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Question Time for 25 May 2016

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

Question Time for 24 May 2016

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

Question Time for 12 May 2016

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

Question Time for 11 May 2016

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

Question Time for 10 May 2016

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

Question Time for 5 May 2016

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

Question Time for 4 May 2016

  1. BRETT HUDSON to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the New Zealand economy?
  2. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  3. JAMES SHAW to the Minister of Revenue: Will he follow the lead of the Australian Government and introduce new measures in the upcoming Budget to ensure multinational corporations pay their fair share of tax?
  4. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: How many times has he met with the Minister of Finance, if any, over the past two months, for the purpose of discussing Vote Health funding for Budget 2016?
  5. SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm that the Government is providing more New Zealanders with access to new medicines?
  6. DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he stand by his statement, "If you look at the Massey University Housing Affordability Index, independently produced by that university, actually housing affordability in Auckland and every other market in New Zealand is actually more affordable now than when National came to Government"; if so, what would the Massey University Housing Affordability Index rating be if interest rates returned to the same level as they were in 2008?
  7. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Education: What reports has she received that celebrate exceptional NCEA achievement?
  8. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he stand by his reported statement that the housing crisis is a media beat-up?
  9. EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for Primary Industries: How does increasing the amount of irrigated land by 400,000 ha in the next 15 years, as the Ministry for Primary Industries is considering, fit with the Ministry's goal of "sustainable resource use", when irrigation and agricultural intensification cause declining water quality?
  10. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statement that "schools have never been more well-funded than under this Government"; if so, why is the cost of primary and secondary education rising at almost 10 times the rate of inflation?
  11. TRACEY MARTIN to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: Does he have confidence in the tertiary education sector?
  12. MAUREEN PUGH to the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector: What recent announcements has she made regarding support for social enterprise and community leadership groups?

Question Time for 3 May 2016

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

 

Question Time for 14 April 2016

2:02 PM.Question Time for 14 April 2016

Question Time for for 13 April 2016

  1. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Finance: What economic and fiscal conditions is the Government factoring into its planning for Budget 2016 on 26 May?
  2. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he have any financial interests which may affect his decisions around foreign trusts; if so, what are those financial interests?
  3. JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  4. ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Revenue: What is the Government doing to reduce tax compliance costs for small businesses?
  5. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  6. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his statement that "there's a difference between surgery people actually need, and surgery people think they need"?
  7. NUK KORAKO to the Minister for Small Business: What online tools is the Government providing to help small businesses make informed decisions and reduce costs?
  8. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he stand by his statement that "The areas that Mr Twyford has identified are not on any of the lists that have been provided to me by officials" in relation to his Auckland Crown Land Programme?
  9. JOANNE HAYES to the Minister of Justice: What recent announcements has she made as part of the Ministerial Work Programme on family violence?
  10. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his statements?
  11. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister for Primary Industries: Will Crown Irrigation Investments Limited continue to invest in the Ruataniwha Dam Project, in light of information released this morning that the total cost of the project is nearing $1 billion?
  12. JONO NAYLOR to the Minister of Health: What steps is the Government taking to improve the oral health of New Zealanders?

Question Time for 12 April 2016

2:02 PM.Question Time for 12 April 2016.

Question Time for 7 April 2016

  1. ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received about the management of the Government's major investment projects?
  2. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he agree with the New Zealand Medical Journal article dated 1 April 2016 which states research undertaken shows patients undergoing primary elective total hip and knee replacements in Otago in 2014 were more severely disabled than patients between 2006 and 2010; if not, why not?
  3. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  4. JAMES SHAW to the Minister of Finance: What estimates does he have of the cost to the Crown of repurchasing the New Zealand Superannuation Fund's and ACC Fund's shares in Kiwibank in five years' time?
  5. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Social Development: What recent announcements has she made regarding Child, Youth and Family?
  6. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement, "We have very strict obligations when it comes to disclosure and we meet those obligations. We're always prepared to look and enhance those obligations and change those if there are recommendations."?
  7. PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister of Science and Innovation: What recent reports has he received about increased investment by businesses in research and development?
  8. Dr MEGAN WOODS to the Minister responsible for the Earthquake Commission: What is the total number of complaints lodged with EQC in relation to the Canterbury Home Repair Programme, to date?
  9. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Corrections: What initiatives has Corrections recently launched to support prisoners to lead a crime-free life on release?
  10. STUART NASH to the Minister of Police: Does she agree with everything Prime Minister John Key has said about policing?
  11. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister for the Environment: What action will the Government take to make sure there is enough clean freshwater for all New Zealanders?
  12. SARAH DOWIE to the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector: What recent announcements has she made regarding support for communities?

Question Time for 6 April 2016

  1. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his statements in relation to tax havens?
  2. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: Can he confirm that KiwiBank will remain 100 percent Government owned?
  3. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Did he read the report "Taxation of Multinationals" prepared by the Treasury and the Inland Revenue Department dated 15 August 2013, and did he undertake the action sought from him to agree to the recommendations contained in that paper?
  4. TODD BARCLAY to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What progress is the Government making in ensuring overseas-based New Zealanders meet their obligation to repay their student loans?
  5. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he stand by his statement, "Well of course someone has to buy the houses and so of course they will be affordable to somebody"?
  6. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Given his answer to Oral Question No. 1 yesterday, how does he stand by his statements?
  7. STUART NASH to the Associate Minister for Primary Industries: What reports has she seen on the conduct of Hikurangi Forest Farms in Gisborne?
  8. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Health: How is the Government supporting the protection of New Zealanders against influenza this winter?
  9. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  10. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister for the Environment: Does he stand by the Prime Minister's statement that in Aotearoa "nobody owns water"?
  11. BRETT HUDSON to the Minister for Communications: What recent reports has she received on improvements in internet speeds?
  12. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister for Land Information: Can she assure the public that the Overseas Investment Office has not approved any applications by foreign investors implicated in the Mossack Fonseca tax avoidance scandal; if so, how?

Question Time for 5 April 2016

2:04 PM.Question Time for 5 April 2016

Question Time for 31 March 2016

  1. ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Finance: What changes is the Government making to increase support for families in need from 1 April?
  2. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "We have anti-nuclear legislation and New Zealanders wear it as a badge of honour"?
  3. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his statement that "Only National can deliver more services while reducing district health boards' deficits"?
  4. CLAYTON MITCHELL to the Associate Minister of Transport: Does he have confidence in Maritime New Zealand's management of the safety issues at Taharoa ironsands export operation?
  5. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Social Development: What changes are being made on 1 April that will help support sole parents into work?
  6. Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development: Who has provided payroll services to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment since it was formed in 2012?
  7. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Can he confirm the Government is helping young families get ahead by expanding the eligibility for paid parental leave from tomorrow, as well as increasing its length?
  8. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister responsible for HNZC: Is he satisfied that the resources allocated to Housing New Zealand are being used in the best possible way?
  9. JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister for Building and Housing: What progress has the Government made in growing the rate of new house construction, particularly in Auckland?
  10. POTO WILLIAMS to the Associate Minister for Social Development: Is she reviewing family violence and sexual violence services as part of the Ministry's line-by-line review of contracts?
  11. IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Primary Industries: How is the Government supporting sustainability in our fishing industry?
  12. DENISE ROCHE to the Minister of Immigration: Will he double the refugee quota?

Question Time for 30 March 2016

2:02 PM.Question Time for 30 March 2016.

Question Time for 29 March 2016

  1. ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on the New Zealand economy?
  2. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in his Minister responsible for the flag referendum process?
  3. RON MARK to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement from September 2015, "But now we are moving into a bit of the cycle where it's likely that migration must flatten out sometime."?
  4. JAMES SHAW to the Minister of Revenue: What estimates, if any, does he have for the total amount of tax multinational enterprises operating in New Zealand may have avoided paying in the last tax year through incorrect transfer pricing practices?
  5. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What recent reports has he received on actual and forecast job growth?
  6. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Has the district health boards' projected deficit for the end of this financial year increased or decreased against what was planned according to advice he received in March?
  7. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Social Development: How will families in low-income households be better off due to the Child Hardship Package coming into effect on 1 April?
  8. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister for the Environment: Will he support the request made to Parliament today, by over 12,000 New Zealanders, to legislate "swimmable" as the minimum standard for our freshwater lakes, rivers and streams in New Zealand?
  9. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Has real gross national disposable income per capita dropped in percentage terms over the last year?
  10. DARROCH BALL to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers?
  11. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he think home ownership in Auckland is affordable given it now reportedly takes nearly half the income of a typical first home buyer to buy a lower-end home?
  12. STUART SMITH to the Minister for Primary Industries: What recent announcements has he made regarding irrigation funding in Marlborough?

Question Time for 17 March 2016

  1. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Was he advised, prior to 8 December 2015, that the so called "jihadi brides" he referred to during the Intelligence and Security Committee meeting were all resident in Australia and did not leave from New Zealand?
  2. CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on the New Zealand economy?
  3. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his reported statement from February this year that he is not overly concerned about the broader impact of the slump in dairy prices?
  4. STUART SMITH to the Minister of Education: What reports has she received on the Intensive Wraparound Service?
  5. CARMEL SEPULONI to the Minister for Social Development: How many applications for benefits, superannuation, and special needs grants have not been processed because of the issues with the implementation of the client management IT system?
  6. BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister of Health: By what percentage has Vote Health increased since 2008?
  7. Hon DAMIEN O'CONNOR to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he have confidence in his Associate Minister for Primary Industries?
  8. BRETT HUDSON to the Minister of Tourism: What reports has he received about growth in the number of visitors coming to New Zealand?
  9. RON MARK to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements where the interests of young New Zealanders are concerned?
  10. STUART NASH to the Minister of Police: If someone suspects criminal activity and they actually want the Police to turn up in under 10 minutes, do they have to inform the Police that they have a gun?
  11. KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Health: Will he introduce a tax on sugary drinks, in light of the growing number of countries who have done so, most recently the UK, and the evidence that it is effective?
  12. JENNY SALESA to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: Is he concerned about skills shortages in professions that require knowledge in STEM subjects; if not, why not?

Question Time for 16 March 2016

2:03 PM.1. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: What were the estimates given to him in his conversations with banks about the number of dairy farmers that are likely to go into receivership and leave the land? 2. JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?

3. NUK KORAKO to the Minister of Finance: What steps is the Government taking to help keep interest rates lower for longer?

4. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Small Business: Does he believe that the statement by the Prime Minister yesterday that New Zealand “is a highly diversified economy” and “business confidence is strong” applies to small businesses?

5. FLETCHER TABUTEAU to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his answers in relation to Oral Question No. 2 in the House yesterday?

6. Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement, “The single-biggest gainers out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership are dairy farmers”?

7. IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Economic Development: What is the Government doing to encourage economic growth?

8. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Why did she say yesterday that “we will not be interested in how we stigmatise children” as part of the school funding review when she said less than a minute earlier that the current decile system was unhelpful because it stigmatised low-decile schools?

9. MATT DOOCEY to the Minister for Social Development: How is low inflation supporting a real increase in superannuation?

10. IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY to the Minister of Immigration: Is the Recognised Seasonal Employer Scheme working for New Zealand and for the temporary migrants who work under the scheme?

11. MAUREEN PUGH to the Minister for Small Business: How are small businesses benefiting from Government policies that are contributing to lower interest rates?

12. RICHARD PROSSER to the Minister of Trade: What trade benefits has the Government negotiated for New Zealand’s forestry industry?

Question Time for 15 March 2016

  1. Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making in its programme to get better results from public services?
  2. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements and how does he do so?
  3. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that New Zealand is on the "cusp of something special"; if so, did he mean a thousand dairy farmers being forced off their land?
  4. JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  5. JOANNE HAYES to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm that the Government is making major investments in health infrastructure in Christchurch?
  6. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he support the expectation of the Governor of the Reserve Bank that banks would pass on the full Official Cash Rate cut made last week?
  7. RON MARK to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his statements; if so, why?
  8. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Transport: What recent progress has the Government made on the Waikato Expressway Road of National Significance?
  9. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statement that "we do need to review the way we fund schools and focus more on outcomes rather than blunt proxy"?
  10. JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Associate Minister of Transport: Will he support the Green Party plan to make 30km an hour the default speed limit outside schools, given that kids have less than a 50:50 chance of surviving being hit by a car travelling at the current default speed limit of 50km an hour?
  11. STUART NASH to the Minister of Police: Why did the number of burglaries that were resolved fall from 9,770 in 2008 to 6,136 in 2015, with the proportion of burglaries that went unsolved rising from 84 percent to over 90 percent?
  12. ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister for Primary Industries: How is the Government supporting our regions through irrigation and water storage projects?
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