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Question Time for 29 July 2015

Questions to Ministers

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

Question Time for 28 July 2015

 

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

Question Time for 23 July 2015

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

Question Time for 22 July 2015

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

Questions to Members

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

Question Time for 21 July 2015

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

Question Time for 2 July 2015

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

Question Time for 1 July 2015

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

Question Time for 30 June 2015

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

Question Time for 25 June 2015

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

Question Time for 24 June 2015

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

Question Time for 23 June 2015

  1. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister for Māori Development: Does he stand by all his statements?
  2. CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making in helping reduce New Zealand's external debt position?
  3. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in his Minister for Building and Housing given that, since he became responsible for housing, the average Auckland house price has risen by $221,000, which works out at over $250 a day?
  4. JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers?
  5. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement regarding refugee numbers that "it's not 750, and I think it's 3000 or 4000 off the top of my head"?
  6. IAN McKELVIE to the Minister of Civil Defence: What support is the Government providing to communities affected by the severe storm and flooding event of 18 to 21 June?
  7. Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he stand by his statement on who is responsible for the spending at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment: "Well, the Minister responsible for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is me"?
  8. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister for the Environment: Does he support the continued Landcorp conversion from forestry to dairy despite the impact dairy farming has on freshwater quality, and the ongoing loss of forest as a carbon sink?
  9. FLETCHER TABUTEAU to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  10. Hon JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister for Communications: Can she provide an update on the build programme for the first stage of the Ultra-Fast Broadband initiative?
  11. IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Does he stand by his statement that "What will improve our health and safety record is changes in behaviour and attitude, and that is what I am promoting"?
  12. PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Associate Minister for Social Development: What update can she provide about the Government's welfare fraud reform initiatives?

Question Time for 18 June 2015

1. Economy—Reports

DAVID BENNETT (National—Hamilton East) to the Minister of Finance

18 Jun 15

2. Finance, Minister—Statements

GRANT ROBERTSON (Labour—Wellington Central) to the Minister of Finance

18 Jun 15

3. Emissions Trading Scheme—Effectiveness

GARETH HUGHES (Green) to the Minister for Climate Change Issues

18 Jun 15

4. International Students—Enrolments

JONATHAN YOUNG (National—New Plymouth) to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment

18 Jun 15

5. Building and Housing, Minister—Statements

PHIL TWYFORD (Labour—Te Atatū) to the Minister for Building and Housing

18 Jun 15

6. Canterbury, Recovery—Housing New Zealand Properties

STUART SMITH (National—Kaikōura) to the Minister for Social Housing

18 Jun 15

7. Cage Diving—Measures to Prevent

CLAYTON MITCHELL (NZ First) to the Minister of Conservation

18 Jun 15

8. Health and Safety, Workplace—Number of Deaths since Pike River Mine Disaster

IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY (Labour—Palmerston North) to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety

18 Jun 15

9. Transport Planning, Auckland—Freight

JAMI-LEE ROSS (National—Botany) to the Minister of Transport

18 Jun 15

10. Immigration—Refugee Quota

DENISE ROCHE (Green) to the Minister of Immigration

18 Jun 15

11. Resource Management Act Reforms—Forestry

BARBARA KURIGER (National—Taranaki - King Country) to the Associate Minister for Primary Industries

18 Jun 15

12. Saudi Arabia—Trade Agreements

Hon DAVID PARKER (Labour) to the Minister of Trade

Question Time for 17 June 2015

  1. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement "what I can say about the Minister for Housing is that he is outstanding"; if so, what has been outstanding about his roll-out of the Government's new Auckland housing policy?
  2. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he stand by all the Prime Minister's statements regarding the electricity market; if so, why?
  3. SARAH DOWIE to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received showing that lower interest rates and a pick-up in construction activity are helping to support growth in the economy?
  4. Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development: Does the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's expenditure of $140,747.66 on a public information screen show it is achieving one of its principal goals of realising efficiency gains over time?
  5. JONO NAYLOR to the Minister for Social Development: What reports has she received on the Government's Youth Service?
  6. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister responsible for HNZC: Does he stand by his statement that "I can commit to all public services involved with these families taking the steps that they ought to take to prevent as tragic an outcome as a death"?
  7. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Minister of Transport: Why has he rejected Auckland City's transport strategy and its proposals to fund that strategy?
  8. IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Primary Industries: What announcements has he made in Budget 2015 that will future-proof New Zealand's biosecurity system?
  9. EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he stand by his statement in regard to the export of swamp kauri, that "we manage it very, very closely"?
  10. CLARE CURRAN to the Minister for Māori Development: When he met with the Chief Executive of Māori Television in May, did he or his office discuss the planned Native Affairs debate on Whānau Ora?
  11. RON MARK to the Minister of Police: Does he believe that the Police are allowed to carry out their duties in a professional manner, and are able to deal with all New Zealanders equally?
  12. SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister for Senior Citizens: What steps is the Government taking to combat elder abuse?

Questions to Members

  1. IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY to the Chairperson of the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee: Does he intend to call for further submissions on the Health and Safety Reform Bill before it is reported back to the House?

Question Time for 16 June 2015

  1. Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received showing how New Zealand's broad-based economic growth is leading most other OECD countries?
  2. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister responsible for HNZC: Does he accept the coroner's finding that the Housing New Zealand home in which Emma-Lita Bourne lived may have contributed to the pneumonia-like illness that Emma-Lita was suffering at the time of her death?
  3. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Is he satisfied with his Minister of Building and Housing's handling of the issue of cold and damp rental properties, in light of his statement that "people dying in winter of pneumonia and other illnesses is not new"?
  4. NUK KORAKO to the Minister of Science and Innovation: How is the Government encouraging the development of innovative new businesses in Canterbury?
  5. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements regarding the Saudi farm deal; if so, why?
  6. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in his Minister of Building and Housing; if so, why?
  7. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Building and Housing: How many new houses have been completed at Hobsonville Point and how many more are now planned with the Government announcement to speed up the development?
  8. Hon NANAIA MAHUTA to the Minister of Education: Does she have confidence in the process undertaken by the Te Kohanga Reo National Trust Board to determine whether they acted in a responsible and accountable manner in their oversight of Te Pataka Ohanga?
  9. PITA PARAONE to the Minister for Māori Development: Has he undertaken any discussions or consultation with any other Ministers regarding surplus Crown land in Auckland, which is the subject of potential legal action by Ngāti Whātua and Waikato-Tainui?
  10. MATT DOOCEY to the Minister of Transport: What updates can he provide on the delivery of the Government's commitment to provide roading infrastructure to support economic growth?
  11. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: What were the names of the "interested Saudi parties" who participated in the evaluation of the tender proposals for the model farm in the Saudi Arabian desert, and how were they related, if at all, to the Al Khalaf Group who received the first $4 million payment referred to in Hon Murray McCully's Cabinet paper dated 13 February 2013?
  12. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does he agree with the findings in the latest Mercer climate investment report that "New Zealand is the most vulnerable of the developed market sovereign bonds, due to a higher proportion of the population living in low-lying areas, as well as a higher dependence of national GDP on the agriculture sector"; if so, why has he not given any advice or information on the economic impacts of climate change to the Minister of Finance in the last 12 months?

Question Time for 4 June 2015

  1. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does he agree that local authorities will face greater adaptation costs and find it more expensive to protect infrastructure and property as the climate changes; if not, why not?
  2. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What recent reports has he received this year on access to rural health services?
  3. ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister of Finance: As part of the Government's wider economic plan, how will Budget 2015 help families and businesses in New Zealand's regions?
  4. PITA PARAONE to the Minister for Māori Development: Does he stand by his statement, "Ngāti Whātua has offered up a number of options to the Crown and we expect the Crown to deal with them in good faith"?
  5. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Did he promise to spend $1 billion on education and $1 billion on health from the Future Investment Fund; if so, is there enough money not yet committed in the Future Investment Fund to keep his promise?
  6. MATT DOOCEY to the Minister for Social Development: How will Budget 2015 help the Government meet its Better Public Services target to reduce the number of people on benefits?
  7. DENISE ROCHE to the Minister of Immigration: Will he increase New Zealand's annual refugee quota from the current 750; if not, why not?
  8. MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Transport: What update can he give on the Government's Pūhoi to Wellsford Road of National Significance?
  9. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: Can he confirm he intends to redesignate land held for transport and education as "land that is held for state housing purposes" so that under section 136 of the Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau Collective Redress Act 2014 he can circumvent the right of iwi to first right of refusal under treaty settlements?
  10. CLAYTON MITCHELL to the Minister of Internal Affairs: Does he stand by all his statements regarding the Fire Service?
  11. MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Education: What recent appointments has she made that will support quality teaching and leadership to deliver high-quality education for New Zealand children?
  12. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for Primary Industries: Is the Customs Export Prohibition (Livestock for Slaughter) Order 2013 still in force and how does it differ, other than as to dates, from the Customs Export Prohibition (Livestock for Slaughter) Order 2010 and the Customs Export Prohibition (Livestock for Slaughter) Order 2007?

Question Time for 3 June 2015

  1. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: When he said that part of the reason for paying $4 million of taxpayer money to a Saudi business was "wanting to resolve the issues that were holding back the Gulf States free-trade agreement"; what were those issues and why did he think paying Hamood Al Ali Al Khalaf's company $4 million would help resolve them?
  2. STUART SMITH to the Minister of Finance: How is the Government's economic plan continuing to support the most vulnerable New Zealanders while at the same time encouraging economic growth?
  3. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister for Senior Citizens: When can my office expect a response to the letter sent to her on 27 May 2015 regarding SuperGold Card concessions?
  4. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: Did he consult Auckland iwi on his plan to use vacant Government-owned land for private housing developments before he made the announcement on 21 May?
  5. Hon JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister of Science and Innovation: How does Budget 2015 support research and innovation in regional areas?
  6. JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his answer to a supplementary question yesterday about carbon emissions that "A target of a 40 percent reduction on 1990 levels would be disastrous for the New Zealand economy"?
  7. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statement that national standards data has been "remarkably consistent"; if so, why?
  8. DENIS O'ROURKE to the Minister of Transport: Does he intend to fully implement the Ten Year Turnaround Plan for KiwiRail announced by Hon Steven Joyce in 2010, to get rail working for all New Zealand, to have all modes of transport working to complement each other, and priced appropriately so importers and exporters have clear choices?
  9. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Local Government: What progress is being made by the Government's Rules Reduction Taskforce?
  10. Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development: Does the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's expenditure of $43,000 on a sign show it is achieving one of its principal goals of realising efficiency gains over time?
  11. Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Acting Attorney-General: Will the terms of reference of the New Zealand security and intelligence review be amended to reflect the views of other legislatures, which are protecting civil liberties, including the United States Congress, which yesterday passed the Freedom Act to end mass collection of American phone records?
  12. BRETT HUDSON to the Minister of Internal Affairs: What recent announcements has he made in regard to New Zealand's Fire Services?

Questions to Members

  1. RIA BOND to the Member in charge of the Social Security (Clothing Allowances for Orphans and Unsupported Children) Amendment Bill: What is the intention of the Social Security (Clothing Allowances for Orphans and Unsupported Children) Amendment Bill?

Question Time for 2 June 2015

  1. JOANNE HAYES to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received about the economy's performance in the lead-up to the Budget last month?
  2. JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  3. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Did he approve of Minister McCully's dealings with the Saudi Arabian businessman Hamood Al Ali Al Khalaf?
  4. Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Health: How will social bonds help deliver better health outcomes?
  5. JAN LOGIE to the Minister of Health: Can he guarantee no NGO that embarks on a social bond contract, in order to assist people with the most complex mental health needs into work, will go under as a result of not meeting agreed targets; if not, why not?
  6. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What advice, if any, did he receive on the "Better Public Services Seed Funding: Social Bonds Pilots"?
  7. DAVID SEYMOUR to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in the House last week that because New Zealand Superannuation costs are currently less than 5 percent of GDP, and are forecast to rise to 8 percent of GDP by 2060, this represents a responsible path for overall Government spending?
  8. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Building and Housing: What response has he received from Auckland Council and housing companies to the Auckland Crown land programme launched on Friday?
  9. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement in Budget 2014 "the share sale proceeds saw $4.7 billion go to the Future Investment Fund and we said we would spend $1 billion of that on schools, and a further $1 billion on health"; if so, as at Budget 2015 how much has been allocated to health and education from the Future Investment Fund?
  10. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Transport: How is the Government supporting the delivery of its Transport priorities?
  11. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements with regard to Northland?
  12. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statement that "the Government is fully funding the delivery of the school curriculum"?

Question Time for 28 May 2015

  1. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by her statement that "this Government is working with a number of service providers to make sure that those clients of Relationships Aotearoa are well looked after"?
  2. NUK KORAKO to the Minister of Finance: How does Budget 2015 continue the Government's plan to deliver better public services?
  3. JAMES SHAW to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Has a full and final settlement been reached with Mr Al Khalaf; if so, what is the total cost to taxpayers?
  4. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Did he seek advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade about whether, using the multimillion dollar payment for the benefit of Hamood Al Ali Al Khalaf – a Saudi Arabian businessman to cause the Saudi Arabian officials to advance the GCC FTA which had stalled, breached the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions?
  5. BRETT HUDSON to the Minister for Communications: How does Budget 2015 continue the Government's commitment to the Ultra-Fast Broadband programme?
  6. CLAYTON MITCHELL to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: What is the status of the Health and Safety Reform Bill, and what feedback has he received on it?
  7. ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Associate Minister for Primary Industries: What recent Government initiatives encourage the planting of forests in New Zealand's regions?
  8. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all the spending commitments made in Budget 2015?
  9. TODD BARCLAY to the Minister of Corrections: What announcements has he made regarding the roll-out of new stab-proof vests to Corrections officers?
  10. EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister of Conservation: What action, if any, is she going to take to prevent Maui's dolphin going extinct by 2029 given new research showing the population has declined from an estimated 55 adult dolphins to an estimated 43 to 47 adult Maui's dolphins?
  11. IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Does he agree with the Prime Minister who said yesterday that the Health and Safety Reform Bill needs more work because "despite what we might say there isn't great divisions, there are just interest in making sure we get it right"?
  12. SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Conservation: How does Budget 2015 help to secure the future of the kiwi?

Question Time for 27 May 2015

  1. DARROCH BALL to the Minister for Social Development: Does she agree with the Minister of Finance when he said of the delivery of social services, "There is no evidence at all that contracting out, as the member calls it, will reduce service provision."?
  2. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in the Minister for Building and Housing, given that the Minister is considering building houses in Auckland on the site of an electrical substation?
  3. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Finance: How does Budget 2015 continue the Government's plan to manage spending and start paying down debt?
  4. MARAMA FOX to the Minister of Local Government: What advice has she received through report back from officials in March this year about Māori participation in local government processes, and what consideration, if any, has been given by her as a result of that advice?
  5. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement, "we would expect to be able to continue to expand the use of user charges"; if so, what further user charges will he introduce?
  6. PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister of Education: How is the Government assisting New Zealand students who need the most support?
  7. Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development: How much smaller in percentage terms is the floor area of the main exhibition hall at the New Zealand International Convention Centre announced yesterday when compared to the 10,000 square metre exhibition space heralded in 2011 when SkyCity became the Government's preferred development partner; and how many fewer exhibitors does such a reduction represent in a "world-class convention centre"?
  8. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: What action is the Government taking to improve the quality of financial advice?
  9. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  10. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Who was paid the first $4 million in respect of the multimillion dollar payments to Saudi Arabian interests referred to in the Cabinet paper of 13 February 2013 he tabled yesterday, and how was the value calculated and split between "intellectual property which the Saudi investor brings to the platform, the services and in-market networks he will contribute" and "the settlement of the long-running dispute"?
  11. IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Land Information: What work is she aware of that has been completed to safeguard New Zealand's historic aerial photo collection?
  12. BARBARA STEWART to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he believe Hong Kong-based He Run International Investment's plan to build a dairy factory in Otorohanga will benefit the Waikato and wider New Zealand dairy industry; if so, why?

Question Time for 26 May 2015

  1. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  2. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Finance: How does Budget 2015 continue the Government's plan to manage the public finances while supporting the most vulnerable?
  3. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Why has he reneged on his commitment made in 2011 that "the $1,000 kick-start for new KiwiSaver members will remain as it is now" by removing the kick-start in this year's Budget, and did he renege on any other commitments in the Budget?
  4. BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister for Primary Industries: How will Budget 2015 help develop more water storage and irrigation projects?
  5. RON MARK to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  6. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with National Party finance spokesperson Bill English, "We don't believe in new and more taxes. We think we can manage with the tax revenue we have"?
  7. TODD MULLER to the Minister for Social Development: How does Budget 2015 help parents who receive a benefit?
  8. JAMES SHAW to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: How many of the 900 ewes that flew to Saudi Arabia on Singapore Airlines in October 2014 at the taxpayers' expense are still alive?
  9. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he stand by his statement that the 500 hectares of surplus Crown land he has identified "has already been zoned as residential, but with no existing buildings or tenants to manage – meaning houses will be able to be brought to market faster"?
  10. SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Health: What progress has been made towards achieving the Government's national health target?
  11. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Minister of Defence: Does the New Zealand Defence Force training of Iraqi Army troops include giving them the will to fight?
  12. Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister for Building and Housing: What progress has the Government made in increasing the supply of housing in Christchurch and what lessons can be learnt in addressing Auckland's issues?
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