18 Mar 2010

Question Time for 18 March

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:04 pm on 18 March 2010

Questions to Ministers 1. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Māori Affairs: What role is Te Puni Kōkiri playing in developing policy under this Government? 2. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister of Education: He aha tā te minita mahi kia āta mōhio pai ai a ia kei ngā kaiako ngā pūkenga me te mātauranga kia mārama ai rātou ki te ako i te Tiriti ki te taumata teitei o te tirohanga whānui, koronga, mātāpono, me ngā uarā hoki kua whatapuakina i roto i te Marautanga o Aotearoa? o Translation: What is the Minister doing to ensure teachers have the skills and knowledge to deliver an understanding of the Treaty to a high standard as expressed in the overview, purpose, principles and values of the New Zealand Curriculum? 3. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his statements regarding health services? 4. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Finance: What steps is the Government taking to help improve New Zealand's productivity? 5. Hon CHRIS CARTER to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Does the Government support the reintroduction of any commercial whaling? 6. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What are the benefits to New Zealand from the Kupe Gas Project? 7. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Education: By how much did students' reading and writing improve according to the 2008 evaluation of the Literacy Strategy, outlined at the top of page 18 in the November 2008 Briefing to the Incoming Minister of Education? 8. Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations: What recent progress has the Government made towards its goal of settling all historic Treaty claims by 2014? 9. KELVIN DAVIS to the Associate Minister Education: Will the new National Standards in respect of kura, help raise Māori student achievement in those schools; if so, how? 10. KEITH LOCKE to the Minister responsible for the GCSB: Does the Government's Communications Security Bureau Satellite Facility at Waihopai provide intelligence for use by the United States Government? 11. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of State Services: Did any of the 1,480 public sector positions cut last year provide frontline services; if so, how many? 12. DAVID GARRETT to the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations: How much has Tukoroirangi Morgan been paid by the Office of Treaty Settlements as a Crown Facilitator since 16 November 2008, and has he been paid on a hourly rate, or as a fixed charge?