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Question Time for 22 February 2018

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:04:00 +1300

Hon PAULA BENNETT to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in all of her Ministers? Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Health: What are his priorities in the health portfolio? JAN LOGIE to the Associate Minister of Finance: What recent progress has there been on development of the Living Standards Framework and other sustainable development indicators? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister for Regional Economic Development: Does he believe that the Regional Development (Provincial Growth) Fund is going to make a difference in the Tairāwhiti region? VIRGINIA ANDERSEN to the Minister of Justice: What announcement has he made regarding recent concerns about the handling of reported allegations of sexual harassment at the Human Rights Commission? Hon LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister of Employment: Does he stand by all of his Government’s policies on youth employment; if so, what is the number of 15 to 24-year-olds not in employment, education, or training? JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Local Government: Does she stand by all of her answers to oral and written questions? WILLOW-JEAN PRIME to the Minister for Trade and Export Growth: How will workers benefit from the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership? SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Corrections: Does he stand by all of his statements? TODD MULLER to the Minister for Climate Change: What aspects of a Zero Carbon Bill are up for discussion in the consultation planned for later this year? RINO TIRIKATENE to the Minister of Civil Defence: What reports has he seen on the damage caused by ex-tropical Cyclone Gita? BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister for Biosecurity: Does he stand by all his statements in relation to brown marmorated stink bugs?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20180222-1404-question_time_for_22_february_2018-128.mp3




Question Time for 21 February 2018

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:14:00 +1300

Hon PAULA BENNETT to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all of her Government’s policies? Hon MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister of Finance: Does he have confidence in the policy advice he receives? JAN TINETTI to the Minister of Education: How does the Government propose to go about making changes to the education system? Hon Dr JONATHAN COLEMAN to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his answer in the House yesterday to a question regarding a third medical school specialising in rural medicine that “I don’t think it’s in the public interest to give further information on that matter”? Hon TODD McCLAY to the Minister for Trade and Export Growth: What additional market access gains has his Government achieved in the revised Trans-Pacific Partnership? Dr DEBORAH RUSSELL to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he seen on New Zealand’s Sovereign credit rating? Hon NATHAN GUY to the Minister of Agriculture: Does he stand by all of his statements? Hon NIKKI KAYE to the Associate Minister of Education (Māori Education): What recent discussions or meetings has he had to progress opportunities for young Māori in our education system? CLAYTON MITCHELL to the Minister for Regional Economic Development: What progress has been made on the Provincial Growth Fund? MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media: Does she believe it is important for State-owned broadcasters to be independent? Hon PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Employment: Does he still stand by all of his statements? RINO TIRIKATENE to the Minister for Trade and Export Growth: What announcements has the Government made regarding trade and export growth?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20180221-1414-question_time_for_21_february_2018-128.mp3




Question Time for 20 February 2018

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:03:00 +1300

Hon PAULA BENNETT to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all of her Government’s policies? KIRITAPU ALLAN to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he seen on the costs of living? Hon MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister of Finance: Does he have confidence in the policy advice he receives? Hon NIKKI KAYE to the Minister of Education: What specific advice, if any, has he received from officials that advises him to not visit partnership schools? PRIYANCA RADHAKRISHNAN to the Minister for Social Development: Will the Families Package address issues raised in the household living-costs price indexes review released by Statistics NZ last week; if so, how? Hon NATHAN GUY to the Minister of Agriculture: Does he stand by all of his statements? STUART SMITH to the Minister of Transport: What assurances can he provide that work planned, and started, on repairing and upgrading State Highway 63 in the South Island, following the November 2016 Kaikōura earthquake, will be completed without delay? PAUL EAGLE to the Associate Minister of Finance: What progress has the Government made on protecting the rights of New Zealanders to own existing New Zealand homes? Hon Dr JONATHAN COLEMAN to the Minister of Health: What are his priorities in the health portfolio? Hon PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Employment: Does he still stand by all of his statements; if so, how? GARETH HUGHES to the Minister for Climate Change: What did he learn from yesterday’s briefing with MetService experts about the relationship between climate change and extreme weather events here and in the wider Pacific? MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media: Does she stand by all of her answers to oral and written questions?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20180220-1403-question_time_for_20_february_2018-128.mp3




Question Time for 15 February 2018

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 14:08:00 +1300

Dr LIZ CRAIG to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the statement in the Salvation Army’s State of the Nation Report that “it is clear that the benefits of this recent strong economic growth have not been shared across the board, or trickled down, as theory would have it”; if so, why? Hon PAULA BENNETT to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all of her Government’s policies? Hon NIKKI KAYE to the Associate Minister of Education (Māori Education): What discussions and visits has he had with schools to discuss Maori education and any opportunities for improved achievement? DARROCH BALL to the Minister for Trade and Export Growth: What recent announcements has the Government made regarding trade and export growth? Hon MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister of Housing and Urban Development: Other than those already signalled by the Minister, what new policies does he intend to pursue in response to the findings of the Stocktake of New Zealand’s Housing Report released this week? Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister of Forestry: How much land has been secured for the Speech from the Throne initiative of a “new planting programme planting 100 million trees a year to reach a billion more trees in ten years”? VIRGINIA ANDERSEN to the Minister of State Services: What is the Government doing to bolster the public’s trust and confidence in Crown entities? CHRIS BISHOP to the Associate Minister of Transport: Does she stand by all her statements? Hon Dr JONATHAN COLEMAN to the Minister for Economic Development: What discussions has he had with Team New Zealand since yesterday’s announcement of the Government and Auckland City Council’s preferred option for an America’s Cup base? RAYMOND HUO to the Minister of Revenue: What measure has he recently announced to address property speculation? DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister of Education: Can he guarantee that the existing partnership schools will continue so long as they have registered teachers, teach the New Zealand curriculum, and have the same level of funding as state schools? Hon PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Employment: Does he still stand by all of his statements?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20180215-1408-question_time_for_15_february_2018-128.mp3




Question Time for 14 February 2018

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 14:09:00 +1300

Rt Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all of her Government’s policies? TAMATI COFFEY to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he seen on the health of the New Zealand economy? Hon STEVEN JOYCE to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the analysis from Infometrics showing economic growth will slow to 2.6 percent in 2019, and that the reason for this includes “labour capacity constraints in the residential construction sector” and “changes in central government’s infrastructure priorities”? Hon GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Does he stand by all of his statements? JAN LOGIE to the Minister of Statistics: What steps are being taken by Statistics New Zealand to ensure better collection of information about the rainbow community? Hon NIKKI KAYE to the Associate Minister of Education (Māori Education): Has he received any reports indicating challenges in Māori education achievement? JO LUXTON to the Minister for Social Development: Will the Families Package address the challenges faced by many families of growing living costs and food poverty, as highlighted in the Salvation Army’s State of the Nation Report, released today? Hon Dr JONATHAN COLEMAN to the Minister of Health: What are his priorities in the Health portfolio? Hon NATHAN GUY to the Minister of Agriculture: Does he stand by all of his statements? MARJA LUBECK to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: What actions has the Government taken recently to tackle migrant worker exploitation? Hon PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Employment: Does he stand by all of his statements? CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister for Youth: What steps has he taken to ensure maximum opportunities for the positive engagement and contribution of Māori youth?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20180214-1409-question_time_for_14_february_2018-128.mp3




Question Time for 13 February 2018

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 14:02:00 +1300

Rt Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her Government’s policies? DARROCH BALL to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: What actions has the Government taken to assist Tonga and Samoa in the wake of Cyclone Gita? Hon PAULA BENNETT to the Associate Minister of Education (Māori Education): How will he ensure that children and young people remain engaged in Māori-medium education throughout their entire learning pathway and succeed as Māori? Hon STEVEN JOYCE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his reported quote of 7 February 2018, “New Zealand is a country that always has to be aware of global shocks. It’s why we keep our public debt lower than other countries”? Dr DUNCAN WEBB to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on the Government’s financial statements? Hon GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: What are his three greatest priorities for the Foreign Affairs portfolio? Hon MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister of Housing and Urban Development: Does he agree with all official advice provided to him on the KiwiBuild programme; if not, what advice does he disagree with? PAUL EAGLE to the Minister of Housing and Urban Development: What reports has he received on the housing crisis? Hon Dr JONATHAN COLEMAN to the Minister of Health: What are his priorities in the Health portfolio? Hon PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Employment: Does he stand by all of his statements? ANAHILA KANONGATA'A-SUISUIKI to the Minister for Social Development: Will the Families Package support working families; if so, how? BRETT HUDSON to the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media: Why has she decided to widen the search for New Zealand’s first Chief Technology Officer, and what will that mean in practice?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20180213-1402-question_time_for_13_february_2018-128.mp3




Question Time for 1 February 2018

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 14:03:00 +1300

Dr DEBORAH RUSSELL to the Minister of Finance: What role will the Living Standards Framework play in the Government’s economic strategy? Hon PAULA BENNETT to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her Government’s policies? Hon STEVEN JOYCE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by the accuracy of all his answers to oral questions to date? GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Conservation: What plans does she have to protect freshwater fisheries and their habitats? Hon AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Justice: Does he stand by all of his Government’s Justice policies? PRIYANCA RADHAKRISHNAN to the Minister of Police: What is he doing to support crime prevention for high-risk retail businesses? Hon Dr JONATHAN COLEMAN to the Minister of Health: What are his priorities in the Health portfolio? Hon JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister of Transport: From what source, and in what proportions, is the National Land Transport Fund funded? ANGIE WARREN-CLARK to the Minister of Internal Affairs: What were her key considerations when establishing the Inquiry into historical abuse in state care? Hon NATHAN GUY to the Minister of Agriculture: Does he stand by all his statements? JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Local Government: Does she stand by all her answers to written questions? LOUISA WALL to the Minister of Customs: What advice has she received regarding the role Customs plays in reducing harm to New Zealand families, whānau, and communities?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20180201-1403-question_time_for_1_february_2018-128.mp3




Question Time for 31 January 2018

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 14:02:00 +1300

Rt Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her Government’s policies? KIRITAPU ALLAN to the Minister of Finance: Has he seen any recent reports on the Government’s sovereign credit rating? Hon STEVEN JOYCE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement yesterday that “the ANZ Business Outlook Survey showed that a net 38 percent of businesses have a negative view about the year ahead”; and considering the net 39 percent negative view recorded in November, what will he do to improve business confidence? Hon TODD McCLAY to the Minister for Trade and Export Growth: Will this House debate and vote on the revised TPP Agreement before it is signed; if not, why not? MARK PATTERSON to the Minister of Forestry: What is being done to secure land for the Government’s tree-planting programme? Hon AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Corrections: Does he stand by all his statements? TODD MULLER to the Minister for Crown/Māori Relations: Does he stand by all his statements? PRIYANCA RADHAKRISHNAN to the Minister for Social Development: Will the Families Package help the Government achieve its goal of lifting children out of poverty; if so, how? JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Local Government: Does she stand by all her answers to written questions? Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Minister for Regional Economic Development: Does he believe the Regional Development (Provincial Growth) Fund is proving a success? PAUL EAGLE to the Minister of Civil Defence: What approach is the Government taking in order to form a response to the recommendations contained in the Technical Advisory Group’s review into the Civil Defence response system? Hon LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister for Social Development: How many children are currently living in material hardship, and how many children were living in material hardship in 2008? Questions to Members Hon JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Member in charge of the Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis and Other Matters) Amendment Bill: Is the Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis and Other Matters) Amendment Bill modelled on any overseas examples? Hon JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Member in charge of the Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis and Other Matters) Amendment Bill: What feedback has she received from the public on her Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis and Other Matters) Amendment Bill?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20180131-1402-question_time_for_31_january_2018-128.mp3




Question Time for 30 January 2018

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 14:18:00 +1300

MARAMA DAVIDSON to the Minister for Climate Change: What is he doing to help New Zealand adapt to the effects of climate change? Rt Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Does her Government intend to retain the Better Public Service Targets to reduce the number of people on a benefit by 25 percent, reduce the number of serious crimes being committed by 10,000, and reduce the number of children hospitalised for preventable conditions by 25 percent? Hon PAULA BENNETT to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her statements? TAMATI COFFEY to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the state of the Government’s finances? Hon STEVEN JOYCE to the Minister of Finance: What is the current level of net business confidence as expressed by each of the ANZ Business Outlook Survey and the NZIER Quarterly Survey of Business Opinion? Hon AMY ADAMS to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Why has the Government decided to retain 90-day trials for businesses with fewer than 20 employees? JAN TINETTI to the Minister of Education: Is the Government committed to raising the status of the teaching profession and giving it more control of its own affairs; if so, what actions is he taking to fulfil this commitment? Hon NIKKI KAYE to the Minister of Education: As of the start of the 2018 school year, how many schools are keeping National Standards in place? MATT DOOCEY to the Minister of Health: How much money was appropriated in Budget 2017 for mental health? Dr LIZ CRAIG to the Minister of Health: What steps has the Government taken to improve mental health in New Zealand? Hon TODD McCLAY to the Minister for Trade and Export Growth: Will he release the full text of the revised Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement and the National Interest Analysis before it is signed on 8 March this year; if not, why not? Hon DAVID BENNETT to the Minister for Food Safety: Why has the definition of mānuka honey changed from the definition previously announced by the Ministry for Primary Industries on 11 December 2017?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20180130-1418-question_time_for_30_january_2018-128.mp3




Question Time for 20 December 2017

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 14:02:00 +1300

Rt Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all of her Government’s policies? Hon STEVEN JOYCE to the Minister of Finance: Is he confident he has met all his responsibilities under the Public Finance Act 1989 in relation to his Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update released last Thursday? RINO TIRIKATENE to the Minister of Finance: What reaction has he seen to the Budget Policy Statement and Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update that were released last week? Hon Dr JONATHAN COLEMAN to the Minister of Health: What measurable outcomes, if any, will his policies deliver? Hon NIKKI KAYE to the Minister of Education: Does he stand by all his statements, including “I’ve discovered that anecdotes are not always a good way of making Government policy”? GREG O'CONNOR to the Minister of Housing and Urban Development: What recent announcements has he made regarding State houses? Hon PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Employment: Does he agree with the comments on newsroom.co.nz that “having not kept a close eye on the unemployment rate he was surprised to be told by officials after becoming Minister that it was at its lowest rate in a decade”? JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Local Government: What will she do to build support and acceptance for Māori participation in local government? CLAYTON MITCHELL to the Minister of Forestry: What announcements has he made today about Crown forestry? CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Statistics: Can he confirm it is Government policy to review the official measures for unemployment to ensure they accurately reflect the workforce of the 21st century; if so, when does he expect that review to commence? JAMIE STRANGE to the Minister for ACC: What advice does he have for New Zealanders about staying safe and healthy over the holiday season? MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Government Digital Services: What is the difference between the Government Chief Technology Officer, the Government Chief Information Officer, and the new Chief Technology Officer role that she has created?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20171220-1402-question_time_for_20_december_2017-128.mp3




Question Time for 19 December 2017

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 14:04:00 +1300

ANGIE WARREN-CLARK to the Minister of Finance: What reaction has he seen to the package of measures contained in the Families Package (Income Tax and Benefits) Bill that passed through the House last week? Rt Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all of her Government’s policies? JENNY MARCROFT to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: What reports has he received about increased international opposition to whaling in the Southern Ocean? Hon STEVEN JOYCE to the Minister of Finance: How many new specific fiscal risks are in the Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update released last Thursday? ANAHILA KANONGATA'A-SUISUIKI to the Minister of Housing and Urban Development: What recent policy decisions has the Government made regarding housing? Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Minister for Regional Economic Development: Does he stand by all his statements on the Regional Development (Provincial Growth) Fund? Hon Dr JONATHAN COLEMAN to the Minister of Health: What measurable outcomes, if any, will his policies deliver? PRIYANCA RADHAKRISHNAN to the Associate Minister of Finance: How is the Government preserving the right of New Zealanders to own New Zealand homes? Hon AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Justice: Will the Government be seeking to advance the Electoral Integrity Amendment Bill today; if so, is it his intention to move that it be referred to select committee for the standard six-month period of consideration? GARETH HUGHES to the Minister for Climate Change: Why has he announced that he will be consulting with New Zealanders on a Zero Carbon Act, setting new targets and plans to reduce climate pollution? Hon MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister of Housing and Urban Development: Does he agree with all reported statements made by Hon Phil Twyford in relation to housing; if so, on what date did he realise that Housing New Zealand was already “moving in the right direction”? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Conservation: Will access agreements on conservation land be possible for existing mining permits in the future, as is currently the case?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20171219-1404-question_time_for_19_december_2017-128.mp3




Question Time for 14 December 2017

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:06:00 +1300

Rt Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her Government’s economic and fiscal policies? Hon STEVEN JOYCE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his statements on economic and fiscal policy? TAMATI COFFEY to the Minister of Finance: What are the key priorities outlined in the Government’s Budget Policy Statement? Hon GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: What reports has he received on New Zealand’s relationship with important allies? Hon Dr JONATHAN COLEMAN to the Minister of Health: What measurable outcomes, if any, will his policies deliver? JAN LOGIE to the Minister for Climate Change: What is the Government doing to work with local authorities and communities to help plan for the effects of rising sea levels caused by climate change? DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister for the Environment: Does he agree with his officials from the Ministry for the Environment who stated in their Briefing to the Incoming Minister that “failures in the resource management and planning system have system-wide effects that impact all New Zealanders, such as the ability to deliver sufficient development capacity for housing”; if so, does he intend to overhaul the Resource Management Act 1991 in this term of Parliament? Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister of Forestry: Does he stand by the policy in the Speech from the Throne, “this Government is committed to a new planting programme, planting 100 million trees a year to reach a billion more trees in 10 years”? MARJA LUBECK to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Is she satisfied that all New Zealanders are able to properly meet their heating and energy needs over the winter months; if not, what is the Government doing to support them? Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister of Research, Science and Innovation: What progress, if any, has she made lifting research and development expenditure towards the Government’s target of 2 percent of GDP? MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media: What are her immediate priorities for the Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media portfolio? PRIYANCA RADHAKRISHNAN to the Minister for Social Development: How does the Government propose to make being in work more sustainable for families, and lift them out of poverty?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20171214-1406-question_time_for_14_december_2017-128.mp3




Question Time for 13 December 2017

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:03:00 +1300

Rt Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by the statement in the Speech from the Throne: “Building a truly prosperous country means sharing the wealth generated by our economy”; if so, under current law how much less tax will a teacher without children on the full-time average wage pay per year from 1 April 2018 compared to now? PAUL EAGLE to the Minister of Finance: Does he support using a wider set of measures of success for the economy; if so, why? Hon PAULA BENNETT to the Minister for Child Poverty Reduction: Does she consider material deprivation as an important indicator of children in poverty; if so, will her Government use it as one of their measures to show any reduction in child poverty? JAN TINETTI to the Minister of Education: Does he accept that there is a major shortage of teachers going into the 2018 school year; if so, what will he do to address it? Hon STEVEN JOYCE to the Minister of Finance: Is it his intention that in the year commencing 1 April 2018, each superannuitant couple will receive $681 less in New Zealand superannuation payments than they otherwise would under the law as it currently stands? Hon NATHAN GUY to the Minister of Agriculture: Does he stand by all his statements? DARROCH BALL to the Minister of Defence: What reports has he received on cost pressures within Defence projects? Hon NIKKI KAYE to the Minister of Education: Does he agree with the Treasury statement that the removal of National Standards should “be delayed until the new assessment framework is ready for implementation. This is to prevent a gap in systems-level information on the overall performance of primary schools and the foundational skills of reading, writing and maths, which are critical to later success in education and training”; if not, why not? CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Police: Has he received any advice from officials about recruiting 1,800 additional police over the next 3 years; if so, on what dates did he receive that advice? RINO TIRIKATENE to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received about the Southern Partnership Group? Hon LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister for Social Development: Of the 276,041 people currently on working-age benefits, how many have been on a benefit for more than 20 years and how many people will she reduce it by in the next year? ANAHILA KANONGATA'A-SUISUIKI to the Associate Minister of Health: What recent reports has she received on Māori and Pacific adults’ access to primary health care?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20171213-1403-question_time_for_13_december_2017-128.mp3




Question Time for 12 December 2017

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:03:00 +1300

Rt Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her Government’s policy to “create more jobs”; if so, can she confirm that over 245,000 jobs have been created in the last 2 years? WILLOW-JEAN PRIME to the Minister of Finance: What recent announcements has he made regarding the Reserve Bank? Hon PAULA BENNETT to the Minister of Transport: Which statement does he agree with: his statement in the House last week that “no existing and funded roading project other than the East-West Link has been altered by the Government”, or the Minister of Finance’s reported comments, in relation to roading priorities, that “there are other priorities around New Zealand as well, in terms of investing in rail and getting coastal shipping going, improving our regional roads”? Hon STEVEN JOYCE to the Minister of Finance: What was the marginal personal income tax rate paid by someone on the full-time median wage on 1 April 2011, and how does this compare to the expected marginal rate paid by someone on the full-time median wage on 1 April 2018 under his tax package? JAMIE STRANGE to the Minister of Education: Does he consider it acceptable that young New Zealanders’ literacy levels have fallen significantly, as measured by the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study; if not, how does the Government propose to turn this around? Hon Dr JONATHAN COLEMAN to the Minister of Health: What measurable outcomes, if any, will his policies deliver? Hon NIKKI KAYE to the Minister of Education: Will he scrap all public-private partnership arrangements involving school infrastructure; if so, what is the potential cost of doing this? CHLÖE SWARBRICK to the Associate Minister of Health: What restrictions on surgical mesh has the Government made, in order to protect women’s health? SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Corrections: Does he stand by all his statements in relation to prison population growth? Hon PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Employment: Does he stand by his statement in the Manukau Courier, “for 9 years we’ve had Government policy which has offered up little more than lip service to job creation”; if so, can he confirm that in the past 2 years an average of more than 10,000 jobs a month have been created in this country? KIRITAPU ALLAN to the Minister of Agriculture: What is he doing to protect and enhance New Zealand’s trade reputation for agricultural exports? CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Police: Which of the following statements by Jacinda Ardern does he agree with, “… we already budgeted for an extra 1,000 police so that is just an additional $40 million required”; or “the additional police that’s probably one of the larger figures that’s about an extra $80 million in order to fulfil that one”?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20171212-1403-question_time_for_12_december_2017-128.mp3




Question Time for 7 December 2017

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 14:20:00 +1300

PRIYANCA RADHAKRISHNAN to the Minister of Housing and Urban Development: What does the briefing he received as incoming Minister say about the impact KiwiBuild will have? Hon PAULA BENNETT to the Minister for Child Poverty Reduction: Does she stand by all her statements? Hon STEVEN JOYCE to the Minister of Finance: Can he confirm that from 1 April 2018 people earning the full-time average wage who are single with no children, families with grown-up children, and young couples starting out with no children will all pay more personal income tax than they would do from that date under the law as it currently stands? JO LUXTON to the Minister of Education: What reaction has he seen to the Government’s fees-free tertiary education policy? Hon JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister of Transport: Which specific and identifiable roading projects are a priority for the Government? Hon NATHAN GUY to the Minister of Agriculture: What specific costs were identified in the paper he received on 16 November 2017 in relation to creating separate entities for Forestry, Fisheries, Biosecurity, and Food Safety? DARROCH BALL to the Minister for Veterans: Does he stand by all his statements? Hon LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister for Social Development: Does she plan to reduce the number of people on benefits; if so, how does she plan do this? BRETT HUDSON to the Minister of Justice: What reform is he planning to make to the Official Information Act 1982? VIRGINIA ANDERSEN to the Attorney-General: What evidence did the Report of the Havelock North Drinking Water Inquiry: Stage 2 find regarding undue delay and prevarication in addressing poor drinking water quality? Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister of Forestry: Does he agree with the statement in the Speech from the Throne, “This government is committed to a new planting programme, planting 100 million trees a year to reach a billion more trees in 10 years”? Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister of Research, Science and Innovation: What is her target for Government research and development spending over the next 3 years to help her achieve the coalition Government’s goal of spending 2 percent of New Zealand GDP on research and development?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20171207-1420-question_time_for_7_december_2017-128.mp3




Question Time for 6 December 2017

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 14:15:00 +1300

Rt Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her statement in the House yesterday in relation to her Government’s “ready for work” scheme that “sanctions have long been a part of our welfare system, and that won’t change”? Hon PAULA BENNETT to the Minister for Child Poverty Reduction: How many children will her Government move out of poverty by 1 July 2019? JAN LOGIE to the Minister for Women: What recent reports has she received on women in leadership and the impact it is having on the New Zealand economy? Hon STEVEN JOYCE to the Minister of Finance: Is it his intention that from 1 April 2018 an individual on the average wage with no children will pay $1,060 more in personal income tax than they would do from that date under the law as it currently stands? WILLOW-JEAN PRIME to the Minister of Finance: What factors has he taken into account in developing the priorities within the Budget Policy Statement? Hon JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister of Transport: Which specific and identifiable roading projects are a priority for the Government? Hon Dr JONATHAN COLEMAN to the Minister of Health: What measurable outcomes, if any, will his policies deliver? ANGIE WARREN-CLARK to the Minister of Education: How will the Government’s fees-free policy benefit workers and employers? Hon NIKKI KAYE to the Associate Minister of Education (Māori Education): What plans does he have to strengthen the capability of the education system to respond to the identity, language, and culture of children and young people to raise educational achievement, and how does he plan to lead work to grow the quality and quantity of Te Reo Māori in the education system? KIRITAPU ALLAN to the Minister of Health: What plans does the Government have to improve access to primary care? Hon PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Employment: Does he stand by all his statements on fixing unemployment? BRETT HUDSON to the Associate Minister of State Services (Open Government): Does she stand by her statements about open and transparent Government?


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Question Time for 5 December 2017

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 14:04:00 +1300

DARROCH BALL to the Deputy Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements; if so, why? Rt Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her statements? TAMATI COFFEY to the Minister of Finance: What are the main elements of the Budget Policy Statement that will be released on 14 December? Hon PAULA BENNETT to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her statements? Hon STEVEN JOYCE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his comments last week that the Government will seek to reprioritise spending programmes of the previous Government, and is investing in new roads one of the programmes that will be reprioritised? PRIYANCA RADHAKRISHNAN to the Minister of Housing and Urban Development: Has he been informed of any funding problems in emergency and transitional housing? Hon AMY ADAMS to the Minister responsible for Pike River Re-entry: Who will bear potential liability under health and safety legislation for any re-entry of the Pike River drift that he approves, and what is the range of penalties that could be imposed on them in the event of a breach of workplace safety obligations? Hon GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister of Fisheries: Which recommendations, if any, of the New Zealand Initiative report The Future Catch does he intend to adopt and announce, before Christmas? JAN TINETTI to the Minister of Education: Who will be eligible for fees-free tertiary education and training next year? Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Minister for Regional Economic Development: Does he stand by his statement, “I am going to take proposals to Cabinet. I’m calling it Work for the Dole”; if so, how many jobs does he expect his programme to create? Hon LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by all her statements regarding sanctions? Dr LIZ CRAIG to the Minister of Health: Why has he established the Ministerial Advisory Group on the Health System?


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Question Time for 30 November 2017

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 14:12:00 +1300

Hon STEVEN JOYCE to the Minister of Finance: Can he confirm he plans to increase net core Crown debt from $59.5 billion as at 30 June 2017 to $67.6 billion by 2022; and can he confirm debt will not increase by any more than that? MARAMA DAVIDSON to the Minister of Conservation: What has been the Department of Conservation’s biggest recent success in predator control to better protect our native plants and wildlife? Hon Dr JONATHAN COLEMAN to the Minister of Health: What measurable outcomes, if any, will his policies deliver? SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Corrections: Does he stand by his Government’s intention to reduce the prison population by 30 percent over the next 15 years; if so, how? KIERAN McANULTY to the Minister of Transport: Has he received any reports commissioned under the previous Government that show the value of investment in rail? Hon JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Tourism: Does he stand by all his statements? Hon GERRY BROWNLEE to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her statements? Dr DUNCAN WEBB to the Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration: What was the expected date, prior to the General Election, that the Residential Advisory Service would cease operations, and what steps has she taken since becoming Minister to ensure the service continues for people affected by the Canterbury and Kaikōura earthquakes? BRETT HUDSON to the Associate Minister of State Services (Open Government): Does she stand by her statement in Parliament yesterday that this will be “the most open, most transparent Government that New Zealand has ever had”; if so, how? Hon LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister for Children: Is she committed to implementing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in full? TAMATI COFFEY to the Associate Minister of Finance: How is the Government preserving the right of New Zealanders to own land in New Zealand? JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Local Government: What steps will she take to support the local government sector to achieve greater efficiency and control spending?


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Question Time for 29 November 2017

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 14:02:00 +1300

KIRITAPU ALLAN to the Minister of Finance: What specific examples of capital spending pressures has he been advised of in preparing for budget 2018? Hon PAULA BENNETT to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her answers to Oral Question No.1 yesterday; if so, does she also agree with the Deputy Prime Minister’s answers to Oral Question No. 2 yesterday? Hon PAULA BENNETT to the Deputy Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his answers to Oral Question No. 2 yesterday; if so, does he also agree with the Prime Minister’s answers to Oral Question No. 1 yesterday? MARJA LUBECK to the Minister of Housing and Urban Development: What reports has he received about the impact of the Government’s housing policy? Hon STEVEN JOYCE to the Minister of Finance: What specific policies did the Treasury cost as a consequence of the recent Government formation? DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister of Education: Can he still say with some confidence that the four partnership schools contracted to open in 2019 will not go ahead; if not, what reassurances has he given the sponsors of those contracts that their contracts will be honoured? JAMIE STRANGE to the Minister of Education: How many students will receive additional assistance with living costs in 2018? Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Minister for Regional Economic Development: Does he stand by all his statements in relation to his $1 billion-a-year Regional Development (Provincial Growth) Fund? Hon NIKKI KAYE to the Minister of Education: Does he stand by his statement in relation to changing the age at which children can start school that it is “not unusual for a Minister or Government to state its intention” on an issue before going through the Cabinet process; if so, why? DARROCH BALL to the Associate Minister of Education: What reports has she received regarding truancy rates in New Zealand? Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister for Social Development: Does she support social investment? BRETT HUDSON to the Associate Minister of State Services: What are her priorities for the portfolio?


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Question Time for 28 November 2017

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 14:10:00 +1300

Rt Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her Government’s policy that they will “strengthen New Zealand’s democracy by increasing public participation, openness, and transparency around official information”? Hon PAULA BENNETT to the Deputy Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? Dr DEBORAH RUSSELL to the Minister of Finance: What advice has the Government received on capital spending pressures? Hon STEVEN JOYCE to the Minister of Finance: What are the estimates of the operating expenditure impacts on the Government, by year over the next four years, of implementing the policies contained in the coalition agreement between Labour and New Zealand First? Hon GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: What reports has he received on the effects on New Zealand of Australia’s major political, economic, and strategic relationships? Dr DUNCAN WEBB to the Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration: When was she first informed about a $75 million budget blow-out on the proposed Metro Sports Facility, and what steps is she taking to get this project back on track? Hon AMY ADAMS to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Does he stand by all his statements on paid parental leave? Hon Dr JONATHAN COLEMAN to the Minister of Health: What measureable outcomes, if any, will his policies deliver? PRIYANCA RADHAKRISHNAN to the Minister for Children: What reports has she received on the safety of children in care? Hon MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister of Housing and Urban Development: Does he agree that the best measure of the success of the Labour-led Government in increasing housing supply is to ensure that more houses are built on their watch than would otherwise have been built; if not, what is the best measure? Hon PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Education: How can he stand by his statement, “We will make sure they [tertiary providers] will get the information they need in a timely way” when, five weeks before his free fees policy takes effect, those providers still have no idea of the mechanism for how it works? GARETH HUGHES to the Minister for Climate Change: Why did he announce that New Zealand would aim to be carbon-neutral by 2050 at the recent United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn?


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Question Time for 15 November 2017

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:02:00 +1300

TAMATI COFFEY to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the forecast for the New Zealand economy? Rt Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her Government’s policies? Hon STEVEN JOYCE to the Minister of Finance: Can he confirm core Crown net debt was $59.5 billion at 30 June 2017, and that it is his intention as Minister of Finance to increase net debt to $67.6 billion by 2022, as laid out in Labour’s pre-election Fiscal Plan? JO LUXTON to the Minister of Education: Is he confident that schools will be able to recruit enough teachers next year to fully staff classrooms, particularly in Auckland? Hon NIKKI KAYE to the Minister of Education: Does he stand by his statement that National Standards “will be gone very quickly”; if so, why? Hon JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister of Transport: Is he satisfied that cancelling the East-West Link Road of National Significance will be beneficial to transport in Auckland? MARAMA DAVIDSON to the Minister for Women: What is the most recent data she’s received on the gender pay gap? Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Minister for Regional Economic Development: When does he think that decisions on significant initiatives under the Regional Development (Provincial Growth) Fund will start being made, and when will the first of these projects physically start? Hon LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister for Social Development: What are the exemptions in section 70A of the Social Security Act 1964 that mean sanctions aren’t imposed on sole parents who don’t name the other parent? GREG O'CONNOR to the Minister of Justice: Has he seen any evidence that victimisations of serious crime are increasing? Hon MAGGIE BARRY to the Minister of Conservation: Does she stand by her statement in the House, “Under this Government, we will have a Minister of Conservation and an Associate Minister for the Environment who believes in nature and in safeguarding the values of our species here in Aotearoa”; if so, how? WILLOW-JEAN PRIME to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Is the Government committed to restoring the right to bargain collectively in the film and television industry?


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Question Time for 14 November 2017

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:14:00 +1300

Rt Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by the statement made on her behalf in the House on Thursday, 9 November that the Government “will make decisions on appropriate targets in due course”? Hon PAULA BENNETT to the Minister for Women: Does she stand by her statement regarding quotas for women on boards that “I think that there’s evidence that it’s effective, and if we can’t achieve it otherwise, then I think that we should be exploring it”; if so, why? KIRITAPU ALLAN to the Minister of Finance: When does he plan to restart contributions to the New Zealand Super Fund? Hon STEVEN JOYCE to the Minister of Finance: What is the cost to date and the expected total cost, including EQC costs, to the Government of the relief and reconstruction efforts following the Kaikōura earthquake one year ago today? Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Minister for Regional Economic Development: Has he received any reports on the benefit of market access to economic growth in the regions? JENNY MARCROFT to the Minister for Children: What information has she received about the number of young people being held in Police cells? Hon Dr JONATHAN COLEMAN to the Minister of Health: What quantifiable health service improvements, if any, will his policies deliver? Hon NIKKI KAYE to the Minister of Education: Will National Standards be scrapped within the next 12 months, and will he guarantee that any new replacement system will be in place for all schools prior to removing National Standards? GREG O'CONNOR to the Minister of Housing and Urban Development: What steps has he taken to improve the quality of rental properties? Hon PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister for Education: Does he stand by all of his statements? SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Corrections: Does he stand by the comments reported that he is looking at ways to exit a deal under which the Government is to build a 1,500 bed facility at Waikeria; if so, how does he intend to accommodate the forecast increase in prisoners? WILLOW-JEAN PRIME to the Minister for Trade and Export Growth: How has the Government protected the rights of New Zealanders in international trade negotiations?


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Question Time for 9 November 2017

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 14:04:00 +1300

Rt Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: What will the specific measurable targets be, if any, that she will used to hold her Government to account? TAMATI COFFEY to the Minister of Housing and Urban Development: What is the latest estimate of shortfall in housing and how has he responded to it? Hon STEVEN JOYCE to the Minister of Finance: Can he confirm it is his intention as Minister of Finance to ensure core Crown expenses do not exceed $81.9 billion in 2017/18, $86.1 billion in 2018/19, $88.2 billion in 2019/20, $91.8 billion in 2020/21, and $96.1 billion in 2021/22, as specified in the Labour Party’s pre-election Fiscal Plan? DARROCH BALL to the Minister for Regional Economic Development: What advice has he received on the benefits of the Regional Development (Provincial Growth) Fund? Hon NIKKI KAYE to the Minister of Education: Will he be repealing the legislation that covers partnership schools within the next six months and how many schools does he expect to close or be converted to another type of school? Hon JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister of Transport: On what date is the Board of Inquiry due to deliver its draft decision on the East-West Link Road of National Significance? JO LUXTON to the Minister of Education: What is the Government doing to reduce the cost of fees and provide more assistance with living costs for tertiary students? Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Minister for Regional Economic Development: How successful will his new $1 billion annual Regional Development (Provincial Growth) Fund be? JAN LOGIE to the Minister of Conservation: What action is she taking to restore the Department of Conservation’s advocacy role to protect our wildlife and its habitats, and why? Hon GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister for Land Information: Does she stand by all of the Government’s policies in relation to her portfolio? RAYMOND HUO to the Minister of Justice: What announcement has he made recently on Teina Pora’s compensation for wrongful conviction and imprisonment? Hon NATHAN GUY to the Minister of Agriculture: Does he stand by all of his Government’s policies in relation to the primary sector?


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