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Question Time for 12 April 2018

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 14:03:00 +1200

Dr DEBORAH RUSSELL to the Minister of Finance: What are the proposed capital and operating allowances in the 2017 Budget Policy Statement, and how do these compare to previous periods? Hon PAULA BENNETT to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all of her Government’s policies and actions? DARROCH BALL to the Minister for Seniors: What announcements has she made recently regarding a new Positive Ageing Strategy for New Zealand? Hon JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister of Housing and Urban Development: Does he stand by all his statements in the House and to the media? JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Transport: How much is funding increasing by, in dollar terms, for the Local Road Maintenance activity class for the first three years of the draft Government Policy Statement on Land Transport; and when added to his answers yesterday for Local Road Improvements and Regional Improvements funding increases of $310 million and $260 million respectively, what is the total combined increase, in dollar terms, for these three activity classes? TAMATI COFFEY to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What announcement has she made about Block Offer 2018? Hon PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister for Regional Economic Development: How are the Government’s policies advancing economic development in the regions? TODD MULLER to the Minister for Climate Change: What impact will stopping offshore oil and gas exploration have on New Zealand’s emissions? Hon DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Corrections: When he said “So we are looking at a range of options to reduce the prison population by 30 percent over 15 years”, what options is he considering? LOUISA WALL to the Minister of Health: What examples of capital pressures has he seen while visiting DHBs? ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister for Building and Construction: Why did she wait four months between receiving expert fire engineer Dr Tony Enright’s report on concerns with aluminium composite panel cladding on 19 November and commissioning a peer review on 6 March? Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Statistics: Does he have confidence in his Department?


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Question Time for 11 April 2018

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 14:03:00 +1200

Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all of her Government’s policies and actions? KIRITAPU ALLAN to the Minister of Finance: What does the Government’s Budget Policy Statement (BPS) say about capital allowances, and how does it compare with previous periods? Hon JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister of Housing and Urban Development: What discussions has he had with the Member of Parliament for Mt Albert in relation to the proposed Unitec development for up to 4,000 houses? JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Transport: How much is funding increasing by, in dollar terms, for the Local Road Improvements and Regional Improvements activity classes for the first three years of the draft Government Policy Statement on Land Transport? MARK PATTERSON to the Minister for Regional Economic Development: What assurances can he give the provinces in the wake of the announcement to the wind-down of public funding through Crown Irrigation Investments Ltd for large-scale irrigation? Hon CHRISTOPHER FINLAYSON to the Attorney-General: Does he stand by all his statements and actions regarding New Zealand Bill of Rights vetting? Hon NATHAN GUY to the Minister of Agriculture: Does he stand by all his statements and actions? JO LUXTON to the Minister of Education: How have the funding challenges for the early childhood education sector that he acknowledged to the House yesterday impacted upon ECE services? Hon ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Children: What work does she have underway in her portfolio? MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media: Does she stand by all her statements and actions? RINO TIRIKATENE to the Minister of Health: What major capital projects are being progressed in health? ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister for Building and Construction: Can she confirm that there are no buildings under construction in New Zealand that have or are proposing to install aluminium composite panel cladding? Questions to Members MELISSA LEE to the Chairperson of the Economic Development, Science and Innovation Committee: Has the Economic Development, Science and Innovation Select Committee had any further discussions about the briefing from Radio New Zealand Ltd about the 2016/17 annual review?


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Question Time for 10 April 2018

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 14:05:00 +1200

MARAMA DAVIDSON to the Prime Minister: Ka tū a ia i runga i tana kōrero mō te iti rawa o te mahi haumi i roto ratonga tūmataiti, ā, nā runga i tērā, “we didn't know it would be this bad” ā, mēnā kua pēnei rawa, ka pēhea te nui o te iti rawa o te mahi haumi nei?   Translation: Does she stand by her statement on underinvestment in public services that “we didn't know it would be this bad”, and if so, how significant is this underinvestment? Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her Government’s policies and actions? Hon AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: Is he committed to reducing core Crown net debt to 20 percent of GDP by 30 June 2022? Dr DEBORAH RUSSELL to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he seen on the state of the New Zealand economy? Hon MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his statements and actions? JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Transport: What is the total increased level of funding for the Public Transport activity class for the next 10 years if the mid-point level of funding proposed in the draft Government Policy Statement in the 2018/19 year continues at that level for 10 years without increase; and can he confirm that when that increased funding is added together with mid-point level funding for the new Rapid Transit and Transitional Rail activity classes over 10 years, the total new and increased funding for these three activity classes is $5.398 billion? Dr DUNCAN WEBB to the Minister responsible for the Earthquake Commission: What reports has she seen about the financial impact of remedial repairs in Canterbury by EQC? Hon NATHAN GUY to the Minister of Agriculture: Does he stand by all his Government’s actions in the agricultural sector? Hon PAULA BENNETT to the Minister of Employment: Does he stand by all his policies, statements, and actions? JAN TINETTI to the Minister of Education: What funding challenges does the early child education sector face? BRETT HUDSON to the Minister for Government Digital Services: Does she agree with the comment made by ICT veteran and expert in the industry, Ian Apperley, who said “when you read the Government’s Chief Technology Officer job description it occurs to me that making the role effective is provably impossible. It is largely waffly which means the Government may not know what it wants”; if not, why not? Dr LIZ CRAIG to the Minister of Health: What advice has he received about DHB deficit levels?


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Question Time for 5 April 2018

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 14:02:00 +1200

Hon PAULA BENNETT to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her statements and actions? DARROCH BALL to the Minister for Children: What progress has Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children made in its first year of existence? Hon AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: What other tax increases, or new taxes, might New Zealanders face over the remainder of this Government’s term? JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Transport: Does he agree that the total funding for the State Highway Improvement activity class for the next ten years would be $13.75 billion if the midpoint level of funding proposed in the 2018/19 year continued at that level for ten years without reduction in the draft Government Policy Statement, and what is the difference between that scenario and the total midpoint funding of $8.4 billion that has been proposed? KIERAN McANULTY to the Minister of Transport: By how much will investment in local and regional roads increase under the draft Government Policy Statement on Land Transport? Hon PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister for Regional Economic Development: Does he stand by all his Government’s policies and decisions regarding the Provincial Growth Fund? JAN TINETTI to the Minister of Education: What is the Government doing to take a more strategic approach to early learning? Hon JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Local Government: What discussions has she had with the Minister of Transport about any proposed changes to the funding assistance rates and any expectation of local government’s share of projects funded under the scheme? DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister of Finance: Will the Government introduce any of the following taxes which were raised by Sir Michael Cullen on 2 March 2018; a financial transactions tax, a wealth tax, an equalisation tax, a capital gains tax, a land tax, a progressive company tax, environmental taxes, and behavioural taxes? PAUL EAGLE to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: What benefits to consumers will be provided by the Commerce Amendment Bill? Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his statements and actions regarding Deloitte’s appointment as the independent reviewer of the National Oracle Solution IT Programme? MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media: Does she stand by all her statements and actions regarding her meeting with Carol Hirschfeld on 5 December last year?


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Question Time for 4 April 2018

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 14:05:00 +1200

Dr DEBORAH RUSSELL to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on the Government’s financial statements? Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in all her Ministers? Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her Government’s policies and proposals? JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Transport: Why is the Government proposing to cut the state highway improvement budget by two-thirds over the next 10 years, from a mid-point of $1.375 billion next year, to just $425 million in 2028? Hon PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister for Regional Economic Development: Does he think there will be a greater or lesser level of investment in New Zealand’s regions in the next few years when he takes into account investment by the Provincial Growth Fund, other Government investments such as road transport funding, and private sector investment, both domestic and foreign? KIERAN McANULTY to the Minister of Transport: Why does the Government’s draft policy statement on land transport contain increases in investment in safety and local and regional roads? MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media: Does she stand by all her statements and actions? Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Health: What steps has he taken to ensure Deloitte, as independent reviewer of the $90 million National Oracle Solution Programme, is independent of the companies under review? JAMIE STRANGE to the Minister of Education: What progress has been made in setting up a review of the Tomorrow’s Schools model? Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister of Justice: Does he stand by his statement that his Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill does not allow party leaders to remove members of Parliament when section 55A states that the seat of a member of Parliament becomes vacant when the party leader delivers the appropriate written notice to the Speaker? JO HAYES to the Minister for Whānau Ora: Does he agree with his reported comments to Māori Television on 31 October last year that he expected the review process of Whānau Ora to begin within the first 100 days of Government? KIRITAPU ALLAN to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: What is he doing to ensure the safety of New Zealand consumers?


Media Files:
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Question Time for 3 April 2018

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 14:02:00 +1200

Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in all her Ministers? Hon AMY ADAMS to the Associate Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Minister of Finance’s statement that he wants to see a “significant increase” in the supply of housing, and what role will non-New Zealand developers and capital play in meeting this goal? TAMATI COFFEY to the Minister of Finance: What priorities does he have for Budget 2018? Hon JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister of Housing and Urban Development: How many houses is he planning to build on the Unitec site and how many of them will be KiwiBuild houses? Hon PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister for Regional Economic Development: What exactly is the Government purchasing with the Provincial Growth Fund’s $5.8 million payment to the Minginui Nursery, and what will the Government purchase with the $6 million payment to the Ngati Hine Forestry Trust, the announcement of which he said last week “is imminent”? ANAHILA KANONGATA'A-SUISUIKI to the Minister of Health: What risks, if any, are there to staff and patients in light of recent reports about the condition of the facilities at Middlemore Hospital? Hon NIKKI KAYE to the Minister of Education: Does he stand by his Government’s policy and decisions made regarding partnership schools? ANGIE WARREN-CLARK to the Minister of Fisheries: What recent decisions has he made in relation to the CRA2 fisheries management area? Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Health: What steps is he taking to ensure that the $90 million National Oracle Solution (NOS) IT programme is on track? SARAH DOWIE to the Minister of Conservation: Does she support the Department of Conservation’s policy position that cameras on commercial fishing vessels are essential if we are to reverse the decline in marine species like seabirds? MARK PATTERSON to the Minister for Regional Economic Development: What reports has he seen about regional connectivity? BRETT HUDSON to the Associate Minister of State Services (Open Government): Does she stand by all of her answers to oral and written questions?


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Question Time for 29 March 2018

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 14:06:00 +1300

Hon JUDITH COLLINS to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her statements and actions? Dr LIZ CRAIG to the Minister of Finance: What does Treasury’s 2018 Investment Statement say about the condition of the public health estate? Hon TODD McCLAY to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Does he stand by all his statements and actions? Hon GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister responsible for the NZ Security Intelligence Service: Does he agree with Rt Hon Winston Peters who said in the House yesterday that “NZSIS advises it is aware of Russian intelligence activity in New Zealand and, where it is seen appropriate, action is taken”; if so, what is that action? JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Transport: Does he stand by all his statements on transport priorities for this Government? Hon MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his answers to Oral Question No 9 yesterday? Hon NATHAN GUY to the Minister for Biosecurity: Does he stand by all his statements and actions in relation to Mycoplasma bovis? VIRGINIA ANDERSEN to the Minister of Police: What recent announcements has he made about community iwi panels? TODD MULLER to the Minister for Climate Change: Has he received advice from officials relating to the expected contribution to a 2050 climate change target from a programme to plant a billion trees over the next decade? MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media: Who from her office contacted Radio New Zealand on two occasions to raise the issue of the inconsistencies in Carol Hirschfeld’s account of the circumstances of their meeting? MARJA LUBECK to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: What announcements has he made about the minimum wage? Hon NICKY WAGNER to the Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration: Does she stand by all her answers to Oral Question No 10 on 22 March?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20180329-1406-question_time_for_29_march_2018-128.mp3




Question Time for 28 March 2018

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 14:03:00 +1300

PAUL EAGLE to the Minister of Housing and Urban Development: What steps is the Government taking to make renting more affordable for Kiwi families? Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in all her Ministers? Hon PAULA BENNETT to the Deputy Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements and actions? JAN TINETTI to the Minister of Education: What recent moves has the Government made to help more teachers into classrooms? Hon AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: Will he guarantee any new taxes resulting from the Tax Working Group will have their total nominal revenue off-set by tax reductions in other areas? Hon JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister of Housing and Urban Development: Does he stand by all his answers to Oral Question No 10 in the House yesterday? DARROCH BALL to the Minister for Veterans: What progress, if any, has been made regarding the repatriation of the remains of New Zealand military personnel and dependants who were buried overseas after 1 January 1955? Hon TODD McCLAY to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: What will New Zealand’s response be to reports that following the Salisbury nerve agent attack 150 Russian diplomats have been expelled from 26 countries plus NATO? Hon MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his statements and actions? JAMIE STRANGE to the Minister of Health: Does he have confidence in the governance of the Waikato DHB given the findings of the Ombler Report? MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media: On how many occasions has she met with Carol Hirschfeld since becoming Minister? RINO TIRIKATENE to the Minister of Civil Defence: What engagements has he recently had regarding improving responses to emergencies?


Media Files:
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Question Time for 22 March 2018

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 14:05:00 +1300

Hon PAULA BENNETT to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her statements? Dr DEBORAH RUSSELL to the Minister of Finance: What does the Treasury’s 2018 Investment Statement show about the state of the Government’s balance sheet? Hon AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: How much capital expenditure is this Government forecast to spend in the period 2018-2022 compared to the previous Government over these same years, and how much of the difference is funded by an increase in debt? Hon PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister for Economic Development: Does this Government have a broad economic development strategy; if so, what is it? Dr DUNCAN WEBB to the Minister responsible for the Earthquake Commission: What announcements has the Government made about changes to how the Earthquake Commission operates? Hon DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Corrections: Does he stand by his statement on the Marae programme that “the problem right now is that corrections doesn’t have any flexibility…we’re in a real bind”? Hon SCOTT SIMPSON to the Associate Minister for the Environment: Does she agree with the statements in the Annual Report of the Environmental Protection Authority, “we have our share of science deniers, who oppose fluoride, 1080, vaccinations, glyphosate, genetic modification, and much more” and “our Chief Scientist is prominent in emphasising the evidence, data, and science that underpins EPA decision making”; if so, why? JENNY MARCROFT to the Minister for Regional Economic Development: What recent announcements has he made pertaining to the Provincial Growth Fund? SIMEON BROWN to the Minister of Justice: Should maximum legislated sentences reflect the seriousness of the crime committed? Hon NICKY WAGNER to the Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration: Does she stand by all her answers to written questions? ANGIE WARREN-CLARK to the Minister for the Environment: What does he think New Zealanders have to celebrate on World Water Day? MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media: Does she stand by all her Government’s policies and actions in the Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media portfolio?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20180322-1405-question_time_for_22_march_2018-128.mp3




Question Time for 21 March 2018

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 14:02:00 +1300

VIRGINIA ANDERSEN to the Minister of Finance: What recent advice has he received on the impact of the Government’s Families Package? Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in all her Ministers? DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister of Education: Does he believe his Government has handled the issue of charter schools well? GREG O'CONNOR to the Minister for Disability Issues: What events has she recently hosted regarding the employment of people with disabilities? Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her reported statement when personally receiving a petition from Greenpeace on Monday to end oil and gas exploration that the Government was “actively considering” the issue? Hon AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: When he set the capital allowance for Budget 2018 at $3.4 billion in his Budget Policy Statement, was it his intention to fully fund all capital projects announced to date within this allowance? Dr LIZ CRAIG to the Minister for the Environment: What announcements has the Government made regarding aluminium waste in Southland and Central Otago? Hon ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Child Poverty Reduction: Does she stand by her statement that “There shouldn’t be politics in child poverty”? JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Transport: What actions is he taking to ensure the reliability of transport links for the South Island? Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister of Justice: Will he be advising the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva this week that his first bill as Minister of Justice amends the Electoral Act 1993 to allow party leaders to dismiss an MP from Parliament, and that in the view of twenty legal experts from the Universities of Auckland, Victoria, Canterbury and Otago, it breaches the Bill of Rights; if not, why not? Hon MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Defence: Does he remain committed to supporting the 2016 Defence Capability Plan? Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister of Research, Science and Innovation: How much new money has the Government announced as part of her “formal” launch of MBIE’s Innovative Partnership Programme last week?


Media Files:
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Question Time for 20 March 2018

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:12:00 +1300

Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her statements? Hon AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: Is he committed to an operating allowance in Budget 2018 of $2.6 billion, and does he agree with the Prime Minister’s answer on The Nation from the weekend when asked whether the Government has extra money to reduce child poverty, “We don’t”? WILLOW-JEAN PRIME to the Minister of Finance: How much is the coalition Government planning to invest in new capital over the next five years according to the Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update, and how does that compare to the previous Government’s plans? Hon TODD McCLAY to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Does he stand by all his statements? Hon PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister for Regional Economic Development: Does he stand by his Cabinet paper statement that “Regional economic development is an essential component of the Government’s economic strategy”? MARK PATTERSON to the Minister for Regional Economic Development: Can he confirm that projects in Northland only receive Provincial Growth Fund support because he lives in Kerikeri? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does she stand by her reported comments in Energy News on 13 March this year? TODD MULLER to the Minister for Climate Change: Does he agree with the Prime Minister when she said that the world has already made the decision to transition out of fossil fuels? MARJA LUBECK to the Minister of Housing and Urban Development: What response has he seen to Government initiatives that are intended to boost the supply of affordable housing in Auckland? Hon JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister of Housing and Urban Development: How many KiwiBuild houses have been built in the 145 days he has been in Government? Hon LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by all her statements? PAUL EAGLE to the Minister for Trade and Export Growth: What progress has the Government made on the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership?


Media Files:
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Question Time for 1 March 2018

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 14:12:00 +1300

MARK PATTERSON to the Minister of Defence: What progress has been made on the coalition Government’s commitment to expand the Limited Service Volunteer Scheme? Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all of her Government’s policies and actions? KIRITAPU ALLAN to the Minister of Finance: What discussions did he have on economic issues on his trip to South Korea and Singapore? Hon STEVEN JOYCE to the Minister of Finance: Does he still intend for all new capital expenditure in Budget 2018 to fit within the $3.4 billion capital allowance as stated in the 2018 Budget Policy Statement? Hon MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister of Housing and Urban Development: Does he stand by all his statements on the proposed Kiwibuild programme? GOLRIZ GHAHRAMAN to the Minister of Statistics: How is this year’s census different from previous years? MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media: Does she believe it is important for State-owned broadcasters to be independent? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister for Regional Economic Development: Does he stand by all the decisions and statements he has made regarding the Provincial Growth Fund? Dr DUNCAN WEBB to the Minister responsible for the Earthquake Commission: What steps has she taken to speed up the fair resolution of outstanding claims relating to the Christchurch earthquakes that occurred seven years ago? Hon NATHAN GUY to the Minister of Agriculture: Does he stand by all of his statements and actions? Hon MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Defence: Does he stand by all his statements? JO LUXTON to the Minister of Education: What concerns does he have about the future provision of vocational education in New Zealand’s regions?


Media Files:
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Question Time for 28 February 2018

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 14:03:00 +1300

Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her statement, “We have a high standard of expectation for our Ministers”, and does she believe her Government is adhering to these high standards? ANAHILA KANONGATA'A-SUISUIKI to the Minister of Education: What action has the Government taken to preserve tertiary education in the regions? Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all of her Government’s policies and actions? VIRGINIA ANDERSEN to the Minister of Justice: What announcements has the Government made regarding the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990? Hon STEVEN JOYCE to the Minister of Finance: What funds has the Government publicly announced in the last week that have been allocated from between-budget contingencies or from pre-commitments against Budget 2018’s operating and capital allowances, broken down by description and amounts? Hon GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister for Regional Economic Development: Does his ministry consult with other ministries in preparing recommendations on projects to be funded from his $1 billion Provincial Growth Fund? MARAMA DAVIDSON to the Associate Minister for the Environment: What action is she taking in response to yesterday’s Greenpeace petition from over 65,000 New Zealanders calling for an end to plastic bags? Hon AMY ADAMS to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Does he have confidence in the advice he receives from officials? TAMATI COFFEY to the Minister for Social Development: Will the Families Package benefit Maori and Pacific people; if so, how? Hon JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister of Transport: Is the current industrial action by the Rail and Maritime Transport Union in Auckland assisting the Government’s efforts to encourage greater public transport use? Hon MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Defence: Does he stand by his statement, “I’ve always said that we have utmost confidence in the culture and professionalism in our Defence Force personnel that we deploy internationally”? MARJA LUBECK to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: What action is the Government taking to improve health and safety in the State sector? Questions to Members Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Chairperson of the Health Committee: What progress can she report on the Newborn Enrolment with General Practice Bill?


Media Files:
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Question Time for 27 February 2018

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 14:04:00 +1300

PAUL EAGLE to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he seen on the health of the New Zealand economy in the final quarter of 2017? Rt Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her Government’s policies and actions? Hon GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Does he expect any foreign policy gains to result from the Government’s decision to raise the threshold for Overseas Investment Office approval of sales of New Zealand businesses from $100 million to $200 million? JAN TINETTI to the Minister of Education: What reports has he received regarding the underlying cause of teacher shortages? Hon NATHAN GUY to the Minister for Biosecurity: Does he stand by all his statements in relation to biosecurity? Dr DUNCAN WEBB to the Minister of Health: How is the Government supporting better mental health for children and young people in earthquake-affected areas? Hon PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Employment: Does he stand by all of his statements? JENNY MARCROFT to the Minister for Regional Economic Development: What announcements has he made recently pertaining to the Provincial Growth Fund? MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media: Were there any aspects of the process and then announcement of the public media advisory group that could reduce confidence in its outcome? PRIYANCA RADHAKRISHNAN to the Minister for Social Development: Will the Families Package benefit seniors; if so, how? JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Local Government: Does she stand by all of her answers to oral and written questions? NUK KORAKO to the Minister for Māori Development: What specific legislation has she introduced to advance Māori in the first hundred days of this Government?


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Question Time for 22 February 2018

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

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


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Question Time for 21 February 2018

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

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


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




Question Time for 20 February 2018

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

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


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




Question Time for 15 February 2018

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

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


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




Question Time for 14 February 2018

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

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


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




Question Time for 13 February 2018

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

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


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




Question Time for 1 February 2018

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

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


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




Question Time for 31 January 2018

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

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


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




Question Time for 30 January 2018

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

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


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