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Question Time for 27 August 2015

  1. DARROCH BALL to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by all her statements?
  2. ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received that expect the economy to deliver more jobs and higher wages for New Zealand families over the next three years?
  3. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: If Government health expenditure has not kept up with all inflationary pressures, as he admitted on 29 July, what impact has this shortfall had on patients?
  4. JONO NAYLOR to the Minister of Justice: What initiatives has she announced to support judges making family violence bail decisions?
  5. JAN LOGIE to the Minister for Social Development: Will she make an emergency one-off injection of funding into Child Youth and Family to address concerns about the safety of children in state care raised by the Children's Commissioner today?
  6. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by the Prime Minister's statement that "the removal of the $1,000 kick-start contribution will not make a blind bit of difference to the number of people who join KiwiSaver"?
  7. SARAH DOWIE to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm that rheumatic fever rates have dropped 24 percent since 2012 following the Government investing more than $65 million on a range of initiatives to combat the disease?
  8. BARBARA STEWART to the Minister of Health: Does he agree with Alzheimers New Zealand's Catherine Hall that "dementia is one of the most significant healthcare challenges facing us globally and in New Zealand"; if not, why not?
  9. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her predecessor's statement in 2010 regarding truancy that "We cannot sit back and do nothing. These figures are really shocking and we need to get serious about tackling this problem"; if so, by how much has the truancy rate increased since then?
  10. MATT DOOCEY to the Minister of Tourism: How is the Government supporting growth in the tourism sector?
  11. CARMEL SEPULONI to the Minister for Social Development: Does she agree with the statement by the Children's Commissioner that "we don't know if children are better off as a result of state intervention, but the indications are not good"?
  12. DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he agree with the Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank, that the key problems with housing supply are "a limited supply of land ready for building; restrictive planning processes, and a lack of coordinated planning in infrastructure development"?

Question Time for 26 August 2015

  1. NUK KORAKO to the Minister of Finance: How is the Government's fiscal strategy supporting resilience in the New Zealand economy?
  2. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in the Minister responsible for Housing New Zealand Corporation?
  3. SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received on New Zealand's health system?
  4. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's policies?
  5. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with First NZ Capital that there is a 25 to 30 percent chance of New Zealand going into a recession in the next 12 months?
  6. IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Primary Industries: How is the Government supporting growth in the seafood industry?
  7. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Trade: Will the New Zealand Parliament be able to modify the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement if the Government signs the TPPA; and is it Parliament or Cabinet that ratifies the TPPA?
  8. KELVIN DAVIS to the Minister of Corrections: Have any cases, other than the one he mentioned in Oral Question No 7 yesterday, been identified of Mt Eden Corrections Facility guards giving sparring prisoners "coaching on their technique"?
  9. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister for Social Development: What reports has she received on Government initiatives to support young people into employment?
  10. DARROCH BALL to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by all her statements?
  11. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister of Transport: What recent reports has he received on progress on the Government's Accelerated Auckland roading programme?
  12. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: How many people who have made claims with the Historic Claims Team are still waiting for a response from the Ministry of Social Development, and of those, what is the longest period a claimant has waited?

Question Time for 25 August 2015

  1. NUK KORAKO to the Minister of Finance: How is the Government's fiscal strategy supporting resilience in the New Zealand economy?
  2. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in the Minister responsible for Housing New Zealand Corporation?
  3. SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received on New Zealand's health system?
  4. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's policies?
  5. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with First NZ Capital that there is a 25 to 30 percent chance of New Zealand going into a recession in the next 12 months?
  6. IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Primary Industries: How is the Government supporting growth in the seafood industry?
  7. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Trade: Will the New Zealand Parliament be able to modify the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement if the Government signs the TPPA; and is it Parliament or Cabinet that ratifies the TPPA?
  8. KELVIN DAVIS to the Minister of Corrections: Have any cases, other than the one he mentioned in Oral Question No 7 yesterday, been identified of Mt Eden Corrections Facility guards giving sparring prisoners "coaching on their technique"?
  9. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister for Social Development: What reports has she received on Government initiatives to support young people into employment?
  10. DARROCH BALL to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by all her statements?
  11. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister of Transport: What recent reports has he received on progress on the Government's Accelerated Auckland roading programme?
  12. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: How many people who have made claims with the Historic Claims Team are still waiting for a response from the Ministry of Social Development, and of those, what is the longest period a claimant has waited?

Question Time for 20 August 2015

  1. MARAMA FOX to the Minister of Education: Does the Minister agree that Māori boarding schools such as Turakina have produced a considerable number of Māori leaders and, if so, what is she doing to ensure the long-term sustainability of Māori boarding schools?
  2. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: If Government health expenditure has not kept up with all inflationary pressures, as he admitted three weeks ago, what impact has this shortfall had on patients?
  3. JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on the outlook for the New Zealand economy?
  4. JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Finance: Does the Thirty Year New Zealand Infrastructure Plan identify reduction of greenhouse gas pollution and adaption to climate change as key challenges for infrastructure planning over the next 30 years; if not, why not?
  5. STUART SMITH to the Minister for Primary Industries: What actions is the Government taking to strengthen biosecurity measures at the border?
  6. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: What State Owned Enterprises and Crown Entities were identified as having "specific opportunities" for "capital recycling" in the Treasury Report: Capital Investment, Recycling and the Fiscal Strategy dated 3 November 2014, and did he reject any of the specific opportunities identified by officials?
  7. TODD BARCLAY to the Minister of Tourism: What recent reports has he received about regional tourism growth?
  8. SUE MORONEY to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Why are dairy, sheep and beef farms not defined as high-risk workplaces requiring worker health and safety representation, when more than one-third of New Zealand's workplace deaths in the past 5 years have happened in the agricultural sector?
  9. MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm that 3.5 million New Zealanders received a funded medicine in 2014/15, and that this is an increase of more than 100,000 compared with the previous year?
  10. STUART NASH to the Minister for Land Information: What is the actual dollar value of added investment that has come into New Zealand for development purposes that was promised by the 608 successful overseas purchasers of New Zealand sensitive land who promised the introduction into New Zealand of added investment for development purposes as part of their successful consent application?
  11. RON MARK to the Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery: Does he stand by all his statements?
  12. Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister for Communications: Can she provide an update on the broadband deployment in the regions?

Question Time for 19 August 2015

  1. CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Finance: How does the Government's fiscal strategy support the New Zealand economy?
  2. JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Will he stand down Hon Murray McCully as Minister of Foreign Affairs while the Auditor-General investigates the Saudi Arabia Food Security Partnership; if not, why not?
  3. ANDREW LITTLE to the Associate Minister of Finance: Does she stand by the Prime Minister's statement that "I'd hate to see New Zealanders as tenants in their own country"; if so, how many applications by overseas investors to buy land were declined under the Overseas Investment Act 2005 between January 2012 and June 2015?
  4. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister for Economic Development: What reports has he received on the growth of New Zealand's technology software and services industry over the last seven years?
  5. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Did he approve the recommendations in the Treasury Report: Capital Investment, Recycling and the Fiscal Strategy, and if so, what priorities for capital recycling within the commercial portfolio did he indicate to officials?
  6. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  7. STEFFAN BROWNING to the Minister for Primary Industries: Will he reinstate the Organics Advisory Programme given the value of organic whole milk powder is more than five times that of conventionally-produced whole milk powder, and his vision for "premium, value-added products"?
  8. TODD MULLER to the Minister for Primary Industries: What reports has he received on growth in the wine industry?
  9. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister responsible for HNZC: How much has Housing New Zealand spent in total on consultants and contractors for work related to selling state houses as part of the Government's social housing reforms?
  10. MAHESH BINDRA to the Minister of Corrections: Does he have confidence in Serco?
  11. SARAH DOWIE to the Minister of Revenue: What recent announcements has he made on proposals to improve the collection of GST on services, intangibles, and goods?
  12. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Does he stand by his statement that "The Government is comfortable with the process that was followed in relation to the Agrihub"; if so, did his department follow all Government rules during the development and procurement of the $6 million Agrihub?

Questions to Members

  1. JAMES SHAW to the Member in charge of the Electricity Industry (Small-Scale Renewable Distributed Generation) Amendment Bill: What is the intention of the Electricity Industry (Small-Scale Renewable Distributed Generation) Amendment Bill?

Question Time for 18 August 2015

  1. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "New Zealand has a diversified economy", given that 82 percent of the growth in exports since the beginning of 2009 has been in dairy and wood, while manufactured exports have fallen by $1.3 billion?
  2. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  3. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Finance: How is the Government supporting the economy's resilience and long-term economic outlook?
  4. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement made after the Pike River disaster that "We're doing everything we can to make sure this tragedy isn't repeated"; if so, does he agree with Olivia Monk, sister of Michael Monk who was killed at Pike River, that "there have been 291 deaths since Pike River in New Zealand, within the workplace, and that is unacceptable"?
  5. JOANNE HAYES to the Minister for Economic Development: What progress is the Government making in its regional development programme?
  6. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  7. MATT DOOCEY to the Minister for Primary Industries: How is the Government supporting irrigation in the Canterbury region?
  8. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does his "Plan A" for the economy include negative per capita growth, rising rates of unemployment, credit downgrades for New Zealand banks, and the lowest levels of business confidence in six years; if so, why is he rejecting the call from 75 percent of business leaders in a recent survey for a Plan B for the economy?
  9. DENIS O'ROURKE to the Minister of Commerce: Does he have confidence in the Government -appointed Retirement Commissioner Diane Maxwell?
  10. BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm that the number of patients benefiting from First Surgical Assessments has increased from 261,226 in 2008/2009 to 322,196 in 2014/2015, and that this is an increase of over 60,000 more patients now receiving First Surgical Assessments each year?
  11. STUART NASH to the Minister for Land Information: How many hectares of New Zealand agricultural and forestry land are owned or controlled by foreign interests?
  12. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: Is he comfortable with Landcorp's large-scale dairy conversions in the Waikato?

Question Time for 13 August 2015

 
  1. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Trade: Does he stand by his statement that the $6.2 billion investor-state dispute settlement action initiated by the Swedish power company Vattenfall, "is not, in fact, an attempt by the company to stop a democratically elected German Government from shifting its policy on nuclear power; it is about the financial implications of that decision"; if so, why?
  2. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the resilience of the New Zealand economy?
  3. IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Will all New Zealand workers have the right to have a health and safety representative when they request one, under the Health and Safety Reform Bill?
  4. Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister for Economic Development: What is the Government doing to encourage more investment throughout New Zealand?
  5. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: When the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade stated on 19 April 2012 that they were "finding an appropriate mechanism to meet Al Khalaf's concern for 'compensation' (possibly through the joint venture)", did 'compensation' mean compensation or have some other meaning like "not compensation"?
  6. MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Trade: What is the Government doing to reduce, what some commentators are saying is, an overdependence on trade with China?
  7. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: What was Solid Energy's debt in 2008/09 and what was it in the latest annual report?
  8. CLAYTON MITCHELL to the Minister of Broadcasting: Does she stand by all her statements?
  9. BRETT HUDSON to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What recent reports has he received on energy trends and growth in New Zealand?
  10. STUART NASH to the Minister for Land Information: Has she received information from the Overseas Investment Office which confirms the statement of the Minister of Economic Development that "We have not been as effective as other countries in ensuring that overseas investment into New Zealand has provided the additional benefits"?
  11. JAN LOGIE to the Minister for Social Development: What actions, if any, has the Ministry of Social Development taken to ensure the wellbeing of children in families subjected to benefit sanctions, given that sanctions of sole parents have increased by 19.98 percent in the last year?
  12. TODD BARCLAY to the Minister for Food Safety: What announcements has the Government made that will help our primary sector have greater access to the latest technologies and agricultural products?

Question Time for 12 August 2015

  1. SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on recent developments in the international economy, and how will these affect the New Zealand economy?
  2. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: If Government health expenditure has not kept up with all inflationary pressures as he admitted two weeks ago, what impact has this shortfall had on patients?
  3. DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: Is he happy with the financial returns the taxpayer is achieving from State-owned enterprises; if so, why?
  4. RON MARK to the Minister of Internal Affairs: Does he have confidence in his department?
  5. STUART SMITH to the Minister for Economic Development: What reports has he received on how New Zealand's industries have diversified since 2008?
  6. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he have a "Plan B" for the New Zealand economy, as has been called for by ANZ Bank Chief Economist Cameron Bagrie, or is he satisfied with the prospect of rising unemployment, declining GDP growth and shockingly low business confidence as described by the Westpac Quarterly Economic Overview?
  7. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister in charge of the NZ Security Intelligence Service: Does he stand by the Prime Minister's statement regarding the legislative framework of New Zealand's intelligence agencies that "there are a range of deficiencies that they have identified"?
  8. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister of Justice: What recent announcements has she made regarding New Zealand's domestic violence laws?
  9. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he agree with the Prime Minister that Aucklanders are getting wealthier because their house prices are going up?
  10. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Trade: Does he have any concerns about the inclusion of investor-state dispute settlement provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, provisions which allow multinational companies to sue governments in secretive offshore tribunals; if so, what are those concerns?
  11. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister for Primary Industries: What recent reports has he seen on growth in beef exports?
  12. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement today that Hon Murray McCully was saying "he didn't want the lawyers brought in to be talking about compensation because the deal was never about compensation and he didn't want lawyers going in there saying that", given that Cabinet noted the "settlement for the long running dispute" was part of the purpose of the $4 million payment to a Saudi investor; if so, why?

Question Time for 11 August 2015

  1. RON MARK to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he stand by all his statements?
  2. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the outlook for the New Zealand economy?
  3. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that New Zealand is on the "cusp of something special"; if so, was that "something special" rising unemployment along with plummeting dairy prices?
  4. ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister for Economic Development: What progress is the Government making in diversifying the New Zealand economy?
  5. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that dairy prices are likely to be low for "a little bit longer", given the latest auction was a record low?
  6. IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Primary Industries: What reports has he received on the outlook for primary sector exports?
  7. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Prime Minister that "Dairy is 5% of our economy. So yes dairy prices are down and it's tough on those dairy farmers who are resilient people, but 95% of our economy is not involved in that"?
  8. DENISE ROCHE to the Minister for the Environment: Why has he announced a plastics recycling initiative rather than a levy when recycling will only maintain the volume of plastic in the waste stream, whereas a levy will reduce the number of plastic bags in circulation?
  9. BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm that the number of patients benefiting from elective surgery has increased by 5,030 in the last financial year, and that 49,234 more patients are having surgery now compared to 2007/2008?
  10. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Prime Minister: Did he chair the Cabinet on 18 February 2013 when Cabinet noted the initial $4m payment to a "Saudi investor", and did he ask why Cabinet approval was not being sought?
  11. MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Education: What recent announcement has she made that supports the learning of Asian languages in schools?

Question Time for 30 July 2015

  1. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: In light of his admission yesterday that health funding has not kept up with all inflationary pressures under this Government, how will the health budget absorb the increased cost of purchasing medicines that the Prime Minister has said is likely to result from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement?
  2. FLETCHER TABUTEAU to the Minister of Trade: Does he agree with the headlines in the Nikkei Asian Review, "Will TPP end with whimper like Doha Round?", and in Gareth Morgan's column, "Could the TPP become Key's most embarrassing moment"?
  3. TODD BARCLAY to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the outlook for the New Zealand economy?
  4. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he stand by his statement that non-resident foreign buyers in the Auckland housing market are a non-event; if so, on what empirical data does he base that?
  5. PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What progress is the Government making in ensuring overseas-based New Zealanders repay their student loans?
  6. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Trade: Has the New Zealand Government provided to other governments involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations any documents regarding New Zealand's position on specific issues in the negotiations; if so, have those documents been made publicly available to New Zealanders?
  7. CLAYTON MITCHELL to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Does he stand by his statement, "It's important to strike the right balance between safe workplaces for workers and unnecessary red tape on businesses and I'm confident we have landed in the right space."?
  8. Hon JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister of Education: What reports has she received on Trades Academies?
  9. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: How much money has her Government spent developing and testing the 'predictive risk model' that was announced in 2012 to identify children at risk of harm and abuse, and in what year will it be rolled out?
  10. MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Customs: How will the Government's investment in next generation SmartGates increase security and ensure passengers are processed faster and more efficiently at the border?
  11. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Education: Has she taken any papers to Cabinet proposing changes for charter schools; if so, is this an admission that the charter school model is not working?
  12. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Trade: Why did he say to journalists asking about the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement "we need adults to do this – not breathless children to run off at the mouth" and why does he think we should trust the Government to protect New Zealand's interests when the Prime Minister has already admitted on TV that the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement may trade away New Zealand's right to ban the sale of our homes to foreigners?

Question Time for 29 July 2015

Questions to Ministers

  1. JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Finance: How has the New Zealand economy been affected by recent international economic developments?
  2. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "it is highly unlikely, actually, that the Government will have to pay any more through Pharmac. But on the basis that it had to pay a tiny bit more, the Government would fund that increase"?
  3. KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Health: What advice, if any, has he sought or received on threats to public health in New Zealand?
  4. Dr JIAN YANG to the Associate Minister of Education: What investment is the Government making in Auckland schools to manage growth?
  5. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  6. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Has core Crown health expenditure kept up with health demographics and inflation growth since 2009/10?
  7. BRETT HUDSON to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What recent reports has he received on competition in the residential electricity market?
  8. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her Government's commitment that if partnership schools don't succeed "the Government will be just as quick to close them down as we have been to establish them"; if so, how much taxpayer money is expected to be received by the Whangaruru partnership school between 28 May 2015, the date the Ministry recommended the termination of its contract, and 1 January 2016?
  9. TODD MULLER to the Minister for Building and Housing: What further progress has the Government made to deliver on its policy of delivering more houses in areas of need?
  10. KELVIN DAVIS to the Minister of Corrections: Does he stand by his answer during Oral Question No. 9 yesterday that "No, I have not received any reports" which contradict the official account of the number of attackers in the Littleton serious assault case?
  11. SARAH DOWIE to the Minister for Primary Industries: What recent reports has he received on the growth of the New Zealand horticulture industry?
  12. DARROCH BALL to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by all her statements?

Question Time for 28 July 2015

 

  1. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "I don't want to ban foreigners from buying residential property"?
  2. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  3. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the state of the New Zealand economy and what do these reports show?
  4. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: When was he or his office first briefed on the contents of the draft New Zealand Health Strategy?
  5. JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "New Zealand is never going to sign up to the TPP unless we believe it is in New Zealand's best interests"?
  6. BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister for Social Housing: What work is being done to ensure social housing is available for those most in need?
  7. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his reported statement that the slowdown in growth this year had come at the right time in the electoral cycle?
  8. DAVID CLENDON to the Minister of Corrections: How many Final Warning Notices, in accordance with SERCO's contract with the Crown, have been issued since SERCO took over management of the Mt Eden Corrections Facility?
  9. KELVIN DAVIS to the Minister of Corrections: Does he agree with the statement made by the Department of Corrections Chief Executive Ray Smith that "not everything is broken" in relation to SERCO's management of Mt Eden Corrections Facility?
  10. ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Immigration: What measures has the Government announced to help spread the benefits of migration across New Zealand?
  11. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Trade: Is the effect of Article 139 of the New Zealand–China Free Trade Agreement that it allows restrictions to be introduced on foreign buyers of New Zealand homes, including Chinese buyers, so long as subsequent agreements with other countries are no more generous?
  12. NUK KORAKO to the Minister of Education: He aha ērā mahi āwhina kia kaha kē atu ai te ako o te hunga rangatahi i Te Reo Māori?

Question Time for 23 July 2015

  1. DAVID CLENDON to the Minister of Corrections: What specific events has he been made aware of at the SERCO-run Mt Eden Correctional Facility that could trigger a specific deduction from the performance-related fee, and which of those events have resulted in a specific deduction?
  2. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on dairy prices and their effect on the New Zealand economy?
  3. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Is he confident that the Government is adequately resourcing the public health workforce?
  4. GARETH HUGHES to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Given criticisms that the carbon target he set is inadequate, will he set a more ambitious target ahead of the Paris climate negotiations in December?
  5. PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister of Science and Innovation: How is the Government seeding more high-tech start-ups in the New Zealand economy?
  6. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Reserve Bank Governor's statement that "the growth outlook is now softer than at the time of the June Statement. Rebuild activity in Canterbury appears to have peaked, and the world price for New Zealand's dairy exports has fallen sharply"?
  7. MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Education: What reports has she received on education in regional New Zealand?
  8. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: How does he intend to reduce the shortfall of Auckland houses in the next two years, given that under this Government the shortfall is increasing by 5000 a year, and the Productivity Commission predicts on current rates the shortfall – now 32,000 – will hit 60,000 by 2020?
  9. MATT DOOCEY to the Minister for Social Development: What is the Government doing to support people off benefits and into higher education?
  10. KELVIN DAVIS to the Minister of Corrections: Why did he state that he only learned about the practice of dropping this week, when he was directly told about it one month ago at select committee?
  11. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Tourism: What reports has he received on the progress on the New Zealand Cycle Trail?
  12. DARROCH BALL to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by all her statements in regard to the provision of social services?

Question Time for 22 July 2015

  1. Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on the performance of the New Zealand economy and the Government's management of its finances?
  2. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his justification for the $26 million process to consider changing the flag that "It's just sheer confusion with Australia. Even at APEC they tried to take me to Abbott's seat"?
  3. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  4. Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister for Building and Housing: What are the costs and benefits of the recently announced changes to the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 that will require homes to be insulated and to have smoke alarms?
  5. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: When did he first become aware that there was an international glut of dairy products and does he stand by his reported comments that he has no plans to take active steps to diversify the economy in response to falling dairy prices?
  6. JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his answers to Oral Question No. 4 yesterday?
  7. RICHARD PROSSER to the Minister of Finance: Is he still sceptical about how effective a register of foreign property buyers would be; if so, why?
  8. Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Health: What recent reports has he received on the effectiveness of the child immunisation programme?
  9. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement about whether inequality was a problem in the Auckland housing market, "We've been concerned about that for some time, that there's part of Auckland where there's been really no new supply of lower value houses that low and middle-income families can afford"?
  10. JONO NAYLOR to the Minister of Justice: What announcements has she made about improving the oversight and supervision for offenders deported to New Zealand?
  11. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "You certainly wouldn't want to say to a low-income family they can never own a home, because I believe that they can own a home."?
  12. KELVIN DAVIS to the Minister of Corrections: Does he stand by his statement in regards to the July 2014 report on fight clubs in Mt Eden Corrections Facility, that he "became aware of the report's existence only late last week"?

Questions to Members

  1. MAHESH BINDRA to the Member in charge of the New Zealand International Convention Centre Act 2013 Repeal Bill: What is the intention of the New Zealand International Convention Centre Act 2013 Repeal Bill?
  2. CLAYTON MITCHELL to the Member in charge of the Fighting Foreign Corporate Control Bill: What is the intention of the Fighting Foreign Corporate Control Bill?

Question Time for 21 July 2015

  1. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  2. CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the international economy, and its effect on the New Zealand economy?
  3. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in relation to affordability of homes in Auckland that "there's a general view that housing prices are not overvalued", given that the homeownership rate has fallen to its lowest level in 64 years?
  4. JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "I'd bet my bottom dollar that there would be considerable debate and discussion in New Zealand about whether the flag should change"?
  5. SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Health: What recent reports has he received on the number of B4 School free health and development checks completed in the last financial year, and what do they show?
  6. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Prime Minister that bad news about the New Zealand economy is overblown, and that while dairy prices are down, "95 percent of our economy is not involved in that"?
  7. JOANNE HAYES to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: How is the Government delivering more of the skilled ICT graduates that New Zealand needs?
  8. KELVIN DAVIS to the Minister of Corrections: Does he stand by his statement that Mount Eden Corrections Facility is "the highest performing prison" for measures of core security, rehabilitation, and reintegration?
  9. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Social Development: What reports has she received on how the Kickstart Breakfast initiative is supporting vulnerable children?
  10. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Trade: Does the current draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement purport to restrict a future New Zealand Government from banning the sale of existing New Zealand homes to foreign buyers from Trans-Pacific Partnership countries?
  11. RON MARK to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers; if so, why?
  12. JAN LOGIE to the Minister for Social Development: Will she be raising benefit levels given official advice that shows that a family of four living on a benefit has $72 less per week than what they need to provide the "core essential items"; if not, why not?

Question Time for 2 July 2015

  1. Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the international economy and its effect on New Zealand's economy?
  2. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Prime Minister's advice to farmers in November of last year that they should not get too worried about the milk price?
  3. IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Primary Industries: What recent announcement has he made about Government support to help tackle hill country erosion?
  4. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by all her statements?
  5. DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister for Social Housing: In light of the Prime Minister's answers to Oral Question No 2 on 30 June, does she consider overseas investment in community housing projects to be consistent with the openness of other countries to New Zealanders investing internationally?
  6. JONO NAYLOR to the Minister of Transport: What recent progress has the Government made on delivering the Urban Cycleways Programme?
  7. MEKA WHAITIRI to the Minister of Trade: Does he stand by the answers given on his behalf to Oral Question No 6 yesterday?
  8. TODD BARCLAY to the Minister of Immigration: How is the Government supporting Queenstown's labour market, through immigration?
  9. DAVID CLENDON to the Minister of Justice: Does she stand by her statement in Law Talk of 8 May 2015 that "… we'd all agree it's wrong for someone to receive preferential treatment in our courts. That is if you have more money or look a certain way that you might get a different outcome to someone else in your situation."?
  10. FLETCHER TABUTEAU to the Minister of Trade: Does he stand by his statement in respect of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, that "We were never going to start the serious negotiations until it was show time", and will this include the future of Fonterra?
  11. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister for Small Business: How are small businesses benefitting from Government policies that are helping to keep interest rates lower for longer?
  12. POTO WILLIAMS to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he stand by his statement in relation to affordable housing in Christchurch that he is "on top of the problem"?

Question Time for 1 July 2015

  1. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: How much has been spent by the Government on the Social Bonds Programme to date?
  2. MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Finance: How is the Government's programme of fiscal management helping keep interest rates lower for longer?
  3. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "… we believe that New Zealand can make a positive difference to world affairs and provide a unique and independent voice at the world's top table".
  4. PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister of Health: What steps is the Government taking to improve access to Primary Care for New Zealand families?
  5. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with ANZ economist Cameron Bagrie when he says the New Zealand economy is "heading off-piste"?
  6. MARAMA FOX to the Minister of Trade: How many Māori organisations have been consulted during the last 5 years of negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement?
  7. Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister of Transport: What recent announcements has he made on investment in New Zealand's land transport network?
  8. RICHARD PROSSER to the Minister for Primary Industries: Is he concerned at the threat posed to New Zealand's grain industry by the huge volumes of grain being dumped into New Zealand due to EU/Russia sanctions?
  9. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statement "I am satisfied that all the contract funding to partnership schools will be spent on meeting the contracted outcome for each school, which is to deliver educational achievement"?
  10. BRETT HUDSON to the Minister for Small Business: What actions has the Government taken to encourage small businesses to list on the New Zealand share market?
  11. KELVIN DAVIS to the Minister for Primary Industries: Is he aware of reports that local wood manufacturers have been refused the opportunity to buy swamp kauri from Kauri Ruakaka mill, which was formerly called Oravida and is allegedly involved in exporting raw swamp kauri, and what is he doing to ensure that this irreplaceable resource is managed responsibly?
  12. JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Transport: What percentage of the National Land Transport Programme announced yesterday will be spent on new rail infrastructure?

Question Time for 30 June 2015

  1. ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister of Finance: What Budget policies will soon take effect and help to distribute dividends from the growing economy to New Zealand families?
  2. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "Locally-based providers can be closer and more responsive to their community" in relation to the Government's policy to sell state houses to private providers?
  3. STUART SMITH to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: How is the Government helping to support young New Zealand families through paid parental leave?
  4. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he stand by all his statements?
  5. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Transport: What is the Government doing to support the development of urban cycleways across New Zealand?
  6. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister responsible for HNZC: Does he still intend to sell 1,000 to 2,000 Housing New Zealand houses by January 2016, and that "houses will not be transferred unless tenants get better services and taxpayers get fair and reasonable value"?
  7. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister responsible for HNZC: Does he stand by his statement that "Anyone that wants to have a go at this will have to show that they've got the capacity to manage the properties, to manage the finances, to look after the tenants and to help redevelop our social housing community"?
  8. DAVID SHEARER to the Minister of Consumer Affairs: Is he satisfied that New Zealanders are not paying too much for their milk; if so, why?
  9. BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister of Revenue: What reports has he received about changes which will bolster the tax rules around residential property speculation?
  10. Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  11. MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Customs: What effect is the lower tobacco duty-free limit having on the amount of cigarettes and tobacco being brought into New Zealand at the border?
  12. SUE MORONEY to the Minister for ACC: Why will people with older cars pay $90 more per year to register their vehicle than those who can afford the latest model Rolls Royce?

Question Time for 25 June 2015

  1. JAMES SHAW to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does he agree with the decision of the Hague District Court that, "The State must do more to avert the imminent danger caused by climate change, also in view of its duty of care to protect and improve the living environment", and what steps will he take to ensure that the Crown isn't open to similar litigation here?
  2. TODD MULLER to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received showing progress toward building growth across a range of sectors in the New Zealand economy?
  3. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his statements?
  4. MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Education: What announcements has she made about driving innovation across the education sector?
  5. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: What action does she expect to be taken by Child, Youth and Family when there are 20 notifications involving just one family, with as many as 10 referrals being due to family violence in the home?
  6. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister for Māori Development: Does he stand by all his statements?
  7. SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Tourism: What reports has he received about the increasing number of tourists visiting New Zealand?
  8. KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Health: What has he instructed the Ministry of Health to do to prepare New Zealand's health services for the impacts of climate change?
  9. Dr MEGAN WOODS to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does he intend to create a low-carbon development strategy or plan as per the 2010 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change agreement of which New Zealand is a signatory; if so, when?
  10. JONO NAYLOR to the Minister of Justice: What progress can the Minister report on the role of the Chief Victims Advisor?
  11. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Does he stand by all his answers to written and oral questions regarding the multi-million dollar payment to the Al-Khalaf Group and the model farm in the desert?
  12. TODD BARCLAY to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: What steps is the Government taking to improve financial advice laws?

Question Time for 24 June 2015

  1. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement, in question time yesterday, he would "absolutely" retain confidence in a Minister who authorised a multi-million dollar payment to a disaffected businessman to unlock a free-trade deal?
  2. JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he still have confidence in the Minister of Foreign Affairs?
  3. ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received showing why more housing is needed as part of supporting a growing New Zealand economy?
  4. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What advice, if any, did he give to Cabinet on the risks of the Social Bonds Pilot announced on 1 June 2015?
  5. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister for Māori Development: Does he stand by all his statements?
  6. ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Revenue: What recent announcements has the Government made around tax rules on property transactions?
  7. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Did he meet with David Brownrigg and George Assaf in Auckland on 18 October 2011 "to discuss trade between New Zealand and the Middle East and, in particular, the resumption of a specialised live export sheep trade with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia" and was that meeting the subject of a letter to him dated 2 November 2011 from Brownrigg Agriculture on behalf of Mr Al Khalaf and Mr George Assaf?
  8. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister for Communications: What recent announcements has she made on a new emergency response system for mobile 111 calls?
  9. FLETCHER TABUTEAU to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  10. CLARE CURRAN to the Minister for Māori Development: Why did he tell Radio New Zealand yesterday he did not discuss programming content with Paora Maxwell on 20 May, when Paora Maxwell said in an email to staff on 22 May that "We talked about … content"?
  11. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister for Small Business: What steps are the Government taking to improve the way we collect data from rural small businesses?
  12. KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does he agree with Lancet Commission co-Chair Professor Hugh Montgomery that "climate change is a medical emergency" but "tackling climate change could be the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century"?
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