Parliament - Question Time

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  • Question Time for 23 July 2014 ( 1h 10′ 58″ )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Questions to Ministers

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

    1. SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Finance: How does Budget 2014 contribute to building a more productive and competitive economy through the Government's Business Growth Agenda?
    2. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his statements?
    3. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: Does he agree with the Mayor of Clutha district that the loss of the 180 jobs in the wood processing industry is a "hammer blow" to the region?
    4. Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Health: What investment is the Government making in Budget 2014 to improve health outcomes for children?
    5. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: Was a staff member from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet present at the briefing on Operation Debut held on 14 December 2011; if so, was that same person present at his meeting with Simon Murdoch and Ian Fletcher on the 12th of December 2011?
    6. COLIN KING to the Minister of Education: How will Budget 2014 continue to support schools?
    7. BRENDAN HORAN to the Minister of Labour: What measures is the Government taking to address the problems of bullying discrimination and harassment occurring in New Zealand workplaces?
    8. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister of Police: Does she stand by her statement in relation to Budget 2014 that "The Police's core operating spending is being maintained"?
    9. JOANNE HAYES to the Minister of Tourism: What recent investments has this Government made to grow the tourism sector in New Zealand?
    10. IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY to the Minister for ACC: Why did Cabinet not approve ACC's recommended levy reductions for 2014/15?
    11. DENISE ROCHE to the Minister for the Environment: Why is she continuing to consult on product stewardship schemes instead of implementing mandatory schemes now?
    12. CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister of Immigration: What recent announcements has he made to help combat the exploitation of migrant workers helping on the Canterbury rebuild?
  • Question Time for 21 May 2014 ( 1h 3′ 56″ )

    1. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
    2. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: In preparing Budget 2014, what advice did the Government receive on how responsible fiscal management will take pressure off interest rates for New Zealand households and businesses?
    3. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Has he received any report from the Treasury disproving the analysis from Westpac's chief economist that a proposed 15 percent tax on capital gains on investment property would have a significant effect on the net present value of residential rental property investments; if so, will he table that Treasury report?
    4. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
    5. MAGGIE BARRY to the Minister of Education: How will Budget 2014 continue to support the education system?
    6. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What consultation with general practitioners, nurses, and district health boards did he undertake before announcing free doctors' visits for children aged under 13?
    7. Hon PHIL HEATLEY to the Minister for Social Development: What measures does Budget 2014 contain to support vulnerable children?
    8. Su'a WILLIAM SIO to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that he has a "plan to deliver a brighter future for New Zealand."?
    9. JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister for Building and Construction: Will he change the Construction Contracts Amendment Bill or promote other legislative change to ensure that money held by a main contractor, for payment to subcontractors when their work is completed, is not used for any purpose other than paying those subcontractors?
    10. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister for the Environment: How does Budget 2014 help communities and councils manage their local freshwater resources?
    11. Hon MARYAN STREET to the Minister of Justice: Does she stand by all her answers to Oral Question No. 11 yesterday?
    12. ANDREW WILLIAMS to the Minister of Finance: How much have departmental output expenses been cut in Budget 2014 for the 2014/15 financial year compared with the 2013/14 financial year?
  • Question Time for 20 May 2014 ( 1h 1′ 44″ )

    1. PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Finance: How will Budget 2014 continue to support a growing economy, including jobs, higher wages and delivery of better public services?
    2. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement, "there's no fundamental underlying reasons to believe there's a problem in our housing market"?
    3. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
    4. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the reported statement, last Friday, from the Prime Minister who would not rule out an increase in GST?
    5. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in the Minister of Justice; if so, why?
    6. Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: How will Budget 2014 advance the Government's work to strengthen the New Zealand tertiary education system?
    7. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister of Finance: How will the changes to the Parental Tax Credit he announced in the 2014 Budget help those who, as he states, are at "the hard end of poverty"?
    8. JOANNE HAYES to the Minister for ACC: What reports has she received which show New Zealanders could pay lower ACC levies in 2015?
    9. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Housing: Is he concerned that New Zealand has gone from the 10th highest rate of house price growth in the OECD from 2004-2011 to the highest in 2013?
    10. Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Prime Minister: Has he received information that any other New Zealander, apart from Daryl Jones, has been killed in United States drone strikes; if so, what was that information?
    11. Hon MARYAN STREET to the Minister of Justice: Does she stand by all her statements?
    12. SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Conservation: What new measures will the Government be able to take to contain and control the kauri dieback disease as a consequence of the $26.5 million committed in the Budget?
  • Question Time for 14 May 2014 ( 1h 10′ 58″ )

    1. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's policies?
    2. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Has his Government delivered on his expectation of a "more equal society" and as a result is "every one of our children getting the very best start to life"?
    3. JOHN HAYES to the Minister of Finance: How will the Budget tomorrow support a growing economy, including jobs, higher wages, and delivery of better public services?
    4. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Will Budget 2014 continue the trend of widening inequality between the wealthy and poorer areas of New Zealand, as shown by the University of Otago 2013 index of deprivation?
    5. Hon PHIL HEATLEY to the Minister for Social Development: What recent announcement has the Government made about funding for sexual violence services?
    6. Hon Dr PITA SHARPLES to the Minister of Energy and Resources: How many homes have been insulated as a result of the Relationship Accords signed with the Māori Party in 2008 and 2011, and of these, how many were in low income households?
    7. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Will the total allocated funding for Vote Health in Budget 2014 be sufficient to keep pace with population growth, ageing, and increased costs?
    8. ANDREW WILLIAMS to the Minister of Finance: Will the 2014 Budget contain specific measures to improve tighter rules on foreign ownership of New Zealand land, businesses and other New Zealand-owned assets; if not, why not?
    9. Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Health: What is the Government doing to increase awareness of prostate cancer?
    10. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister of Finance: Does he believe families with newborn babies are currently receiving adequate support via Government-funded tax credits and paid parental leave?
    11. CLAUDETTE HAUITI to the Minister of Statistics: What reports has she received on how the 2013 Census data will help shape communities and inform decision making?
    12. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Housing: Does he stand by his statement that collecting the data on offshore ownership of houses "would be a waste of public money"; if so, what would the cost be?
  • Question Time for 13 May 2014 ( 1h 20′ 5″ )

    1. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "In the end we need to get the unemployment rate down"; if so, why is unemployment still at 6 percent five years after the recession?
    2. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Is his expressed confidence in the Minister of Justice because he has confidence in all of her statements made around the Oravida issue?
    3. MAGGIE BARRY to the Minister of Finance: What trends are emerging in the Government's spending and revenue, and how will these be reflected in Budget forecasts on Thursday?
    4. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his statements?
    5. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: Will he have any specific initiatives to support investment in green technology in his budget on Thursday, given a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise that shows the potential market share that New Zealand could capture of the green tech industry would be worth between NZ$7.5 billion and NZ$22 billion to the New Zealand economy?
    6. Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What progress has the Government made in lifting employment in the New Zealand economy?
    7. ANDREW LITTLE to the Minister of Labour: Is he satisfied wage and salary earners are getting a fair share of the economy?
    8. CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister of Health: What recent announcement has the Government made about the redevelopment of Grey Base Hospital?
    9. HOLLY WALKER to the Prime Minister: Did he discuss matters relating to his official prime ministerial role when he attended a fundraising dinner at the Museum Hotel in September last year?
    10. MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What recent announcements has she made about helping parents deal with the nits epidemic?
    11. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: Is he confident that the risks and safety of participants in adventure tourism activities in New Zealand are being appropriately managed?
    12. JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Revenue: What recent announcements has he made regarding this Government's ongoing tax compliance work?
  • Question Time for 8 May 2014 ( 1h 23′ 40″ )

    1. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received about increasingly broad-based growth in the economy?
    2. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he have confidence in the expenditure figures used in Budget 2014?
    3. MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Housing: What progress is the Government making in addressing the housing supply and affordability issues, particularly in Auckland and Christchurch?
    4. HOLLY WALKER to the Minister of Immigration: Has he discussed issues relating to his immigration portfolio at Cabinet Club events; if so, on how many occasions?
    5. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Housing: Does he stand by his statement, "The Government is committed to supporting as many Kiwi families as possible to achieve the goal of owning their own home"; if so, is home ownership increasing or decreasing according to the latest Census?
    6. MIKE SABIN to the Minister of Police: What steps are the Police taking to ensure psychoactive substances are removed from the market?
    7. SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Finance: Will he use a financial veto on the Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months' Paid Leave) Amendment Bill to stop families from having 26 weeks paid parental leave?
    8. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Will he rule out granting mineral exploration permits in Pureora Forest Park?
    9. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Immigration: Did the Government instruct Immigration New Zealand to review the Investor Plus scheme of $10 million; if so, for what reason?
    10. CLAUDETTE HAUITI to the Minister of Health: What investment will the Government make in Budget 2014 to help fight rheumatic fever?
    11. HONE HARAWIRA to the Minister of Finance: How is the Government able to claim its management of the economy is "on the right track" when Māori youth unemployment continues to be unacceptably high at 22.1 percent, which is higher than when they took office, and nearly four times higher than the latest population-wide unemployment rate?
    12. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Immigration: Why did he personally call on Donghua Liu to receive his representations on immigration policy following Donghua Liu making a donation to the National Party?