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Question Time for 11 February 2016

  1. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his statement that "we've slowed the growth of public spending" given growth in health spending has slowed from over 9 percent under Labour to just 2.6 percent over the last five years, and what impact has this had on district health boards?
  2. Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister of Finance: What is the outlook for the New Zealand economy, and how does this compare with other developed countries?
  3. MARAMA FOX to the Minister responsible for HNZC: What assurances can he give that the remediation work needed on the estimated 57,500 non-compliant houses, as identified in the 2014 Trial of Rental Housing Warrant of Fitness Scheme report, will be carried out as a matter of priority?
  4. JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Transport: What announcements has the Government made recently on the East-West Connection roading project in Auckland?
  5. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: When the Prime Minister said in his Statement to Parliament this week that there is now a $17 billion shortfall from Budget 2015, leading to "slightly higher debt", exactly how much higher net and gross debt is now forecast, and when will that debt peak?
  6. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Tourism: What reports has he seen about the number of tourists that visited New Zealand over the summer season?
  7. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Education: Does she agree with the findings of the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment Report that "the socio-economic status of students is probably the most important risk factor associated with low academic performance"?
  8. CLARE CURRAN to the Minister of Broadcasting: Is she satisfied there is no conflict of interest in recent appointments to the board of Radio New Zealand?
  9. MARK MITCHELL to the Minister for Economic Development: What recent announcements has he made about economic development in Northland?
  10. RINO TIRIKATENE to the Minister of Customs: Does she stand by all her answers to Oral Question No. 11 in the House yesterday?
  11. DENIS O'ROURKE to the Associate Minister of Transport: Is he satisfied with the rate and seriousness of accidents involving overseas drivers, in light of the work the Government is doing to target overseas drivers?
  12. STUART SMITH to the Minister for Primary Industries: What recent reports has he received on the growth in wine exports?

Question Time for 10 February 2016

    1. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on employment in New Zealand?
    2. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment in light of student loan debt being set to pass $15 billion this year?
    3. JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Transport: What announcements has the Government made recently setting out its commitment to the City Rail Link project in Auckland?
    4. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he have confidence in the Governor of the Reserve Bank; if so, is he confident that the Policy Targets Agreement he signed with the Governor in 2012 is being fulfilled?
    5. MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Trade: What progress has been made to advance New Zealand's trade links with the rest of the world?
    6. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement to Parliament yesterday that he's in government to make this country a better place for New Zealanders and their families?
    7. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: Is he satisfied with his oversight of the tertiary education sector?
    8. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Building and Housing: How does the number of homes consented in the last quarter of 2008 compare with the last quarter of 2015?
    9. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in the Hon Steven Joyce; if so, why?
    10. MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Small Business: How will New Zealand small businesses benefit from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement?
    11. RINO TIRIKATENE to the Minister of Customs: Does she agree with the Prime Minister's statement that "We will confront the P problem, using the full force of the Government's arsenal"; if so, why does an experienced Customs officer say that only one in 10 illicit drug imports is being seized at the border?
    12. RICHARD PROSSER to the Minister of Conservation: What was her reasoning behind approving the transfer and release of silver carp near Lake Taupo?

    Questions to Members

     

    1. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Member in charge of the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration (Preventing Name Change by Child Sex Offenders) Amendment Bill: Why did he draft the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration (Preventing Name Change by Child Sex Offenders) Amendment Bill?
    2. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Member in charge of the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration (Preventing Name Change by Child Sex Offenders) Amendment Bill: What problem does the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration (Preventing Name Change by Child Sex Offenders) Amendment Bill seek to address?
    3. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Member in charge of the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration (Preventing Name Change by Child Sex Offenders) Amendment Bill: What are the main objectives of the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration (Preventing Name Change by Child Sex Offenders) Amendment Bill?
    4. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Member in charge of the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration (Preventing Name Change by Child Sex Offenders) Amendment Bill: What indications of support has he received for the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration (Preventing Name Change by Child Sex Offenders) Amendment Bill?
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Question Time for 9 December 2015

  1. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "I will lead a Government that will govern for all New Zealanders"?
  2. ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Finance: What progress has the Government made on its priority of delivering better public services in 2015?
  3. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: What actions, if any, is his Government planning for New Zealanders about to celebrate Christmas who are among the growing number of unemployed, or living in unhealthy rental housing, or trying to buy their own home, or waiting for vital surgery, or needing a life-saving medicine?
  4. ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister for ACC: What recent announcements has the Government made regarding ACC levies?
  5. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his statements?
  6. IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: How is the Government encouraging young people to study offshore and develop international linkages?
  7. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  8. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement in Budget 2015 that unemployment is expected to fall below 5 percent in 2016, and that economic growth on average will be 2.8 percent over the next four years?
  9. Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister for Social Development: How does the Child Hardship Package help families on a benefit?
  10. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister for the Environment: What specific action will he take to clean up waterways such as Lake Tutira whose algal blooms are so toxic that children have been banned from boating and kayaking there?
  11. STUART SMITH to the Minister for the Environment: What improvements in water quality has the Government achieved from its Fresh Start for Fresh Water budget allocations?
  12. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: Does he agree with the New Zealand Herald report that the "student funding scandal" is "the result of a funding crunch intersecting with a reporting and monitoring system that operates largely on trust"; if not, why not?

Question Time for 8 December 2015

  1. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Finance: What upcoming announcements will the Government deliver on the economic and fiscal outlook?
  2. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers?
  3. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  4. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: Does he condone the action of KiwiRail in closing bridge 143 over the North Auckland Line, thereby severing the connection between two parts of the property owned by Owen Clements?
  5. ANDREW LITTLE to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by the Prime Minister's statement in relation to the lack of Pharmac funding for Keytruda that "we've got to give health more money", given his Government has cut health funding in real terms by $1.7 billion?
  6. SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister for Social Housing: What recent announcements has she made about community housing providers increasing social housing supply in Auckland?
  7. KELVIN DAVIS to the Minister of Corrections: Does he agree with former Minister of Corrections Judith Collins that "Serco has a strong track record in manging prisons. I'm confident that the company will bring the high standards of professionalism, safety, rehabilitation and security expected by the Government to Mt Eden"?
  8. MARAMA DAVIDSON to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Will New Zealand join Canada, Australia, Tuvalu and the 43 other low-lying islands, and support the inclusion of a goal to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees in the Paris climate agreement; if not, why not?
  9. STUART NASH to the Minister of Police: Does he have concerns that the Police's planned new Human Resources Management Information System has been classified by Treasury as having "major risks or issues apparent in a number of key areas"?
  10. SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Education: What recent announcement has she made on driver licences in schools?
  11. POTO WILLIAMS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement "you back the rapists" during question time on 10 November 2015?
  12. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister of Justice: What new projects has she asked the Law Commission to begin in 2016?

Question Time for 3 December 2015

  1. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: What policies were put in place at the Weymouth development to prevent houses being bought and sold by speculators given the $29 million Government grant for the project?
  2. DAVID CLENDON to the Minister of Corrections: What was the average period of unlock for young people at Mt Eden Correctional Facility when it was run by Serco in June 2015 and what is the current period of unlock for them under the Department of Corrections?
  3. ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on trends in regional employment?
  4. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Building and Housing: What evidence or research led to his decision to change pool safety legislation that has been in place in New Zealand for well over 20 years?
  5. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister for the Environment: Does he stand by all his statements?
  6. PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What reports has he received on the contribution of international education to New Zealand?
  7. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Is she confident that increased pass rates for NCEA reflect a genuine increase in student achievement?
  8. JONO NAYLOR to the Minister for Social Development: What recent announcements has she made to assist job seekers to relocate for full-time employment?
  9. GARETH HUGHES to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "it makes no sense to be calling for emissions reductions on one hand, while subsidising emissions on the other"?
  10. CLAYTON MITCHELL to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Does he stand by all his statements in relation to the Health and Safety Reform Bill; if so, why so?
  11. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister of Transport: What progress has the Government made on its commitment to build the Nelson Street Cycleway in Auckland?
  12. KELVIN DAVIS to the Minister of Corrections: Does he still have confidence in Serco given that Mount Eden Corrections Facility has dropped to last place in the most recent Prison Performance Table?

Question Time for 2 December 2015

  1. RON MARK to the Minister of Immigration: Is he aware of agents in India blatantly promoting student visas in New Zealand as a pathway to residence?
  2. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that one of the Government's key priorities "is to deliver better public services"; if so, what steps is the Government taking to help achieve this?
  3. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in his Minister for Economic Development, given that the economy is shrinking on a per person basis?
  4. JOANNE HAYES to the Minister for Economic Development: What is the Government doing to encourage investment, jobs and growth in regions like the West Coast?
  5. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What recent reports has he received on access to affordable pharmaceuticals for New Zealanders?
  6. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "It makes no sense to be calling for emissions reductions on one hand, while subsidising emissions on the other"?
  7. MELISSA LEE to the Associate Minister of Education: What recent announcements have been made regarding the Government's investment in education infrastructure?
  8. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery: Does he agree with the Treasury assessment of the anchor projects in Christchurch that "it is highly likely that additional funding will be needed to finish the programme" and that "this means increasing funding would require significant compromise of other investment initiatives"?
  9. IAN McKELVIE to the Minister of Police: How is the Police using new technology to help victims of family violence in New Zealand?
  10. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister for the Environment: Does he stand by all his statements?
  11. STUART NASH to the Minister of Police: Does he think that a 47.6 percent resolution rate for reported sexual assault crimes is acceptable; if so, why?
  12. TODD BARCLAY to the Minister of Transport: What progress has the Government made on its commitment to replace the Kawarau Falls Bridge in Queenstown?

Question Time for 1 December 2015

  1. MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received showing a recent lift in business confidence supports an outlook for continuing moderate growth and a more diversified economy?
  2. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that New Zealand "shouldn't be a leader in climate change", given that New Zealand was awarded the "Fossil of the Day award" following his speech on the first day of the Paris climate talks?
  3. Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm that as at September 2015 99.31 percent of patients waiting for elective surgery received their treatment within four months?
  4. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery that Treasury has an "arrogant bureaucratic attitude" to Christchurch and that the report he released yesterday is "utter tripe"; if not, why not?
  5. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Revenue: What has been the overall impact of tax deductions for petroleum and mining expenditures on the level of oil and gas exploration and prospecting in New Zealand since 2012/13, and how much revenue has the Government forgone as a result of these tax deductions in this period?
  6. SARAH DOWIE to the Minister of Education: What announcements has she made recently on trades academies?
  7. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: Is he satisfied with the oversight he and his officials have of spending on tertiary education programmes?
  8. JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister for Building and Housing: Can he confirm that the number of building consents issued for homes in Auckland in October 2015 was 805 as compared with 205 in October 2008, and that the yearly total is the highest in 11 years?
  9. FLETCHER TABUTEAU to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his statements?
  10. Hon DAMIEN O'CONNOR to the Minister for Food Safety: Is she satisfied by all the advice she has received from the Ministry of Primary Industries on food safety?
  11. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Customs: How will the Government's investment in new SmartGate border processing technology make travel easier for passengers this Christmas?
  12. MOJO MATHERS to the Minister for Primary Industries: What percentage of complaints made to the Ministry for Primary Industries about animal cruelty result in prosecutions?

Question Time for 19 November 2015

  1. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What pressures are facing the public health workforce as a result of this Government's decision to fund core Crown health expenditure to cover "most, but not all, inflationary pressures"?
  2. SARAH DOWIE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that the Government is focused "on reinforcing the business confidence needed to invest, create more jobs and increase incomes"?
  3. RON MARK to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  4. EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for the Environment: Has he given clear national direction to local authorities to help them protect coastal communities from rising sea levels; if not, why not?
  5. PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made regarding property investment in schools?
  6. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Is she satisfied the Government has fulfilled its 2008 commitment to tackle truancy; if so, why is the truancy rate now higher than it has ever been?
  7. ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Deputy Prime Minister: What steps is the Government taking to allow New Zealanders to choose our future flag?
  8. DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations: Does he stand by all his statements?
  9. KELVIN DAVIS to the Minister of Police: By what percentage has the crime resolution rate decreased overall since 2008?
  10. BRETT HUDSON to the Minister for Communications: What is the current status of the build programme for Ultra-Fast Broadband and the Rural Broadband Initiative?
  11. MARAMA DAVIDSON to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: What plans does New Zealand have to help our Pacific Island neighbours given that the Prime Minister of Tuvalu, Enele Sopoaga, has recently appealed to New Zealand to "stand with us Pacific Islands countries and increase their commitments"?
  12. KRIS FAAFOI to the Minister for Building and Housing: Is he confident that all taxpayers' money allocated for his HomeStart roadshow is being spent appropriately?

Question Time for 18 November 2015

  1. JAMES SHAW to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his answers to Oral Question No. 5 yesterday?
  2. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all of his Ministers?
  3. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Finance: What proportion of the economy is made up by the services sector, and how can the Government boost the productivity of this sector?
  4. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his statements?
  5. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he agree with the advice of the Prime Minister in regard to dairy prices made in November last year when the average price at the global dairy auction was US$2,561 a tonne for farmers not to get too worried, and that the price would bottom out soon and start climbing again; if so, can he advise what is the latest average price at the global dairy auction?
  6. Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Education: What progress has been made on the Investing in Educational Success initiative?
  7. JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Transport: Does he agree with the Secretary of the Treasury that "there could very well be some merit" in evaluating and funding rail infrastructure on the same basis as state highways and other transport infrastructure?
  8. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Social Housing: Is she embarrassed that families are living in cars?
  9. JOANNE HAYES to the Minister of Conservation (Acting): What are the benefits of the Pike29 Great Walk, and the extension of the Paparoa National Park that takes effect today?
  10. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for Economic Development: Does the withheld NZTE-funded report on why most of the lambs died on the taxpayer-funded farm in the Saudi desert confirm or disprove the statement by Hon Nathan Guy on 18 June 2015 that he thought the lambs could have died in a sand storm?
  11. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Deputy Prime Minister: Is he confident that the money spent on the Flag Referendum is appropriate and lawful?
  12. IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Food Safety: What initiatives has the Government put in place to encourage the food and beverage industry to reduce the sugar content of their products?

Question Time for 17 November 2015

  1. NUK KORAKO to the Minister of Finance: What steps is the Government taking to support a more diverse and resilient New Zealand economy?
  2. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his statements?
  3. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What is the impact on patients and staff of not covering all inflationary pressures in health?
  4. Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm that elective orthopaedic surgical discharges have increased by 34 percent, from 18,240 in 2008 to 24,439 operations this year?
  5. JAMES SHAW to the Minister of Finance: What advice, if any, has he received from Treasury in the last 18 months on the importance for New Zealand businesses of certainty about long-term policy settings?
  6. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that "the Government would not be chasing around the unemployment numbers, 3 months to 3 months. We take a longer-term point of view because that is the realistic one"; if so, how many quarters in a row has unemployment risen?
  7. CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Revenue: What progress has been made on the Government's investment property tax reforms announced as part of Budget 2015?
  8. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his statements?
  9. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she have confidence that she is receiving quality independent advice from her officials?
  10. DENISE ROCHE to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Did New Zealand oppose Australia's effort to try and remove the "climate change displacement coordination facility", which would have created a body to help people escaping the effects of climate change, from the draft text of the UN climate agreement?
  11. MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Small Business: What Government resources are available to help small businesses keep themselves safe online?
  12. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister of Justice: On what date did she or her department instruct the Parliamentary Counsel Office to begin drafting the legislation to create a supervision regime for deported offenders that will be debated today?

Question Time for 12 November 2015

  1. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his reported statement made on the day Statistics New Zealand reported that 151,000 people were unemployed that "the Government did not intend to do anything specific to tackle rising unemployment"?
  2. BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the stability of New Zealand's financial system?
  3. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Justice: Does she believe proposed laws dealing with deportees, including those from Christmas Island, will sufficiently uphold the rights of New Zealanders?
  4. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Why has funding for the Early Intervention Service declined since 2010 when the Ministry has reported that demand for the service is rising and its ability to respond to referrals on time is declining?
  5. SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Health: How will the new high-profile public awareness campaign starting today encourage people to make healthy lifestyle changes to tackle obesity?
  6. TRACEY MARTIN to the Minister of Police: Does he stand by all his statements?
  7. KELVIN DAVIS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  8. SCOTT SIMPSON to the Associate Minister of Tourism: What contribution is tourism making to diversify the New Zealand economy?
  9. MARAMA FOX to the Minister of Health: What is he doing to ensure vital services to promote the understanding and management of asthma and respiratory conditions amongst Māori are maintained given that funding to the only Māori Asthma Society in New Zealand will be discounted at the end of 2015?
  10. ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister of Revenue: What recent announcements has he made on how the Government is making tax simpler?
  11. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by her statement, when asked whether child poverty was too high in New Zealand, that "it is very difficult to use one measure to determine poverty and hardship"?
  12. RON MARK to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all of his answers to Oral Question No. 1 on 11 November 2015?

Question Time for 11 November 2015

  1. TODD BARCLAY to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that building a more productive and competitive economy that supports jobs and higher incomes is one of the Government's priorities?
  2. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements regarding New Zealand-born Australian detainees?
  3. PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: How is the Government encouraging New Zealand's medical technology sector to grow and contribute to the economy?
  4. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement, "Well, you back the rapists…"?
  5. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Are health patients getting access to publicly funded health services as prescribed by their health professionals; if not, why not?
  6. JONO NAYLOR to the Minister for Social Housing: What reports has she received about the impact methamphetamine use is having on Housing New Zealand's ability to house people in need?
  7. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his statements regarding Silver Fern Farms; if so, why?
  8. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with Reserve Bank Governor Graeme Wheeler that there are increased risks to financial stability arising from the dairy and housing sectors?
  9. BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister for Primary Industries: What recent reports has he received on the contribution of aquaculture to the Marlborough economy?
  10. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Is she confident that her Government is fully resourcing the Ministry of Education to provide quality support for schools and students?
  11. JAMES SHAW to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does he stand by the Prime Minister's statement that "New Zealand can hold its head up high when it comes to climate change"?
  12. JOANNE HAYES to the Minister for the Environment: What steps is he taking through the Resource Management Act 1991 process to support cycleways and to facilitate their design and construction as quickly and economically as possible?

Question Time for 10 November 2015

  1. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: What action, if any, has he taken to follow up on his statement to Malcolm Turnbull regarding New Zealand-born Australian detainees on Christmas Island, "I think, in the spirit of mateship, there should be some compassion shown"?
  2. MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Finance: What steps has the Government taken to move its books from an $18.4 billion deficit to surplus between 2011 and 2015, while still supporting New Zealand families?
  3. DENIS O'ROURKE to the Minister of Finance: Is he concerned that Massey University has found that the minimum income needed by a single retiree in the main centres is $489.77, when New Zealand Superannuation is only $374.53 per week, and many may have no other means?
  4. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: When he said that New Zealand is on the "cusp of something special" did he mean 6 percent unemployment and 11,000 jobs lost in the last quarter?
  5. TODD MULLER to the Minister for Economic Development: How is the Government helping to grow regional economies like the Bay of Plenty?
  6. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he agree with the New Zealand Herald that it is no surprise his Auckland housing accord has been a flop?
  7. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister in charge of the NZ Security Intelligence Service: Does he stand by all of his answers to Oral Question No. 2 on 5 November 2015?
  8. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Building and Housing: Can he confirm that the number of building consents issued for homes in Auckland over the last year is at a 10-year high, and can he advise what increases have been achieved in each of the last four years?
  9. KELVIN DAVIS to the Minister of Corrections: Does he have confidence in Serco's ability to train its prison staff; if so, why?
  10. RIA BOND to the Minister for Communications: Does she have confidence that all New Zealanders have ready access to the 111 emergency call service; if so, why?
  11. MATT DOOCEY to the Minister of Justice: What progress can she report on construction of the Christchurch Justice and Emergency Services Precinct?
  12. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Trade: Does the provision at page 8 of Annex II of the New Zealand–South Korea FTA mean South Korea can adopt or maintain a ban on New Zealand people buying South Korean homes?

Question Time for 5 November 2015

2:05 PM. Question Time.

Question Time for 4 November 2015

  1. JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's policies?
  2. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Why did he say in July last year that "We think unemployment will be down to 4.5 percent in the very foreseeable future"?
  3. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: How is the Government's programme to improve housing supply supporting a growing economy and macroeconomic stability?
  4. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her reported statement that student achievement would "absolutely" be a factor in a review of the school funding system?
  5. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Conservation: Does she stand by all her statements made in the House yesterday in answer to Oral Question No 12; if so, why?
  6. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Education: Does she agree with Massey University education professor John O'Neill that students' home background, including factors like transience, dysfunction and a lack of resources were responsible for up to 80 percent of a child's school success?
  7. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Trade: What recent steps has the Government taken to further New Zealand's trading relationship with Europe?
  8. IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Is he satisfied that the Employment Standards Legislation Bill will end zero-hour contracts?
  9. STUART SMITH to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: What steps is the Government taking to promote and protect the reputation of New Zealand wine?
  10. MEKA WHAITIRI to the Minister for the Environment: Does he stand by his statement that the Land and Water Forum represents a "very constructive process"; if so, can he explain why Fish and Game felt compelled to resign due to restrictions on their ability to speak out?
  11. SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Transport: What recent progress has been made on the Government's commitment to build the Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive urban cycleway in Auckland?
  12. DARROCH BALL to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by all her statements; if so, why?

Question Time for 3 November 2015

  1. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the New Zealand economy?
  2. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in his Minister of Immigration; if so, why?
  3. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received, if any, on the pressures facing the public health workforce?
  4. BRETT HUDSON to the Minister of Science and Innovation: What reports has he received on growth in New Zealand's technology sector?
  5. JAMES SHAW to the Minister of Finance: What specific steps will he take to minimise the economic effect from billions of dollars of bank profits being taken out of New Zealand by overseas-owned banks?
  6. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Is it correct that Treasury have advised him that they expect unemployment to rise above six percent in the coming months and that there will be "weak earnings growth over the rest of 2015"?
  7. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Associate Minister of Education: Is she happy with the process to find a contractor for the Northland College rebuild; if so, why?
  8. Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made regarding New Zealand's education legislation?
  9. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by the statement made on her behalf regarding Early Childhood Education that "this Government believes firmly that it is not only about funding; it is actually about quality and participation"?
  10. Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister for Social Development: What initiatives has the Government implemented as part of the Children's Action Plan?
  11. Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development: Who is responsible to this House for spending at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment?
  12. KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Conservation: What percentage of forest in Northland currently has multi-pest control operations by the Department of Conservation?

Question Time for 22 October 2015

  1. DARROCH BALL to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by all her statements?
  2. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Is it correct that according to Statistics New Zealand figures, real seasonally adjusted GDP per capita growth in the first six months of this year was the worst it has been since 2010?
  3. PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister of Finance: How is the Government's economic plan managing the challenges presented by low inflation and the outlook for the global economy?
  4. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Social Housing: Does she believe that community housing providers will have to be commercial in order to be sustainable?
  5. Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister for Building and Housing: How does the Productivity Commission report support the direction of the Government's reforms to improve the affordability of housing?
  6. EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for the Environment: What new policy initiatives, if any, will he be making in response to the Environment Aotearoa 2015 report released yesterday in the areas of fresh water, biodiversity, and greenhouse gas emissions?
  7. CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister for Primary Industries: What recent announcements has he made regarding the new biocontainment laboratory at Wallaceville?
  8. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister of Police: By what percentage has the crime resolution rate decreased overall since 2008?
  9. ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister for ACC: What recent announcements have been made to help reduce New Zealand's high rate of children's driveway deaths and injuries?
  10. CLARE CURRAN to the Minister of Communications: Is she confident that her Government's $300 million investment in the rural broadband scheme has been spent appropriately and effectively?
  11. DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister of Justice: Is she aware of data showing a 60 percent reduction in the recidivism rate for violent offences, from 3.8 percent to 1.5 percent, in the five years following the introduction of the Three Strikes law, compared with the five years prior?
  12. SARAH DOWIE to the Minister for Women: What statistics has she received about women's representation in science and mathematics?

Question Time for 21 October 2015

  1. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Given his answer to Oral Question No 2 yesterday, why doesn't he want to see "excessive rural land sold to overseas buyers" and see New Zealanders become tenants in our own country?
  2. ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement regarding the Government's fiscal approach that "the Government will focus on what we can control and maintain prudent expenditure management – just as we've done to return the books to surplus?
  3. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Prime Minister: Does he believe his meeting with Hon Malcolm Turnbull resulted in positive human rights outcomes?
  4. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Has GDP per capita growth declined over the last two quarters, and what reports has he seen that this trend will continue for the next two quarters?
  5. NUK KORAKO to the Minister for the Environment: How will the Environment Aotearoa 2015 report released today strengthen the integrity of New Zealand's clean, green brand?
  6. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in his Minister of Justice; if so, why?
  7. SARAH DOWIE to the Minister of Justice: What recent evidence has she received on trends in the New Zealand crime rate?
  8. CLARE CURRAN to the Minister for Communications: Does she agree with the current Mayor of Waitaki, Gary Kircher, who recently said that in his region, "Internet speed in these areas is woefully inadequate with most connections being five megabits per second. This situation is a barrier to economic growth and creates an irrational digital divide between our central business district and productive rural area"?
  9. DARROCH BALL to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by all her statements?
  10. EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for the Environment: Will proposed changes to the Resource Management Act 1991 safeguard the life-supporting capacity of air, water, soil and ecosystems as the Act requires; if so, how?
  11. MATT DOOCEY to the Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery: What recent announcements have been made on the development of key anchor projects in Christchurch?
  12. STUART NASH to the Minister for Land Information: When did the Overseas Investment Office last produce a document that collated the benefits of overseas investment in New Zealand farmland in terms of employment created by the 716 successful consent applicants over the past 10 years who promised to create new job opportunities?

Question Time for 20 October 2015

2:07 PM. Question Time for 20 October 2015.

Question Time for 15 October 2015

  1. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Prime Minister with respect to achieving surplus, "Yeah, for a few hundred million we could go and slash you know, fundamentally, health, education and welfare. They're the only big areas where you could take money. I think most New Zealanders would say that's a bit short-sighted"?
  2. Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister of Finance: How does New Zealand's fiscal position compare to other advanced economies?
  3. JAMES SHAW to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Will he take a more ambitious climate target to Paris than the current target, in light of new evidence showing "only the most ambitious effort to curb emissions will stop Antarctica's ice shelves from collapsing"?
  4. CARMEL SEPULONI to the Minister for Social Development: What percentage of cancer patients receiving benefits have been found to not really have cancer due to the requirement that they submit regular medical certificates to Work and Income New Zealand?
  5. ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister for ACC: What recent announcements have been made on ACC levies?
  6. FLETCHER TABUTEAU to the Minister of Finance: Does he intend to issue a new directive letter to the Overseas Investment Office; if not, why not?
  7. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Minister of Veterans' Affairs: Will the Government support families who want to repatriate the remains of family members buried in Malaysia who died while on deployment between 1956 and 1969; if not, why not?
  8. TODD MULLER to the Minister for Primary Industries: What reports has he received on how the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement will benefit New Zealand horticulture?
  9. JAN LOGIE to the Prime Minister: Is he satisfied with the number of women who hold Cabinet positions in the Government?
  10. FLETCHER TABUTEAU to the Minister of Finance: What is the current value of the New Zealand Super Fund?
  11. BRETT HUDSON to the Minister for Small Business: How will the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement benefit New Zealand small business?
  12. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Why has early childhood education funding on a per-place basis failed to keep up with inflation in Budget 2015 when early childhood education costs for parents have increased by more than six times the rate of inflation in the past year?
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