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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?


Media Files:
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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?


Media Files:
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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?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20170309-1403-question_time_for_9_march_2017-128.mp3




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”?


Media Files:
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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?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20170307-1405-question_time_for_7_march_2017-128.mp3




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?


Media Files:
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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?


Media Files:
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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”?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20170214-1402-question_time_for_14_february_2017-128.mp3




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?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20170209-1402-question_time_for_9_february_2017-128.mp3




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




Question Time for 14 December 2016

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 14:09:00 +1300

ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the diversification of the New Zealand economy? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Immigration: Does he stand by all his statements; if so, how? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Which of these facts, if any, is he most proud of as he looks forward to Christmas: understaffed Police, as confirmed by his Police Minister; the lowest homeownership since 1951; pupils getting the worst PISA test scores ever; or the most debt ever amassed by a New Zealand Government? NUK KORAKO to the Minister of Civil Defence: How has the Government responded to the Kaikōura Earthquakes of 14 November 2016? METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Ka tū ia i runga i te mana o āna kaupapa here katoa? Translation: Does he stand by all his Government’s policies? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his statement, “if health starts to slide, governments are in trouble”, and is this the reason he called for health to be “properly funded” when seeking leadership of the National Party? SARAH DOWIE to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm that the Government is committing $3.76 million to assist the people of Kaikōura and Marlborough to access the health services that they need following the recent earthquake? FLETCHER TABUTEAU to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he stand by all his statements? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Acting Minister of Finance: How much will real wages rise in percentage terms over the 2017 and 2018 years, according to the Half-Year Economic and Fiscal Update? JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that “I want to be a Prime Minister that New Zealanders feel they can approach. Not just some of them, but all.”? MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has the Government made about investment in school property? IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Does he accept that exploitation of migrant workers is pervasive in New Zealand; if not, why not?


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Question Time for 13 December 2016

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 14:04:00 +1300

ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he agree with Children’s Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft that the level of child poverty means “this is not the New Zealand I grew up in nor is it the New Zealand most of us want”; if so, what responsibility does he take as Prime Minister for his Government’s record? JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the strength of the New Zealand economy? METIRIA TUREI to the Minister for Māori Development: He aha tāna whakamāherehere, mēnā rā i a ia tētahi, tā tāna Manatū ranei, i hoatu e pā ana ki ngā whakahīrautanga o te Children, Young Persons, and Their Families (Oranga Tamariki) Legislation Bill, ki runga tamariki Māori, me ō rātou whānau, hapū, iwi?Translation: What advice, if any, did he or his Ministry provide on the implications of the Children, Young Persons, and Their Families (Oranga Tamariki) Legislation Bill for tamariki Māori and their whānau, hapu, and iwi? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Has he met with the families of the Pike River miners today; if not, why not? Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm that, as a result of the Government’s increased funding of $124 million over four years, Pharmac has recently announced a funding package for three new treatments, including for metastatic breast cancer? FLETCHER TABUTEAU to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he stand by all his statements? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with Reserve Bank Governor Graeme Wheeler that “GDP growth on a per capita basis has been slow and labour productivity growth has been disappointing. House price inflation is much higher than desirable and poses concerns for financial stability, and the exchange rate is higher than the economic fundamentals would suggest is appropriate”? TODD MULLER to the Minister for Primary Industries: What reports has he received on the status of New Zealand’s orange roughy fisheries? MARAMA FOX to the Prime Minister: How does he intend to attain the goal of halving poverty in New Zealand by 2030 that the Government signed up to in September 2015? JOANNE HAYES to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: What announcements has he made recently that make it easier for New Zealanders to understand their KiwiSaver statements? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Is she concerned that only 16 percent of teachers believe that national standards have had a positive impact on their students’ achievement according to a survey released today; if not, why not? DENIS O'ROURKE to the Prime Minister:  Does he stand by his statement on New Zealand Superannuation, Key’s promise not to tinker with the pension age was “a product of its time”?


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Question Time for 8 December 2016

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

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


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Question Time for 7 December 2016

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

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


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Question Time for 6 December 2016

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

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


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Question Time for 1 December 2016

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

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


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Question Time for 30 November 2016

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

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


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Question Time for 29 November 2016

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

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


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