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Question Time for 8 December 2016

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 14:04:00 +1300

JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Finance: What announcements has he made showing the Government is on track to continue delivering surpluses and supporting a growing economy? ANDREW LITTLE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement, “Ministers find it a little bit irritating” when asking for funding, and which Ministers was he referring to? IAN McKELVIE to the Minister of Corrections: What recent announcement has she made about strengthening the independent oversight of the Corrections system? JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Health: What is the name of the major global study on a sugary drinks tax by the Mexico Autonomous Institute of Technology that he referenced in QWA 13827 (2016) and where was it published? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What indication, if any, has the Minister of Finance given him for Vote Health in Budget 2017 that led him to say “I think we’ve got to be very careful before we look at tax cuts. We’ve got to make sure we are properly funding health and education to the level that people expect”? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Revenue: What recent reports has he received regarding the time, money, and effort that small and medium-sized businesses spend on meeting their tax obligations? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he stand by all of his statements in relation to the Te Tai Tokerau Northland Regional Growth Study and Action Plan; if so, how? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she believe that partnership schools should report NCEA results using the same methodology as state schools; if so, why hasn’t this been the case so far? BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister for Disability Issues: What recent announcements has she made regarding initiatives that will help New Zealand to become a non-disabling society? STUART NASH to the Minister of Police: When she said in an interview with Paul Henry yesterday that the “over-engineering and overthinking that can happen when a government or a party has been in government for quite some time” means “it is really important just to get on with the job”, was she referring to the fact that she has been working on a plan since June for more police but still nothing has been delivered? JAN LOGIE to the Minister for Social Development: Is she still intending to introduce the second amendment to the Children, Young Persons, and Their Families Act 1989 this year, now that the Māori Women’s Welfare League has filed a claim in the Waitangi Tribunal challenging the proposed changes? STUART SMITH to the Associate Minister for Primary Industries: How is the Government supporting the planting of new forests?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20161208-1404-question_time_for_8_december_2016-128.mp3




Question Time for 7 December 2016

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:04:00 +1300

ANDREW LITTLE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement, “there is no room for significant loosening of the purse strings”, and does this apply to funding for health, police, and education? TODD BARCLAY to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received showing the New Zealand economy is on track for continuing moderate growth? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers; if so, why? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his statement, “I think we’ve got to be very careful before we look at tax cuts. We’ve got to make sure we are properly funding health and education”; if so, has health been funded properly over the last two Budgets to allow him to do everything he has wanted as health Minister? MAUREEN PUGH to the Minister for ACC: What changes to ACC levies come into effect from 1 April next year? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Police: Does she believe Police have been given adequate resources to address crime in all areas; if not, which areas are in need of further resources? JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers? KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister for Building and Housing: What new housing developments has he announced as part of the Crown Land programme and how many homes will it provide? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Social Housing: How many state-house tenants turned down properties because of birds chirping in nearby trees, because a backyard was too small for a trampoline, or because they disliked the colour of a door? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his statements; if so, how? Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Education: What recent reports has she received on educational achievement for New Zealand? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Why, after eight years of a National Government, are New Zealand students’ performance in science, maths, and reading continuing to decline as reported in the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment study, and is she concerned that their scores are now at their lowest point ever?


Media Files:
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Question Time for 6 December 2016

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:03:00 +1300

DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received confirming New Zealand’s sovereign credit rating? METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Ka tū ia i runga i te mana o tana kōrero “I honestly wish I could have changed the flag”, i te wā i pātaitia ai, he aha tana tino pōuri nui? Translation: Does he stand by his statement that “I honestly wish I could have changed the flag”, when asked for his greatest regret? ANDREW LITTLE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that “the prices you pay for a house are ridiculous”, given New Zealand house prices have risen by over 50 percent since he made that statement? SARAH DOWIE to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: How is the Government ensuring New Zealanders gain the skills needed in a growing economy? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he expect an estimated 533,000 New Zealanders who did not visit a GP due to cost in the last year to continue to wait for primary care reform which might “form part of a future Budget”, possibly under a different health Minister as stated by him? MATT DOOCEY to the Minister of Transport: What progress has the Government made on repairing damage to transport infrastructure following the Kaikōura earthquake? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Social Housing: Does she stand by her statement, “look I can’t guarantee that”, when asked if anyone living in a car can go to a Government agency today and get a roof over their head tonight? RON MARK to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his statements? DAVID CLENDON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement to this House that “having surpluses does not mean that the Government can go spending more money on ineffective public services or infrastructure that may not be needed”? CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Education: How is the Government helping students use the internet for learning? STUART NASH to the Minister of Police: Does she think there is any correlation between the closure of over 20 Community Policing Centres and the 13,000 increase in victimisations in the last 12 months; if not, why not? MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Women: How is the Government encouraging more young girls and women to pursue career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and maths?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20161206-1403-question_time_for_6_december_2016-128.mp3




Question Time for 1 December 2016

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:05:00 +1300

JAN LOGIE to the Minister for Social Development: Is it her intention to retain the provision in the Children, Young Persons, and Their Families Act 1989 that requires that priority be given to placing a child with “a person who is a member of the child’s or young person’s hapu or iwi (with preference being given to hapu members), or if that is not possible, who has the same tribal, racial, ethnic, or cultural background as the child” in her upcoming reform of the Act; if not, what specifically is she proposing the provision be amended to? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What was the total percentage growth in hip and knee joint elective discharges between 2002/03 and 2008/09, and what was the same figure for 2009/10 to 2015/16? TODD MULLER to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received showing New Zealand’s economy is strong and its financial system is sound and operating effectively? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Finance: Does he support the Reserve Bank introducing debt-to-income ratio restrictions for mortgage lending; if so, why? RON MARK to the Minister of Police: Given reports that on 9 August she admitted that there are not enough Police and that she was in talks with the Prime Minister over the matter, can she advise whether the talks have ended or are still ongoing? CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister for the Environment: Does he stand by his statement that Ōkahukura/Lucas Creek is a stream that “nobody has ever wanted or tried to swim in”? CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Civil Defence: How has the 14 November Kaikōura earthquake affected the probability of future earthquakes in New Zealand? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Is she satisfied that early childhood education services are getting all the funding they need to deliver quality education and care for children? SARAH DOWIE to the Minister for Economic Development: How is the Government supporting economic development in Southland? STUART NASH to the Minister of Police: Does she agree with the frontline police officer who recently said, regarding Police resources to attend every dwelling burglary, “we’re only chasing our tails…The only solution is more staff. With successive frozen budgets, we’re at rock bottom”? BRETT HUDSON to the Minister for Communications: What recent announcements has she made on the Ultrafast Broadband programme? TRACEY MARTIN to the Minister of Education: Is she satisfied with the level of support and choice provided by her ministry for students with the highest level of special needs to attain their personal best?


Media Files:
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Question Time for 30 November 2016

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:02:00 +1300

MATT DOOCEY to the Minister of Finance: What recent announcements has the Government made regarding its Social Housing Reform Programme? RON MARK to the Minister of Immigration: Does he stand by his statement that “commitments that are made around sponsorship that haven’t been met” regarding his review of the parent category immigration rules? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement in relation to the New Zealand Super Fund, “when surpluses return we will resume contributions”; if not, why not? JACQUI DEAN to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: What recent announcements has the Government made in relation to pay equity? METIRIA TUREI to the Minister for Building and Housing: Ka tautoko ia ia taku Pire e hoatu nōhanga wā roa ana, ngita ana, tū roa ana i runga i tana tohutohu ki te hunga hook whare tuatahi, ko nāianei, “probably not a good time for a young family to buy”; i tētahi whare i Akarana? Translation: Will he support my bill to provide more secure and stable long-term tenancies, given his recent advice to first-home buyers that now is “probably not a good time for a young family to buy” a house in Auckland? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statement that funding for at-risk students announced in Budget 2016 “is a clear example of how our funding system could be changed to get more support to those students who need it most”; if so, is she concerned that a recent survey found over a third of principals are considering reducing support staff hours in 2017? FLETCHER TABUTEAU to the Minister for Building and Housing: What reports has he received on substandard building products being imported into New Zealand? Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Education: What update can she provide on the earthquake-affected schools in Kaikōura? IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY to the Minister of Immigration: Is the immigration system working in the best interests of New Zealand and migrants? SCOTT SIMPSON to the Associate Minister of Local Government: What recent announcements has she made on reducing the risk and harm of dog attacks? STUART NASH to the Minister of Police: Does she believe that the Prime Minister’s current strategy regarding his so called “war on P” is failing, given that the percentage of police detainees who in the past year have used P increased from 28 percent in 2012 to 36 percent in 2015? JAN LOGIE to the Minister for Social Development: Why will she not implement a crucial recommendation of the Confidential Listening Service that an independent body is needed to resolve historic and current complaints of abuse and neglect in State care?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20161130-1402-question_time_for_30_november_2016-128.mp3




Question Time for 29 November 2016

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 14:05:00 +1300

RON MARK to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements; if so, how? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that “if you see house prices rising, you might say the Government needs to do more” and “we take responsibility, we need to do a better job of it”? SARAH DOWIE to the Minister of Finance: What international reports has he received showing New Zealand’s economic growth remains robust? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: On what date was the Ministry of Health first made aware of data manipulation of the six-hour Emergency Department target by district health boards? CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister for Economic Development: What recent announcements has the Government made regarding support for earthquake-affected businesses? METIRIA TUREI to the Minister for Building and Housing: Ka tū a ia i runga i te mana o tana kōrero, “The proportion of New Zealanders living in rental homes is not changing dramatically and owner-occupiers will remain the dominant living arrangement for most Kiwi families into the future” i te mea, ā, e ai ki ngā tatauranga hou, nō mai anō i te tau Kotahi mano, iwa rau, rima tekau mā tahi, i taka ai te hunga whiwhi i tōna ake whare, ki raro rā nō? Translation: Does he stand by his statement that “The proportion of New Zealanders living in rental homes is not changing dramatically and owner-occupiers will remain the dominant living arrangement for most Kiwi families into the future” given that home ownership is at its lowest level since 1951, according to the latest census? STUART SMITH to the Minister for Primary Industries: What recent announcements has he made regarding support for earthquake-affected primary sectors? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Prime Minister’s statement that Treasury forecasts are “a load of nonsense, because they can’t get predications in 44 days right, let alone 44 years”? ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Building and Housing: What additional Auckland housing projects did he announce during last week’s recess, and what are the latest reports on the growth in construction across Auckland showing? Dr MEGAN WOODS to the Minister responsible for the Earthquake Commission: Is he confident EQC will be employing the necessary resource to process and settle claims, from both the Canterbury earthquake sequence and the earthquake sequence of a fortnight ago, after 16 December; if so, why? DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister of Police: What reassurance can she give to Epsom residents concerned that their Community Policing Centre will cease to operate after 24 years? IAN McKELVIE to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: What announcements has he made recently that support the continued growth of the New Zealand wine export market?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20161129-1405-question_time_for_29_november_2016-128.mp3




Question Time for 17 November 2016

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 14:04:00 +1300

PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he believe there needs to be a review of the Building Code given the damage sustained by modern buildings, such as Statistics House, in this week’s earthquakes? ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the expected impact of the Kaikōura earthquake on gross domestic product? DENISE ROCHE to the Minister for the Environment: Is he satisfied that everything possible has been done to recover the bodies of the 29 men who were killed at the Pike River Mine six years ago? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Will the exam papers completed by students sitting cancelled scholarship exams on Monday be marked as NZQA advised on Twitter; if so, how will those results be fairly compared with students who will have to sit a different exam at a later date? MATT DOOCEY to the Minister of Civil Defence: What are the implications of the Kaikōura earthquake being upgraded from a magnitude 7.5 to a 7.8? RON MARK to the Minister of Civil Defence: Can he update the House on the situation in quake-affected areas? TODD BARCLAY to the Minister for Economic Development: What Government support is available to businesses in areas most affected by the Kaikōura earthquakes? Hon DAMIEN O'CONNOR to the Minister for the Environment: What new technical information or advice did he receive, if any, in relation to the possible recovery of the Pike River Mine drift, prior to the meeting he attended in Greymouth yesterday? DENIS O'ROURKE to the Minister of Transport: If the Prime Minister has described SH1 as “really stuffed”, what are his plans, if any, to assist the repairs of CentrePort, upgrade Lyttelton Port for ferries, repair SH1 and alternative routes, as well as rail in both islands? GARETH HUGHES to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Is she concerned that New Zealand received a “Fossil of the Day” award at the climate change conference in Marrakech? JOANNE HAYES to the Minister for Land Information: What is Land Information New Zealand doing to support the ongoing earthquake recovery efforts? CLARE CURRAN to the Minister of Civil Defence: Does he support the call from Dr Ken Gledhill, Director of GeoNet, for a 24/7 tsunami warning system; if so, when will the Government provide the funding for that system?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20161117-1404-question_time_for_17_november_2016-128.mp3




Question Time for 16 November 2016

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 14:03:00 +1300

NUK KORAKO to the Minister of Finance: How does New Zealand’s growing economy and the Government’s commitment to responsible fiscal management mean New Zealand is well-placed to respond to the Kaikōura earthquake? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Has he spoken to relevant Ministers about the lessons learned from the Canterbury earthquakes to ensure people affected by the recent earthquakes have an easier and faster recovery? STUART SMITH to the Minister of Civil Defence: What update can he provide about the Government’s response to the Kaikōura earthquake? RON MARK to the Prime Minister: Can he update the House on the situation in quake-affected areas in the South Island? JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Is he committed to all his Government’s policies? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his statement that following the Valentine’s Day earthquake this year in Canterbury, “it was timely to review whether any additional mental health and wellbeing support was needed”; if so, will he consider reviewing whether any additional support is needed for Canterbury and Nelson-Marlborough district health boards as a result of the recent earthquakes? JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Transport: What updates has he received on damage to transport infrastructure following the Kaikōura earthquake? JAN LOGIE to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: What is his response to yesterday’s call from members of the Joint Working Group on Pay Equity Principles for the Government to “immediately right this historic wrong and implement the JWG principles”? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Economic Development: When is he likely to announce a recovery or support package for small businesses in earthquake-affected areas? KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Police: What are New Zealand Police doing to support the Kaikōura community? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: When did she first discuss the potential impact of Monday’s 7.5 earthquake on NCEA and Scholarship exams with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority? IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Primary Industries: What recent reports has he received on the impact of the recent earthquakes on the primary sector?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20161116-1403-question_time_for_16_november_2016-128.mp3




Question Time for 15 November 2016

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 14:30:00 +1300

ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: What are the priorities for the Government in assisting communities affected by yesterday’s earthquake? MATT DOOCEY to the Minister of Finance: What advice has he received about the economic impact of the Kaikōura earthquake? EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister of Transport: What updates can he give on the transport sector’s response to earthquake damage to State Highway 1 and the rail line between Seddon and Cheviot? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: What is his initial assessment of the fiscal impact of yesterday morning’s earthquake and what, if any, new or changed Budget allocations is he considering in response to the earthquake? PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister of Civil Defence: How is the Government supporting people affected by the Kaikōura earthquake? RON MARK to the Minister of Civil Defence: Can the Government assure New Zealanders on our level of preparedness for all natural disasters? SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Transport: What roads and public transport services are currently not operational following damage from the earthquake yesterday and when is it expected access and services will be restored? BRETT HUDSON to the Minister of Transport: What action is the Government taking to repair damaged transport infrastructure following the Kaikōura earthquake? GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Broadcasting: Will she join with me to acknowledge the work of all media in New Zealand, which is so important in times of natural disaster and crisis; if so, will she consider increasing our public broadcaster Radio New Zealand’s funding in Budget 2017? CLAYTON MITCHELL to the Minister of Civil Defence: What progress has been made, if any, on new civil defence legislation which focuses on large and significant events such as the Christchurch and Kaikōura earthquakes? ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Health: What updates has he received on the Government’s health response to the Kaikōura earthquake? CLARE CURRAN to the Minister of Civil Defence: What actions have been taken by Civil Defence to ensure those people in the areas worst hit by the earthquake have enough food, clothing, water, and shelter?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20161115-1430-question_time_for_15_november_2016-128.mp3




Question Time for 10 November 2016

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 14:28:00 +1300

Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister of Finance: What factors show the New Zealand economy is well placed to withstand international uncertainty? MARAMA FOX to the Minister for the Environment: How do Mana Whakahono ā Rohe agreements strengthen iwi participation under the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his statement, “we are focused on results”? JOANNE HAYES to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm that 10,376 extra orthopaedic First Specialist Assessments were carried out in 2015/16, compared with the 43,251 carried out in 2008/09, meaning a total 53,627 orthopaedic assessments were carried out? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Social Housing: Does she agree with Monte Cecilia Housing Trust chief executive Bernie Smith that the Government lacks a cohesive emergency housing plan, and Salvation Army social policy director Ian Hutson who says permanent accommodation is still lacking? MATT DOOCEY to the Minister of Transport: What progress has the Government made with its Roads of National Significance Programme in Canterbury? EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for the Environment: Does he agree with former Prime Minister Sir Geoffrey Palmer that the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill contains “at least three significant and dangerous trends” including “Greater Ministerial control and centralised decision-making” and “Reduced opportunities for public participation”? Dr MEGAN WOODS to the Minister for the Environment: Why did he announce yesterday that he is going to seek the approval of Parliament to refer the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill back to select committee given that so many councils, environmental groups, the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, and the Law Society have criticised the bill? SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Tourism: What announcements has the Government made about supporting tourism in regional New Zealand? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Does he agree with the Auditor-General’s finding regarding the Saudi sheep deal that his Cabinet paper had significant shortcomings and Cabinet was provided a “lack of robust analysis”; if so, does he accept responsibility for failing to provide Cabinet with a robust analysis and quality information? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements; if so, how? STUART SMITH to the Minister of Conservation: What announcements has she made on tackling the problem of wilding conifers?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20161110-1428-question_time_for_10_november_2016-128.mp3




Question Time

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 14:03:00 +1300

JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his answers to Oral Question No 4 in the House yesterday? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in relation to young people looking for work that they are “living in the wrong place, or they just can’t muster what is required to actually work”? ALFRED NGARO to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on job prospects in the New Zealand economy? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement, “there is no evidence that inequality in New Zealand is increasing”; if so, how can he continue to argue that when Statistics New Zealand data shows the cost of living for the poorest groups and superannuitants has risen almost twice as fast as for richer households since 2008? MAUREEN PUGH to the Minister for Social Development: What recent announcements has she made regarding information sharing and the care and protection of vulnerable children and young people? KELVIN DAVIS to the Minister of Corrections: Does she stand by her statement that her department’s behaviour regarding their handling of reports into fight clubs at Mt Eden prison was “disturbing and secretive”? MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm that 3,850 patients received a colonoscopy in August 2016 – an increase of 45 percent compared with 2,649 colonoscopies carried out in July 2013? FLETCHER TABUTEAU to the Minister of Finance: Does he believe New Zealand has a surplus; if so, why? STUART NASH to the Minister of Police: Does she agree with Detective Senior Sergeant Blair Burnett that more staff is the only way to combat the growing crime rate? IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Primary Industries: How many industry groups have now signed up to a Government Industry Agreement (GIA) biosecurity partnership? JAN LOGIE to the Minister for Women: Does she support Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Jackie Blue’s proposal for companies with more than 250 employees to declare gender pay gaps? PEENI HENARE to the Minister for Māori Development: Does he believe that the lives of Māori have improved during his time as Minister for Māori Development?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20161109-1403-question_time-128.mp3




Question Time for 8 November 2016

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 14:04:00 +1300

ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Why did he say, regarding the Saudi sheep deal, that “the view of Cabinet was that there had been a case that at least the investor could put up, that we may well have to fight that in court”, and was he aware when he made that statement that there was no legal advice assessing the legal risk from the investor’s case? BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on New Zealand’s prosperity? RICHARD PROSSER to the Minister of Local Government: Does he stand by his statement on 23 September 2016, “It is imperative that steps are put in place to ensure core infrastructure including water, sewerage, and roads across New Zealand are well managed. Failures of infrastructure and service are unacceptable to New Zealanders”? JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he accept all of the findings regarding his Government in the Auditor-General’s report into the Saudi Arabia Food Security Partnership; if not, which findings does he not accept? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Has he sought an explanation from the Minister for Social Development as to why the number of 18 to 24-year-olds receiving the Jobseeker Support – Work Ready payment who have been on a benefit for more than a year is rising? Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What recent reports has he received on the value of international education to New Zealand? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his statements? MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Social Housing: What announcements has she made about the Government increasing support for emergency housing? RON MARK to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in relation to the Pike River Mine that “What I did promise is that we could do everything we can to get those bodies out”? CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister for the Environment: Does he agree with the Environmental Protection Authority’s Chief Scientist Jacqueline Rowarth’s comment that the Waikato River is one of the five cleanest rivers in the world? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman, “A country’s ability to improve its standard of living over time depends almost entirely on its ability to raise its output per worker”; if so, can he confirm that real GDP per hour worked has not grown in New Zealand since 2012? KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister for Small Business: What steps has the Government taken to make it easier for small business to hire employees?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20161108-1404-question_time_for_8_november_2016-128.mp3




Question Time for 3 November 2016

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 14:03:00 +1300

NUK KORAKO to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making in its programme to get better results from public services? JAMES SHAW to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Did he ask for, or receive, any advice or assessment from officials about the stated legal threat of up to $30 million from the Al-Khalaf group; if so, what was the nature of that advice? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Is he concerned that the New Zealand economy is unbalanced towards speculation in housing given that the value of New Zealand’s housing stock is now $998 billion, eight times the total value of the New Zealand stock market, and is that valuation of the housing market a risk to financial stability? BRETT HUDSON to the Minister for Communications: What recent announcements has she made regarding improving rural broadband and mobile black spot coverage? DARROCH BALL to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by all her statements? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Transport: Does he agree with the Auckland Transport Alignment Project that bus improvements can only address capacity constraints in central Auckland for up to 10 years and a higher capacity mode like light rail will be required? BARRY COATES to the Minister of Trade: Why is he advancing the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, when it is widely reported that the agreement will not get through the US Congress this year and countries like Canada, Australia, and Vietnam have delayed their ratification processes? DAVID SHEARER to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Was the Auditor-General mistaken when she said in her report on the Saudi Arabia Food Security Partnership that “We were told that Ministry legal advisers were not asked for input or made aware of this Cabinet paper or earlier related Cabinet papers”; if not, why did he claim on 27 June 2015 that Ministry legal advisers did provide legal advice for the Cabinet paper? BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister for Primary Industries: What reports has he received on Government initiatives to help attract more young people into careers in the primary industries? JENNY SALESA to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What is the total number of 15 to 24-year-olds not in employment, education, or training according to the Household Labour Force Survey released yesterday, and is this an increase or a decrease on the last quarter? ALFRED NGARO to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: What announcements has he made to support the ongoing regulation of the business environment in New Zealand? BARBARA STEWART to the Minister for ACC: Is he satisfied that clients are receiving a good standard of care from ACC providers? Questions to Members Hon DAVID PARKER to the Chairperson of the Local Government and Environment Committee: How many submitters were heard on the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill, referred to the Local Government and Environment Committee on 3 December 2015, and when were those submissions heard? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Chairperson of the Local Government and Environment Committee: Has he, as Chair, put on the agenda the giving of complete drafting instructions to the Parliamentary Counsel Office on the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill; if not, why not?


Media Files:
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Question Time for 2 November 2016

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 14:07:00 +1300

ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in his Minister for Building and Housing, given the nearly 8,000 shortfall in new houses in Auckland in the past year? RON MARK to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the economy? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he agree with Professor Max Abbott who said, “Ten DHBs are in financial strife despite big moves to increase efficiency and extend services the best they can. I think it does suggest that more funding is required to health generally and also mental health”; if not, who is out of touch, Professor Abbot or him? Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Will the Government’s proposed approach to accounting for forestry and other land uses from 2021 reduce the quantity of greenhouse gas emissions New Zealand is liable for after 2021, when compared with the existing accounting approach; if so, by how much? SARAH DOWIE to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What progress is being made on recovering student loan debt from overseas-based borrowers? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Justice: On what date was the decision taken to delay the introduction of legislation to implement Phase Two of the Anti-Money Laundering legislation, and what are the specific “compliance costs” that “average mums and dads” will face as a result of the implementation of that legislation? Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm that primary-care funding has gone up from $667.2 million in 2008/09 to an estimated $892.7 million in 2016/17, an increase of about 34 percent, and what improvements to primary-care service does this increase deliver? JAN LOGIE to the Associate Minister for Social Development: Is she confident that requiring community groups to hand over individual client details as a condition of funding will result in better outcomes for people who access those services? TODD MULLER to the Minister for Social Development: What recent announcements has she made on the Government’s progress on Better Public Service Result one? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Transport: Does he support light rail from the Auckland city centre along Dominion Road to reduce congestion and improve urban amenity along the route? MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Customs: What announcements has she made regarding the Government’s investment into front-line drug detection equipment for Customs? Questions to Members Hon DAVID PARKER to the Chairperson of the Local Government and Environment Committee: How many submitters were heard on the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill, referred to the Local Government and Environment Committee on 3 December 2015, and when were those submissions heard? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Chairperson of the Local Government and Environment Committee: Has he, as Chair, put on the agenda the giving of complete drafting instructions to the Parliamentary Counsel Office on the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill; if not, why not?


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Question Time for 1 November 2016

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 14:07:00 +1300

DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister of Police: Does she believe the public has a right to be concerned about Police conducting roadside breath-screening tests with the intention of collecting personal information for investigations unrelated to road safety; if not, why not? Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the performance of the New Zealand economy? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in the Minister of Police, given crime rose by 5.5 percent in the last year? JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? IAN McKELVIE to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm that 30 percent more hip and knee joint replacement operations were carried out in 2015/16 compared with the 8,439 in 2007/08, an increase of 2,573 operations? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What action, if any, has he taken to ensure that New Zealanders receive services in a timely manner? MATT DOOCEY to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made regarding education-related Better Public Service targets? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Justice: Does she stand by the Prime Minister’s statement to this House in September on phase two of the anti-money laundering measures that “there will be a bill in the House by the end of the year”; if not, why not? JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister for Building and Housing: Can he confirm the latest reports on building activity in Auckland show an increase from $5.3 billion to $7.2 billion over the last year, or 36 percent? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: What was Solid Energy’s indebtedness (excluding performance bonds) in dollars and as a percentage of assets in December 2008 and December 2012? CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister for Small Business: What initiatives has the Government implemented through the Business Growth Agenda that assist small business? RON MARK to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?


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Question Time for 20 October 2016

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:04:00 +1300

BRETT HUDSON to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the diversification of the New Zealand economy? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Has he read the latest Reserve Bank M10 Housing release, and if so can he confirm that it indicates that the value of New Zealand’s housing stock as at the end of June this year was valued at $959 billion or 381 percent of nominal GDP? JAN LOGIE to the Minister for Māori Development: Does he stand by all the Government’s policies that relate to the Māori Development portfolio? MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Health: What steps has the Government taken to reduce childhood obesity since the launch of the Childhood Obesity Plan one year ago? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Deputy Prime Minister: What justification or excuse does he have to cancel a meeting scheduled with two prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy figures this week? TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Transport: What roading projects is the Government delivering to support and increase economic growth in Waikato? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Is he confident that health professionals have the resources required to provide quality health outcomes for New Zealanders? CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Education: How many schools in Aotearoa, including state schools and special schools, have seclusion rooms? CARMEL SEPULONI to the Associate Minister of Social Development: How much money has the Government invested in the Growing Up in New Zealand study, broken down by development costs and annual running costs? JOANNE HAYES to the Associate Minister of Local Government: What recent announcements has the Government made around supporting local democracy? TRACEY MARTIN to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by all her statements? JENNY SALESA to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: Does he agree with the Prime Minster that a “huge number of young New Zealanders are in apprenticeships”; if so, can he confirm that there were more than 10,000 additional apprentices in 2008?


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Question Time for 19 October 2016

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 14:13:00 +1300

ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that “we are on the cusp of something special”, given P is cheaper and easier to get, youth unemployment has risen nearly 30 percent on his watch, and the average home in Auckland now costs over $1 million? DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What steps is the Government taking to improve early intervention in social services as part of responsible fiscal management? RON MARK to the Minister of Immigration: Does he stand by all his statements; if so, how? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by Jonathan Coleman’s statement that the Government should have instigated a review of mental health services after years of evidence showing the system was failing people; if so, why is a review not needed now? MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Social Development: What recent announcements has she made regarding young people in State care? Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Prime Minister: Will he make public the official advice, if any, he has received on the weapon status of the American, UK, Chinese, and French military ships scheduled to visit New Zealand in November; if not, why not? FLETCHER TABUTEAU to the Minister of Finance: Does he think it is acceptable that 20 multinational companies paid just $1.8 million in income tax in 2014, despite recording nearly $10 billion in annual sales in New Zealand? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: Is the construction sector report released today correct, that labour productivity in the sector has increased only 1 percent since 2012; if so, will he back the industry’s call for more Government involvement in the building sector including procuring houses at scale? MATT DOOCEY to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has the Government made about investment in education infrastructure in Christchurch? JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? STUART NASH to the Minister of Police: Does she agree with the new Police Association President Chris Cahill, who described the front line as being at “crisis point”? IAN McKELVIE to the Associate Minister for Primary Industries: What recent announcements has she made regarding erosion-prone land? Questions to Members FLETCHER TABUTEAU to the Member responsible for the Land Transfer (Foreign Ownership of Land Register) Amendment Bill: Why did he introduce the Land Transfer (Foreign Ownership of Land Register) Amendment Bill? BARBARA STEWART to the Member responsible for the Land Transfer (Foreign Ownership of Land Register) Amendment Bill: What is the intention of the Land Transfer (Foreign Ownership of Land Register) Amendment Bill? DARROCH BALL to the Member responsible for the Land Transfer (Foreign Ownership of Land Register) Amendment Bill: Why is it necessary for the Land Transfer (Foreign Ownership of Land Register) Amendment Bill to be advanced at this time? PITA PARAONE to the Member responsible for the Land Transfer (Foreign Ownership of Land Register) Amendment Bill: What information will the register collect? CLAYTON MITCHELL to the Member responsible for the Land Transfer (Foreign Ownership of Land Register) Amendment Bill: What sanctions are available if a person or persons breach the Land Transfer (Foreign Ownership of Land Register) Amendment Bill? RICHARD PROSSER to the Member responsible for the Land Transfer (Foreign Ownership of Land Register) Amendment Bill: What indications of support has he received for the Land Transfer (Foreign Ownership of Land Register) Amendment Bill?


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Question Time for 18 October 2016

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:20:00 +1300

TODD BARCLAY to the Minister of Finance: How is the Government’s management of the economy creating opportunities for New Zealanders? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that “we are seeing a record number of houses being built”, given 2016 isn’t even in the top 5 years for number of dwelling consents issued? Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister of Transport: What recent progress has been made on construction of the Government’s Western Ring Route motorway in Auckland? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements; if so, how? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Did district health boards receive enough funding in 2016/17 to meet all demographic, wage, and inflationary cost pressures; if not, what is the amount of the shortfall? JONO NAYLOR to the Minister for Social Development: What recent announcements has she made regarding efforts to prevent reoffending by known child sex offenders? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Why did he break his commitment with respect to the New Zealand Super Fund, “when surpluses return we will resume contributions”, and will he make restarting contributions to the New Zealand Super Fund a higher priority than tax cuts? BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister of Corrections: What is the Government doing to ensure our prisons have the capacity they need? JAMES SHAW to the Minister of Finance: Would he act to further regulate Crown Financial Institutions if they were found to still be directly or indirectly investing in companies involved in the manufacture of cluster bombs, nuclear weapons, land mines, tobacco, or whaling? STUART NASH to the Minister of Police: Is the Government winning its so-called “war on P”, given the drug is now cheaper, more pure, and more readily available than ever, according to the Police Association? RON MARK to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements; if so, how? DENISE ROCHE to the Minister for the Environment: Will he support a charge paid by customers on single-use plastic bags in order to reduce waste and provide revenue for waste-minimisation programmes and education; if not, why not?


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Question Time for 13 October 2016

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 14:04:00 +1300

JAMES SHAW to the Minister responsible for HNZC: How much more money will he have to give Housing New Zealand so that it can continue to operate after February 2017? DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the Crown’s finances? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister responsible for HNZC: What changes, if any, did he make to Housing New Zealand’s draft Statement of Performance Expectations received by his office on 20 May 2016, and why has the statement still not been published five months later? JOANNE HAYES to the Minister for Building and Housing: What reports has he received to show the Government’s housing reform programme is increasing the supply and affordability of housing? RON MARK to the Minister of Police: Does she stand by all her statements; if so, how? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister of Police: Does she stand by all her statements? NUK KORAKO to the Minister for Social Development: What recent announcements has she made regarding support for offenders into employment? JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Health: Will he now investigate a sugary drink tax, given the World Health Organization is citing evidence that increasing taxes on such drinks will contribute to reducing obesity and improving nutritional health? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Is she satisfied that schools are receiving adequate funding to fully deliver the curriculum and offer New Zealand children the free education that the Education Act 1989 promises? PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector: How is the Government working to enable growth in the social enterprise sector? MARAMA FOX to the Minister for Social Housing: What action, if any, will she take to address the deeply held concerns of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in respect of children’s rights to an adequate standard of living and access to housing? STUART NASH to the Minister of Police: Why did she sign off on Police’s Four Year Plan on 27 May 2016 that stated there would be no increase in Police numbers?


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Question Time for 12 October 2016

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 14:03:00 +1300

ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Is the Government on course to meet all the targets it has set; if not, which is it missing? METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Ka tū a ia i runga i te mana o ngā kaupapa here katoa o tāna Kawantatanga? Translation: Does he stand by all his Government’s policies? ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on household debt? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his statement that “it’s important people can access the appropriate mental health and addiction services that they need”? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Immigration: What recent announcements has he made regarding the New Zealand Residence Programme? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Immigration: Does he stand by all his statements; if so, how? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Is the Prime Minister correct with respect to tax cuts that “The options are: either include it in Budget 2017 or we campaign on that as part of Election 2017. Those are the two most likely options, taking into consideration we have a responsibility to take into account two things, which are the fiscal and economic conditions, and how well we are doing in terms of addressing the reduction in debt”? Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm that there has been 190,807 more children’s visits to the GP, an increase of 16.6 percent, in the last 12 months since the Government introduced free GP visits for under-13’s? RON MARK to the Minister for ACC: Is he confident that ACC is making decisions in accordance with the purpose, principles and intention of the Accident Compensation Act 2001, and in the best interest of claimants? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Finance: What has convinced him to announce a Government-backed building programme to build medium-density housing using economies of scale to drive down costs, and why is it now a priority after eight years in Government? STEFFAN BROWNING to the Minister for the Environment: Will he set a pesticide use reduction policy for Aotearoa New Zealand, such as exists in many Scandinavian and EU countries? BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister for Primary Industries: What recent reports has he received on the economic impact of the Mystery Creek National Fieldays?


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Question Time for 11 October 2016

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 14:07:00 +1300

Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements; if so, how? CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on weekly earnings? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does the Government intend to meet all the targets it has set; if so, why does it think setting those targets was important? Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister for Social Housing: Has she received any reports supporting the Government’s housing plan? METIRIA TUREI 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? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Is his reported statement from May this year correct that “Bill English says if he and John Key disagree on what to do with next year’s expected surplus – pay down debt or cut taxes – what the Prime Minister wants, the Prime Minister gets”? SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister for Building and Housing: How many New Zealanders have been helped into home ownership with the KiwiSaver HomeStart grant scheme since it was introduced, and what increases have there been in the grants and withdrawals under the scheme? FLETCHER TABUTEAU to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Social Housing: Has she read the final report of the Cross-Party Inquiry on Homelessness “Ending Homelessness in New Zealand”; if so, will she implement its recommendations? SARAH DOWIE to the Minister of Conservation: What announcements has she made on wild kiwi recovery? KELVIN DAVIS to the Minister of Corrections: Does she still believe that Serco should be operating Auckland South Corrections Facility; if so, how, given she described them as failures in their management of Mt Eden? DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister of Commerce: Has he received any advice regarding regulatory uncertainty around peer-to-peer platforms and the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Amendment Act 2014?


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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”?


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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?


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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?


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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”?


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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?


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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?


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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[...]


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