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Question Time for 25 July 2017

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:10:00 +1200

Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements on the Todd Barclay matter; if so, how? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence that his housing and social Ministers have homelessness under control, given the number of grants for emergency housing has almost hit 30,000 in nine months, when only 1,400 were expected for the whole year? ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister of Finance: How is the Government helping councils increase housing supply? MARAMA FOX to the Minister of Transport: Will he be committing any more resources to State Highway 35 over and above what was announced yesterday that would enable other road upgrades, and not just toilets and rest stops? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Why is it a higher priority for him to cut taxes for members of Parliament than it is to invest more money than is in Budget 2017 into health, housing, or education, or to immediately restart contributions to the New Zealand Super Fund? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister for Social Development: What recent reports has she received regarding household incomes? SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Transport: Does he stand by his decision not to order an inquiry into the treatment of Ministry of Transport whistleblowers who were made redundant in a restructuring influenced by convicted fraudster Joanne Harrison, when I asked him to do so on March 16, 2017? MAUREEN PUGH to the Minister of Science and Innovation: What recent announcements has he made about the Government’s Regional Research Institutes initiative? METIRIA TUREI to the Minister for Social Development: Does she believe that the Ministry of Social Development has a responsibility to treat unemployed people, sole parents, and people with disabilities with respect and dignity, and ensure every person on a benefit has all the support they are entitled to? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of the statements that he has made, or have been made on his behalf, in this House regarding the Todd Barclay case? Hon JO GOODHEW to the Minister of Civil Defence: What reports has he received on the impact of severe weather conditions across parts of Otago and Canterbury? FLETCHER TABUTEAU to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in the Minister of Finance and the Minister for Economic Development; if so, how?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20170725-1410-question_time_for_25_july_2017-128.mp3




Question Time for 6 July 2017

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 14:04:00 +1200

METIRIA TUREI to the Associate Minister of Health: Tokohia ngā tāngata i inu wai nā te e coli i paihana, i ngā rā atu i te tahi o Hōngongoi, tau rua mano tekau mā rima, ki te toru tekau o Pipiri, tau rua mano tekau mā ono? Translation: How many people’s drinking water was contaminated with e coli between 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016? MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the Crown’s financial performance? JACINDA ARDERN to the Prime Minister: Why has he as Prime Minister rejected calls from the Human Rights Commission, victims, and members of the public to conduct a full inquiry into historic abuse in State care? BRETT HUDSON to the Minister for Social Housing: What recent announcements has she made regarding social housing in Wellington? RON MARK to the Prime Minister: In so far as there is prime ministerial responsibility, with all the statements he has made on the Clutha-Southland electorate office issue, has he checked all the facts? Dr DAVID CLARK to the Associate Minister of Health: Has she received a letter dated 5 May from five district health boards to the Ministry of Health entitled “Critical under-resourcing in Regional Intellectual Disability Secure Care”; if not, would she be surprised to find it contains a warning that the Ministry of Health’s “failure to ensure adequate capacity within the sector is such that there is now a serious and in some areas imminent risk of harm to those individuals unable to access the appropriate care, as well as to service providers and their staff”? TODD MULLER to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: How is the Government supporting Pacific labour mobility? JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Prime Minister: Why did he say that prisons are a “moral and fiscal failure”? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Construction: Does he agree with the Auckland Council chief economist that an Auckland housing shortfall of almost 50,000 by 2023 is a conservative estimate? ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister for Primary Industries: How is the Government supporting red-meat farmers to extract better value out of their produce? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Associate Minister of Finance: Does she have confidence in the trustees of the Community Trust of Southland? Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Associate Minister of Education: What recent announcements has he made following Budget 2017 in regards to increasing capacity at Auckland schools?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20170706-1404-question_time_for_6_july_2017-128.mp3







Question Time for 4 July 2017

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 14:04:00 +1200

JOANNE HAYES to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the level of confidence in the New Zealand economy? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Has he asked his housing Ministers for a report of how many affordable houses have been built in the Auckland Special Housing Areas; if not, why not? RON MARK to the Prime Minister: Before making a statement on the Clutha-Southland electorate office issue, does he check all the facts? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the statement, “New Zealand’s productivity story is continuing to worsen, relative to our previous history and relative to Australia and our major trading partners”; if not, what specifically in that statement does he disagree with? CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister for Social Housing: What recent announcements has she made regarding social housing in the Hutt Valley? METIRIA TUREI to the Minister for Building and Construction: E hia ngā whare ka taea te hoko, kua waihangatia i ngā Takiwā Waihanga Whare Motuhake, o Tāmaki-makau-rau? Translation: How many affordable homes have been built in Auckland’s Special Housing Areas? KELVIN DAVIS to the Minister for Māori Development: Does he agree with Te Matapihi, the national Māori housing organisation, that nine years of inaction by his Government is the reason for a huge decline in Māori and Pasifika homeownership; if so, what does he think this says about his Māori housing initiatives? Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made on digital fluency in schools? EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for the Environment: By how much has annual funding for the Environmental Legal Assistance Fund been cut since 2013/14? NUK KORAKO to the Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration: What announcements has she made regarding the Christchurch Cathedral? RON MARK to the Minister of Health: Is he concerned about the Government’s ability to meet New Zealanders’ need for specialist appointments; if not, why not? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of the statements that he has made, or have been made, on his behalf in this House regarding the Todd Barclay case?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20170704-1404-question_time_for_4_july_2017-128.mp3




Question Time for 29 June 2017

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 14:03:00 +1200

PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Construction: Does he agree with Mainfreight founder and Chairman Bruce Plested that housing is a “social disgrace”, that the market cannot sort out this problem, and that real leadership and intestinal fortitude is needed now? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on real after-tax wages rising in New Zealand? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Will she apologise on behalf of the Government for the flawed handling of the Canterbury school mergers and closures after the 2011 earthquakes; if not, why not? ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister for Building and Construction: What progress has the Government made in improving the tenancy laws and guidance for dealing with the problem of methamphetamine testing and contamination? CARMEL SEPULONI to the Associate Minister for Social Housing: What motels has the Government purchased in response to the increased emergency housing demand, and how much has this cost? RON MARK to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements on the Clutha-Southland electorate office issue even if facts known to him make doing so extraordinarily difficult? MAUREEN PUGH to the Minister of Corrections: How is Budget 2017 investing in rehabilitation and reintegration outcomes for offenders? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Local Government: Does she agree with the Prime Minister’s answer yesterday that drinking-water contamination in Havelock North was “about local government performance and overseeing ratepayer-funded assets whose purpose is to deliver clean and healthy water to its local people. The extensive inquiry into that incident was warranted by widespread illness in the area ... it is about local body performance in overseeing their clean water system”? BRETT HUDSON to the Minister of Local Government: What recent announcements has she made regarding Wellington’s resilience to natural hazards? JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Transport: Will the Government start building rail to the airport sooner if Auckland hosts the next America’s Cup regatta or will Aucklanders still have to wait 30 years? STUART NASH to the Minister of Police: Does she have any concerns about any of the results of the New Zealand Police Workplace Survey 2017; if so, what in particular? ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Associate Minister of Education: What recent announcements has he made to improve school infrastructure in the Wairarapa?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20170629-1403-question_time_for_29_june_2017-128.mp3




Question Time for 28 June 2017

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:02:00 +1200

IAN MCKELVIE to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the state of the rural economy? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Have he or any of his Ministers ever deviated from the ministerial standards he expects, in order to maintain the House’s confidence in the Government? SARAH DOWIE to the Minister of Health: What work is being undertaken to ensure that from 1 July 2017, 55,000 care and support workers will begin to be paid their share of the $2 billion pay equity settlement announced earlier this year? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he recall his statement, “I’m sure we’ll talk about tax policy again between now and the election but we’ll deal with that at the time”; if so, were the Prime Minister’s “hints” of further tax cuts in the weekend what he was referring to? JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Why did he say that “we accept there is growing public concern” over bottling and exporting water for profit, and when will he address that concern by putting a charge on water bottling? RON MARK to the Prime Minister: In his Prime Ministerial capacity, does he stand by all his statements on the Clutha-Southland electorate office issue; if so, how does he do that? KELVIN DAVIS to the Minister for Māori Development: Is he satisfied that all Vote Māori Development initiatives were adequately funded and planned in Budget 2017? BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister for Primary Industries: How is the Government supporting the primary sector to grow sustainably through science? TRACEY MARTIN to the Prime Minister: In his Prime Ministerial capacity, does he stand by all his statements on the Clutha-Southland electorate office issue even if facts known to him make doing so extraordinarily difficult; if so, how? CARMEL SEPULONI to the Associate Minister for Social Housing: Is the demand for New Zealanders seeking emergency accommodation increasing or decreasing? SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister for Disability Issues: What announcements has she made regarding improved access to written materials for blind, visually impaired, and otherwise print- disabled New Zealanders? Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Does he support the negotiations for a nuclear weapons convention currently under way in New York, which would result in States parties agreeing to prohibit the manufacture, possession, and use of nuclear weapons; if not, why not?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20170628-1402-question_time_for_28_june_2017-128.mp3




Question Time for 27 June 2017

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:20:00 +1200

Rt Hon Winston Peters to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements on the Clutha-Southland electorate office issue; if so, how does he do that? Melissa Lee to the Minister of Finance: What feedback has he received from the public and businesses on Budget 2017? Andrew Little to the Prime Minister: Have all the answers given by him and given on his behalf to questions in this House regarding Todd Barclay been fully accurate and complete? David Seymour to the Minister for Food Safety: What is the cost to restaurants of a bespoke custom Food Control Plan for a burger in time and money? Stuart Smith to the Minister for Primary Industries: What recent announcements has the Government made regarding market access for bovine blood products? Grant Robertson to the Minister of Finance: Is the New Zealand economy delivering for all New Zealanders, in particular the 41,000 who are homeless, the 533,000 who could not afford to go to the doctor last year, or the 90,000 young people not in employment, education, or training? Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi to the Associate Minister of Justice: What announcements have been made as part of Budget 2017 about the Government’s investment to reduce youth crime? Metiria Turei to the Minister for the Environment: Tū ai a ia i runga i te mana o tana kōrero, “there is a real fairness problem with charging bottled water for export”?Translation: Does he stand by his statement that “there is a real fairness problem with charging bottled water for export”? Phil Twyford to the Minister for Building and Construction: Does he think the number of sales to first home buyers in Auckland falling to the lowest level in 12 years is a “problem of success”? Dr Shane Reti to the Associate Minister of Health: What announcements has she made regarding the Pacific Health Scholarships? Marama Davidson to the Minister of Education: Tū ai a ia i runga i te mana o tana kōrero, “we have some real issues in terms of the workforce around te reo”, ā, he mea tērā “looking at” e ia, nā, ka whakaūngia e Te Minita te tukunga o tētahi mahere e mea ana, ka pēhea tā Te Kāwanatanga whakawhanake i te raukaha o te opemahi ki te whakaako i Te Reo Māori ki roto i ngā kura? Translation: Does she stand by her statement that “we have some real issues in terms of the workforce around te reo” and that it was something she would be “looking at”; if so, will the she commit to releasing a plan on how the Government will develop workforce capacity for teaching te reo Māori in schools? Stuart Nash to the Minister of Police: Does she believe her Government has to accept any responsibility for the fact that almost 60 percent of Police staff do not believe New Zealand Police delivers on the promises it makes to the public; if not, why not?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20170627-1420-question_time_for_27_june_2017-128.mp3




Question Time for 22 June 2017

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:03:00 +1200

JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister of Police: Under what circumstances is she briefed by police under the long standing “no surprises” policy? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his actions; if so, how? Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister of Finance: How is this Government’s $32.5 billion investment in infrastructure helping New Zealand’s economy? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in the House yesterday, “the statements made to me regarding this were reported to the relevant party official – that is on the record – and then to the police. It is a weird world when the Labour Party says that reporting a matter to the police is a cover-up”? JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Transport: On what date was the most recent cost-benefit analysis for the East-West Link project published and what were the project’s total estimated costs and total estimated benefits in that analysis? SARAH DOWIE to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: How does Budget 2017 investment in international education support economic growth? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Construction: Why did his ministry release the Housing Affordability Measure two days after the Reserve Bank advised that it was based on the wrong mortgage interest rate? RON MARK to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers?   ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Associate Minister of Education: What recent announcements has he made following Budget 2017 on school property? Hon DAMIEN O'CONNOR to the Prime Minister: Has he spoken to the responsible Ministers to ensure that no information regarding the Pike River tragedy is being withheld from families? MELISSA LEE to the Associate Minister for the Environment: What recent announcements has he made about the Government’s Waste Minimisation Fund? MARAMA FOX to the Minister for Infrastructure: How much of the $11 billion infrastructure fund announced in Budget 2017 will go towards improving infrastructure on the East Coast?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20170622-1403-question_time_for_22_june_2017-128.mp3




Question Time for 21 June 2017

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:01:00 +1200

JAMES SHAW to the Minister of Police: Has she, or the former Minister of Police, been briefed by Police about any political interference or obstruction of justice in the Police investigation into allegations that MP Todd Barclay recorded a private conversation at his electorate office; if so, when? JONO NAYLOR to the Minister of Finance: How did Budget 2017 support social investment initiatives? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his answers during Oral Question No. 2 yesterday? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements even if facts known to him make doing so extraordinarily difficult; if so, how? Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Transport: How many people were involved in the construction of the Waterview tunnels in Auckland? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Children: Is it acceptable that New Zealand has been ranked 34th out of 41 high-income OECD countries for child well-being in the UNICEF report – Building the Future: Children and the Sustainable Development Goals in Rich Countries? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Before making a statement, does he check all the facts; if not, why not? BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister for Primary Industries: What reports has he received on the positive outlook for primary sector exports? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the OECD report on New Zealand that labour productivity is well below leading OECD countries, restraining living standards and well-being? ANDREW BAYLY to the Associate Minister of Education: What recent announcements has the Government made following Budget 2017 on school property in Auckland? Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister of Health: Has a recent review of the ministry been undertaken by Paula Rebstock; if so, what were its findings? PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister of Statistics: What recent announcements has he made on open data?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20170621-1401-question_time_for_21_june_2017-128.mp3




Question Time for 20 June 2017

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 14:04:00 +1200

CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on growth in New Zealand’s economy? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he believe that the moral standards he sets as Prime Minister are high enough? JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government’s policies? KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Revenue: What is the Government doing to make tax simpler for individuals? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Construction: Why did he allow slum boarding houses like 43 Church St Otahuhu and 454 Great North Road Grey Lynn to be operated year after year, housing tenants in unsafe and unsanitary conditions, before finally sending in the inspectors? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Before making a statement, does he check the facts; if not, why not? SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister for Infrastructure: How will the new $1.4 billion Waterview tunnel improve Auckland’s transport network? Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister of Health: Does he have confidence in the Director-General of Health? JAN LOGIE to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by the Deputy Prime Minister’s statement in relation to child poverty that “I do question some of the data and the way that they’ve collected that”; if so, was she disputing all of the conclusions in the UNICEF report? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements; if so, how? Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister for the Environment: Why did he join legal proceedings last year over the $1.2 billion Three Kings development, and can this housing project now proceed? POTO WILLIAMS to the Minister for Disability Issues: Why did she say that she would rather be out on the Harbour than meeting with disability advocacy groups?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20170620-1404-question_time_for_20_june_2017-128.mp3




Question Time for 8 June 2017

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 14:13:00 +1200

PHIL TWYFORD to the Prime Minister: Did he as Minister of Finance in 2010 tell Major Campbell Roberts of the Salvation Army that Auckland faced a looming housing crisis; if so, why? CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister for the Environment: Does he agree with Radio NZ that “fresh water is shaping up to be one of this year’s critical election issues”? MATT DOOCEY to the Minister of Finance: How much is the Government planning to spend on infrastructure over the next four years? DENIS O'ROURKE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that “When the quake happened, the Government immediately moved to provide support to the affected towns, with the earthquake job subsidy, primary sector and tourism support packages, extra housing assistance through MSD, additional health sector support, and grants to help with the restoration of important local infrastructure, including the Kaikoura Harbour”; if so, why then are Kaikoura residents and businesses unhappy with the level of Government support? IAN McKELVIE to the Minister of Tourism: What announcements has she made about further tourism infrastructure support for the regions? CARMEL SEPULONI to the Minister for Social Housing: Is she concerned that the Ministry of Social Development recommends boarding houses as a form of temporary accommodation, given recent reports on the slum-like conditions people are living in? JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Associate Minister of Health: Does he stand by his reported statements that the current drug law doesn’t really work that well, and that cannabis should be regulated under the Psychoactive Substances Act; if not, why not? ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: What announcements has he recently make regarding New Zealand’s continued presence in Antarctica? Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister of Health: Did he take a specific package of new initiatives for mental health and addiction services for Budget 2017 to a Cabinet committee before 31 March this year? Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister for Social Development: What recent announcements has she made regarding funding to help people move off benefits and into work? STUART NASH to the Minister of Police: Why did the Government provide 285 fewer sworn police and $167 million less funding than Police themselves said they needed to “change the trajectory of rising crime”? RON MARK to the Minister of Police: Does she stand by all her statements regarding Police resourcing; if so, why?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20170608-1413-question_time_for_8_june_2017-128.mp3




Question Time for 7 June 2017

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 14:05:00 +1200

Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he still have confidence in all his Ministers; if so, why? JOANNE HAYES to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the success of New Zealand’s exporters? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Has his Government done all it needs to for Auckland, given schools are struggling to find teachers who can afford the city’s housing costs, congestion is the worst in Australasia, and people are living in squalid illegal boarding houses? JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in his Minister of Conservation? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his statements? SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Health: What will the $888 million invested into Vote Health in Budget 2017, the biggest increase in 11 years, deliver for New Zealanders? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Construction: Does he stand by his statement that this is a “golden era” for the building industry; if so, why? MARAMA DAVIDSON to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does she agree that New Zealand has a special responsibility to provide leadership on climate change in support of our Pacific Island neighbours, whose very existence is threatened by it and who have done almost nothing to cause the problem? Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Education: What extra help for children with additional learning needs was provided in Budget 2017? DARROCH BALL to the Minister for Children: Does she have confidence in the accuracy of the assurances in each letter she has signed and provided to the public and members of Parliament regarding individual cases of care and protection of children? IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Primary Industries: How is the Government supporting the transparency and management of our fisheries through Budget 2017? Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his statement, “there is always financial pressure in the health sector, that’s nothing new”?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20170607-1405-question_time_for_7_june_2017-128.mp3




Question Time for 6 June 2017

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 14:19:00 +1200

MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the Government’s fiscal position? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Construction: Does he stand by his statement that this is a “golden era” for the building industry; if so, why? JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: What, if anything, has he said to United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: How many schools throughout New Zealand has the Ministry of Education identified as being over capacity or at risk of overcrowding? KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Police: What is the Government doing to prevent offending in Counties Manukau? DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister of Health: Has he seen the TARGIT study of 3,451 women in 11 countries with breast cancer, which found that intraoperative radiotherapy has similar survival and recurrence rates, and significantly fewer mortalities from other complications after 5 years than external beam radiotherapy, and what progress is being made introducing intraoperative radiotherapy into the New Zealand Public Health Service? TODD MULLER to the Minister of Defence: What announcements have been made as a part of Budget 2017 about the Government’s investment in defence? CARMEL SEPULONI to the Minister for Building and Construction: Does he agree that due to the housing crisis some boarding house landlords are exploiting vulnerable New Zealanders? EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Will she release updated guidance before this year’s general election on the extent of sea-level rise which local authorities should plan for? Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his statement that the wish-list figure for district health boards to meet their total cost pressures is “round the amount of the allocation plus about 1 percent of the baseline”, and what is the total cost pressure including wage, demographic, and inflation for all district health boards in dollars for 2017/18? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he still have confidence in all his Ministers; if so, why? Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister for Disability Issues: What recent Budget announcements has the Government made regarding investment into disability support services?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20170606-1419-question_time_for_6_june_2017-128.mp3




Question Time for 1 June 2017

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 14:02:00 +1200

METIRIA TUREI to the Minister for Social Housing: Can she guarantee that all 3,422 people on the Priority A Housing Register who urgently need a place to live will be housed within a month; if not, why not? DARROCH BALL to the Minister of Police: What does she believe is the cause of the recent increase of violent robberies of dairies? JACINDA ARDERN to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in the Minister of Health in light of the Office of the Auditor-General report on mental health; if so, why? BRETT HUDSON to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the prospects of the New Zealand economy? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement in response to statements his Budget was not visionary, “Well, no, I don’t even know why people would ever, sort of like what’s innovative, what’s visionary”? BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister for Primary Industries: What recent Budget announcements has the Government made regarding investment in irrigation? PHIL TWYFORD to the Associate Minister for Social Housing: How many extra emergency housing places available to take referrals have been delivered over and above the 737 he reported for March 2017, if any? DENIS O'ROURKE to the Minister for Social Housing: Does she stand by all her statements? MAUREEN PUGH to the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage: What support does Budget 2017 provide for New Zealand’s arts, culture and heritage? JAN LOGIE to the Minister for Social Development: Will she apologise to a young woman, who had a child conceived through rape, whose benefit was reduced for years because she didn’t want to name the father? ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: How does Budget 2017 invest in the financial capabilities of young New Zealanders? Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister of Health: How many more New Zealanders are accessing district health board mental health and addiction services nationally now than in 2007/08, expressed as a percentage increase; and what is the corresponding percentage growth in funding for mental health and addiction services over the same time period?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20170601-1402-question_time_for_1_june_2017-128.mp3




Question Time for 31 May 2017

Wed, 31 May 2017 14:02:00 +1200

ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Did the Minister of Finance tell him that Budget 2017 invests less in new initiatives for health, education, housing, and police combined than it spends on tax cuts? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Finance: Will he tell New Zealanders the true state of this country’s economy; if not, why not? TODD MULLER to the Minister of Finance: How is the Government’s economic plan delivering for New Zealanders? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Why does Budget 2017 invest less in new initiatives for health, education, housing, and police combined than it spends on tax cuts? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Transport: What investment is the Government making into New Zealand’s state highway network over the next four years through Budget 2017? JAMES SHAW to the Minister of Finance: Why did he not mention climate change once in his Budget speech? MARAMA FOX to the Minister for Children: Will she support a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the institutional abuse of children, and if not, why not, given calls from organisations and members of the public? TODD BARCLAY to the Minister of Education: What investment is the Government making in school property in Budget 2017? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Social Housing: What is the minimum number of new affordable houses which will be delivered as part of the Crown Land and Building programme she announced on 16 May 2017 and how is affordable defined? Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister of Science and Innovation: How does Budget 2017 investment in science and innovation support a growing economy? Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his office’s statement that the $644.8 million calculated by the Ministry of Health as the amount needed by DHBs to meet their total cost pressures this year was a “wish list” figure and is that why they only received $400 million for cost pressures? METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Conservation: E hia ā tātau momo manu kei te noho tino mōrearea, e ai ki Te Kaitiaki Taiao a Te Whare Pāremata?Translation: How many of our bird species are in serious trouble, according to the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20170531-1402-question_time_for_31_may_2017-128.mp3




Question Time for 30 May 2017

Tue, 30 May 2017 14:06:00 +1200

NUK KORAKO to the Minister of Finance: How will the Family Incomes Package in Budget 2017 help families get ahead financially? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Did the Minister of Finance tell him that last week’s Budget cut elective surgery funding by $10 million, means the average early childhood centre effectively loses $15,000, and provides new Crown land funding for only 1,200 houses? JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government’s decisions? SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm that Budget 2017 will invest an extra $3.9 billion over four years into Vote Health, taking the total health investment to $16.77 billion in 2017/18? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his statements on the health of the New Zealand economy? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that “I just don’t think of the Budget in terms of the election cycle”? SARAH DOWIE to the Minister responsible for Social Investment: How does Budget 17 support a social investment approach to Justice? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Social Housing: Does she believe an increase in the accommodation supplement will help to reduce the rate of rent or house price increases? JOANNE HAYES to the Minister for Children: What recent announcements has she made regarding funding to support vulnerable children and young people? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: What was the change in real terms in total annual Government funding per full-time equivalent child in early childhood education between 2009/10 and 2014/15 according to the data posted on the Education Counts website? Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does she agree that countries need to work together to combat dangerous climate change; if so, will her Government convey that view to the President of the United States this week? ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister of Revenue: What improvements is the Government making to New Zealand’s tax system?


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Question Time for 24 May 2017

Wed, 24 May 2017 14:04:00 +1200

ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he agree with Hon Alfred Ngaro that some of the media are manufacturing the housing crisis; or does he agree there is a housing crisis, given Auckland has a shortage of 40,000 homes according to Auckland Council? DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister of Finance: What are Treasury’s forecast OBEGAL surpluses for each year to 2021 according to the December Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update? MATT DOOCEY to the Minister of Finance: How will Budget 2017 make a difference to New Zealanders most in need? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Is Colin James correct when he says that a 4 percent increase in spending in Budget 2017 is required just to stand still, given population growth and inflation; if not, what increase is required? METIRIA TUREI to the Minister for the Environment: Does he agree with Environment Canterbury councillor Lan Pham that the way water is allocated does not always prioritised public use over private gain? ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister of Conservation: What announcements has she made about increased support for the Department of Conservation in Budget 2017? DENIS O'ROURKE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? TODD BARCLAY to the Minister of Corrections: What recent announcement has she made regarding drug and alcohol testing for offenders in the community and defendants on bail? CARMEL SEPULONI to the Associate Minister for Social Housing: Does he stand by his statement, “The Government takes its responsibility around homelessness seriously”; if so, why did he say some of the media were manufacturing a crisis? JOANNE HAYES to the Minister for the Environment: What steps is the Government proposing to address the environmental impacts of synthetic gases used by the refrigerant and air conditioning industry? Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister of Health: Has he received reports that Waikato Hospital is advising against sick people visiting their hospital; and is advising people not to attend hospital now an acceptable strategy under his Government for reducing the gap between service demand and service delivery in the health system? JAMES SHAW to the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector: Does he stand by his statement yesterday that “it is not the way this Government works”, in relation to his comments threatening funding cuts for organisations that spoke against the Government?


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Question Time for 23 May 2017

Tue, 23 May 2017 14:03:00 +1200

KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the economy, ahead of Thursday’s Budget announcement? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Did the Minister for Social Housing consult with him before announcing a housing plan without being able to say how many of the houses will be affordable? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements; if so, why? JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that “each generation bears its own burdens”? SARAH DOWIE to the Minister of Tourism: What announcements has she made about increased support for tourism infrastructure? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Prime Minister that the Government doesn’t do that good a job with people who have really serious needs, and needs to address New Zealand’s “long-running social problems”; if so, can he confirm that his Government has been in power for nearly 9 years and will shortly put forward its ninth Budget? ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister for Social Housing: How is the Government utilising its residential land holdings in Auckland to support its social housing needs? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: How many additional teachers will be trained each year, as part of her announcement last week that $5.2 million would be spent on addressing shortages of staff in hard-to-staff core subjects? BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister of Transport: What roading projects is the Government delivering in Taranaki to support the region’s growth? POTO WILLIAMS to the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector: Did he have any particular organisations in mind when he stated, “Do not play politics with us. If you get up on the hustings and start bagging us, then all the things you are doing are off the table. They will not happen.”; if so, which organisations was he thinking of? JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Transport: Is he confident that all transport investment decisions by his Government are best value for money, reliability, and reducing climate pollution? Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has the Government made to address teacher supply?


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Question Time for 11 May 2017

Thu, 11 May 2017 14:03:00 +1200

JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister of Finance: Has total spending on Working for Families decreased while his Government has been in office; if so, by how much? CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the New Zealand economy? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: What conditions would need to be met for him to declare that the operating surplus in the Budget is sustainable? MAUREEN PUGH to the Minister for Communications: What recent announcements has he made on the Ultra-Fast Broadband programme? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Construction: How can the Government’s housing policy be a success, as the Prime Minster said, when four out of five renters cannot buy a house in their area without going into financial hardship? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Transport: Of the slips that have to be cleared to re-open State Highway 1 north and south of Kaikōura, how many had machinery and workers on the job clearing them yesterday, and how many didn’t? Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister of Health: How many more New Zealanders are accessing district heath board's mental health and addiction services nationally now than in 2007/08, expressed as a percentage increase; and what is the corresponding percentage growth in funding for mental health and addiction services over the same time period? STUART SMITH to the Minister of Civil Defence: What reports has he received outlining recovery progress six months after the Kaikōura earthquake? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he think that his Government’s assistance package for quake–affected businesses, some who have lost 60 percent and more of their trade and clientele, is remotely adequate and fair? JAN LOGIE to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Does he believe the draft Pay Equity Bill will make it easier for women to be fairly paid for their work? BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister of Trade: What recent announcements has he made on New Zealand’s trade interests? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Attorney-General: Does he believe the Hastings District Council bears primary responsibility for the contaminated water they supplied to their Havelock North residents, which caused over 5,000 people to become ill, some very seriously, and has been linked to the death of 3 people? Questions to Members CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Chairperson of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee: Has the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee heard from all witnesses who wish to be heard on the petition of Maire Leadbeater urging the New Zealand Government to address the ongoing human rights situation in West Papua?


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Question Time for 10 May 2017

Wed, 10 May 2017 14:02:00 +1200

FLETCHER TABUTEAU to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his ministers? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his response to a mental health nurse who said they are so short-staffed they are working double shifts, that “they need to be consulting with their employers about the suitability of working those hours”; if so, does he know who sets the funding for DHBs that employ mental health nurses? SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the Government’s financial accounts? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement on tax policy to the House yesterday, “the Minister of Finance, who I am acquainted with, has not made any commitment in regard to any elements of the Budget package on 25 May”; if so, why did he say on the 28th of April, “We are not planning to do a reduction on rates this year”? MARAMA FOX to the Minister for Māori Development: What recent announcements has he made about funding for marae and housing? NUK KORAKO to the Minister of Education: What recent reports has she received regarding partnership schools? JAMES SHAW to the Minister of Conservation: How will a coal mine on conservation land support today’s Threatened Species Strategy announcement? BRETT HUDSON to the Minister of Science and Innovation: What announcements has he made to support New Zealand businesses invest in research and development? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Revenue: Does she agree with the IMF that removing “negative gearing” tax breaks for property investors would help redirect saving incentives to other, potentially more productive investments? JOANNE HAYES to the Associate Minister for Social Housing: What announcements has he made about the results of the Relocation from Auckland Assistance scheme? Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his statement about the authors of the People’s Mental Health Report, “they’re very left-wing, anti-Government protesters”; if not, when will he apologise to the 500 people who wrote their own stories about experiences with the mental health system as part of the report? MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Small Business: What updates can she provide on how the Government is supporting small businesses’ uptake of digital technology?


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Question Time for 9 May 2017

Tue, 09 May 2017 14:03:00 +1200

Hon JO GOODHEW to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on the status of the New Zealand economy? JAMES SHAW to the Minister of Conservation: Would she like to see more coal mining on conservation land? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his response when asked did he think he was failing New Zealanders in mental health, “No no, I don’t think we are failing New Zealanders”; if so, is he saying that mental health services in New Zealand are in an acceptable state? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements; if so, how? Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm that Budget 2017 will invest an extra $60 million over four years to enable Pharmac to provide more New Zealanders with access to new medicines? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Why did he say recently, “I wouldn’t be characterising anything we do primarily as tax cuts”, and would he still agree with former Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key that a meaningful tax cut package would require “$3 billion, I reckon”? Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister for Building and Construction: How many people have purchased a first home with the assistance of the Government’s KiwiSaver Homestart in year one and year two of the scheme? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Infrastructure: How many houses, if any, have been completed as a result of the Housing Infrastructure Fund since it was announced in July last year? PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has the Government made about funding for services for children who require additional learning support? MICHAEL WOOD to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: What action, if any, has she taken since learning that Ron Hoy Fong and the Auckland Property Investors Association are actively promoting practices such as the use of fake bids and false names by property investors to take advantage of vulnerable home owners? STUART SMITH to the Minister of Customs: What reports has he received regarding the eGate expansion project? Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Does he stand by his reported comments that “the solution to conflict in the Middle East would be achieved by the people who live there”, and that “New Zealand should not pronounce how either party involved in Middle Eastern policy should behave”?


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Question Time for 4 May 2017

Thu, 04 May 2017 14:03:00 +1200

GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statements yesterday on the Household Labour Force Survey; if so, by how much has the number of 15 to 24-year-olds who are not in employment, education, or training increased since his Government took office? TODD MULLER to the Minister of Finance: What is the Government’s plan for reducing net debt as a percentage of GDP? Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Does he support the New Zealand sponsored UN Security Council resolution of 23 December 2016 that condemned the expansion of Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory? SARAH DOWIE to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: What recent announcements has he made in relation to Pay Equity? KELVIN DAVIS to the Minister of Corrections: Does she stand by the statement of her predecessor, “breaking the cycle of imprisonment and reoffending is a key focus of this Government. That’s why we set the ambitious and challenging goal of reducing prisoner reoffending by 25 percent by 2017”; if so, does she agree with the decision to drop the Better Public Services Target of reducing re-offending by 25 percent? PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What reports has he received on the rate of employment in New Zealand? CARMEL SEPULONI to the Minister for Social Development: Is she concerned that the March quarterly benefit figures show that only 42.3 percent of those who cancelled a benefit did so because they had obtained work? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister for the Environment: Does he stand by all his statements on Pike River mine; if so, how? EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he stand by his statement, “There’s no way that we can double the number of cows in New Zealand”? TODD BARCLAY to the Minister of Corrections: What recent announcement has she made regarding online learning for prisoners? DARROCH BALL to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: Does he stand by the Government’s “social investment” approach when the number of 15 to 19-year-old youth not in employment, education, or training increased in the last quarter by over 3,000 young people to be at its highest level since 2011? Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister of Health: How many more New Zealanders are accessing mental health and addiction services now than in 2007/08, expressed as a percentage increase; and what is the corresponding percentage growth in funding for mental health and addiction services over the same time period?


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Question Time for 3 May 2017

Wed, 03 May 2017 14:02:00 +1200

NUK KORAKO to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the progress of the New Zealand economy? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Why, under his Prime Ministership, has the relationship with Australia reached the point where, according to him, Australia is making policies that are detrimental to New Zealanders living there “either without telling us or at short notice”? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements on Pike River mine; if so, how? METIRIA TUREI to the Minister for Economic Development: Nā, ka uru atu ki roto i Te Mahere Mahi Ōhanga Tai Poutini West Coast, a Te Kāwantanga, he whakatuwheranga ake o te whenua taiao mō te mahi maina? Translation: Will the Government’s Tai Poutini West Coast Economic Action Plan include opening up conservation land for mining? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of State Services: What updates can she give about the Government’s commitment to Better Public Services? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with Prime Minister Rt Hon Bill English that “tax cuts are on the table” for Budget 2017? Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister responsible for Social Investment: What recent announcements has she made about social investment? CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister for the Environment: Does he stand by his statement that the Government is determined to move 1,000 kilometres of waterways per year to a higher swimming standard? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Is she satisfied that increased rates of NCEA attainment are leaving school leavers better prepared for further study, training, or employment? DARROCH BALL to the Minister for Pacific Peoples: Is he confident with the integrity of all Pacific advisory appointments made by him or his predecessor? CARMEL SEPULONI to the Minister for Social Development: Is she concerned that the latest quarterly benefit figures showed that more Kiwi families are unable to put food on the table, pay for children’s schooling costs, and are relying on emergency accommodation support? MAUREEN PUGH to the Minister for Children: What changes has the Government made to Better Public Services Result 4 – to reduce the number of children experiencing physical abuse?


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Question Time for 2 May 2017

Tue, 02 May 2017 14:03:00 +1200

METIRIA TUREI to the Minister for the Environment: Ki Te Minita mō Te Taiao: Ka tukua e ngā paerewa e whakaarohia akehia nei mō te pai ake o te wai i roto i te pūhera Wai Mā, te kaha kē atu, te iti kē iho rānei o te uru atu o te tūkinotanga ki roto i ō tātou awa wai, e ngā mea whakakapi? Translation: Do the proposed standards for water quality in the Clean Water package allow more pollution or less to enter our waterways than the ones they will replace? BRETT HUDSON to the Minister of Finance: How much is the Government committing to spend on infrastructure over the next 4 years? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Given his predecessor told the Pike River families, “I’m here to give you absolute reassurance we’re committed to getting the boys out, and nothing’s going to change that”, when, if ever, will he be announcing the re-entry of the drift? STUART SMITH to the Minister of Transport: What announcements has he made recently regarding the Government’s commitment to reinstate key transport links following the Kaikōura earthquake? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Children: When was she first notified that the Ministry for Vulnerable Children Oranga Tamariki, or its predecessor CYF, were placing children and younger persons in a hotel or motel for short-term care without a supervisor, and what was her first action, if any? MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm that 55,000 care and support workers will share in the $2 billion pay equity settlement announced on 18 April 2017? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Dominion Post editorial that his Government has “singularly failed to answer the pressures of Auckland”; if not, why does he think they would write this? ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister for Building and Construction: How do the latest reports on the level of building activity in Auckland and nationwide for the month, quarter, and year compare with 2016? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements; if so, how? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Transport: Why has the completion of the $2.4 billion Western Ring Route been delayed, and when can Aucklanders expect the new motorway to be open? EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister of Conservation: Is it Government policy to increase the logging of native forests on West Coast conservation land? Dr MEGAN WOODS to the Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration: Does she agree that the first homes in the East Frame will be completed 5 months ahead of schedule? Questions to Members CLARE CURRAN to the Chairperson of the Commerce Committee: Does she intend to call for further submissions on the petition of Dame Fiona Kidman before it is reported back to the House, in light of the recently released footage shot inside the drift of the Pike River mine?


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Question Time for 13 April 2017

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 14:05:00 +1200

PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Social Housing: Does she stand by her statement on emergency housing, “We are on track to have 8,600 places across the country available. We want to have the bulk of those in place by this winter”; if so, can she guarantee there won’t be more families living in cars and garages this winter? JAMES SHAW to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does the Government agree with the conclusions and recommendations in the Vivid Report Net Zero in New Zealand: Scenarios to achieve domestic emissions neutrality in the second half of the century? CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Finance: How are the mixed ownership companies performing under their new ownership structures? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Which of the following best describes her tenure as Minister of Education: her abandoned plan to increase class sizes, her proposed Christchurch school closures, her closure of residential special schools, the introduction of charter schools, the decline in international achievement ratings, or the roll out of Novopay? RON MARK to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in his Minister of Police; if so, why? Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Which of the four scenarios in the March 2017 Vivid Report – “Off Track”, “Innovative”, “Resourceful”, or “Net Zero 2050”, is the Government considering using as the basis for its own climate planning? SARAH DOWIE to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made regarding NCEA results? Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister of Health: Does the funding that district health boards receive per head for mental health services fully cover their mental health and addiction services’ ring-fenced expenditure? Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Associate Minister of Health: What announcements has she made regarding a new provider for Autism Spectrum Disorder programmes, previously run by IDEA Services? Aupito WILLIAM SIO to the Minister for Pacific Peoples: Has he asked the Ministry for Pacific Peoples to do any work into the impact of the recent typhoid outbreak on the Pacific community; if so, what? ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage: How will New Zealand mark Anzac Day 2017? FLETCHER TABUTEAU to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Will she use her section 18 powers under the Electricity Industry Act 2010 to order a review of the Transmission Pricing Methodology, given the effect it will have on the West Coast, Ashburton, Eastern Bay of Plenty, Auckland, and Northland?


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Question Time for 12 April 2017

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 14:02:00 +1200

ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Finance: How is the construction sector contributing to New Zealand’s economic growth? RON MARK to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in his Minister of Police; if so, why? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that the Wellington housing shortage is a “problem of success”? CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister for the Environment: Does he agree with the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor that some of the country’s waterways have gone beyond a tipping point? Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Police: What updates can she give about what regions the new 880 police will go to? Dr MEGAN WOODS to the Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration: Will he be initiating further examinations of the alleged potential conflicts of interest suggested in paragraph 3.40 of the Heron Report; if not, why not? FLETCHER TABUTEAU to the Minister of Energy and Resources: If she will not initiate an inquiry into retail electricity prices, does she at least agree with the PWC report which recommends completely changing The Lines Company pricing model in the Taranaki/King Country? IAN McKELVIE to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm that the number of registered nurses working in mental health and addiction services has increased from 3,583 to 4,206 over the last five years – an increase of 17 percent? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statement regarding the school funding review that “we will not be interested in how we stigmatise children, rather what we are trying to do is get the right resource to the right kid at the right time in the right places”? GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does she agree with Dr Russel Norman, who said that section 101B(1)(c) of the Crown Minerals Act 1991, known as the Anadarko Amendment, was “put in place by the Government to protect the interest of big oil and to stifle dissent”? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for the Environment: Does he believe his Government’s failure to properly control increases in farm intensity close to waterways has caused much of the river degradation identified in Professor Sir Peter Gluckman’s report on New Zealand’s fresh water? MATT DOOCEY to the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector: What recent announcements has he made about community and voluntary group funding in New Zealand? Questions to Members RIA BOND to the Member in charge of the Broadcasting (Games of National Significance) Amendment Bill: What indications of support has he received for the Broadcasting (Games of National Significance) Amendment Bill? RIA BOND to the Member in charge of the Broadcasting (Games of National Significance) Amendment Bill: Will the Broadcasting (Games of National Significance) Amendment Bill enable about 2.7 million taxpayers who do not have Sky, the ability to watch major domestic sporting events free and on live to air television? RIA BOND to the Member in charge of the Broadcasting (Games of National Significance) Amendment Bill: Is the Broadcasting (Games of National Significance) Amendment Bill fair on ratepayers and taxpayers? DARROCH BALL to the Member in charge of the Broadcasting (Games of National Significance) Amendment Bill: What benefits are likely to come from the Broadcasting (Ga[...]


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Question Time for 11 April 2017

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 14:03:00 +1200

ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement on the housing crisis that “I wouldn’t call it a crisis. We have strong demand, we have an uplift in prices – these are good problems to have actually”? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on job growth in the New Zealand economy? RON MARK to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in his Minister of Police; if so, why? Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister of Police: What updates has she received about the effectiveness of the Government’s scheme to allow people to find out whether their partner has a history of domestic violence? JACINDA ARDERN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in regards to survivors of abuse while in State care that “they’ve been able to come forward, have their story heard, get some compensation. Some of them aren’t necessarily satisfied with that”? FLETCHER TABUTEAU to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Why hasn’t the Government called for a full-scale inquiry into retail electricity prices, given the percentage increase in power pricing? Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made regarding Communities of Learning? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by the statement he made on behalf of the then Minister of Finance, “we have a very ambitious target for export growth”; if so, what progress has been made towards that target? DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister for Building and Construction: Does he agree with Liam Dann in the New Zealand Herald that “Young house hunters should just give up”; if not, why not? MAUREEN PUGH to the Minister of Veterans' Affairs: What announcements has he made regarding repatriation of military personnel remains? JAN LOGIE to the Minister for Social Development: Is she satisfied that, according to her answer to written question 1048, she could not say how many children were reported to have been seriously abused in State care in 2015/16? CARMEL SEPULONI to the Associate Minister for Social Housing: Does he stand by the former Prime Minister who said “If they’re sleeping in a car, my very strong advice is to go and see Work and Income and we’ll see what we can do”?


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Question Time for 6 April 2017

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 14:02:00 +1200

TRACEY MARTIN to the Minister of Education: Does she agree with the Ministry of Education’s National Director for Learning Support that schools in Northland should contact the Police when primary school children threaten teachers and other students with violence? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Is she confident that schools are getting all the support they need to help every child succeed? SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Finance: How are the Government’s financial accounts tracking compared to Budget 2016? CARMEL SEPULONI to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by her statement about the Privacy Commissioner that “we will listen to any recommendations that he has to make” about feedback on her Government’s approach to private client data collection from social services? JAN LOGIE to the Minister for Social Development: Does she believe she delivered on her statement that “robust procedures would gather and protect the information” when referring to her ministry’s Individual Client Level Data Collection policy? SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Transport: What employment opportunities are being created by the construction of the City Rail Link in Auckland? Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister of Health: Can he tell the House the source of the typhoid outbreak that killed a 52-year-old Auckland woman; if so, can he guarantee that the outbreak has been contained? MARAMA FOX to the Minister for Building and Construction: What efforts is he taking to ensure the rights and interests of Ngāti Paoa are being provided for through the Point England Development Enabling Bill? BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister for Primary Industries: What announcements has the Government made to help support our primary sector exporters succeed in overseas markets? POTO WILLIAMS to the Minister for Disability Issues: Does she stand by her answers to supplementary questions on 23 March 2017? MAUREEN PUGH to the Associate Minister of Health: What recent announcements has she made regarding nicotine e-cigarettes? JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Associate Minister of Health: Will he recommend his Government change the law so that New Zealanders with terminal illnesses using medical cannabis are not at risk of being raided by the Police and prosecuted?


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Question Time for 5 April 2017

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 14:03:00 +1200

MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Finance: What is the Government doing to ensure the longer-term strength of the New Zealand economy? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements regarding New Zealand’s free-trade agreement with China; if so, why? JACINDA ARDERN to the Prime Minister: Given the number of commitments his Government has made to achieve outcomes in 2040 or later, does he think that his Government is addressing important issues with sufficient urgency? JAMES SHAW to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he agree with the reported view of the Ministry for Primary Industries that there is nothing wrong with the fishing industry being allowed to monitor itself? Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister for Economic Development: What reports has he received on regional economic growth across New Zealand? Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his statements in response to yesterday’s urgent question on the typhoid outbreak in Auckland where a 52-year-old woman has died? RON MARK to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in his Minister of Police; if so, why? Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with former Prime Minister John Key that a meaningful tax cut would cost “$3 billion I reckon”, and is this a higher priority for him in the upcoming Budget than restarting contributions to the New Zealand Super Fund? SARAH DOWIE to the Minister for Primary Industries: What recent agreement has the Government made to support export growth in the red meat sector? CARMEL SEPULONI to the Minister for Social Development: What advice did she receive from the Privacy Commissioner during the development of the private client data-sharing requirements for contracted social services? ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister for Social Development: What updates can she provide on the progress of Project 1000?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20170405-1403-question_time_for_5_april_2017-128.mp3




Question Time for 4 April 2017

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 14:06:00 +1200

ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Based on the advice he has received from the Defence Force and the Minister of Defence, does he know if any civilians were killed in Operation Burnham; if so, how many? TODD BARCLAY to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received about New Zealand’s economic outlook? JAMES SHAW to the Minister of Tourism: Does she stand by her statement regarding a tourist levy that “I’m personally not a big fan … because we’re really expensive to visit”? STUART SMITH to the Minister for Children: What updates can she provide on the new Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Is it still a “fundamental purpose” of his Government to close the wage gap with Australia; if so, has the gap got smaller or larger since his Government came to office in 2008? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister for Primary Industries: Is it a fact that he has received serious warnings to New Zealand’s biosecurity over the importation of excrement from horses, cattle, and chickens, and ignored these serious warnings? EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he stand by his statement that FishServe has “no conflict of interest” in its role monitoring the fishing industry, despite being a wholly-owned subsidiary of Seafood New Zealand? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Construction: Does he stand by his statement, “Whenever people make that first decision to get into a first home, it is always going to be a stretch and difficult. I think there is an element that people need to be realistic and that is that your first home is not going to be one in the leafy suburbs of Remuera close to the central city”? JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Trade: What reports has he received on trade issues? Dr MEGAN WOODS to the Minister responsible for the Earthquake Commission: Is he confident that the Earthquake Commission will meet their commitment of settling all remedial claims by 30 June 2017? Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: What update can he give on workplace health and safety? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Associate Minister of Education: Does she stand by the Minister of Education’s statement regarding teacher shortages that “this isn’t a crisis, it’s a shortage, but for the schools experiencing the shortage they can feel like it’s a crisis”?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20170404-1406-question_time_for_4_april_2017-128.mp3