirement for all water bodies to be swimmable? JOANNE HAYES to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made about funding to support students at risk of educational under-achievement? Dr MEGAN WOODS to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in the Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission? MARAMA DAVIDSON to the Minister for Social Housing: Ka tū a ia i runga i te mana o tōna whakaaetanga i tuhia, kua hē kē atu te kore-whare, i raro i ngā whakahaere o Te Kāwanatanga nei? Translation: Does she stand by her reported admission that homelessness has got worse under this Government? PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: What initiatives is the Government involved in that support the Government statement on building financial capability in New Zealand? IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY to the Minister of Immigration: Why is Cabinet reviewing the number of Permanent Resident Visas it plans to issue given that he does not expect that review to result in any policy change?


Media Files:
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Question Time for 25 August 2016

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:06:00 +1200

BRETT HUDSON to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the New Zealand economy and how does this compare to the international economy? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What recent reports has he received, if any, on the failures of the health system? JAN LOGIE to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Why has the Government not yet announced its response to the Joint Working Group on Pay Equity Principles’ recommendations, given he has been considering them since May 2016? BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm that 551,000 patients received a First Specialist Assessment last year, and that this is more than one in 10 New Zealanders? TRACEY MARTIN to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What reports has he seen on the financial sustainability of Lincoln University? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Are working people getting a fair share of economic growth when real median household incomes increased by 1 percent between 2008 and 2015? MATT DOOCEY to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has the Government made about investment in education infrastructure in Christchurch? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Social Housing: Does she agree with the Prime Minister when he said, “We’ve actually got quite a strong plan for dealing with the homelessness issue, I don’t think we need a summit…”? TODD BARCLAY to the Minister of Tourism: What announcements has the Government made on its commitment to supporting tourism in the regions? CARMEL SEPULONI to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by all her statements? MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Customs: What updates has she received regarding the interception of child sexual abuse material at the border? BARBARA STEWART to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his statement, “Budget 2016 will help New Zealanders continue to access the healthcare they need”?


Media Files:
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Question Time for 24 August 2016

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:21:00 +1200

ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in the Minister for Building and Housing given the falling rate of homeownership, especially among young people? RON MARK to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? MATT DOOCEY to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that “There are more jobs, and people are being better paid”; if so, why? Dr MEGAN WOODS to the Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration: Does he agree with the Prime Minister, who said with regard to the Canterbury earthquakes, “on behalf of the Government, let me be clear that no one will be left to walk this journey alone”; if so, does he think all relevant information prepared by his Government has been made available to Cantabrians to assist them in navigating post-earthquake decisions? METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Ka tū a ia i runga i te mana o āna kaupapa here Kāwanatanga katoa, nē? Translation: Does he stand by all his Government’s policies? Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made about expanding 21st century learning options for parents and whanau? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: How will her Communities of Online Learning (CoOL) proposal differ from online charter schools in the United States, given a study partially funded by a private pro-charter foundation found students attending those schools lost an average of about 72 days of learning in reading, and 180 days of learning in maths during the course of a 180-day school year? CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister for the Environment: Will he commit to a regulatory regime that includes swimmable rivers in light of the comment from a Havelock North café owner who said that, “we’d trade all the compensation in the world if it would spur the Government into tidying up or cleaning up the waterways”? IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY to the Minister of Immigration: How many of the 209,000 work visas issued last year were for occupations on one of the Essential Skills in Demand lists? JONO NAYLOR to the Minister of Police: What is the Police doing to assist potential victims of family violence? STUART NASH to the Minister of Police: Does she believe that the Police have enough resources to implement their part of the Prime Minister’s 2009 promise to use the full force of the Government’s arsenal to “confront the P problem” given that P is cheaper, and as easy as it was to get in 2008? PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister for Primary Industries: What recent reports has he received on growth in wine exports?


Media Files:
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Question Time for 23 August 2016

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 14:24:00 +1200

METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Ka tū a ia i runga i te mana o tana kōrero “you turn on the tap, you expect water to flow and for it to be potable, that you can drink it”? Translation: Does he stand by his statement that “you turn on the tap, you expect water to flow and for it to be potable, that you can drink it”? ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister of Finance: What Productivity Commission reports has he received on New Zealand’s urban planning system? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that “we are seeing a record number of houses being built”; if so, why, given 29,000 dwellings were consented nationwide in the past year compared to 33,000 in 2004 and 40,000 in 1974? MARAMA DAVIDSON to the Minister for Social Housing: Ka tū a ia i runga i te mana o tā Te Pirimia kōrero e pā ana ki tētahi pakirehua i te take kore whare a te hunga Tōrangapū- whakawhitinga, “the Government has done a lot of work in the area of homelessness”? Translation: Does she stand by the Prime Minister’s statement regarding the cross-party inquiry into homelessness that “the Government has done a lot of work in the area of homelessness”? ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Social Development: What recent announcements has she made regarding the care and protection of children and young people? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he have confidence in his Associate Minister of Health, given that less than half of drinking water supplies serving populations of less than 5,000 people are meeting drinking water standards? Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made regarding teacher supply? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that the average wage would rise to $62,000 by 2018; if so, by what percentage per annum would it need to increase in the next two years to reach that level? JOANNE HAYES to the Minister of Health: What progress has been made towards achieving the Government’s national health targets? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statement regarding the special education system that “I want it to be child-centred, simple to access, and available promptly, early and without interruption for as long as required”; if so, will any of her proposals announced last week reduce existing services or provision? NUK KORAKO to the Associate Minister of Health: What recent announcement has he made affecting the status of electronic cigarettes? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements; and in what manner?


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Question Time for 17 August 2016

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 14:02:00 +1200

Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements; if so, how? MAUREEN PUGH to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on the New Zealand economy? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement regarding housing that “we take responsibility, we need to do a better job of it”? METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Ka tū a ia i runga i te mana o āna kaupapa here Kāwanatanga katoa, nē? Translation: Does he stand by all his Government’s policies? SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: What announcements has she made about the Government’s commitment to the Paris Climate Change Agreement? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: What recent publicity does she think led to The Guardian writing an article titled “New Zealand’s most shameful secret: we have normalised child poverty”? IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Economic Development: What recent announcements has the Government made about economic development in the Manawatu-Whanganui region? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by all of her answers to Oral Question No 12 yesterday? PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage: What announcements has she made about the Government’s gift on the occasion of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday? IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement in relation to the labour market that “if wages aren’t rising then there isn’t a shortage”? DENIS O'ROURKE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement yesterday that “the Government is very proud of the fact that it has sold hundreds of houses to State house tenants. We have seen people in their 50s and 60s enjoy, for the first time in their lives, the benefit of homeownership”? JAMES SHAW to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Will she cancel carbon credits held by the Government to compensate for using what she calls “dubious” carbon credits in order to meet New Zealand’s climate commitments; if so, when?


Media Files:
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Question Time for 16 August 2016

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 14:03:00 +1200

TODD MULLER to the Minister of Finance: What recent announcements has the Government made regarding its Social Housing Reform Programme? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in his Minister of Immigration, given his statement that “there are jobs for every single New Zealander who wants them”? KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister for the Environment: How will the new Unitary Plan adopted yesterday support the Government’s work to address Auckland’s housing problems? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by the statement in Budget 2016 that GDP per capita “is what matters for achieving higher material living standards”, and was growth in per capita GDP last year “about half a percent” as stated by the Minister of Economic Development? DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister of Transport: Do any current passenger endorsement holders have convictions for drink-driving or careless driving causing injury or death? ALFRED NGARO to the Associate Minister of Education: What recent announcements has the Government made about investment in education infrastructure? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he agree with the Auckland Unitary Plan Independent Hearings Panel that the number of houses Auckland needs in the next seven years is 131,000, or nearly 19,000 per year; if so, does he think it acceptable that only 9,651 homes were consented in Auckland in the last year? ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: What announcements has he made that will make it easier for New Zealanders to access financial advice? CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Education: When the Prime Minister said that the Government “wouldn’t really be progressing the issue unless they could get the other stakeholders on board” following a briefing by her on school funding, does she think that the education sector is now on board? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in November last year that refugees “go through a proper vetting process, and a lot of work is done to establish that they are genuine refugees”; and if so, why? Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister of Customs: How is the Government investing in the modernisation of the New Zealand Customs workforce? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Why is she proposing to flatten out the current funding rates across different year levels to a standard per-child amount as part of the education funding review? Questions to Members CHRIS HIPKINS to the Member Responsible for the Airport Authorities (Publicising Lost Property Sales) Amendment Bill: Why did he introduce the Airport Authorities (Publicising Lost Property Sales) Amendment Bill? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Member Responsible for the Airport Authorities (Publicising Lost Property Sales) Amendment Bill: What recent evidence has he received, if any, that supports the need for the Airport Authorities (Publicising Lost Property Sales) Amendment Bill? KRIS FAAFOI to the Member Responsible for the Airport Authorities (Publicising Lost Property Sales) Amendment Bill: Why is it necessary for the Airport Authorities (Publicising Lost Property Sales) Amendment Bill to be advanced at this time? Hon RUTH DYSON to the Member Responsible for the Airport Authorities (Publicising Lost Property Sales) Amendment Bill: What problem, if any, does the Airport Authorities (Publicising Lost Property Sales) Amendment Bill seek to address?


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Question Time for 11 August 2016

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 14:03:00 +1200

GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his statements? ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the outlook for the New Zealand economy? KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Conservation: What advice has she received on the total funding that will be required to achieve a predator-free New Zealand by 2050? SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister for Building and Housing: What recent announcements has the Government made regarding its programme of large-scale housing developments in Auckland? Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister of Trade: How and by whom was he or his office informed “on or around 25 May” of “possible trade retaliation”; and what was the content of that communication? MARAMA FOX to the Minister for Social Development: Does she agree with the study of Alicia Sudden that Work and Income is pushing too many beneficiaries into jobs that don’t last; if so, what is she doing about it? SARAH DOWIE to the Associate Minister of Transport: What announcement has the Government recently made around the use of Bluetooth technology in the South Island to deliver information for visiting drivers? RON MARK to the Minister of Police: Does she stand by all her statements; if so, how? IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY to the Minister of Immigration: Has he seen any reports that 60 percent of New Zealanders think the Government should let in fewer immigrants; if so, why does he think New Zealanders are becoming concerned about immigration? NUK KORAKO to the Minister of Tourism: What reports has he received about increased spending by tourists visiting this winter? STUART NASH to the Minister of Police: How soon after signing off on the Police Four Year Strategic Plan in May of this year did she change her mind about there being no increase in police numbers out to 2020? JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Transport: Will he commit to prioritising rail to Auckland’s North Shore as part of the additional Waitemata Harbour crossing; if not, why not?


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Question Time for 10 August 2016

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 14:02:00 +1200

MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making in building a more competitive and productive economy? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that he doesn’t accept the average Auckland house, costing $992,000, is out of reach for most families? KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What recent reports has he received on job growth in the construction industries? RON MARK to the Prime Minister: Does he continue to stand by all his statements; if so, in what fashion? CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made that will get more teachers into low-decile schools? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she still expect her Government will live up to the Prime Minister’s statement regarding the review of the education funding system that the Government “wouldn’t really be progressing the issue unless they could get the other stakeholders on board – the unions and others”; if so, will she now rule out implementing global budgets? METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Tū ai a ia i runga i te mana o tana tauākī, e pā ana ki te mākete whiwhinga whare, “My advice is to believe in the system because it will work for young people”? Translation: Does he stand by his statement about the housing market, “My advice is to believe in the system because it will work for young people”? Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister of Trade: On what date was he or his office first informed of the “possible trade retaliation” that triggered engagement at “various levels of Government” with China and when were the Prime Minister, his office, and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet first informed? MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Immigration: What recent announcements has the Government made in relation to the Vision 2015 programme? CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Education: Will she guarantee that her Education Funding Review will not lead to larger class sizes? JACQUI DEAN to the Associate Minister of Transport: What steps is the Government taking to increase the take-up of alcohol interlocks? STUART NASH to the Minister of Police: Is there any link between the increase in crime and the decline in police numbers in the past year? Questions to Members PHIL TWYFORD to the Member in charge of the Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill (No 2): Why did he draft the Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill (No 2)?


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Question Time for 7 July 2016

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 14:07:00 +1200

Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Did each District Health Board get a funding increase in Budget 2016 sufficient for them to meet all health demographics, wages, and inflationary cost pressures; if not, which ones did not? JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Transport: Mā te whakapau, e iwa tekau mā rua ōrau, o te katoa o te pūtea tahua waka i te mea, kua kitea ko te waka rori, tētahi kaipana matua, whakapiki tukunga waro, mai anō i te tau, kotahi mano, iwa rau, iwa tekau, ka taea e tērā te whakaheke i te whakakinotanga o te āhua rangi? Translation: Will spending 92 percent of the total transport budget on roads reduce climate pollution, given road transport has been a key driver of the increase in carbon emissions since 1990? ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received showing construction, tourism, and services are driving New Zealand’s economic growth? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that “there is no evidence that inequality in New Zealand is increasing”; if so, what is the statement from Statistics New Zealand last week “individual net worth is more concentrated” evidence of? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister for Building and Housing: What policies does the Government have to comprehensively deal with the demand side of New Zealand’s housing “challenge”? TODD MULLER to the Minister for Building and Housing: Where is the Government directly contracting to build homes as part of its Comprehensive Housing Plan? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she have confidence that all schools are receiving the funding necessary to serve the diverse needs and abilities of students? CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: What recent reports has he received on the effectiveness of the changes made by the Responsible Lending Code? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: Does he believe the Crown entities and legislation he is accountable for are protecting the minority shareholders of Silver Fern Farms? STUART NASH to the Minister of Police: Does she agree with Local Government New Zealand President Lawrence Yule when he said that many local councils are now having to fund “new safety measures to fill the gap left by a lack of resourcing for community policing”; if not, why not? Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Conservation: What recent announcements has she made regarding efforts to save some of our rarest native birds? MARAMA DAVIDSON to the Minister for Social Housing: He kaha te whakapono o Te Minita ki āna kaupapa here whiwhinga whare?


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Question Time for 6 July 2016

Wed, 06 Jul 2016 14:04:00 +1200

DENIS O'ROURKE to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he stand by the Prime Minister’s statement yesterday that the Government has a comprehensive housing plan for New Zealand? STUART SMITH to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on the Government’s accounts? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that he has a “comprehensive housing plan”, given the continued decline in home ownership and rapid rise in house prices? JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Ka tū a ia i runga i te mana o tana kōrero, “if you go back and have a look at the first three or four years when I was Prime Minister, the issue of housing was not a significant issue”? Translation: Does he stand by his statement that, “if you go back and have a look at the first three or four years when I was Prime Minister, the issue of housing was not a significant issue”? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that the chances of getting the mental health social bond off the ground was “oh very high”? ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Building and Housing: What reports has he received on how much of the $17.8 billion of national construction is being done in Auckland, and what proportion of this is residential building? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Social Housing: Does she agree with the Minister Responsible for HNZC that one of the groups producing social housing in the next two years will be “community housing providers – which are contracted to the Ministry of Social Development”; if so, how many houses will they be completing in the next two years? MARAMA DAVIDSON to the Prime Minister: Ka tū a ia i runga i te mana o āna kōrero katoa? Translation: Does he stand by all his statements? TRACEY MARTIN to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: Does he stand by his statement yesterday that “we just have the occasional agent and the occasional provider that doesn’t do things properly”? MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made about digital technology and the curriculum? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Is she considering any proposals to allow schools to spend money, currently committed to teaching staff, on other expenses; if so, why? TODD BARCLAY to the Minister for Sport and Recreation: Can he confirm that the Government is investing an extra $20 million over the next four years to support high performance sport?


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Question Time for 5 July 2016

Tue, 05 Jul 2016 14:05:00 +1200

DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What recent announcements has the Government made to accelerate the supply of new housing where it is needed the most? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement regarding housing that “I don’t think it’s a crisis”? JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Ka tū a ia i runga i tāna i whakapūrongotia, “suggesting the Government needed to build more houses was a ‘misplaced’ idea”? Translation: Does he stand by his reported statement that, “suggesting the Government needed to build more houses was a ‘misplaced’ idea”? SARAH DOWIE to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: How is the Government ensuring New Zealanders have the skills to strengthen our connections across the Asia-Pacific region? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister responsible for HNZC: How many houses, if any, will Housing New Zealand complete building in the next two years? SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister for Building and Housing: What response has he received from local government leaders and the housing sector to the Prime Minister’s announcement of a billion dollar housing infrastructure fund to assist councils in high growth areas bring forward new development? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? Su'a WILLIAM SIO to the Minister for Pacific Peoples: Does he stand by his statement in Estimates Hearings for Vote Pacific Peoples that Pacific home ownership levels have increased? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Transport: What recent improvements has the Government made to State Highway 3 in New Plymouth? EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Ka whakaae a ia ki tā Te Kaikōmihana Pāremata mō Te Taiao, e kī nei, “climate change is by far the most serious environmental issue we face”? Translation: Does she agree with the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment that “climate change is by far the most serious environmental issue we face”? JOANNE HAYES to the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector: What recent announcements has she made in terms of support for community-led development projects? MEKA WHAITIRI to the Minister for Māori Development: Does he stand by his statement about Te Puea Marae’s manaakitanga and work with the homeless that “there’s a hell of a lot of work that the State should be doing over and above just waiting for a crisis to happen and then go to it”; if so, what more does he think the Government should have done in advance?


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Question Time for for 30 June 2016

Thu, 30 Jun 2016 14:05:00 +1200

Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What reports, if any, has he received on the impact of homelessness, inequality, and natural disasters, on the mental health of New Zealanders? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the September 2015 Treasury Report that KiwiSaver fees are in the upper third of comparable countries in the OECD; if not, why not? NUK KORAKO to the Minister of Finance: What new Government policies to support New Zealand families will take effect from 1 July? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement in the House yesterday that “there is no evidence that inequality in New Zealand is increasing”; if so, how does he explain Statistics New Zealand’s statement this week, “between 2003 and 2010, the Survey of Family, Income and Employment found that the top 10 percent had an average 55 percent of total net worth over this time. For the year ended June 2015, the top 10 percent owned around 60 percent of total net worth.”? Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister for Building and Housing: What estimates has he received on the number of lives that will be saved as a consequence of the new smoke alarm and insulation requirements that take effect tomorrow? JAMES SHAW to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement on Radio NZ this morning that “those people deserve as much support as we can give them”? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Social Housing: Does she stand by her statement on Radio NZ, on why she decided to fund emergency housing places in the latest Budget, that “I just knew that it was worse than it had been and I couldn’t see it getting better in a hurry”; if so, how did she know it was worse than it had been? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister for ACC: What reports has she received regarding reductions to ACC levies? KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Health: Does he have confidence in the Capital and Coast District Health Board? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does the Government monitor or place any restrictions on the fees charged by private schools; if not, why not? DARROCH BALL to the Minister for Whānau Ora: What evidence, if any, does he have that Whānau Ora is making any meaningful impact for Māori whatsoever other than anecdotal evidence and conversations he has had? MAUREEN PUGH to the Minister of Tourism: What reports has he received about increasing numbers of tourists visiting New Zealand in the shoulder seasons?


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Question Time for 29 June 2016

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:03:00 +1200

JONO NAYLOR to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that “a priority for this Government is to build a more productive and competitive economy that supports jobs and higher incomes”? METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Ka tū a ia i runga i te mana o tana korero, “I will lead a Government that will govern for all New Zealanders”Translation: Does he stand by his statement, “I will lead a Government that will govern for all New Zealanders”? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in relation to new statistics showing increased wealth inequality under his Government that “it’s not surprising it’s getting a little bit more that way”? JACQUI DEAN to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What recent reports has he received on improvements in adult literacy? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all the statements he made at the Chinese Business Summit on 9 November 2015? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: How much do independent schools currently receive per student on average under the current funding model and how much would they receive per student if they received the cost to the Crown of fully funding a student in the State mainstream system? MATT DOOCEY to the Minister of Transport: What recent announcements has he made regarding the Government’s commitment to funding improved road safety across New Zealand? KELVIN DAVIS to the Minister of Corrections: Does she stand by her statement in regards to Corrections’ new electronic monitoring bracelets that they are almost impossible for offenders to remove without taking off their leg, “so they have a choice, leg or no leg”? DARROCH BALL to the Minister of Police: Does she stand by all her statements? KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Corrections: What initiatives has Corrections undertaken to support offenders into employment? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: What part did he have in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s engagement of Alex Matheson or his consultancy company to work on Middle Eastern issues, and what other roles has Mr Matheson, or his consultancy companies, previously carried out for Hon Murray McCully or other entities he has been responsible for? EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for the Environment: Does he have confidence in the quality of the Government’s environmental reporting?


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Question Time for 28 June 2016

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:05:00 +1200

JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that “tax havens are where there is non-disclosure of information. New Zealand has full disclosure of information”, given the Shewan report “concludes that the existing foreign trust disclosure rules are inadequate” and “not fit for purpose in the context of preserving New Zealand’s reputation”? SARAH DOWIE to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on risks in the global economy, and the potential implications for New Zealand? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements; if so, how? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Did he read the report, “Taxation of Multinationals” prepared by the Treasury and the Inland Revenue Department dated 15 August 2013, and what was his response to the statement in that report in respect of foreign trusts “to protect our international reputation it may be necessary to strengthen our regulatory framework for disclosure and record keeping”? MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Trade: What steps has the Government taken to safeguard New Zealand’s trade interests following the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the EU? JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Transport: Can he confirm that a rail corridor in Auckland has the potential to carry ten times as many people as a single lane of motorway, and twice as many people as a dedicated busway? TODD BARCLAY to the Associate Minister of Education: What recent announcements has the Government made about investment in school property? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she agree with John Key that private schools have smaller class sizes and are better resourced than state schools; if so, will she commit to smaller class sizes and better resources for state schools as part of a future education funding system? TRACEY MARTIN to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by all her statements? ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister of Customs: What update can she give on how Customs detector dog teams are improving security at New Zealand’s borders? SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement to Radio New Zealand on 17 June 2016 that extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks “would add when it’s fully in place about $280 million a year”?


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Question Time for 16 June 2016

Thu, 16 Jun 2016 14:06:00 +1200

Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he agree with the statement from the Chair of the PHO Alliance who said of Budget 2016, "Primary care cannot deliver essential new models of care within existing and reducing financial resources"; if not, why not? NUK KORAKO to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the economy? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Justice: Does she stand by all her statements on the Teina Pora settlement; if so, why? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his statements? Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Science and Innovation: What is the Government doing to help New Zealand companies be part of the global space economy? Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does she agree with the UN Secretary-General that we need to bring the Paris Climate Agreement into force this year; if so, will she seek to ratify the agreement before the UN ratification event in September? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Social Housing: Does she stand by all her statements? TRACEY MARTIN to the Minister of Broadcasting: Has the Government had any involvement in the rumoured merger between TVNZ and MediaWorks; if so, why? TODD MULLER to the Minister of Education: What is the Government doing to help schools make the best use of teacher aides? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: What is the estimated number of families who are recipients of the Parents as First Teachers programme who will no longer have access to support when the programme is cut in September 2016? JAN LOGIE to the Minister for Social Development: When she said that emergency accommodation motel debt could be forgiven "where there's a genuine reason that they've suddenly found themselves in a crisis situation", what did she mean by that genuine reason or crisis situation? PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister for Seniors: How has World Elder Abuse Awareness Day drawn attention to the problem of elder abuse and social isolation in New Zealand?


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Question Time for 15 June 2016

Wed, 15 Jun 2016 14:00:00 +1200

CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the outlook for the New Zealand economy? JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "I expect high standards from my Ministers and I hope they maintain those standards … if they don't, then obviously I will take action if necessary"? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Immigration: What recent announcements has the Government made to support refugees? DENISE ROCHE to the Minister of Immigration: Does he stand by his statement that "we take our international humanitarian obligations and responsibilities seriously", given that the Government will not make any permanent increase to the refugee quota for another two years, at a time when we are facing the biggest refugee crisis since World War Two? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Social Housing: What time and date was she first aware that her staff member had released or was going to release information about a Police investigation into Te Puea Marae Chairman, Hurimoana Dennis? DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister of Revenue: Does he think the tax system for New Zealand businesses is fair and equitable? Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Education: What reports has she received on the final NCEA results? CARMEL SEPULONI to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by all her statements? TODD BARCLAY to the Minister for the Environment: What steps is the Government taking to reduce the risk of New Zealanders being exposed to asbestos-containing products? DENIS O'ROURKE to the Minister of Transport: Will the Civil Aviation Authority reduce its charges to its general aviation customers for the 2016-17 year? STUART NASH to the Minister of Police: Does she believe the Police have sufficient resources to deliver on the community's expectations around law and order?


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Question Time for 14 June 2016

Tue, 14 Jun 2016 14:21:00 +1200

ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his and his Ministers' statements in relation to housing? JONO NAYLOR to the Minister of Finance: What steps is the Government taking to increase surpluses and start repaying debt? JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he still stand by all his Government's policies after eight years? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Is the Government investing enough in health, given the health expenditure data he supplied to media last week shows health funding increases failing to keep up with cost pressures in 2016/17, 2015/16, and the year before that, and the year before that, and the year before that? ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm that the Government is investing $39 million over four years to begin to roll out a national bowel screening programme? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements; and if so, how? SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister for the Environment: What does the latest monitoring report on the Resource Management Act 1991 say about the number of late consents and the time it takes for new plans to be completed? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Reserve Bank Governor that concerns about the stability of the financial system are rising as a result of rising house prices in Auckland and other regions? Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister of Corrections: What additional support is Corrections planning to offer offenders with mental health needs? JAN LOGIE to the Minister for Social Housing: Are the Government's social housing changes providing a "fairer and more efficient" assessment of people's housing needs when Sister Anne Hurley of the Sisters of Mercy says that "state houses in Wiri were now changing hands every few months as successive tenants were evicted"? JENNY SALESA to the Minister of Education: Does she take any responsibility for the poor education that Hon Dr Nick Smith says is partly to blame for falling rates of Māori and Pasifika home ownership? KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made to celebrate the very best in teaching and leadership?


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Question Time for 9 June 2016

Thu, 09 Jun 2016 14:03:00 +1200

RON MARK to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement on the defence budget made in the House on Thursday, 2 June; if so, how? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his statements? STUART SMITH to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the outlook for the economy? MARAMA FOX to the Minister for Social Housing: What assistance, if any, will be provided to marae like Te Puea, who in an expression of manaakitanga are supporting homeless whānau? Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development: What is his current best estimate of the financial liability that the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's use of the AMS payroll system has generated for the Ministry as a result of issues with its compliance with the Holidays Act 2003, since its use was approved in 2012? KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Transport: How is the Government supporting the increased uptake of public transport in Auckland? Dr MEGAN WOODS to the Minister responsible for the Earthquake Commission: On what date was he first advised that EQC would be increasing the estimate of liabilities left to pay, as at June 2016, from $262 million to $1.9 billion and what amount of this increase is attributed to second-time repairs and reopened claims? ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm that Budget 2016 invests an extra $124 million over four years to provide more New Zealanders with access to new medicines? JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's policies? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage: What arts organisations will have their support cut or reduced by Creative New Zealand as a result of their funding forecast $11 million drop in funding from the Lottery Grants Board in the last two years? IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Primary Industries: How will Budget 2016 support the eradication of bovine tuberculosis? RIA BOND to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his statement that "New Zealand is now one of the few countries in the OECD to have a target and a comprehensive plan to tackle childhood obesity", regarding the launch of the Childhood Obesity Plan?


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Question Time for 8 June 2016

Wed, 08 Jun 2016 14:25:00 +1200

JAMES SHAW to the Minister of Transport: Why does his 10-year transport strategy make no mention of New Zealand's long-term target to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2050? CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Finance: How is Budget 2016 building on the Government's programme of Social Investment to deliver better long-term results for New Zealanders? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in relation to the SkyCity convention centre deal, "it's 1,000 jobs to build it", given steelmaking and fitting work has gone to a Thai company at the cost of 100 jobs? MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Defence: What recent announcements has the Government made about funding for New Zealand's defence and security? RON MARK to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that "I'd expect the financial system to take account of the inherent risk of rapidly rising house prices. Particularly the buyers. The buyers need to pay attention to the fact that interest rates will inevitably rise even if in the next couple of years they can't see that happening quickly. The debt related to mortgages lasts a long time"? JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Health: What progress is being made on encouraging primary schools to adopt the Health Promoting Schools programme? KEVIN HAGUE to the Associate Minister of Health: Will he now use his power under section 32 of the Public Health and Disability Act 2000 to direct Capital and Coast District Health Board to initiate the transitional support plan for Ashley Peacock, which recommends a pathway to a community placement, immediately; if not, why not? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Social Housing: Does she stand by her statement that her advice to the Prime Minister about the Salvation Army's visit to Bruce Pulman Park "was not sufficiently clear"; if so, why did she and her office release the same misinformation to the media? BRETT HUDSON to the Minister for Communications: What recent announcements has she made on the progress of the Rural Broadband Initiative? STUART NASH to the Minister of Police: Does she believe that having Police on the road has a role in road safety, given her recent statement, "There will be fewer police officers on the road"? ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: What steps is the Government taking to better protect consumers and promote competition?


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Question Time for 7 June 2016

Tue, 07 Jun 2016 14:14:00 +1200

ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements on housing? JAMES SHAW to the Minister of Tourism: What advice has he received about the risks to the tourism sector from pollution in New Zealand's rivers and lakes? BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister of Finance: How is the Government's investment in public infrastructure in Budget 2016 helping to build a stronger, more productive economy and deliver better public services? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements; if so, how? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Associate Minister of Health: What advice, if any, has he received on the financial viability of the home and community support sector for older New Zealanders? IAN McKELVIE to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made about special education? EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister of Finance: Does he still believe that the fiscal risk associated with sea level rise is "a bit speculative", given the damage surging seas inflicted on coastal properties in Australia this weekend? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that "one aspect of macro-prudential tools is that they can have unintended consequences"; if so, what does he think would be the likely unintended consequences of debt-to-income ratio restrictions for mortgage lending? TIM MACINDOE to the Associate Minister of Education: What recent announcements has the Government made about investment in education infrastructure? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Social Housing: Was she responsible for the advice to the Prime Minister that Ministry of Social Development officials accompanied the Salvation Army to visit homeless people in South Auckland's Bruce Pulman Park? MAUREEN PUGH to the Minister for the Environment: What progress is the Government making on cleaning up contaminated sites and what new projects have been announced since Budget 2016? TRACEY MARTIN to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What reports has he seen on the pass rates for international students at Whitireia Community Polytechnic?


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Question Time for 2 June 2016

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 14:00:00 +1200

JONO NAYLOR to the Minister of Finance: What is Treasury's latest forecast for economic growth, as set out in the 2016 Budget Economic and Fiscal Update? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his statements? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Transport: Is he satisfied that the New Zealand Transport Agency funding in Northland is adequate to cover the cost for the Brynderwyn Hills road improvements? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the statement in the Budget Economic and Fiscal Update that "growth in average income (or output) per person (i.e. GDP per capita) is what matters for achieving higher material living standards"? JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister for Building and Housing: What specific new requirements for councils are proposed in the National Policy Statement on Urban Development capacity and how will these support the Government's long-term work on improving housing supply and affordability? DAVID CLENDON to the Minister of Corrections: Does she take responsibility for the additional $41 million above baseline funding that has been earmarked for prisons in response to the rising prison population? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: In light of his claim the Government has been systematically dismantling the urban limit, does his proposed National Policy Statement on Urban Development abolish Auckland's urban growth limit? Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister of Science and Innovation: What new investment does Budget 2016 make in science and innovation? Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does the Government intend to present the Paris Climate Change Agreement to Parliament and ratify it before the end of 2016? KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Police: What recent successes has Police had in targeting drug dealing? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: In light of its report on Silver Fern Farms, does he believe the Financial Markets Authority is performing its function well as a "risk-based conduct regulator" promoting and facilitating "the development of fair, efficient and transparent financial markets"; if so, how? KELVIN DAVIS to the Minister of Corrections: Does she have confidence in the Chief Executive of the Department of Corrections?


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