Parliament - Question Time

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  • Question Time for 1 April 2015 ( 1h 2′ 30″ )

    1. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements regarding the Northland by-election?
    2. ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received showing how the performance of the New Zealand economy is translating into benefits for New Zealand families?
    3. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "falling off a high horse in Northland can force ACC levies up"; if so, is that why the Government has set work and earners levies above the levels recommended by ACC?
    4. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he agree with the Reserve Bank Governor's advice in relation to proposed changes to the Welcome Home Loan Scheme and KiwiSaver Subsidies that: "over the longer term, subsidies have the potential to add to existing house price pressure in what is a highly overvalued market"; if not, why not?
    5. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for the Environment: Is he, like the Prime Minister, relaxed about the effect of dropping major RMA reforms on new housing supply, and does he agree with the Prime Minister that there are "mixed views" about how much his reforms would have addressed Auckland's housing shortage?
    6. TODD MULLER to the Minister for Social Development: What is the Government doing to support people receiving superannuation in retirement?
    7. Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he agree with the Prime Minister when he says of the people of Northland: "They want more. They want to go faster"; if so, does he believe that this view on the economy is unique to the people of Northland?
    8. DENISE ROCHE to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: What is the size of the gap between the New Zealand minimum wage hourly rate and the Australian national minimum wage hourly rate?
    9. Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: How is the Government helping to support new parents?
    10. MAHESH BINDRA to the Minister of Corrections: Is he satisfied that staff-to-prisoner ratios are adequate for staff safety in all of New Zealand's corrections facilities?
    11. IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Small Business: How will small and medium businesses benefit from the Government's proposals to simplify the tax system?
    12. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Minister of Defence: Does he stand by his response yesterday "well, why would you?" when asked if he would publicly release details regarding the level of protection afforded to New Zealand personnel in the upcoming deployment to Iraq?
  • Question Time for 31 March 2015 ( 56′ 00″ )

    1. ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister of Finance: What policy measures has the Government announced that will help to distribute dividends from the growing economy to New Zealand families and children?
    2. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "there's a message from Northland" for the Government; if so, will the Government take that message seriously?
    3. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Will he submit an emissions reduction target to the UN by the 31 March deadline; and does he stand by his statement that New Zealand's net emissions are projected to increase 48 percent in the next decade?
    4. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Transport: What are the construction start and end dates for each of the 10 bridges the Government has announced it will upgrade in Northland?
    5. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Building and Housing: How many families is the Government budgeting to benefit from the new HomeStart programme and how will prospective homeowners be able to find out their eligibility?
    6. DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister for the Environment: Does he still believe that affordable housing, natural hazards, infrastructure development, economic growth, jobs and exports needed recognition in the Resource Management Act 1991?
    7. SARAH DOWIE to the Minister for ACC: What changes to ACC levies come into effect on 1 April, and what impact will these changes have on New Zealand businesses and families?
    8. Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he agree with the Prime Minister when he says of the people of Northland: "They want more. They want to go faster"; if so, does he believe that this view on economic growth is unique to the people of Northland?
    9. GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Can he rule out exploration for oil and gas in the West Coast North Island Marine Mammal Sanctuary?
    10. Dr MEGAN WOODS to the Minister for the Environment: Does he agree with the Prime Minister regarding Government proposals to amend sections 6 and 7 of the Resource Management Act 1991 that "there's just no question that you've got to rip up what we've got now"?
    11. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements regarding the Northland by-election?
    12. JOANNE HAYES to the Minister for Small Business: How are small businesses benefiting from the export markets initiatives in the Business Growth Agenda?
  • Question Time for 26 March 2015 ( 1h 9′ 25″ )

    Questions to Ministers

    1. JAMES SHAW to the Minister of Science and Innovation: Does he stand by his statement that the Government will "build a strong business-led R&D ecosystem to strengthen and diversify New Zealand's economy"?
    2. Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on how low inflation is benefiting New Zealand families?
    3. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister responsible for HNZC: Does he agree with the National Business Review who asked "Is the Government's social housing privatisation policy in tatters"?
    4. NUK KORAKO to the Minister for Economic Development: What reports has he received on the progress of New Zealand businesses succeeding internationally?
    5. KELVIN DAVIS to the Minister of Transport: Will transport spending in Northland return to the level that this Government inherited, given annual NZTA funding for the region has fallen by $36 million since 2008/09?
    6. Hon JUDITH COLLINS to the Associate Minister for Social Development: How much has the Government saved as a result of its benefit fraud initiative?
    7. SUE MORONEY to the Minister for ACC: Was the then Minister for ACC Hon Judith Collins correct when she said last year that the reason the Government ignored ACC's recommendation for cuts to levies for employers and workers was "because we need to get to surplus"?
    8. PITA PARAONE to the Minister of Education: What reports has she received, if any, about why the Māori Education Trust is selling its 320ha Kahutara dairy farm, the late Edward Holmes' farm, that was gifted to the Trust to educate Wairarapa Māori?
    9. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What reports has he received on renewable electricity generation in New Zealand?
    10. MOJO MATHERS to the Minister for Primary Industries: Will he support a ban on cosmetics testing on animals?
    11. TODD BARCLAY to the Minister for Small Business: How are small businesses benefiting from the innovation initiatives of the Business Growth Agenda?
    12. Su'a WILLIAM SIO to the Minister for Building and Housing: Have all boarding houses that are "rat-infested, mouldy dives that are unfit for human habitation" been closed down since he said he wanted them eliminated in November 2014; if not, why not?
  • Question Time for 25 March 2015 ( 1h 3′ 33″ )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Question Time for 24 March 2015 ( 55′ 44″ )

    1. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister responsible for HNZC: What are the objectives of the Government's social housing reform programme?
    2. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statements that his plan to sell state houses "is not about selling to developers" and he would be "amazed" if the likes of the Salvation Army were hesitant to get involved?
    3. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister responsible for HNZC: Can he rule out selling Housing New Zealand-owned homes to private developers; if not, will any sale be contingent on developers housing low-income or vulnerable tenants in those homes?
    4. ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Trade: What progress has the Government made in opening up export markets for our regional economies?
    5. DENIS O'ROURKE to the Minister for the Environment: Does he agree with the Northland Regional Council's 2012 State of the Environment Report that "large areas of land with prime soils suited for agriculture and horticultural production continues to be subdivided for lifestyle blocks and urban development"; if not, why not?
    6. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: What advice, if any, did he receive from the Treasury on the Government policy to double-lane ten Northland bridges?
    7. SARAH DOWIE to the Minister of Transport: What progress has the Government made on its Accelerated Regional Roading Programme?
    8. DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his quote regarding Hon Tim Groser's bid to be Director-General of the World Trade Organisation that if "he decided to put his name in the ring then the New Zealand Government would give him 100 percent support"; if so, precisely what support did the Government provide to Mr Groser?
    9. STUART SMITH to the Minister for Communications: What are the latest towns to be fully fibred under the Government's Ultra-Fast Broadband programme?
    10. SUE MORONEY to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Does he agree with the Prime Minister's assertion that we will "absolutely not" see thousands of workers denied their tea breaks under his changes to the Employment Relations Act 2000?
    11. Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister responsible for the GCSB: Is the spying on candidates vying to be the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation an appropriate use of the Government Communications Security Bureau?
    12. JONO NAYLOR to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: What is the Government doing to help small businesses raise funds?
  • Question Time for 19 March 2015 ( 1h 4′ 19″ )

    1. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Transport: Did Cabinet consider a proposal for sealing roads in the Pipiwai area, as claimed by Dr Shane Reti; if so, why has no funding for this work been announced?
    2. DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister of Finance: In light of his statement in the House on 11 March that low inflation "makes it more challenging for the Government because higher inflation pushes up the tax base and enables us to collect more tax in a growing economy", does he agree that this phenomenon of fiscal drag is just another description for an increase in effective tax rates?
    3. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on New Zealand's economic growth?
    4. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister of Police: Does he have concerns with the Police's handling of the alleged offending in the "Roast Busters" case given the release of the report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority today; if so, what are those concerns?
    5. EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for the Environment: Does he propose to implement the Environment Canterbury model in other regional and unitary councils by replacing nearly half the elected councillors with ministerial appointees?
    6. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Health: What steps is the Government taking to improve mental health services for New Zealand families?
    7. RON MARK to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in relation to Cyclone Pam "We will continue to do all we can to help our Pacific neighbours"?
    8. NUK KORAKO to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made about progress on the Government's $1.137 billion Greater Christchurch Education Renewal Plan?
    9. Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he agree with Moody's Analytics that "New Zealand has a 'two-speed' economy as strong domestic demand cushions a weaker export sector"?
    10. TODD BARCLAY to the Minister for Small Business: What online tools has the Government provided to help small businesses make informed decisions?
    11. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister for Tertiary Education: Does he believe students and staff at every university should have the right to participate in the election of university councils?
    12. KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Prime Minister that "There is not a housing crisis" in New Zealand?
  • Question Time for 18 March 2015 ( 1h 8′ 31″ )

    Questions to Ministers

    1. JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on progress the Government has made in supporting higher wages for New Zealand families?
    2. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that reducing tariffs on construction materials will save "about $3,500, for a new home"; if so, when will new home buyers see these savings?
    3. DENIS O'ROURKE to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he stand by his statement to RadioLive's Duncan Garner yesterday, in respect of starting the Pūhoi to Wellsford Motorway, that "2016 sounds like a pretty good date to me"?
    4. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that the principals of decile 1 to 4 schools he has visited have told him "the number of children in those schools who actually require lunch is the odd one or two"?
    5. Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What reports has he received on job growth in New Zealand?
    6. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Can workers still expect that the average wage will rise to $62,000 in the next three years, as he stated during the period of the election campaign in 2014; if so, what annual percentage increase will be required to make that a reality?
    7. BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister for Social Development: What reports has she received on the number of teen mothers receiving a benefit?
    8. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Transport: Does he agree that the Government's Northland bridges policy was "absolutely" the idea of National by-election candidate Mark Osbourne as he claims?
    9. STUART SMITH to the Minister for Disability Issues: What is the Government doing to improve the lives of families with disabled children placed in out-of-home care?
    10. CLARE CURRAN to the Minister of Internal Affairs: Is he confident that the Department of Internal Affairs manages New Zealanders' personal information, documents and records effectively and safely?
    11. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statements regarding dairy conversions that the debate should be driven by the "capacity for maintaining and improving the environment"?
    12. JONO NAYLOR to the Minister for Small Business: What reports has he received about support for measures the Government has taken to assist small business?
  • Question Time for 17 March 2015 ( 55′ 16″ )

    14:00 1. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he still believe that people who oppose the deployment of New Zealand soldiers to train Iraqi Government forces need to "get some guts and join the right side" in light of widespread evidence that Iraqi Government forces are committing war crimes? 2. Hon JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received about higher employment, consumer confidence, and economic growth? 3. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What advice, if any, has he received on the causes of rheumatic fever? 4. JOANNE HAYES to the Minister for Social Housing: What support is the Government providing to families in Christchurch in need of short-term housing? 5. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Can workers still expect that the average wage will rise to $62,000 in the next three years, as he stated during the period of the election campaign in 2014? 6. BARBARA STEWART to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his statement regarding the closing down of a health centre, published on Newstalk ZB this morning, "there's no facility in Wellsford that is closing, and that is what my officials have told me"? 7. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Transport: Why was the Government's new policy to double-lane ten Northland bridges not announced by him or the New Zealand Transport Agency? 8. SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Civil Defence: What reports has she received on the impact of Tropical Cyclone Pam on New Zealand? 9. DENIS O'ROURKE to the Minister of Transport: When will the detailed plans, designations and construction schedule be available for the full Puhoi to Wellsford motorway? 10. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? 11. SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: What recent announcements has the Government made regarding responsible lending? 12. Dr MEGAN WOODS to the Minister for the Environment: Has he, along with the Minister of Local Government, released for public consultation the discussion document on the statutory review of Environment Canterbury and options for regional governance, as advised to do by November 2014 in the Briefing to Incoming Ministers; if so, when?

  • Question Time for 12 March 2015 ( 1h 6′ 54″ )

    1. RON MARK to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
    2. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement "every Minister believes that the decision that affects them is the one that makes all the difference to the surplus or the deficit"?
    3. Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received about the growth outlook for the New Zealand economy?
    4. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Transport: How much has been spent in total by the New Zealand Transport Agency on roads in the Northland region under National Land Transport Programmes set by the current Government since it was elected in November 2008?
    5. MARAMA FOX to the Minister of Justice: What advice, if any, has she received about Iriheke Pere given that it is over 18 months since he was shot in the back while he was handcuffed and not resisting arrest?
    6. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Transport: What progress has the Government made on completing the Waikato Expressway Road of National Significance?
    7. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Is the Government's objective to increase New Zealand's net greenhouse gas emissions or is the Government's objective to decrease New Zealand's net greenhouse gas emissions?
    8. Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister for Economic Development: What reports has he received on GDP growth in New Zealand's regions?
    9. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statement that in the event a charter school closes before the end of its contract "we will use the usual commercial instruments available to us to recover costs invested by the Government"; if so, which specific provisions of the contract with Whangaruru School allow for the recovery of funds in the event the school closes?
    10. Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister for Social Development: What recent announcements has she made on steps to protect children?
    11. SUE MORONEY to the Minister for ACC: Does she have confidence in the ACC Board?
    12. SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister for Small Business: What steps is this Government taking to support growth for small business?
  • Question Time for 11 March 2015 ( 1h 12′ 02″ )

    1. AN McKELVIE to the Minister for Primary Industries: What steps has the Government taken in responding to the criminal threat to New Zealand's infant and other milk formula products?
    2. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
    3. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in relation to the Reserve Bank that "it's not an option for the bank to raise interest rates"?
    4. BARBARA STEWART to the Minister of Health: Does he have confidence that the Ministry of Health is providing the best public health service for rural New Zealand communities?
    5. Hon JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on the Government's finances and how does this compare with forecasts in the Half-Year Update in December?
    6. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement regarding the Northland by-election that "last week we were looking through the various policies we want to announce so they were finalised I suppose last week. We've got another couple of announcements; we are making another this week on something else"?
    7. BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister for Food Safety: Does she have confidence in the integrity of New Zealand's food safety system in light of the criminal threat to contaminate infant and other formula with 1080?
    8. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Small Business: What advice has he received, if any, on how much small and medium sized businesses will pay in ACC levies this year?
    9. PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage: What is the Government doing to commemorate the centenary of the First World War?
    10. Su'a WILLIAM SIO to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that he had not heard from any Pacific leaders following the allegations of GCSB mass surveillance within the Pacific "And that will be because they understand completely that either things are sensationalised, fundamentally not true, or of no concern to them"?
    11. BRETT HUDSON to the Minister for Small Business: What reports has he received on small businesses hiring more employees in the coming year?
    12. EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister of Conservation: Does she stand by all her statements?
  • Question Time for 10 March 2015 ( 57′ 30″ )

    14:00 1. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his comment that "no one's arguing that we're not working as fast as we possibly can" to cut ACC levies given ACC, the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment, Treasury, the Employers and Manufacturers Association, and Infometrics are among those recommending bigger cuts? 2. NUK KORAKO to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the economy and particularly on New Zealand's creditworthiness compared to other developed economies? 3. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does the Prime Minister still stand by his answer that he will resign if the GCSB has conducted mass surveillance of New Zealanders; if so, what is his definition of mass surveillance? 4. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Transport: What update can he give on Government investment in bridge infrastructure in Northland? 5. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: How would the Crown's fiscal position be affected if ACC's recommended reductions to its Work and Earners' levies for 2015-16 were implemented? 6. SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister for Communications: What recent reports has she seen on growth of fibre connections compared to other OECD countries? 7. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Transport: Does he think his "deep commitment to Northland" has been demonstrated by the Government cutting spending on Northland roads by $36 million or nearly 30 percent over the last five years? 8. RON MARK to the Minister of Transport: Does he stand by all his statements? 9. EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for the Environment: Will he be taking any steps to increase protection for indigenous trees and vegetation in the proposed changes to the Resource Management Act? 10. MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Small Business: What reports has he received on confidence from small businesses in the New Zealand economy? 11. TRACEY MARTIN to the Deputy Prime Minister: Does he consider the flag referendum to be a judicious use of taxpayers' money? 12. SUE MORONEY to the Minister for ACC: What is the purpose of the Work and Earners' levies charged by ACC?

  • Question Time for 26 February 2015 ( 1h 2′ 04″ )

    1. IAN McKELVIE to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making in building a more competitive and productive economy as one of its priorities for this term of Parliament?
    2. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What advice has he received on the Health budget for 2015/16?
    3. SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister for Social Development: What reports has she received on the latest valuation of the benefit system?
    4. JAMES SHAW to the Minister of Finance: Does he have confidence that the New Zealand Superannuation Fund is living up to its commitments to ethical investment as outlined in its Responsible Investment Framework?
    5. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Transport: What work is the Government doing to provide better transport connections between Auckland International Airport and the Greater Auckland area?
    6. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her decision to approve the Whangaruru Partnership School; if so, why?
    7. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister for Primary Industries: What Government support is available for farmers and growers along most of the East Coast of the South Island since a medium-scale adverse event was declared on 12 February 2015?
    8. DENISE ROCHE to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Should the minimum wage be enough to live on?
    9. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Minister of Defence: What rules of engagement, if any, has the Government set for the New Zealand Defence Force personnel operating in Iraq if they come under attack?
    10. TRACEY MARTIN to the Minister for Food Safety: What reports, if any, has she seen regarding food safety issues in kindergartens, play centres and kōhanga reo?
    11. Hon DAMIEN O'CONNOR to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he have confidence in his department?
    12. BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister for Women: What reports has she received relating to the prevention of family and sexual violence in New Zealand?
  • Question Time for 25 February 2015 ( 57′ 57″ )

    1. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement "Get some guts and join the right side"?
    2. ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister of Finance: What are the features of the new social investment approach the Government will use in Budget 2015 and in future Budgets?
    3. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "We recognise ISIL is not a short-term threat and there is a lot of work to be done in the long-term"; if so, does he accept this means New Zealand's deployment may last longer than two years and involve more than training?
    4. Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What reports has he received about employment growing across New Zealand?
    5. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his answers to Oral Question No 4 on Tuesday, 24 February 2015?
    6. TODD MULLER to the Minister for Social Development: What is the Government doing to support older New Zealanders receiving New Zealand superannuation?
    7. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he agree with KPMG that banks are warning that the "significant deals done at ridiculous pricing" for New Zealand land and property could spell disaster for them?
    8. SARAH DOWIE to the Minister for Small Business: What measures has the Government implemented to support small businesses in accessing the Government procurement process?
    9. RICHARD PROSSER to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he stand by all his statements?
    10. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by the statement made on his behalf last year about his contact with Mr Liu that: "As Prime Minister and the leader of the National Party, Mr Key attends a number of functions up and down the country which are attended by a large number of people. While we don't have a record of who attends these events, Mr Key recalls seeing Mr Liu at various functions, including a dinner as part of a National Party fundraiser"?
    11. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement "we're actually going to stand up for human rights…"?
    12. Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development: What was the "range of price escalation" for the New Zealand International Convention Centre as recorded in advice to the Minister dated 26 February 2014?
  • Question time for 24 February 2015 ( 55′ 36″ )

    1. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement with regard to the deployment of troops to the warzone in Iraq that "I don't think that's a matter for a Parliamentary vote"?
    2. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement "Just passing everything by the barest of majorities isn't the right way to govern a country"; if so, why?
    3. PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on trends in Government revenue and how does this compare with forecasts in the Half-Year Update in December?
    4. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: What is the additional amount of gross debt that the Crown has taken on since the Government was elected in November 2008?
    5. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
    6. EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for the Environment: Does he agree with the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment that a 30 centimetre rise in sea level "may not sound much" but "will be significant at a national level" in New Zealand?
    7. STUART SMITH to the Minister for Social Housing: How will the Ministry of Social Development's social housing purchasing strategy lead to better outcomes for tenants?
    8. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Minister of Defence: What is the level of risk assessed by the New Zealand Defence Force if its personnel are deployed to Iraq and what force protection would be provided for them?
    9. MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Small Business: What steps is the Government taking to support growth for small business?
    10. Hon DAMIEN O'CONNOR to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he consider that cuts the Government has made to biosecurity have contributed to the current fruit fly outbreak?
    11. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: What actions is the Government taking to limit the powers of repossession agents?
    12. CLAYTON MITCHELL to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by all her statements?
  • Question time for 19 February 2015 ( 1h 1′ 14″ )

    16:00 1. ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making in its programme to get better results from public services?

    2. MAHESH BINDRA to the Minister of Corrections: Was there a Victim Notification Register Alert generated for Phillip Smith at any stage prior to his temporary release from custody in November 2014; if not, why not?

    3. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that he would post a "meaningful surplus" in 2014/15; if so, what approximate dollar figure would constitute a meaningful surplus?

    4. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Education: Is she planning to undertake another Partnership School application round this year; if so, will any new schools be required to target the same priority learner groups as existing Partnership Schools?

    5. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What progress is the Government making to boost workforce skills?

    6. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she have confidence in the Partnership School's Authorisation Board; if so, why?

    7. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he think he is competently fulfilling his ministerial responsibilities; if not, why not?

    8. BRETT HUDSON to the Minister for Small Business: How will the New Zealand Business Number system make it easier for small business to interact with the Government?

    9. CARMEL SEPULONI to the Minister for Social Development: Does she have confidence in the ability of the Ministry of Social Development to exercise financial due diligence?

    10. STEFFAN BROWNING to the Minister for Food Safety: Will she assure consumers that irradiated food labelling requirements will be enforced immediately in light of reports that irradiated fruit is being sold in New Zealand without the appropriate label?

    11. Hon DAMIEN O'CONNOR to the Minister for Primary Industries: Was the Government's decision to cut 100 percent bag screening indicative of the priority the Government places on biosecurity?

    12. NUK KORAKO to the Associate Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery: What progress has the Government made on the Canterbury Earthquake Memorial?

  • Question time for 18 February 2015 ( 54′ 41″ )

    15:00 1. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that the Government is planning to sell state houses to "encourage and develop more diverse ownership of social housing"?

    2. JOANNE HAYES to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received about the latest trends in savings levels by New Zealanders?

    3. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Associate Minister of Transport: When will the targeted review of the operating mechanisms of the SuperGold Card free off-peak public transport scheme be completed?

    4. TODD MULLER to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What update can he give on competition in the New Zealand electricity market as a result of the Government's reforms?

    5. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that "ACC is one of many decisions that add up to whether there is a surplus or not a surplus"; if so, was the decision to reject officials' advice and keep ACC levies $178 million higher than they need to be a decision made to achieve a surplus?

    6. CLAYTON MITCHELL to the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector: Does she stand by her statement "You and your charities are core in our life of caring and sharing, and drive our cultural expression and community based development. This investment of time, effort and energy not only helps our country to function, but also contributes to the strength and resilience of our communities, making them better places for us to live."?

    7. TODD BARCLAY to the Minister of Corrections: What announcements has he made regarding the Government's initiative to roll out Audio Visual Links in our prisons?

    8. IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Is the definition of zero-hour contracts in his review of employment standards permanent, part-time employment agreements with no set hours of work?

    9. DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister for the Environment: Is he confident that the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act 2012 is fit for purpose, in light of the Environmental Protection Authority rejecting both the recent ironsands and phosphate seabed mining applications?

    10. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister for Small Business: What initiatives have the Government implemented through the Business Growth Agenda that assist small business?

    11. Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister of Defence: Does he stand by his statement "I've made it very clear that we don't intend to have combat troops in Iraq once you go beyond the wire that's what you're involved in"?

    12. DAVID SHEARER to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Will New Zealand troops operate under a status of forces agreement if they are deployed to Iraq?

  • Question time for 17 February 2015 ( 54′ 03″ )

    1. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
    2. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in Hon Steven Joyce given his statement that SkyCity reducing the size of the convention centre by "around 10 percent would not cause the Crown too much concern"?
    3. SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Finance: What announcements has the Government recently made about Budget 2015?
    4. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: How many operating surpluses, if any, using the Total Crown OBEGAL measure, has the Government posted in its six years in office?
    5. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Are Cabinet ministers accountable to the public of New Zealand for their ministerial decisions?
    6. Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister for Social Development: What is the Government doing to assist children as they head back to school?
    7. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister responsible for HNZC: What is the projected change in percentage and absolute terms of Housing New Zealand's land holdings in both area (hectares) and dollar value over the next three years?
    8. MARAMA FOX to the Associate Minister of Health: What plans does the Government have to achieve smoke-free Aotearoa by 2025?
    9. JONO NAYLOR to the Minister for Courts: How successful has the Government's new Drivers Licence Stop Orders initiative been in collecting unpaid traffic fines during its first year?
    10. IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Is the Government planning to ban zero-hour employment contracts; if not, why not?
    11. BRETT HUDSON to the Minister for Small Business: What reports has he received on the increased number of self-employed businesses in New Zealand?
    12. GARETH HUGHES to the Minister for the Environment: Does he intend to amend the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act 2012 in light of the Environmental Protection Authority rejecting both the ironsands and phosphate seabed mining applications?
  • Question Time for 12 February 2015 ( 59′ 17″ )

    1. CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received about what progress the Government is making to support more jobs and higher incomes?
    2. RICHARD PROSSER to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he believe the Primary Growth Partnership provides value for money to taxpayers?
    3. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Finance: In light of his comments that a taxpayer bailout is his "least preferred" option, how much is he prepared to spend to save the SkyCity deal?
    4. DENISE ROCHE to the Minister for Economic Development: What advice did officials provide about how much more valuable to SkyCity the TVNZ land sold to it for the siting of a convention centre was, once that land was used as the site of a hotel?
    5. MATT DOOCEY to the Minister for Sport and Recreation: What benefits does he expect to be delivered by the Government's support for the Cricket World Cup?
    6. Hon DAMIEN O'CONNOR to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he have confidence in his department?
    7. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Social Housing: What recent commitments has the Government made to improving social housing?
    8. Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister of Defence: Will he assure the House that no New Zealand troops will be engaged in active military combat in Iraq during the term of this Government?
    9. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister of Internal Affairs: What are the expected savings per year as a result of the changes to the National Library curriculum topic loan service?
    10. MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Communications: What is the current status of the rollout of the Government's Ultra-Fast Broadband and Rural Broadband initiatives?
    11. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Police: On how many occasions, if any, has he alerted the Prime Minister or his Office to a matter of significant public interest which he has been briefed on by his officials since his appointment?
    12. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Transport: What is the Government doing to support the development of urban cycleways across New Zealand?
  • Question time for 11 February 2015 ( 56′ 07″ )

    1. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his promise to New Zealanders that "the construction of the new convention centre will not cost taxpayers or ratepayers a cent"; if not, why not?
    2. JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Finance: What are the main priorities for the Government's economic programme in 2015?
    3. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
    4. ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What reports has he received on employment growth in New Zealand in the last year?
    5. Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development: How much extra money, if any, is the Government prepared to give SkyCity as part of the convention centre deal?
    6. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
    7. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement "we're actually going to stand up for human rights…"?
    8. KELVIN DAVIS to the Minister of Police: On what date, if any, was the first of any briefings given by the Commissioner of Police or his staff, to him, his predecessor, the Prime Minister or any of their offices in relation to the reported investigation into Mike Sabin?
    9. SARAH DOWIE to the Minister for Building and Housing: What progress is the Government making in increasing the pace of new house construction and expanding Government support for first home buyers?
    10. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he stand by his statement that the Massey University home affordability index is the "comprehensive" and "neutral" measure?
    11. Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Transport: What progress has been made on delivering the Government's Accelerated Regional Roading Programme?
    12. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Minister of Defence: Does he stand by his statement this morning that comments about sending troops to Iraq being the price of being part of the club were "unfortunate"?
  • Question Time for 10 December 2014 ( 58′ 35″ )

    1. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he agree with the OECD that "when income inequality rises, economic growth falls"?
    2. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he agree with yesterday's OECD report that "focusing exclusively on growth and assuming that its benefits will automatically trickle down to the different segments of the population may undermine growth in the long run"; if not, why not?
    3. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Finance: What progress has the Government made in delivering on its economic objectives for 2014?
    4. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: What impact will Fonterra's revised forecast payout have on the Government's 2014/15 surplus?
    5. RON MARK to the Minister of Defence: Does he stand by all his statements regarding a potential deployment of combat troops to Iraq?
    6. MATT DOOCEY to the Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery: What progress has the Government made in 2014 towards its vision for the rebuild of Christchurch?
    7. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister responsible for HNZC: When did he last discuss the sale of state housing stock with Cabinet or a Cabinet Committee?
    8. BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister of Health: What improvements to cancer care are expected as a result of the New Zealand Cancer Plan 2015-18?
    9. EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister of Conservation: Did she raise any concerns with the Minister of Energy and Resources about the potential impacts on the Māui dolphin, a critically endangered species, of granting an oil and gas exploration permit in their habitat, including in a marine mammal sanctuary?
    10. DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister for Economic Development: Is he concerned at the scale of corporate welfare in New Zealand under this Government; if not, why not?
    11. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Police: Does he know whether or not the allegations in Matt Nippert's 31 August 2014 article in the Sunday Star-Times that Cameron Slater and Carrick Graham were paid to undermine the Serious Fraud Office are correct?
    12. Dr SHANE RETI to the Mini