Parliament - Question Time

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  • Question Time for 22 October 2014 ( 1h 4′ 32″ )

    1. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Deputy Prime Minister: Will he make reducing child poverty a Better Public Service target given the statement in the Speech from the Throne that his Government will continue to "have a focus on poverty, especially child poverty"?
    2. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What will be the main features of the Government's economic plan during this term of Parliament?
    3. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: How many times, since November 2008, has he spoken with blogger Cameron Slater on the phone and how many times, if any, has he texted him?
    4. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Building and Housing: Does he agree with the statement from the Speech from the Throne that the Government will "have a focus on housing in this Parliamentary term. More special housing areas will be created – and therefore more new housing developed – as a result of Housing Accords signed between the Government and local councils"?
    5. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Building and Housing: What advice has he received on the monthly rate of new house builds from when this Government was first elected in 2008 and the current rate?
    6. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
    7. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Why has he changed his pre-election commitment not to deploy New Zealand Special Forces to Iraq to his post-election statement that deployment is "definitely an option"?
    8. SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Health: Is he confident that New Zealand is prepared to deal with a suspected case of Ebola?
    9. Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Education: What recent updates has she received on the progress of the Government's $359 million Investing in Educational Success initiative?
    10. MIKE SABIN to the Minister of Corrections: What announcements has he recently made to help improve safety for frontline corrections officers in our prisons?
    11. Dr MEGAN WOODS to the Prime Minister: What are the allegations that led to him establishing the Chisholm inquiry into the allegations regarding Judith Collins and a former Director of the Serious Fraud Office?
    12. RON MARK to the Minister of Immigration: Does he have an ideal number of migrants coming to New Zealand; if so, what is that number?
  • Question Time for 31 July 2014 ( 1h 5′ 35″ )

    1. JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Finance: What has been the Government's main challenge in implementing its economic programme during this term of Parliament?
    2. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
    3. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister for Social Development: Are the current policy arrangements for New Zealand Superannuation fair and equitable?
    4. JACQUI DEAN to the Associate Minister of Local Government: How will the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 3), passed on Tuesday, help local government reduce costs for ratepayers, families and communities?
    5. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's policies?
    6. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his answers to Oral Question No 6 on 30 July 2014?
    7. CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister of Conservation: How many expressions of interest have been received for the recovery of wind-blown timber on the West Coast when they closed on Friday 25 July, and how many of these are from West Coast companies?
    8. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister responsible for Novopay: Does he stand by his statement from over 16 months ago with regard to Novopay "I want to see within three months a situation where, as much as possible, workloads from administrators are back to where they were before this thing started"?
    9. Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Can he point to anything to show New Zealand's net greenhouse gas emissions are reducing, in light of a call from Pacific Island leaders for a clear demonstration of this?
    10. ANDREW LITTLE to the Minister of Labour: What measures, if any, will he take to lift pay rates so that workers on the minimum wage get their fair share of the economy?
    11. MIKE SABIN to the Minister of Transport: What has the Government done to make roads safer for New Zealanders?
    12. CLARE CURRAN to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: What percentage of the 1,592,000 target households for both the Government-subsidised rural and urban broadband programmes have actually connected and why are the figures so low?
  • Question Time for 30 July 2014 ( 58′ 9″ )

    1. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he agree with his Minister of Finance that workers have an expectation that they "will be doing better than zero pay increases"?
    2. HONE HARAWIRA to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree that the Government's economic policies have failed, given that more than a quarter of a million children are living below the poverty line in Aotearoa?
    3. PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Finance: How is the Government's plan to lock in the gains from a growing economy helping to deliver more jobs and higher wages for New Zealanders?
    4. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What is the breakdown of the $240,000 of taxpayers' money spent entertaining oil company executives in 2011, and specifically how much of that money was spent on food and alcohol?
    5. PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister of Transport: Has he received any reports on the benefits of the recently confirmed Transmission Gully motorway?
    6. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Has he achieved all his promises in his last six years as Minister of Finance?
    7. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's policies?
    8. LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What is the Government doing to increase the number of people going into engineering?
    9. SUE MORONEY to the Minister for Social Development: How many children were in households affected by the 15,079 sanctions against people receiving benefits with dependent children since her welfare reforms were introduced on 15 July 2013?
    10. SHANE ARDERN to the Minister of Health: What investment has the Government made in training places for nurse graduates?
    11. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Is he satisfied that the current Minister of Climate Change Issues is working for all New Zealanders?
    12. DAVID SHEARER to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Did his office receive an email at approximately 5.00 pm (New Zealand time) on 22 May 2014 advising that the Malaysian Government had refused to waive diplomatic immunity in Muhammad Rizalman's case; if so, when was that email opened?
  • Question Time for 29 July 2014 ( 55′ 8″ )

    1. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers?
    2. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What progress has the Government made in delivering on its economic objectives for this term of Parliament?
    3. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that there are "plenty of jobs out there"; if so, why are there 42,000 more people unemployed now than when he took office?
    4. JOANNE HAYES to the Minister of Justice: What recent reports has she received on the Family Dispute Resolution services in the reformed Family Justice system?
    5. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Will the forecasts in the Treasury PREFU include the effects of the recent fall in the overall value of exports, including log and dairy price drops?
    6. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made on schools addressing difficult behaviours of students?
    7. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: Does she agree with the Prime Minister's statement that "the fastest way to get children and grown up New Zealanders out of poverty is through work", when the latest report on household incomes states that two out of five children living in poverty are in households where at least one adult is in full time work or self-employed?
    8. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Is he satisfied that the current Minister of Immigration is working for all New Zealanders?
    9. EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister of Conservation: Does he stand by his statement that "the Government needs to take a broader perspective than just Fish and Game's advocacy for their recreational fishing"?
    10. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Transport: Does he stand by all his statements?
    11. Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Health: What investment has the Government made to increase the number of live kidney donor transplantations in New Zealand?
    12. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Conservation: Does he stand by all his recent statements?
  • Question Time for 24 July 2014 ( 58′ 42″ )

    14:04 Questions for Oral Answer.

    Questions to Ministers 2.00PM – 3.00PM

    1. Hon PHIL HEATLEY to the Minister of Finance: What measures is the Government taking to help control inflation for New Zealand families?
    2. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
    3. Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made on Public Achievement Information?
    4. BRENDAN HORAN to the Minister of Finance: Is he still of the view that a Hamilton to Tauranga route would have to be considered alongside three other projects?
    5. MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Social Development: What recent reports has she received about the Government’s Youth Service initiative?
    6. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Education: What was the split, if any, by percentage, of enrolment into private, public and home-based ECE in the Better Public Service targets “Result 2: Increase Participation in ECE”, and what was the relative increases/decreases, for each, from the previous year?
    7. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his statement that resources in Budget 2014 “will help us continue to improve frontline health services for New Zealanders”?
    8. MIKE SABIN to the Minister for Primary Industries: What recent announcements has he made regarding Government support for the primary sector in Northland?
    9. Hon NANAIA MAHUTA to the Minister of Māori Affairs: E whakamanawa ana a ia kei te hangai Te Pire Reo Māori ki ngā mātāpono o Te Tiriti o Waitangi?
      • Translation: Is he confident that the Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill is consistent with the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi?
    10. JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Transport: Will he increase investment in better public transport infrastructure in light of the poll this week showing Aucklanders favour public transport spending by a four-to-one margin over roads?
    11. Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Consumer Affairs: What changes have recently come into force that strengthen financial service provider registration?
    12. Su’a WILLIAM SIO to the Minister of Local Government: Did the Deputy Mayor of Napier, Mrs Fay White, raise with her recently at a public meeting that the issue of local government amalgamation should be taken seriously by National during this General Election; if so, what were her specific concerns?

    Question to Members 

    1. H V ROSS ROBERTSON to the Chairperson of the Local Government and Environment Committee:When will the Manukau City Council (Regulation of Prostitution in Specified Places) Bill be reported to the House?
  • Question Time for 23 July 2014 ( 1h 10′ 58″ )

    1. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements on regional development; if so, is the real median weekly income for all people in the Gisborne/Hawke's Bay region, according to the New Zealand Income Survey, higher or lower now than when he took office?
    2. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's policies?
    3. JOHN HAYES to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received supporting the Government's economic programme?
    4. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree that there are growing gaps among the regions of New Zealand, making the economy and society increasingly unbalanced; if not, why not?
    5. MAGGIE BARRY to the Minister of Local Government: What recent announcements has she made about reducing red tape for property owners?
    6. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Housing: Does he stand by his statement "My ambition in housing is to make the dream of home ownership a reality for more New Zealanders"?
    7. Hon KATE WILKINSON to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What investment is the Government making in the recovery of Lincoln University?
    8. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Is she satisfied that national standards data provides an accurate reflection of real student achievement; if so, why?
    9. RICHARD PROSSER to the Minister for Primary Industries: Is he satisfied with all aspects of fisheries policy, including progress relating to the ongoing use of Foreign Charter Vessels?
    10. ANDREW LITTLE to the Minister of Justice: Is she confident in the progress of the Better Public Services target for the justice sector to reduce overall crime by 15 percent by June 2017?
    11. EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for the Environment: Does the Government's National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management require the 61 percent of monitored recreational river sites that are graded "poor" or "very poor" to be safe for swimming?
    12. SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Conservation: When will the new Aotea Conservation Park in Auckland announced on Sunday be formally gazetted and opened?
  • Question Time for 22 July 2014 ( 1h 1′ 46″ )

    1. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement: "We have a plan, and that plan is working for New Zealand."?
    2. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements on regional development, if so, how many regions of New Zealand now have a lower number of people unemployed according to the Household Labour Force Survey compared to when he took office?
    3. JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Finance: What measures has the Government taken to support New Zealand families – particularly through delivering better public services to those most in need?
    4. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's policies?
    5. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Social Development: What reports has she received about the progress of the Government's welfare reforms?
    6. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Has he seen reports that $4 to $5 billion will be sucked out of the economy due to the 35 percent fall in dairy prices since February, and what policy responses, if any, does he intend to make to counteract this?
    7. LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister of Education: What progress is being made on Better Public Services targets in education?
    8. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister of Police: When was the Minister of Police first informed of the misreporting of Police statistics in Counties Manukau, and what did she do with the information when she first received it?
    9. Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister of Justice: What recent Better Public Services results has she announced for the justice sector?
    10. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: What evidence does she have that the Government's Investing in Educational Success programme, which removes teachers and principals from their classrooms for two days a week, is the best way to spend over $359 million in order to raise student achievement?
    11. PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister of Conservation: What new initiatives has the Government taken in the Rimutakas and other areas to help the recovery of endangered native bird populations?
    12. Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his statements?
  • Question Time for 3 July 2014 ( 58′ 10″ )

    1. Hon PHIL HEATLEY to the Minister of Finance: How will the Government's fiscal management help to ensure interest rates will remain lower than they were in the previous economic cycle?
    2. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in his Minister of Foreign Affairs; if so, why?
    3. MAGGIE BARRY to the Minister for the Environment: What recent announcements has she made aimed at improving our freshwater management system?
    4. DAVID SHEARER to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Did he seek any information from MFAT officials on the case of the alleged assault with the intention to rape and waiver of diplomatic immunity by the Malaysian diplomat after his initial briefing on 10 May, 2014 and before the case became public; if not, why not?
    5. EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for the Environment: What percentage of river swimming sites, where data is collected, in the most recent Ministry for the Environment Suitability for Swimming Indicator Update were graded poor or very poor?
    6. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made on Better Public Service Targets in education?
    7. ANDREW WILLIAMS to the Minister of State Services: What assurances can he give the public of the competence of senior management in the Public Service?
    8. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Is she satisfied that spending $359 million on the Investing in Educational Success Initiative is the best way to lift student achievement?
    9. PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister of Health: What investment has the Government made in new training places for general practitioners?
    10. CAROL BEAUMONT to the Minister for Social Development: What input did she have on the new suite of initiatives to prevent family violence and keep women and children safe that were announced yesterday?
    11. BRENDAN HORAN to the Minister of Housing: What, if any, specific progress has he achieved on completing housing accords with Tauranga City Council and Western Bays District Council?
    12. ANDREW LITTLE to the Minister of Labour: What steps, if any, are being taken to protect working New Zealanders from asbestos or products with asbestos in them?
  • Question Time for 2 July 2014 ( 1h 12″ )

    1. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Is he still committed to "ensuring our schools are working for all students", and is he satisfied his Government has done enough to ensure that every child has equal access to a low-cost public education?
    2. CLAUDETTE HAUITI to the Minister of Finance: What steps has the Government taken to turn around the Treasury's forecast net Government debt?
    3. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
    4. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with Infometrics that after the Canterbury rebuild peaks, the New Zealand economy will experience a "hangover" with slow income and GDP growth?
    5. SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Justice: What justice initiatives has she announced to address family violence in New Zealand?
    6. DAVID SHEARER to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade: When did he first become aware of allegations that led to a Malaysian diplomat being charged with assault with the intent to commit rape and burglary, and what actions did he take?
    7. MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Corrections: What recent announcements has she made on how technology can be used to better protect victims of domestic violence?
    8. JAN LOGIE to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Was he made aware of the wishes, if any, of the woman at the centre of the assault with intent to rape charges laid against a Malaysian diplomat, regarding his return to Malaysia; if so, when?
    9. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Health: What investments has the Government made in health services for Taranaki?
    10. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Is she satisfied that schools receive sufficient funding to deliver the New Zealand curriculum?
    11. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister for Food Safety: What recent announcements has she made regarding food labelling?
    12. DENIS O'ROURKE to the Minister responsible for the Earthquake Commission: Is he satisfied with the progress of the Earthquake Commission in the settlement or disposition of all claims in respect of multi-unit dwellings, arising from the Canterbury earthquake; if so, why?
  • Question Time for 1 July 2014 ( 1h 1′ 26″ )

    1. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
    2. JOHN HAYES to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making in allocating proceeds from its share offer programme to pay for new public assets through the Future Investment Fund?
    3. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in the Minister of Education and all of her decisions?
    4. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Transport: What recent announcements has the Prime Minister made regarding the Government's commitment to transport infrastructure in regional New Zealand?
    5. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Is the Government "working for New Zealand"; if so, does that apply to all New Zealanders?
    6. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister for Economic Development: What does he consider are the core components of a regional economic development plan?
    7. JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Transport: Why are the regional State highway projects announced at the weekend being funded from asset sales rather than the transport budget?
    8. LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister for Economic Development: What reports has he received on how the regions contributed to New Zealand's economic recovery?
    9. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Housing: Does he stand by his statement that the rate of new house builds in Auckland "is the highest it has been in years, and it shows the progress we are making", given the average number of building consents issued for new dwellings in the last six years is 4,408 per year, compared to an average of 9,055 from 1999-2008?
    10. GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Conservation: Did New Zealand officials at a recent International Whaling Commission meeting in Europe agree with or disagree with the Commission's recommendations that protection for Maui's dolphins be granted out to 20 nautical miles from Maunganui Bluff down to Wanganui?
    11. MIKE SABIN to the Minister for ACC: What changes has the Government announced about the way ACC covers claims for hearing loss?
    12. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by all her statements?
  • Question Time for 26 June 2014 ( 1h 14′ 43″ )

    1. Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Finance: What changes has the Government made in recent years to make the tax system fairer and to help families and businesses get ahead?
    2. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Internal Affairs: On what basis was the recall and cancellation of New Zealand Passport LN138690 undertaken?
    3. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Associate Minister of Finance: Does he still believe that a 33 cent top marginal income tax rate is the reason for fewer departures to Australia in 2014?
    4. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Education: Did she write a new preference factor for Partnership School applicants on the 14 November education report "Confirming Round Two of Applications to Operate Partnership Schools"; if so, on what advice?
    5. CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister of Conservation: What reports has he received on the extent of the damage to West Coast forests from Cyclone Ita and what estimates are there of the area affected and the volume of wood felled?
    6. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Housing: How many homes out of the 5,000 earthquake damaged Housing New Zealand homes have completed repairs as part of its Repair 5000 programme?
    7. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made to celebrate and recognise highly effective and innovative practice happening across the education system?
    8. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Minister of Defence: Has there been a reduction in the capacity of the Army in the last three years to sustain an overseas deployment; if so, why?
    9. MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What support is the Ministry of Social Development providing to people in Christchurch still dealing with the impact of the earthquakes?
    10. GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Conservation: Does he agree with the statement given on behalf of the Minister of Energy and Resources that "there has not been a single observation of a Māui's dolphin in the block offer area"?
    11. CAROL BEAUMONT to the Minister of Justice: Given the magnitude of the problem of family violence, is it acceptable to her that none of the Family Violence Death Review Committee's recommendations from their last annual report have been completed, and no action has been taken on a number of recommendations around funding family violence training for professionals, and addressing the need for better multi-agency practice addressing family violence?
    12. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Statistics: What is the Government doing to modernise the next census?
  • Question Time for 25 June 2014 ( 1h 9′ 43″ )

    1. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he accept inequality, including asset inequality, is increasing in New Zealand?
    2. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
    3. JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Finance: As part of its wider economic programme, what progress is the Government making in dealing with the most challenging social issues facing New Zealand families and children?
    4. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does Budget 2014 show the full effect of revenue cuts and expenditure that the National Government expects over the next four years?
    5. SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Corrections: What progress has the Government made in reducing reoffending rates for prisoners?
    6. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What recent action, if any, has he taken to find the leak of information relating to Health Benefits Limited?
    7. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What reports has he received on likely future support for oil and gas development in New Zealand?
    8. BRENDAN HORAN to the Minister of Transport: Can he assure the people of Tauranga that the Hairini Link project will include four-laning from the Cameron Road intersection to the Maungatapu and Hairini roundabouts; if not, why not?
    9. EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister of Conservation: Have any commercial logging operations started on conservation land since the Department of Conservation was established in 1987?
    10. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Is she satisfied that the $359 million Investing in Educational Success Programme is the most effective way to invest that money to lift student achievement; if so, why?
    11. JOANNE HAYES to the Minister for Courts: What recent announcements has he made on work to modernise and improve specialist courts and tribunals?
    12. MOANA MACKEY to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does he agree with reported moves by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to build an alliance with like-minded countries to dismantle carbon pricing initiatives and undermine recent efforts by United States President, Barack Obama, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and if not, will he rule out his Government joining such an alliance at any point in the future?
  • Question Time for 24 June 2014 ( 1h 22′ 57″ )

    1. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister of Conservation: Does he agree with Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Jan Wright, that joint decision-making with the Minister for Energy and Resources on mining the conservation estate undermines the role of the Minister of Conservation as guardian of that estate, and how will he respond to her advice to Parliament that conservation should take precedence?
    2. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "for most New Zealanders an indicator of how well the economy is doing is whether or not they can keep up with the cost of living"; if so, is he satisfied that they currently can?
    3. Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on inequality in New Zealand, and how do recent changes in trends compare to other countries?
    4. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with BERL that "outside of dairy and forestry, export receipts have effectively flatlined since April 2009" and that "The risks inherent in such a narrowing of our export base should be of concern to all"; if not, why not?
    5. Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What announcements has he made about the Māori and Pasifika Trades Training initiative?
    6. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's decisions?
    7. PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister of Housing: What progress has he made with local government in securing Housing Accords under the legislation passed last year, and how are they increasing the supply and affordability of housing?
    8. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What was the original forecast cost for Health Benefits Limited and what is the revised forecast cost now, if any?
    9. MAGGIE BARRY to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made on the Government's $359 million investment to raise student achievement?
    10. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery: How much has the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority spent on legal fees in the last 3 years?
    11. DENIS O'ROURKE to the Minister of Transport: When will the Government provide a comprehensive and integrated land transport plan for New Zealand?
    12. PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Revenue: What is the objective of the Government's recently announced Taxpayer's Simplification Panel?
  • Question Time for 19 June 2014 ( 1h 3′ 4″ )

    1. CLAUDETTE HAUITI to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on progress in building a growing economy that can support more jobs and higher incomes for New Zealanders?
    2. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Is he concerned about rising inequality in New Zealand?
    3. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Commerce: Has he received any reports on anti-competitive behaviour in the banking sector?
    4. Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Health: What progress is being made on the Christchurch Hospitals' redevelopment?
    5. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Which of the statements, if any, by NZIER chief economist, Shamubeel Eaqub does he agree with most: that interest rate rises will punish the provinces, that "one of the biggest issues of this generation is the widening gap between the haves and have-nots", or that "The gaps opening up in New Zealand are really big across geographical, race and education lines"?
    6. KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister for Social Development: Does she agree with Professor Jonathan Boston that there are New Zealand children living in "houses that don't have heating, in caravans that don't have running water, and in families that simply don't have enough food of the right kind every day"; if so, will she guarantee these children have immediate access to the State support they need?
    7. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister for Economic Development: On how many occasions has he discussed the current pay negotiations for Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment staff with the Chief Executive of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, and on what dates did those discussions take place?
    8. IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Primary Industries: What recent announcement has he made regarding the biocontainment facility at Wallaceville?
    9. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his answers to Oral Question No. 7 yesterday?
    10. JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Transport: Does the draft Government Policy Statement on transport funding identify any funding for the Auckland City Rail Link in the transport budget over the next decade?
    11. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Is she satisfied that schools receive sufficient funding to deliver the New Zealand Curriculum; if so, why?
    12. Hon PHIL HEATLEY to the Minister for Senior Citizens: What recent reports has she released relating to enduring powers of attorney?
  • Question Time for 18 June 2014 ( 1h 2′ 26″ )

    1. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his reported statement that "if New Zealanders saved more, the money could go into the productive sector and fund new companies and investments"?
    2. PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on progress New Zealand is making in improving its external trade and investment position with the rest of the world?
    3. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister for Economic Development: Did he meet with the Chief Executive of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment on 4 June 2014, and if so did he discuss with him the pay negotiations that were underway with MBIE staff?
    4. MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Social Development: What recent announcements has she made about campaigns to prevent sexual violence amongst young people?
    5. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he stand by all his decisions?
    6. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Science and Innovation: What announcements has he made on the Christchurch Innovation Precinct?
    7. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What concerns, if any, has he expressed regarding the progress Health Benefits Ltd has made towards obtaining the $700 million of "savings" which he required them to obtain in September 2012?
    8. SHANE ARDERN to the Minister of Health: What recent investments has the Government made in health services for the Bay of Plenty?
    9. TRACEY MARTIN to the Minister of Education: How much public money has been spent on land and other physical assets for Partnership schools up to 31 March 2014?
    10. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Conservation: What steps has the Government taken to improve marine protection, particularly in respect of dolphins?
    11. Dr MEGAN WOODS to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: How many secondary schools currently receive Adult and Community Education funding compared to the 212 secondary schools in 2009 when the funding was cut?
    12. JAN LOGIE to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by her statement in relation to sexual and domestic violence that "it is actually about services on the ground that are able to address it"?
  • Question Time for 17 June 2014 ( 53′ 54″ )

    1. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's policies?
    2. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement relating to an increased level of household saving that it "is a necessary foundation for more sustainable growth in the medium and longer terms"?
    3. Hon KATE WILKINSON to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received about the outlook for the New Zealand economy?
    4. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Immigration: Is he satisfied with the current immigration policy settings?
    5. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by the Cost to the Crown of the Canterbury Rebuild presented in Budget 2014?
    6. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Transport: What recent announcements has he made on funding for transport?
    7. SUE MORONEY to the Minister for Social Development: Will she agree to establish a cross-party taskforce to address the rates of child abuse and domestic violence in New Zealand as described in The People's Report: The People's Inquiry into Addressing Child Abuse and Domestic Violence?
    8. JAN LOGIE to the Minister for Social Development: Will she support a Child Poverty Act that sets out targets and measures for eliminating child poverty as recommended by the Tick4kids campaign; if not, why not?
    9. MARK MITCHELL to the Minister for Economic Development: What announcements has he made about the future direction of the Government's Business Growth Agenda?
    10. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he agree with the Minister of Finance that workers "have a right to expect to see some of the benefits" of growth in the economy?
    11. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Consumer Affairs: How will consumers benefit from the improvements to consumer law that come into effect today?
    12. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Housing: Will New Zealand return to its historic average levels of house prices to incomes and house prices to rents under his Government's housing policies; if so, how long will it take for this to occur?
  • Question Time for 29 May 2014 ( 1h 6′ 21″ )

    1. MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Finance: What measures did Budget 2014 include to support children and families, as part of the Government's wider programme to build a more productive and competitive economy?
    2. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Productivity Commission regarding consumer prices that "when judged against average expenditure, the price level in New Zealand appears relatively high"?
    3. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Is he confident that ordinary New Zealanders are being treated fairly under the emissions trading scheme?
    4. SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Transport: What announcements did the Government make in Budget 2014 regarding investment in Auckland transport infrastructure?
    5. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Housing: How many homes have been built in the Special Housing Areas as a result of the Auckland Housing Accord, and now have people living in them?
    6. SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Justice: What recent announcements has the Government made for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner?
    7. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister of Housing: What steps is the Government taking to grow the community housing sector to achieve the target of 20 percent of social housing by 2018?
    8. Hon MARYAN STREET to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What was the problem that needed to be fixed when he proposed to reduce the size of University Councils in the Education Amendment Bill (No. 2)?
    9. IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Primary Industries: What reports has he received on the economic impacts of the Primary Growth Partnership?
    10. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Justice: Does she agree with Suzanne Snively from Transparency International that there is "an awful lot of complacency" about corruption in New Zealand?
    11. Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Has he asked for any advice on the potential profit made by companies, which were given free New Zealand units under industrial allocations in the emissions trading scheme, submitting cheaper offshore units instead to meet their liabilities; if so, what was it?
    12. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister for the Environment: What recent announcements has she made about funding to support implementation of the EEZ legislation?
  • Question Time for 28 May 2014 ( 1h 24′ 36″ )

    1. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he still stand by his statement, "there's no fundamental underlying reasons to believe there's a problem in our housing market"; if so, has his Government done enough to assist people into their own home?
    2. Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister of Finance: Over the past six Budgets, has the Government made the tax system fairer for households and businesses; if so, how?
    3. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Is he aware of any ongoing fiscal risks to the Crown resulting from the operation of the emissions trading scheme?
    4. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree that Scenario 2 in the Budget 2014 Economic and Fiscal Update, which is based on net migration being over 40,000 people, forecasts higher interest rates, increased housing demand, higher inflation, more household dis-savings, and that "… additional consumption is funded through increasing levels of household debt and this constrains consumption growth further as debt servicing costs increase"?
    5. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Science and Innovation: What recent announcements has he made about the future direction of investment in science and innovation in New Zealand?
    6. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Education: What action will she take to tackle the problem of children coming and going at decile one schools at a rate equivalent to half those schools' rolls, as the Child Poverty Action group found in their latest report?
    7. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: Is he satisfied that the Government's policies have contributed to fair employment outcomes?
    8. COLIN KING to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements have been made on the Government's investment in early childhood education?
    9. ANDREW LITTLE to the Minister of Labour: What new measures, if any, is he considering that will lift pay rates so that all wage and salary earners share in a growing economy?
    10. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
    11. CLAUDETTE HAUITI to the Associate Minister of Health: What recent announcements has she made to support increased immunisation?
    12. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: What specific initiatives, if any, can he point to in Vote Labour in Budget 2014 that will help raise the wages of low income and insecure New Zealand workers?
  • Question time for 27 May 2014 ( 1h 7′ 50″ )

    Questions to Ministers

    1. TRACEY MARTIN to the Minister of Immigration: What is the Government doing to reduce the inflow of immigrants?
    2. Hon KATE WILKINSON to the Minister of Finance: How is Budget 2014, as part of the Government's wider economic programme, helping New Zealanders to get ahead?
    3. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
    4. MIKE SABIN to the Minister of Police: What steps is the Government taking to reduce the harm caused by methamphetamine in New Zealand?
    5. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
    6. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Housing: Does he stand by his statement that a register of foreign ownership "would be a waste of money"?
    7. SHANE ARDERN to the Minister of Health: What investment is the Government making in Budget 2014 to improve cancer services?
    8. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister responsible for Novopay: Does he stand by his statement with regards to Novopay, "I want to see within three months a situation where, as much as possible, workloads from administrators are back to where they were before this thing started"; if so, when did he make that statement?
    9. Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: How is the Government lifting the skill levels of New Zealanders to lift productivity and deliver higher economic growth?
    10. Dr RAJEN PRASAD to the Associate Minister of Immigration: Is she satisfied with all aspects of her decision on Sanil Kumar?
    11. SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Immigration: What steps has the Government taken to encourage better outcomes for migrants?
    12. Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: What is his response to comments by former New Zealand climate ambassador, Dr Adrian Macey, that the New Zealand emissions trading scheme has led in the "opposite direction to that of the intended policy, and is most likely to delay New Zealand's transition to a low-carbon economy"?
  • Question Time for 22 May 2014 ( 1h 39″ )

    1. SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Finance: How does Budget 2014 contribute to building a more productive and competitive economy through the Government's Business Growth Agenda?
    2. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his statements?
    3. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: Does he agree with the Mayor of Clutha district that the loss of the 180 jobs in the wood processing industry is a "hammer blow" to the region?
    4. Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Health: What investment is the Government making in Budget 2014 to improve health outcomes for children?
    5. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: Was a staff member from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet present at the briefing on Operation Debut held on 14 December 2011; if so, was that same person present at his meeting with Simon Murdoch and Ian Fletcher on the 12th of December 2011?
    6. COLIN KING to the Minister of Education: How will Budget 2014 continue to support schools?
    7. BRENDAN HORAN to the Minister of Labour: What measures is the Government taking to address the problems of bullying discrimination and harassment occurring in New Zealand workplaces?
    8. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister of Police: Does she stand by her statement in relation to Budget 2014 that "The Police's core operating spending is being maintained"?
    9. JOANNE HAYES to the Minister of Tourism: What recent investments has this Government made to grow the tourism sector in New Zealand?
    10. IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY to the Minister for ACC: Why did Cabinet not approve ACC's recommended levy reductions for 2014/15?
    11. DENISE ROCHE to the Minister for the Environment: Why is she continuing to consult on product stewardship schemes instead of implementing mandatory schemes now?
    12. CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister of Immigration: What recent announcements has he made to help combat the exploitation of migrant workers helping on the Canterbury rebuild?