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Question Time for 14 April 2016

2:02 PM.Question Time for 14 April 2016

Question Time for for 13 April 2016

  1. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Finance: What economic and fiscal conditions is the Government factoring into its planning for Budget 2016 on 26 May?
  2. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he have any financial interests which may affect his decisions around foreign trusts; if so, what are those financial interests?
  3. JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  4. ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Revenue: What is the Government doing to reduce tax compliance costs for small businesses?
  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: Does he stand by his statement that "there's a difference between surgery people actually need, and surgery people think they need"?
  7. NUK KORAKO to the Minister for Small Business: What online tools is the Government providing to help small businesses make informed decisions and reduce costs?
  8. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he stand by his statement that "The areas that Mr Twyford has identified are not on any of the lists that have been provided to me by officials" in relation to his Auckland Crown Land Programme?
  9. JOANNE HAYES to the Minister of Justice: What recent announcements has she made as part of the Ministerial Work Programme on family violence?
  10. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his statements?
  11. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister for Primary Industries: Will Crown Irrigation Investments Limited continue to invest in the Ruataniwha Dam Project, in light of information released this morning that the total cost of the project is nearing $1 billion?
  12. JONO NAYLOR to the Minister of Health: What steps is the Government taking to improve the oral health of New Zealanders?

Question Time for 12 April 2016

2:02 PM.Question Time for 12 April 2016.

Question Time for 7 April 2016

  1. ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received about the management of the Government's major investment projects?
  2. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he agree with the New Zealand Medical Journal article dated 1 April 2016 which states research undertaken shows patients undergoing primary elective total hip and knee replacements in Otago in 2014 were more severely disabled than patients between 2006 and 2010; if not, why not?
  3. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  4. JAMES SHAW to the Minister of Finance: What estimates does he have of the cost to the Crown of repurchasing the New Zealand Superannuation Fund's and ACC Fund's shares in Kiwibank in five years' time?
  5. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Social Development: What recent announcements has she made regarding Child, Youth and Family?
  6. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement, "We have very strict obligations when it comes to disclosure and we meet those obligations. We're always prepared to look and enhance those obligations and change those if there are recommendations."?
  7. PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister of Science and Innovation: What recent reports has he received about increased investment by businesses in research and development?
  8. Dr MEGAN WOODS to the Minister responsible for the Earthquake Commission: What is the total number of complaints lodged with EQC in relation to the Canterbury Home Repair Programme, to date?
  9. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Corrections: What initiatives has Corrections recently launched to support prisoners to lead a crime-free life on release?
  10. STUART NASH to the Minister of Police: Does she agree with everything Prime Minister John Key has said about policing?
  11. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister for the Environment: What action will the Government take to make sure there is enough clean freshwater for all New Zealanders?
  12. SARAH DOWIE to the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector: What recent announcements has she made regarding support for communities?

Question Time for 6 April 2016

  1. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his statements in relation to tax havens?
  2. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: Can he confirm that KiwiBank will remain 100 percent Government owned?
  3. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Did he read the report "Taxation of Multinationals" prepared by the Treasury and the Inland Revenue Department dated 15 August 2013, and did he undertake the action sought from him to agree to the recommendations contained in that paper?
  4. TODD BARCLAY to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What progress is the Government making in ensuring overseas-based New Zealanders meet their obligation to repay their student loans?
  5. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he stand by his statement, "Well of course someone has to buy the houses and so of course they will be affordable to somebody"?
  6. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Given his answer to Oral Question No. 1 yesterday, how does he stand by his statements?
  7. STUART NASH to the Associate Minister for Primary Industries: What reports has she seen on the conduct of Hikurangi Forest Farms in Gisborne?
  8. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Health: How is the Government supporting the protection of New Zealanders against influenza this winter?
  9. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  10. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister for the Environment: Does he stand by the Prime Minister's statement that in Aotearoa "nobody owns water"?
  11. BRETT HUDSON to the Minister for Communications: What recent reports has she received on improvements in internet speeds?
  12. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister for Land Information: Can she assure the public that the Overseas Investment Office has not approved any applications by foreign investors implicated in the Mossack Fonseca tax avoidance scandal; if so, how?

Question Time for 5 April 2016

2:04 PM.Question Time for 5 April 2016

Question Time for 31 March 2016

  1. ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Finance: What changes is the Government making to increase support for families in need from 1 April?
  2. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "We have anti-nuclear legislation and New Zealanders wear it as a badge of honour"?
  3. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his statement that "Only National can deliver more services while reducing district health boards' deficits"?
  4. CLAYTON MITCHELL to the Associate Minister of Transport: Does he have confidence in Maritime New Zealand's management of the safety issues at Taharoa ironsands export operation?
  5. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Social Development: What changes are being made on 1 April that will help support sole parents into work?
  6. Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development: Who has provided payroll services to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment since it was formed in 2012?
  7. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Can he confirm the Government is helping young families get ahead by expanding the eligibility for paid parental leave from tomorrow, as well as increasing its length?
  8. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister responsible for HNZC: Is he satisfied that the resources allocated to Housing New Zealand are being used in the best possible way?
  9. JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister for Building and Housing: What progress has the Government made in growing the rate of new house construction, particularly in Auckland?
  10. POTO WILLIAMS to the Associate Minister for Social Development: Is she reviewing family violence and sexual violence services as part of the Ministry's line-by-line review of contracts?
  11. IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Primary Industries: How is the Government supporting sustainability in our fishing industry?
  12. DENISE ROCHE to the Minister of Immigration: Will he double the refugee quota?

Question Time for 30 March 2016

2:02 PM.Question Time for 30 March 2016.

Question Time for 29 March 2016

  1. ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on the New Zealand economy?
  2. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in his Minister responsible for the flag referendum process?
  3. RON MARK to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement from September 2015, "But now we are moving into a bit of the cycle where it's likely that migration must flatten out sometime."?
  4. JAMES SHAW to the Minister of Revenue: What estimates, if any, does he have for the total amount of tax multinational enterprises operating in New Zealand may have avoided paying in the last tax year through incorrect transfer pricing practices?
  5. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What recent reports has he received on actual and forecast job growth?
  6. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Has the district health boards' projected deficit for the end of this financial year increased or decreased against what was planned according to advice he received in March?
  7. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Social Development: How will families in low-income households be better off due to the Child Hardship Package coming into effect on 1 April?
  8. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister for the Environment: Will he support the request made to Parliament today, by over 12,000 New Zealanders, to legislate "swimmable" as the minimum standard for our freshwater lakes, rivers and streams in New Zealand?
  9. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Has real gross national disposable income per capita dropped in percentage terms over the last year?
  10. DARROCH BALL to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers?
  11. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he think home ownership in Auckland is affordable given it now reportedly takes nearly half the income of a typical first home buyer to buy a lower-end home?
  12. STUART SMITH to the Minister for Primary Industries: What recent announcements has he made regarding irrigation funding in Marlborough?

Question Time for 17 March 2016

  1. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Was he advised, prior to 8 December 2015, that the so called "jihadi brides" he referred to during the Intelligence and Security Committee meeting were all resident in Australia and did not leave from New Zealand?
  2. CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on the New Zealand economy?
  3. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his reported statement from February this year that he is not overly concerned about the broader impact of the slump in dairy prices?
  4. STUART SMITH to the Minister of Education: What reports has she received on the Intensive Wraparound Service?
  5. CARMEL SEPULONI to the Minister for Social Development: How many applications for benefits, superannuation, and special needs grants have not been processed because of the issues with the implementation of the client management IT system?
  6. BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister of Health: By what percentage has Vote Health increased since 2008?
  7. Hon DAMIEN O'CONNOR to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he have confidence in his Associate Minister for Primary Industries?
  8. BRETT HUDSON to the Minister of Tourism: What reports has he received about growth in the number of visitors coming to New Zealand?
  9. RON MARK to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements where the interests of young New Zealanders are concerned?
  10. STUART NASH to the Minister of Police: If someone suspects criminal activity and they actually want the Police to turn up in under 10 minutes, do they have to inform the Police that they have a gun?
  11. KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Health: Will he introduce a tax on sugary drinks, in light of the growing number of countries who have done so, most recently the UK, and the evidence that it is effective?
  12. JENNY SALESA to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: Is he concerned about skills shortages in professions that require knowledge in STEM subjects; if not, why not?

Question Time for 16 March 2016

2:03 PM.1. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: What were the estimates given to him in his conversations with banks about the number of dairy farmers that are likely to go into receivership and leave the land? 2. JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?

3. NUK KORAKO to the Minister of Finance: What steps is the Government taking to help keep interest rates lower for longer?

4. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Small Business: Does he believe that the statement by the Prime Minister yesterday that New Zealand “is a highly diversified economy” and “business confidence is strong” applies to small businesses?

5. FLETCHER TABUTEAU to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his answers in relation to Oral Question No. 2 in the House yesterday?

6. Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement, “The single-biggest gainers out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership are dairy farmers”?

7. IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Economic Development: What is the Government doing to encourage economic growth?

8. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Why did she say yesterday that “we will not be interested in how we stigmatise children” as part of the school funding review when she said less than a minute earlier that the current decile system was unhelpful because it stigmatised low-decile schools?

9. MATT DOOCEY to the Minister for Social Development: How is low inflation supporting a real increase in superannuation?

10. IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY to the Minister of Immigration: Is the Recognised Seasonal Employer Scheme working for New Zealand and for the temporary migrants who work under the scheme?

11. MAUREEN PUGH to the Minister for Small Business: How are small businesses benefiting from Government policies that are contributing to lower interest rates?

12. RICHARD PROSSER to the Minister of Trade: What trade benefits has the Government negotiated for New Zealand’s forestry industry?

Question Time for 15 March 2016

  1. Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making in its programme to get better results from public services?
  2. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements and how does he do so?
  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, did he mean a thousand dairy farmers being forced off their land?
  4. JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  5. JOANNE HAYES to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm that the Government is making major investments in health infrastructure in Christchurch?
  6. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he support the expectation of the Governor of the Reserve Bank that banks would pass on the full Official Cash Rate cut made last week?
  7. RON MARK to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his statements; if so, why?
  8. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Transport: What recent progress has the Government made on the Waikato Expressway Road of National Significance?
  9. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statement that "we do need to review the way we fund schools and focus more on outcomes rather than blunt proxy"?
  10. JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Associate Minister of Transport: Will he support the Green Party plan to make 30km an hour the default speed limit outside schools, given that kids have less than a 50:50 chance of surviving being hit by a car travelling at the current default speed limit of 50km an hour?
  11. STUART NASH to the Minister of Police: Why did the number of burglaries that were resolved fall from 9,770 in 2008 to 6,136 in 2015, with the proportion of burglaries that went unsolved rising from 84 percent to over 90 percent?
  12. ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister for Primary Industries: How is the Government supporting our regions through irrigation and water storage projects?

Question Time for 10 March 2016

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  1. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his statements?
  2. ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on the outlook for the New Zealand economy?
  3. MAHESH BINDRA to the Deputy Prime Minister: Is he aware that in the Hindi version of the instructions booklet for the flag referendum, an additional word has been added?
  4. JONO NAYLOR to the Minister of Justice: What response has she had to the Government's review of the law addressing family violence?
  5. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: How much of the $5.2 million spent by the Government on the 40-student Whangaruru charter school, if any, is expected to be recovered following her decision to close the school in January?
  6. RICHARD PROSSER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that "there is no evidence – no good reason – to believe that there will be widespread farm foreclosures"?
  7. MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Science and Innovation: What investment is the Government making in research to promote new forms of precision healthcare?
  8. CARMEL SEPULONI to the Minister for Social Development: When was she first made aware of issues with the rollout of the upgrade to the client management IT system?
  9. DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister of Justice: Is she satisfied with the imprisonment rate for convicted burglars?
  10. SARAH DOWIE to the Minister for Small Business: How are small businesses benefiting from Government policies that are contributing to lower interest rates?
  11. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister for National Security and Intelligence: E kore a ia e aro atu ki ētahi whakarerekētanga ki te ture, kia tukua ai a GCSB ki te kohi raraungameta, e pā ana ki ngā tāngata o Aotearoa?
    • Translation: Will he rule out any law changes that will allow the GCSB to collect metadata on New Zealanders?
  12. SUE MORONEY to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: How many deaths and serious harm injuries have occurred in agriculture since the Health and Safety Reform Bill was passed in Parliament in 2015?

Question Time for 9 March 2016

  1. FLETCHER TABUTEAU to the Minister of Revenue: Is he satisfied with all legislation regarding tax on property sales to foreigners?
  2. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  3. Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister of Finance: What steps is the Government taking to support resilience and growth in the New Zealand economy?
  4. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Small Business: Does he agree with the statement made by Hon Bill English in the House yesterday regarding Fonterra's policy of paying small businesses up to an additional 61 days late, that "these are freely transacting people doing business. Any party to the transaction is able to choose whether the terms are suitable for them, or not"?
  5. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Finance: Ka tū a ia i runga i te mana o tāna tauākī mō te ahu miraka kau, "is an industry that's going to be under pressure"?
    • Translation: Does he stand by his statement that dairy "is an industry that's going to be under pressure"?
  6. SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm that rheumatic fever rates have dropped 45 percent since 2012?
  7. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Is she satisfied that students completing NCEA qualifications have the basic functional literacy and numeracy skills they will require for further study or employment?
  8. MARAMA FOX to the Minister of Health: Following the recent release of the rheumatic fever statistics, what steps is he taking to address the rate of rheumatic fever amongst whanau living in overcrowded housing conditions?
  9. SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister for the Environment: What new details of the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary have been announced and how will these help protect the 620,000 square kilometres of the Pacific Ocean covered by this initiative?
  10. Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development: On what date did he first become aware of payroll problems at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and what action did he take?
  11. Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Science and Innovation: How is the Government using science and research to help the development of children and young people?
  12. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister for the Environment: Has he received any advice that New Zealanders would prefer to wade rather than swim in our lakes and rivers?

Question Time for 8 March 2016

  1. BRETT HUDSON to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received about progress in improving New Zealand's external financial position – particularly in bringing down the longstanding current account deficit?
  2. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  3. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers?
  4. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: Does he support Landcorp's recent decision to significantly reduce its dairy footprint?
  5. BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm preliminary data from the National Patient Flow Project, which shows that 90 percent of patients referred by their GP to a hospital specialist between 1 July and 30 September 2015 were accepted for a First Specialist Assessment?
  6. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: When was he informed that the Ministry of Health request for a capital injection to fund the fit out of its new headquarters was not supported by Treasury, and "exposed a serious failure of financial management within the Ministry"?
  7. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  8. JAN LOGIE to the Prime Minister: Will he return the Minister for Women to Cabinet, to mark International Women's Day?
  9. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Prime Minister that "when the primary sector sneezes, the New Zealand economy catches a cold"?
  10. PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister of Education: What reports has she received on NCEA level 2 results for 2015?
  11. STUART NASH to the Minister of Police: Does she have confidence in the Commissioner of Police?
  12. JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Trade: What opportunities do businesses and the wider public have to seek information on the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

Question Time for 3 March 2016

  1. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What was core Crown health expenditure as a percentage of GDP in 2010/11 and what is it in 2015/16?
  2. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Finance: What steps has the Government taken to move its books from an $18 billion deficit in 2011 back to surplus?
  3. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he stand by all his answers to Oral Question No. 1 in the House yesterday?
  4. SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Tourism: What reports has he received about the contribution tourism is making to the economy?
  5. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Revenue: Does he stand by all of his answers to Oral Question No. 4 yesterday?
  6. DARROCH BALL to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by all her statements?
  7. Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister of Trade: Why does he continue to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement in light of the analyses in the Expert Paper Series supported by the New Zealand Law Foundation?
  8. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statement that "schools have never been more well-funded than under this Government"; if so, why are some schools charging parents a fee to participate in out-of-zone ballots and income from parental donations has increased by 45 percent since 2008?
  9. ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What recent reports has he received on competition in the electricity market?
  10. Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister of Trade: Does New Zealand's exception for residential property under the Investment Chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement allow a future Government to implement a ban on non-resident foreign speculators buying any existing residential house, flat, or apartment?
  11. MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Trade: What consultation has the Government undertaken throughout the negotiation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and what further consultation will occur?
  12. Hon DAMIEN O'CONNOR to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he have confidence in his Associate Minister of Primary Industries?

Question Time for 2 March 2016

  1. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister for Building and Housing: Has he received advice on how many children's lives would be saved and how many child hospital admissions would be prevented by a rental housing warrant of fitness; if yes, what are those figures?
  2. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in his Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, given the Student Loan Scheme Annual Report 2015 forecasts student loan debt will hit $15.458 billion this year?
  3. MATT DOOCEY to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received showing the New Zealand economy is strengthening and exports are diversifying despite uncertainty in the global economic outlook?
  4. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Revenue: When was he first advised that employers owed $29.3 million in contributions to KiwiSaver accounts, and what action has he taken in response to this?
  5. FLETCHER TABUTEAU to the Associate Minister for Primary Industries: What is the Government doing to increase log processing in New Zealand to maximise wealth for the regions that produce them?
  6. MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What progress is being made to train more of the skilled graduates needed by New Zealand's growing ICT industry?
  7. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister of Justice: Is she satisfied with all of the outcomes of her predecessor's family law reforms?
  8. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Social Housing: What announcements has she made about increasing emergency housing places in Auckland?
  9. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister for the Environment: Does he agree with his Government's reported comments that it is unrealistic for New Zealand's rivers to be swimmable all the time, and does he think that represents an acceptable and aspirational vision for New Zealand's waterways?
  10. DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: What has been the return on equity for Landcorp over the past three years?
  11. MEKA WHAITIRI to the Minister for Māori Development: Does he believe the recent consultation hui on Te Ture Whenua Māori Reform has given him a mandate for land reform; if so, why?
  12. IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Primary Industries: How will the Trans-Pacific Partnership support new and emerging primary industries?

Question Time for 1 March 2016

  1. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Finance: How does the outlook for the New Zealand economy compare with other developed countries?
  2. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister for Building and Housing: Will the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill guarantee that no New Zealand renter will live in a cold, damp, mouldy house that makes them sick; if not, why not?
  3. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in his Minister of Health, given the Minister's statement regarding funding of Keytruda that Pharmac "haven't got the money at the moment...that's the issue"?
  4. TODD MULLER to the Minister for Social Development: What recent announcements has she made on the whole of government Gang Action Plan?
  5. EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for the Environment: When he said last year that the Marine Reserves Act "is now outdated. It does not provide for protection in the huge Exclusive Economic Zone", was he saying that a new Act should provide for new marine reserves in our EEZ; if so, why has his position changed?
  6. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his statements?
  7. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Transport: What recent progress has the Government made on the Waikato Expressway Road of National Significance?
  8. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: What was the dollar figure of net core Crown debt when he took office as Minister, and what is that dollar figure today?
  9. STUART SMITH to the Minister for the Environment: What progress is the Government making on improving management of fresh water, and particularly in addressing the problem of stock polluting rivers, lakes, and wetlands?
  10. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements; if so, why?
  11. MAUREEN PUGH to the Minister for Primary Industries: How will the Trans-Pacific Partnership support growth in our horticulture industry?
  12. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he stand by the statement reportedly made on his behalf two weeks ago that the Saudi sheep deal is Murray McCully's and all questions should be directed at him?

 

Question Time for 18 February 2016

  1. RON MARK to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements on the flag referenda?
  2. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Will he make good on the promises he made on radio yesterday to the Canterbury District Health Board that "if they need more money for mental health this year, they need to just tell me exactly what they need, because the Government is listening"?
  3. ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister of Finance: What recent announcements has the Government made around its programme of Social Investment?
  4. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: When the Prime Minister said first-home buyers in Auckland might have to consider an apartment in order to get on to the property ladder, did he mean that the Government supports the increased intensification now being considered by the Independent Hearings Panel?
  5. JONO NAYLOR to the Minister for Social Development: What reports has she received on the number of children living in benefit-dependent households?
  6. KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Health: What is the Government's estimate of the likely extra cost faced by Pharmac for each of the TPP's provisions relating to transparency processes, patent term extensions for pharmaceuticals, and data protection extension for biologics?
  7. RON MARK to the Minister of Immigration: Has he had cause for concern about the effects of the current Government's immigration policy; if so, what are the concerns?
  8. PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister of Tourism: What reports has he received about the growth in number of tourist guest nights?
  9. Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister of Trade: Did his predecessor Hon Tim Groser ask MFAT officials negotiating the TPP agreement to preserve the right for a future New Zealand Government to ban the purchase of residential land by non-resident foreign speculators?
  10. SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister for Primary Industries: What recent reports has he received on growth in seafood exports?
  11. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: Does he have full confidence in the Tertiary Education Commission's oversight of tertiary education funding?
  12. MARAMA DAVIDSON to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: When she said this week at the Pacific climate change conference that "Pacific voices are heard loud and clear at the negotiating table, and there are some things that we hold different views on", what were the specific points of difference that she was referring to?

Question Time for 17 February 2016

  1. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in relation to the comparative rise in house prices and student loans that "I don't know, but I suspect it's a terrible amount"?
  2. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What steps is the Government taking to support vulnerable households and families?
  3. DARROCH BALL to the Minister of Finance: In light of the publication of the Salvation Army report, "Moving Targets", does he stand by all his statements?
  4. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Transport: What recent announcements has the Government made on progress with the Accelerated Regional Roading Programme?
  5. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: What price per tonne of whole-milk powder in the Global Dairy Trade auction has been factored into the calculation that there is now a $17 billion shortfall from Budget 2015, and if this was not done, what calculation was used to model the effect of "weaker dairy prices"?
  6. SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm that since the launch of free doctors' visits for children under 13, rates of children under 13 visiting their GP is 23 percent higher than the same quarter last year?
  7. CARMEL SEPULONI to the Minister for Social Development: Why is the Government, according to the Salvation Army, "inventing new numbers like pseudo-service-level indicators that are difficult to verify and have no point of reference"; is it to hide the true state of poverty in New Zealand?
  8. DAVID CLENDON to the Minister of Corrections: Is she confident the Department of Corrections will be meeting all of its targets by 2017?
  9. MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Small Business: How are Government policies contributing to increasing confidence among small businesses?
  10. Dr MEGAN WOODS to the Minister responsible for the Earthquake Commission: Does he have confidence in EQC's oversight of all claims related to the Canterbury earthquakes?
  11. DENISE ROCHE to the Prime Minister: Will he ask Australian Prime Minister Turnbull to close the offshore detention centres, when he meets with him this week?
  12. TODD MULLER to the Minister for Primary Industries: What reports has he received on growth in kiwifruit exports?
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