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Question Time for 16 February 2017

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

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


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Question Time for 15 February 2017

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

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


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Question Time for 14 February 2017

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

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


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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?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20161214-1409-question_time_for_14_december_2016-128.mp3




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”?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20161213-1404-question_time_for_13_december_2016-128.mp3




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?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20161208-1404-question_time_for_8_december_2016-128.mp3




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?


Media Files:
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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?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20161206-1403-question_time_for_6_december_2016-128.mp3




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?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20161201-1405-question_time_for_1_december_2016-128.mp3




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?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20161130-1402-question_time_for_30_november_2016-128.mp3




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?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20161129-1405-question_time_for_29_november_2016-128.mp3




Question Time for 17 November 2016

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 14:04:00 +1300

PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he believe there needs to be a review of the Building Code given the damage sustained by modern buildings, such as Statistics House, in this week’s earthquakes? ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the expected impact of the Kaikōura earthquake on gross domestic product? DENISE ROCHE to the Minister for the Environment: Is he satisfied that everything possible has been done to recover the bodies of the 29 men who were killed at the Pike River Mine six years ago? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Will the exam papers completed by students sitting cancelled scholarship exams on Monday be marked as NZQA advised on Twitter; if so, how will those results be fairly compared with students who will have to sit a different exam at a later date? MATT DOOCEY to the Minister of Civil Defence: What are the implications of the Kaikōura earthquake being upgraded from a magnitude 7.5 to a 7.8? RON MARK to the Minister of Civil Defence: Can he update the House on the situation in quake-affected areas? TODD BARCLAY to the Minister for Economic Development: What Government support is available to businesses in areas most affected by the Kaikōura earthquakes? Hon DAMIEN O'CONNOR to the Minister for the Environment: What new technical information or advice did he receive, if any, in relation to the possible recovery of the Pike River Mine drift, prior to the meeting he attended in Greymouth yesterday? DENIS O'ROURKE to the Minister of Transport: If the Prime Minister has described SH1 as “really stuffed”, what are his plans, if any, to assist the repairs of CentrePort, upgrade Lyttelton Port for ferries, repair SH1 and alternative routes, as well as rail in both islands? GARETH HUGHES to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Is she concerned that New Zealand received a “Fossil of the Day” award at the climate change conference in Marrakech? JOANNE HAYES to the Minister for Land Information: What is Land Information New Zealand doing to support the ongoing earthquake recovery efforts? CLARE CURRAN to the Minister of Civil Defence: Does he support the call from Dr Ken Gledhill, Director of GeoNet, for a 24/7 tsunami warning system; if so, when will the Government provide the funding for that system?


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Question Time for 16 November 2016

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 14:03:00 +1300

NUK KORAKO to the Minister of Finance: How does New Zealand’s growing economy and the Government’s commitment to responsible fiscal management mean New Zealand is well-placed to respond to the Kaikōura earthquake? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Has he spoken to relevant Ministers about the lessons learned from the Canterbury earthquakes to ensure people affected by the recent earthquakes have an easier and faster recovery? STUART SMITH to the Minister of Civil Defence: What update can he provide about the Government’s response to the Kaikōura earthquake? RON MARK to the Prime Minister: Can he update the House on the situation in quake-affected areas in the South Island? JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Is he committed to all his Government’s policies? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his statement that following the Valentine’s Day earthquake this year in Canterbury, “it was timely to review whether any additional mental health and wellbeing support was needed”; if so, will he consider reviewing whether any additional support is needed for Canterbury and Nelson-Marlborough district health boards as a result of the recent earthquakes? JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Transport: What updates has he received on damage to transport infrastructure following the Kaikōura earthquake? JAN LOGIE to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: What is his response to yesterday’s call from members of the Joint Working Group on Pay Equity Principles for the Government to “immediately right this historic wrong and implement the JWG principles”? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Economic Development: When is he likely to announce a recovery or support package for small businesses in earthquake-affected areas? KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Police: What are New Zealand Police doing to support the Kaikōura community? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: When did she first discuss the potential impact of Monday’s 7.5 earthquake on NCEA and Scholarship exams with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority? IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Primary Industries: What recent reports has he received on the impact of the recent earthquakes on the primary sector?


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Question Time for 15 November 2016

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 14:30:00 +1300

ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: What are the priorities for the Government in assisting communities affected by yesterday’s earthquake? MATT DOOCEY to the Minister of Finance: What advice has he received about the economic impact of the Kaikōura earthquake? EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister of Transport: What updates can he give on the transport sector’s response to earthquake damage to State Highway 1 and the rail line between Seddon and Cheviot? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: What is his initial assessment of the fiscal impact of yesterday morning’s earthquake and what, if any, new or changed Budget allocations is he considering in response to the earthquake? PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister of Civil Defence: How is the Government supporting people affected by the Kaikōura earthquake? RON MARK to the Minister of Civil Defence: Can the Government assure New Zealanders on our level of preparedness for all natural disasters? SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Transport: What roads and public transport services are currently not operational following damage from the earthquake yesterday and when is it expected access and services will be restored? BRETT HUDSON to the Minister of Transport: What action is the Government taking to repair damaged transport infrastructure following the Kaikōura earthquake? GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Broadcasting: Will she join with me to acknowledge the work of all media in New Zealand, which is so important in times of natural disaster and crisis; if so, will she consider increasing our public broadcaster Radio New Zealand’s funding in Budget 2017? CLAYTON MITCHELL to the Minister of Civil Defence: What progress has been made, if any, on new civil defence legislation which focuses on large and significant events such as the Christchurch and Kaikōura earthquakes? ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Health: What updates has he received on the Government’s health response to the Kaikōura earthquake? CLARE CURRAN to the Minister of Civil Defence: What actions have been taken by Civil Defence to ensure those people in the areas worst hit by the earthquake have enough food, clothing, water, and shelter?


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Question Time for 10 November 2016

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 14:28:00 +1300

Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister of Finance: What factors show the New Zealand economy is well placed to withstand international uncertainty? MARAMA FOX to the Minister for the Environment: How do Mana Whakahono ā Rohe agreements strengthen iwi participation under the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his statement, “we are focused on results”? JOANNE HAYES to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm that 10,376 extra orthopaedic First Specialist Assessments were carried out in 2015/16, compared with the 43,251 carried out in 2008/09, meaning a total 53,627 orthopaedic assessments were carried out? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Social Housing: Does she agree with Monte Cecilia Housing Trust chief executive Bernie Smith that the Government lacks a cohesive emergency housing plan, and Salvation Army social policy director Ian Hutson who says permanent accommodation is still lacking? MATT DOOCEY to the Minister of Transport: What progress has the Government made with its Roads of National Significance Programme in Canterbury? EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for the Environment: Does he agree with former Prime Minister Sir Geoffrey Palmer that the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill contains “at least three significant and dangerous trends” including “Greater Ministerial control and centralised decision-making” and “Reduced opportunities for public participation”? Dr MEGAN WOODS to the Minister for the Environment: Why did he announce yesterday that he is going to seek the approval of Parliament to refer the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill back to select committee given that so many councils, environmental groups, the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, and the Law Society have criticised the bill? SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Tourism: What announcements has the Government made about supporting tourism in regional New Zealand? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Does he agree with the Auditor-General’s finding regarding the Saudi sheep deal that his Cabinet paper had significant shortcomings and Cabinet was provided a “lack of robust analysis”; if so, does he accept responsibility for failing to provide Cabinet with a robust analysis and quality information? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements; if so, how? STUART SMITH to the Minister of Conservation: What announcements has she made on tackling the problem of wilding conifers?


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Question Time

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 14:03:00 +1300

JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his answers to Oral Question No 4 in the House yesterday? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in relation to young people looking for work that they are “living in the wrong place, or they just can’t muster what is required to actually work”? ALFRED NGARO to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on job prospects in the New Zealand economy? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement, “there is no evidence that inequality in New Zealand is increasing”; if so, how can he continue to argue that when Statistics New Zealand data shows the cost of living for the poorest groups and superannuitants has risen almost twice as fast as for richer households since 2008? MAUREEN PUGH to the Minister for Social Development: What recent announcements has she made regarding information sharing and the care and protection of vulnerable children and young people? KELVIN DAVIS to the Minister of Corrections: Does she stand by her statement that her department’s behaviour regarding their handling of reports into fight clubs at Mt Eden prison was “disturbing and secretive”? MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm that 3,850 patients received a colonoscopy in August 2016 – an increase of 45 percent compared with 2,649 colonoscopies carried out in July 2013? FLETCHER TABUTEAU to the Minister of Finance: Does he believe New Zealand has a surplus; if so, why? STUART NASH to the Minister of Police: Does she agree with Detective Senior Sergeant Blair Burnett that more staff is the only way to combat the growing crime rate? IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Primary Industries: How many industry groups have now signed up to a Government Industry Agreement (GIA) biosecurity partnership? JAN LOGIE to the Minister for Women: Does she support Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Jackie Blue’s proposal for companies with more than 250 employees to declare gender pay gaps? PEENI HENARE to the Minister for Māori Development: Does he believe that the lives of Māori have improved during his time as Minister for Māori Development?


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Question Time for 8 November 2016

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 14:04:00 +1300

ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Why did he say, regarding the Saudi sheep deal, that “the view of Cabinet was that there had been a case that at least the investor could put up, that we may well have to fight that in court”, and was he aware when he made that statement that there was no legal advice assessing the legal risk from the investor’s case? BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on New Zealand’s prosperity? RICHARD PROSSER to the Minister of Local Government: Does he stand by his statement on 23 September 2016, “It is imperative that steps are put in place to ensure core infrastructure including water, sewerage, and roads across New Zealand are well managed. Failures of infrastructure and service are unacceptable to New Zealanders”? JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he accept all of the findings regarding his Government in the Auditor-General’s report into the Saudi Arabia Food Security Partnership; if not, which findings does he not accept? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Has he sought an explanation from the Minister for Social Development as to why the number of 18 to 24-year-olds receiving the Jobseeker Support – Work Ready payment who have been on a benefit for more than a year is rising? Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What recent reports has he received on the value of international education to New Zealand? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his statements? MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Social Housing: What announcements has she made about the Government increasing support for emergency housing? RON MARK to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in relation to the Pike River Mine that “What I did promise is that we could do everything we can to get those bodies out”? CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister for the Environment: Does he agree with the Environmental Protection Authority’s Chief Scientist Jacqueline Rowarth’s comment that the Waikato River is one of the five cleanest rivers in the world? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman, “A country’s ability to improve its standard of living over time depends almost entirely on its ability to raise its output per worker”; if so, can he confirm that real GDP per hour worked has not grown in New Zealand since 2012? KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister for Small Business: What steps has the Government taken to make it easier for small business to hire employees?


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Question Time for 3 November 2016

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 14:03:00 +1300

NUK KORAKO to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making in its programme to get better results from public services? JAMES SHAW to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Did he ask for, or receive, any advice or assessment from officials about the stated legal threat of up to $30 million from the Al-Khalaf group; if so, what was the nature of that advice? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Is he concerned that the New Zealand economy is unbalanced towards speculation in housing given that the value of New Zealand’s housing stock is now $998 billion, eight times the total value of the New Zealand stock market, and is that valuation of the housing market a risk to financial stability? BRETT HUDSON to the Minister for Communications: What recent announcements has she made regarding improving rural broadband and mobile black spot coverage? DARROCH BALL to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by all her statements? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Transport: Does he agree with the Auckland Transport Alignment Project that bus improvements can only address capacity constraints in central Auckland for up to 10 years and a higher capacity mode like light rail will be required? BARRY COATES to the Minister of Trade: Why is he advancing the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, when it is widely reported that the agreement will not get through the US Congress this year and countries like Canada, Australia, and Vietnam have delayed their ratification processes? DAVID SHEARER to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Was the Auditor-General mistaken when she said in her report on the Saudi Arabia Food Security Partnership that “We were told that Ministry legal advisers were not asked for input or made aware of this Cabinet paper or earlier related Cabinet papers”; if not, why did he claim on 27 June 2015 that Ministry legal advisers did provide legal advice for the Cabinet paper? BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister for Primary Industries: What reports has he received on Government initiatives to help attract more young people into careers in the primary industries? JENNY SALESA to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What is the total number of 15 to 24-year-olds not in employment, education, or training according to the Household Labour Force Survey released yesterday, and is this an increase or a decrease on the last quarter? ALFRED NGARO to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: What announcements has he made to support the ongoing regulation of the business environment in New Zealand? BARBARA STEWART to the Minister for ACC: Is he satisfied that clients are receiving a good standard of care from ACC providers? Questions to Members Hon DAVID PARKER to the Chairperson of the Local Government and Environment Committee: How many submitters were heard on the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill, referred to the Local Government and Environment Committee on 3 December 2015, and when were those submissions heard? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Chairperson of the Local Government and Environment Committee: Has he, as Chair, put on the agenda the giving of complete drafting instructions to the Parliamentary Counsel Office on the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill; if not, why not?


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Question Time for 2 November 2016

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 14:07:00 +1300

ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in his Minister for Building and Housing, given the nearly 8,000 shortfall in new houses in Auckland in the past year? RON MARK to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the economy? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he agree with Professor Max Abbott who said, “Ten DHBs are in financial strife despite big moves to increase efficiency and extend services the best they can. I think it does suggest that more funding is required to health generally and also mental health”; if not, who is out of touch, Professor Abbot or him? Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Will the Government’s proposed approach to accounting for forestry and other land uses from 2021 reduce the quantity of greenhouse gas emissions New Zealand is liable for after 2021, when compared with the existing accounting approach; if so, by how much? SARAH DOWIE to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What progress is being made on recovering student loan debt from overseas-based borrowers? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Justice: On what date was the decision taken to delay the introduction of legislation to implement Phase Two of the Anti-Money Laundering legislation, and what are the specific “compliance costs” that “average mums and dads” will face as a result of the implementation of that legislation? Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm that primary-care funding has gone up from $667.2 million in 2008/09 to an estimated $892.7 million in 2016/17, an increase of about 34 percent, and what improvements to primary-care service does this increase deliver? JAN LOGIE to the Associate Minister for Social Development: Is she confident that requiring community groups to hand over individual client details as a condition of funding will result in better outcomes for people who access those services? TODD MULLER to the Minister for Social Development: What recent announcements has she made on the Government’s progress on Better Public Service Result one? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Transport: Does he support light rail from the Auckland city centre along Dominion Road to reduce congestion and improve urban amenity along the route? MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Customs: What announcements has she made regarding the Government’s investment into front-line drug detection equipment for Customs? Questions to Members Hon DAVID PARKER to the Chairperson of the Local Government and Environment Committee: How many submitters were heard on the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill, referred to the Local Government and Environment Committee on 3 December 2015, and when were those submissions heard? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Chairperson of the Local Government and Environment Committee: Has he, as Chair, put on the agenda the giving of complete drafting instructions to the Parliamentary Counsel Office on the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill; if not, why not?


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Question Time for 1 November 2016

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 14:07:00 +1300

DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister of Police: Does she believe the public has a right to be concerned about Police conducting roadside breath-screening tests with the intention of collecting personal information for investigations unrelated to road safety; if not, why not? Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the performance of the New Zealand economy? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in the Minister of Police, given crime rose by 5.5 percent in the last year? JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? IAN McKELVIE to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm that 30 percent more hip and knee joint replacement operations were carried out in 2015/16 compared with the 8,439 in 2007/08, an increase of 2,573 operations? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What action, if any, has he taken to ensure that New Zealanders receive services in a timely manner? MATT DOOCEY to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made regarding education-related Better Public Service targets? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Justice: Does she stand by the Prime Minister’s statement to this House in September on phase two of the anti-money laundering measures that “there will be a bill in the House by the end of the year”; if not, why not? JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister for Building and Housing: Can he confirm the latest reports on building activity in Auckland show an increase from $5.3 billion to $7.2 billion over the last year, or 36 percent? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: What was Solid Energy’s indebtedness (excluding performance bonds) in dollars and as a percentage of assets in December 2008 and December 2012? CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister for Small Business: What initiatives has the Government implemented through the Business Growth Agenda that assist small business? RON MARK to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?


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