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Question Time for 16 June 2016

  1. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he agree with the statement from the Chair of the PHO Alliance who said of Budget 2016, "Primary care cannot deliver essential new models of care within existing and reducing financial resources"; if not, why not?
  2. NUK KORAKO to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the economy?
  3. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Justice: Does she stand by all her statements on the Teina Pora settlement; if so, why?
  4. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his statements?
  5. Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Science and Innovation: What is the Government doing to help New Zealand companies be part of the global space economy?
  6. Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does she agree with the UN Secretary-General that we need to bring the Paris Climate Agreement into force this year; if so, will she seek to ratify the agreement before the UN ratification event in September?
  7. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Social Housing: Does she stand by all her statements?
  8. TRACEY MARTIN to the Minister of Broadcasting: Has the Government had any involvement in the rumoured merger between TVNZ and MediaWorks; if so, why?
  9. TODD MULLER to the Minister of Education: What is the Government doing to help schools make the best use of teacher aides?
  10. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: What is the estimated number of families who are recipients of the Parents as First Teachers programme who will no longer have access to support when the programme is cut in September 2016?
  11. JAN LOGIE to the Minister for Social Development: When she said that emergency accommodation motel debt could be forgiven "where there's a genuine reason that they've suddenly found themselves in a crisis situation", what did she mean by that genuine reason or crisis situation?
  12. PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister for Seniors: How has World Elder Abuse Awareness Day drawn attention to the problem of elder abuse and social isolation in New Zealand?

Question Time for 15 June 2016

  1. CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the outlook for the New Zealand economy?
  2. JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers?
  3. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "I expect high standards from my Ministers and I hope they maintain those standards … if they don't, then obviously I will take action if necessary"?
  4. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Immigration: What recent announcements has the Government made to support refugees?
  5. DENISE ROCHE to the Minister of Immigration: Does he stand by his statement that "we take our international humanitarian obligations and responsibilities seriously", given that the Government will not make any permanent increase to the refugee quota for another two years, at a time when we are facing the biggest refugee crisis since World War Two?
  6. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Social Housing: What time and date was she first aware that her staff member had released or was going to release information about a Police investigation into Te Puea Marae Chairman, Hurimoana Dennis?
  7. DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister of Revenue: Does he think the tax system for New Zealand businesses is fair and equitable?
  8. Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Education: What reports has she received on the final NCEA results?
  9. CARMEL SEPULONI to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by all her statements?
  10. TODD BARCLAY to the Minister for the Environment: What steps is the Government taking to reduce the risk of New Zealanders being exposed to asbestos-containing products?
  11. DENIS O'ROURKE to the Minister of Transport: Will the Civil Aviation Authority reduce its charges to its general aviation customers for the 2016-17 year?
  12. STUART NASH to the Minister of Police: Does she believe the Police have sufficient resources to deliver on the community's expectations around law and order?

Question Time for 14 June 2016

  1. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his and his Ministers' statements in relation to housing?
  2. JONO NAYLOR to the Minister of Finance: What steps is the Government taking to increase surpluses and start repaying debt?
  3. JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he still stand by all his Government's policies after eight years?
  4. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Is the Government investing enough in health, given the health expenditure data he supplied to media last week shows health funding increases failing to keep up with cost pressures in 2016/17, 2015/16, and the year before that, and the year before that, and the year before that?
  5. ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm that the Government is investing $39 million over four years to begin to roll out a national bowel screening programme?
  6. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements; and if so, how?
  7. SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister for the Environment: What does the latest monitoring report on the Resource Management Act 1991 say about the number of late consents and the time it takes for new plans to be completed?
  8. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Reserve Bank Governor that concerns about the stability of the financial system are rising as a result of rising house prices in Auckland and other regions?
  9. Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister of Corrections: What additional support is Corrections planning to offer offenders with mental health needs?
  10. JAN LOGIE to the Minister for Social Housing: Are the Government's social housing changes providing a "fairer and more efficient" assessment of people's housing needs when Sister Anne Hurley of the Sisters of Mercy says that "state houses in Wiri were now changing hands every few months as successive tenants were evicted"?
  11. JENNY SALESA to the Minister of Education: Does she take any responsibility for the poor education that Hon Dr Nick Smith says is partly to blame for falling rates of Māori and Pasifika home ownership?
  12. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made to celebrate the very best in teaching and leadership?

The Week In Parliament for 12 June 2016

7:30 AM.The week in Parliament with Tom Frewen

Question Time for 9 June 2016

  1. RON MARK to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement on the defence budget made in the House on Thursday, 2 June; if so, how?
  2. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his statements?
  3. STUART SMITH to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the outlook for the economy?
  4. MARAMA FOX to the Minister for Social Housing: What assistance, if any, will be provided to marae like Te Puea, who in an expression of manaakitanga are supporting homeless whānau?
  5. Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development: What is his current best estimate of the financial liability that the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's use of the AMS payroll system has generated for the Ministry as a result of issues with its compliance with the Holidays Act 2003, since its use was approved in 2012?
  6. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Transport: How is the Government supporting the increased uptake of public transport in Auckland?
  7. Dr MEGAN WOODS to the Minister responsible for the Earthquake Commission: On what date was he first advised that EQC would be increasing the estimate of liabilities left to pay, as at June 2016, from $262 million to $1.9 billion and what amount of this increase is attributed to second-time repairs and reopened claims?
  8. ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm that Budget 2016 invests an extra $124 million over four years to provide more New Zealanders with access to new medicines?
  9. JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's policies?
  10. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage: What arts organisations will have their support cut or reduced by Creative New Zealand as a result of their funding forecast $11 million drop in funding from the Lottery Grants Board in the last two years?
  11. IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Primary Industries: How will Budget 2016 support the eradication of bovine tuberculosis?
  12. RIA BOND to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his statement that "New Zealand is now one of the few countries in the OECD to have a target and a comprehensive plan to tackle childhood obesity", regarding the launch of the Childhood Obesity Plan?

Question Time for 8 June 2016

  1. JAMES SHAW to the Minister of Transport: Why does his 10-year transport strategy make no mention of New Zealand's long-term target to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2050?
  2. CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Finance: How is Budget 2016 building on the Government's programme of Social Investment to deliver better long-term results for New Zealanders?
  3. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in relation to the SkyCity convention centre deal, "it's 1,000 jobs to build it", given steelmaking and fitting work has gone to a Thai company at the cost of 100 jobs?
  4. MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Defence: What recent announcements has the Government made about funding for New Zealand's defence and security?
  5. RON MARK to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers?
  6. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that "I'd expect the financial system to take account of the inherent risk of rapidly rising house prices. Particularly the buyers. The buyers need to pay attention to the fact that interest rates will inevitably rise even if in the next couple of years they can't see that happening quickly. The debt related to mortgages lasts a long time"?
  7. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Health: What progress is being made on encouraging primary schools to adopt the Health Promoting Schools programme?
  8. KEVIN HAGUE to the Associate Minister of Health: Will he now use his power under section 32 of the Public Health and Disability Act 2000 to direct Capital and Coast District Health Board to initiate the transitional support plan for Ashley Peacock, which recommends a pathway to a community placement, immediately; if not, why not?
  9. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Social Housing: Does she stand by her statement that her advice to the Prime Minister about the Salvation Army's visit to Bruce Pulman Park "was not sufficiently clear"; if so, why did she and her office release the same misinformation to the media?
  10. BRETT HUDSON to the Minister for Communications: What recent announcements has she made on the progress of the Rural Broadband Initiative?
  11. STUART NASH to the Minister of Police: Does she believe that having Police on the road has a role in road safety, given her recent statement, "There will be fewer police officers on the road"?
  12. ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: What steps is the Government taking to better protect consumers and promote competition?

Question Time for 7 June 2016

  1. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements on housing?
  2. JAMES SHAW to the Minister of Tourism: What advice has he received about the risks to the tourism sector from pollution in New Zealand's rivers and lakes?
  3. BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister of Finance: How is the Government's investment in public infrastructure in Budget 2016 helping to build a stronger, more productive economy and deliver better public services?
  4. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements; if so, how?
  5. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Associate Minister of Health: What advice, if any, has he received on the financial viability of the home and community support sector for older New Zealanders?
  6. IAN McKELVIE to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made about special education?
  7. EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister of Finance: Does he still believe that the fiscal risk associated with sea level rise is "a bit speculative", given the damage surging seas inflicted on coastal properties in Australia this weekend?
  8. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that "one aspect of macro-prudential tools is that they can have unintended consequences"; if so, what does he think would be the likely unintended consequences of debt-to-income ratio restrictions for mortgage lending?
  9. TIM MACINDOE to the Associate Minister of Education: What recent announcements has the Government made about investment in education infrastructure?
  10. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Social Housing: Was she responsible for the advice to the Prime Minister that Ministry of Social Development officials accompanied the Salvation Army to visit homeless people in South Auckland's Bruce Pulman Park?
  11. MAUREEN PUGH to the Minister for the Environment: What progress is the Government making on cleaning up contaminated sites and what new projects have been announced since Budget 2016?
  12. TRACEY MARTIN to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What reports has he seen on the pass rates for international students at Whitireia Community Polytechnic?

Question Time for 2 June 2016

  1. JONO NAYLOR to the Minister of Finance: What is Treasury's latest forecast for economic growth, as set out in the 2016 Budget Economic and Fiscal Update?
  2. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his statements?
  3. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Transport: Is he satisfied that the New Zealand Transport Agency funding in Northland is adequate to cover the cost for the Brynderwyn Hills road improvements?
  4. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the statement in the Budget Economic and Fiscal Update that "growth in average income (or output) per person (i.e. GDP per capita) is what matters for achieving higher material living standards"?
  5. JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister for Building and Housing: What specific new requirements for councils are proposed in the National Policy Statement on Urban Development capacity and how will these support the Government's long-term work on improving housing supply and affordability?
  6. DAVID CLENDON to the Minister of Corrections: Does she take responsibility for the additional $41 million above baseline funding that has been earmarked for prisons in response to the rising prison population?
  7. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: In light of his claim the Government has been systematically dismantling the urban limit, does his proposed National Policy Statement on Urban Development abolish Auckland's urban growth limit?
  8. Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister of Science and Innovation: What new investment does Budget 2016 make in science and innovation?
  9. Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does the Government intend to present the Paris Climate Change Agreement to Parliament and ratify it before the end of 2016?
  10. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Police: What recent successes has Police had in targeting drug dealing?
  11. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: In light of its report on Silver Fern Farms, does he believe the Financial Markets Authority is performing its function well as a "risk-based conduct regulator" promoting and facilitating "the development of fair, efficient and transparent financial markets"; if so, how?
  12. KELVIN DAVIS to the Minister of Corrections: Does she have confidence in the Chief Executive of the Department of Corrections?

Question Time for 1 June 2016

 

  1. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in the Minister for Building and Housing's ability to ensure there is sufficient building supply to meet demand, given Statistics New Zealand says Auckland building consents in April were down 23 percent compared with last year?
  2. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: How is the economy helping to deliver more jobs and higher wages for New Zealand families, particularly given Budget 2016's focus on supporting a growing economy?
  3. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Will funding for mental health services in 2016/17 meet all demand-driven cost pressures?
  4. Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister for Building and Housing: What reports has he received on the building boom spreading beyond Auckland and Christchurch?
  5. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement in Question Time yesterday with respect to average wages, "we do not promise some specific level of income"?
  6. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in the Associate Minister of Health, the Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga; if so, why?
  7. MATT DOOCEY to the Minister for Social Development: How will Budget 2016 support the care and protection of young vulnerable New Zealanders?
  8. STUART NASH to the Minister of Police: Does she believe that the 9.3 percent resolution rate for burglaries last year is acceptable and meets the expectations of the community?
  9. BRETT HUDSON to the Minister of Justice: What recent announcements has she made relating to the Harmful Digital Communications Act 2015?
  10. KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Conservation: How will the Department of Conservation fund the annual Cook Strait whale survey this year, now that its contract with OMV has ended?
  11. PEENI HENARE to the Minister for Social Housing: How much financial assistance, if any, has the Ministry of Social Development given to Te Puea Marae to house the homeless?
  12. PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Associate Minister of Health: What recent announcements has he made on standardised packaging of tobacco?

Question Time for 31 May 2016

  1. NUK KORAKO to the Minister of Finance: What do Treasury's Budget 2016 forecasts show about the outlook for the economy, and how does this translate into more jobs and higher wages for New Zealanders?
  2. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in his Minister for Building and Housing given that, since 2013, the number of owner-occupied homes has fallen by 7,000 while the number of rentals has increased by 14,000?
  3. IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Economic Development: How will Budget 2016 encourage innovation, skills, and economic growth?
  4. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Is it correct that table 1.1 of the 2016 Budget Economic and Fiscal Update shows inflation rising faster than nominal wages in the next two financial years?
  5. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Finance: He aha ngā tono Pūtea Tahua a Te Minita Hanga Whare, Whakawhiwhi Whare, a Te Minita Pāpori Take Whare me Te Minita Take Monī ki a ia mō Te Pūtea Tahua o te tau 2016, e pā ana kī ngā raruraru mō te whiwhi whare?
    • Translation: What Budget bids did the Minister for Building and Housing, the Minister for Social Housing, and the Minister of Revenue make to him for Budget 2016, in relation to housing issues?
  6. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Associate Minister Health: What is the real purpose behind his statements and legislation regarding tobacco product sales in New Zealand?
  7. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he support abolishing Auckland's urban growth boundary and replacing it with a smarter way of managing urban growth that includes bond-financing infrastructure; if not, why not?
  8. MAUREEN PUGH to the Minister of Health: How will Budget 2016 continue to support greater access to health services, like the 26 percent rise in specialist appointments over the past six years?
  9. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he still stand by his statement, "Let me be clear: there is no room for separatism in New Zealand"; if so, how?
  10. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: When she accepted some responsibility for Hon Bill English's statement that a lot of Kiwis are "pretty damned hopeless" and "can't read and write properly", was she referring to the findings of a survey that just 14 percent of secondary principals thought their school's government funding was sufficient?
  11. Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Education: What recent announcement has she made that demonstrates the Government's commitment to investing in educational achievement?
  12. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister for the Environment: What advice, if any, has he received on the economic, cultural, health, or environmental benefits of making rivers safe for swimming?

Question Time for 25 May 2016

  1. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he still stand by all his statements; if so, why?
  2. JOANNE HAYES to the Minister of Finance: What steps is the Government taking in Budget 2016 to deliver better public services – particularly for the most vulnerable New Zealanders?
  3. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statements with regard to housing that "we take responsibility; we need to do a better job of it", and "we need to do more"?
  4. DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with all of this Government's spending choices?
  5. Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister of Science and Innovation: What new investment is the Government making in health research?
  6. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What dollar increase in core Crown health expenditure is required to meet all demographic and inflationary cost pressures in 2016/17?
  7. SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Health: What progress has been made towards achieving the Government's national health targets?
  8. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Tū ai a ia i runga i te mana o āna korero katoa?
    • Translation: Does he stand by all his statements?
  9. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Why has he brought forward spending previously earmarked for Budget 2017 into Budget 2016?
  10. MELISSA LEE to the Minister for ACC: What initiatives are being delivered to reduce the number of people injured in New Zealand?
  11. JAMES SHAW to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Did she make a bid for Budget 2016 to cancel Government-held carbon credits to compensate for the past use of "dubious" credits, in order to meet New Zealand's climate commitments?
  12. RINO TIRIKATENE to the Minister for Primary Industries: Was he aware in 2013 of the pervasive illegal dumping of fish from inshore trawlers, as documented in the MPI reports on Operation Achilles and Operation Hippocamp?

Question Time for 24 May 2016

2:00 PM.Question Time for 24 May 2016.

Question Time for 12 May 2016

  1. JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Revenue: Would greater disclosure requirements in our foreign trust regime reduce the potential use of foreign trusts for tax evasion and money laundering?
  2. MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the outlook for the New Zealand economy in the lead up to Budget 2016?
  3. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What advice, if any, has he received on cost pressures facing community health providers because of underfunding?
  4. DARROCH BALL to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by all her statements?
  5. SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Transport: What recent announcements has he made regarding the Government's commitment to improving the road link between Auckland, Coromandel, and the Western Bay of Plenty?
  6. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does the Government plan to introduce new policies to reverse the decline in home ownership; if so, how long will it take to reverse it?
  7. RICHARD PROSSER to the Minister for Primary Industries: What further advice does he intend to provide to New Zealand farmers on the Government's ongoing response to the invasive pest plant velvet leaf, otherwise known as China jute, butter print, and Indian mallow?
  8. STUART SMITH to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: How is the Government ensuring overseas-based New Zealanders repay their student loans?
  9. STUART NASH to the Minister of Police: What criteria do Police use to decide whether or not to respond to a call from the public about a crime that has been committed or is being committed?
  10. BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister for Disability Issues: How is the Government continuing to support, promote, and maintain New Zealand Sign Language?
  11. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister for Land Information: Does she stand by all her statements regarding Land Information New Zealand and the Overseas Investment Office?
  12. SARAH DOWIE to the Minister of Conservation: What announcements has she made on a response to the threat posed by pests to our native wildlife?

Question Time for 11 May 2016

  1. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the resilience of the New Zealand financial system?
  2. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statements in the House yesterday?
  3. JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  4. Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister for Building and Housing: What reports has he received on the number of properties bought and sold by those with tax residency overseas and how do they compare with previous reports?
  5. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Will his expectation stated in Budget 2015 that unemployment would drop below 5 percent in 2016 be met; if not, why not?
  6. RON MARK to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  7. MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Land Information: What did the data, released by Land Information New Zealand, in the Property Transfers and Tax Residency report indicate regarding the tax residency of those buying and selling property in New Zealand?
  8. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he stand by his statement in relation to data showing that 1,694 houses were sold into foreign ownership, excluding any bought via trusts or companies, that "the numbers are so small"?
  9. JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Revenue: Does he agree with the Prime Minister, who said the disclosure and reporting requirements for foreign trusts under IR607 were "extremely broad and deep"?
  10. DENIS O'ROURKE to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he stand by his statement concerning off-shore buyers pushing up Auckland house prices, "The easiest trick in the book is to create a scapegoat that it's these foreigners that are a problem"?
  11. Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made that will increase support to students with special needs?
  12. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Why does she accept some responsibility as Minster of Education for Hon Bill English's statement that a lot of Kiwis are "pretty damned hopeless" and "they can't read and write properly"?

Question Time for 10 May 2016

  1. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement, "There's actually quite legitimate business in New Zealand for servicing foreign trusts"?
  2. JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  3. ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on the state of the Crown accounts ahead of Budget 2016?
  4. RON MARK to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  5. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Social Housing: What support will Budget 2016 provide for people in need of emergency housing?
  6. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What is the total amount of efficiencies since 2011/12 made by the 20 district health boards and how much have they made for the February year to date?
  7. JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Revenue: Does he stand by his statement, "these are the facts: there is no tax avoidance or evasion in New Zealand in respect of foreign trusts … There is no wealth hidden in New Zealand with these foreign trusts"?
  8. MAUREEN PUGH to the Minister for Communications: What recent announcements has she made on progress of the Government's Ultra-Fast Broadband programme?
  9. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement made in Budget 2015 that "the unemployment rate is expected to fall below 5% in 2016"?
  10. BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made on Communities of Learning?
  11. Dr MEGAN WOODS to the Minister responsible for the Earthquake Commission: Has EQC's position that it will reinstate earthquake damage to a condition substantially the same as "when new" been applied to every home repaired in the Canterbury Home Repair Programme; if so, why does the EQC customer guide state that customers' homes will be returned to a "pre-earthquake state"?
  12. MAHESH BINDRA to the Minister of Corrections: Does she have confidence in the Department of Corrections' ability to keep both staff and prisoners safe?

Question Time for 5 May 2016

  1. RON MARK to the Minister for Land Information: Why is her Government planning to hike Overseas Investment Office application fees?
  2. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister of Finance: What steps has the Government taken to deliver Better Public Services to support New Zealand families?
  3. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Will core Crown health expenditure in 2016/17 meet all health demographic and inflationary cost pressures; if not, why not?
  4. JAMES SHAW to the Minister of Revenue: How many times did the Minister meet with representatives from the foreign trust industry between 27 November 2014 and 14 May 2015, and what other stakeholders did he meet with during that time period to discuss foreign trusts?
  5. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister responsible for HNZC: Does he have confidence in Housing New Zealand's handling of procurement and conflict of interest issues in light of the Auditor-General's report into the contracting of Andrew Body Ltd to advise on the sale of state housing?
  6. JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister for Building and Housing: What does the latest data show about the growth in residential construction in Auckland?
  7. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she agree with Hon Bill English that a lot of Kiwis are "pretty damned hopeless" and "they can't read and write properly"; if so, does she accept any responsibility as Minister of Education?
  8. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Will he, or a Cabinet Minister on his behalf, meet with senior church leader and human rights defender Reverend Socratez Yoman from West Papua next week at Parliament when he visits; if not, why not?
  9. MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Immigration: What recent announcements has he made to help attract entrepreneurs to New Zealand?
  10. RON MARK to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  11. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage: What announcements has she made on funding for regional cultural facilities?
  12. JENNY SALESA to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: Is he confident in his oversight of the tertiary education sector, given that over the next five years there is estimated to be a 58 percent shortfall in the number of plumbers required in Auckland alone?

Question Time for 4 May 2016

  1. BRETT HUDSON to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the New Zealand economy?
  2. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  3. JAMES SHAW to the Minister of Revenue: Will he follow the lead of the Australian Government and introduce new measures in the upcoming Budget to ensure multinational corporations pay their fair share of tax?
  4. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: How many times has he met with the Minister of Finance, if any, over the past two months, for the purpose of discussing Vote Health funding for Budget 2016?
  5. SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm that the Government is providing more New Zealanders with access to new medicines?
  6. DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he stand by his statement, "If you look at the Massey University Housing Affordability Index, independently produced by that university, actually housing affordability in Auckland and every other market in New Zealand is actually more affordable now than when National came to Government"; if so, what would the Massey University Housing Affordability Index rating be if interest rates returned to the same level as they were in 2008?
  7. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Education: What reports has she received that celebrate exceptional NCEA achievement?
  8. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he stand by his reported statement that the housing crisis is a media beat-up?
  9. EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for Primary Industries: How does increasing the amount of irrigated land by 400,000 ha in the next 15 years, as the Ministry for Primary Industries is considering, fit with the Ministry's goal of "sustainable resource use", when irrigation and agricultural intensification cause declining water quality?
  10. 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 is the cost of primary and secondary education rising at almost 10 times the rate of inflation?
  11. TRACEY MARTIN to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: Does he have confidence in the tertiary education sector?
  12. MAUREEN PUGH to the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector: What recent announcements has she made regarding support for social enterprise and community leadership groups?

Question Time for 3 May 2016

  1. JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: On what dates did he discuss with the Minister of Revenue his conversation with Ken Whitney on foreign trusts, and what specifically did he say to the Minister?
  2. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement on 11 November 2015 regarding Silver Fern Farms, "The parties to the deal have every incentive to ensure that it is a good deal, and actually, every incentive to ensure that it is lawful"?
  3. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Why, on 13 April, when he told reporters that he had been approached by someone in the foreign trusts industry who was concerned that the rules for trusts were about to be tightened, did he not reveal that person was his personal lawyer?
  4. SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received indicating continuing economic growth in 2016, low inflation for New Zealand households, and increased business activity?
  5. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that we are "on the cusp of something special" given the median Auckland house price has risen by $100,000 since January?
  6. Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister for Primary Industries: What reports has he received on growth in horticulture exports?
  7. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Revenue: Why was the review of foreign trusts proposed by IRD in 2014 not undertaken?
  8. DENIS O'ROURKE to the Minister of Transport: Is the Government committed in the long term to a sustainable railway network for New Zealand?
  9. Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister of Transport: What steps has the Government made on strengthening New Zealand's air links with India?
  10. GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he stand by his statement that Genesis Energy's decision to stop burning coal at Huntly is "a sign of the times and reflects the growth of New Zealand's world-leading renewable energy industry"?
  11. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Justice: What recent announcements has she made on the social investment approach to Justice?
  12. JACINDA ARDERN to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in the Minister of Building and Housing in light of the Commissioner for Children's criticism that the Government's Bill on rental standards "will do little for children living in cold, damp, mouldy housing"?

 

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?
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