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Budget 2015

16:20 Economic commentator Bernard Hickey joins the Panel to go over the main points.

Budget speech - David Seymour

16:20 Leader of the Act Party David Seymour.

Budget speech - Peter Dunne

16:10 Leader of the United Future Party Peter Dunne.

Budget speech - Te Ururoa Flavell

15:59 Co-leader of the Maori Party Te Ururoa Flavell.

Budget speech - Winston Peters

15:40 Leader of NZ First Winston Peters.

Budget speech - Metiria Turei

15:21 Co-Leader of the Greens Metiria Turei.

Budget speech - John Key

15:03 John Key Prime Minister.

Budget speech - Andrew Little

14:45 Andrew Little, Leader of the Opposition.

Question Time for 20 May 2015

Questions to Ministers
  1. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in his Budget speech last year, "we are in surplus"?
  2. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  3. JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Finance: How will the Government's responsible fiscal management support better public services for New Zealanders in Budget 2015?
  4. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What plans does the Government have in the Budget tomorrow to get the 146,000 officially unemployed New Zealanders, as measured by the Labour Market Statistics, into work?
  5. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does his Budget 2015 speech include the statement, "there will be a small surplus this year and increasing surpluses forecast over time"?
  6. MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Defence: What is the Government doing to engage the New Zealand public on the future of the Defence Force?
  7. JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that "the surplus target is important"?
  8. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by her statement in December last year in relation to child poverty that the Government is "working on a comprehensive plan" and it is "shaping up to be a really big piece of work"; if so, will that big piece of work be in Budget 2015?
  9. Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Science and Innovation: What research is the Government undertaking to strengthen the forestry sector?
  10. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Trade: Does he stand by his description, during the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, of the Canadian dairy industry as belonging "in the former Soviet Union"?
  11. BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations: What has the Government done to protect the site of one of the most significant battles in the New Zealand Wars?
  12. CLAYTON MITCHELL to the Minister of Transport: What is the Government doing about the Tauranga Central Corridor?

Question Time for 19 May 2015

14:00 QUESTIONS TO MINISTERS

1. CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Finance: How will Budget 2015 progress the Government’s commitment to manage the Government’s finances, while delivering better public services?

2. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that there is no housing crisis in Auckland in light of the fact the average Auckland house price has risen by $100,000 in the past year and the Reserve Bank says this is “increasing the risk of financial instability”?

3. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?

4. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that “we believe the strong underlying economy and responsible fiscal management can deliver a surplus when the final Government accounts are published next October”?

5. SARAH DOWIE to the Minister for ACC: What indicative reductions to ACC levies are signalled in Budget 2015?

6. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?

7. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development: How much in real terms has Government funding for Relationships Aotearoa changed since 2008?

8. JONO NAYLOR to the Minister for Economic Development: What progress is the Government making in developing New Zealand’s ICT sector?

9. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: What is the range of potential costs to the Government resulting from New Zealand’s current forecast for increasing net greenhouse gas emissions for the period 2021-2030, as reported in the Treasury’s climate change briefing dated 6 October 2014?

10. BRETT HUDSON to the Minister for Building and Housing: What changes is the Government proposing to ensure New Zealand is more resilient to the significant risks we face from earthquakes?

11. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?

12. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by her statement that “it’s a priority for this term of Government that all New Zealanders benefit from the growing economy with a focus on children who are living in hardship”?

Question Time for 7 May 2015

  1. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Prime Minister with regard to achieving a budget surplus that "If we had to take $300 million out of the health budget or something to achieve that, I think most people would think that's a bit silly"; if so, why did he reduce the new operating spending allowance by $500 million for 2015/16 after the Treasury forecast a deficit for that year?
  2. ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister of Finance: What steps has the Government taken to get on top of its spending?
  3. Hon NANAIA MAHUTA to the Minister for Māori Development: Does he agree with the Auditor-General that one-third of the $137.6 million appropriated for Whānau Ora was spent on administration and could have been spent "on those people and providers who Whānau Ora was meant to help"?
  4. SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Health: What steps is the Government taking to increase access to elective surgery?
  5. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that determining who is foreign for the purposes of restricting residential property ownership by foreign speculators is a "swamp"?
  6. CLAYTON MITCHELL to the Minister of Transport: Does he stand by his statement that "the recent oil spill was not a disaster for the Tauranga environment"?
  7. JOANNE HAYES to the Minister for Tertiary Education: How is the Government investing in more collaborative and innovative research?
  8. SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Immigration: Does he agree with the statement made by the Hon Michael Woodhouse in Parliament last week with regard to Chinese engineers repairing KiwiRail trains that the Minister of Immigration "is very satisfied that the Chinese workers in this instance were on short-term visas, and these were generally for no more than 3 months per year"?
  9. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Transport: What progress has the Government made on strengthening New Zealand's global air links?
  10. GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he think that there is sufficient competition in the pre-paid retail electricity market to keep prices low for consumers?
  11. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Does he agree with the report of the Labour inspectorate that found that it is unclear whether New Zealand minimum standards law would apply to Chinese workers employed by CNR and working in New Zealand?
  12. ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: What changes has the Government made to better protect New Zealand's business reputation?

Question Time for 6 May 2015

14:05 Questions to Ministers

CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the outlook for the New Zealand economy?

ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in his Ministers' implementation of the Whanau Ora programme in light of the Auditor-General's report finding $42 million of its $138 million budget in its first four years was spent on administration?

TODD MULLER to the Minister for Social Housing: What recent announcements have been made about the next steps of the Government's Social Housing Reform Programme?

ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements in relation to the Budget?

JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in relation to trade with Saudi Arabia that an "…FTA gives us yet another reason for those relationships to grow and be closer together…"?

Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in regards to Whanau Ora, "They have to be ambitious themselves - it's a higher trust model and it has the potential to deliver better results not only for families, but also for taxpayers who are not currently getting the value for money they should be."?

GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his answers to Oral Question No. 12 yesterday?

KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister for Communications: What progress can she report on the rollout of the Ultra-Fast Broadband and Rural Broadband Initiatives?

Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he still accept assurances from officials that concrete used in New Zealand is fit for purpose?

Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Are patients receiving through New Zealand's healthcare system the health care recommended by their medical practitioner; if not, why not?

MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Education: What is the Government doing today to recognise the educational achievements of young New Zealanders?

CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Education: Has she been consulted on education being included in the Trade in Service Agreement (TiSA); if so, have any concerns been expressed that this agreement could lead to foreign corporations suing New Zealand in relation to education provision?

Questions to Members

Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Chairperson of the Justice and Electoral Committee: Further to her answer to Question to Members No. 1 yesterday, how many people has she requested appear before the committee who submitted using the process she described as a form submission out of those who submitted using the process she described as a form submission in total?

Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Chairperson of the Justice and Electoral Committee: Further to her answer to Question to Members No. 1 yesterday, how many people has she requested appear before the committee who submitted using the process she described as a form submission and how many people who made such a request has she not requested appear?

Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Chairperson of the Justice and Electoral Committee: Further to her answer to Question to Members No. 1 yesterday, did she ascertain whether the individuals asking to appear were former services personnel by reading the submission before deciding whether or not to request their appearance?
 

Question Time for 5 May 2015

  1. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements; if so, why?
  2. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on low inflation in New Zealand, and how does that benefit households and businesses?
  3. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he enforce high standards of conduct on all his Ministers, including himself?
  4. DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister for Economic Development: What are the fiscal risks to the Crown from Tracey Martin's New Zealand International Convention Centre Act 2013 Repeal Bill, if any?
  5. PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister of Science and Innovation: What is the Government doing to grow business-led research and development?
  6. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in relation to achieving a surplus that it is like "landing a 747 on a pinhead"?
  7. SARAH DOWIE to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: How will Budget 2015 help strengthen compliance with minimum employment standards?
  8. KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his statements?
  9. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Are New Zealanders who require elective surgery receiving it in a timely manner?
  10. STUART SMITH to the Minister for Disability Issues: How is the Government's investment in the New Zealand Sign Language Fund helping sign language users to promote and maintain the language during Sign Language Week?
  11. EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister of Conservation: Does she agree with Professor Mark Urban that New Zealand's indigenous species are at greater risk of extinction from climate change than species in many other parts of the world; and if not, why not?
  12. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that "returning to surplus and repaying debt are among the most important things the Government can do to ensure New Zealand can withstand future shocks and build a more competitive economy based on exports and new jobs"; if so, will there be a surplus for the 2014/15 year?

Question Time for 30 April 2015

  1. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his statements?
  2. FLETCHER TABUTEAU to the Minister of Trade: Can he explain why he is "reasonably confident of getting the numbers in the vote" given the growth in international opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement?
  3. MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Finance: What steps has the Government taken to deliver better public services, and how is this benefiting the Government's books?
  4. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister responsible for HNZC: Does he stand by his statement "The Government owns 1 in 16 houses in Auckland and we need to do a better job with them for the sake of tenants and aspiring homeowners, as well as for the neighbourhoods they live in and the wider city"; if so, what experience does the Tamaki Redevelopment Company have that will allow them to do a better job for tenants than Housing New Zealand?
  5. DENISE ROCHE to the Minister of Transport: Does he stand by his statement that "Auckland must have a transport system that meets the demands of its growing population and we are committed to working with the Auckland Council to help make sure Auckland succeeds"?
  6. SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister for Building and Housing: How will today's announcement of transferring 2,800 Housing New Zealand properties to the Tamaki Redevelopment Company and a $200 million loan facility contribute to increasing the supply and quality of housing in Auckland?
  7. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she agree with the Prime Minister's statement that "If those partnership schools don't succeed the Government will be just as quick to close them down as we have been to establish them"?
  8. MAHESH BINDRA to the Minister of Corrections: Is he satisfied with all aspects of the running of Spring Hill Corrections Facility?
  9. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister of Education: How is the Government ensuring that Māori and Pasifika children are engaged in education from an early age?
  10. Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development: Is he still committed to the Government's goal of lifting exports from 30 percent to 40 percent of GDP by 2025?
  11. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Transport: What reports has he received recently on the Government's Urban Cycleways Programme?
  12. BRETT HUDSON to the Minister of Civil Defence: What plans has the Government put in place to ensure as many New Zealanders as possible participate in the national earthquake drill ShakeOut?

Question Time for 29 April 2015

  1. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does he care what New Zealanders think about climate change, and does he take their calls for action on climate change seriously?
  2. JOANNE HAYES to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the benefits for businesses of the growing New Zealand economy?
  3. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What impact would a tighter funding path for district health boards in 2015/16 have on their ability to provide quality, safe and timely services?
  4. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Associate Minister of Local Government: Did she consider all relevant factors in reappointing the Kaipara District Council Commissioners; if not, why not?
  5. TODD MULLER to the Minister for Building and Housing: How many applications have been made for KiwiSaver HomeStart since the scheme took effect on 1 April 2015?
  6. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Is it Government policy that the Government will return to surplus this financial year and stay there so it can reduce debt, reduce ACC levies on households and businesses, and start modestly reducing income taxes?
  7. RON MARK to the Minister of Defence: How does he reconcile not providing any further detail on the deployment of troops in accordance with the NZDF policy of "non-identification of personnel and for reasons of operational security" with the Prime Minister confirming overnight that New Zealand troops were transiting through Dubai?
  8. Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister for Social Development: What reports has she received on welfare numbers in New Zealand?
  9. CARMEL SEPULONI to the Minister of Finance: Is the Productivity Commission Report released yesterday indicative of a Government agenda to privatise the welfare system?
  10. SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Health: What recent reports has he received on improved access to first surgical assessments?
  11. IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Does he stand by all his statements regarding workers employed by CNR Dalian Locomotive working in New Zealand?
  12. MARAMA FOX to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he support the Māori Party's call for guaranteed healthy homes through the introduction of a Warrant of Fitness for all rental properties; if not, why not?

Question Time for 2 April 2015

14:04 1. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: What reports, if any, has he received about KiwiRail's plans to get rid of electric locomotives on the North Island Main Trunk Line and replace them with diesel locomotives?

2. JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: Is he considering replacing the electric locomotives with diesel locomotives on the Main Trunk Line, and would this mean removing electrification on that line.

3. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the New Zealand economy and business sentiment?

4. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he believe the Dairy Industry Restructuring Amendment Act 2012 has achieved "a stable, permanent capital base for the Co-operative, secures our future and will support progress with our strategy to grow volumes and value"; if so, why?

5. MATT DOOCEY to the Minister for Social Development: What announcements has she made to improve statutory child protection in New Zealand?

6. Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development: What lessons, if any, on regional economic development has he drawn from his recent ministerial visits to Northland?

7. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: Will he stop any further work on dairy conversions by Landcorp, in light of the drop in the dairy price yesterday and concerns about the impact that those conversions will have on water quality; if not, why not?

8. MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Trade: What recent steps has the Government taken to promote and support New Zealand exporters?

9. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Trade: What monetary and other assistance was provided by the New Zealand Government in support of his bid for appointment as Director-General of the World Trade Organisation?

10. BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister for Small Business: How are small businesses benefiting from the Better for Business - Result 9 Programme?

11. POTO WILLIAMS to the Minister for Social Housing: Why are Christchurch's social housing organisations facing increased homelessness four years after the last major earthquake?

12. MAHESH BINDRA to the Minister of Corrections: Does he stand by all his answers given to the House on 1 April 2015?

Question Time for 1 April 2015

  1. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements regarding the Northland by-election?
  2. ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received showing how the performance of the New Zealand economy is translating into benefits for New Zealand families?
  3. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "falling off a high horse in Northland can force ACC levies up"; if so, is that why the Government has set work and earners levies above the levels recommended by ACC?
  4. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he agree with the Reserve Bank Governor's advice in relation to proposed changes to the Welcome Home Loan Scheme and KiwiSaver Subsidies that: "over the longer term, subsidies have the potential to add to existing house price pressure in what is a highly overvalued market"; if not, why not?
  5. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for the Environment: Is he, like the Prime Minister, relaxed about the effect of dropping major RMA reforms on new housing supply, and does he agree with the Prime Minister that there are "mixed views" about how much his reforms would have addressed Auckland's housing shortage?
  6. TODD MULLER to the Minister for Social Development: What is the Government doing to support people receiving superannuation in retirement?
  7. Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he agree with the Prime Minister when he says of the people of Northland: "They want more. They want to go faster"; if so, does he believe that this view on the economy is unique to the people of Northland?
  8. DENISE ROCHE to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: What is the size of the gap between the New Zealand minimum wage hourly rate and the Australian national minimum wage hourly rate?
  9. Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: How is the Government helping to support new parents?
  10. MAHESH BINDRA to the Minister of Corrections: Is he satisfied that staff-to-prisoner ratios are adequate for staff safety in all of New Zealand's corrections facilities?
  11. IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Small Business: How will small and medium businesses benefit from the Government's proposals to simplify the tax system?
  12. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Minister of Defence: Does he stand by his response yesterday "well, why would you?" when asked if he would publicly release details regarding the level of protection afforded to New Zealand personnel in the upcoming deployment to Iraq?

Question Time for 31 March 2015

  1. ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister of Finance: What policy measures has the Government announced that will help to distribute dividends from the growing economy to New Zealand families and children?
  2. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "there's a message from Northland" for the Government; if so, will the Government take that message seriously?
  3. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Will he submit an emissions reduction target to the UN by the 31 March deadline; and does he stand by his statement that New Zealand's net emissions are projected to increase 48 percent in the next decade?
  4. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Transport: What are the construction start and end dates for each of the 10 bridges the Government has announced it will upgrade in Northland?
  5. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Building and Housing: How many families is the Government budgeting to benefit from the new HomeStart programme and how will prospective homeowners be able to find out their eligibility?
  6. DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister for the Environment: Does he still believe that affordable housing, natural hazards, infrastructure development, economic growth, jobs and exports needed recognition in the Resource Management Act 1991?
  7. SARAH DOWIE to the Minister for ACC: What changes to ACC levies come into effect on 1 April, and what impact will these changes have on New Zealand businesses and families?
  8. Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he agree with the Prime Minister when he says of the people of Northland: "They want more. They want to go faster"; if so, does he believe that this view on economic growth is unique to the people of Northland?
  9. GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Can he rule out exploration for oil and gas in the West Coast North Island Marine Mammal Sanctuary?
  10. Dr MEGAN WOODS to the Minister for the Environment: Does he agree with the Prime Minister regarding Government proposals to amend sections 6 and 7 of the Resource Management Act 1991 that "there's just no question that you've got to rip up what we've got now"?
  11. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements regarding the Northland by-election?
  12. JOANNE HAYES to the Minister for Small Business: How are small businesses benefiting from the export markets initiatives in the Business Growth Agenda?

Question Time for 26 March 2015

Questions to Ministers

  1. JAMES SHAW to the Minister of Science and Innovation: Does he stand by his statement that the Government will "build a strong business-led R&D ecosystem to strengthen and diversify New Zealand's economy"?
  2. Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on how low inflation is benefiting New Zealand families?
  3. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister responsible for HNZC: Does he agree with the National Business Review who asked "Is the Government's social housing privatisation policy in tatters"?
  4. NUK KORAKO to the Minister for Economic Development: What reports has he received on the progress of New Zealand businesses succeeding internationally?
  5. KELVIN DAVIS to the Minister of Transport: Will transport spending in Northland return to the level that this Government inherited, given annual NZTA funding for the region has fallen by $36 million since 2008/09?
  6. Hon JUDITH COLLINS to the Associate Minister for Social Development: How much has the Government saved as a result of its benefit fraud initiative?
  7. SUE MORONEY to the Minister for ACC: Was the then Minister for ACC Hon Judith Collins correct when she said last year that the reason the Government ignored ACC's recommendation for cuts to levies for employers and workers was "because we need to get to surplus"?
  8. PITA PARAONE to the Minister of Education: What reports has she received, if any, about why the Māori Education Trust is selling its 320ha Kahutara dairy farm, the late Edward Holmes' farm, that was gifted to the Trust to educate Wairarapa Māori?
  9. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What reports has he received on renewable electricity generation in New Zealand?
  10. MOJO MATHERS to the Minister for Primary Industries: Will he support a ban on cosmetics testing on animals?
  11. TODD BARCLAY to the Minister for Small Business: How are small businesses benefiting from the innovation initiatives of the Business Growth Agenda?
  12. Su'a WILLIAM SIO to the Minister for Building and Housing: Have all boarding houses that are "rat-infested, mouldy dives that are unfit for human habitation" been closed down since he said he wanted them eliminated in November 2014; if not, why not?

Question Time for 25 March 2015

14:17 1.PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Social Housing: What reports, if any, has she received about the Salvation Army saying it felt pressured into carrying out expensive, time-consuming research on buying unwanted state houses because the Government repeatedly referred to the charity as a likely buyer?

2. DARROCH BALL to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by her statement, "Every child has the right to be safe from abuse and neglect and these guidelines will help us build a stronger culture of child protection across New Zealand where the safety and security of children is paramount."?

3. JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on progress the New Zealand economy is making in reducing its external debt position? 4. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister of Internal Affairs: How will his decision to cut funding by $392,000 a year to the specialist non-fiction service provided by the National Library affect access to educational resources for rural schools?

5. Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister for Social Housing: What are the next steps in the Government's social housing reform programme?

6. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does he stand by the Prime Minister's answer that it is "misinformation" that New Zealand's net greenhouse gas emissions have increased by 20 percent between 2008 and 2012; if so, by what percentage did New Zealand's net greenhouse gas emissions increase between 2008 and 2012?

7. SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received in relation to the increased funding for cochlear implants announced in Budget 2014?

8. Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development: When did his officials first learn of SkyCity's desire for a public funding top-up in order for the International Convention Centre to meet the Preliminary Design specifications?

9. MATT DOOCEY to the Minister for Small Business: How are small businesses benefiting from the Better for Business - Result 9 Programme?

10. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Education: What further advice, if any, did she receive that led to her decision to consult on the closing of Redcliffs School, following the advice she received from geotechnical experts in September last year that "with the mitigation measures in place, the risk from rockfall is considered to be no higher on the school grounds than on any site remote from the Port Hills"?

11. JAN LOGIE to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Does he agree with the previous EEO Commissioner Judy McGregor's statement on aged care that "The sense of crisis that surrounds aged care is partly a reflection of our collective knowledge that we are not being fair and that a large group of workers is being discriminated against."?

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