Today In Parliament for 20 September 2016 - evening edition
Fish, fishing and fish dumping were under scrutiny in a third of the daily dozen questions for ministers and an urgent debate. Questions for the prime minister about the government's proposed marine sanctuary around the Kermadecs from Maori Party co-leader, Marama Fox, and Opposition leader, Andrew Little, were fielded by his deputy, Bill English. He then assured the House that the prime minister retained confidence in the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy, who then faced questions from the Greens' Eugenie Sage and Labour's David Parker about his ministry's handling of illegal fish dumping. That also became the subject of an urgent debate, granted by the Speaker, David Carter, on an application from Mr Parker. The House also passed a motion congratulating New Zealand's paralympics team and heard Greens list MP, Kevin Hague, deliver his valedictory speech.