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  • Question time for 17 April 2014 ( 59′ 55″ )

    Questions to Ministers

    1. DENIS O'ROURKE to the Minister of Transport: Does he agree with all of the Prime Minister's statements concerning transport?
    2. JOANNE HAYES to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on recent trends in the cost of living for New Zealanders?
    3. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Justice: Did she meet with a senior official from the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, also known as the AQSIQ, during her Ministerial visit to China in October 2013?
    4. PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: What progress has the Government made on the mixed ownership model programme?
    5. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his statements?
    6. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Social Development: What recent reports has she received about the number of people on a benefit?
    7. Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Prime Minister: Does he support or condemn the killing of a New Zealand citizen by a United States drone strike in Yemen last year?
    8. Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made on further Initial Teacher Education provision?
    9. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister of Police: Does she stand by her statements that police are "much happier under a National-led Government" and that, "there have been no police budget cuts"?
    10. CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Associate Minister of Transport: What recent initiatives has the Government announced to help improve safety on our roads?
    11. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Immigration: What steps has he taken to ensure that New Zealand workers are given priority for jobs in the Christchurch rebuild and migrant workers given temporary visas are protected?
    12. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister for Primary Industries: Is he aware of the concerns of the Chairman of Te Rūnanga ā Iwi o Ngāpuhi that the revised policy laid out in the Fisheries (Foreign Charter Vessels and Other Matters) Amendment Bill will disproportionately affect iwi owners of settlement quota who lack the scale, capital and flexibility of other quota owners to make other arrangements for catching their annual catch entitlement; if so, what is he doing to address these concerns?
  • Question Time for 16 April 2014 ( 1h 10′ 49″ )

    To be announced.

  • Question Time for 15 April 2014 ( 55′ 41″ )

    1. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: How will the Budget next month help to lock in the benefits of sustainable economic growth to support more jobs and higher incomes for New Zealanders?
    2. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers?
    3. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister for Economic Development: What steps is the Government taking to encourage more investment in New Zealand's regional economies?
    4. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: When did she first become aware that the New Zealand Qualifications Authority had posted hundreds of examination booklets to the wrong students?
    5. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's policies?
    6. LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister for Social Development: What recent changes has the Government made to the social housing sector?
    7. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Justice: Does she maintain that it is not in the public interest to answer all questions regarding Oravida?
    8. IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: What reports has she received on the progress on the Remote Schools Broadband Initiative?
    9. Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does he stand by his statement in this House on 8 August 2013 that: "We have every reason to be concerned about New Zealand's reputation, but our action on climate change right now is not amongst those reasons."?
    10. IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY to the Minister for ACC: On what date did ACC adopt the policy to stop paying compensation to people who refused to provide a signed, unaltered copy of the ACC167 form?
    11. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Health: What progress has the Government made on capital investments in health in Counties-Manukau?
    12. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Justice: Does she stand by her statement that "in hindsight" she should have noted her dinner with her husband's fellow Oravida Ltd directors and a senior Chinese border control official in her report to Cabinet on her Ministerial visit to China in October 2013?
  • Question Time for 10 April 2014 ( 1h 16′ 29″ )

    1. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he think conservation land, designated as ecological areas, should be opened up for petroleum exploration as part of Block Offer 2014?
    2. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he believe that the Government's policies have reduced income inequality; if so, does he agree with the IMF that rising inequality slows economic growth?
    3. Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making with its share offer programme to free up capital to invest in new public assets without having to borrow more from overseas lenders?
    4. DENIS O'ROURKE to the Minister of Transport: Does he agree with the conclusion in the 2012 New Zealand Transport Agency commissioned report by Opus International that coastal shipping, followed by rail, are the most cost effective modes of transporting freight over long distances in New Zealand?
    5. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What recent reports has he seen on the funding of hospitals in New Zealand?
    6. MIKE SABIN to the Minister of Police: What steps is the Government taking to reduce the supply of methamphetamine and its precursors into New Zealand?
    7. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Is she satisfied that no student will be worse off as a result of the establishment of the new category of Expert Teacher; if so, why?
    8. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What update can he give on the Government's Warm Up New Zealand home insulation programmes?
    9. ANDREW LITTLE to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he stand by his statement, "Taranaki is one of the leading regions, if not the leading region in the country."?
    10. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister for Senior Citizens: What recent announcement has she made about elder abuse and neglect prevention?
    11. DENISE ROCHE to the Associate Minister of Health: Does he stand by his statement that "he has absolutely nothing to hide" in regard to any potential conflicts of interest in regard to his duties as the Associate Minister of Health?
    12. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Justice: Does she know the name and employing department of the Chinese official that she had dinner with in Beijing on 20 October 2013 on her Ministerial visit to China; if so, is the reason that she has refused to tell the House that information is because she believes it is not in the public interest to do so?
  • Question Time for 9 April 2014 ( 1h 11′ 11″ )

    1. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "housing is always a big issue because people need to own a home or, frankly, in most cases, a lot of people want to own a home"?
    2. PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making in achieving its goal of returning to fiscal surplus next year?
    3. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by all of her decisions and statements as Minister of Education?
    4. MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Police: What recent reports has she received on crime levels in New Zealand?
    5. CLARE CURRAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
    6. MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Social Development: How many people have had their benefits suspended since the Government tightened rules on overseas travel?
    7. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he stand by all his statements?
    8. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by all her decisions?
    9. SHANE ARDERN to the Minister of Health: What recent announcements has the Government made about colonoscopy services in New Zealand?
    10. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Transport: Does he have confidence in KiwiRail following the most recent incidents involving the Aratere and now the Stena Alegra; if so, why?
    11. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Justice: What was the name of the Chinese official that she dined with during her Ministerial visit to China in October 2013, and if she will not name him, why did she give details of his seniority and place of work?
    12. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What recent announcement has he made about energy efficiency initiatives in the transport and industrial heat sectors?

    Questions to members

    1. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Member in charge of the Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months' Paid Leave) Amendment Bill: What reports, if any, has she seen on how practical it is to implement the Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months' Paid Leave) Amendment Bill?
    2. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Member in charge of the Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months' Paid Leave) Amendment Bill: What is the purpose of the Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months' Paid Leave) Amendment Bill?
  • Question Time for 8 April 2014 ( 49′ 18″ )

    1. MAGGIE BARRY to the Minister of Finance: How is the Government ensuring recent broad-based growth and good fiscal management is delivering higher incomes and more jobs for families?
    2. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
    3. CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister for ACC: What announcements has she recently made in respect of the ACC levies?
    4. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers?
    5. RICHARD PROSSER to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he believe that New Zealand's biosecurity preparations, including Biosecurity NZ, are sufficiently and adequately resourced to protect New Zealand from biosecurity risks?
    6. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: By what percentage will New Zealand's net greenhouse gas emissions increase in the next 10 years, according to the Ministry for the Environment annual report for the year ended June 2013?
    7. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Infometrics estimate that the 1974 Super Fund would have savings of $278 billion, if it had not been axed by the National Government, and does he agree wages would be higher in New Zealand if we had those higher savings?
    8. IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Economic Development: What announcements has the Government made to further help New Zealand exporters succeed internationally?
    9. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Commerce: Does he stand by all his statements?
    10. Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Health: What recent announcements has the Government made about better supporting people with autism?
    11. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Is she satisfied that the proposed creation of new Executive Principal and Expert Teacher positions has the support and confidence of school teachers and principals; if so, why?
    12. GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Is he satisfied safety in the petroleum industry is adequate given there have been two fires at installations, six uncontrolled releases of hydrocarbons, 15 events that saw emergency response plans activated, one well integrity issue and three incidents with the potential to cause a major accident, in just the past eight months?
  • Question Time for 20 March 2014 ( 1h 11′ 25″ )

    1. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by all her statements?
    2. GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he see New Zealand's energy future in oil and gas exploration or renewable energy?
    3. JOHN HAYES to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on progress in building a faster-growing economy that supports more jobs and higher incomes for New Zealanders?
    4. Hon NANAIA MAHUTA to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statements "I'm satisfied public money was spent in an appropriate way" and "There were no instances of TPO using public money inappropriately"; if so, why has she referred Te Pātaka Ohanga to the Serious Fraud Office?
    5. LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received about recent progress in the treatment of stroke in New Zealand?
    6. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his statements?
    7. MIKE SABIN to the Minister for Courts: What progress can he report on the Government's efforts to reduce the age of civil court cases?
    8. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Justice: Does she agree with the Prime Minister that she "misled by omission" with respect to her dealings with Oravida Ltd and her ministerial visit to China; if so, in what specific ways did she mislead by omission?
    9. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What announcement has he made in relation to smart electricity in New Zealand?
    10. MOJO MATHERS to the Minister of Broadcasting: Does he think that television programmes made with public funds should be screened with captions so that New Zealanders with hearing loss can watch them?
    11. MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Social Development: What recent announcements has she made about ensuring housing assistance goes to those most in need of it?
    12. TRACEY MARTIN to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statement in regards to Te Pātaka Ohanga, "there were no instances of TPO using public money inappropriately"?
  • Question Time for 19 March 2014 ( 1h 1′ 45″ )

    1. MAGGIE BARRY to the Minister of Finance: What announcements has the Government made to build on New Zealand's international economic position?
    2. BRENDAN HORAN to the Minister of Transport: Does he agree with the statement of the Minister of Transport in 2011 that "I am confident that the New Zealand Transport Agency engages with property acquisition processes under the Public Works Act in a fair and proper way", and is he satisfied that is the case in the property acquisition for the Hairini Link?
    3. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that the forestry industry "needs significant change"?
    4. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: Will the Government propose any measures to restrict the sale of New Zealand farmland or residential land to foreign companies or persons?
    5. COLIN KING to the Minister of Conservation: What support has he received for the Prime Minister's recent announcement to create a new marine reserve and whale and seal sanctuary in Kaikoura?
    6. Hon NANAIA MAHUTA to the Associate Minister of Education: Does he accept all the findings of the Independent Audit Report into Te Kohanga Reo National Trust?
    7. SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made on legislation to strengthen the teaching profession?
    8. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Justice: Does she stand by all her statements regarding Oravida Ltd because she asserts they are true?
    9. HOLLY WALKER to the Minister of Housing: When was the last time that the homeownership rate was as low or lower than it is now?
    10. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the forestry industry that Government incentives to encourage further wood processing in New Zealand, such as accelerated depreciation rates on machinery, are necessary to maximise New Zealand's share of the global value chain?
    11. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Corrections: What recent reports has she received on the provision of education programmes in prison?
    12. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Justice: On what date was she invited to dinner in Beijing with the founder and Managing Director of Oravida Ltd, and when was she informed as to who else would be attending the dinner?
  • Question Time for 18 March 2014 ( 55′ 5″ )

    1. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that his approach is "to make New Zealand a better place for Kiwis and their families"; if so, will he commit to building a high-value, high-wage economy?
    2. Hon KATE WILKINSON to the Minister of Finance: How is the Government's economic programme helping to control the cost of living for New Zealand families?
    3. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Justice: Does she stand by all her statements?
    4. PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister for Courts: What progress can he report on the Government's efforts to modernise and speed up the court system?
    5. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Is she considering a greater role for national standards and NCEA achievement data in school funding and teacher pay decisions; if so, why?
    6. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Justice: Does she still stand by her claim that Oravida business was not discussed at her dinner in Beijing at which Oravida personnel were present as well as a senior Chinese Government Customs official?
    7. Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Health: What announcements has the Government made to further improve maternity services?
    8. JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Transport: Can he confirm that by the end of this fiscal year the Government will have spent $1.5 billion on work classified as having a "low" benefit to cost ratio under its Roads of National Significance programme?
    9. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Housing: Does he stand by all his statements on housing?
    10. SHANE ARDERN to the Minister for Primary Industries: What progress can he report on innovation investment through the sustainable farming fund?
    11. Su'a WILLIAM SIO to the Minister for Pacific Island Affairs: Does he have confidence that the Government is "achieving better outcomes for Pacific peoples in New Zealand"?
    12. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Transport: What progress is being made on the Government's high productivity motor vehicles routes programme?
  • Question Time for 13 March 2014 ( 1h 3′ 30″ )

    1. PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on the New Zealand economy?
    2. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers; if so, why?
    3. SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Education: What recent announcement has she made about opportunities to share education best practice with international counterparts?
    4. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Justice: Does she stand by all her statements regarding her relationship with Oravida Ltd?
    5. JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Transport: What percentage of the transport budget is currently being spent specifically on ensuring that children can walk or cycle to school safely, and does he consider that is adequate?
    6. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Energy and Resources: How has the electricity market improved under this Government?
    7. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What recent reports has he received of staff shortages and the impact of such shortages, if any, in DHBs?
    8. Hon Dr PITA SHARPLES to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: How does the Government intend on sustaining, supporting and growing Māori-led research driven by Māori researchers with positive outcomes that support the goals and aspirations of whanau, hapu and iwi, in light of the decision by the New Zealand Royal Society not to fund Nga Pāe o te Māramatanga or any other Māori-led research organisation?
    9. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Conservation: What progress is the Government making in implementing its "Bluegreen" plan for New Zealand?
    10. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Justice: Were all her answers to questions relating to her involvement with Oravida accurate and in compliance with the Cabinet Manual?
    11. MIKE SABIN to the Minister of Transport: What reports has he received on the importance of freight movement to New Zealand?
    12. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Housing: Does he expect housing affordability to improve in the coming year?
  • Question Time for 12 March 2014 ( 1h 14′ 52″ )

    1. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: How will the expected increases in the Official Cash Rate over the coming year affect New Zealand families and businesses?
    2. JOHN HAYES to the Minister of Finance: How will the Government's economic and fiscal policies ensure its accounts return to surplus in 2014/15 and help keep interest rates lower than during the previous economic cycle?
    3. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
    4. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What has the Government done to improve the performance of the electricity market in New Zealand?
    5. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Justice: Did she seek advice from the Cabinet Office regarding any conflict of interest arising from her husband's directorship of Oravida Ltd; if so, when and why?
    6. Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister for Economic Development: How is the Government making it easier, quicker and less complicated for businesses to deal with the Government?
    7. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Were all his answers to questions relating to the Hon Judith Collins and Oravida checked to ensure they were true; if not, why not?
    8. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: What is the total amount of dividends that the Government has taken out of Transpower since 2011, and what is the current debt gearing ratio of Transpower?
    9. JOANNE HAYES to the Minister of Justice: What recent reports has she received on Justice sector results?
    10. HONE HARAWIRA to the Deputy Prime Minister: What more is the Government planning to do to ensure all New Zealand children have food to eat each school day in light of the recent Treasury finding that the number of children living in poverty has increased to 285,000?
    11. DAVID SHEARER to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Further to his reply to Oral Question No 9 yesterday, will he now tell me what is his Ministry's best estimate for the percentage increase in retail electricity prices for the period 1 February to 1 August this year for a household of four persons, averaged across New Zealand?
    12. CLAUDETTE HAUITI to the Minister of Health: What recent announcement has the Government made on the Waitemata bowel screening pilot?
  • Question Time for 11 March 2014 ( 1h 3′ 11″ )

    1. 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"?
    2. Hon KATE WILKINSON to the Minister of Finance: What will be the focus of the Government's economic programme going into the election on 20 September?
    3. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers; if so, why?
    4. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his Government's policies?
    5. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Housing: Does he believe the Government is making it easier for young people in the regions to buy their first home?
    6. IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Economic Development: What recent reports has he received on the manufacturing sector?
    7. EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for the Environment: Will she strengthen the proposed water quality national objectives for human health so that New Zealanders can safely swim in our rivers?
    8. CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister of Labour: What recent progress has the Government made on health and safety reform in New Zealand?
    9. DAVID SHEARER to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What is his Ministry's best estimate for the percentage increase in retail electricity prices for the period 1 February to 1 August this year for a household of four persons, averaged across New Zealand?
    10. Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Health: What investment is the Government making in improving health services in West Auckland?
    11. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister for the Environment: Does she think that companies should be allowed to pollute our rivers for an unlimited amount of time using section 107(2) of the Resource Management Act 1991, or does she think that the use of "exceptional circumstances" should be time limited?
    12. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Justice: Did she note her visit to the Shanghai offices of Oravida Limited in her report to Cabinet on her Ministerial visit to China in October 2013; if not, why not?
  • Question Time for 6 March 2014 ( 59′ 50″ )

    1. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: How is the Government's economic programme helping to keep interest rates lower during this economic cycle, compared to the previous economic cycle in the mid-2000s?
    2. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Energy and Resources: How much more is an average New Zealand household that uses 8,000kwh of power annually paying for electricity per year as of November 2013 compared to November 2008, according to the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment's latest Quarterly Survey of Domestic Electricity Prices?
    3. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: What will he do to "spread some of the benefits of growth" when hourly wage rates have only grown by 1.6 percent in the year to December 2013, which is close to 0 percent in real terms, when 45 percent of listed corporates have double-digit profit growth?
    4. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister for the Environment: What recent announcements has the Government made on the classification for drilling for oil and gas in New Zealand's Exclusive Economic Zone?
    5. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Justice: When she told the House yesterday "I had previously told Oravida that it could not use my name or photograph to endorse or promote its business products or services" when was that and what specific circumstances did it relate to?
    6. COLIN KING to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: How is the Youth Guarantee Scheme helping the Government achieve the Better Public Services target of 85 percent of all 18-year-olds achieving NCEA Level two or an equivalent qualification in 2017?
    7. CAROL BEAUMONT to the Minister of Women's Affairs: Does she have confidence in the Ministry of Women's Affairs given their 2013 Annual Report shows that six out of seven policy outcomes have stayed the same or gone backwards in the last past year; if so, why?
    8. SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister for Courts: How is the Government improving the way the Disputes Tribunal works to make it easier for New Zealanders to resolve civil disputes?
    9. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Internal Affairs: What action, if any, has he taken this year to show the Prime Minister that he has met the highest ethical standards required by Section 2.53 of the Cabinet Manual?
    10. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister of Pacific Island Affairs: What steps is the Government taking to lift the skills of Pacific people in New Zealand?
    11. DENIS O'ROURKE to the Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery: Does he accept the conclusion in the Human Rights Commission's report Monitoring Human Rights in the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery that "many people affected by the earthquakes continue to experience deteriorating standards of living and impacts on their quality of life that go beyond the immediate effects of the disaster"?
    12. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Has he had any discussions with any Indian Government Ministers about selling Solid Energy assets?
  • Question Time for 5 March 2014 ( 1h 10′ 9″ )

    1. TRACEY MARTIN to the Minister responsible for Novopay: Does he stand by his statement of 11 February 2014, "education payroll is the most complex in New Zealand and more work remains to be done to simplify the business processes to ensure it runs as smoothly as possible each year"?
    2. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "the true builders of that future are the millions of New Zealanders working in the homes, the businesses, the industries of our country"?
    3. MAGGIE BARRY to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making with its share offer programme, which is freeing up money for reinvestment in new public assets without having to increase Government debt?
    4. ANDREW LITTLE to the Attorney-General: Will he release all correspondence between the Christchurch Crown Solicitor or any other solicitor acting for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, and counsel for Peter Whittall on the decision not to proceed with the prosecution of Mr Whittall under the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 relating to conditions at the Pike River Mine that lead to the deaths of 29 miners; if not, why not?
    5. KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Health: When were Ministry of Health officials first informed that the dispute between the Southern District Health Board and South Link Health involved allegations of the misuse of public funding, and when were they first informed that this alleged misuse was suspected to involve elements that could be fraud?
    6. Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What announcements has the Government made on the Tertiary Education Strategy for New Zealand?
    7. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister responsible for the Earthquake Commission: Does he stand by his statement made yesterday in the House with regard to Canterbury Labour Members of Parliament that they "have made no more than five requests for assistance through the Earthquake Commission"; if not, when will he be correcting his statement and apologising?
    8. MARK MITCHELL to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: How is the Government's Information and Communication Technology programme improving New Zealanders' access to improved technology and better connectivity?
    9. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Justice: On what date did she receive an invitation to visit the Shanghai office of Oravida Ltd during her Ministerial visit to China in October 2013, and what actions did she take to ensure this visit met her obligations under the Cabinet Manual?
    10. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Associate Minister of Education: Did the communities in Christchurch, Auckland and Queenstown, where four schools are to be built using a public-private partnership (PPP) model, ask the Government for private sector management of their school buildings?
    11. PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister of Health: What investment is the Government making in improving nutrition and exercise for pre-schoolers?
    12. JOANNE HAYES to the Minister of Corrections: What steps has the Government taken to improve access to alcohol and drug treatment for prisoners?
  • Question Time for 4 March 2014 ( 1h 6′ 10″ )

    1. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement "our approach is to put everyday New Zealanders at the heart of everything the Government does, so we organise services around them"?
    2. IAN McKELVIE to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on momentum building in the economy – particularly trends in jobs, wages, and business confidence?
    3. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: When did he first become aware that Treasury had miscalculated estimates of household disposable income?
    4. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister for the Environment: Will she continue to protect the concept of cultural impact assessments as a key tenet of the Resource Management Act 1991 and does she agree with David Taipari, Chair of the Māori Statutory Board for Auckland Council, that, like built heritage, it was important to protect archaeological sites or sites of significance to mana whenua?
    5. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: When was she first advised about the miscalculation affecting "estimates of disposable income", and how was this advice received?
    6. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Science and Innovation: What announcements has he made to encourage further investment in research and development by tech-savvy firms?
    7. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his ministers?
    8. Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Health: What progress can he report on the Government's health targets for district health boards?
    9. BRENDAN HORAN to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he stand by all his statements regarding iron sand seabed mining; if so, why?
    10. NICKY WAGNER to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made on the Greater Christchurch Education Renewal Programme?
    11. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Transport: Does he have confidence in KiwiRail following the discovery of asbestos in DL locomotives?
    12. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Commerce: What decisions have been made on crowd funding following the passage of the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013?
  • Question Time for 20 February 2014 ( 1h 6′ 49″ )

    1. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Finance: How is the Government's focus on Better Public Service results improving New Zealanders' lives while helping New Zealand's long-term fiscal position?
    2. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "when this Government came in, there were predictions that unemployment would rise to over 10 percent"; if so, in the December 2008 Economic and Fiscal Update what level did Treasury forecast that unemployment would peak at?
    3. KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Health: Was he told in 2010 that the Southern District Health Board had received legal advice that suggested there was the possibility of fraud in its dispute with South Link Health?
    4. Le'aufa'amulia ASENATI LOLE-TAYLOR to the Minister of Consumer Affairs: Does he believe he is doing all he can to protect consumers, particularly vulnerable, low income families?
    5. PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister of Justice: What recent results has she received regarding Better Public Service targets for crime and reoffending?
    6. Hon SHANE JONES to the Minister of Commerce: Was he aware of alleged cash payments being made to buyers from Countdown Supermarkets in return for the preferential treatment of suppliers, prior to 19 February 2014?
    7. Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister of Education: What recent announcement has she made on initiatives to help Pasifika parents engage in their children's learning?
    8. SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Finance: Is it still his intention to use a financial veto against my Bill which proposes to extend paid parental leave to 26 weeks?
    9. MOJO MATHERS to the Minister of Commerce: Will he support the introduction of a supermarket code of conduct in New Zealand that governs relations between supermarkets and their suppliers and an adjudicator with the power to investigate breaches of the code; if not, why not?
    10. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: Does he stand by his statement "addressing migrant exploitation is a priority area for the Labour Inspectorate and Immigration New Zealand"?
    11. PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister for the Environment: What progress is the Government making to ensure that New Zealanders have access to comprehensive environmental information that is independent, is easy to understand and relevant?
    12. Dr RAJEN PRASAD to the Minister of Immigration: Does he stand by all the statements he made in his answers to Oral Question No 11 on 13 February 2014?
  • Question Time for 19 February 2014 ( 1h 10′ 14″ )

    1. KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Health: Does he think fraud in the publicly funded health sector is serious and if so would he investigate any allegations of fraud if they were raised with him?
    2. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What recent reports has he seen on inadequate standards of health care in New Zealand?
    3. SHANE ARDERN to the Minister of Finance: How is the Government balancing its focus on responsibly managing its finances with addressing some of the most challenging social issues facing vulnerable families?
    4. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Commerce: When does he expect the Commerce (Cartels and Other Matters) Amendment Bill to be passed into law?
    5. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister of Housing: What progress is the Government making in growing the Community Housing sector and redeveloping Housing New Zealand homes to better match today's housing needs?
    6. Hon SHANE JONES to the Minister of Commerce: What documentation, if any, did he and his office prepare prior to 12 February 2014, regarding the behaviour of supermarkets towards suppliers, and when was that documentation prepared?
    7. MIKE SABIN to the Minister of Police: What results have Police recorded since new laws were introduced by the Government in 2009 to combat illegal street racing?
    8. Hon MARYAN STREET to the Minister of State Services: What was the total cost of the Rebstock inquiry into the leaking of internal documents from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and how much of that was paid to Paula Rebstock?
    9. Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Health: What announcements has the Government made about e-Health Ambassadors and their role in promoting patient portals?
    10. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Prime Minister: Further to his response of "No" as to whether he received an assurance from Mr Dunne that he had not made a copy of the draft Kitteridge Report on the GCSB available to a Fairfax reporter, in Oral Question No 11 on 12 February and that he "accepted him at his word", in a supplementary answer to the same question, in what context did Mr Dunne give his word that he did not make said report available to the reporter?
    11. GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he think New Zealanders are paying too much for their power?
    12. BARBARA STEWART to the Associate Minister of Health: Is she satisfied with the current level of care in rest homes?
  • Question Time for 18 February 2014 ( 1h 25′ 8″ )

    1. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that there are "plenty of jobs out there for people if they look really hard"?
    2. MAGGIE BARRY to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making with its multi-billion dollar investment programme in modern infrastructure?
    3. Hon SHANE JONES to the Minister of Commerce: Was he made aware of any concerns regarding the behaviour of supermarkets towards suppliers prior to 12 February 2014?
    4. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's policies?
    5. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Education: What recent announcement has she made on the increase in students achieving NCEA level 2?
    6. SUE MORONEY to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in regard to proposals to extend paid parental leave, "It's an important time they bond with their children. Everyone acknowledges having more time with their infants would be an important thing to support"?
    7. Hon PHIL HEATLEY to the Minister for Social Development: What reports has she received about the support the Government is providing to grandparents and other family members raising children?
    8. ANDREW WILLIAMS to the Minister of Veterans' Affairs: Are there any areas where he believes war veterans are not receiving adequate support for their service to our country?
    9. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Transport: Why is the construction of the City Rail Link only beginning in 2020?
    10. SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Justice: What progress has been made on criminal history sharing for employment vetting between Australia and New Zealand?
    11. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Internal Affairs: Does he stand by his answers to all supplementary questions to Oral Questions in the House this year; if so, why?
    12. HOLLY WALKER to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: Does he share the concerns of the New Zealand Psychological Society and the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists that his decision to cut postgraduate student allowances could significantly impact the future psychology workforce in New Zealand?
  • Question Time for 13 February 2014 ( 1h 7′ 46″ )

    1. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: How is the Government's economic programme supporting stronger regional job growth?
    2. Hon SHANE JONES to the Minister of Commerce: Is he aware of demands being made by the Countdown supermarket group for retrospective payments from New Zealand suppliers, with threats Countdown will not stock their products?
    3. JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister for Economic Development: Why is the Government holding up economic development in Auckland's CBD, according to Auckland City officials, by delaying the opening of the City Rail Link until 2025?
    4. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Social Development: What reports has she received about the state of the nation in relation to social outcomes?
    5. DENIS O'ROURKE to the Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery: Is he aware of any proposals to transport asbestos-contaminated material from the Christchurch rebuild to sub-standard landfills?
    6. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Is he satisfied New Zealanders are receiving timely and affordable healthcare?
    7. MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Housing: What reports has he received on positive progress being advanced on the Government's housing agenda?
    8. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: Does he agree with the Prime Minister's statement on the minimum wage that "I think we've been pretty fair in what we've done in the past and we probably will be in the future"?
    9. CLAUDETTE HAUITI to the Minister of Science and Innovation: How are the National Science Challenges bringing together the best scientific talent across New Zealand?
    10. HONE HARAWIRA to the Minister for Economic Development: Will he commit to spending the $41m on reducing child poverty, after signalling that he might not now give that money to Team New Zealand to compete in the next America's Cup?
    11. Dr RAJEN PRASAD to the Minister of Immigration: When he said in response to an oral question on 29 January 2014 that it was "a pretty simple process…to alert immigration authorities", what was his understanding of the process a complainant would go through?
    12. CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Associate Minister of Transport: What progress is being made in improving road safety?
  • Question Time for 12 February 2014 ( 58′ 53″ )

    1. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "there are more children in poverty than at some point in the past", and if so, does he remain concerned about child poverty levels in New Zealand?
    2. JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Finance: How is the Government's economic programme supporting stronger economic growth, more jobs and higher incomes?
    3. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: Do her measures of success for vulnerable children include lowering child poverty, child abuse and child neglect rates; if not, why not?
    4. Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister of Health: What is the Government doing to assist areas that face difficulties recruiting and retaining health professionals?
    5. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister for Social Development: What papers or reports, if any, did her office produce in the last 12 months relating to the measurement of child poverty?
    6. RICHARD PROSSER to the Minister of Conservation: Does he stand by all his statements on the use of 1080 poison by the Department of Conservation?
    7. EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for the Environment: Why do the Government's proposals for improving freshwater management allow New Zealand rivers to have higher concentrations of nitrogen pollution than China's Yangtze River?
    8. COLIN KING to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What steps is the Government taking to strengthen the governance of New Zealand universities and wānanga?
    9. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Is she satisfied that all of the funding allocated to Partnership Schools will be spent on educating students; if not, why not?
    10. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: What recent reports has she received on the number of end users able to connect to the Government's Ultra-Fast Broadband and Rural Broadband Initiatives?
    11. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Prime Minister: Is the Hon Peter Dunne a suitable person to hold the position answerable in this House for the security of information held by Government in light of him repeatedly declining to deny, in the House yesterday, that he made the draft Kitteridge report available to a Fairfax reporter, and, if so, has he received an assurance from Mr Dunne that he did not make the document available to any reporter?
    12. Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Veterans' Affairs: What progress is being made in planning for Gallipoli 2015 commemorations?

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