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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 (Games of National Significance) Amendment Bill if enacted? DARROCH BALL to the Member in charge of the Broadcasting (Games of National Significance) Amendment Bill: Does he believe that the bill is “communist”, as a member of Parliament has charged? DARROCH BALL to the Member in charge of the Broadcasting (Games of National Significance) Amendment Bill: Will the Broadcasting (Games of National Significance) Amendment Bill emp[...]


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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?


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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”?


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Question Time for 23 March 2017

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:14:00 +1300

GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does she agree with former Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges that “while the world must progressively transition towards a low carbon future it can’t and won’t happen overnight”; if so, when will an end to exploring for oil in New Zealand happen? JACINDA ARDERN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement regarding the SAS actions in Afghanistan in 2010 and the alleged loss of civilian life that “so far there doesn’t appear to be new material to justify an inquiry”? ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on the economy? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Why has her Government cut more than $523 million from early childhood education by, among other things, removing the top funding band for services that employ 100 percent qualified teachers? DARROCH BALL to the Minister of Police: Does she stand by all her statements regarding Police numbers and allocation of Police resources? Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister for Social Housing: What recent announcements has she made to reduce homelessness in Auckland? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for the Environment: Does he stand by his answers to Oral Questions No 6 and No 11 on Tuesday this week? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister for Communications: What reports has he received on the implementation of New Zealand’s Cyber Security Strategy and Action Plan? EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for the Environment: Should New Zealanders get a say over whether a private company can extract glacial water flowing out of a national park in the heart of the South West New Zealand Te Wāhipounamu World Heritage area? DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister for the Environment: When will the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill be ready for committee stage? POTO WILLIAMS to the Minister for Disability Issues: Is the withdrawal of services for 1,200 disability support users across the country the “significant culture change” for the disability support system that she announced earlier this month? BRETT HUDSON to the Minister for Small Business: What recent announcements has she made on how the Government is supporting small businesses to save time and effort using online platforms?


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Question Time for 22 March 2017

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:02:00 +1300

CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Finance: What impact is trade diversification having on the resilience of the economy? METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Tu ai a ia i runga i te mana o ngā whakataunga katoa o tāna Kāwantanga? Translation: Does he stand by all of his Government’s decisions? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Will he commission an independent inquiry into the allegations made in the book “Hit and Run”? KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Police: What update can she give about the number of people who want to join the Police? JAMES SHAW to the Minister for the Environment: Does he agree with the OECD that there are “significant management issues in relation to the availability, demand, and distribution of freshwater resources” in parts of New Zealand? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Construction: Does he accept the finding of the periodical The Economist, that New Zealand has the most unaffordable housing in the developed world? TODD MULLER to the Minister of Trade: What recent announcements has he made on New Zealand’s trade interests? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Associate Minister of Education: What is the total number of schools that have been identified as requiring significant property assistance that could not be met from their direct 5-year agreement funding allocation, and how many of those schools have received assistance, to date? IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Primary Industries: What recent announcements has he made on how the Government is supporting growth in the primary sector? DARROCH BALL to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by all her statements? MATT DOOCEY to the Associate Minister of Education: What recent reports has she received regarding school property? Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister of Health: Is he confident that new mothers are being supported in public hospitals?


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Question Time for 21 March 2017

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:04:00 +1300

Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Has he required all his Ministers to be properly briefed on issues within their portfolios; if not, why not? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement “we’re not here to shy away from the hard issues”, which was tweeted from his account and then deleted? SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on growth and confidence in the New Zealand economy? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his statements? JOANNE HAYES to the Minister of Justice: What recent announcements has the Government made about family violence? METIRIA TUREI to the Minister for the Environment: Tū ai a ai i runga i te mana o āna kōrero i whakapūrongotia rā, he “whakaparahako”, he mahi “heahea rawa atu” te whakamahi, te kawe wai rānei a ngā kamupene pire wai? Translation: Does he stand by his reported statements that charging companies who use or take water would be “ridiculous” and “farcical”? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Has he required all his Ministers to read the Cabinet Manual; if not, why not? MAUREEN PUGH to the Minister of Education: What progress has been made on the development of a code of conduct for the teaching profession? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Construction: Does he believe the rental market is affordable and secure enough for New Zealand families; if so, why? Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Transport: What steps has the Government taken on strengthening New Zealand’s air services with trading partners? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for the Environment: Does he stand by his many statements last week that it’s not worth looking at a royalty on water used for bottling? GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Can she confirm that the Crown is liable for 42 to 48 percent of the cost of decommissioning offshore oil and gas rigs through tax and royalty rebates and, if so, what is the estimated cost to the Crown arising from rigs that will potentially be decommissioned?


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Question Time for 16 March 2017

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 15:07:00 +1300

JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: Does she have confidence in the current drafting of the Children, Young Persons, and Their Families (Oranga Tamariki) Legislation Bill? TODD MULLER to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he seen on growth in the New Zealand economy? BARBARA STEWART to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his statement regarding the health target update that “the improved access to elective surgery target has again been achieved … Delivering more elective surgery remains a key Government priority"? JONO NAYLOR to the Minister for Social Development: What recent reports has she received regarding the proportion of people on working-age benefits? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his statements? SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister for Communications: What update can he give on the Government’s 4G cellular mobile target? CARMEL SEPULONI to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by her statement, “the Ministry of Social Development has robust procedures for gathering and protecting personal information”? JAN LOGIE to the Minister for Social Development: What changes, if any, will she make to the Children, Young Persons, and Their Families (Oranga Tamariki) Legislation Bill to ensure a whānau-first approach, after she announced yesterday that she had “nuanced” the current Bill too much? TODD BARCLAY to the Minister for Tertiary Education: What reports has he received that detail the economic growth in the regions as a result of international education? SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Transport: Will he ensure that police checks are conducted as part of a standard employment process before people are appointed to general manager roles in the Ministry of Transport? JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Transport: Does he stand by his statement that “the Government is sceptical about light rail” now that both Auckland Transport and the NZ Transport Agency have confirmed rail will go to the North Shore? KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Corrections: What recent agreement has been signed with the Kingitanga to improve outcomes for Māori offenders?


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Question Time for 15 March 2017

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 14:03:00 +1300

ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on New Zealand’s external financial position? JAMES SHAW to the Minister for the Environment: Does he stand by his statement in regard to water that “we need to be sure that any steps we take are fair to all users”? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that it’s “not true” that teachers can’t afford to buy a home in Auckland, given many reports of teachers leaving Auckland due to housing costs and of principals struggling to fill vacancies? RICHARD PROSSER to the Minister for the Environment: Does he stand by all his statements? SARAH DOWIE to the Minister of Justice: What recent announcements has she made to improve New Zealand’s family violence legislation? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with yesterday’s Dominion Post editorial, “it would be absurd for National to hand out tax cuts while refusing to restore contributions to the Cullen Fund”? NUK KORAKO to the Minister of Tourism: What announcements has she made about the Government providing more support for regional tourism infrastructure? RON MARK to the Minister of Immigration: Does he stand by his statement, “we’ve got immigration policy settings that make sure the right people come in and the wrong people don’t … I think we’ve got the policy settings just about bang on”? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Infrastructure: Why does his Housing Infrastructure Fund offer more debt to councils when the biggest high-growth local authority, Auckland Council, is already close to its debt ceiling? JAN LOGIE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Transport: What is the Government doing to improve safety and travel times on State Highway 2 between Tauranga and Waihi? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Associate Minister of Education: Does she believe the Government has succeeded in her 2014 aim to “get ahead of demand” for new classrooms before serious capacity issues arise; if so, why did the Government fail to spend $54 million allocated for new schools and roll growth last year?


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Question Time for 14 March 2017

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 14:03:00 +1300

ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that “Nick Smith has dealt with some of the most complex problems of resource law and housing more successfully than any other politician here could have”; if so, in what ways, if any, does he think the housing situation for New Zealanders has improved under Hon Nick Smith? BRETT HUDSON to the Minister of Finance: What steps is the Government taking to improve productivity in the public service? MARAMA FOX to the Minister of Health: Does he agree with counsellor Andrew Hopgood, regarding P addicts, that “… a lack of detox and live-in rehabilitation centres limits options for addicts seeking help”; if so, what is he doing to address this shortage? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister for Economic Development: What update can he give on ways the Government is supporting economic development in the Gisborne region? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Associate Minister of Education: How many schools across the country are currently using libraries, halls, and other areas not intended for regular teaching as temporary classrooms? ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister of Justice: What recent announcements has she made regarding phase two of the anti-money laundering and counter-financing of terrorism regime? CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister for the Environment: Will he put a moratorium on bottled water exports, in response to a 15,000 strong petition and nationwide rallies on water issues taking place today? KELVIN DAVIS to the Minister for Māori Development: Does he have confidence that his leadership of Te Puni Kōkiri and its programmes are resulting in the best outcomes for Māori? MAUREEN PUGH to the Minister of Education: What announcements has she made about the Government’s education-related Better Public Services targets? Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister of Health: How much did the Canterbury District Health Board receive from the Government for mental health and addiction services support in response to the Kaikōura earthquake, after paying off the debt of Kaikōura’s health centre? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Does he stand by all his statements; if so, why? Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister for Disability Issues: What recent announcements has she made regarding a nationwide transformation of the disability support system?


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Question Time for 9 March 2017

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 14:03:00 +1300

TODD MULLER to the Minister of Finance: How is the New Zealand economy expected to perform over the medium-term? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Social Housing: Does her statement that the Prime Minister’s commitment to 65,000 Income Related Rent Subsidy places was for the number of “places the Budget appropriation provides” mean she considers the commitment met, even if there are not 65,000 tenants actually housed using income-related rent subsidies? Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Transport: What recent announcements has the Government made on the Whangarei to Northport highway? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: What was the percentage change in operational and teacher salaries funding for schools on a per child basis, once inflation and roll growth have been taken into account, between 2008 and 2016? TODD BARCLAY to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made on delivering new schools for our growing communities? CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister for the Environment: Does he stand by his statement that New Zealanders will have access to “open, honest information on the state of our rivers” with the Government’s Clean Water package? CARMEL SEPULONI to the Minister for Social Development: Does she agree with the Prime Minister, who said, “I must emphasise that increasing access to data will not be at the expense of security or risk to privacy” in regards to the Government’s collection of private client data from contracted social services? MELISSA LEE to the Minister for the Environment: What advice has he received on the parallel planning issues for New Zealand from the just released UK Government Report, “Fixing our broken housing market”? RON MARK to the Minister of Immigration: Does he stand by all his statements; if so, why? Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister for Tertiary Education: What announcements has he made to grow New Zealand’s ties with the Asia-Pacific region through new tertiary education initiatives? Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister of Health: Does he think that the levels of staffing are acceptable in mental health services at Canterbury District Health Board when staff are saying they are fearful for their own safety and are feeling anxious all the time? DENIS O'ROURKE to the Minister for Building and Construction: Does he stand by all his statements on building activity; if so, how?


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Question Time for 8 March 2017

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 14:05:00 +1300

METIRIA TUREI to the Minister for Women: When she said that she was “fully equipped to kinda leap in and tackle” the challenge of pay equity, why is she ruling out a law change to shrink the pay gap in the private sector? MAUREEN PUGH to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making on keeping the Crown accounts in surplus? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that the shortage of rental housing in Wellington is “a problem of success”? SARAH DOWIE to the Minister of Justice: What recent announcements has she made about justice sector investment? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Women: Does she stand by her statement that closing the gender gap is “one of my top priorities”? STUART SMITH to the Minister for Small Business: What recent announcements has she made regarding support for small businesses in regional New Zealand? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements regarding superannuation; if so, why? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the former Minister of Finance Bill English’s statement, in regard to the New Zealand Super Fund, “when surpluses return we will resume contributions”? BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister of Revenue: What is the Government doing to ensure all companies operating in New Zealand pay their fair share of tax? EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for the Environment: Does he agree with Forest and Bird president Mark Hanger, who said, “in putting the Forum’s recommendations to one side, the Government has undermined the good faith and trust that we put in the Forum to help address the freshwater crisis facing all New Zealanders”? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Transport: What updates can he provide on the Government’s Accelerated Regional Roading Package? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statement in June 2014 with regard to the Investing in Educational Success initiative, “parents will be very pleased we’re making such good progress on something that will make a real difference in our schools and classrooms”?


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Question Time for 7 March 2017

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 14:05:00 +1300

ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Finance: What is the Government doing to improve New Zealand’s long-term fiscal sustainability? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that “we have the best opportunity in decades to make positive sustainable choices for our country”; if so, do those choices include not contributing to the Superannuation Fund, increasing the acceptable level of E.coli in swimmable water, writing off young people as “pretty damn hopeless”, and treating a housing shortage as a “problem of success”? METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: E māia ana a ia ki ōna kaupapa here katoa? Translation: Does he have confidence in all his policies? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement to The Nation, “Well, it’s turned out that because so many more people are working as they get through the age 60, 65, that super is more affordable than was expected, say, 15 years ago. I haven’t made the same undertaking as John, so we have the opportunity for a bit of a reset there”? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: Is she satisfied with the Government’s treatment of those who have been abused by the State? SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister for the Environment: What is the estimated cost of the 90 percent of rivers and lakes swimmable by 2040 policy, and what specific requirements will it place on councils and farms to achieve this target? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Is the New Zealand Super Fund correct that the impact on the fund as a result of the suspension of Government contributions in July 2009 has been a reduction in the projected size of the fund of $20.5 billion? CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister for the Environment: Does the Selwyn - Waikirikiri river at Chamberlains Ford meet the “good for swimming” standard as outlined in the Government’s Clean Water plan? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Social Housing: How many social housing places are receiving an income-related rent subsidy now; and by how much has this changed since the Prime Minister’s 2015 State of the Nation speech? JOANNE HAYES to the Minister for Social Development: What recent reports has she received on the establishment of the new Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for the Environment: Does he believe that he has control of his Environment portfolio, given the Kermadec sanctuary legislation he is responsible for is becalmed, and his proposed standard for swimmable rivers has been condemned by freshwater scientists and environmentalists, as well as recreational users of the rivers and lakes, which have been deteriorating under his watch? BRETT HUDSON to the Minister for Small Business: What reports has she received on how New Zealand’s small business growth expectations compare to other economies?


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Question Time for 16 February 2017

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:25:00 +1300

Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Is he satisfied that the current level of investment into public health facilities and services is meeting acceptable standards and patient needs? CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister for the Environment: How would he describe the state of Aotearoa’s rivers and lakes this summer? NUK KORAKO to the Minister of Civil Defence: Can the Government provide an update on the response to the Christchurch and Selwyn District fires? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Construction: What was the increase in the housing shortfall in Auckland between June 2008 and June 2016, given that the population increased by 208,900, meaning at 2.7 people per household 77,370 additional houses would be needed? RICHARD PROSSER to the Minister of Immigration: Does his department monitor New Zealand-based businesses to ascertain whether they are employing New Zealanders ahead of visa-holding foreigners; if so, how? CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Finance: How is the Government using a social investment approach that aims to improve the lives of vulnerable New Zealanders and reduce costs for taxpayers? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: Does he believe his predecessor and officials have fully briefed him on the value and effectiveness of all existing programmes in his portfolio? KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Corrections: What recent announcements has she made regarding Public Protection Orders? DENISE ROCHE to the Minister of Immigration: Does he believe that it is fair that the Indian students seeking sanctuary in an Auckland church should be deported for visa fraud if they have not been charged with that offence? DENIS O'ROURKE to the Minister of Transport: Is he concerned about the announcement by KiwiRail on 21 December 2016 that it intends to de-electrify the North Island’s Main Trunk railway system? IAN McKELVIE to the Minister of Transport: What progress has the Government made on the Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway north of Wellington? CARMEL SEPULONI to the Minister for Social Development: Is she concerned that the Superu report released last week showed that 1 in 4 former beneficiaries return to the benefit within 24 months after they come off?


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Question Time for 15 February 2017

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:04:00 +1300

Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers; if so, why? ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister of Finance: What impact is New Zealand’s growing economy having on the Government’s tax revenues? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Is the Government doing a good job at ensuring the health and wellbeing of every New Zealand child? IAN McKELVIE to the Minister of Police: How will the Government’s Safer Communities package make police more accessible and easier to reach? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he believe working New Zealanders are getting a fair share of economic growth? JAN LOGIE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? SARAH DOWIE to the Minister of Communications: What progress can he report on the rollout of the Ultra-Fast Broadband and Rural Broadband initiatives? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Construction: Does he stand by his statement, “this building boom is 30 percent stronger than the boom back in 2004 in inflation-adjusted terms”; if so, what does he think has been a larger cause of that, the 137 percent increase in the cost of building a home in Auckland or the fall in consent numbers there by 2,185? JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister for the Environment: Are the Government’s resource management reforms helping deliver timely consenting decisions on the infrastructure New Zealand needs to support a growing economy? TRACEY MARTIN to the Minister of Finance: Why did he refuse to allow public consultation regarding access to Te Arai Beach in line with his responsibilities under the Crown Forest Assets Act 1989? Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development: Is he answerable to this House for the more than $20 million in untendered contracts at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment reported in the previous year; if so, how can he be sure those contracts represent best value for money when they weren’t tendered? JOANNE HAYES to the Associate Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration: What announcements has she made regarding the Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial?


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Question Time for 14 February 2017

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:02:00 +1300

MAUREEN PUGH to the Minister of Finance: How is the growing economy delivering jobs for New Zealanders? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his refusal last week to debate with me in public in Mt Albert on the housing crisis? STUART SMITH to the Minister of Civil Defence: What has the Government been doing to ensure timely recovery for people and property following the Kaikōura earthquake? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his statement that the New Zealand mental health system is “high quality”? JAMES SHAW to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does she stand by the opinion piece she wrote on 11 October titled “We’re on the right track on tackling climate change”? Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Health: What health support and assistance has the Government made available for those affected by last year’s Kaikōura earthquake? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Construction: Does he agree with his Auckland Housing Accord that there was a shortfall of 20,000 to 30,000 houses in Auckland in 2013; if so, how much is it getting worse by each year? MATT DOOCEY to the Minister for Primary Industries: What recent announcements has he made about Government support to help with recovery on earthquake-affected farms? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? STUART NASH to the Minister of Police: Does she stand by all her statements? Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister for Building and Construction: Can he confirm reports that the $19 billion of construction work consented to in 2016 is the highest ever? JAN LOGIE to the Minister of Justice: Does she agree with the previous Prime Minister who said about family violence, “It’s easy to think this is someone else’s problem. But it is not someone else’s problem if you are a New Zealander who cares”?


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Question Time for 9 February 2017

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 14:02:00 +1300

Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he believe that DHBs have enough funding to meet the needs of the public in a fair and equitable way? ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Finance: What is the outlook for the New Zealand economy over the next three years? CLAYTON MITCHELL to the Minister of Conservation: Does she stand by all her statements? JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does she stand by her statement, “we’re on the right track on tackling climate change”? IAN McKELVIE to the Minister of Police: What announcements has the Government made about increased police for rural and regional New Zealand? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with his predecessor’s reported statement that “the Government was keen to get the cost of housing down, so that whether people owned or rented a house they did not use such a large proportion of their income paying for it”? SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm the number of patients benefiting from First Specialist Assessments has risen from 404,511 a year in 2008, to 552,423 a year in 2016, and that this is an increase of 147,912 more patients now being seen? DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement made yesterday in the Finance and Expenditure Committee that “New Zealand is in the middle of its largest ever building boom”; if so, how? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Construction: What responsibility does he take for the housing affordability crisis? BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What is she doing to ensure drivers aren’t paying too much at the pump? JAN LOGIE to the Minister of Health: When will the Government make an offer to settle Kristine Bartlett and other care and support workers’ equal pay case? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Is she concerned at the amount of money parents often have to pay for education at State and State-integrated schools; if not, why not?


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Question Time for 8 November 2017

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 14:05:00 +1300

JAMES SHAW to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does she stand by her statement that “we have an ambitious programme of work that is going on around climate change issues”? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Why was there no mention of the housing crisis in his State of the Nation speech last week? CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on the performance of the New Zealand economy? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements; if so, how? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Economist Shamubeel Eaqub that “Government should be in the business of making long-term investments”? KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Police: What announcements has the Government made about investing in police to make our communities safer? DENISE ROCHE to the Minister of Immigration: What steps, if any, did Immigration New Zealand take to ensure validity of the visas of the nine students currently seeking sanctuary in a church, including any interviews with these students to determine the accuracy of their application before they came to New Zealand? CARMEL SEPULONI to the Minister for Social Development: Is she concerned that child poverty rates of up to “20 percent have become entrenched into New Zealand’s economic and social structure” according to today’s Salvation Army report? MATT DOOCEY to the Minister for Communications: What recent announcements has he made on the Ultra-fast Broadband programme? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements in respect of President Trump? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister for Primary Industries: Is he able to explain all his actions as Minister for Primary Industries; if so, how? JOANNE HAYES to the Minister of Education: What recent reports has she received on NCEA achievement for 2016?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20170208-1405-question_time_for_8_november_2017-128.mp3