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02/07/2008: Question Time for 2 July 2008 Questions 1-6
QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER Wednesday, 2 July 2008 Questions to Ministers 1. JOHN KEY to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her statement, in relation to the Government's purchase of rail and ferry assets, that "we are not going into this to make money"? 2. Hon PAUL SWAIN to the Minister of Finance: Has he received any reports on privatisation of the ACC scheme? 3. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Finance: What were the findings of the Auditor-General's performance audit of ONTRACK? 4. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister for ACC: What reports has she received comparing the ACC scheme with Australian alternatives? 5. Dr WAYNE MAPP to the Minister of Defence: Why did he say on Sunday that he didn't know anything about the practice of Defence Force personnel seconded to the United Nations double-dipping on housing allowances, given that he approved answers to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee that stated "it has become apparent that there have been inconsistencies…relating to housing assistance provided by the NZDF to personnel seconded to the UN.", and that "The NZDF has suspended the provision of housing allowances to UN-seconded personnel."? 6. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Finance: Will the results of the Reserve Bank initiative to pursue "options for alternative instruments" for monetary policy be made publicly available; and at whose behest was the addition of this initiative in the Reserve Bank's latest Statement of Intent? [more]

02/07/2008: Question Time for 2 July 2008 Questions 7-12
QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER Wednesday, 2 July 2008 Questions to Ministers 7. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Health: Why are lower North Island district health boards planning a drastic proposal to downgrade regional hospitals in the lower North Island and to "cluster" acute services in Wellington and one other site? 8. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Agriculture: Why did the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry make a submission to Horizons Regional Council opposing a draft standard requiring all rivers and streams in the Manawatu-Wanganui region to be safe for swimming? 9. ANNE TOLLEY to the Minister of Education: Does he have confidence in the Ministry of Education; if so, why? 10. Hon TARIANA TURIA to the Minister of Conservation: What assurances can she give that relocation of the moko skinks from Whangamata Marina site will not affect a species categorised as "sparse" in the North Island Skink Recovery Plan 2002-2012? 11. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister responsible for Climate Change Issues: Does he agree that the statement by Australian Climate Change Minister Penny Wong "The introduction of emissions trading will constitute the most significant economic and structural reform undertaken in Australia since the trade liberalisation of the 1980s" also applies to the New Zealand economy? 12. LESLEY SOPER to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received on the success of Primary Health Organisations? [more]

03/07/2008: Question Time For 3 June 2008
QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER Thursday, 3 July 2008 Questions to Ministers 1. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Finance: What is the Government's best estimate of its ongoing financial return from the purchase of rail and ferry assets? 2. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence that her ministers of Health, Environment, Agriculture, and Local Government are protecting New Zealanders from any major threats to the safety and security of our drinking water supply? 3. Hon MAURICE WILLIAMSON to the Minister of Transport: Did she, following last year's increases in road user charges, give Road Transport Forum NZ an assurance that operators would be given a month's notice of any such increases in the future? 4. Dr ASHRAF CHOUDHARY to the Minister of Agriculture: What further steps are being taken to implement the New Zealand Fast Forward initiative? 5. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Health: What matters contributed to the decision to undertake an independent review of maternity services in Wellington? 6. Hon MARK GOSCHE to the Minister for ACC: What reports has she received on possible changes to the ACC scheme? 7. SIMON POWER to the Minister of Justice: Does she stand by her statement that "I think family violence is being reported more often because people feel more confident to come forward and report it."? 8. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Transport: Does she stand by her statement that "In terms of relative transport priorities, 'switching on' safety around schools must be right up there at the top of any list."; if so, is she prepared to promote or support legislation to make it easier for local authorities to implement speed zones around schools in the interests of child and general pedestrian safety? 9. JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister of Revenue: Is he satisfied with the enforcement of child support in New Zealand given that total child support debt has increased from $380 million in 2000 to over $1.27 billion; if so, why? 10. H V ROSS ROBERTSON to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What reports has she received regarding the Government's action to reduce poverty in New Zealand? 11. ANNE TOLLEY to the Minister of Education: Is he satisfied that the Ministry of Education is managing school properties well; if so, why? 12. Dr the Hon LOCKWOOD SMITH to the Minister of Immigration: When was a Minister of Immigration first made aware that Mary Anne Thompson was the staff member at the centre of an investigation into unlawful decision making in the Immigration Service? [more]

22/07/2008: Parliament Question Time 22 July 2008
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon MARK GOSCHE to the Minister for ACC: What reports has she received on changes to ACC levy rates? 2. JOHN KEY to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in the Minister of Foreign Affairs; if so, why? 3. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister of Māori Affairs: Kei te whakaae ia ki te kōrero a te Tumuaki o Te Mana Arotake e mea ana, ko ngā painga kua puta i te Rautaki Reo Māori kua pāngia e te kore rauemi mō ngā tikanga whakahaere me tōna whakatinanatanga, tae atu ki ngā whāinga matua e taupatupatungia ana, ā, ka pēhea e taea ai e te Arotake o te tau 2008/09 te whakatika tēnei? *Translation: Does he agree with the Controller and Auditor General that the success of the Māori Language Strategy has been affected by the lack of designated resources for planning and implementation, and by conflicting priorities; and how will the 2008/09 review address this? 4. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Finance: What is the Treasury's best estimate of how much of the operating and capital spending allowances for Budget 2009 have already been committed or allocated? 5. LYNNE PILLAY to the Minister of Education: What reports has he received about the success of the 20 Hours Free Early Childhood Education policy? 6. SIMON POWER to the Minister of Corrections: Does he has confidence in his department; if so, why? 7. JUDY TURNER to the Minister of Justice: What advice has she received about holding a citizen's initiated referendum alongside a general election? 8. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister of State Services: Does he agree with the failures identified by Kristy McDonald QC in the report he released on 9 July 2008? 9. DAVE HEREORA to the Minister of Energy: How has the country's electricity system coped with record low inflows into New Zealand's hydro lakes? 10. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister of Energy: How confident is he that compact fluorescent lamp light bulbs are safe for New Zealanders to use in their homes? 11. SUE KEDGLEY to the Minister of Health: Is he confident that a cellphone tower, built next to a playcentre or kindergarten, would pose no risk to the health of the children who spend time at that centre; if so, why? 12. Dr the Hon LOCKWOOD SMITH to the Minister of Immigration: Did the former head of the Immigration Service, Mary Anne Thompson, seek visa waivers for family members in April 2005? [more]

23/07/2008: Question Time for 23 July 2008
QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER Wednesday, 23 July 2008 Questions to Ministers 1. JOHN KEY to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Racing; if so, why? 2. SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Agriculture: What reports has he received on the importance of ACC to farmers and other agriculture and forestry workers? 3. JOHN KEY to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her statement that, "When I am looking at year after year after year of positive net migration to New Zealand, I know this country is very capable of attracting and retaining its best and brightest."? 4. RON MARK to the Minister of Police: Which of the policies released by the Police Association in its document Towards a Safer New Zealand, particularly those regarding youth crime, and police equipment and training, does she agree with, if any? 5. SIMON POWER to the Minister of Police: Was the Organised and Financial Crime Agency New Zealand (OFCANZ) established on 1 July 2008 as scheduled; if not, why not? 6. Hon MARK GOSCHE to the Minister of Labour: What reports has he received on employment relations? 7. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Leader of the House: What is the Government's timetable for passing the Climate Change (Emissions Trading and Renewable Preference) Bill; and will the second reading be held during this parliamentary session? 8. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister for ACC: Has she received any conflicting reports regarding ACC? 9. Dr the Hon LOCKWOOD SMITH to the Minister of Immigration: What was irregular about the circumstances in which family members of Mary Anne Thompson obtained residence? 10. RODNEY HIDE to the Prime Minister: Is she aware of rule 2.81 of the Cabinet Manual that states, "To avoid creating or appearing to create an obligation, gifts in cash or kind are not to be solicited or accepted from a commercial enterprise or any other organisation, either in New Zealand or overseas."; and does she advise her Ministers that having their lawyer solicit and seek funds for their personal legal bills avoids "creating or appearing to create an obligation"? 11. PHIL HEATLEY to the Minister of Housing: Does she stand by the statement with regard to state housing that "cases of subletting are very rare", that pursuing them would be a "wild goose chase", and that the Minister is "still waiting for Mr Heatley to front up with a single example"? 12. Hon PAUL SWAIN to the Minister of Commerce: Has she received any reports on the response to the announcement of the Capital Markets Development Taskforce; and if so, what do they say? [more]

24/07/2008: Question Time for 24 July 2008
QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER Thursday, 24 July 2008 Questions to Ministers 1. LESLEY SOPER to the Minister of Health: Has he received any reports from medical professionals on possible changes to funding mechanisms for accidents and injury? 2. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister of Justice: Does she stand by her statement that, "greater transparency about the sources of political funding will lead to increasing public confidence in our democracy."? 3. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for Environment: Does the Government still promise New Zealanders it will clean up the nation's rivers to a level where they are safe to swim in within a generation; if so, can he say which objectives, if any, in the Proposed National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management, released yesterday, give a deadline by which our rivers and streams will be safe for New Zealanders to swim in? 4. SIMON POWER to the Minister of Police: Does she agree with the former Director of the Serious Fraud Office's statement yesterday that the powers of the new Organised and Financial Crime Agency were not the same as those of the SFO and that court proceedings would delay cases by years, or lead to cases being dropped; if not, why not? 5. RUSSELL FAIRBROTHER to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What progress has been made towards the full funding of community organisations delivering essential services to children, young people and families? 6. JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister of Revenue: What is the total current child support debt broken down by assessment and penalties? 7. BARBARA STEWART to the Associate Minister of Health: Will his Ministry be taking any action to address the concerns outlined in the discussion document recently released by the New Zealand Institute of Rural Health; if not, why not? 8. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister of Energy: Is the Government reconsidering its mandatory requirement for biofuels from 1 October 2008, given the widespread international concern about sustainability and impacts on food prices and the sustainability standard not coming into effect at the earliest until July 2009? 9. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Associate Minister of Education: Ka pēhea te whakatika a te Minita i nga hapa o te pūnaha kāwanatanga e pā ana ki te haurua, neke atu o ngā ākonga Māori i mutu te kura i tērā tau me te kore oti i a rātou tētahi tohu mātauranga o te rēanga tuaono? o Translation: What will he do to address the systemic failure which has resulted in more than a half of Māori students leaving school last year without completing a sixth form qualification? 10. Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister of Māori Affairs: Does the Māori Trustee support the expropriation of $35 million out of the Māori Trustee's General Purposes Fund? 11. JILL PETTIS to the Associate Minister of Health: How is the Government improving young people's access to health services? 12. JO GOODHEW to the Minister of Health: What are the names of the five rest homes that he believes are potentially in the same league as Belhaven Rest Home in Auckland? [more]

29/07/2008: Question Time for 29 July 2008
Questions to Ministers 1. JOHN KEY to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Racing; if so, why? 2. H V ROSS ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: What are the Budget forecasts for cash deficits over the next four years, and what changes are likely to these forecasts in the Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Update? 3. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister of State Services: What guidance documents, if any, are government departments and Ministers expected to use when making appointments to the boards of Crown-connected organisations? 4. SUE BRADFORD to the Minister of Health: Does he have any concerns about recent events involving Wellington's and Auckland's acute psychiatric units; and if so, what is he doing about them? 5. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Health: What has been the percentage change in Vote Health funding from calendar year 2001 to 2007, and what has been the percentage change in surgical first specialist assessments over that same period? 6. ANNE TOLLEY to the Minister of Education: Did he sign off on the Licensing Criteria for Early Childhood Education and Care Centres and the Licensing Criteria for Kōhanga Reo on 14 July 2008; if so, does he believe that all of the criteria are necessary and should be rigorously enforced? 7. LYNNE PILLAY to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What recent reports, if any, has she received on the Working for Families package? 8. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister responsible for Climate Change Issues: What changes will the Government be prepared to make to the Climate Change (Emissions Trading and Renewable Preference) Bill to ensure it passes? 9. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: What changes is he planning to make to the Employment Relations Act 2000 regarding employer contributions to KiwiSaver? 10. Hon DAVID CARTER to the Minister of Agriculture: Does he have confidence in his Ministry? 11. R DOUG WOOLERTON to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Is he satisfied that the diplomatic relationship between New Zealand and the United States of America is improving; if so, why? 12. PHIL HEATLEY to the Minister of Housing: Does she have confidence in Housing New Zealand Corporation; if so, why? [more]

30/07/2008: Questions for Oral Answer 30 July 2008
Questions to Ministers 1. SUE KEDGLEY to the Minister for the Environment: Will he act to ban the toxic insecticide, endosulfan, which has been prohibited in the European Union, but which is still sprayed on tomatoes and other food crops, as well as parks and playing fields in New Zealand; if not, why not? 2. JOHN KEY to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister for Racing; if so, why? 3. GORDON COPELAND to the Minister of Conservation: Will she undertake a comprehensive review of her department's use of aerial 1080 drops, following the news that seven kea have died after eating that deadly poison? 4. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Justice: Does she stand by her statement "Government departments are there to inform the public legitimately about what programmes are available for them. They are not there to electioneer on behalf of any political party."; if not, why not? 5. LESLEY SOPER to the Minister of Health: What recent reports has he received on investment in health infrastructure? 6. SIMON POWER to the Minister of Justice: Does she stand by the statements of the Prime Minister when launching the Effective Interventions package in 2006 that it was designed to "address the fast growing rate of imprisonment New Zealand has been experiencing" and to "make our communities safer"? 7. Dr PITA SHARPLES to the Minister of Education: Is he aware that the IHC has taken a complaint to the Human Rights Commission, claiming that Government action creates barriers to disabled students learning on the same basis as other students, and how can such action occur when the Education Act 1989 requires that people who have special educational needs have the same rights to enrol and receive education in state schools as people who do not? 8. ANNE TOLLEY to the Minister of Education: Can he confirm that the truancy rate increased from 2.9 percent in 2002 to 4.1 percent in 2006 according to the Ministry of Education's Attendance, Absence and Truancy reports; if so, what are the reasons for this 41% increase in the truancy rate? 9. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: What reports has he received on employment relations? 10. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister for the Environment: Is he satisfied with the Government's management of the chemically contaminated site at Mapua, noting yesterday's critical report by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment? 11. DAVE HEREORA to the Minister of Energy: What reports has he received on investment in electricity transmission? 12. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm that elective surgical discharges since district health boards began have been 108,541 in 2001, 105,721 in 2002, 102,942 in 2003, 106,575 in 2004, 106,583 in 2005, 107,923 in 2006 and 114,098 in 2007? [more]

31/07/2008: Question Time for 31 July 2008
Thursday, 31 July 2008 Questions to Ministers 1. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Racing; if so, why? 2. PITA PARAONE to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: What was the purpose of his recent trip to Samoa with United States Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice? 3. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Health: How does the number of resourced level-three neonatal intensive care unit cots in New Zealand compare with international benchmarks, and how many of those cots are available today? 4. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: What reports has he received on the importance of transparency in employment relations? 5. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister for the Environment: Does he accept the conclusion of the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment's report that the Ministry for the Environment breached its resource consent for the remediation work at Māpua? 6. RODNEY HIDE to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: What actions, if any, has he taken to promote honest, transparent and accountable Governments in the Pacific region? 7. Dr the Hon LOCKWOOD SMITH to the Minister of Immigration: Does he stand by his statement on 3 July 2008 that the circumstances in which family members of Mary Anne Thompson obtained residence appeared irregular; if so, what were those irregularities? 8. RUSSELL FAIRBROTHER to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What recent reports, if any, has she received on the Working for Families package? 9. Hon DAVID CARTER to the Minister of Agriculture: Is he satisfied with the level of his Ministry's animal welfare resources; if so, why? 10. Hon PAUL SWAIN to the Minister of Energy: What reports has he received on plans for construction of renewable energy projects? 11. PAULA BENNETT to the Minister of Health: How many times in 2008 has the Waitakere public hospital closed its emergency department to new patients during normal operating hours? 12. Hon MARIAN HOBBS to the Minister of Conservation: What recent progress has the Government made for marine protection around the New Zealand coastline? [more]

05/08/2008: Question Time For 5 August 2008
QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER Tuesday, 5 August 2008 Questions to Ministers 1. R DOUG WOOLERTON to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Has he been involved in discussions on electoral systems in the Pacific? 2. JOHN KEY to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her statement yesterday, in relation to Government borrowing, that, "Oh I just think it's mind-bogglingly stupid to go out and be borrowing in the time when the international markets are in crisis"; if so, why? 3. CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Minister of Finance: What is New Zealand's national debt and how does it compare with other OECD countries? 4. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Justice: Is it Government policy that election advertisements can be paid for with parliamentary funding; if so, why? 5. Hon TARIANA TURIA to the Minister for the Environment: What assurance can iwi have as a result of the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment's report on the Levin landfill that waste disposal policies will not create new environmental hazards? 6. SIMON POWER to the Minister of Corrections: Does he have confidence in his department; if so, why? 7. KEITH LOCKE to the Prime Minister: What concerns, if any, has her Government expressed to the Chinese Government about its continuing clampdown on dissent, contrary to promises made to the international community to improve human rights by the time of the Olympics? 8. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister in charge of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations: What did his hongi with Tame Iti, at the signing of the Terms of Negotiations with Tūhoe last week, symbolise? 9. RUSSELL FAIRBROTHER to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What recent reports, if any, has she received on the Working for Families package? 10. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Health: How many full-time equivalent staff were employed by the Ministry of Health in 2000 and how many are employed now? 11. SUE MORONEY to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: What reports has he received on the performance of State-owned enterprises? 12. Dr the Hon LOCKWOOD SMITH to the Minister of Immigration: Does he have confidence in Immigration New Zealand? [more]

06/08/2008: Question Time for 6th August 2008 (Part 1)
Questions to ministers: 1• JOHN KEY to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by the statement she made yesterday, in relation to debt to GDP ratios that, "over the forecast period of the Budget that the Labour Government has delivered these debt to GDP ratios are consistently falling"; if so, why? 2• Hon PAUL SWAIN to the Minister of Finance: What action has the Government taken to restore and increase the level of New Zealand Superannuation? 3• Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Justice: What is the Government's policy on state funding for political parties? 4• SUE BRADFORD to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What is the Government's current policy on how Work and Income staff should treat beneficiaries? 5• RODNEY HIDE to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: What further action, if any, has he taken since I first asked last week, to ensure Governments in the Pacific region are honest, transparent, and accountable? [more]

06/08/2008: Question Time for 6th August 2008 (Part 2)
Questions to ministers: 6• LYNNE PILLAY to the Minister of Justice: What reports has she received on the establishment of the Sentencing Council and the creation of Sentencing Guidelines? 7• Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm that management and administration staff at district health boards increased from 8,250 at 30 June 2001 to 10,236 as at 31 December 2007, as per answers to written questions; and is this in line with government policy? 8• Dr ASHRAF CHOUDHARY to the Minister for Tertiary Education: What reports, if any, has he received on the importance of transparency in tertiary education policy? 9• BARBARA STEWART to the Associate Minister of Health: Is he satisfied with the current availability of drug and alcohol abuse assessment and treatment programmes in New Zealand; if so, why? 10• JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she stand by her statement that "From 1 April 2009, Work and Income will talk to their clients in a much more generic way about their income support. The focus of discussions about income support will be on ensuring full and correct entitlement to financial assistance rather than making any reference to specific benefit type."? 11• CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Associate Minister of Justice: What is the Government doing to give communities more say in liquor licensing decisions? 12• CHESTER BORROWS to the Minister of Police: Does she stand by the Prime Minister's statement prior to the last election that "It is not credible, however, to promise thousands more new police when the capacity of the police college and the labour market conditions in a strong economy mean that such numbers could not be recruited and trained without seriously compromising standards and quality."? [more]

26/08/2008: Question Time for 26th August 2008
Questions to Ministers 1. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Has she received any reports which suggest imposing a $50 per week charge for using New Zealand roads? 2. JOHN KEY to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her statement that "When I am looking at year after year after year of positive net migration to New Zealand, I know this country is very capable of attracting and retaining its best and brightest."? 3. CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Minister of Finance: Has he received any reports on the importance of consistency in economic policy? 4. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Transport: Has the Waterview Connection Procurement Steering Group reported to Ministers on the feasibility of a public-private partnership for the Waterview Connection; if so, what level of tolling, if any, is the Government now considering? 5. RODNEY HIDE to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her answer given in oral question number four from the Rt Hon Winston Peters on 10 April 2003 that "This Government does not tolerate corruption. Any allegations are investigated."? 6. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Health: What consideration, if any, is the Government giving to reducing the number of district health boards, and why? 7. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Transport: What update can she provide on progress on Auckland land transport infrastructure? 8. SIMON POWER to the Minister of Justice: Does she agree with the Ombudsman that the criminal justice system is at "serious risk"? 9. Dr ASHRAF CHOUDHARY to the Minister for Tertiary Education: Is he considering privatising public polytechnics? 10. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Justice: Does she believe that the Electoral Finance Act 2007 is achieving one of its stated purposes to "promote participation by the public in parliamentary democracy"? 11. LESLEY SOPER to the Minister of Health: What recent reports has he received on investment in health infrastructure? 12. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister of Energy: How much electricity, if any, was generated from thermally-fuelled sources in the months of April, May, June and July 2008, measured as a percentage of total electricity generation for each month? [more]

27/08/2008: Question Time for 27 August 2008
Questions to Ministers: 1. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: What would do more to achieve her aspiration of a carbon neutral New Zealand: spending $1.9 billion on the Waterview motorway project, or, putting that same money towards completing and upgrading the Auckland passenger rail network? 2. JOHN KEY to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in the Minister of Foreign Affairs; if so, why? 3. SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Transport: What reports has she received on developments in Waikato roading? 4. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Justice: Is it Government policy that Government departments may not publish election advertisements; if so, why? 5. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister for Tertiary Education: How many Māori students and Pacific students currently enrolled at a private training establishment would be eligible for Equity Funding if they attended a university, ITP or wānanga; and what would be the annual cost of extending Equity Funding to include Māori students and Pacific students in private training establishments? 6. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister responsible for Climate Change Issues: What are the changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme that the Government has agreed to secure its passage, and what is the cost of these measures? 7. Dr ASHRAF CHOUDHARY to the Minister of Education: What reports has he received on public private partnerships in education? 8. ANNE TOLLEY to the Minister of Education: Does he stand by his statement on 13 March 2008 that "in 2002 the Special Education Service was merged with the Ministry of Education. Statistically this increased the Ministry of Education's staff but actually created no new positions", if so, why? 9. MOANA MACKEY to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: What steps is the Government taking to accelerate the rollout of high speed broadband? 10. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Associate Minister of Transport: Does she stand by her statement that the vehicle fuel economy standard is an important initiative to assist the Government in achieving its transport strategy goals, its energy strategy goals, and its climate change goals? 11. PETER BROWN to the Minister of Transport: Is the report Managing Transport Challenges When Oil Prices Rise going to be adopted as Government policy; if so, why? 12. Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister of Māori Affairs: Does the Māori Trustee support the expropriation of $35 million out of the Māori Trustee's general purposes fund? [more]

28/08/2008: Question Time for 28 August 2008
QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER Thursday, 28 August 2008 Questions to Ministers 1. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Racing; if so, why? 2. CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Minister responsible for Climate Change Issues: What reports has he received on support for an emissions trading scheme? 3. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister responsible for Climate Change Issues: How does he reconcile his statement yesterday that the $1 billion home insulation and household compensation for the Emissions Trading Scheme is coming from the extra revenue that flows from the Crown through electricity prices, when he confirmed in the House on 20 May 2008 that the State-owned enterprises that are anticipating increased profits have already planned to use those increased profits as part of their investment programme in renewal energy production, and that without that increased investment there is not the slightest prospect of meeting our targets? 4. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Health: Does he agree with the statement of Rt Hon Helen Clark that "The deficit funding of the public health sector has to stop"; and why? 5. RON MARK to the Minister of Police: How long will police have to wait to be equipped with Tasers following today's decision by the Commissioner of Police to introduce them as a tactical weapon option? 6. SIMON POWER to the Minister of Corrections: Does he have confidence in his department; if so, why? 7. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for the Environment: Did the Ministry for the Environment prevent the Tasman District Council from testing for dioxin in the air coming out of the stack at the Mapua toxic clean-up site; if so, why? 8. RODNEY HIDE to the Minister of Broadcasting: Is Television New Zealand involved in any legal action before the courts? 9. Hon MARK BURTON to the Minister of Education: What reports has he received about support for early childhood education? 10. ANNE TOLLEY to the Minister of Education: Can he confirm that according to the report on Ministry of Education staffing that he received in June of this year the number of Full Time Equivalents excluding Special Education Services was 578 in 1999 and 1223 as at 31 March 2008; if not, why not? 11. LYNNE PILLAY to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What reports has she received on trends in social outcomes in New Zealand? 12. JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she stand by her statements on 12 August 2008, regarding the quality of speeches she receives from her department, "I don't want to be too critical of people who draft my speeches, but I get a lot of speeches, in draft, that I never use." and "The quality of speechwriting in some places isn't great."? Questions to Members 1. RODNEY HIDE to the Chairperson of the Privileges Committee: When is the Privileges Committee next meeting on the question of privilege relating to compliance with a member's obligations under the Standing Orders dealing with pecuniary interests? [more]

02/09/2008: Question Time For 2 September 2008
QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER Tuesday, 2 September 2008 Questions to Ministers 1. Hon MARK GOSCHE to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on support for the tax cuts legislated for on Budget night 2008? 2. JOHN KEY to the Prime Minister: On how many separate occasions did she discuss with Rt Hon Winston Peters the issue of a donation from Mr Owen Glenn, and what responses did she get from Mr Peters that gave her the confidence to retain him as a minister? 3. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister responsible for Climate Change Issues: Does he agree with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Kaiwhakahaere, Mark Solomon, that the Emissions Trading Scheme represents a significant threat to both the integrity and finality of their 1998 settlement; if not, why? 4. JOHN KEY to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her statement in relation to the National Party that "it's almost certain they got a tip from the Serious Fraud Office that it was about to move"; if so, why? 5. Hon PAUL SWAIN to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: What reports has he received on reaction to proposals to extend high-speed broadband uptake in New Zealand? 6. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Health: Is he satisfied that as this Government's parliamentary term comes to an end, New Zealanders are getting the hospital services they can reasonably expect; and why? 7. RODNEY HIDE to the Minister of Broadcasting: Would he expect to be advised by TVNZ if TVNZ recorded allegations of illegal behaviour; and has he received any such advice? 8. SIMON POWER to the Minister of Corrections: Does she agree with the Prime Minister's statement with regard to the rising prison population that "The criminal justice system cannot go on as it is"; if so, why? 9. SUE BRADFORD to the Minister of Health: What steps, if any, is the Minister taking to ensure the safety and wellbeing of patients at Auckland Hospital's acute psychiatric unit? 10. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister of Energy: Does the Government still intend to introduce Minimum Energy Performance Standards for incandescent light bulbs? 11. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister for ACC: Has she received any reports from medical professionals about potential changes to the ACC system? 12. SANDRA GOUDIE to the Minister of Internal Affairs: Is he satisfied that the new passport microchips are tamper-proof; if not, why not? [more]

09/09/2008: Question Time for 9 September 2008
Questions to Ministers 1. JOHN KEY to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her statement in July regarding Rt Hon Winston Peters "I've made it clear all the way through this round of allegations that I accept an honourable member's word as his bond unless I have reason to doubt it. I don't have reason to doubt it at this point.", and how does she reconcile that with her statement last week in the House that in her meeting with Mr Owen Glenn in February she was "left with the impression that he had been asked for money [by Mr Peters], and that some time later he had been advised where to pay it."? 2. R DOUG WOOLERTON to the Minister responsible for Climate Change Issues: Is he confident that ordinary New Zealanders will not be worse off financially under the proposed Emissions Trading Scheme? 3. JOHN KEY to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her reported statement from 2000 that the main driver of the number of well-skilled New Zealanders choosing to move to Australia was the state of the two economies, and does she think this remains the case today? 4. SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Research, Science and Technology: What reports, if any, has he received about the research and development tax credit that was introduced earlier this year? 5. SIMON POWER to the Minister of Corrections: Does he have confidence in his department; if so, why? 6. Dr ASHRAF CHOUDHARY to the Minister of Agriculture: What reports has he received on progress with the New Zealand Fast Forward initiative? 7. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Health: Has he seen this week's reports that Auckland cancer services are struggling to cope with patient demand, South Auckland anaesthetists are threatening to work-to-rule due to shortages, that local emergency department specialists warn hospital overcrowding may cost lives; and what action has he taken to deal with these crises in the public health system? 8. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Justice: Why was the appointment of an expert's panel to look at electoral law announced last Friday? 9. Hon MARIAN HOBBS to the Minister for the Environment: What recent reports has he received on developments in environmental policy? 10. ANNE TOLLEY to the Minister of Education: Is he satisfied with the performance of our education system in light of the findings in the Business NZ Election Survey 2008 that 72 percent of respondents believe that the education system is not meeting the skill needs of business; if so, why? 11. RODNEY HIDE to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her statement in answer to oral question number five on 26 August 2008 in respect of Rt Hon Winston Peters that "I have accepted the honourable member's word, and will continue to do so unless something arises out of the Privileges Committee or some other appropriate authority that suggests I should not do so. But I do not have such information"; if so, why? [more]

10/09/2008: Question Time for 10 September 2008
QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER Wednesday, 10 September 2008 Questions to Ministers 1. LESLEY SOPER to the Minister of Health: What recent reports, if any, has he received on the cost of accessing healthcare? 2. JOHN KEY to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her statement in July regarding the Rt Hon Winston Peters: "I've made it clear all the way through this round of allegations that I accept an honourable member's word as his bond unless I have reason to doubt it.", and does she consider, in the light of Owen Glenn's statement to the Privileges Committee yesterday, that she now has a reason to doubt the word of Mr Peters? 3. SUE KEDGLEY to the Minister of Health: Why has the Government not provided alternative medication for the more than 800 New Zealanders who have reported adverse reactions to a new formulation of the thyroid drug Eltroxin to the Centre for Adverse Reactions Monitoring? 4. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Finance: What is Treasury's best estimate of how much is available for new spending in Budget 2009 after pre-commitments and future charges against it are deducted from the allowances signalled in the 2008 Budget? 5. RUSSELL FAIRBROTHER to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What is the Government doing to ensure that the voices of families are heard in New Zealand? 6. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his recent statement that accident and emergency department performance is "pleasing" in light of the reported crisis situation in many of the country's emergency departments? 7. BARBARA STEWART to the Minister of Health: Is he aware that public hospital bed numbers have declined from 2.48 per 1000 people in 1988 to 1.56 in 2006 although our population has increased significantly in that time, and what is being done to solve the problems arising from this decline? 8. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister of Conservation: Does she support the rebranding project for the Department of Conservation to contract an agency as per the request for proposal that sets out the key elements of the project as a brand audit, research review, brand strategy, brand communication strategy and an implementation plan? 9. Dr PITA SHARPLES to the Minister in charge of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations: Is it Government policy not to include Treaty clauses in bills other than Treaty-related legislation; if so, why? 10. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of State Services: Does he stand by his statement of 29 July 2008, in relation to the convention that significant government appointments are deferred in the three months prior to a general election, that "the Government has adhered, and always will adhere, to that convention"; if not, why not? 11. LYNNE PILLAY to the Minister of Housing: What recent reports, if any, has she received on housing policy? 12. ANNE TOLLEY to the Minister of Education: Why did he state yesterday that he disagreed with the Post Primary Teachers Association's views that the numeracy requirements at Level 1 reflect "a very low level of achievement", and that they are not "likely to match the community's expectation of numeracy at year 11"? [more]

11/09/2008: Question Time for 11 September 2008
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her statement today that she has "no basis" to remove Rt Hon Winston Peters' ministerial warrant; if so, why? 2. MOANA MACKEY to the Minister responsible for Climate Change Issues: What landmark environmental legislation has passed recently? 3. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Has she been advised of the statement made by Mr Owen Glenn to the Privileges Committee, in regard to a meeting between her and Mr Glenn in February 2008, "I also told her of my conversation with the Labour Party's President, Mr Williams, before I agreed to make that donation back in 2005."; and does she agree that Mr Glenn told her that? 4. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for the Environment: Is he concerned that dirty dairying in New Zealand is now "gaining international notoriety", as stated in Rural News on 29 August; and, if so, does he agree with comments in on 2 September that "the recently outlined National Policy Statement for freshwater management demonstrates an abject failure in leadership"? 5. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister of State Services: What qualities does he think are desirable in appointees to the boards of Crown-connected organisations? 6. RON MARK to the Minister of Police: Does she agree with the reported comments of former police officer Cam Stokes that gangs are here to stay; if so, what is being done by her Government to combat gangs? 7. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Health: Has he seen today's media reports of further serious failures in the health system including Auckland cancer patients waiting 12 weeks for radiation therapy, rising deficits at another district health board, and a man's tragic death after being left alone by staff at Christchurch Hospital's emergency department; and what action has he taken to deal with the crisis in the country's hospitals? 8. RUSSELL FAIRBROTHER to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What reports has she received regarding policy priorities for children? 9. JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Is she satisfied with Work and Income's approach to individual case management; if so, why? 10. ANNE TOLLEY to the Minister of Education: When does he expect that the Education Amendment Bill (No 3) will be passed? 11. MARTIN GALLAGHER to the Minister of Immigration: Has he received any reports proposing new immigration categories? 12. Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister of Māori Affairs: Can he confirm that the "breakfast bash" where he launched the new Māori dictionary cost taxpayers up to $75,000? [more]

23/09/2008: Question Time for 23 September 2008
QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER Tuesday, 23 September 2008 Questions to Ministers 1. Dr PITA SHARPLES to the Minister of Justice: What specific strategies has the Government initiated to improve the voter enrolment rate given this morning's reported comments by Kiwi Expat Association Chief Executive, Ivan Moss, who contends that there are about 750,000 missing voters, bringing the estimated enrolment rate down to 79 percent? 2. JOHN KEY to the Prime Minister: What is the status of the Rt Hon Winston Peters in her Ministry following yesterday's tabling of the report of the Privileges Committee? 3. Hon MARK GOSCHE to the Minister of Finance: Has he received any recent reports relating to investment in rail? 4. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that "If, as some have suggested, New Zealanders are fleeing as tax exiles to Australia, one can only conclude that those individuals are functionally innumerate, and we are probably better off without them"; if so, why? 5. MARTIN GALLAGHER to the Minister of Trade: What progress is being made towards a free trade agreement with the United States? 6. ANNE TOLLEY to the Minister of Education: Does he stand by his statement that "Schools Plus articulates the goal of every young person being in education, skills development, or structured learning, relevant to their needs and abilities, until the age of 18"; if so, how many young people are currently not engaged in education, skills development or structured learning? 7. LYNNE PILLAY to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What Government initiatives come into force next week that will benefit New Zealanders? 8. SIMON POWER to the Minister of Justice: Has she asked the Prime Minister why there were no new justice policies mentioned in the Prime Minister's statement that "In the next few weeks I will be announcing significant new policies in critical areas such as health, education and housing"; if not, why not? 9. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Justice: Does she agree that the principles of British justice which have evolved in New Zealand still apply in New Zealand? 10. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister of State Services: Does he stand by his statement in June that "If State servants don't deliver services efficiently and effectively, people lose faith and trust in the State Services"? 11. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Minister for Food Safety: Does she stand by her statement that "country-of-origin labelling does not serve a food safety purpose"; if so, why? 12. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Justice: Does she stand by her statement in relation to the Electoral Finance Bill, "This bill does not restrict free speech."; if so, why? [more]

16/12/2008: Question Time for 16 December 2008
QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER Tuesday, 16 December 2008 Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers, if so, why? 2. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Finance: Has the Minister seen any reports of government spending commitments which have no funding set aside to pay for them? 3. Hon CHRIS CARTER to the Minister of Education: What representations did the Minister make to her Cabinet colleagues in the light of her commitment that teachers would not be included in provisions of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill? 4. AMY ADAMS to the Minister for ACC: What advice has he received on increased costs for ACC over the term of this Parliament and when was he first advised of these? 5. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does his Confidence and Supply Agreement with the ACT party imply that he is suspicious of climate change and not even sure it is a problem, or that he is a firm believer in climate change and always has been? 6. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Prime Minister: When does his Government expect to pass "an amendment to the ETS legislation delaying its implementation" as agreed to in the National - ACT confidence and supply agreement? 7. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Housing: What reports has he seen on the status of New Zealand's housing stock? 8. Hon Dr MICHAEL CULLEN to the Leader of the House: Is it Government policy that no bill will be referred to a select committee if it was National Party policy for the General Election 2008? 9. JOHN BOSCAWEN to the Minister of Justice: On what date is the Government planning to repeal the Electoral Finance Act and introduce new electoral law? 10. Hon JIM ANDERTON to the Minister of Agriculture: Is he aware of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Briefing For Incoming Ministers that states, "The agriculture, food and forestry industries are the core of our economy, major determinants of our employment and social well being and key drivers of our land, water and biological resource use"; and if so, how many times was the word "agriculture" used in the Speech from The Throne? 11. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister of Māori Affairs: Kua tau ngā whakaaro o te Minita ki te arotahi o Te Puni Kōkiri mō te pūmanawa nohopuku Māori? * Translation: Is the Minister satisfied with the focus of Te Puni Kōkiri on Māori Potential? 12. AARON GILMORE to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Will the Government be moving to ban the sale of incandescent light bulbs? [more]

18/02/2009: Question Time for 18 February 2009 (audio missing)
Please note that due to technical issues a 15 minute block of audio is missing. [more]

18/08/2009: Question time for 18 August 2009 (part 1)
1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his reported comments to Papanui High School principal Denis Pyatt when asked if his Government had seriously underestimated the impact of Adult Community Education cutbacks on communities that "You're probably right"; if not, why not? 2. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister for Infrastructure: What measures is the Government taking to improve New Zealand's infrastructure? 3. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Does he still stand by his policy to deliver better, sooner, and more convenient health care? 4. NICKY WAGNER to the Minister of Energy and Resources: How many houses were retrofitted in the first month of the Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart home insulation scheme? 5. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Corrections: Does she agree with the recent comment by the Minister of Finance in regard to private prisons:"this is not about ideology: Private sector involvement will only happen where it makes sense."? [more]

18/08/2009: Question time for 18 August 2009 (part 2)
6. KATRINA SHANKS to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What reports has she seen that support the employment opportunities in the Governments Youth Opportunities Package? 7. CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does he have confidence in the economic modelling used to inform the Governments decision on the 2020 emissions target? 8. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Did New Zealand tell the Bonn climate change conference that the Governments emissions reduction target of 10-20 percent below 1990 levels is dependent on developed counties as a whole cutting their emissions to 30-40 percent below 1990 levels? 9. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: What protection is available to workers who are made redundant? 10. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Transport: What work is the Government doing to make New Zealands roads safer? 11. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of State Services: Is it Government policy to move resources to the frontline in the State sector? 12. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister for Regulatory Reform: What recent initiatives has the Government announced to cut red tape and lift the quality of regulation in New Zealand? [more]

19/08/2009: Question Time for 19 August 2009
1. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers? and lt;br / and gt; and lt;br / and gt; 2. AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: What will be required to produce balanced growth in the economy over the next few years? and lt;br / and gt; and lt;br / and gt; 3. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Does he still stand by his policy to deliver better, sooner, and more convenient health care? and lt;br / and gt; and lt;br / and gt; 4. ALLAN PEACHEY to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has the Government made about sport in schools? and lt;br / and gt; and lt;br / and gt; 5. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Minister of Immigration: On what day was Immigration New ZealandÂ's investigation file concerning Kanwaljit Bakshi made over to the New Zealand Police? and lt;br / and gt; and lt;br / and gt; 6. SUE BRADFORD to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Can she guarantee that access to benefits and allowances will not be reduced in this term of Government? and lt;br / and gt; and lt;br / and gt; 7. Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister of Police: Has she received any reports from the Police regarding methamphetamine? and lt;br / and gt; and lt;br / and gt; 8. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister for Sport and Recreation: Will he guarantee that no schools will be financially worse off as a result of the GovernmentÂ's Kiwisport initiative; if not, why not? and lt;br / and gt; and lt;br / and gt; 9. Hon RODNEY HIDE to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: How much lower would New ZealandÂ's net CO2 equivalent emissions be in 2020 as a result of the Emissions Trading Scheme as currently legislated compared with the business-as-usual case represented by the green line in figure five in his MinistryÂ's document New ZealandÂ's 2020 Emissions Target? and lt;br / and gt; and lt;br / and gt; 10. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Local Government: Does he support the right of Aucklanders to decide on the future ownership of publicly owned assets under the Super City? and lt;br / and gt; and lt;br / and gt; 11. RAHUI KATENE to the Minister of Finance: What policy solutions are being considered to respond to the comments of the Tax Working Group regarding GST, thatÂ"Increasing the rate could impact on lower-income or vulnerable households, especially in the short runÂ"? and lt;br / and gt; and lt;br / and gt; 12. TODD McCLAY to the Minister of Housing: What is the Government doing to assist people into home ownership? and lt;br / and gt; and lt;br / and gt; [more]

20/08/2009: Question time for 20 August 2009
Questions to ministers 1. Dr JACKIE BLUE to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received on improvements to elective surgery? 2. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Does he agree with the reported comments attributed to Hon Tau Henare on the issue of Māori representation in Auckland that "I believe the issue is too far-reaching and too important for a party presently sitting at 1 percent in the polls to decide alone"? 3. Hon RODNEY HIDE to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Why did he reject Treasury advice that an appropriate 2020 target for New Zealand's emissions would be 15 percent above 1990 levels rather than the 10 percent to 20 percent below 1990 levels that he announced last week? 4. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Local Government: Will he resign as a Minister if Māori seats are included on the Auckland Council? 5. KEITH LOCKE to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Has he received any advice on whether a law curtailing women's rights in Afghanistan has been "brought into line with the expectations of the international community" as he was promised by Hamid Karzai; if so, what was that advice? 6. Hon SHANE JONES to the Minister of Māori Affairs: Does he stand by his statement "It's definitely a sort of inherent sort of institutionalised racism, in that you've accepted one way of doing things, and not respected another cultural norm. They have no right to do that and we will oppose that. I'll oppose that as a Minister of New Zealand's government" and does he think that opposition to the Māori seats on the Auckland City Council is an example of "institutionalised racism"? 7. MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister for ACC: What has been the cost to ACC levy payers of the Endorsed Provider Network contract for physiotherapists providing for free consultations since 2004 and what advice has he received on the rehabilitation benefits of this expenditure? 8. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Minister of Immigration: Why did he advise the House yesterday that a planned interview between the Department of Labour and the New Zealand Herald was not called off following the intervention of his political advisor? 9. SIMON BRIDGES to the Minister of Customs: What steps is the Government taking to streamline border processes for passengers? 10. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Does he still stand by his policy to deliver better, sooner, and more convenient health care? 11. LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister of Civil Defence: What steps is the Government taking to help people be better prepared for disasters? 12. CLARE CURRAN to the Prime Minister: Has he, his office or the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet contacted Telecom New Zealand Ltd to seek any information on its proposed maintenance contracting arrangement with Australian-based company Visionstream; if so, what was the substance of any such discussions? [more]

25/08/2009: Question Time for 25 August 2009
1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Is he committed as Prime Minister to consulting with and listening to people prior to making decisions which impact on their lives? 2. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: What steps has the Government taken to ensure the stability of the financial system? 3. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Does he still stand by his policy to deliver better, sooner, and more convenient health care? 4. KEITH LOCKE to the Minister of Transport: Is he confident that at least part of Aucklands electric rail system will be rolling in time to help move the 75,000 international visitors and countless Kiwi fans expected for the 2011 Rugby World Cup? 5. Hon PAREKURA HOROMIA to the Minister of Maori Affairs: Does he consider advisory boards a good substitute for Maori seats on the Auckland City Council, like Hon John Key who said I do not accept the view that some sort of advisory board or some sort of participation board would be a sop; if not, why not? 6. KATRINA SHANKS to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What reports has she received on the Governments Job Ops scheme? 7. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for ACC: How will the proposed changes to the treatment of sensitive claims meet the legal requirements of the ACC scheme to provide for a fair and sustainable scheme for managing personal injury that has, as its overriding goals, minimising both the overall incidence of injury in the community, and the impact of injury on the community? 8. JOHN HAYES to the Minister of Trade: What recent developments have there been in furthering New Zealands international trade agenda? 9. Hon MARYAN STREET to the Minister for Tertiary Education: Will she reconsider her decision to cut $13 million from Adult Community Education delivered through high schools and the community organisations they support; if not, why not? 10. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Broadcasting: What practical steps is the Government taking towards the switch over to digital television? 11. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Local Government: Are there any issues other than Maori representation in local government that he believes are matters of principle and therefore worth resigning over? 12. HEKIA PARATA to the Minister of Housing: What progress has the Government made with fulfilling the establishment of an Options and Advice service? [more]

26/08/2009: Question time for 26 August 2009
1. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What advice has he received on extending the Retail Deposit Guarantee Scheme? 2. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his claim that as Prime Minister he is committed to consulting with and listening to people prior to making decisions which impact on their lives? 3. KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his statement in the House last week that the Government has not slashed the budget for healthy eating projects? 4. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Why is he allowing banks to opt out of the retail banking guarantee scheme? 5. CHESTER BORROWS to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What is the Government doing to support young people? 6. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Labour: Has she or any Department of Labour official analysed the contract being offered to workers currently employed on behalf of Telecom; if so, what advice has been given to those workers or their representatives? 7. NIKKI KAYE to the Minister of Transport: What steps is the Government taking to improve Auckland transport planning and delivery? 8. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Local Government: Does he agree with the Prime Minister that for all intents and purposes the decision on the northern boundary of the Super City has been made? 9. MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Commerce: What changes is the Government proposing to the oversight of finance companies? 10. Hon DAMIEN O'CONNOR to the Minister for Biosecurity: Has he received any reports on the increasing risk to the biosecurity of New Zealand? 11. TODD McCLAY to the Minister of Housing: What progress is being made on the State housing economic stimulus package announced earlier this year? 12. LYNNE PILLAY to the Minister for ACC: Has ACC abandoned all changes relevant to sexual abuse victims since Question Time yesterday? [more]

27/08/2009: Question time for 27 August 2009
1. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by the answer given on his behalf that the National-led Government has a strong relationship with its support partners? ; 2. CHESTER BORROWS to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: How many young people will benefit from the Governments youth programmes announced yesterday? 3. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Does he still stand by his policy to deliver better, sooner, and more convenient health care? 4. RAHUI KATENE to the Minister for Tertiary Education: What support is being offered to Maori training providers to remain viable, following cuts to the Training Opportunities Programmes? 5. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Transport: What investments have been announced today in New Zealands land transport network? 6. Hon MARYAN STREET to the Minister for Tertiary Education: What consultation did she undertake in preparation for the Education (Polytechnics) Amendment Bill? 7. JOHN BOSCAWEN to the Minister of Police: Who decides what the operational tolerances are when deciding whether to investigate or prosecute people for smacking children? 8. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Labour: Does she stand by all answers to supplementary questions given on her behalf in the House yesterday; if not, which were not accurate? 9. SHANE ARDERN to the Minister of Corrections: Is she aware of any initiatives to increase capacity at existing prisons? 10. BRENDON BURNS to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm that his review of the Drinking Water Assistance Programme to see if it aligns with Government priorities and provide(s) value for money in the health sector will mean only the poorest of communities will soon be eligible for already funded money to make their water safe to drink? 11. SIMON BRIDGES to the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations: What progress is the Government making towards its goal of settling historical Treaty claims by 2014? 12. SUE KEDGLEY to the Minister of Agriculture: Does he share the concerns of the New Zealand Grain Council that New Zealands use of a million tonnes of palm kernel to feed dairy cows is aiding and abetting the destruction of the South East Asian jungle habitat, and the concerns of Federated Farmers that palm kernel is also threatening the viability of [New Zealand] maize production for stock feed; if so, what course of action will he take to address these concerns? [more]

08/09/2009: Question time for 8 September 2009
1.CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the economy? 2.Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: What advice did he personally receive from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade before recommitting SAS troops to Afghanistan? 3.CHESTER BORROWS to the Minister of Justice: What recent announcements has he made regarding legal aid? 4.Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What reports, if any, has she received on the effect increasing workloads would have on regional Child, Youth and Family staff? 5.MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister for ACC: What accident and injury data has led the Accident Compensation Corporation this week to run a high profile campaign on improving safety in the home? 6.Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Does he still stand by his policy to deliver better, sooner, and more convenient health care? 7.CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister for Building and Construction: What is he doing to improve building quality and reduce unnecessary bureaucracy? 8.Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Police: Did she approve the line by line report of 3 February 2009, prepared for her by the New Zealand Police and entitledÂ"Value for Money and Budget 09: Line by Line ReviewÂ", for submission to the Minister of Finance? 9.KATRINA SHANKS to the Minister for Senior Citizens: What is the Government doing to be kept informed on issues that affect older New Zealanders? 10.Hon DARREN HUGHES to the Minister of Transport: How many, if any, projects have had their priority downgraded in the recently-announced National Land Transport Programme? 11.METIRIA TUREI to the Minister responsible for Ministerial Services: Can he confirm that under his proposed new rules Government ministers will be given a lump sum of up to $37,500 a year to pay for accommodation in Wellington, and will ministers be able to pocket any of the public money they do not spend? 12.Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Conservation: What input did he have to possible changes to the mining prohibition in national parks currently provided by Schedule 4 of the Crown Minerals Act 1991, prior to the Minister for Energy and Resources' announcement during his address to the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy 2009 on 26 August 2009? [more]

10/09/2009: Question time for 10 September 2009
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statementÂ"ItÂ's essential that we build our road to recovery on investment and exportsÂ"?; 2. JOHN BOSCAWEN to the Minister of Justice: Is it Government policy for parents giving their children a light smack for the purpose of correction to be breaking the law; if not, what is the GovernmentÂ's policy? 3. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received about how New Zealand is emerging from the recession? 4. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Does he still stand by his policy to deliver better, sooner, and more convenient health care? 5. CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister for the Environment: What steps is the Government taking to ensure a smooth transition in the implementation of the first phase of the resource management reforms? 6. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Police: Does she agree with all of the recent statements made by herself, the Prime Minister and the New Zealand Police in regard to reviews currently being undertaken by the New Zealand Police; if not, which statements does she disagree with? 7. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: What announcements have been made in relation to rural broadband? 8. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Minister responsible for Ministerial Services: What conditions must be met before it is permissible to lease a home from a family trust for use as a ministerial residence? 9. KATRINA SHANKS to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What announcements has she made to better protect New ZealandÂ's vulnerable children? 10. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Tourism: What is the value of New ZealandÂ's clean green brand to our tourism economy? 11. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of State Services: Is he satisfied with the application of theÂ"GovernmentÂ's Expectations for Pay and Employment Conditions in the State SectorÂ"released in February this year? 12. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister for Land Information: Pehea te rahi o nga whenua kua tangohia ai i raro i te ture Public Works ara, e hia te wariu o aua whenua? Translation: How much land has been taken under the Public Works Act and what would be the value of the land? [more]

15/09/2009: Question time for 15 September 2009
Questions to Ministers 1. AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on the economy? 2. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: When are New Zealand's gross domestic emissions forecast to peak and permanently decline under the Government's proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme? 3. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement "if you can get to the point where it's settled between the two major parties, then that can give a sense of security and predictability for the business community and consumers"? 4. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: What are the major changes the Government is making to the Emissions Trading Scheme? 5. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What reports has she received on the latest increase in benefit numbers? 6. HONE HARAWIRA to the Minister of Local Government: What precedent does the Prime Minister's decision to listen to the people in respect of the Rodney boundary, set for other decisions on the Auckland Super City? 7. Hon MARYAN STREET to the Minister for Tertiary Education: What events, if any, did she attend to celebrate Adult Learners' Week last week? 8. HEKIA PARATA to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What reports has she received about the Government's Job Ops scheme? 9. SUE KEDGLEY to the Minister of Health: Does New Zealand have any targets for how much it aims to reduce obesity rates in the next five to ten years? 10. CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Is there detailed Treasury and Ministry for the Environment analysis, of the effects on the New Zealand economy and the environment, of the changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme? 11. NICKY WAGNER to the Minister for the Environment: How will the Government's changes to the Resource Management Act address the problem of drawn out consent processes for major infrastructure projects where they commonly have local Commissioner hearings and then a de novo Environment Court appeal? 12. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Minister responsible for Ministerial Services: What conditions must be met before it is permissible to lease a home from a family trust for use as a ministerial residence? [more]

16/09/2009: Question time fo 16 September 2009
Questions to Ministers 1. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What does he hope to achieve by his stocktake of minerals in New Zealand's highest value conservation areas, as announced in his August 26 speech? 2. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: When he said in the House yesterday that the Government was interested in "making sure that our scheme is affordable", what specific cost estimates, if any, has he received from officials on the extra costs to the New Zealand taxpayer of the changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme over the full phase-in period? 3. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: What measures is the Government taking to support jobs as New Zealand comes out of recession? 4. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What reports, if any, has she received on the adequacy of current benefit levels? 5. MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: What progress has the Government made on its urban broadband initiative? 6. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Does he still stand by his policy to deliver better, sooner, and more convenient health care? 7. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has the Government made to prepare schools for ultra-fast broadband? 8. Hon MARYAN STREET to the Minister for Tertiary Education: What advice, if any, has she received about whose responsibility it is to pay redundancy to night class staff in the event of night class programmes being wound down? 9. KATRINA SHANKS to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Has she made any announcements about contracting with the social sector? 10. MOANA MACKEY to the Minister of Housing: Will he guarantee that no region will see a reduction in its state housing stock as a result of his decision to put 40,000 state houses up for sale? 11. JO GOODHEW to the Minister of Energy and Resources: How many houses were retrofitted in August though the Government's Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart home insulation programme? 12. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Minister responsible for Ministerial Services: What conditions must be met before it is permissible to lease a home from a family trust for use as a ministerial residence? [more]

17/09/2009: Question time for 17 September 2009
1. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers; if so, why? 2. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What are the measures this government is taking to improve New Zealand's financial position? 3. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Energy and Resources: When he said that"A report circulated by the World Bank some years ago ranked New Zealand second in the world in terms of natural wealth per capita", was he aware that protected areas and forests make up 29 percent of that wealth, whereas subsoil assets make up just 3 percent? 4. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that"the Government has struck the right balance between its economic responsibilities and its environmental responsibilities"? 5. LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister of Education: What is the Government doing to support schools to raise achievement for Maori students? 6. SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Women's Affairs: What actions has she taken to advance the causes of women in New Zealand? 7. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: How does the $1.5 billion urban broadband initiative announced yesterday relate to the rural broadband plan announced last week? 8. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his comment that palm kernel extract was a waste product and not leading to deforestation; and, if so, does he believe that the $317 million that New Zealand paid for palm kernel in 2008 made no contribution to profitability of the oil palm industry? 9. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What criteria will be used to determine which households could receive free home insulation? 10. DAVID GARRETT to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Has he a written document of what has been agreed to with the Maori party, to advance the Government's amendments to the emissions trading scheme to a select committee; if so, will he table it? 11. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Minister responsible for Ministerial Services: How is a Minister's primary place of residence determined? 12. CHRIS TREMAIN to the Minister of Fisheries: What recent changes to regulations have been made to address the issue of illegally harvested paua? [more]

22/09/2009: Question time for 22 September 2009
1. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on New Zealand's external financial position? 2. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: When he said last week in the House that the Government was interested in "making sure that our scheme is affordable", what is the estimated cost to the New Zealand taxpayer over the life of the scheme of the changes he announced to the Emissions Trading Scheme? 3. RAHUI KATENE to the Minister of Internal Affairs: What advice has he received about the actions of Waitakere City Council who have decided to stop granting consents for more gambling venues and gaming machines, and is their new "sinking lid" policy likely to have implications for local government policy at a national level? 4. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Finance: What criteria, if any, did he establish for Ministers when they were reprioritising expenditure in their portfolios? 5. ALLAN PEACHEY to the Minister of Education: What reports has she received on consultation with parents about National Standards? 6. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Prime Minister that "we do not believe that any Government programme will be able to prevent a significant rise in unemployment"? 7. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Minister of Transport: Will he reconsider his decision to stop work on a vehicle fuel economy standard for New Zealand, in light of the recent US Government announcement that all new vehicles will have to meet 156 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre by 2016? 8. CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Have officials advised him that the changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme transfer the costs away from polluters to taxpayers? 9. SHANE ARDERN to the Minister of Agriculture: What steps has the Government recently taken to further primary sector innovation? 10. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Transport: Does he believe that communities must be involved in road safety education and activities to help prevent injuries and accidents, particularly for children? 11. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Labour: Why is the Government undertaking a review of safety in the adventure tourism sector? 12. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Minister responsible for Ministerial Services: Further to his answer to the House on 10 September, who decided the criteria that must be met before it is permissible to lease a home from a family trust for use as a ministerial residence and when was that decision made? [more]

23/09/2009: Question time for 23 September 2009
1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he agree with his Minister of Finance's comment: "we do not want to saddle future generations with the cost of short term policies"? 2. AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the New Zealand economy? 3. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What reports has she received on New Zealand's current unemployment rates? 4. Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Health: Has he received any reports confirming that the yearly increase in the number of surgical elective discharges from 2000/2001 to 2007/2008 averaged 1,436 a year, and can he confirm that the comparable increase in 2008/2009 was 11,805? 5. Hon MARYAN STREET to the Minister for Tertiary Education: What advice has she received, if any, about the extent of the potential liability schools face if their Adult and Community Education coordinator and tutors have to be made redundant because of the ACE funding cuts? 6. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does he agree with United States President Barack Obama who said "the threat from climate change is serious, it is urgent, and it is growing. Our generation's response to this challenge will be judged by history;" and if so, will the Prime Minister be telling world leaders in New York that a conditional ten percent emissions reduction target is a sufficient response to this challenge? 7. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Under the Kyoto Protocol do taxpayers bear the costs for increases in agricultural emissions if those are not paid by the emitter? 8. COLIN KING to the Minister of Agriculture: What recent development has the Government announced in agricultural greenhouse gas emissions research? 9. CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: What is the total fiscal cost of all proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme? 10. SANDRA GOUDIE to the Minister of Police: Has she received any reports on illegal street racer incidents? 11. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Minister responsible for Ministerial Services: Who provided any legal advice to support his view that the Hon Bill English is "fully compliant with the rules that operate"? 12. JO GOODHEW to the Minister for Senior Citizens: How is the Government recognising the contribution of older persons in our community? [more]

24/09/2009: Question Time for 24 September 2009
Questions to ministers 1. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister for Infrastructure: What steps is the Government taking to ensure productive infrastructure contributes to New Zealand's economic recovery? 2. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Education: What were the highlights of her international travel this year as Minister? 3. Dr JACKIE BLUE to the Minister of Health: Does he still stand by his policy to deliver better, sooner, and more convenient health care? 4. Hon MARYAN STREET to the Minister for Tertiary Education: Does she stand by her statement"Despite the significant economic challenges of these times, government has invested strongly in education."; if so, does she consider that to be true of the tertiary sector? 5. Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Why did New Zealand vote in January 2009 against United Nations General Assembly resolution 63/75 which called for an international agreement against the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons, and against resolution 63/47 calling for measures for reducing nuclear danger; and will he instruct the delegation to support these resolutions if they are put forward again this year? 6. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What new initiatives has the Government developed for energy efficiency? 7. SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statement"Early childhood education and care is a top priority for this Government."? 8. COLIN KING to the Minister of Fisheries: Has he received any recent reports of compliance operations within the Ministry of Fisheries? 9. IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY to the Associate Minister of Health: Is she committed to reducing the number of young people who take up smoking in New Zealand; if so, what measures does she believe would achieve this? 10. HONE HARAWIRA to the Minister of Justice: He aha te whakaaro mo te whakatutanga o tetahi Kooti Taiohi ki te marae o Manurewa? Translation: What is the rationale behind establishing a Youth Court to sit at Manurewa marae? 11. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Minister responsible for Ministerial Services: Was the legal advice from the Department of Internal Affairs that he spoke of yesterday informed by any legal advice from the Office of the Clerk of the House; if so, what was the date of the advice from the Office of the Clerk of the House? 12. SANDRA GOUDIE to the Attorney-General: Does he stand by his observation that"some people contend that the overall standard of the bar, and particularly the criminal bar, is not high enough in New Zealand and is the reason why there are so many delays? [more]

13/10/2009: Question Time for 13 October 2009
1. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his statements? 2. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on New Zealand's economic performance? 3. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Does he still stand by his policy to deliver better, sooner, and more convenient health care? 4. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister for the Environment: Does he support a liability regime for the assessment and clean-up of toxic sites that is both fair and clearly defined? 5. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Police: Does she stand by her statement that "the Government has taken prompt action to crack down on violent crime"? 6. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister for ACC: What has contributed to ACC's reported financial result of a $4.8 billion loss for the 2008/09 year on top of the $2.4 billion loss for the 2007/08 year? 7. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for ACC: Does he agree with the reported statement from the Prime Minister which says "the public needed to tell the Government how much they wanted to pay in increased levies, compared with an extension of the scheme"? 8. CHESTER BORROWS to the Minister of Justice: What legislative measures is the Government taking to tackle 'P'? 9. CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: On what basis did he select the papers on the changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme to be included for release last Friday 9 October 2009? 10. CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister of Civil Defence: What steps is the Government taking to ensure that the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management responds effectively to civil defence emergencies? 11. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Minister of Broadcasting: Is he satisfied with the quality of the investigation by NZ On Air into the TV series "Asia Downunder" as reported on 21 May 2009; if so, why? 12. Hon Sir ROGER DOUGLAS to the Minister for ACC: Why is he persisting with many of the previous government's ACC policies at an "increasing" cost to the country, and when will he implement National's policy of opening it up to competition? [more]

14/10/2009: Question time for 14 October 2009
1. AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received about the Government's financial position? 2. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement "I certainly would describe my style as open and transparent"? 3. Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Health: Why has the Government approved a plan to invest $22 million over three years to help treat methamphetamine users? 4. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister for the Rugby World Cup: What discussions, if any, has he had with Rugby World Cup Limited on broadcasting rights for Rugby World Cup 2011, and what consultation has he undertaken on that issue? 5. Dr JACKIE BLUE to the Minister for ACC: What changes is the Government making to ACC to make it more affordable, sustainable and fair? 6. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his statements? 7. Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: How is the Government planning to improve broadband services in rural areas? 8. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for ACC: What is the estimated whole-of-life cost to ACC of all new claims made in the financial year ended 30 June 2009? 9. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What was the value of oil exports in the 2008 calendar year? 10. BRENDON BURNS to the Minister of Broadcasting: When did the Government decide to offer financial support to a TVNZ-led bid to gain the free-to-air rights for the Rugby World Cup? 11. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: How much did the Government pay Westpac in bank fees in the last financial year and how much does the Government currently have on deposit with them? 12. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Minister of Broadcasting: On what dates did he meet with NZ On Air between 1 May this year and today? [more]

15/10/2009: Question time for 15 October 2009
1. KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister for Biosecurity: Can he give the public a 100 percent guarantee that imports of palm kernel do not pose biosecurity risks to New Zealand's farms and environment, particularly in light of the fact that one in ten shipments have been found to contain insects and animals despite having been fumigated before arriving in New Zealand? 2. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for ACC: What is the proposed increase in ACC levy fees for a car and how much would it have been if the date for full funding of the Motor Vehicle Account is not extended? 3. MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister of Energy and Resources: How many houses were insulated in September through the Government's Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart home insulation scheme? 4. LYNNE PILLAY to the Minister for ACC: Does he agree ACC should tighten procedures to limit access to counselling for those injured through serious crime? 5. JOHN BOSCAWEN to the Minister of Finance: Does he consider borrowing $40 billion to be "no trouble"? 6. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Minister of Broadcasting: Is he satisfied with his management of his portfolio? 7. HEKIA PARATA to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What progress has the Government's Community Max initiative made? 8. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Police: Does she stand by her statement that "the Government has taken prompt action to crack down on violent crime"? 9. LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister of Labour: What progress has been made on the review of adventure tourism? 10. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement on Radio New Zealand this morning "New Zealand weathered the global financial crisis partly because of the strength of the Government's finances"? 11. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage: What announcements have recently been made about encouraging philanthropic giving to the arts? 12. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her reported statement that "We are all on board with this - for the first time since National Standards were first mooted"? [more]

20/10/2009: Question time for 20 October 2009
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Will he accept Labour's offer to work together to reduce ACC levies for hard-working New Zealanders facing increasing costs? 2. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Is it a coincidence that under the proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme, forestry and fishing, which have significant Maori ownership, are being offered a fixed amount of free allocations for a limited time, while other industries are being offered an uncapped amount that will last for decades? 3. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What did publication of the Crown's accounts for the year to 30 June 2009 reveal? 4. Hon MARYAN STREET to the Minister for Tertiary Education: What does she say to the over 53,000 people who signed petitions seeking reinstatement of funding to night classes delivered through high schools and community groups, about their future lack of access to second-chance education including literacy and numeracy skills resulting from her funding cuts? 5. RAHUI KATENE to the Minister for ACC: What evidence does he have that victims of sexual abuse suffer from clinical mental disorders; and why is he insisting that victims of sexual abuse will have to be diagnosed with a clinical mental disorder from the American Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Version Four before their claims for ACC-funded counselling are accepted? 6. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for ACC: What is the proposed increase in ACC levy fees for a car and how much would it have been if the date for full funding of the Motor Vehicle Account is not extended? 7. CHESTER BORROWS to the Minister of Justice: What progress has been made on the Government's plan to hold a referendum on the electoral system as set out in National's election policy? 8. Hon LIANNE DALZIEL to the Minister of Education: What is her current reason for proposing to close Aorangi School? 9. LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made about Trade Academies? 10. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement"I certainly would describe my style as open and transparent"? 11. SANDRA GOUDIE to the Minister of Police: Has she received any feedback from the Police on the Government's Action Plan on Methamphetamine? 12. Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Does he accept the judgement of the report card released on 16 October 2009 by Action Aid that ranks New Zealand last out of 22 donor countries for the quality of its aid programme for hunger relief and sustainable agriculture; and what does he propose to do to improve New Zealand's performance? [more]

21/10/2009: Questions for oral answer for 21 October 2009 - part 1
1. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: What have been the GovernmentÂ's priorities to ensure New Zealand comes out of recession and achieves sustainable medium-to long-term growth? 2. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: When he is reported in the New Zealand Herald as saying that National had already looked into introducing competition in the ACC Work Account in some detail, what work has the Government actually done in considering who would benefit from it? 3. Dr JACKIE BLUE to the Minister of Health: Does he still stand by his policy to deliver better, sooner, and more convenient health care? 4. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for ACC: What protocols and procedures, if any, are in place within ACC for children who have been sexually abused? 5. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: How is the GovernmentÂ's Youth Opportunities Programme making a difference in New Zealand? 6. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister for ACC: What representations, if any, did he receive from the Minister of Health in regard to any increased costs to the Health budget as a result of ACC changes? 7. ALLAN PEACHEY to the Minister of Transport: What progress has the Government made in tackling illegal street racing? [more]

21/10/2009: Questions for oral answer for 21 October 2009 - part 1
Q 1---7# CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: What have been the GovernmentÂ's priorities to ensure New Zealand comes out of recession and achieves sustainable medium-to long-term growth? and lt;br / and gt; and lt;br / and gt; # Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: When he is reported in the New Zealand Herald as saying that National had already looked into introducing competition in the ACC Work Account in some detail, what work has the Government actually done in considering who would benefit from it? and lt;br / and gt; and lt;br / and gt; # Dr JACKIE BLUE to the Minister of Health: Does he still stand by his policy to deliver better, sooner, and more convenient health care? and lt;br / and gt; and lt;br / and gt; # Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for ACC: What protocols and procedures, if any, are in place within ACC for children who have been sexually abused? and lt;br / and gt; and lt;br / and gt; # TIM MACINDOE to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: How is the GovernmentÂ's Youth Opportunities Programme making a difference in New Zealand? and lt;br / and gt; and lt;br / and gt; # Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister for ACC: What representations, if any, did he receive from the Minister of Health in regard to any increased costs to the Health budget as a result of ACC changes? and lt;br / and gt; and lt;br / and gt; # ALLAN PEACHEY to the Minister of Transport: What progress has the Government made in tackling illegal street racing? [more]

21/10/2009: Questions for oral answer for 21 October 2009 - part 2
8. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for ACC: Does he agree with the Employers and Manufacturers Association which says employers are wary about any move to re-introduce an open competitive market for ACC because the last time there was a private market for ACC it turned into aÂ'bunfightÂ'between insurers? 9. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: Does he have any concerns regarding the membership of the Tax Working Group? 10. CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does he stand by his statement that the changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme make the schemeÂ"workable and affordableÂ"? 11. MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Corrections: What recent announcements has she made on employment training skills for prisoners? 12. LYNNE PILLAY to the Minister for ACC: Does he stand by his statement last Thursday thatÂ"In respect of the memberÂ's claims that people in Wellington are making decisions about such counselling, I assure the member that those decisions are being made by properly qualified psychiatrists and others who have the clinical skills to make themÂ"? [more]

21/10/2009: Questions for oral answer for 21 October 2009 - part 2
Q 8---12# Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for ACC: Does he agree with the Employers and Manufacturers Association which says employers are wary about any move to re-introduce an open competitive market for ACC because the last time there was a private market for ACC it turned into aÂ'bunfightÂ'between insurers? and lt;br / and gt; and lt;br / and gt; # Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: Does he have any concerns regarding the membership of the Tax Working Group? and lt;br / and gt; and lt;br / and gt; # CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does he stand by his statement that the changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme make the schemeÂ"workable and affordableÂ"? and lt;br / and gt; and lt;br / and gt; # MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Corrections: What recent announcements has she made on employment training skills for prisoners? and lt;br / and gt; and lt;br / and gt; # LYNNE PILLAY to the Minister for ACC: Does he stand by his statement last Thursday thatÂ"In respect of the memberÂ's claims that people in Wellington are making decisions about such counselling, I assure the member that those decisions are being made by properly qualified psychiatrists and others who have the clinical skills to make themÂ"? [more]

22/10/2009: Question time for 22 October 2009
1. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Does he expect all his Ministers to comply with paragraphs 2.50 to 2.96 of the Cabinet Manual; if not, why not? 2. AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: What are the financial challenges currently facing this Government? 3. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he support the principle of full funding of future crown liabilities as for example in ACC? 4. NICKY WAGNER to the Minister of Police: What steps has the Government taken to tackle illegal street racing? 5. Hon DARREN HUGHES to the Minister of Transport: Are the regional mayors who have said they will have less money than they had planned for to undertake transport projects wrong; if so, why? 6. SUE KEDGLEY to the Minister for the Environment: Does he think the public should be consulted about the location of cell phone towers in their community before they are put up? 7. Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: What progress has the Government made on its initiative to roll out ultra-fast broadband in urban areas? 8. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Education: What will be the change in the Government's support for professional advice for science in primary schools between 2009 and 2010? 9. DAVID GARRETT to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does he stand by his statement in the House yesterday "in respect of Australia, there is a complete ban on any deforestation of pre-1990 forests", if so, why? 10. LYNNE PILLAY to the Minister for Disability Issues: Does she stand by all her statements as Minister for Disability Issues on the Q and A programme? 11. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Associate Minister of Education: Kua whakawhiwhia anotia ki tetahi tauira Maori e kuraina ana i nga kura nohanga Maori he karahipi Aspire?; ki te kore, he aha ai? Translation: Has any Maori student who attends a Maori boarding school received an Aspire scholarship?; if not, why not? 12. SANDRA GOUDIE to the Minister of Fisheries: What recent decisions has the Ministry of Fisheries made in regard to marine farming applications? [more]

27/10/2009: Question time for 27 October 2009
Questions to ministers: 1. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the New Zealand economy? 2. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Are his statements last week on private sector competition in ACC consistent with the Government's earlier promise to investigate opening only the Work Account to competition? 3. DAVID GARRETT to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Which is true: his statement to the House of 21 October "in respect of Australia, there is a complete ban on any deforestation of pre-1990 forests", or his statement to the House of 22 October "In Australia each state requires by law that the deforestation of pre-1990 forests be notified"? 4. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his recent statements? 5. Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Has he received advice on the UN Development Programme's Human Development Report 2009; and is he concerned that it positions New Zealand as having the sixth biggest gap between rich and poor among countries with very high human development, with a similar inequality score to India and Russia? 6. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for ACC: Has he received the Treasury memo to Hon Bill English entitled 'Work Account Contestability' which states it is "not clear that levies are excessive - competition in 1998 did reduce levies but could have been firms loss-leading to establish market share"? 7. NICKY WAGNER to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received on the implementation of the Government's policy in relation to Herceptin? 8. LYNNE PILLAY to the Minister for ACC: Is he satisfied new sexual abuse clinical guidelines will not further injure sexual abuse victims? 9. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Trade: What steps has the Government recently taken to enhance New Zealand's trade opportunities in Asia? 10. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Education: What evidence does she have that national standards in literacy and numeracy improve the quality of teaching and learning? 11. ALLAN PEACHEY to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has the Government made about the National Standards policy? 12. Hon LIANNE DALZIEL to the Minister of Education: Is she satisfied with the quality of the reports she has received on the proposal to close Aorangi School; if so, why? [more]

28/10/2009: Question time for 28 October 2009
1. Hon PHIL GOFF (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement "Let's have teachers taking less of a pay rise so it can be put toward education support staff"? 2. AARON GILMORE (National) to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on how the New Zealand economy is placed coming out of the recession? 3. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE (Labour-New Lynn) to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his recent statements? 4. METIRIA TUREI (Co-Leader-Green) to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What is her response to New Zealand's inequality ranking in the United Nations Development Programme's Human Development Report 2009? 5. Hon RUTH DYSON (Labour-Port Hills) to the Minister for ACC: Does he stand by his statement "The board is saying we need to invest in cost-effective programmes for injury prevention and not just in any old programmes."? 6. JO GOODHEW (National-Rangitata) to the Minister for the Environment: Will he use his powers under section 24A of the Resource Management Act 1991 to investigate the poor performance of Environment Canterbury? 7. Hon DAVID PARKER (Labour) to the Minister for ACC: Does he stand by all his statements on ACC? 8. KATRINA SHANKS (National) to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What recent reports has she received on the management of sickness and invalids benefits? 9. BRENDON BURNS (Labour-Christchurch Central) to the Minister of Broadcasting: What reports, if any, has he received from the board of TVNZ on the estimated market value of the airtime for the advertisement featuring the Hon Bill English promoting TVNZ 7's Spotlight on the Economy series that is being run 130 times on TV One, 2, 6 and 7? 10. NICKY WAGNER (National) to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received in relation to improving residential care for the aged? 11. Hon TREVOR MALLARD (Labour-Hutt South) to the Minister of Labour: What has happened since compulsory rest and meal breaks for employees came into effect this year, which has led to her proposing changes to that legislation? 12. PAUL QUINN (National) to the Minister for Economic Development: What is the Government doing to achieve better value for money in Government procurement? [more]

29/10/2009: Question time for 29 October 2009
1. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on New Zealand's fiscal and economic challenges? 2. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers? 3. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that "water assets will not be privatised as a result of the restructuring" of local government, and if so, how does he reconcile it with Cabinet's decision to allow "ownership" of water infrastructure by the private sector? 4. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his recent statements? 5. SHANE ARDERN to the Minister of Police: Is she aware of any new initiatives in the fight against organised crime in this country? 6. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his statement "I have to say, having sat through question time today, I think the decisions and announcements that are being made are entirely defendable and make sense."? 7. SIMON BRIDGES to the Minister for Tertiary Education: What recent announcements has the Government made about the Youth Guarantee? 8. Hon SHANE JONES to the Minister of Local Government: Will his proposed local government reform facilitate private ownership or management of council assets? 9. CHESTER BORROWS to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What reports has she received about recent legislative changes to superannuation? 10. Hon DARREN HUGHES to the Minister of Transport: When will the NZ Transport Agency make a decision on the roading issues through Kapiti that they are currently consulting on? 11. Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister of Health: How many schools were due to lose their Fruit in Schools funding by the end of term 2 this year, and why was this? 12. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Minister responsible for Ministerial Services: When a memo between two Internal Affairs officials of 3 February 2009 stated that "we sought advice from the 9th floor whether leasing from a family trust was appropriate" and were subsequently advised that it was subject to three conditions, who determined those three conditions and when? [more]

17/11/2009: Question Time for 17 November 2009
Questions to Ministers 1. JOHN BOSCAWEN to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Will he table the proposal presented to him yesterday by the Iwi Leadership Group so that it can be open to parliamentary, media and public scrutiny? 2. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he still stand by his comment that "I cannot see why the Leader of the Opposition is so concerned about our emissions trading scheme" following the revelation from the Treasury that the effect of his changes to the ETS is to increase government debt by $110 billion; if so, why? 3. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: What measures has the Government taken to assist New Zealand exporters? 4. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for ACC: Does he stand by his statement "this Government is committed to the core concept of ACC being a 24/7 no-fault insurer for New Zealanders at work, at play, and on the road"? 5. RAHUI KATENE to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she agree with American Humane in 2007, that the Children, Young Persons, and their Families Act 1989 created world-renowned progressive social policy and the opportunity for system transformation in both child welfare and youth justice; if so, why is she challenging the 'whanau first' rule as reported in the New Zealand Herald? 6. CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Is he confident he is fully informed about the long-term fiscal costs of his changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme; if so, why? 7. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister for ACC: How many ACC claims have been made for motorcycle accidents in the last full year and how does this compare with a decade ago? 8. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Local Government: Does he stand by all his statements? 9. Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Health: Does he still stand by his policy to deliver better, sooner, and more convenient health care? 10. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements relating to the House timetable for the second reading and subsequent stages of the Local Government (Auckland Council) Bill; if so, why? 11. CHESTER BORROWS to the Minister of Police: Have there been any successful operations recently in the fight by this Government against the scourge of methamphetamine? 12. Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Does the Government plan to support the incorporation of aggression as a justiciable crime in the International Criminal Court, as envisaged in Article 5 of the 1998 Rome Statute, at the Review Conference of the States Parties in Kampala next May; if not, why not? Questions to Members 1. SUE MORONEY to the Chairperson of the Education and Science Committee: Has the Education and Science Committee received the petition of Sue Kedgley and the 15,683 New Zealanders who have asked for the reinstatement of healthy food guidelines? 2. SUE MORONEY to the Chairperson of the Education and Science Committee: Has the Committee scheduled hearings for Sue Kedgley's petition of 15,683 New Zealanders who have asked to reinstate healthy food guidelines? [more]

18/11/2009: Question Time for 18 November 2009
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his recent statements on the Emissions Trading Scheme? 2. AARON GILMORE to the Minister of Finance: What fiscal challenges does the Government face as the economy comes out of recession? 3. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What definition, if any, did her Associate Minister Hon Tariana Turia provide to her to explain the purpose and intended outcomes of the Whanau Ora programme? 4. LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has the Government made about school property? 5. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Has he received any recent advice on the appropriate boundaries of his role as shareholding Minister in Television New Zealand? 6. NIKKI KAYE to the Minister of Transport: What progress has the Government made on progressing the Victoria Park Road of National Significance? 7. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for ACC: Does he stand by his statement "the scale of the increases proposed by the Accident Compensation Corporation board will not need to be advanced"? 8. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Energy and Resources: How much did the Crown receive in royalty and taxation payments from petroleum production 2008/09? 9. CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does he stand by his reported comments that he cannot put a figure on the cost to taxpayers for his proposed deal with the Māori Party to secure support for the ETS? 10. DAVID CLENDON to the Minister of Tourism: What advice, if any, has he sought regarding the impact on New Zealand's tourism industry of last week's UK Guardian article which says that our: "green image increasingly defies reality"? 11. SU'A WILLIAM SIO to the Minister of Education: Is she prepared to back up her support for literacy programmes by funding the expansion of the Manukau Family Literacy Programme, a programme that PricewaterhouseCoopers says has already boosted the income of participating families by an average of $200 per week? 12. SANDRA GOUDIE to the Minister of Corrections: Has she received any progress reports on the recruitment of additional Probation Officers following a $255 million funding boost in the Budget? [more]

19/11/2009: Question Time for 19 November 2009
Questions to ministers 1. RĀHUI KĀTENE to the Associate Minister Health: What value of productivity is lost to the economy as a result of the misuse of alcohol and what strategies does the Government have to address this issue? 2. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she believe that the Government's package to address unemployment has done enough to give youth a firm footing in the labour market? 3. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the economy in National's first year in Government? 4. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Prime Minister's views on economic policy? 5. HEKIA PARATA to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What work is currently underway to address New Zealand's high rates of child abuse and neglect? 6. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Is he confident the health sector can deliver on his expectations? 7. Dr JACKIE BLUE to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: How many private partners have indicated their interest in participating in the Government's $1.5 billion ultra-fast broadband investment initiative? 8. CAROL BEAUMONT to the Minister of Consumer Affairs: Does she agree with Consumer New Zealand chief executive Sue Chetwin that all consumers can do about rising food prices is "shop around"? 9. KEITH LOCKE to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Is it Government policy that no Minister will officially meet with the Dalai Lama when he visits next month; if so, why? 10. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What progress has there been for the Job Ops and Community Max programmes? 11. JOHN BOSCAWEN to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: On what date will he be releasing the proposed deal from the Iwi Leadership Group and on what date does he expect to have concluded a deal? 12. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Minister of Immigration: Why has immigration policy been changed so that the child of a person legally in New Zealand on a work permit under the essential skills policy will not be able to freely attend school if his or her parent or parents earn under $33,675? [more]

24/11/2009: Question time for Tuesday 24 November 2009
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his comment that Treasury estimates that the Government's emissions trading scheme could cost taxpayers $110 billion are "nonsense"; if so, what is a more accurate estimate? 2. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does he agree with Dr Rhys Jones of Ngāti Kahungunu, a senior lecturer at Auckland University, who stated yesterday that the proposed emissions trading scheme will "do nothing to incentivise reductions in emissions, but will instead give powerful and vocal corporate emitters a licence to threaten the future for our tamariki and mokopuna."; if not, why not? 3. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: What reports has he received in respect of the amended emissions trading scheme? 4. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she stand by all her statements on youth unemployment? 5. KATRINA SHANKS to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What is the Government doing to help young people into work? 6. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement "advice we disagree with is bad advice; advice we agree with is good advice"? 7. RAHUI KATENE to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does he agree with the Māori Party that the revised ETS has a focus on whenua, and increasing environmental sustainability; and how will the intention to provide better protection for the environment be realised? 8. CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does he stand by his statement that "I have always said that figures out beyond a decade are very uncertain"? 9. Dr JACKIE BLUE to the Minister of Transport: What progress has been made on improving public transport infrastructure in Auckland? 10. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for ACC: Do any of his Cabinet papers relating to the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation Amendment Bill expressly advise Cabinet that the effect of the bill is to restore the right of employees to sue their employer for hearing loss of up to 6 percent; if so, what is the date and title of the Cabinet paper and the paragraph number where that warning is to be found? 11. SUE KEDGLEY to the Minister of Agriculture: Does he stand by his statement of 20 May 2009, "I would like to be able to issue a new code of welfare for pigs by the end of this year"; and is he confident this will be achieved? 12. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Internal Affairs: Why is the Government introducing a new style of passport? [more]

25/11/2009: Question time for 25 November 2009
Questions to ministers 1. Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Health: Does he still stand by his policy to deliver better, sooner, and more convenient health care? 2. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Corrections: Does she have confidence in the Department of Corrections? 3. CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister of Energy and Resources: How many houses were insulated in October through the Government's Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart home insulation scheme? 4. Hon MARYAN STREET to the Minister for Tertiary Education: Does she stand by all the decisions she has made as the Minister for Tertiary Education; if not, why not? 5. ALLAN PEACHEY to the Minister for Tertiary Education: What progress has been made on the Government's summer research scholarships? 6. Hon DARREN HUGHES to the Minister of Transport: What weight is being given to the views of the communities affected by the transport proposals through Kapiti? 7. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she agree with the authors of the Children's Social Health Monitor baseline report, launched today, that New Zealand's current benefit provisions are unlikely "to protect a large proportion of our children from severe or significant hardship"? 8. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for ACC: Does he think it is fair that his Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation Bill will determine the threshold for entitlements to hearing aids rather than clinical need? 9. HEKIA PARATA to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What is the Government doing to prevent violence within families and whanau? 10. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Education: Was she correctly reported this morning as indicating flaws in her proposed national standards are being addressed; if so, what is the process she is using to address those flaws? 11. Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister of Immigration: What announcements has the Government made on the introduction of the Silver Fern Visa? 12. Hon LIANNE DALZIEL to the Minister of Education: Why did she not ensure that the Aorangi School Board was given time to inform teachers and parents of the confirmation of her decision to close the school before the announcement was made public? [more]

26/11/2009: Question time for Thursday 26 November 2009
Thursday, 26 November 2009 Questions to Ministers 1. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Will the passing yesterday of the Climate Change Response (Moderated Emissions Trading) Amendment Bill result in New Zealand's greenhouse emissions going up or down between now and 2050 compared to the original emissions trading scheme passed in 2008? 2. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she stand by all her statements? 3. JO GOODHEW to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made about information and communication technologies professional development in schools? 4. CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Prime Minister: Why is he not going to the Copenhagen Conference like most other world leaders are? 5. DAVID GARRETT to the Minister of Justice: How much, if anything, did the taxpayer pay in legal aid for Graeme Burton to defend the recent charge of attempted murder, for which he was found guilty? 6. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that "In order for that recovery to be sustainable we need improved competitiveness among our exporters and continued recovery in household savings"? 7. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What action is the Government taking to increase oil and gas exploration in New Zealand? 8. Hon SHANE JONES to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: What are the financial benefits from the changes to the emissions trading scheme for Māori families after 2013? 9. NIKKI KAYE to the Minister for Biosecurity: What steps has the Government recently taken to protect New Zealand's kauri forests? 10. KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister for ACC: Does he stand by all his statements in the House on ACC? 11. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: What advice, if any, has she received on the reason that thousands of workers all around New Zealand will be taking industrial action and attending rallies tomorrow? 12. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Internal Affairs: What is the Government doing to make government data more easily accessible to New Zealanders? [more]

08/12/2009: Question Time for 8 December 2009
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his reported statement on the Brash 2025 Taskforce report that "its core recommendations were too radical to implement"; if so, why does he intend to pay the taskforce another $327,000? 2. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the New Zealand economy? 3. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements on unemployment? 4. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Transport: What steps has he taken to reduce compliance costs for road transport operators? 5. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his statements regarding the New Zealand Superannuation Fund? 6. RAHUI KATENE to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he agree with the Community Energy Action charitable trust, that a household is living in fuel poverty when essential energy services such as heating and hot water are unaffordable to the residents, and what actions has he taken to address fuel poverty, particularly for low-income New Zealanders? 7. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Police: Is she satisfied that the Police have sufficient plans in place to cope with the extra duties and stresses created in the run-up to Christmas? 8. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What reports has he received about gas field developments in New Zealand? 9. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement to Federated Farmers that "regardless of your view about the environment or climate change, the opinions of your consumers will ultimately decide how well your products sell"; if so, does he share Fonterra's reported concern that factory farms could tarnish New Zealand's reputation for free-range dairy products? 10. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Attorney-General: Does he agree with the recommendation of the independent ministerial review panel that if the Foreshore and Seabed Act 2004 is repealed then "Reasonable public access should be defined and provided for by statute"? 11. JO GOODHEW to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has the Government made to get schools ready for ultra-fast broadband? 12. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Minister responsible for Ministerial Services: Has Hon Bill English received a self-drive car; if so, what requirements, if any, are placed on where such cars should be located? [more]

09/12/2009: Question time for 9 December 2009
Questions to Ministers 1. AARON GILMORE to the Minister of Finance: What fiscal challenges does the Government face as the economy comes out of recession? 2. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his recent statements on unemployment? 3. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Prime Minister: Is he open to increasing New Zealand's 2020 emissions reduction target when he is in Copenhagen next week, in light of new evidence that even if the most ambitious targets countries have put forward are met, the global average temperature will still rise by 3.5 degrees this century, making large parts of the world uninhabitable? 4. Hon JIM ANDERTON to the Minister of Agriculture: How much funding has been paid out to research and innovation projects in the primary sector through the Primary Growth Partnership since the formation of the National-led Government in November last year? 5. KATRINA SHANKS to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What is the Government doing to improve the performance of the electricity market? 6. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement "advice we disagree with is bad advice; advice we agree with is good advice"? 7. NIKKI KAYE to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: What objectives does New Zealand have at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, and what is the latest advice on the prospect of these being achieved? 8. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Minister responsible for Ministerial Services: Were the capital and running costs of the self-drive car used by Hon Bill English in the first six months of this Government properly appropriated under the Public Finance Act 1989; if so, will he table official advice, if any, to that effect? 9. NICKY WAGNER to the Minister of Police: Have any recent steps been taken to protect New Zealand communities from the dangerous behaviour of boy racers? 10. Hon MARYAN STREET to the Minister for Tertiary Education: What advice has she received about the numbers of redundancies of Adult and Community Education Coordinators in high schools which are occurring right now? 11. ALLAN PEACHEY to the Minister of Education: When will National Standards be introduced into English-medium schools for years 1-8, and why? 12. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Local Government: What did Cabinet decide in response to his recommendation that the provisions of the Local Government Auckland Amendment Act 2004 protecting the Ports of Auckland shares from disposal be repealed? [more]

10/12/2009: Question time for 10 December 2009
Questions to ministers 1. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his comment "this Government is not prepared to turn its back on our most vulnerable citizens"? 2. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What were the main findings of the Ministerial Review into the electricity market? 3. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his recent statements? 4. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister of Education: Kei te tautoko a ia i tā Ngā Kura-ā-Iwi o Aotearoa kōrero e pā ana ki ngā mānukanuka mō ngā whakamātautau Reo Māori "E hē ana te pūnaha takirua e hoatu nei i te mana ōrite ki te ākonga whai reo Māori, ahakoa ko tōna reo taketake, ko tōna reo tuarua rānei tana reo Māori"; arā ka aha ia ki te whakatika i tēnei "hē kino"? * Translation: Does she agree with Ngā Kura ā Iwi o Aotearoa's concerns about te reo Māori exams that "A double standard prevails, one for te reo Māori pathway pupils for whom English is their first language and another for te reo rangatira pathway pupils for whom Māori is their first language" and what actions will she take to correct what they suggest is a "horrendous wrong"? 5. MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister for ACC: How much has it been necessary to increase ACC levies and how do these compare to those recommended by the ACC Board? 6. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Attorney-General: Will the threshold tests for the establishment of customary interest in the foreshore or seabed be altered from those which currently apply under the current Foreshore and Seabed Act; if so, will those new thresholds be defined in statute or left to the Courts? 7. Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What progress has been made on the Government's summer school holiday programmes? 8. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Prime Minister: Which specific countries was he referring to in the House yesterday when he said in response to my question, "countries that will find it easier than us" should do better than 40 percent in order to offset New Zealand's "failure to act" on climate change? 9. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Education: When she named Professor John Hattie yesterday as an academic who supported both national standards and the Government's implementation methods did she take into account the views he expressed to her with other academics in their letter of 25 November 2009? 10. LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister of Education: When will parents receive plain English reports against the National Standards and why? 11. Hon LIANNE DALZIEL to the Minister of Justice: Does he have any evidence to support the hearsay reported by Dame Margaret Bazley in her final report on the Legal Aid Review that "up to 80 percent of the lawyers practising in the Manukau District Court could be gaming the system"; if not, will he apologise for any damage to their reputations this has caused? 12. MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Corrections: What advice has she received recently about the work that is under way to expand employment opportunities and training for prisoners? [more]

15/12/2009: Question time for 15 December 2009
Questions will be posted shortly [more]

16/12/2009: Question time for 16 December 2009
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his answers yesterday in the House about protecting families from the recession? 2. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: What steps has the Government taken to manage the economy in 2009? 3. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Did he say at the Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update lockup yesterday that while the Government does not plan privatisation in this term of Parliament, it recognises various assets as not well managed or struggling to keep up with the pace; and did he single out four entities in this context? 4. JO GOODHEW to the Minister of Education: What reports has she received about the teaching of reading and writing in years 1 and 2 at primary school? 5. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his comment "this Government is not prepared to turn its back on our most vulnerable citizens"? 6. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he agree with his Associate Minister for Climate Change Issues that it is "extremist" for small developing countries like Tuvalu to push for a legally binding agreement from the Copenhagen climate conference? 7. MOANA MACKEY to the Minister of Housing: What new affordable housing initiatives has he implemented since becoming Minister? 8. PAUL QUINN to the Minister of Transport: What reports has he received on yesterday's announcement of a strategic plan for the State Highway 1 Wellington to Levin corridor? 9. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister for ACC: What is the basis for the changes in the treatment of using holiday pay towards the costs of being injured at work in the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation Amendment Bill? 10. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Commerce: What priority will the Government give to responding to the recommendations of the Capital Markets Development Taskforce? 11. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Has he received my invitation dated 14 December to accompany me, after Parliament rises, on the Gillespie Pass tramping circuit in the north-eastern parts of the Mount Aspiring National Park, so that he can inspect first-hand areas in the conservation estate included in his stock-take of mineral resources, and will he accept it? 12. COLIN KING to the Minister of Agriculture: What steps has the Government recently made to progress agricultural greenhouse gas research? [more]

09/02/2010: Statement to Parliament - Hon. John key
John Key's opening speech for the year. [more]

09/02/2010: Response to John Key's Statement to Parliament by Phil Goff
Phil Goff replies to John Key's address to Parliament. [more]

10/02/2010: Question time for 10 February 2010
Questions to ministers 1. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: Why is the Government embarking on a comprehensive economic programme in 2010? 2. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements on GST? 3. ALLAN PEACHEY to the Minister of Education: What reports has she received on support for National Standards? 4. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What action, if any, is she taking to address unemployment? 5. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Prime Minister: When he referred yesterday to avoiding "overly-ambitious climate change targets", did he mean that the minimum target of 25-40 percent below 1990 levels by 2020, which the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says is necessary to keep global warming below two degrees, is overly ambitious? 6. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: What advice, if any, has he received outlining the effect of an increase in GST on families? 7. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What evidence does he have that oil and gas production has the potential to lift New Zealand's economic growth? 8. Hon NANAIA MAHUTA to the Minister of Māori Affairs: What advice, if any, has he received from Te Puni Kōkiri on the effect a rise in GST will have on the well-being of Māori families? 9. JOHN BOSCAWEN to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Reserve Bank Governor Alan Bollard that "I don't think we can catch Australia", but "there's a lot of crumbs come off the Australian table we can take advantage of"? 10. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: Does she stand by her statement "The goal is to match Australian income levels by 2025" and if so, will the 25 cent change in the minimum wage achieve that? 11. NICKY WAGNER to the Minister of Transport: What progress has been made on the Christchurch Motorways Road of National Significance? 12. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister of Youth Affairs: Does she agree with commentator Bernard Hickey that the Prime Minister's statement yesterday sent a clear message to young New Zealanders "leave the country now"? [more]

10/02/2010: Jeanette Fitzsimons delivers her valedictorial speech
Speech incomplete. [more]

11/02/2010: Question time for 11 February 2010
1. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Finance: What advice, if any, has he received on the likely impact of an increase in GST on New Zealand families? 2. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement "if there is an increase in mining…., New Zealand's natural environment would also be improved"? 3. AARON GILMORE to the Minister of Finance: How would the Government ensure that all income groups are compensated for with any increase in GST? 4. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: What was his public response to Treasury's suggestion in the 2008 briefing to the incoming Minister that he consider a "move towards a tax system more heavily weighted towards consumption taxes"? 5. Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations: What progress has recently been made towards achieving the Government's goal of settling historic Treaty of Waitangi claims by 2014? 6. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Have there been any cuts to frontline health services since he became Minister? 7. SANDRA GOUDIE to the Minister of Corrections: Can she provide an update on efforts to manage New Zealand's growing prison population? 8. Hon PAREKURA HOROMIA to the Minister of Māori Affairs: What advice, if any, has he received this week from Te Puni Kōkiri on issues crucial to Māori? 9. COLIN KING to the Minister for Economic Development: What measures has the Government undertaken to help New Zealand aquaculture companies take advantage of emerging offshore opportunities? 10. Hon MARYAN STREET to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she stand by her statement that "This Government has made unemployment our number one priority during the course of this recession"? 11. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: Will he guarantee that any changes to the tax system in this year's Budget will decrease inequality in New Zealand? 12. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations: Kua whiwhi i a ia he ripoata e pā ana ki ngā whiriwhiringa o te Kotahitanga o Tāmaki Makaurau me Te Hiku o Te Ika? * Translation: Has he received any reports regarding the negotiations involving the Tāmaki Makaurau collective and Te Hiku o Te Ika? [more]

16/02/2010: Question time for 16 February 2010
Questions to ministers 1. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: What does the latest GDP data show about New Zealand's recent growth performance? 2. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: How many times, if any, has he told New Zealanders that he would not increase GST? 3. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Energy and Resources: How many New Zealand homes have been retrofitted through the Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart scheme and is he satisfied with the quality of that retrofit work? 4. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement "This Government is not prepared to turn its back on our most vulnerable citizens"? 5. MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister for ACC: What steps is the Government taking to secure the long-term future of ACC and why are these necessary? 6. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement "any move with tax, tax affects everybody, any move with it has to be not only fair but seen to be fair"? 7. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for Land Information: How many hectares of land does the Government own in the Mackenzie Country, and has the Government given consent for any of this land to be converted to irrigated dairy farming? 8. Hon MARYAN STREET to the Minister for ACC: Does he stand by his statement "This legislative reform is part of the Government's objective to secure the long-term future of ACC as an efficient and fair 24/7, no-fault insurance scheme for all New Zealanders"? 9. CHESTER BORROWS to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What reports has she received on the effectiveness of current supervision orders for young offenders? 10. Hon NANAIA MAHUTA to the Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she agree with all the recommendations proposed by the Whanau Ora Taskforce in the report released to her last week; if so, when does she intend to release the report? 11. KATRINA SHANKS to the Minister of Housing: What steps is the Government taking to get the best out of state housing for those most in need? 12. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Prime Minister: Did he declare his interest in Jackson Mining when any Cabinet papers concerning mining in the Department of Conservation Estate were discussed; if not, why not? [more]

17/02/2010: Question time for 17 February 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his recent statements? 2. AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: What is the Government doing to ensure value for money in its expenditure? 3. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his comment yesterday "I have been busy running the country. But I am the first to admit it was a bit sloppy"? 4. LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made about National Standards? 5. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What work, if any, has she undertaken to extend Whanau Ora to all New Zealanders? 6. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Justice: Why is he proposing election campaign spending caps for political parties? 7. CHESTER BORROWS to the Minister of Justice: What is the proposed question format for the upcoming referendum on MMP? 8. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Education: Has she received the report entitled Step Change: Success the Only Option; if so, which recommendations does she agree with? 9. JOHN BOSCAWEN to the Minister of Research, Science and Technology: Does NIWA maintain an up-to-date Schedule of Adjustments of all changes made to the raw temperature data which are used in calculating the official series "Mean annual temperature over New Zealand, from 1853 to 2008", published on the NIWA website; if not, why not? 10. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Local Government: Is he satisfied with the performance of the Auckland Transition Agency? 11. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister of Education: E pēhea e rerekē ai te noho o ngā tauira Māori i roto i ngā kura auraki nā runga i te aronga nui i te pūrongo Step Change ki te mātauranga ahurea, nā, kei te whakaae atu ia ki tā te ripoata "it is difficult to see how success for many students in New Zealand can be achieved without this component of learning"? o Translation: How will the experience for Māori students in mainstream schools change as a result of the commitment to cultural competence outlined in the Step Change report; and does she agree that "it is difficult to see how success for many students in New Zealand can be achieved without this component of learning"? 12. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Transport: What progress has been made on the transport stimulus projects announced last February? Questions to Members 1. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Chairperson of the Law and Order Committee: When did the Committee last meet to consider the Sentencing and Parole Reform Bill? 2. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Chairperson of the Law and Order Committee: What is the timeline for submissions on the revised Sentencing and Parole Reform Bill? 3. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Chairperson of the Law and Order Committee: When does she expect the Sentencing and Parole Reform Bill will be reported back to the House? [more]

18/02/2010: Question time for 18 February 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Commerce: What will be the Government's response to the report of the Capital Market Development Taskforce? 2. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his recent statements about Whanau Ora? 3. JOHN BOSCAWEN to the Minister of Research, Science and Technology: Did he seek advice before telling the House yesterday that the up-to-date schedule of adjustments made to the raw temperature data used in calculating NIWA's official series "Mean annual temperature over New Zealand, from 1853 to 2008" is "not set out as a singular document … . Rather, it is a range of material, all of which is available on the institute's website"; if so, from whom did he seek that advice? 4. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister of Justice: Does he have confidence in the Ministry of Justice? 5. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Women's Affairs: Does she stand by her statement "it is important that women and men stand shoulder to shoulder in our boardrooms"? 6. Hon JIM ANDERTON to the Minister for ACC: Can he explain why in the first six months of 2009, almost double the number of people applying for elective surgery under ACC were declined compared to the same period in 2008? 7. SIMON BRIDGES to the Minister of Agriculture: What steps is the Government taking to curb animal cruelty offences? 8. CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he stand by all his recent statements? 9. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister for the Environment: What steps is the Government taking to improve the efficiency of processing resource consents? 10. SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Women's Affairs: What highlights, if any, on gender equality and women's empowerment will she report to the United Nations special general meeting in March? 11. NIKKI KAYE to the Minister of Youth Affairs: What progress has been made for Youth Parliament 2010? 12. LYNNE PILLAY to the Minister for ACC: Does he agree with the Strategic Priorities of ACC, which include "Ensuring New Zealanders have confidence in ACC"? [more]

23/02/2010: Questions for oral answer for 23 February 2010 - part 1
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he still expect that the vast bulk of New Zealanders won't be worse off under his proposed increase to GST and if so, which New Zealanders does he expect will be worse off? 2. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: Why is it so important that the Government rebalance the economy towards savings and exports? 3. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement "substantial gains could be made by aligning the top personal tax rate and the trustee tax rate"? 4. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: What was he referring to when he said his Government would "take action this year to remove particular regulatory roadblocks to … irrigation in Canterbury"? 5. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: What frontline health services are being cut? 6. SANDRA GOUDIE to the Minister of Police: What reports has she received about serious attacks on New Zealand Police officers over the last few days? 7. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Education: Does she understand and stand by all statements she has made on national standards? 8. ALLAN PEACHEY to the Minister of Education: What steps will the Government take to reduce red tape for crèches in gyms and shopping malls? 9. Hon LIANNE DALZIEL to the Minister of Commerce: What remedies, if any, are available to investors when company directors do not check an investment statement before it is released to the public despite claims that he or she is involved in managing the investment on a day-to-day basis? 10. JO GOODHEW to the Minister for the Environment: What response has he received regarding the independent review of the performance of Environment Canterbury? 11. CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he stand by his statement that "I have made it clear that the Government has no intention of mining high-value conservation land"? 12. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister for Building and Construction: What is the Government doing to assist New Zealanders to build quality homes and buildings? [more]

23/02/2010: Questions for oral answer for 23 February 2010 - part 2
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he still expect that the vast bulk of New Zealanders won't be worse off under his proposed increase to GST and if so, which New Zealanders does he expect will be worse off? 2. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: Why is it so important that the Government rebalance the economy towards savings and exports? 3. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement "substantial gains could be made by aligning the top personal tax rate and the trustee tax rate"? 4. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: What was he referring to when he said his Government would "take action this year to remove particular regulatory roadblocks to … irrigation in Canterbury"? 5. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: What frontline health services are being cut? 6. SANDRA GOUDIE to the Minister of Police: What reports has she received about serious attacks on New Zealand Police officers over the last few days? 7. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Education: Does she understand and stand by all statements she has made on national standards? 8. ALLAN PEACHEY to the Minister of Education: What steps will the Government take to reduce red tape for crèches in gyms and shopping malls? 9. Hon LIANNE DALZIEL to the Minister of Commerce: What remedies, if any, are available to investors when company directors do not check an investment statement before it is released to the public despite claims that he or she is involved in managing the investment on a day-to-day basis? 10. JO GOODHEW to the Minister for the Environment: What response has he received regarding the independent review of the performance of Environment Canterbury? 11. CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he stand by his statement that "I have made it clear that the Government has no intention of mining high-value conservation land"? 12. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister for Building and Construction: What is the Government doing to assist New Zealanders to build quality homes and buildings? [more]

25/02/2010: Question time for 25 February 2010
1. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Finance: Why is the Government intent on rebalancing the economy, and what benefits will that bring? 2. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What reports, if any, has she received on programmes she has put in place since she became Minister? 3. SUE KEDGLEY to the Minister of Broadcasting: Has he told Radio New Zealand that its funding will be frozen for a number of years; if so, how many? 4. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his recent statements? 5. Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister of Corrections: What steps are being taken to reduce the risk of assaults on prison staff? 6. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Can he guarantee New Zealanders will not have reduced access to health services this year? 7. TODD McCLAY to the Minister of Defence: What progress has been made with Project Protector? 8. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Education: Does she understand the asTTle reporting system and the process leading to it? 9. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Internal Affairs: What reports has he received on the rollout of new passports? 10. MOANA MACKEY to the Minister of Housing: What is he doing to address the housing issues raised in the Salvation Army's recent "State of the Nation" report? 11. MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Economic Development: What support will the Government provide for the 2011 International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships? 12. CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What actions, if any, is he taking to reduce power prices? [more]

16/03/2010: Question time for 16 March
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his comments with regard to mining in the conservation estate? 2. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: Has he received any recent reports about the state of the New Zealand economy; if so, what do they reveal? 3. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: How many jobs have resulted from his Job Summit held in February 2009? 4. JOHN BOSCAWEN to the Minister of Research, Science and Technology: Is NIWA's principal climate scientist Dr Brett Mullan correct when he says in relation to NIWA's Seven Station Temperature Series that NIWA "had the original data, knew the method of calculations, and we have the answers", and will he require NIWA to release the method of calculations and the actual calculations, commonly known as a Schedule of Adjustments, which would allow independent scientists to replicate NIWA's results? 5. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: What recent advice, if any, has he received outlining the effect of an increase in GST on families? 6. SHANE ARDERN to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: What improvements has the Government announced for rural broadband services? 7. HONE HARAWIRA to the Minister of Local Government: Kei te whakaae ia ki tā Local Government New Zealand i kōrero nei, ka raru te manapori o Aotearoa mēnā ka riro mā ngā Council Controlled Organisations e whakapau ngā piriona tāra neke atu mō ngā ratonga Kāwanatanga, ā, ka aha tana whakautu i aua whakapae me ērā hoki a mana whenua mō te whakatūranga o te kaunihera hou "Supercity" i Tāmaki Makaurau? o Translation: Does he agree with Local Government New Zealand that democracy will be threatened by handling over billions of dollars worth of services to Government-appointed Council Controlled Organisations; and how will he address that criticism, and criticism by mana whenua, in the establishment of the new "Supercity" council in Auckland? 8. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his statements regarding health services? 9. Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister of Police: Has she received any progress reports on the rollout of Tasers to New Zealand police officers? 10. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Conservation: Does she support the Department of Conservation's first stated strategic approach "to promote the benefits and value of conservation in New Zealand"? 11. COLIN KING to the Minister of Agriculture: What steps has the Government recently made to progress domestic agriculture greenhouse gas research? 12. GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Will he call on the Japanese Government to release New Zealand citizen Peter Bethune of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society? [more]

17/03/2010: Question Time for 17 March
Questions to Ministers 1. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement "Notwithstanding the public consultation process, it is my expectation that the Government will act on at least some of these recommendations and make significant changes to Schedule 4."? 2. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his reported statement on the proposed Council Controlled Organisations for the new Auckland "Supercity" "we like the structure …"; if so, why? 3. AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: How will the 2010 Budget improve New Zealand's economic performance? 4. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Corrections: How many meetings or briefings has she attended with Corrections Department officials in regard to the amended "three strikes" policy since it was announced? 5. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Transport: What progress has been made on the Waikato Expressway road of national significance? 6. Hon SHANE JONES to the Minister of Māori Affairs: Does he stand by his statement "Across many steps, the Māori voice is heard by the Government and is included in, and informs, decision making. The Minister believes that Māori need to be participants in decision making, not the recipients of it."? 7. CHESTER BORROWS to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What reports has she received on the numbers of young people receiving benefits? 8. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Conservation: When will she release the expanded review concerning mining in the conservation estate repeatedly referred to by the Prime Minister in his post-cabinet conference of 15 March 2010 and reported by the media? 9. LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister of Education: What were the findings of the survey, Attendance in New Zealand Schools in 2009, and what is the Government's response? 10. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Education: What alternatives to the National Standards approach, if any, did she consider before their introduction? 11. HEKIA PARATA to the Minister for Economic Development: What support has this Government given to the development of a vibrant screen production industry in New Zealand? 12. Hon LIANNE DALZIEL to the Minister of Education: Is she satisfied with the transition of the former students of Aorangi Primary School to other primary schools; if so, why? [more]

18/03/2010: Question Time for 18 March
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? [more]

23/03/2010: Question Time for 23 March
Questions to Ministers 1. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: What measures will the Government consider to improve the fairness and integrity of the tax system? 2. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Tourism: Does he stand by his statement in the House that "I certainly agree that part of New Zealand's important brand is the 'clean, green' image"? 3. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: When he said "What I stand by is environmentally sensitive mining", did he actually mean mining in environmentally sensitive areas? 4. CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What were the findings of the Government stocktake of Schedule 4 of the Crown Minerals Act? 5. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Me pēhea te whakatau a te Kāwanatanga i ngā kōrero a te mema pāremata, a Nikki Kaye mō te maina i ngā moutere o Great Barrier me te mea nei, kāore i pai ki te taringa, arā, tāna i kī rā "when environmental and economic factors are taken into account, and given the island's status in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park"; ā, he aha te wāhi kei a Ngāti Rehua ki te whakatutuki whakataunga? o Translation: How will the Government resolve the comments by Nikki Kaye MP, about the plans to open up Great Barrier Island to mining, reported as this does not stack up "when environmental and economic factors are taken into account, and given the island's status in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park"; and what role will Ngāti Rehua play in achieving any resolution? 6. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Conservation: Why does she think it proper to cede control of mining in conservation areas by allowing the Minster of Energy and Resources to be a co-decision-maker in these decisions? 7. Dr JACKIE BLUE to the Minister of Transport: What progress has been made on the procurement of electric trains for Auckland's commuter rail network? 8. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his statement "This failure to engage the very people with the right expertise - doctors and nurses who know the patients' needs best - is seriously eroding our ability to provide patients with the care they need"? 9. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he stand by his statement that "I have made it clear that the Government has no intention of mining high-value conservation land"? 10. Hon MARYAN STREET to the Minister for Tertiary Education: What responses has he received to his proposal to link a proportion of university funding to students' pass rates? 11. NICKY WAGNER to the Minister for the Environment: Has the Environmental Protection Authority received any resource consent applications under the new national consenting process provided for in the 2009 amendments to the Resource Management Act? 12. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of State Services: Does he stand by his statement that he ordered the inquiries into the leaking of information about the stocktake of Schedule 4 of the Crown Minerals Act and changes to the structure of the public sector? [more]

24/03/2010: Question Time for 24 March
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: How many beneficiaries are living "the dream" on a benefit? 2. KATRINA SHANKS to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Who will be better off under the Future Focus welfare package announced yesterday? 3. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his statements regarding health services? 4. AARON GILMORE to the Minister of Finance: What issues will the Government consider in deciding on its tax package for the Budget? 5. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Education: What alternatives to her current approach to national standards did she consider before she introduced legislation on that subject? 6. Dr JACKIE BLUE to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received on improving treatment for women requiring breast reconstruction surgery? 7. Hon SHANE JONES to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Why should New Zealanders have confidence in his handling of the minerals stocktake given reported concerns from mining industry leaders about his handling of the issue, especially the proposal to remove protection from parts of Great Barrier Island, which those same mining industry figures reportedly described as a "blunder"? 8. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: How many people exactly does he think need "a kick in the pants" from the welfare system? 9. MOANA MACKEY to the Minister of Housing: Does he agree with Housing New Zealand that the Enterprise Transformation Programme to replace existing IT systems is expected to result in savings of $70 million per year; if so, how was this figure calculated? 10. MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Corrections: Has she received any reports on measures to cope with the forecast increase in prisoner numbers? 11. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Local Government: Does he stand by his statement that "given how these councils have been run I would be surprised if there wasn't some ability to make savings"? 12. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Immigration: What progress has the Government made in attracting business migrants to New Zealand? [more]

25/03/2010: Question Time for 25 march
Questions to Ministers 1. JOHN BOSCAWEN to the Minister of Research, Science and Technology: Does he stand by his statement in his corrected answer to Parliamentary Question 19275 (2009) asking for "the full data on which NIWA's official time series of the mean annual temperature over New Zealand from 1853 to 2008 is based", that "links to this data are collated on the following website www.niwa.co.nz" under the heading "New Zealand temperature rise clear"; if not, why not? 2. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers? 3. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on the economy? 4. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Justice: Has he received advice on the benefits of having campaign spending caps in the MMP referendum? 5. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Conservation: Does she intend to amend the National Parks Act 1980 to enable mining? 6. SANDRA GOUDIE to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What are the economic benefits from environmentally responsible mining in New Zealand? 7. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his statements on health services? 8. TODD McCLAY to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Can she explain how this Government is addressing long-term welfare dependency? 9. Hon DARREN HUGHES to the Minister of Energy and Resources: How can New Zealanders have confidence in any of the figures in his "Stocktake of Schedule 4" discussion document when he said yesterday that "I think the numbers are always going to be all over the show until you actually get something out of the ground, you simply don't know what the story is"? 10. LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: What progress has the Government made in reversing the deforestation over the past decade, and what further reports has he seen on future forestry intentions? 11. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Education: How many of the reports or briefings that she has received on national standards refer to increases in teacher workload and what is the best estimate of that increase in workload expressed in hours per term in 2010? 12. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: Have any members of the Technical Reference Group been involved in cases involving foreign takeovers of New Zealand dairy companies while assisting in the review of the overseas investment regulatory regime; if so, what are the names of the relevant law firm and lawyer? [more]

30/03/2010: Question time for 30 March 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon JIM ANDERTON to the Minister for ACC: What changes have been made to ACC coverage relating to the presence of "pre-existing degenerative" conditions? 2. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: How will Budget 2010 make the tax system fairer? 3. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he agree with all recent comments by his Minister of Energy and Resources? 4. Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received in relation to improving frontline health services? 5. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Finance: What will the impact of the proposal to mine protected Schedule 4 land be on the New Zealand economy? 6. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Did she agree with the advice she received on the "Future Focus" package? 7. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister for the Environment: What response has he received on the review of Environment Canterbury from key stakeholders including the Canterbury mayors and councils, the Local Government Association, Ngāi Tahu and environmental organisations? 8. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his statements about health services? 9. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister of Justice: Ka whakaae te Kāwanatanga ki te tūtohutanga i te purongo o te Komiti o te Whakakotahitanga o ngā Iwi o te Ao e kī nei "The State party should consider relinquishing the use of electro-muscular disruption devise (EMDs) 'TASERs'"; ki te kore, he aha ai? * Translation: Will the Government agree to the recommendation from the United Nations Human Rights Committee report that "The State party should consider relinquishing the use of electro-muscular disruption devices (EMDs) 'TASERs'"; if not, why not? 10. CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Minister of Conservation: Does she think the Department of Conservation should have an advocacy role for conservation at any public forum or in any statutory planning process? 11. COLIN KING to the Minister of Research, Science and Technology: What recent announcements has he made about changes aimed at ensuring New Zealand gets the best from its Crown Research Institutes? 12. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her reported statement in regard to National Standards that "criticism has been based on misinterpretations"? [more]

31/03/2010: Question Time for 31 March 31 2010
Questions to ministers 1. AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: What challenges does the Government face in preparing Budget 2010 compared with Budget 2009? 2. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she stand by all her recent statements? 3. Hon TAU HENARE to the Attorney-General: What progress has the Government made in its response to the review of the Foreshore and Seabed Act 2004? 4. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his statements about health services? 5. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Transport: What changes is the Government making to per-passenger aviation security charges? 6. KELVIN DAVIS to the Associate Minister of Education: Does he stand by all his statements? 7. HEKIA PARATA to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What reports has she received on long-term welfare dependency? 8. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her reported statement in regard to National Standards that "criticism has been based on misinterpretations"? 9. CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister of Civil Defence: How has the Ministry of Civil Defence enhanced its communications with the public? 10. CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he think that his discussion document on the stocktake of Schedule 4 provides sufficient information to New Zealanders to be fully-informed about the issue given the statement made on his behalf after the release of the document that "the information about the value of New Zealand's mineral resources is not well known"; if so, why? 11. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does the Environment Canterbury (Temporary Commissioners and Improved Water Management) Bill fulfil his intention to "remove particular regulatory roadblocks to water storage and irrigation in Canterbury"? 12. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: Which employer and employee groups has the Government specifically excluded from the 90-day trial period as introduced by the Employment Relations Amendment Act 2008? [more]

02/04/2010: Questions for Oral Answer for Thursday 1 April 2010
1. RAHUI KATENE to the Attorney-General: Does he agree with the reported statement of the Hon Phil Goff that"any outcome needs to maintain public access to beaches and protect the customary title or rights of iwi to the seabed and foreshore"and that"this is already the situation"; if not, why not? 2. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Finance: How will Budget 2010 ensure taxpayers' money is spent responsibly? 3. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement"I know that one of the key reasons Kiwis elected National is because they trusted us to take the tough steps needed to tackle violent crime and make families safer in their home and communities"? 4. SANDRA GOUDIE to the Minister of Police: What reports has she received on the key factors that influenced the 2009 crime statistics? 5. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she agree with all recent comments by her Associate Minister, Hon Tariana Turia? 6. PAUL QUINN to the Attorney-General: What are the key aspects of the Government's preferred approach in the foreshore and seabed consultation document released yesterday? 7. Hon PAREKURA HOROMIA to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his recent comments about proposed changes to the Foreshore and Seabed Act that"I don't think people will notice a lot of change"? 8. Dr JACKIE BLUE to the Minister of Transport: What steps is the Government considering to improve taxi driver safety? 9. LYNNE PILLAY to the Minister for ACC: Is he satisfied that the new sexual abuse clinical guidelines used in ACC's Sensitive Claims Unit are offering"the best treatment possible"? 10. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: When did he first learn that the Minister of Agriculture Hon David Carter had spoken to applicants for a Water Conservation Order on the Hurunui River suggesting they freeze that application, and what action, if any, did he subsequently take? 11. MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Building and Construction: What progress has he made in terms of introducing a building licence system that will give New Zealanders confidence in the skills of the builders they employ? 12. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Conservation: Will she be visiting the Coromandel during Easter to gauge for herself the depth of resentment against proposals to allow mining of sensitive Schedule 4 land? [more]

20/04/2010: Question Time for 20 April 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement "New Zealand takes its international obligations seriously and does not support texts unless we are able to implement them"? 2. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: What impact has Government policy had on recent movements in New Zealand Superannuation rates? 3. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that "it will probably be some time before individuals and families feel better off again"? 4. SHANE ARDERN to the Minister of Agriculture: What significant steps has the Government recently taken to progress the Global Research Alliance? 5. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his statements on health services? 6. JOHN BOSCAWEN to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: What will be the cost applied to the average dairy herd by the Emissions Trading Scheme from 1 July this year? 7. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Attorney-General: What will be the practical effect of the change to the approach for establishing customary title, in the Government's preferred option, in terms of its geographic extent compared with territorial customary rights under the Foreshore and Seabed Act? 8. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Did he read the letter from the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society dated 3 December 2009 alerting him to the fact that the Minister of Agriculture had asked applicants for a Water Conservation Order on the Hurunui River to freeze their application; if so, when? 9. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Education: Is she aware of and does she understand the intended and unintended consequences of National Standards? 10. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What recent improvements have been made to the national electricity grid? 11. Hon DARREN HUGHES to the Prime Minister: Does he expect all Ministers in his Government to comply with paragraph 4.53 of the Cabinet Manual; if so, what sanctions would he consider where a Minister failed to comply with this rule? 12. JO GOODHEW to the Minister of Education: When do nominations close for the 2010 school trustee elections? [more]

21/04/2010: Question Time for 21 April 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Is it current Government policy that no state assets will be sold either partially or fully? 2. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement regarding the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples that "It is an expression of aspiration; it will have no impact on New Zealand law"? 3. AARON GILMORE to the Minister of Finance: What are the Government's objectives for tax reform in this year's Budget? 4. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Minister of Finance: What reassurance did he give to delegates at the Grey Power conference about his explanation of how Government policies were affecting vulnerable, older people? 5. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Transport: What improvements has the Government announced for road safety for young people? 6. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister responsible for Whanau Ora: What progress has been made towards the establishment of the 20 Whanau Ora contracts expected to start in July 2010? 7. NIKKI KAYE to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: What reports has he received on New Zealand's latest net position report under the Kyoto Protocol? 8. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his recent statements? 9. MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Energy and Resources: How many homes were retrofitted in March through the Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart home insulation scheme? 10. Hon MARYAN STREET to the Minister for Tertiary Education: What advice has he received on those who are likely to be disadvantaged by recently announced policies regarding tertiary education with respect to student loans, allowances and course fees? 11. CHESTER BORROWS to the Minister of Justice: What changes is the Government making to the legal aid system? 12. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Local Government: Does he stand by all his recent statements on local government? [more]

22/04/2010: Question Time for 22 April 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: On what date did Cabinet decide to support the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and what did Cabinet believe the impact of such a decision would be? 2. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Finance: How will the Budget next month ensure Government spending delivers value for taxpayers and better public services for New Zealanders? 3. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his statements on health services? 4. JOHN HAYES to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: What progress has the Government made on the rural broadband initiative? 5. Hon JIM ANDERTON to the Associate Minister of Health: How many times in 2009 did he meet with representatives of the liquor industry and what were the dates of these meetings? 6. KEITH LOCKE to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: What are the job titles of the three Burmese Government officials sponsored via the Minister of Foreign Affairs to study in New Zealand, and what checks were made by the Ministry to ensure that the officials had not held "controversial roles" in the Burmese regime? 7. Hon DAMIEN O'CONNOR to the Minister of Agriculture: What reports, if any, has he recently received on the position of New Zealand's agricultural industry in the global market place? 8. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture: What announcements has he recently made regarding research into recreational fishing? 9. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Transport: What advice, if any, did he receive about truck driver safety before amending the Land Transport Rule for vehicle dimensions and mass to allow heavier trucks on our roads? 10. DAVID GARRETT to the Minister of Māori Affairs: Did the Government inform Māori Television that he was flying to New York to speak to the UN; if so, on what date? 11. SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statement to the House on 1 April, 2009 that "quality early childhood education and care is a high priority for the Government"? 12. SHANE ARDERN to the Minister for Economic Development: What support is the Government giving to encourage the development of the aquaculture industry in New Zealand? [more]

27/04/2010: Question Time for 27 April 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: How will the Budget next month help New Zealanders and their families get ahead in this country? 2. GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: How many whales, if any, does he believe it is acceptable to have hunted and killed in the Southern Ocean? 3. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement on the reorganisation of local government in Auckland that "The Government wants Aucklanders to have the maximum impact into the proposals"? 4. RAHUI KATENE to the Minister of Justice: What strategies have been introduced to respond to evidence that over the past decade Māori drinking prevalence rates have now reached the same level as non-Māori, and yet Māori report higher unmet needs for reducing alcohol consumption? 5. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister responsible for Whanau Ora: Does she stand by all her recent statements? 6. SHANE ARDERN to the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture: What announcements has he made today regarding aquaculture reforms? 7. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that our total external debt "is clearly New Zealand's single biggest vulnerability"? 8. Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received of improvements to front-line emergency ambulance services? 9. SUE KEDGLEY to the Minister for the Environment: Is he concerned that while the European Parliament has banned the use of methyl bromide, a highly toxic and ozone-depleting gas, New Zealand's use has increased by 500 percent since 2000, despite our commitment under the Montreal Protocol to reduce our use of the gas? 10. Hon PAREKURA HOROMIA to the Minister of Māori Affairs: Does he agree with the Prime Minister that the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples "will have no impact on New Zealand law"? 11. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Labour: Why is the Government amending legislation relating to rest and meal breaks? 12. LYNNE PILLAY to the Minister for ACC: Why does there need to be a review of ACC's Sensitive Claims Clinical Pathway to determine whether or not survivors of sexual abuse are receiving timely decision-making and services? [more]

28/04/2010: Question Time for 28 April 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: What did he mean by his statement that the Government will make significant changes to Schedule 4 to allow mining "notwithstanding the public consultation process"? 2. AARON GILMORE to the Minister of Finance: What role can the State sector play in lifting economic growth? 3. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: What was net core Crown debt as a percentage of GDP as at 30 June 2008 and what is the most recent forecast of current levels? 4. ALLAN PEACHEY to the Minister of Education: What improvements will be made to the National Certificate of Educational Achievement from next year? 5. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his statements on health services? 6. MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Economic Development: What support is the Government giving to attracting major events to New Zealand? 7. LYNNE PILLAY to the Minister for ACC: Does he stand by all his answers to questions for oral answer No. 12 yesterday? 8. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Did he, on 10 February 2010, sign off a proposal to Cabinet to consult on the removal from Schedule 4 of parts of Kahurangi, Mount Aspiring, Rakiura and Paparoa National Parks for mining purposes? 9. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Education: What decisions has she made on schools' operational funding? 10. CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: What benefits are there for New Zealand in proceeding with the moderated Emissions Trading Scheme on 1 July 2010? 11. SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Education: Does she still stand by her statement to the House on 1 April, 2009 that "quality early childhood education and care is a high priority for the Government"? 12. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister for Economic Development: What initiatives has the Government undertaken to ensure that New Zealand businesses can create economic benefits from the 2011 Rugby World Cup? [more]

29/04/2010: Question Time for 29 April 2010
Question to Ministers 1. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she stand by all her statements? 2. CHRIS TREMAIN to the Minister of Finance: What will be the main focus of the Budget next month and how will this build on the success of Budget 2009? 3. LYNNE PILLAY to the Minister for ACC: Does he stand by all his recent statements on ACC's new clinical pathway for victims of sexual abuse? 4. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his statements on health services? 5. CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Can he confirm that Cabinet was advised on 14 September last year that "the overall credibility […] and effectiveness of the NZ ETS" may be at risk by "harmonising with an overseas scheme that has not yet been finalised"? 6. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: How will the objectives of the Welfare Working Group protect the needs of New Zealand's most vulnerable citizens? 7. SIMON BRIDGES to the Minister of Police: Has she received any reports on operations by the Police to stamp out the illicit drugs trade in New Zealand? 8. KELVIN DAVIS to the Associate Minister of Education: Did he agree to the decision to give seven new wharekura base funding of $50,000, compared to the $130,000 base funding that a composite school with fewer than 250 students would normally be entitled to? 9. JOHN BOSCAWEN to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: How many hectares have been planted in trees in New Zealand since the Emissions Trading Scheme came into effect in 2008, and what is the estimated present day value of the credits of those plantings? 10. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Education: What decisions has she made on operational funding in the education sector? 11. RAHUI KATENE to the Minister of Justice: When will the Government put legislation in place to limit the number of alcohol outlets in poor communities and give communities a say as to whether they support having an alcohol outlet? 12. CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister of Energy and Resources: How many unique visitors did the RightLight website have in its first six months of operation? [more]

04/05/2010: Question time for 4 May 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: What lessons can the Government take for New Zealand's economy from the current Greek financial crisis? 2. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he stand by his recommendation in his Cabinet paper of 10 February 2010 that 467,517 hectares of National Park land and protected conservation land be considered for opening up to exploration and mining? 3. DAVID GARRETT to the Minister of Police: Why has the Government agreed to support ACT's three strikes policy passing into law? 4. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she stand by her statement "We absolutely believe that work is the best way out of poverty for people and we are going to back them and support them into those jobs every time"? 5. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he agree with Minerals Industry Association Chief Executive Doug Gordon that the estimated 40,000 New Zealanders who marched against Government mining proposals last weekend were misled by the organisers? 6. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: How will Budget 2010 create jobs and reduce the cost of living for hard-working New Zealanders? 7. COLIN KING to the Minister for the Environment: What proportion of New Zealand water take consents are currently measured and how will the Government's regulations to require metering improve this? 8. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his recent statements on health services? 9. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Corrections: Has she received any reports that indicate the level of drug use in the country's prisons? 10. Hon DARREN HUGHES to the Minister of Transport: What strengths does he see in the Berl Economics report "Business Case for Building Rolling Stock in New Zealand", and what response, if any, does the Government intend to make to the report? 11. SIMON BRIDGES to the Attorney-General: What international efforts has the Attorney-General recently participated in to foster increased cooperation in combating trans-national criminal offending? 12. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Conservation: Does she stand by her recommendation in her Cabinet paper of 10 February 2010 that 467,517 hectares of National Park land and protected conservation land be considered for opening up to exploration and mining? [more]

05/05/2010: Question time for 5 May 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Has Cabinet rejected indefinitely the recommendation he and Minister of Conservation, Kate Wilkinson made to consider the mining of 467,517 hectares of National Park and protected conservation areas? 2. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What will be the main focus of the Budget on 20 May? 3. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What advice has she received on the success of the Government's employment policies? 4. SUE KEDGLEY to the Minister of Agriculture: What are the names of the members of the animal ethics committee that approved the experiment at AgResearch's Ruakura facility in 2009 which resulted in genetically engineered calves carrying human genetic code whose ovaries grew so large that they ruptured and killed the animals? 5. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: What reports, if any, has he received on recent wage growth? 6. Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all of his recent statements on health services? 7. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statement in regard to National Standards "there will be no concessions, there will be no trial period"? 8. ALLAN PEACHEY to the Minister for Tertiary Education: What changes is the Government considering to make administration of the student loan scheme more cost effective? 9. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: Will the Government support the Employment Relations (Statutory Minimum Redundancy Entitlements) Amendment Bill to select committee so that New Zealand workers and business can have their say on the adequacy of current redundancy laws? 10. JO GOODHEW to the Minister of Education: When is the last day for parents to vote in the 2010 school trustee elections? 11. DAVID SHEARER to the Minister of Research, Science and Technology: Is the Government reconsidering the question of tax credits or an equivalent incentive for research and development? 12. PAUL QUINN to the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage: What recent progress has been made in efforts to secure the repatriation of Toi moko from museums around the world? [more]

06/05/2010: Question Time for 6 May 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. RAHUI KATENE to the Minister responsible for Whanau Ora: What is the significant change anticipated in the Whanau Ora approach? 2. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for ACC: Does he accept ACC's new clinical pathway for victims of sexual abuse, introduced in October 2009 has drastically reduced the number of people who have been sexually abused who are approved by ACC for counselling? 3. GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Finance: Will the Government in Budget 2010 continue to spend billions of dollars on the seven "Roads of National Significance" identified in the National Infrastructure Plan? 4. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Which of the Government's proposals have been criticised by Treasury as representing poor value for money? 5. Dr JACKIE BLUE to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all of his recent statements on health services? 6. Hon MARYAN STREET to the Minister for Tertiary Education: Does he stand by the decisions the Government has made with respect to funding Adult and Community Education? 7. KATRINA SHANKS to the Minister of Energy and Resources: How many households switched electricity suppliers in March 2010? 8. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Education: How important is it that parents receive plain English information on their children's progress against national standards? 9. CHRIS TREMAIN to the Minister of Police: What is the Government doing to ensure Police have the facilities they need to effectively serve New Zealand communities? 10. Hon DAMIEN O'CONNOR to the Minister for Biosecurity: Does he have confidence in his Ministry's ability to protect New Zealand against biosecurity risks? 11. Hon TAU HENARE to the Associate Minister of Transport: What recent measures has the Government taken to improve the safety and monitoring of commercial pilots? 12. BRENDON BURNS to the Minister of Local Government: Does he favour the privatisation of local authorities' infrastructure? [more]

18/05/2010: Question Time for 18 May 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements as Prime Minister; if so, why? 2. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on how the economy is rebalancing towards savings and away from debt? 3. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for ACC: Does he stand by all his recent statements on ACC? 4. HONE HARAWIRA to the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations: He aha ngā reta, aha atu rānei, mai i a Tūwharetoa, Taranaki, Whanganui, Ngāi Tahu kua whiwhi i a ia e mea ana, ko te awhero a ngā iwi nei kia rite anō te hua o ō rātou whiriwhiringa whakataunga mō te Tiriti pēnā i whakaae te Kāwanatanga ki te tuku i te tino rangatiratanga katoa o Te Urewera ki a Ngāi Tūhoe? o Translation: What correspondence, if any, has he received from Tūwharetoa, Taranaki, Whanganui and Ngāi Tahu to suggest that these iwi would have expected the same outcome in their Treaty negotiations settlement, had the Government agreed to fully vest the park in Tūhoe ownership? 5. Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister for Building and Construction: What recent announcements has the Government made regarding providing financial assistance to owners of leaky homes? 6. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: How much of the increased tobacco excise arising from the Excise and Excise-equivalent Duties Table (Tobacco Products) Amendment Act 2010 will be allocated to tobacco addiction prevention and smoking cessation support and treatment? 7. Hon RODNEY HIDE to the Minister of Research, Science and Technology: Has he seen Hon Barry Brill's article Crisis in New Zealand climatology raising questions regarding the integrity of NIWA's "seven-station" series, published on Quadrant Online and picked up by Anthony Watts' science news site, and what action, if any, has he taken since becoming Minister to ensure that NIWA maintains reputable scientific standards? 8. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his recent statements on health? 9. Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Research, Science and Technology: What actions has the Government taken to improve business research and development? 10. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Prime Minister: During Cabinet or Cabinet Committee consideration of the policy and legislation concerning Environment Canterbury did his Minister for the Environment declare any conflict of interest regarding his family; if so, what did he declare? 11. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Transport: What reports has he received on future freight movement in New Zealand? 12. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the advice from Treasury in 2009 that "capital assets are owned disproportionately by higher income families…Taxing capital gains would increase the progressivity of the tax system."; and does he support a more progressive tax system? [more]

19/05/2010: Question Time for 19 May 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: What will Budget 2010 deliver for New Zealanders? 2. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: When he told Kiwis that they should not be envious if the rich get more from the Budget tax package because they were in core and critical categories for the economy, what was he telling middle and low income New Zealanders about their importance to New Zealand? 3. NICKY WAGNER to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: What reports has he seen on the introduction of the ETS in the last week? 4. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: What are the most significant ways in which the wealthy avoid tax, and will these loopholes be closed in Budget 2010? 5. MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister of Commerce: What is he doing to promote 'mum and dad' investor confidence in financial markets? 6. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Corrections: Does she stand by her statement in November last year about convicted rapist Maka Renata, "an intensive plan has been put in place to manage this offender's reintegration, which involves police. Agencies will be taking every step possible under the law to ensure the safety of the public."? 7. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Customs: What reports has he received on seizures of methamphetamine precursor at the border? 8. Hon MARYAN STREET to the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations: Does he agree with the Prime Minister's comment reported by Tamati Kruger that Tūhoe ownership of Te Urewera National Park was "complex but workable"? 9. JOHN HAYES to the Minister of Immigration: What interest has there been in the Government's recently introduced Silver Fern visa? 10. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Local Government: Does he stand by his statement regarding his Auckland reforms that "in my view all aspects of the reform process are progressing well…"? 11. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his position that the Government should not borrow in order to make contributions to the NZ Superannuation Fund; if so, will the Government have to borrow to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy, new motorways that may have no financial return, and for subsidies to greenhouse polluters? 12. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Prime Minister: Does he believe that his Government should be transparent in all matters where conflicts of interest or perceived conflicts of interest may occur between his Ministers' personal interests and matters before his Government? [more]

20/05/2010: Finance Minister Bill English
Budget 2010 Speech. [more]

20/05/2010: Leader of the Opposition Phil Goff
Responds to Budget 2010 speech [more]

20/05/2010: Prime Minister John Key
Responds to the 2010 Budget speech. [more]

20/05/2010: Dr Russel Norman
Responds to the 2010 Budget speech. [more]

20/05/2010: Rodney Hide
Responds to the 2010 Budget speech. [more]

20/05/2010: Tariana Turia
Responds to the 2010 Budget speech. [more]

20/05/2010: Jim Anderton
Responds to the 2010 Budget speech. [more]

20/05/2010: Peter Dunne
Responds to the 2010 Budget speech. [more]

25/05/2010: Question Time for 25 May 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Which state assets was he referring to yesterday when he said work would begin soon on assessing which, if any, of them would be put up for sale? 2. Hon RODNEY HIDE to the Prime Minister: Has he received any reports regarding the comment attributed by the New Zealand Herald to National MP Shane Ardern that "Mr Hide could stop the ETS if he wished by reconsidering his party's confidence and supply agreement with National"; and what is his view of the ETS and the confidence and supply arrangement? 3. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on how Budget 2010 delivered for New Zealanders? 4. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: When he said the vast bulk of New Zealanders would not be worse off after this Budget, which New Zealanders did he expect would be worse off? 5. AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: What are the objectives of the Budget 2010 tax package? 6. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that the gap between rich and poor is "about the same" after Budget 2010? 7. Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his statements in relation to health services? 8. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Prime Minister: On how many occasions has he as Prime Minister dealt with actual or perceived conflicts of interest involving himself since the election? 9. ALLAN PEACHEY to the Minister of Education: What increase did Budget 2010 give to school operational funding? 10. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Housing: How many people are currently on the state-housing waiting list? 11. SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Education: What advice, if any, did she receive on the range of possible fee increases in early childhood education centres as a result of the changes announced in last week's Budget; if so, what was that range? 12. RAHUI KATENE to the Associate Minister of Health: Is he aware of the decision by Tairawhiti District Health Board to award contracts for mental health services to the Challenge Trust based in Auckland rather than the existing provider Turanga Health; and how does this decision comply with the Government's policy for providing more personalised health care closer to home? [more]

26/05/2010: Question Time for 26 May 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. SIMON BRIDGES to the Minister of Revenue: What reports has he received on the tax changes announced in the Budget? 2. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: Did he seek advice on any potential damage to Kiwibank's brand and customer goodwill resulting from its possible privatisation, before he told a meeting of business people on Friday that he might consider a partial privatisation of Kiwibank? 3. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Do his answers to question for oral answer No. 1 yesterday mean that he has ruled out ever initiating the privatisation of Kiwibank? 4. LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister of Education: What investment has the Government made in Budget 2010 to build new schools and modernise others? 5. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he consider the long-term fiscal track to be sustainable; if not, what options is he considering to rectify this? 6. HONE HARAWIRA to the Minister for Tertiary Education: Me aro ngā kuratini ki ēhea ture i mua i te whakapau i ngā rawa e kore nei e hiahiatia kia ahei ai rātou ki te pupuri tonu i aua rawa; nō te Karauna ngā rawa, ko rātou ngā kaitiaki kē, hei whakahoki atu ki ngā iwi mō ngā kerēme whakataunga i te Tiriti o Waitangi? o Translation: What procedures do tertiary education institutions have to comply with before disposing of any assets that are surplus to their needs, to ensure that those Crown-owned assets managed by them but no longer needed are able to be retained as part of the redress options for Treaty of Waitangi settlement claims for iwi? 7. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement to the New Zealand Herald last year that he has put certain assets into a blind trust that is "so blind I haven't a clue what's in it"? 8. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: What are the impacts of the changes this Government has made to the Emissions Trading Scheme on costs for consumers? 9. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Energy and Resources: How many submissions on the Government's proposal Maximising our Mineral Potential: Stocktake of Schedule 4 of the Crown Minerals Act and beyond have been received by the Ministry of Economic Development? 10. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Energy and Resources: How many submissions has the Ministry of Economic Development received so far on the stocktake of Schedule 4 of the Crown Minerals Act and how many oppose mining on Schedule 4 land? 11. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Customs: What commitment has the Government made to improve productivity and security at the border? 12. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by all undertakings she has made as Minister of Education? [more]

27/05/2010: Question Time for 27 May 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the total amount of dividend payments sent offshore to the Australian owners of ASB, ANZ National, Westpac, and the BNZ over the last five years; and what is this amount? 2. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his recent statements regarding health services? 3. AARON GILMORE to the Minister of Finance: How large is public sector spending relative to the economy? 4. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Finance: Is he considering selling or partially selling any State-owned enterprises in the future; if so, which ones? 5. TODD McCLAY to the Minister for the Environment: What practical environmental initiatives is the Government funding in Budget 2010 and how do they align with the principles outlined in the Bluegreen vision for New Zealand? 6. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Minister of Justice: What advice did he receive from the Prime Minister when he consulted him before stating that "it is extremely unlikely that the Government will move to raise excise tax as part of its alcohol reform agenda"? 7. MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: What work is the Government doing on trans-Tasman mobile roaming? 8. H V ROSS ROBERTSON to the Minister for Senior Citizens: Which goals and actions of the Positive Ageing Strategy does Budget 2010 not contribute towards and why? 9. SANDRA GOUDIE to the Minister of Agriculture: What steps has the Government recently taken to further primary sector innovation? 10. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: Does she stand by her statement "Much of our attention has also been focussed on the economic downturn and exploring means to help protect workers and businesses from the sharp edges of the recession" and if so, which Budget 2010 initiatives will help to achieve that? 11. PAUL QUINN to the Minister for Building and Construction: What reports has he received on reaction to the Government's proposed leaky homes package? 12. CLARE CURRAN to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: Can he guarantee that the process currently under way to select partners in the Government's ultra-fast broadband initiative will not be delayed to suit the interests of the incumbent carrier, Telecom New Zealand? [more]

01/06/2010: Question Time for 1 June 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that his proposed cycleway would cost $50 million and "will create just under 4000 jobs when it's being built"; if so, how many jobs have been created so far? 2. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received showing signs that the economy is rebalancing towards exports and investment and away from borrowing, consumption and property speculation? 3. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Will he, before issuing any permits for deep water oil drilling in the Great South Basin, ensure that all drilling companies have the ability to control any leaks that develop? 4. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Does he agree with the 53 percent of New Zealanders in last night's TV One poll who believe they will not be better off as a result of the Budget? 5. NICKY WAGNER to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all of his recent statements on health services? 6. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does the Government's online budget calculator use the Treasury's forecast inflation rate of 5.9 percent for 2011; if not, why not? 7. SIMON BRIDGES to the Minister of Agriculture: What steps has the Government recently taken to improve animal welfare in New Zealand? 8. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with Secretary to the Treasury John Whitehead's comments that the Government should remove overseas investment screening for all but the "most sensitive" of items; if not, why not? 9. Hon MARYAN STREET to the Minister for Tertiary Education: Does he stand by his statement that Budget 2010 will "ensure more higher education opportunities for New Zealanders"? 10. JOHN BOSCAWEN to the Prime Minister: How much of the $3 per week he referred to as the average cost for households of the Emissions Trading Scheme on TV One Breakfast on 24 and 31 May relates to electricity and petrol price rises, and how much relates to the flow-on effect of these costs into the price of all other goods and services that households consume? 11. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement to the New Zealand Herald last year that he has put certain assets into a blind trust that is "so blind I haven't got a clue what's in it"? 12. SHANE ARDERN to the Minister for Food Safety: What progress has been made on reforming New Zealand's food legislation? [more]

02/06/2010: Question Time for 2 June 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Revenue: What benefits did the Budget 2010 tax package deliver for New Zealanders and the economy? 2. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Does he agree with all recent statements by his Minister of Finance; if so, why? 3. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister of Education: He aha ngā pūrongo, mēnā rā kua whiwhi i a ia ki te whakahē i tā te amorangi o te Kura Māori o te Whare Wānanga o Wikitoria, a Peter Adds, i kōrero nei, kei te taumaha te nohotahi o te iwi nātemea, kei te hē te aronga o te hītori e whakaakongia nei i rō kura; ā, hei tāna hoki, kāore te whakatikatika o te marautanga ina tata nei i paku whakatika i te tino raru; ā, he aha te kōrero o aua pūrongo? o Translation: What reports, if any, has she received to dispute claims from the head of Victoria University's School of Māori Studies, Peter Adds, that the way New Zealand history is taught in schools is hurting race relations and that recent changes to the curriculum had not fixed the fundamental problem; and what was the content of those reports? 4. Hon JIM ANDERTON to the Prime Minister: Is it Government policy not to sell State-owned assets in the future? 5. Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister of Corrections: Has she received any progress reports on the Government's commitment to boost the literacy and numeracy skills of prisoners? 6. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement to the House yesterday that the Budget projects wages to grow faster than inflation; if so, how does he explain the table on page 160 of Budget documents B.2 and B.3? 7. KEITH LOCKE to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Will the Government call for the immediate lifting of Israel's economic blockade of Gaza; if not, why not? 8. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Prime Minister: Does he believe that blind trusts are a legitimate way for Ministers to manage real or perceived conflicts of interest because they ensure that a Minister cannot know what assets they own at any point in time? 9. MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister of Transport: What reports has he received updating him on the early results of the anti-drugged driving legislation passed last year? 10. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his statement "No one will be left unsafe or unable to manage on their own as a result of the changes"? 11. NIKKI KAYE to the Minister for Building and Construction: What progress has been made on the Government's leaky homes package? 12. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by all her statements on education? [more]

03/06/2010: Question Time for 3 June 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Finance: Will the Government tell New Zealanders before the election which assets, if any, they will sell if they are re-elected? 2. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Finance: How will the Budget help give New Zealand economic advantages over other countries, which are being forced to increase income taxes and go deeply into debt? 3. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Why did he say that the gap between rich and poor is "about the same" as a result of Budget 2010? 4. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Why has the Government doubled the number of Job Ops for young people? 5. Hon SHANE JONES to the Minister for Economic Development: What steps is he taking in the 2010-11 financial year to foster innovation, firm growth and an export-led recovery? 6. DAVID CLENDON to the Minister of Finance: Is a lawyer working for Hong Kong-listed Natural Dairy NZ on the Technical Reference Group advising the Government on the review of the overseas investment rules; if so, when was he alerted to this? 7. Hon DAMIEN O'CONNOR to the Minister of Agriculture: Did he or his office contact NZ Police about Farmers Weekly journalist Alan Emerson relating to the incident in his office on May 17; if so, what information was passed to Police? 8. PAUL QUINN to the Minister of Corrections: Can she provide an update on any major initiatives to avert the prison capacity crisis? 9. SU'A WILLIAM SIO to the Minister of Pacific Island Affairs: Was there an open and transparent bidding process to ensure accountability for taxpayer funds before the decision was made to grant $4.8 million to the Pacific Economic Development Agency Limited in Budget 2010; if not, why not? 10. CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister for the Environment: What decision has the Government announced today with effect to the establishment of a new standalone Environmental Protection Authority? 11. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Internal Affairs: Will the positions of National Librarian and Chief Archivist be employees of the Chief Executive of the Department of Internal Affairs and be accountable to him under the proposed merger of National Library and Archives New Zealand into the Department of Internal Affairs? 12. TODD McCLAY to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: What response has the Government received to the Rural Broadband Initiative? [more]

15/06/2010: Question Time for 15 June 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon TAU HENARE to the Attorney-General: What recent announcements have been made about the review of the Foreshore and Seabed Act 2004? 2. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Can he rule out ever initiating the privatisation of New Zealand Post? 3. NICKY WAGNER to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What is the Government doing to support young people in youth development programmes? 4. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What did she mean when she said in relation to welfare reform "We may even see an ugly side to New Zealand"? 5. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Did he tell the Prime Minister's South Island Forum that the Government would "front up with some cash" for water infrastructure in Canterbury, as reported in The Press on 12 June 2010? 6. SANDRA GOUDIE to the Minister of Corrections: What advice has she received about the management of parole by Department of Corrections since a highly critical report by the Auditor-General in 2009? 7. Hon PAREKURA HOROMIA to the Minister of Māori Affairs: Has he received any reports from Te Puni Kōkiri on the benefits for Māori in having foreshore and seabed vested in "public space" rather than Crown ownership? 8. CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister for the Environment: What reports, if any, has he received about a petition and submissions calling on the National Government to halt aerial deployment of aerosolized chemicals and biological agents that will result in irreparable, toxic long-term heavy-metal poisoning and illness of the populace and environment? 9. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his recent statements on district health boards? 10. RAHUI KATENE to the Attorney-General: How does the Government's review of the Foreshore and Seabed Act reflect the Cabinet-agreed principles that the development of a new regime must reflect the Treaty of Waitangi, its principles and related jurisprudence? 11. SU'A WILLIAM SIO to the Minister of Pacific Island Affairs: Who represented the Pacific Economic Development Agency throughout its negotiations with the Government, which resulted in it being awarded $4.8 million of taxpayer funding in Budget 2010? 12. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What announcements has Solid Energy made recently regarding underground coal gasification? [more]

16/06/2010: Question Time for 16 June 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: When did he first tell his Minister of Finance that he had ruled out ever initiating the privatisation of Kiwibank? 2. Dr JACKIE BLUE to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his recent statements on health services? 3. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: How do rising interest rates affect New Zealanders' cost of living? 4. KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Health: Are there any recommendations from the Public Health Advisory Committee's report on child health, The Best Start in Life, that he will not be implementing; if so, for what reason? 5. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Police: Does she stand by all of her statements? 6. CHESTER BORROWS to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What money was committed under the Community Response Model in Budget 2010? 7. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Associate Minister of Education: Does she stand by the statement in her blog about Gifted Awareness Week that gifted and talented students are "often overlooked as the attention of parents, politicians and teaching professionals is often drawn to students who are getting into trouble or underachieving"; if so, what is she doing about it? 8. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Customs: What progress has the Government made on streamlining trans-Tasman travel? 9. SU'A WILLIAM SIO to the Minister of Pacific Island Affairs: Which individuals representing the Pacific Economic Development Agency, in addition to J R Pereira, has she met with since becoming Minister? 10. TODD McCLAY to the Minister of Housing: What recent announcements has he made regarding the Government's Housing Innovation Fund? 11. CAROL BEAUMONT to the Minister of Consumer Affairs: What evidence from the experience of the many other countries who use interest rate caps does she have to support her conclusion that interest rate caps are "not a viable solution" to the problem of fringe lending? 12. DAVID GARRETT to the Attorney-General: Will customary title give its iwi holders an effective veto over coastal activities such as aquaculture, building or extending a building over foreshore or seabed, and undertaking any excavation of the foreshore and seabed, given that customary title grants title holders "the right to permit activities that need a coastal permit or resource consent"? [more]

17/06/2010: Question time for 17 June 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. AARON GILMORE to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the economy? 2. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Finance: Was the Minister of Pacific Island Affairs correct when she said the Minister of Finance had met with the Pacific Economic Development Agency "on several occasions"; if so, who did he meet? 3. JOHN HAYES to the Minister for the Environment: What steps is the Government taking to reduce the amount of rural plastic waste being burnt, buried or ending up as countryside litter? 4. SU'A WILLIAM SIO to the Minister of Pacific Island Affairs: Did she receive advice from her Ministry in relation to the Pacific Economic Development Agency proposal; if so, when? 5. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Police: Can she provide a report on any recent initiatives to improve the support provided to victims of child abuse? 6. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for ACC: Is he satisfied with the four-week hearing-loss regulations consultation timeframe? 7. COLIN KING to the Minister of Agriculture: What reports has he recently received on the state of New Zealand's primary sector? 8. Hon NANAIA MAHUTA to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she stand by all her statements? 9. JO GOODHEW to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What reports has she received about traders acting fraudulently when presented with Work and Income vouchers? 10. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: Are her policies aspirational for New Zealand workers? 11. DAVID CLENDON to the Minister for the Environment: How many additional people, if any, would die prematurely or be hospitalised if the National Environmental Standard for Air Quality is changed and delayed according to his preferred options? 12. BRENDON BURNS to the Minister of Health: What responsibility, if any, does he accept for the continuing exposure of one in six New Zealanders to unsafe drinking water? [more]

22/06/2010: Question Time for 22 June 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: When he raised human rights with the Chinese delegation last week did he raise the right to freedom of opinion and expression; if not, why not? 2. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Minister of Finance: What concerns, if any, has Treasury expressed about the Budget proposal to give the Pacific Economic Development Agency $4.8 million as announced by Hon Georgina Te Heuheu on 20 May 2010? 3. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received showing new jobs are being created as New Zealand continues to build its economic recovery? 4. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: How does she define long-term welfare dependency in light of her statement that "I don't think it's just the length of time, at all"? 5. JOHN BOSCAWEN to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does he agree that New Zealand should not be doing more than the rest of the world on climate change and if so, why did he tell the House on 24 September 2009 that "This emissions trading scheme will be the first of any country outside Europe, and on 1 July 2010 will be the most comprehensive by including transport, industrial, and energy emissions"? 6. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement to the Finance and Expenditure Committee that "it is going to be pretty difficult to maintain" the value of New Zealand Post and TVNZ, and if so, will he rule out ever selling these state-owned assets? 7. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What steps is the Government taking to encourage businesses to be more energy efficient? 8. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his recent statements on health services? 9. NICKY WAGNER to the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage: What is the Government doing to preserve New Zealand's film heritage? 10. Hon JIM ANDERTON to the Attorney-General: Does he stand by his statement that 2000 kilometres of coastline could be put into customary title? 11. KATRINA SHANKS to the Minister of Energy and Resources: How much of New Zealand's electricity generated in the March 2010 quarter came from renewable sources? 12. MOANA MACKEY to the Minister of Housing: What initiatives in Budget 2010 will guarantee that all New Zealanders have access to appropriate and affordable housing? [more]

23/06/2010: Question Time for 23 June 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Minister of Finance: Why did he allocate $4.8 million in the Budget to the Pacific Economic Development Agency rather than making that funding contestable? 2. SUE KEDGLEY to the Minister of Health:Does he agree that older New Zealanders who live in rest homes are among the most vulnerable in our society, and is he satisfied that all rest homes provide safe levels of care for residents, as they are required to do under the Health and Disability Services (Safety) Act 2001? 3. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on New Zealand's economic position? 4. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Which state-owned enterprises have indicated to him a need for additional capital and what options is he considering to meet these needs? 5. HONE HARAWIRA to the Minister of Police: How many DNA samples have the New Zealand Police taken from young people seventeen years old and under, over the last year; and what type of charges, if any, were laid against the young people who had DNA samples taken from them? 6. MOANA MACKEY to the Minister of Housing: Does he believe that all New Zealanders should have access to appropriate and affordable housing? 7. ALLAN PEACHEY to the Minister of Education: Why has she released the report of her Workforce Advisory Group for public discussion? 8. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister for Tertiary Education: Does he stand by his statement in regard to restricted enrolments in some university courses that it "would not be ideal to see too much of this at this time"? 9. PAUL QUINN to the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations: What recent progress has the Government made towards its goal of settling historical Treaty of Waitangi claims by 2014? 10. LYNNE PILLAY to the Minister for ACC: Did ACC alert him that the acceptance rate for ACC funded counselling in the six months to 30 April 2010 was 11.9 percent, and if so when? 11. SANDRA GOUDIE to the Minister of Corrections:What progress is the Government making on its commitment to increase the number of prisoners receiving drug and alcohol treatment? 12. Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister of Foreign Affairs:Is the Government committed to ratifying promptly the amendment to the Rome Statute reflecting the resolution adopted by the States Parties to the International Criminal Court at their review conference in Kampala on 11 June 2010, incorporating aggression as a justiciable crime? [more]

24/06/2010: Question Time for 24 June 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. KATRINA SHANKS to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the economy? 2. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she stand by her statement that "people do have a right to privacy but they have in my opinion broken privacy deciding to go out there, put their names and faces to it as well in photos in the paper,"; if not, why not? 3. CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: What reports has he received on support for emissions trading schemes as an effective measure to reduce climate change? 4. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Prime Minister: When he said "there's always clarification of the rules and they're not always straightforward" in relation to Hon Christopher Finlayson on four occasions failing to declare a directorship he held, what did he find "not always straightforward" about the requirement to declare "the name of each company of which the member is a director"? 5. HEKIA PARATA to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What announcements has the Government made on Community Max? 6. Hon JIM ANDERTON to the Attorney-General: Is it Government policy to grant customary title in the entire Northland Coast from Mangonui up the Cape and down to the Hokianga Heads? 7. NIKKI KAYE to the Minister of Transport: What reports has he received on the safety ratings of New Zealand's state highways? 8. MOANA MACKEY to the Minister of Housing: Does he believe that all New Zealanders should have access to appropriate and affordable housing? 9. GARETH HUGHES to the Minister for the Environment: When did the Government become aware that radioactive uranium ore was being shipped through New Zealand ports and the exclusive economic zone for later use in nuclear reactors? 10. SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her recent statement to the House that she has no responsibility for decisions that early childhood education services make, as a result of her removal of the subsidy for 80-100 percent qualified staff? 11. JOHN HAYES to the Minister of Conservation: What progress has been made regarding establishing the Game Animal Council? 12. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Transport: What recent reports has he received about concerns with transport systems? [more]

29/06/2010: Question Time for 29 June 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement to Morning Report on 18 June, when he said the $4.8 million appropriated to the Pacific Economic Development Agency would be contestable? 2. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received of recent budget measures taken internationally, and what implications do they have for New Zealand? 3. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his recent statements on health services? 4. CHESTER BORROWS to the Minister of Justice: What recent announcements has he made about increased support for victims of crime? 5. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Corrections: Does she stand by her statement on Close Up last night that "prison is a very expensive place to send somebody to sort out their drug and alcohol problems. I'd much rather they were sorted out in the community"? 6. KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Conservation: What criteria and processes will she use to evaluate any land exchange proposed by Meridian Energy for the area of public conservation land it wishes to flood for its proposed Mokihinui hydro scheme? 7. SANDRA GOUDIE to the Minister of Corrections: What steps are being taken to make prisons safer and healthier for staff and prisoners? 8. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for ACC: Did he tell the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee on Thursday, 24 June 2010 that ACC was in a stable position with $2 billion of surpluses? 9. DAVID GARRETT to the Attorney-General: Will any legislation replacing the Foreshore and Seabed Act 2004 contain a clause preventing the Māori owners of sections of the foreshore and seabed held under customary title from charging or attempting to charge other New Zealanders for access to the beach? 10. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Prime Minister: Is he satisfied that Hon Christopher Finlayson has shown sufficient attention to detail to retain his confidence as Attorney-General; if so, why? 11. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Kei te whakaae a ia ki te kōrero a Api Mahuika, te Manakura o Ngāti Porou, nā te kore kōrero tahi ki te iwi kua waiho e te Karauna te Tiriti ki rahaki, ā, hinga tonu atu te tino rangatiratanga o te Māori i roto i te whakaaetanga o te Karauna kia keri-whenua a Petrobras; ki te kore, he aha ai? o Translation: Does he agree with Ngāti Porou leader Api Mahuika that the Crown acted outside the Treaty because it has not consulted and has failed to honour a guarantee to protect the rights of Māori, in its granting of an exploration permit to Petrobras; if not, why not? 12. NIKKI KAYE to the Minister for Economic Development: What support is the Government providing for New Zealand's hosting of the 2012 Triathlon ITU World Championships Series grand final? [more]

30/06/2010: Question Time for 30 June 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: What challenges are there in the economy to creating permanent and sustainable jobs? 2. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that after his tax switch New Zealanders will "be no worse off, and for the vast bulk they will be better off"? 3. JOHN BOSCAWEN to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Did he tell Mr McPartlin in Blenheim last night that, "if you're not happy with us or believe climate change is a load of nonsense then at next year's election vote for a party that doesn't want an ETS". 4. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for ACC: Does he think the huge culture change within ACC has gone too far? 5. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Women's Affairs: Does she stand by her statement to the House on 18 June 2009 that the Government "will leave no stone unturned" in trying to close the gender pay gap? 6. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: How can the vast majority of Kiwi households be better off after the Budget? 7. SIMON BRIDGES to the Minister of Justice: What reports has he received in response to the range of initiatives for victims of crime that he launched yesterday? 8. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Education: When she said that "This is a bedding-in year for the Standards and feedback from parents is vital", did she include the feedback from the more than 37,000 New Zealanders who have signed a petition expressing deep concern with the Government's National Standards policy? 9. CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: What reports has he received on changes in investments that are good for New Zealand and will help reduce emissions? 10. IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY to the Minister of Health: How many reports of drug and alcohol rehabilitation or treatment centres closing down or considering closing down has he received since becoming the Minister of Health? 11. Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Health: What recent announcements has the Government made with respect to a bowel cancer screening pilot for New Zealanders? 12. MOANA MACKEY to the Minister of Housing: Does he believe that all New Zealanders should have access to appropriate and affordable housing? [more]

01/07/2010: Question Time for 1 July 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Finance: How much money, if any, was appropriated to the Pacific Economic Development Agency in Budget 2010? 2. Dr JACKIE BLUE to the Minister of Transport: What recent progress has been made on the Western Ring Route in Auckland? 3. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: How much would someone earning the average wage of $50,000 per annum with two children in an early childhood education centre with 80 to 100 percent qualified staff be better or worse off by December 2011, after Budget 2010 tax changes, inflation and if the full cost of early childhood education subsidy changes is passed through? 4. GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Transport: Will the Government be making buses and trains more affordable so that New Zealanders have options to avoid higher petrol costs introduced by the emissions trading scheme? 5. SU'A WILLIAM SIO to the Minister of Pacific Island Affairs: Is she satisfied with her level of involvement in the processes prior to her announcement on 20 May 2010 that "The Budget provides $4.8 million in operating funding over the next four years for the Pacific Economic Development Agency"? 6. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage: What progress is the Government making in conjunction with Sir Peter Jackson with the review of the New Zealand Film Commission? 7. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Attorney-General: Is he satisfied that he has shown the attention to detail in his role as Attorney-General necessary to maintain public confidence in the office? 8. Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: How does the Government's moderated ETS balance New Zealand's environmental and economic interests? 9. Hon NANAIA MAHUTA to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What action other than persuasion will he take if Contact Energy's proposal to raise prices by 10 to 17 percent in Dunedin, as referred to by the Prime Minister on Monday, is followed by similar rises from other power companies? 10. MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister of Health: What progress has been made on expanding the role of enrolled nursing in New Zealand? 11. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she stand by her statement in the House last week that "some of our preliminary results show that around 7,000 of…16 and 17-year-olds are not touching any sort of programme or training"? 12. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister for Biosecurity: What recent steps has the Government taken to improve pest management in New Zealand? [more]

20/07/2010: Question Time for 20 July 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: What steps is the Government taking to help New Zealanders get ahead as the economy recovers? 2. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his Statement on 9 February that "Notwithstanding the public consultation process, it is my expectation that the Government will act on at least some of these recommendations and make significant changes to Schedule 4"? 3. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his reported statement on Breakfast TV yesterday regarding mining on Schedule 4 land that "we are not environmental vandals that's for sure"? 4. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements as Prime Minister on industrial relations? 5. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Labour: Why is the Government extending the 90-day trial period to all employers? 6. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Labour: Does she agree with all of the Prime Minister's statements about the Government's proposed new labour laws? 7. MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister for ACC: How will experience rating of ACC for employers improve workplace safety, ensure fairer levies and encourage appropriate return-to-work programmes? 8. Hon NANAIA MAHUTA to the Minister of Māori Affairs: Was he consulted by the Prime Minister or the Minister of Labour in relation to the extension of the 90-day trial period announced this weekend; if so, what his response? 9. Dr JACKIE BLUE to the Minister of Transport: What progress has been made on the Newmarket Viaduct replacement project? 10. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Labour: Are there any groups of employees that will be excluded from the extended 90-day trial period? 11. KATRINA SHANKS to the Minister of Housing: What has been the result of the extra $124.5m that the Government provided for housing as part of the fiscal stimulus package? 12. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: Does she agree with any of the conclusions reached by the Department of Labour in its 'Trial Employment Periods' evaluation; if so, which ones? [more]

21/07/2010: Question Time for 21 July 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. DAVID GARRETT to the Attorney-General: Further to the Prime Minister's answer to oral question No. 3 yesterday, what are "the concerns that New Zealanders had about solely having Crown ownership of the foreshore and seabed", and how does the Government's proposal to legislate for iwi ownership of the foreshore and seabed alleviate these concerns? 2. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: When he told Parliament in February that "the Government will also be looking at regulations that may be preventing natural resources being used most productively" and that it would "make significant changes to Schedule 4", was his intention to allow mining in National Parks and protected areas? 3. AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making in getting the economy growing and helping Kiwi families get ahead? 4. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for Economic Development: How many Cabinet papers has he in his capacity as Minister of Economic Development submitted to Cabinet during the last six months which were not related to mining? 5. RAHUI KATENE to the Minister of Revenue: How was he able to make any estimate of the cost of taking GST off healthy foods when in his view defining what those healthy foods are is a real problem? 6. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Labour: Was it the Government's intention when it introduced the 90-day employment scheme that the usual requirement to communicate the reasons for dismissal in writing to the employee after they are dismissed does not apply when an employee has been dismissed during their trial period? 7. ALLAN PEACHEY to the Minister for Infrastructure: What progress is the Government making with its multi-billion dollar infrastructure programme? 8. Hon CHRIS CARTER to the Minister of Conservation: Why did she sign off on a Cabinet paper which proposed removing 467,517 hectares of land from Schedule 4 of the Crown Minerals Act? 9. LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has the Government made to get schools ready for ultra-fast broadband? 10. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: Does she stand by her statements that concerns raised about the Government's proposed changes to sick leave policy are "ridiculous" and "laughable"? 11. COLIN KING to the Minister for the Environment: What will be the implications for the applications for the Hurunui water project, the Hurunui water conservation order, and the Hurunui River plan of the proposal by Commissioners to impose a moratorium on water takes under the Environment Canterbury (Temporary Commissioners and Improved Water Management) Act 2010? 12. KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Can he confirm that, as reported on Radio New Zealand, the Government believes it has public support to expand mining on conservation land? [more]

22/07/2010: Question Time for 22 July 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What reports has she received on the performance of the Community Max scheme? 2. AARON GILMORE to the Minister of Finance: What is the main economic challenge facing New Zealand and how is this being addressed by the Government's comprehensive economic programme? 3. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: By what amount will the cancellation of the Government's plans to mine sensitive conservation land reduce GDP growth projections in the next five years? 4. SHANE ARDERN to the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture: What recent announcements has he made about aquaculture? 5. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Is he comfortable with the numerous announcements of health cuts in the last 20 months? 6. JO GOODHEW to the Minister for Economic Development: How will the Government's procurement reforms provide value for money? 7. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he agree with the Dominion Post article "From step change to a giant U-turn" regarding the Government's plans for mining and what plans in his capacity as Minister for Economic Development does he have to replace that step change? 8. CHESTER BORROWS to the Minister of Justice: How many on-the-spot police safety orders for victims of domestic violence have been issued since the Government's amendments to the Domestic Violence Act came into force on 1 July 2010? 9. CAROL BEAUMONT to the Minister of Consumer Affairs: Does she think that there is a serious problem with fringe lenders who are lending to vulnerable consumers at extremely high rates of interest or in an irresponsible manner? 10. DAVID CLENDON to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he agree with Crown Minerals' testimony to the Waitangi Tribunal's inquiry into the management of the petroleum resource, which confirmed that the Crown has an obligation under international law and the Treaty of Waitangi to investigate claims of customary rights? 11. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Energy and Resources: How much funding has been granted to date under the biodiesel grants scheme and is he satisfied with the scheme's progress? 12. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Transport: What efficiency improvements is the Government making to the road transport system? [more]

27/07/2010: Question Time for 27 July 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. RAHUI KATENE to the Prime Minister: How will his commitment to addressing "the challenges of our shared future as New Zealanders" in respect of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, address the challenge left by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous peoples, of "the extreme disadvantage in the social and economic conditions of the Māori people"? 2. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: What adverse impact on costs and prices, if any, have this Government's policies had on New Zealanders? 3. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: What challenges must New Zealand overcome to achieve balanced, sustainable economic growth? 4. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Why will the cancellation of the Government's plans to mine sensitive conservation land have no effect on the GDP growth projections for the next 5 years? 5. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Transport: What is the focus of the Government's road safety initiatives announced yesterday? 6. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Is he comfortable with the numerous announcements of health cuts in the last 20 months? 7. CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister for the Environment: How are the Government's resource management reforms assisting the economic recovery with jobs and investments? 8. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Labour: What evidence, if any, led to her proposing to restrict the right of wage and salary earners to meet with their union representatives at their workplace? 9. GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Transport: Does he agree with Auckland Mayor John Banks, in an opinion piece supporting the CBD rail loop, that "rail is the most effective and efficient way of providing for Auckland's growth in travel demand"? 10. SANDRA GOUDIE to the Minister of Police: What reports has she received on successful operations by the Police against organised crime? 11. DAVID GARRETT to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement regarding proposed changes to the Foreshore and Seabed Act that "I don't think people will notice a lot of change"? 12. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he have targets or milestones to achieve income parity with Australia by 2025? [more]

28/07/2010: Question Time for 28 July 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he agree with his Minister of Economic Development's statement yesterday that the current weekly income gap between New Zealand and Australian full-time workers "is certainly a lot less than it was when Labour was in office"? 2. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Prime Minister's concerns, in relation to foreign ownership of New Zealand land, that "that there is so much wealth out there that they could literally buy New Zealand's productive base"; if so, will he be tightening current foreign ownership rules around the sale of land? 3. TODD McCLAY to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received showing progress in turning around the New Zealand economy? 4. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his recent statements on foreign direct investment? 5. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Transport: What progress has been made on the Western Ring Route Road of National Significance? 6. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for Economic Development: What was the gap, expressed in New Zealand dollars, between the average gross weekly wage or salary paid to an adult full-time worker in Australia compared with New Zealand in December 2008, and what was the gap in March 2010? 7. RAHUI KATENE to the Minister of Justice: Will the Government adopt a zero tolerance to liquor outlets selling to underage minors, in line with the zero tolerance policy they intend to adopt towards youth drink drivers; if not, why not? 8. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement about the student loan scheme that "economically, it doesn't really stack up"; if so, what if anything, is he going to do to make the scheme "stack up"? 9. SHANE ARDERN to the Minister of Customs: What reports has he received on seizures of pure methamphetamine at the border? 10. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: Does she stand by her statement in relation to the proposed sick leave changes, "we do not insist on unreasonable grounds for anything"; and if so, does she understand the difference between insisting on and allowing unreasonable grounds? 11. KEVIN HAGUE to the Associate Minister of Health: What advice has she received about the cost to New Zealand of rheumatic fever for which New Zealand has rates 14 times the OECD average? 12. CHRIS TREMAIN to the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage: What recent announcements has the Government made about support for regional museums? [more]

29/07/2010: Question Time for 29 July 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister of Finance: What measures has the Government taken to achieve faster economic growth and to help hard-working New Zealanders get ahead? 2. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement "this Government is not prepared to turn its back on our most vulnerable citizens when they most need our help"? 3. SIMON BRIDGES to the Minister of Transport: What progress has been made on the Tauranga Eastern Link Road of National Significance? 4. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: How much does Treasury forecast inflation will rise to in the year to March 2011, and what policy changes will contribute to this rise? 5. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister for Building and Construction: What progress has been made on cutting red tape in the building sector? 6. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Is he comfortable with the numerous announcements of health cuts in the last 20 months? 7. SUE KEDGLEY to the Minister of Agriculture: Is he taking any action in response to reports that the Pork Industry Board sought to avoid the public embarrassment of reporting conditions in New Zealand piggeries by deliberately evading the Official Information Act; if not, why not? 8. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Labour: Does she agree with all the Prime Minister's statements on employment relations? 9. PAUL QUINN to the Minister of Corrections: What progress has been made to recruit sufficient Probation Officers to meet the growth in the number of offenders serving their sentences in the community? 10. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he agree with the Sydney Morning Herald headline "NZ wage gap with Australia widens"? 11. HEKIA PARATA to the Minister of Youth Affairs: What reports has she received on the success of Youth Parliament 2010? 12. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Minister of Trade: What steps, if any, is he taking to manage his interests in the 40,000 shares he owns through a trust in New Zealand Farming Systems Uruguay Ltd to dispel any perception of a conflict of interest as Minister of Trade? [more]

03/08/2010: Question Time for 3 August 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What phased milestones does he have, if any, to achieve his aspirational goal of 90 percent electricity generation from renewable sources by 2025, as stated in his draft energy strategy? 2. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: When he said New Zealand would catch up with Australia, has National since it became Government narrowed or widened the gap in average weekly earnings and levels of employment? 3. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: How is the Government making progress with its plan to deliver better frontline public services and ensure better value for money for taxpayers? 4. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she stand by her June 2009 statement that stopping "the heinous and incomprehensible abuse of New Zealand's children" is a priority? 5. DAVID GARRETT to the Attorney-General: Will he commit to prohibiting Māori owners from charging other New Zealanders for access to beaches; if not, will he at least limit the amount they can charge to $5, the fee currently charged by the Māori owners of Takou Bay in Northland? 6. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Why have there been numerous announcements of health cuts in the last 20 months if, as he said last week, the health budget in the last 20 months has increased by over $1.3 billion? 7. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Labour: Why is the Government proposing to allow employees to trade up to one week's holiday for cash? 8. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Education: Is she satisfied that the quality of reporting to parents of primary school children is better than it was last year? 9. ALLAN PEACHEY to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has the Government made about supporting schools to raise student achievement? 10. KEITH LOCKE to the Minister of Agriculture: Will he ask the Pork Industry Board if they were aware that Thompson and Clark Investigations were collecting information for them on animal rights campaigner Rochelle Rees by means of a tracking device planted under her car; if not, why not? 11. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree that, but for the strategic asset test introduced by Labour, any overseas purchaser of a New Zealand business not including sensitive land, only has to have money, have run a business, show "good character" and not be an ineligible individual under the Immigration Act 1987? 12. CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister for the Environment: What new measures has the Government introduced to improve the efficiency of processing the approximately 50,000 consents per year under the Resource Management Act 1991? [more]

04/08/2010: Question Time for 4 August 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Why does he continue to deny that during his term as Prime Minister, the wage gap between Australian and New Zealand workers has grown, when both the figures he tabled in the House last week and the Parliamentary Library figures he referred to in his answer yesterday show that it has? 2. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: What decision has he made regarding the regulation of mobile phone termination rates? 3. Hon JIM ANDERTON to the Prime Minister: Is the gap between our wages and wages in Australia and other parts of the world getting wider; if so, why is this occurring? 4. JO GOODHEW to the Minister of Agriculture: What measures has the Government recently taken to progress community irrigation schemes? 5. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Police: Does she stand by her recent statement "If you tell people don't call the Police if you're getting beaten up at home, because that's a family issue, then you're going to see your crime rates drop. That's not something I'm prepared to do."? 6. HONE HARAWIRA to the Minister of Conservation: Kua hoatu e ia he tohutohu ki te Attorney-General kia whai mana ai, kia whai kāwanatanga ai hoki ngā hapū me ngā iwi ki ngā rāhui tapu i te moana; i roto i ngā ture takutai moana hou; ā, he aha aua tohutohu? o Translation: Has she provided any advice to the Attorney-General, regarding the opportunity for hapū and iwi governance and management of rāhui tapu (marine reserves) to be encompassed in the proposed foreshore and seabed replacement regime, and what was the nature of that advice? 7. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for Economic Development: When I asked him last Thursday will he give us a milestone date by which the wage gap with Australia will stop getting wider, when he replied "I will give that some consideration", how much longer will he need for his consideration? 8. Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations: What recent progress has the Government made towards its goal of settling historical Treaty of Waitangi claims by 2014? 9. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Women's Affairs: Is she concerned that the Quarterly Employment Survey released yesterday shows that the average wage gap between men and women has grown to 12.8 percent? 10. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister for Tertiary Education: Is he satisfied with how enrolments are being managed in the tertiary sector; if not, what actions is he taking? 11. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Internal Affairs: Why has the New Zealand 2011 Festival Lottery Fund been created? 12. CAROL BEAUMONT to the Minister of Labour: How many complaints, if any, about union access to the workplace being abused by unions or union members has she received since becoming the Minister of Labour? [more]

05/08/2010: Question Time for 5 August 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister of Energy and Resources: How many houses have been insulated through the Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart home insulation scheme? 2. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement "the employment rate in New Zealand is actually higher than it is in Australia"? 3. SUE KEDGLEY to the Minister of Agriculture: Is he confident that the Pork Industry Board is fulfilling its core functions of increasing the demand for New Zealand pork products and maintaining the confidence of consumers of pork products; if so, why? 4. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister for Economic Development: Why, when he replied "Yes" to whether he had targets or milestones to achieve income parity with Australia by 2025, will he not share those milestones with New Zealanders? 5. JOHN HAYES to the Minister of Police: What are the Police doing to help ensure that victims of crime get the support they need as soon as possible? 6. Hon DARREN HUGHES to the Minister of Transport: Did he consider opinion polls about public views on cutting the blood alcohol limit for driving, and what role, if any, did it play in the Government's decision not to lower that limit? 7. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Agriculture: What measures has the Government recently taken to implement a fairer approach to high country pastoral leases? 8. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Minister of Health: Does he think neurosurgery services should be retained at Dunedin Hospital? 9. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Housing: What are the current challenges the Government is facing with housing? 10. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: Does she agree with the Prime Minister's statement on the 90-day scheme that "employers have generally acted responsibly and workers have been treated fairly"? 11. Dr JACKIE BLUE to the Minister of Transport: How is work progressing on the Kopu Bridge, one year since construction began? 12. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement "if you know which websites to go to you can get access to high quality advice"? [more]

17/08/2010: Question time for 17 August 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that by March 2010 New Zealand will be coming out of the recession "reasonably aggressively"? 2. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the economy? 3. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for ACC: Does he stand by his statement on Radio New Zealand's Checkpoint programme of 12 August 2010 "I'm not satisfied that ACC has handled the issue of counselling services for sensitive claims that well. I'm going to await the final report from the independent clinical panel before drawing final conclusions."; if so, why? 4. RAHUI KATENE to the Associate Minister of Health: Is he aware that a recent study of GP consultations in New Zealand revealed that opportunities for discussion about the misuse of alcohol and other drugs were not acted upon in one quarter of the consultations and what steps will the Government take to address the service gaps in treatment services identified by the Law Commission? 5. SHANE ARDERN to the Minister of Agriculture: What major developments in primary sector innovation has he recently announced? 6. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for Economic Development: When he said "The Government does have a milestone, and it is to achieve parity with Australia by 2025," will he provide New Zealanders with measurable interim milestones; if not, why not? 7. ALLAN PEACHEY to the Minister of Education: How many Trades Academies will open in 2011? 8. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Can he guarantee that no prisoners taken in operations involving the New Zealand Special Air Service in Afghanistan were transferred to the National Directorate of Security in Kabul and tortured? 9. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers? 10. KATRINA SHANKS to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What has the Government done to ensure children in state care can have a Home for Life? 11. STUART NASH to the Minister of Revenue: Who will benefit most from the tax credit described in the Taxation (Income-sharing Tax Credit) Bill as "intended to give couples greater freedom to work fewer hours or more flexible hours in order to care for children"? 12. CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister for Building and Construction: What announcements has he made recently around cutting red tape and bureaucracy in the building sector? [more]

18/08/2010: Question Time for 18 August 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the economy? 2. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he still believe that New Zealand is coming out of recession "reasonably aggressively"? 3. DAVID GARRETT to the Attorney-General: Are iwi and hapu who gain ownership of the foreshore and seabed by negotiation with the Government likely to gain a title with greater or different rights from those granted by the Courts? 4. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with all of the Prime Minister's statements on compulsory savings? 5. HEKIA PARATA to the Minister of Police: What actions are being taken by the Police to protect New Zealand children from exploitation via the Internet? 6. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Minister of Health: Will he take the final decision on the future configuration of South Island neurosurgery services if wide consensus cannot be reached; if not, why not? 7. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does he expect that climate change will result in an increase in extreme weather events such as floods, and if so, what steps is he taking to prepare for such an increase? 8. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he agree that New Zealanders wish to see measurable interim milestones between now and 2025 to achieve pay parity with Australia, so as to assess whether the Government is making any progress on this goal? 9. Dr JACKIE BLUE to the Minister of Transport: What actions has the Government taken to improve the safety of taxi drivers? 10. CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does he stand by his statements at the Australia New Zealand Climate Change and Business Conference last week? 11. NIKKI KAYE to the Minister of Customs: What reports has he received about the performance of the SmartGate system? 12. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: Is it her intention that an employer is entitled to advertise a vacancy with a 90-day trial period where an employee can be dismissed with no reason given, as a condition of employment under the current Employment Relations Act? [more]

19/08/2010: Question Time for 19 August 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she stand by her statement that the Government has an "unrelenting focus on jobs and work"? 2. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the economy? 3. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Minister of Defence: Is he satisfied that the removal of a document entitled "Defence Review 2009" from the office of his then Associate Minister does not represent a security breach? 4. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What progress has been made in upgrading New Zealand's national grid? 5. Hon DARREN HUGHES to the Minister of Transport: What differences, if any, is he expecting New Zealand research to show on the effect of a blood alcohol level of between 0.05 percent and 0.08 percent on a New Zealand driver compared to an Australian driver? 6. KEITH LOCKE to the Minister of Labour: Why is the Government introducing legislation to restrict union access to workplaces when the Department of Labour advises that there is no "widespread evidence" of union representatives misusing the current system? 7. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister for Tertiary Education: How will his policy of restricting access to student loans for thousands of people and allowing tertiary institutions to shut out thousands of students from enrolling, support New Zealanders of all educational and social backgrounds to achieve their potential? 8. MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister of Labour: What changes has she announced regarding public holidays? 9. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: When she said that the 90-day scheme "is voluntary" and "is not compulsory", did she mean that an employer could not make a 90-day trial a compulsory condition of employment? 10. PAUL QUINN to the Minister for Building and Construction: What progress has been made on the Government's financial assistance package for owners of leaky homes? 11. Hon STEVE CHADWICK to the Minister of Consumer Affairs: What are his priorities for the Consumer Affairs portfolio? 12. JO GOODHEW to the Minister of Civil Defence: What actions has he taken recently to increase civil defence awareness? [more]

25/08/2010: Question Time for 25 August 2010
Questions to Minister 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: When he told the House on 9 February that New Zealand taxes consumption at a relatively low rate, was he aware that New Zealand had the 6th highest rate of consumption taxation in the OECD as a percentage of GDP; if not, why not? 2. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: What constraints, if any, does the New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement place on the ability of the New Zealand Government to tighten the rules governing the sale of New Zealand land to overseas buyers? 3. AARON GILMORE to the Minister of Finance: Have New Zealand's after-tax wages been rising faster than prices? 4. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Has he ever ruled out compulsory KiwiSaver; if so, is that still his position? 5. MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister for ACC: What initiatives has the Accident Compensation Corporation undertaken to improve rehabilitation rates, and what reports has he received on the success of these programmes? 6. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his statement"But when you are Minister of Health, part of making sure you know what is going on is making sure you are out there seeing things from a patient's perspective"? 7. HEKIA PARATA to the Minister of Education: What progress has been made on the Government's commitment to tackle school truancy? 8. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Minister of Defence: Did he raise concerns about the performance of the former Associate Minister of Defence with Hon Rodney Hide; if so, did he inform the Prime Minister about those concerns? 9. COLIN KING to the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture: What recent announcement has he made about the blue cod fishery in Marlborough? 10. CAROL BEAUMONT to the Minister of Labour: Does she agree with the statement in the Department of Labour's current Statement of Intent:"New Zealand's continued wealth will depend on the skills of its workers and how firms and industry support New Zealanders to work to their best potential. This is one of the biggest long-term challenges facing New Zealand's labour market and economy"? 11. SUE KEDGLEY to the Minister of Justice: Is he confident he can reduce alcohol-related harm and youth binge drinking if the liquor and hospitality industries continue to spend $73 million a year promoting alcohol? 12. RAHUI KATENE to the Minister of Justice: What role did the alcohol industry play in ruling out an increase in excise duty bearing in mind the Ministry of Justice analysis notes"a rule of thumb is that a 10 percent price rise results in an approximately 5 percent decrease in consumption"? [more]

26/08/2010: Question Time for 26 August 2010
Questions to ministers 1. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the nature of New Zealand's economic recovery? 2. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: How many more people were receiving an unemployment benefit in July 2010 than in July 2008? 3. Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received related to District Health Boards delivering on the Government's six health targets? 4. Hon DARREN HUGHES to the Minister of Transport: Has he read the report Alcohol and other drug use in New Zealand drivers 2004-2009 by Environmental Science and Research Ltd prepared for New Zealand Police; if so, is he aware that it contains data showing the number of fatalities for drivers with a blood alcohol level above 50mg but below 80mg/100mL? 5. JOHN HAYES to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: What announcement has he made today on the rural broadband initiative? 6. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statement in relation to the implementation of the National Standards "The Trustees, who govern schools on behalf of communities and parents, were extremely supportive"? 7. SUE KEDGLEY to the Minister of Justice: Why are the Police, Fire Service and Defence Force bars exempt from liquor licensing requirements? 8. CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Minister of Consumer Affairs: Does he stand by his statement that he is "eager to continue making it easier for businesses and consumers to deal confidently in a fair marketplace" at the Member Forum for Electricity and Gas Complaints Commissioner Scheme DVD Launch yesterday? 9. MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Corrections: What reports has she received about the rate of escapes from New Zealand prisons? 10. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she agree with the Minister of Labour, who, when asked about someone on the unemployment benefit being referred by Work and Income to a job with a 90-day trial period, said "If they do not want to avail themselves of that job opportunity and that trial period then they do not have to"? 11. HEKIA PARATA to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: How is Work and Income delivering services to seniors more effectively? 12. CAROL BEAUMONT to the Minister of Labour: What situations would be defined as unreasonably withholding consent by an employer under her proposed changes to workers having access to their union in the workplace? [more]

21/09/2010: Question Time for 21 September 2010 (part 1)
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "the vast majority" of people will be "better off" as a result of his tax switch on 1 October 2010? 2. RAHUI KATENE to the Attorney-General: What requirements must the Crown meet in relation to the burden of proof in the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill and how different is this to former legislation in respect of how the full burden of proof falls on hapu and iwi? 3. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he standby his statement "All I can say is that in the 22 months that Mr Hide has been a Minister in my Government he's shown very good judgement and he has my full support"? 4. CHRIS TREMAIN to the Minister of Finance: How will the tax changes on 1 October benefit New Zealanders? [more]

21/09/2010: Question Time for 21 September 2010 (part 2)
Questions to Ministers 5. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Justice: Does he stand by his statement in relation to the Sentencing and Parole Reform Act 2010 "I am very relaxed about where it ended up. I was involved in the negotiation of the policy right up to the end"? 6. HEKIA PARATA to the Minister for the Environment: Is he aware of the importance of Transmission Gully to the people of Mana and, if so, what steps is he taking to facilitate a timely process to consider this critical project? 7. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Commerce: Did any members of the Securities Commission declare potential conflicts of interest in respect of the recommendation to place Allan and Jean Hubbard into statutory management, and if so, on what date and in relation to what potential conflicts of interest? 8. KATRINA SHANKS to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What compensation to superannuitants will be available from 1 October? 9. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: What assurances can he give the public that no one will be left unsafe in their own home due to "changes" in health policy? 10. GARETH HUGHES to the Minister for Tertiary Education: Does he stand by his statement, "today's students are the future of our economy and we can't afford to get this wrong"? 11. Hon DARREN HUGHES to the Minister of Transport: Is it still his position that the Government will not lower the blood alcohol content for adult drivers until the move is regarded as having wide public support, and specifically would need "three quarters support or more" before a change was made? 12. Hon RODNEY HIDE to the Attorney-General: Why didn't he follow ACT's advice to repeal the Foreshore and Seabed Act 2004 and use Parliament's power to put iwi back to their pre-2004 legal position so Māori could have their day in court? Questions to Members 1. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Member in charge of the Electoral (Disqualification of Convicted Prisoners) Amendment Bill: What is the purpose of the Electoral (Disqualification of Convicted Prisoners) Amendment Bill? 2. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Member in charge of the Electoral (Disqualification of Convicted Prisoners) Amendment Bill: Does he intend proposing any changes to the Electoral (Disqualification of Convicted Prisoners) Amendment Bill as reported back from select committee; if so, what? [more]

22/09/2010: Question Time for 22 September 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. HEKIA PARATA to the Minister of Finance: How much demand has there been for the tax calculator taxguide.govt.nz and what are some of the benefits it confirms from the tax changes on 1 October? 2. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for the Environment: Will he recommend the adoption of the Board of Inquiry's proposed National Policy Statement on Freshwater Management now that the Land and Water Forum has reported back; if so, when? 3. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he believe that all his ministers have met the requirement of the Cabinet Manual to behave in a way that upholds, and is seen to uphold, the highest ethical standards in their ministerial capacity, their political capacity and their personal capacity; if so, why? 4. AARON GILMORE to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on New Zealand's economic growth? 5. RAHUI KATENE to the Minister for the Environment: Does he agree with the Fresh Start for Freshwater report that sustainable reform must reflect the values and interest of both Treaty partners, and what strategies does he have in mind to recognise this? 6. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "We are boosting New Zealand Superannuation and Veterans' Pension to fairly compensate for the GST rise"? 7. LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister for the Environment: What progress has the Government made on improving freshwater management in New Zealand, and the collaborative process outlined in National's 2006 Bluegreen Vision document and 2008 election policy? 8. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does the Government's tax calculator still omit the effect of inflation when attempting to establish whether members of the public will gain or lose from his Budget 2010 tax switch; if so, why? 9. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Broadcasting: Will he ensure accessibility to Rugby World Cup television broadcasts for the Deaf community by requiring captioning on all public channels; and, will he remind all broadcasters of their obligations to provide reasonable access for the Deaf community under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities? 10. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for Land Information: When does he expect to announce the decision on the sale of the Crafar Farms? 11. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Transport: What progress has been made on developing the commuter rail network in Auckland? 12. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: Does she stand by all statements that she has made and that have been made on her behalf in relation to the Employment Relations Amendment Bill (No 2)? [more]

23/09/2010: Question Time for 23 September 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in the House yesterday that: "Mr Hide has carried out his affairs in a personal and private capacity to a high ethical standard"? 2. TODD McCLAY to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the economy? 3. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: How much does inflation outstrip nominal wage growth for the next three years to March 2013 as forecast on page 63 of the Budget 2010 Economic and Fiscal Update? 4. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Revenue: How will the tax system be fairer and more equitable for all New Zealanders from 1 October? 5. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for ACC: Does his recent admission that ACC has handled the issue of counselling for sexual abuse victims badly, give him cause to question whether ACC has also treated victims of hearing loss badly? 6. CHESTER BORROWS to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What new legislation introduced by her is coming into force next week? 7. Hon NANAIA MAHUTA to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he stand by his comments regarding electricity prices made a year ago where he said "I'm promising to make every effort to slow the increase"? 8. SUE KEDGLEY to the Minister of Agriculture: Is animal welfare principally an ethical and moral issue; if not, why not? 9. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister for Tertiary Education: Why did the Government make the performance element of the student loan scheme that requires a borrower to pass more than half their course over a two-year period, retrospective to include courses taken in 2009 when it was introduced in Budget 2010? 10. AARON GILMORE to the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage: What assistance is the Government providing to assist with the repair, restoration and strengthening of heritage and character buildings in the Canterbury region? 11. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Local Government: What is the total cost to date of the services provided to the Auckland Transition Agency by the recruitment firm Momentum? 12. Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister of Transport: What further progress is being made on developing the commuter rail network in Auckland? [more]

12/10/2010: Question Time for 12 October 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. HILARY CALVERT to the Attorney-General: Will he support my proposed amendment to the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill to include a specific prohibition on customary title holders charging for public access to New Zealand beaches such as is provided for in the Foreshore and Seabed Act 2004; if not, why not? 2. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that by early 2010 New Zealand will be coming out of the recession "reasonably aggressively"? 3. ALLAN PEACHEY to the Minister for Tertiary Education: What actions has the Government taken to increase student places at universities? 4. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Transport: What impact, if any, will the outcome of the local government elections have on his priorities for transport funding? 5. Hon MARYAN STREET to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in relation to the New Zealand High Commissioner's apology to the Indian Government for Paul Henry's on-air comments: "It doesn't matter that the words don't come out of my mouth. They've come out of the mouth of the High Commissioner, but they have been the instructions of the New Zealand Government"? 6. HEKIA PARATA to the Minister of Housing: What announcement has he recently made that supports the Government's aim of improving the provision of affordable housing in New Zealand? 7. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What recent reports, if any, has she received on unemployment in New Zealand? 8. SHANE ARDERN to the Minister of Agriculture: How is the Government working with Fonterra to progress its capital restructuring plans? 9. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement in January this year that "as New Zealand emerges from recession, the Government's focus has firmly shifted towards significantly lifting our economic performance"? 10. MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What is the purpose of the AA EnergyWise Rally, organised by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority? 11. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Broadcasting: Has TVNZ made any agreement to make a payment to Paul Henry on his resignation? 12. KEITH LOCKE to the Prime Minister: Will he follow the example of world leaders Barack Obama and Angela Merkel and congratulate the latest Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo; if not, why not? [more]

13/10/2010: Question Time for 13 October 2010
1. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: What was the net present value at Crown cost of capital of any offer presented to the Crown in respect of the recapitalisation of South Canterbury Finance, either on or following 31 August 2010? 2. JOHN HAYES to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on the economy? 3. Hon SHANE JONES to the Attorney-General: Does he agree with ACT leader Rodney Hide's statement on Radio New Zealand this morning in relation to ACT's amendment to the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill to explicitly prohibit Māori with customary title from charging fees for access to coastal areas: "I have an e-mail here from the Attorney-General's office saying that they would support such a provision in the bill - that is to say I've got that in writing"? 4. NIKKI KAYE to the Minister for the Environment: What progress has the Government made on its key environment and resource management policies? 5. GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Transport: Can he confirm that the largest portion of economic benefit coming from rail projects, such as the Auckland network electrification and the Onehunga branch line, are time savings for road users? 6. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his statement in relation to health funding that "the important thing is not how much extra money they're getting - it's what extra services you are getting as a taxpayer"? 7. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Police: What progress has been made by Police following the introduction of new legislation allowing them to seize the proceeds of crime? 8. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for Land Information: Will the changes to overseas investment rules mean he will decline more overseas purchases of New Zealand farm land? 9. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she agree with the Office of the Children's Commissioner's recent report into Children in Care, that priority should be given to research focused on the needs of Māori tamariki and rangatahi in the care system, and if so, what action is she intending to take to implement the report's recommendations? 10. MOANA MACKEY to the Minister of Housing: What reports or advice has he requested on the impact on New Zealand's community housing sector of the Charities Commission's decision to deregister the Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust from September this year, and what does he believe that impact will be? 11. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Customs: What reports has he received on seizures Customs has made of methamphetamine being imported into New Zealand? 12. Hon JIM ANDERTON to the Minister of Revenue: When the Government introduced legislation to increase GST to 15 percent on 1 October 2010, and tax cuts to take effect from that date, was it the Government's intention that increased costs would be matched by lower taxes and/or other forms of compensation? [more]

14/10/2010: Question Time for 14 October 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the Government's financial position? 2. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with Alan Bollard who said that the economic recovery is proving "brittle, uncertain, and full of surprises"? 3. PAUL QUINN to the Minister of Justice: Has he recently referred any projects to the Law Commission; if so, what? 4. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement "this Government came into office with a plan to lift New Zealand's economic performance"? 5. Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister of Corrections: What advice has she received about the level of employment training in New Zealand prisons? 6. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Does he still stand by his statement in relation to health funding that "the important thing is not how much extra money they're getting - it's what extra services you are getting as a taxpayer"? 7. MELISSA LEE to the Minister for ACC: What progress has the Government made in addressing the financial losses reported by ACC of $2.4 billion in 2007/08 and $4.8 billion in 2008/09? 8. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for Land Information: How many farm sales to overseas purchasers has he declined since he became the Minister? 9. SHANE ARDERN to the Minister of Civil Defence: What is happening over Get Ready Week? 10. SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statement about possible responses by early childhood education providers to the funding shortfall they are facing that, "I would be really disappointed if the first thing they did was increase their charges"? 11. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Transport: Will he support an inquiry into the impacts of oil price shocks on the economy, including the transport sector; if not, why not? 12. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: Does she stand by the statement made on her behalf on 22 September 2010 in relation to the Employment Relations Amendment Bill (No 2), "the Government made sure there were adequate protections in the bill in a number of areas in terms of the trial period"? [more]

19/10/2010: Question Time for 19 October 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. RAHUI KATENE to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: What advice has he received from iwi over the Government's proposed new approach for assessing carbon stored in registered post-1989 forests, and what is the Government doing to action that advice? 2. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the economy? 3. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "I am concerned about the risk that New Zealanders become tenants in their own land"; if so, what specific actions will his Government be taking? 4. Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Health: What progress is being made in providing faster cancer treatment to New Zealanders? 5. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "the vast majority" of people will be "better off" as a result of his tax switch on 1 October 2010? 6. HEKIA PARATA to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What is the Government doing for young offenders? 7. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she stand by her statement that the growth in benefit numbers is "slowing"? 8. NIKKI KAYE to the Minister of Energy and Resources: How many houses have been retrofitted through the Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart home insulation scheme? 9. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement "we came into office with a very sound plan to lift New Zealand's economic performance"? 10. SUE KEDGLEY to the Minister of Health: How does the Government ensure that all taxpayer funding for aged care is spent on the provision of care for subsidised aged care residents, and not for other purposes? 11. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Housing: What is Housing New Zealand doing to identify and address fraudulent behaviour by some tenants? 12. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for Land Information: When Hon John Key said on Breakfast TV yesterday "we've changed the Overseas Investment Act to include 19 different criteria", was he aware that 17 of those criteria were inherited from the last government, and 2 new regulations outside the Act have not yet taken effect; and has he briefed the Prime Minister about the difference? [more]

20/10/2010: Question Time for 20 October 2010
Questions to Ministers? 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement to the House yesterday "The reason that families should take some comfort is that, by and large, for the most part, their wages are rising faster than the rate of inflation"; if so, what is the proportion of families that is expected to receive above inflation wage rises between March 2010 and March 2011? 2. AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: What international reports has he received on the economy? ? 3. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: What were the main price rises that led to the 1.1 percent inflation surge in the September 2010 quarter and how has the Government acted to control those price rises? ? 4. JO GOODHEW to the Minister of Agriculture: What new initiatives is MAF taking to support water augmentation schemes around New Zealand? ? 5. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Labour: Is it Government policy for the 90-day scheme to be the default provision in all new employment agreements? ? 6. HILARY CALVERT to the Attorney-General: Will his amendment to the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill to ensure that public access to the foreshore and seabed is free, allow for Mum, Dad and the children to go to the beach for a picnic, a paddle, and to build a sandcastle below the line of mean high water springs so that they won't be charged for the privilege; if not, why not? ? 7. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for Land Information: How many farms or forests worth $1 million or more are currently the subject of Overseas Investment Office consent? ? 8. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Finance: Does he still want to close the wage gap with Australia; and if so, what role does he consider unions will have in closing that gap? ? 9. Hon STEVE CHADWICK to the Minister of Conservation: Does she support the Director-General of the Department of Conservation and his vision for the future of conservation in New Zealand? ? 10. SIMON BRIDGES to the Minister of Justice: What changes, if any, is the Government making to the law relating to jurors? ? 11. Hon CHRIS CARTER to the Minister of Education: Is she satisfied with the progress being made to implement National Standards? ? 12. JOHN HAYES to the Minister of Civil Defence: What is happening throughout New Zealand to assist the nation to "Get Ready" and "Get Thru"? ? Questions to Members? 1. GRANT ROBERTSON to the member in charge of the Education (Freedom of Association) Amendment Bill: What is the purpose of the Education (Freedom of Association) Amendment Bill? ? 2. GRANT ROBERTSON to the member in charge of the Education (Freedom of Association) Amendment Bill: What is the current status of the Education (Freedom of Association) Amendment Bill? ? 3. GRANT ROBERTSON to the member in charge of the Education (Freedom of Association) Amendment Bill: Does she intend to propose any changes to the Education (Freedom of Association) Amendment Bill as reported back from select committee; if so, what? [more]

21/10/2010: Question time for 21 October 2010
Questions to Ministers? 1. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that "it's essential that we reduce New Zealand's vulnerability to future shocks because, as we've seen with the current recession, economic conditions can change extremely quickly"; and, if so, is he confident that all his infrastructure investments reduce our vulnerability to future shocks? 2. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement on 18 December 2008, a month after the General Election, that "I want to stress that New Zealand starts from a reasonable position in dealing with the uncertainty of our economic outlook"? ? 3. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Finance: What are the consequences of unsustainable increases in public spending that lead to budget deficits getting out of control? ? 4. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: How much did median weekly incomes for all people from all sources fall in the June 2010 quarter compared to the June 2009 quarter? ? 5. NICKY WAGNER to the Minister of Health: What progress is the Government making in providing more surgery for New Zealanders? ? 6. Hon NANAIA MAHUTA to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he stand by his statement that when facing power price increases consumers should "shop around"? ? 7. TODD McCLAY to the Minister of Corrections: What progress has been achieved by the Department of Corrections to improve its performance in managing parole and home detention? ? 8. CAROL BEAUMONT to the Minister of Labour: Is it her intention that the extended 90-day scheme requires agreement between the parties following bargaining in a fair way? ? 9. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Civil Defence: What lessons were learnt from Exercise Tangaroa? ? 10. SU'A WILLIAM SIO to the Minister of Immigration: What advice has he received since 14 August 2009 about the fee and levy discounts available to more than 1,300 Samoan citizen residence applications totalling in excess of $117,000 and whether there was a legal basis for his department's charging regime at the time that the fees were paid? ? 11. Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister of Internal Affairs: How many applications for funding have been received by the New Zealand 2011 Festival Lottery Fund? ? 12. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Education: How will she resource her goal of having 80 percent of schools operating on a fully inclusive basis by 2014? ? Questions to Members? 1. CAROL BEAUMONT to the Chairperson of the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee: How many submissions have been received on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill (No 2)? [more]

27/10/2010: Question Time for 27 October 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What trends are evident in the Government's latest financial statements? 2. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Finance: Is he satisfied that all the Government's economic policies contribute to the goal of "clear, credible, ambitious and growth-friendly, medium-term fiscal consolidation"? 3. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: What recent progress has he made on catching up with Australia? 4. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Associate Minister of Health: He aha ngā rautaki ka kōkuhua ki te whakautu i te pikinga mā te 25 ōrau o ngā kiritaki hei whakararu nei i ngā ratonga aukati peti moni, otirā, tērā pikihanga e 5325 i te tau 2008 ki te e 6673 i te tau 2009; ā, ka whakaae a ia ki tā Barbara Phillips, kaiwhakahaere nō te Manatū Hauora i kī rā "those seeking help are only a small proportion of overall gambling prevalence"? o Translation: What strategies have been introduced to respond to the 25 percent increase in numbers of clients presenting to problem gambling intervention services which rose from 5325 in 2008 to 6673 in 2009; and does he agree with Ministry of Health manager, Barbara Phillips that "those seeking help are only a small proportion of overall gambling prevalence"? 5. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What action, if any, has the Government taken to reduce child poverty in New Zealand? 6. SANDRA GOUDIE to the Minister of Corrections: What reports has she received on initiatives to improve the safety of prison staff? 7. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Why did he continue with his 2010 tax cuts when the Government has a cash deficit of $9 billion? 8. Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister for the Environment: What actions has the Government taken to avoid unnecessary cost increases for New Zealand householders from excessive regulation? 9. Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister for Climate Change Issues (International Negotiations): Will New Zealand support a legally-binding agreement to cut global greenhouse gas emissions at the Cancun climate change conference this December; if not, why not? 10. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Education: What evidence does she have as to the level of understanding of the Government's National Standards system in schools? 11. HEKIA PARATA to the Minister of Housing: What are the current challenges the Government is facing with social housing? 12. SU'A WILLIAM SIO to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her Ministry's decision to stop publishing the five Pacific language resource Tupu series and the Samoan language Folauga journals that are used by 33 Pacific bilingual units to provide bi-lingual education to about 1300 primary students throughout New Zealand? [more]

28/10/2010: Question Time for 28 October 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister for Economic Development: What factors did the Prime Minister take into account when he agreed with Warner Brothers executives to change employment legislation in New Zealand? 2. KATRINA SHANKS to the Minister for Economic Development: What specific actions has he taken since becoming Minister for Economic Development to secure the New Zealand film industry? 3. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with JP Morgan investment bank that "the recovery in New Zealand effectively has stalled"? 4. COLIN KING to the Minister of Research, Science and Technology: What recent announcements has he made that help businesses to undertake research and development? 5. Hon DARREN HUGHES to the Minister of Transport: Have the views of 76 percent of the respondents in a scientific poll by the Herald on Sunday, who say they would not drive after drinking beyond an effective blood alcohol limit of 50 mg, caused him to reconsider his decision not to lower the adult blood alcohol limit for driving; if not, why not? 6. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Conservation: What steps is the Government taking to improve coastal management? 7. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Attorney-General: Why has the Government not done more to deal with the occupation of the Taipa Point public reserve by foreshore and seabed protesters? 8. KEITH LOCKE to the Minister for Economic Development: Why is his Government intending to change industrial relations law under urgency instead of through the normal parliamentary process? 9. BRENDON BURNS to the Minister of Health: Is he concerned at the report in yesterday's Press saying that 1 in 5 New Zealanders are drinking water that is unsafe or untested and that 5 of 12 hospitals and health services with their own drinking water supplies have failed to meet the minimum standards? 10. TODD McCLAY to the Minister of Tourism: What recent reports has he received on the value of tourism to the New Zealand economy? 11. MOANA MACKEY to the Minister of Housing: How much is in Budget 2010 for the acquisition of new state-owned houses and how does that compare to the $48 million in Budget 2007 for state house acquisitions? 12. MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: What results have been achieved to date by the recent ICT trade delegation he led to China? [more]

09/11/2010: Question Time for 9 November 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: How many fewer people were unemployed at the end of the September 2010 quarter compared to the September 2009 quarter, according to the Household Labour Force Survey? 2. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: What are the implications for New Zealand of current developments in international economies and financial markets? 3. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement: "we came into office with a very sound plan to lift New Zealand's economic performance"? 4. HEKIA PARATA to the Minister of Health: What progress has been made at Kenepuru Hospital to provide more services for patients? 5. Hon DARREN HUGHES to the Minister of Transport: What is the breakdown of the $22,000 spent by the New Zealand Transport Agency for consultation meetings outlining the proposed route of the new State Highway 1 through Kapiti that have now been postponed until possibly after the Mana by-election? 6. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Women's Affairs: Is she satisfied with progress towards her goals of getting more women in leadership and closing the gender pay gap following the release of the New Zealand Census of Women's Participation 2010, which records a backwards slide? 7. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Customs: What steps has the Government taken to address the importation of pharmaceutical products used to manufacture 'P'? 8. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Education: Does she agree with Te Ururoa Flavell when he said "Unlike National Standards in mainstream schooling, Nga Whanaketanga has been trialled and has a direct connection to the curriculum"; and if not, why not? 9. Hon RODNEY HIDE to the Attorney-General: Is it government policy through the proposed Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill to enable the Minister responsible to recognise customary marine title by agreement with an applicant group; if so, which parts, if any, of New Zealand's foreshore and seabed could not be applied for under the proposed Act? 10. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for ACC: Is a focus of the ACC scheme still to support the needs of injured New Zealanders? 11. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister of Māori Affairs: Kei te ngata a ia ki te whakahaerenga o te rautaki me te pūtea tautoko mō Te Reo Māori? o Translation: Is he satisfied with the management of the Te Reo Māori strategy and funding? 12. Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister of Police: What reports has she received on the rollout of the Police's new digital radio network? [more]

11/11/2010: Question Time for 11 November 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Police: Does she stand by all statements she has made in relation to increasing the number of police; if so, how does she reconcile her statements with police projections that 8 out of 12 police districts will have fewer constabulary employees by the end of 2011 than they had at the end of June 2009? 2. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Finance: What steps is the Government taking to tilt the economy towards exports and savings and away from borrowing and consumption. 3. Hon DARREN HUGHES to the Minister of Transport: When will the New Zealand Transport Agency announce a new date for releasing information about the new State Highway 1 through Kapiti, and how long will the consultation period run for? 4. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree that a more sustainable economy is preferable to a less sustainable economy; if so, what measures has he taken to specifically promote cleantech and greentech businesses in New Zealand? 5. Hon NANAIA MAHUTA to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Did he give an undertaking to the iwi leadership group that he would revisit government policy on nationalised minerals if Māori considered granting consent to mining on Māori-owned land? 6. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Police: What reports has she received on the level of public satisfaction with the services provided by the New Zealand Police? 7. Hon CHRIS CARTER to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her assurance to the House on 9 November 2010 that it was never her intention to dismiss Boards of Trustees of primary and intermediate schools who refuse to implement her National Standards policy? 8. NICKY WAGNER to the Minister for the Environment: How much electronic waste was collected last Saturday with the eDay initiative and what longer-term plan does the Government have for improving recycling of electronic waste? 9. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: Does she have confidence in all of the changes to employment relations legislation and policy that she has introduced or proposed since becoming the Minister of Labour? 10. KATRINA SHANKS to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: What action has the Government taken to help the roll-out of wireless broadband in regional New Zealand? 11. CLARE CURRAN to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: Is he satisfied that the process for awarding the Ultra-Fast Broadband tender is appropriate; if so, why? 12. JOHN HAYES to the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture: What has been the result of recent enforcement activities undertaken by the Ministry of Fisheries? [more]

16/11/2010: Question Time for Tuesday 16 November 2010 (Part 1)
Questions to Ministers 1. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: What are the main features of the Government's economic programme and how are they helping to build sustainable economic growth? 2. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: What adverse impact on costs and prices, if any, have his Government's policies had on New Zealanders? 3. KEITH LOCKE to the Minister of Justice: Does he agree with the International Federation of Journalists that if the Search and Surveillance Bill proceeds in its present form it will "undermine the long-held right of journalists to protect the confidentiality of sources"; if not, why not? 4. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Prime Minister: Does he believe clear and unambiguous leadership is now needed to ensure that rules regarding the private interests of Ministers are upheld? 5. TODD McCLAY to the Minister for Biosecurity: How is the Government responding to the identification of the Psa disease in New Zealand? [more]

16/11/2010: Question Time for 16 November 2010 part 2
6. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all statements made by him and on his behalf on the matters which led to Pansy Wong's resignation? 7. HEKIA PARATA to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: What reports has he received on New Zealand's climate change initiatives, particularly the ETS and the global alliance for research into cutting agriculture emissions, and how have these influenced New Zealand's role in the international negotiations of a new climate change deal post-Kyoto? 8. Hon DARREN HUGHES to the Minister of Transport: On how many weekends has he contacted both the Chair and the Chief Executive of the New Zealand Transport Agency during the 104 weekends since his warrant was issued, and did a call to either person take place last weekend ahead of the agency's committee meeting set down for Thursday, 18 November where the route of the new State Highway 1 motorway through Kapiti will be considered? 9. AARON GILMORE to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What announcements has she made about Canterbury Enhanced Taskforce Green-funding? 10. SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Education: What reports has she received on the impact of the Government's funding cuts to early childhood education services with more than 80 percent qualified staff? 11. PAUL QUINN to the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations: What recent progress has the Government made towards its goal of settling historical Treaty of Waitangi claims by 2014? 12. CLARE CURRAN to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: Is he satisfied that the process for awarding the Ultra-Fast Broadband tender is appropriate; if so, why? [more]

16/11/2010: Question Time for Tuesday 16 November 2010 (Part 2)
Questions to Ministers 6. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all statements made by him and on his behalf on the matters which led to Pansy Wong's resignation? 7. HEKIA PARATA to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: What reports has he received on New Zealand's climate change initiatives, particularly the ETS and the global alliance for research into cutting agriculture emissions, and how have these influenced New Zealand's role in the international negotiations of a new climate change deal post-Kyoto? 8. Hon DARREN HUGHES to the Minister of Transport: On how many weekends has he contacted both the Chair and the Chief Executive of the New Zealand Transport Agency during the 104 weekends since his warrant was issued, and did a call to either person take place last weekend ahead of the agency's committee meeting set down for Thursday, 18 November where the route of the new State Highway 1 motorway through Kapiti will be considered? 9. AARON GILMORE to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What announcements has she made about Canterbury Enhanced Taskforce Green-funding? 10. SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Education: What reports has she received on the impact of the Government's funding cuts to early childhood education services with more than 80 percent qualified staff? 11. PAUL QUINN to the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations: What recent progress has the Government made towards its goal of settling historical Treaty of Waitangi claims by 2014? 12. CLARE CURRAN to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: Is he satisfied that the process for awarding the Ultra-Fast Broadband tender is appropriate; if so, why? [more]

16/11/2010: Question Time for 16 November 2010 part 1
Questions to Ministers 1. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: What are the main features of the Government's economic programme and how are they helping to build sustainable economic growth? 2. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: What adverse impact on costs and prices, if any, have his Government's policies had on New Zealanders? 3. KEITH LOCKE to the Minister of Justice: Does he agree with the International Federation of Journalists that if the Search and Surveillance Bill proceeds in its present form it will "undermine the long-held right of journalists to protect the confidentiality of sources"; if not, why not? 4. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Prime Minister: Does he believe clear and unambiguous leadership is now needed to ensure that rules regarding the private interests of Ministers are upheld? 5. TODD McCLAY to the Minister for Biosecurity: How is the Government responding to the identification of the Psa disease in New Zealand? [more]

17/11/2010: Question Time for 17 November 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Labour: Does Hon Tony Ryall's statement that "this Government is focused on actions, rather than endless meetings, strategies, action plans, taskforces, pilots and groups" only apply to the labour portfolio? 2. AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: How is the Government ensuring the economy recovers in a sustainable way that delivers more jobs and builds faster growth? 3. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Has he seen the papers released by the Savings Working Group relating to GST, if so, does he have any intention of increasing GST further? 4. RAHUI KATENE to the Minister of Broadcasting: How will the Television New Zealand Amendment Bill provide appropriate assurance to ensure the participation of Māori and the presence of a significant Māori voice in its programmes and programme planning? 5. JO GOODHEW to the Minister responsible for the Education Review Office: What recent reports has she received from the Education Review Office regarding the implementation of National Standards in schools? 6. SUE MORONEY to the Acting Minister of Women's Affairs: What are her priorities in the Women's Affairs portfolio? 7. Hon RODNEY HIDE to the Attorney-General: Does he stand by his statements that Ngāti Kahu protesters at Taipa Bay can "go to hell" and "I think they're stupid", and can he assure New Zealanders that such protests are not a foretaste of things to come under his Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill? 8. Hon SHANE JONES to the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations: Have recent events at Taipa had an impact on the progress of the Muriwhenua Treaty of Waitangi land claims settlements? 9. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Transport: What progress has been made on the Puhoi to Wellsford Road of National Significance? 10. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: Are the proposed changes to the Holidays Act 2003 being progressed under urgency this week part of the Government's plans to close the wage gap with Australia and reduce the number of Kiwi workers moving to Australia? 11. HEKIA PARATA to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What progress has been made on the Government's Youth Opportunities Programme? 12. GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Conservation: Why did she decline the proposed Dan Rogers Marine Reserve in Akaroa Harbour on the grounds that it would adversely affect recreational fishing? [more]

18/11/2010: Question Time for 18 November 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister of Finance: What signs of progress, if any, is he seeing of the economy rebalancing from borrowing and consumption to savings and exports? 2. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What reports, if any, has she seen on the impact of the recent GST increase on low-income families? 3. TODD McCLAY to the Minister for Biosecurity: What recent announcements has the Government made in relation to the kiwifruit disease Psa? 4. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Is he satisfied with progress in achieving his health policy? 5. SIMON BRIDGES to the Minister of Transport: What progress is being made on the Tauranga Eastern Link Road of National Significance? 6. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Police: When she said "New Zealand streets are safer with the addition of 384 extra frontline police officers deployed since December 2008", how many of those 384 new police officers were part of the third tranche of 407 police officers that the previous Labour Government had funded for deployment within the 2008/09 year? 7. Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister of Conservation: What is the Department of Conservation doing to provide renewable energy to remote areas of public conservation land? 8. CAROL BEAUMONT to the Minister of Women's Affairs: What advice, if any, has she received on the possible consequences that labour law changes proposed in the Employment Relations Amendment Bill (No 2) and the Holidays Amendment Bill will have on women? 9. PAUL QUINN to the Minister of Customs: What information has he received on the success of SmartGate? 10. BRENDON BURNS to the Minister of Broadcasting: What is the one major achievement in broadcasting he would most like to celebrate? 11. KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: When he reportedly told Kevin Rudd that New Zealand would take a strong line opposing Japanese whaling this year in New Zealand's search and rescue zone, can he explain what he meant by a strong line? 12. Dr RAJEN PRASAD to the Minister for Ethnic Affairs: What will be the effects of the proposed relocation of the Office of Ethnic Affairs to tier-three in the new structure for the Department of Internal Affairs on the services it currently provides to ethnic communities? Questions to Members 1. HILARY CALVERT to the Chairperson of the Māori Affairs Committee: How many submissions have been received on the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill? [more]

23/11/2010: Question Time for 23 November 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: What factors were identified by Standard and Poor's that led to them placing New Zealand's sovereign credit rating on negative watch? 2. Hon RODNEY HIDE to the Attorney-General: Is it the Government's intention to notify local residents that the Minister responsible is considering an application to grant iwi customary marine title over the foreshore and seabed of their local beach; if so, will the procedure for that notification be set out in the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill? 3. AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the economy? 4. SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by all her statements on early childhood education? 5. TODD McCLAY to the Minister for Biosecurity: What recent developments have there been in response to the kiwifruit disease Psa? 6. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Are all communities his priority for better, sooner, more convenient health care? 7. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Commerce: What recent steps has the Government taken to enhance cooperation and coordination between New Zealand and Australian competition regulators? 8. CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Minister for the Environment: What measures, if any, have been put in place by which to assess the performance of the commissioners appointed to replace the elected Canterbury Regional Council? 9. COLIN KING to the Minister for Tertiary Education: What benefits will be realised from the merger between Lincoln University and Telford Polytechnic? 10. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his comment, in relation to claims that investors are able to sue governments for breaches of free trade agreements, that such claims are "far fetched"? 11. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statement made during the first reading of the Education Amendment Bill (No 2) that "it's not intended" that the bill remove the requirement for carers at limited attendance centres to have police checks? 12. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister of Education: Has she seen reports that secondary school teachers and principals say that some classes can get as large as 40, and what is the best practice advice about the relationship of class size to learning outcomes? [more]

24/11/2010: Question Time for 24 November 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. AARON GILMORE to the Minister of Finance: What does he believe will be the main features of the economic recovery under the Government's programme to encourage more savings and investment? 2. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that "the Government is playing its part by spending billions on infrastructure, which is underpinning the employment of thousands of skilled and unskilled people"? 3. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: In light of reports that Taeaomanino Trust, which the Ministry of Social Development has given funding to, is under investigation by police relating to allegations of misappropriation of money, will she undertake a full inquiry into the activities of the trust; if not, why not? 4. SANDRA GOUDIE to the Minister of Police: What reports has she received on the Government's efforts to confiscate the proceeds of crime? 5. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Can he guarantee the provision of child cancer services in Wellington? 6. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister for the Environment: What progress has there been in building a network of Kura Taiao-Enviro-Schools as negotiated by the Māori Party in the Emissions Trading Scheme package of concessions announced on 23 November 2009? 7. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Police: Does she stand by all of her statements and commitments in relation to resourcing the New Zealand Police? 8. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Transport: What further progress has been made on the Waikato Expressway Road of National Significance? 9. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that "We want a tax system that tilts the economy towards work, investment and savings and away from the unsustainable borrowing, consumption and over investment in housing of the past decade"? 10. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Education: When she said in her reply to question 11 yesterday "the Education Act is not the appropriate place for these types of regulations", had she considered which legislation would be appropriate to ensure that carers in gyms and shopping mall crèches have had a police check; if so, what is that legislation? 11. MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister of Immigration: What major changes in immigration legislation are being implemented on 29 November this year? 12. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Prime Minister: On how many occasions has he approved overseas travel for Hon Pansy Wong since the last election? Questions to Members 1. Hon JOHN BOSCAWEN to the Chairperson of the Māori Affairs Committee: How many submissions have been received on the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill, and how many of these submitters have requested to be heard in person? [more]

08/12/2010: Question Time for 8 December 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that the "vast majority" of New Zealanders will be "better off" as a result of the tax switch? 2. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What steps is the Government taking to improve its financial performance? 3. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that "our tax cuts have been good for economic growth and fair for New Zealanders"? 4. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What recent changes have been made by Work and Income for people on unemployment benefits? 5. LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: What further progress has been made on rolling out faster broadband around New Zealand? 6. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Will he act to prevent the closure of health services in Taihape? 7. Dr JACKIE BLUE to the Minister of Health: What progress has been made regarding the four-year, $24 million bowel cancer screening pilot announced in this year's budget? 8. KEITH LOCKE to the Prime Minister: Why is he not supporting public hearings for submissions on the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service Amendment Bill? 9. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Police: Does she stand by her answer to my question in the House on 24 November about whether Deputy Commissioner Viv Rickard was correct when he confirmed to the Law and Order Committee that, as at September 2010, the current Government had contributed just 30 new police officers nationwide since it came into Government, "That is not, in fact, what Deputy Commissioner Rickard said."? 10. HILARY CALVERT to the Minister of Māori Affairs: Does he stand by his statement "the focus will be on finding the best balance of customary rights and the interests of the wider public", and what concerns, if any, has he raised with the Attorney-General over the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill? 11. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Prime Minister: Did he approve Pansy Wong having private time on any of her ministerial trips to China and did her husband accompany her on any of those trips? 12. NICKY WAGNER to the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage: What has the Government done to encourage private philanthropy in the cultural sector? [more]

14/12/2010: Question time for 14 December 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that by early 2010 New Zealand will be coming out of the recession "reasonably aggressively"? 2. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the economic outlook and the Government's financial position? 3. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his advice to the House last Tuesday that he accepts former Minister Pansy Wong "made an unplanned and inadvertent mistake"? 4. SANDRA GOUDIE to the Minister of Corrections: What steps have been taken to ensure that the corrections system has better access to world-class innovation and expertise? 5. Hon JIM ANDERTON to the Minister of Finance: Was it his objective for the National-led Government to deliver a step change in New Zealand's economic performance, and if so, has such a step change been achieved? 6. GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Transport: What is his response to the finding of the IBM Commuter Pain survey that investment in public transportation is key to reducing congestion and commuter stress? 7. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: In light of his statement of 9 February 2010 that "I worry that there are signs of an emerging underclass in New Zealand", what action has his Government taken to reduce the number of children living in poverty since that statement? 8. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: What progress has the Government made this week on the ultra-fast broadband initiative? 9. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Attorney-General: Is he aware of the widespread criticism of the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill from both Māori and non-Māori submitters, and does he have confidence that the Bill will provide a durable framework for consideration of foreshore and seabed claims? 10. KATRINA SHANKS to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: How is the Government improving transparency of tax-payer funded social services? 11. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Is he confident that the announcement of 10 November regarding neurosurgery services in the South Island will provide a sustainable service? 12. CHESTER BORROWS to the Minister of Justice: What progress has been made on the roll-out of the Public Defence Service? Questions to Members 1. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Chairperson of the Government Administration Committee: How many submissions have been received on the Identity Information Confirmation Bill? 2. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Chairperson of the Government Administration Committee: How many submitters on the Identity Information Confirmation Bill have requested to be heard in person? 3. Hon PAREKURA HOROMIA to the Chairperson of the Māori Affairs Committee: How many submissions have been received on the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill? 4. Hon PAREKURA HOROMIA to the Chairperson of the Māori Affairs Committee: How many submitters on the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill have requested to be heard in person? [more]

09/02/2011: Question Time for 9 February 2011
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement on the sale of state assets that "we do want to sell to Kiwi mums and dads as a priority"? 2. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: What will be the focus of Budget 2011 and the Government's wider economic programme this year? 3. Hon CHRIS CARTER to the Minister of Education: Does she agree with Rt Hon John Key's comment at Waitangi's Te Tii Marae last year that improving education outcomes for Māori children would help address rising Māori unemployment? 4. KEITH LOCKE to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Why is he not calling for the immediate resignation of Hosni Mubarak as Egypt's President? 5. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: In light of his statement "I have spoken previously of my concerns about a growing underclass, and vulnerable children are at the heart of that issue", what specific improvements has his Government made to address both the underclass and vulnerable children in New Zealand? 6. AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: How did the Government's tax package in October contribute to increasing New Zealanders' real, after-tax earnings? 7. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Prime Minister's statement "New Zealand's government debt as a percentage of GDP relative to the other countries is low, in other words we don't owe very much"? 8. SHANE ARDERN to the Minister of Agriculture: What major developments in primary sector innovation has he recently announced? 9. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement yesterday about SOEs that "we want to give New Zealanders a chance to invest in these assets"? 10. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Labour: What reports has she received regarding the effects of the 90-day trial period on job creation? 11. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Health: Does he believe affordable access to primary health care for children under six is important for delivering health outcomes; if so, how much does he believe parents should pay when they take children to see a doctor in 2011? 12. Hon RODNEY HIDE to the Minister of Finance: What would the top rate of tax need to be to implement a $5000 tax-free threshold, reverse the [more]

10/02/2011: Question Time for 10 February 2011
Questions to Ministers 1. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: What tests would need to be met before the Government proceeded with extending the mixed-ownership model to four more State-owned enterprises? 2. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What steps, if any, has she taken in response to the 2010 New Zealand Children's Social Health Monitor released in December last year, which prompted the Children's Commissioner to call for urgent action from the Government? 3. JO GOODHEW to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: What decisions has the Government made on improving broadband to rural areas? 4. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that mums and dads will be free to on-sell shares in partially-privatised SOEs to foreign investors? 5. Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Health: What progress is the Government making in its preventative health target, to increase immunisation for two year olds? 6. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his answer to question 7 yesterday, suggesting that Australia is headed for a double-dip recession? 7. Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations: What progress has the Government made towards its aspirational goal of settling historical Treaty of Waitangi claims by 2014? 8. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Attorney-General: Does the Government intend that the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill be passed without amendment? 9. TODD McCLAY to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What is the Government doing to support teen parents? 10. Hon DARREN HUGHES to the Minister of Education: As at 8 February 2011, how many reports had she requested regarding the cost of sending children to school, and what did these reports tell her? 11. GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Transport: Has he read the recent American report Transportation Funding and Job Creation, which shows that each stimulus dollar spent on public transport yields 70 percent more job hours than motorway spending, and in light of this, will he review his Government Policy Statement which spends the largest part of our transport money on new motorways? 12. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: How many people were recorded as looking for work in the latest Household Labour Force Survey and what was the figure in December 2008? Questions to Members 1. Dr RAJEN PRASAD to the Chairperson of the Social Services Committee: How many submissions were received on the Social Assistance (Living Alone Payments) Amendment Bill? 2. CLARE CURRAN to the Chairperson of the Commerce Committee: How many submissions were received on the Auditor Regulation and External Reporting Bill? 3. PHIL TWYFORD to the Chairperson of the Local Government and Environment Committee: How many submissions were received on the Manukau City Council (Regulation of Prostitution in Specified Places) Bill? 4. MOANA MACKEY to the Chairperson of the Primary Production Committee: How many submissions were received on the Dairy Industry Restructuring (New Sunset Provisions) Amendment Bill? 5. MOANA MACKEY to the Chairperson of the Education and Science Committee: How many submissions were received on the Royal Society of New Zealand Amendment Bill? 6. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Chairperson of the Government Administration Committee: How many submissions were received on the Identity Information Confirmation Bill? [more]

15/02/2011: Question time for 15 February 2011
Questions to Ministers? 1. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: Does the investment protocol the Prime Minister will be signing with Australia include any provisions that would stop Australians from buying shares in New Zealand State-owned assets such as Meridian Energy, Mighty River Power, Genesis Energy and Solid Energy, should a future Government privatise them? 2. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Why does he want to sell shares in State-owned enterprises? ? 3. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the recent performance of New Zealand's export sector? ? 4. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Is she satisfied that her programmes are working for New Zealanders? 5. Hon JOHN BOSCAWEN to the Attorney-General: Is he planning to amend the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill to provide an explicit guarantee of free public access, and provide that all negotiated agreements be passed by Parliament? 6. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Has the economy improved in line with his prediction on Q+A in February 2010 that the economy would "get better" over the next 12 months? 7. PAUL QUINN to the Minister of Education: What recent developments have there been in implementing the Youth Guarantee for students aged 16 and 17? 8. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Attorney-General: Does he agree with Colin James' assessment of his handling of the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill that "yet again the Government - pale shades of the dark days of Sir Robert Muldoon - has discarded constitutional niceties, this time for expedition. Not a good look for Mr Finlayson who, as Attorney-General, is the Cabinet's guardian of constitutional propriety…"? 9. CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Has implementation of the moderated Emissions Trading Scheme last year had any impact on renewable energy and forestry investment? 10. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement to the Finance and Expenditure Committee that the State-owned energy companies' returns have been excessive? 11. NIKKI KAYE to the Minister of Statistics: What information has he received on preparations for this year's Census? 12. Hon DARREN HUGHES to the Minister of Education: Does she believe NCEA is a world-class qualification system for young New Zealanders; if so, why? [more]

16/02/2011: Question Time for 16 February 2011
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement with respect to the payment of a dividend by a State-owned enterprise, that the Government expected to receive a return from them because "if we don't how do we pay for our doctors and hospitals and the likes"? 2. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does the Government's commitment to closing the gap with Australia include reducing child poverty? 3. JOHN HAYES to the Minister of Finance: What progress has the Government made on strengthening New Zealand's economic relationship with Australia? 4. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Has the "underclass" as he called it, increased or decreased since he became Prime Minister? 5. RAHUI KATENE to the Minister of Local Government: What did he mean when he described the Māori Statutory Board as "inherently divisive" and should never have been included in the legislation setting up the Auckland Council? 6. Hon DARREN HUGHES to the Minister for Tertiary Education: How will he "build better value out of the interest-free student loan system" as he stated was his Government's intention in his Statement to Parliament last week? 7. LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister of Education: What reports has she received about the initial success of the Youth Guarantee for 16 and 17 year olds? 8. SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Education: Why did he tell 3 News on 31 January 2011 that prices to attend early childhood education centres would not go up? 9. SHANE ARDERN to the Minister of Police: What actions have been taken by the Police as a result of the Government's focus on tackling organised crime and the drugs trade? 10. PHIL TWYFORD to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers? 11. MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Customs: What recent reports has he received regarding interceptions of methamphetamine or "P" at the border? 12. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does Working for Families treat vulnerable children equally regardless of the source of their parents' income? Questions to Members 1. CLARE CURRAN to the Chairperson of the Commerce Committee: How many submissions were received on the Financial Markets (Regulators and KiwiSaver) Bill? 2. BRENDON BURNS to the Chairperson of the Local Government and Environment Committee: How many submissions were received on the Environmental Protection Authority Bill? 3. IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY to the Chairperson of the Health Committee: How many submissions were received on the Smoke-free Environments (Controls and Enforcement) Amendment Bill? 4. Hon DAMIEN O'CONNOR to the Chairperson of the Primary Production Committee: How many submissions were received on the Biosecurity Law Reform Bill? 5. DARIEN FENTON to the Member in charge of the Employment Relations (Secret Ballot for Strikes) Amendment Bill: What is the current status of the Employment Relations (Secret Ballot for Strikes) Amendment Bill? 6. DARIEN FENTON to the Member in charge of the Employment Relations (Secret Ballot for Strikes) Amendment Bill: What is the purpose of the Employment Relations (Secret Ballot for Strikes) Amendment Bill? 7. DARIEN FENTON to the Member in charge of the Employment Relations (Secret Ballot for Strikes) Amendment Bill: Does he intend proposing any changes to the Employment Relations (Secret Ballot for Strikes) Amendment Bill during the committee of the whole House stage? 8. Hon DARREN HUGHES to the Member in charge of the Education (Freedom of Association) Amendment Bill: What is the current status of the Education (Freedom of Association) Amendment Bill? 9. Hon DARREN HUGHES to the Member in charge of the Education (Freedom of Association) Amendment Bill: What is the purpose of the Education (Freedom of Association) Amendment Bill? 10. Hon DARREN HUGHES to the Member in charge of the Education (Freedom of Association) Amendment Bill: Does she intend proposing any changes to the Education (Freedom of Association) Amendment Bill during the committee of the whole House stage? [more]

17/02/2011: Question Time for 17 February 2011
Question Time for 17 February 2011. [more]

06/04/2011: Question Time for 6 April 2011
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that dividends from State-owned Enterprise energy companies help pay for services like doctors and hospitals and can he confirm that the dividends earned last year from the four companies amounted to $732 million? 2. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: Have after-tax average weekly earnings been rising faster than inflation; if so, what are the implications for rates of New Zealand Superannuation? 3. Hon JIM ANDERTON to the Minister of Finance: What is the fiscal deficit likely to be in the calendar year 2011, and what would the fiscal deficit be if there had been no tax cut on 1 October 2010 for the top 5 percent of earners? 4. Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received in relation to the number of doctors and nurses working for New Zealand's district health boards? 5. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Finance: What programmes does he consider "nice to have" and should be cut? 6. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister of Finance: Does he still believe that following the Government's review of the foreign investment rules that "New Zealanders are able to feel that those things that they think are important about New Zealand are … protected"; and what influence did the outcomes of that review have on the Overseas Investment Office's decision to grant consent for Carter Holt Harvey to sell more than 17,000 hectares of central North Island forestry blocks to a company with ownership spread between ten countries including the United States, Saudi Arabia, Denmark and Liechtenstein? 7. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Is it correct that Treasury was in the Prime Minister's office "week after week, month after month" telling him South Canterbury Finance was going bankrupt? 8. ALLAN PEACHEY to the Minister of Education: What reports has she received regarding the building of schools at Hobsonville Point? 9. GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that "[e]very day New Zealanders are making decisions to change their behaviour based on changes in the oil price"; if so, how will those behaviour changes be reflected in Government infrastructure investment? 10. Hon DAMIEN O'CONNOR to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement on the Pike River Royal Commission of Inquiry that "we are taking this inquiry absolutely seriously, we are determined to get answers for those families, and we will leave no stone unturned"? 11. CHESTER BORROWS to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: How have the 1 April changes provided greater certainty to those receiving benefits and New Zealand Superannuation? 12. JACINDA ARDERN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements made during question number six on 15 March 2011? [more]

07/04/2011: Question Time for 7 April 2011
Questions to Ministers 1. Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What reports has she received on the latest benefit numbers? 2. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his reported statement that the Government is not prepared to penny-pinch when providing money for the Rugby World Cup? 3. SUE KEDGLEY to the Minister of Broadcasting: Does TVNZ have any other mandate other than returning a profit under the National Government? 4. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: What was the maximum estimated Crown liability under the recapitalisation bid proposed by Permanent Investments Ltd in August 2010, as assessed by KordaMentha in its report to Treasury of 26 August 2010? 5. SIMON BRIDGES to the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations: What recent progress has the Government made towards its aspirational goal of settling historical Treaty of Waitangi claims by 2014? 6. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Broadcasting: Does he agree with the New Zealand Herald headline "Axe falls on last public service channel"? 7. Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister of Transport: What progress has been made on the Victoria Park Tunnel Road of National Significance? 8. Hon MARYAN STREET to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Why has the primary focus of overseas development assistance shifted from poverty elimination to sustainable economic development and can he assure New Zealanders that overseas aid is being delivered in accordance with the highest ethical standards? 9. MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Customs: What progress has been made to facilitate trade between New Zealand and the United States? 10. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Finance: What are the risks to the Crown in holding State-owned enterprise shares that he was referring to when he gave evidence to the Finance and Expenditure Committee in February 2011? 11. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister for Tertiary Education: What changes is the Government making to ensure student services levies are fairer to students? 12. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Health: Does he support the Food and Nutrition Guidelines for Healthy Children and Young People, produced by the Ministry of Health? [more]

14/04/2011: Question Time for 14 April 2011
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: Why is the Government proposing to sell shares in State-owned enterprises? 2. MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister of Finance: How will the Budget next month progress the Government's programme to build faster economic growth based on savings, exports and productive investment? 3. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Health: To what does he attribute the reported 300 percent increase in doctors leaving New Zealand for Australia since 2010? 4. PAUL QUINN to the Minister of Corrections: What results are being achieved from the Government's commitment to reduce the level of drug use in our prisons? 5. SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Education: What response has she had from schools to her letter to them asking that they check they have the appropriate policies and practices in place to deal with bullying? 6. DAVID CLENDON to the Acting Minister of Energy and Resources: Has the Government granted any other permits for exploratory oil drilling in waters as deep as the Petrobras permit in the Raukumara Basin allows; if so, when? 7. JACINDA ARDERN to the Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she agree that the protection of children must remain our greatest priority as a society and the State has a critical role in investing in communities to help them to ensure the health and well-being of their own? 8. SHANE ARDERN to the Minister for Biosecurity: What recent announcement has he made on improving New Zealand's biosecurity protection? 9. BRENDON BURNS to the Minister for the Environment: What is he doing to stop new water allocations increasing what he acknowledges are already serious issues with water quality in some parts of the country, given that, on receiving the final Land and Water Forum report which advocates for tougher rules to improve fresh water quality, he said this "will take…realistically several years to implement"? 10. TODD McCLAY to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Why does this Government believe it better for people to be in work instead of on welfare? 11. CARMEL SEPULONI to the Minister for ACC: Is he confident that victims and survivors of sexual abuse are getting fair treatment from ACC? 12. Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister of Internal Affairs: How many community events have received funding through the NZ 2011 Festival Lottery Fund committee? [more]

06/05/2011: Question Time for 5 May 2011
MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister of Finance: Why is it important that the Government returns to Budget surplus? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she agree with the statement by Sir Peter Gluckman, Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister, in relation to the formation of policy in her portfolio delegation for family violence that, "policy formed without consideration of the most relevant knowledge available is far less likely to serve the nation well"; if not, why not? Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What announcements has she made on supporting young people into jobs? Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Will he rule out cuts to KiwiSaver in the coming Budget, such as those outlined in today's Dominion Post? Dr JACKIE BLUE to the Minister of Health: What reports, if any, has he received in relation to maternity services, and services for mothers with new babies? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Acting Minister of Energy and Resources: Is she satisfied that prices charged to New Zealand consumers for electricity are fair and properly constrained by adequate competition? CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she stand by her statement regarding family violence services that "funding is being moved to the frontline not away from it"? Hon PETE HODGSON to the Prime Minister: At what precise time and date were the "security related" meetings of 11 December 2009, that he referred to yesterday, diaried? Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: What recent reports has he received confirming that New Zealand is on target to meet its Kyoto commitments as a result of its moderated Emissions Trading Scheme? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she stand by her statement that "this Government is backing young people to gain skills and the confidence that gets them real jobs in go-ahead industries"; if so, does she believe youth unemployment rates reflect this? NIKKI KAYE to the Minister of Transport: What progress has been made on the procurement of new electric trains for Auckland's commuter rail system? DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: What reports, if any, has she seen on the use of the 90-day trial provisions in the State sector? [more]

10/05/2011: Question Time for 10 May 2011
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: In light of his comment that "borrowing $300 million a week is unaffordable and is holding the economy back," how much on average has his Government borrowed each week during the current financial year? 2. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the Government's financial position? 3. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "low-income New Zealanders are being looked after by a National Government"? 4. LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister for the Environment: What steps has the Government taken to improve the management of fresh water and how does this compare with actions taken historically? 5. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his reported statement from February 2009 that ministers had been "aggressively" working on line-by-line expenditure reviews? 6. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his comments on BBC HARDtalk yesterday that "intensifying our dairy operations…had some impact on our river quality"; if so, what is that impact? 7. NICKY WAGNER to the Minister of Education: What were the results of the 2010 Top Scholar Awards? 8. KELVIN DAVIS to the Minister of Tourism: Does he stand by his statement that "New Zealand has some big competitive advantages" in tourism including "our unique Māori culture and its stories"? 9. Hon HEATHER ROY to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Why did she oppose a bill which sought to reintroduce youth rates, and will she support a bill to introduce youth rates now that youth unemployment has hit an all-time high of 27.5 percent and 36.6 percent for Māori? 10. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Prime Minister: Why is it not in the public interest to tell New Zealanders whether, if he had travelled by car from Hamilton to Auckland as previously arranged, he would have arrived in time for his "security related meetings" on 11 December 2009? 11. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade: In what ways has the Government demonstrated its support for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples? 12. COLIN KING to the Minister of Transport: Why is the Government considering the proposed ferry terminal at Clifford Bay? [more]

11/05/2011: Question Time for 11 May 2011
Questions to Ministers 1. AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: How will the Budget next week help lift national savings? 2. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "all savings the Government makes helps in the current financial position we are in"? 3. HILARY CALVERT to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers; if so, why? 4. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: What does he consider to be the main strategic changes required to the economy that Budget 2011 will address? 5. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his comments in the House yesterday that, "intensification of dairy operations will have had some impact on our river quality…But in reality, the impact is not great…"; if so, why? 6. Hon JIM ANDERTON to the Associate Minister of Health: Is he satisfied that New Zealanders have adequate access to affordable dental healthcare? 7. JO GOODHEW to the Minister of Agriculture: What steps has the Government recently taken to support the development of water storage and irrigation? 8. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in relation to DPS that "I can't say I do or don't want it"? 9. KATRINA SHANKS to the Acting Minister of Energy and Resources: What recent milestones have been celebrated under the Government's Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart scheme? 10. CLARE CURRAN to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: Has he been advised that the regulatory arrangement around the ultrafast broadband network will be worth up to $600 million and who will pay for it? 11. NIKKI KAYE to the Minister of Customs: What interceptions of Contac NT has the Customs Service achieved in the last month at our border? 12. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister responsible for Ministerial Services: Has he now been fully briefed on all of the details regarding the replacement of VIP transport's BMW fleet; if not, why not? [more]

12/05/2011: Question Time for 12 May 2011
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Finance: In light of the Prime Minister's announcement yesterday that money taken from some families getting Working for Families would be used to help low-income New Zealanders, will the changes to be made in his Budget next week make the Alexander family, who appeared on Campbell Live on Monday night, be better or worse off? 2. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Finance: What changes is the Government making to improve KiwiSaver and make it more sustainable? 3. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Has he received advice on whether a reduction in the KiwiSaver member tax credit would raise or lower private savings; if so, what was that advice? 4. SUE KEDGLEY to the Minister of Broadcasting: When will Radio New Zealand's funding freeze end? 5. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his statements on after-hours medical treatment? 6. AARON GILMORE to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What assistance is the Government providing Christchurch to ensure the right skilled labour is available to help the city rebuild? 7. SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Education: What plans does she have for Early Childhood Education? 8. Dr JACKIE BLUE to the Minister for ACC: What progress has the Government made in improving ACC's financial performance after the 57 percent increase in claims costs and the 109 percent increase in liabilities between 2004/05 and 2008/09? 9. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does the Work and Income NZ "Find a job" website require all vacancies advertised to meet legal minimum employment standards; if not, why not? 10. LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister of Commerce: Why has the Government decided to transfer responsibility for the Retirement Commissioner from the Social Development and Employment portfolio to the Commerce portfolio? 11. DAVID SHEARER to the Minister of Defence: What is the total cost of the two Defence Force flights that took Foreign Affairs Minister Hon Murray McCully to Vanuatu on 13 February and returning on 14 February, including fuel, salaries of staff, allowances, accommodation, maintenance, landing fees and all other costs associated with the flights? 12. CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister for Building and Construction: What recent developments have been made to help trades people become Licensed Building Practitioners? [more]

19/05/2011: Minister of Finance - Bill English
Budget speech for 2011. [more]

19/05/2011: Leader of the Opposition - Phil Goff
Responds to the 2011 budget speech. [more]

19/05/2011: Prime Minister - John Key
Responds to the 2011 budget speech. [more]

19/05/2011: Co-Leader of the Green Party - Dr Russel Norman
Responds to the 2011 budget speech. [more]

19/05/2011: Parliamentary Leader of the Act Party - John Boscawen
Responds to the 2011 budget speech. [more]

19/05/2011: Co-Leader of the Maori Party - Dr Pita Sharples
Responds to the 2011 budget speech. [more]

19/05/2011: Progressive Party Leader - Jim Anderton
Responds to the 2011 budget speech. [more]

19/05/2011: United Future Party Leader - Peter Dunne
Responds to the 2011 budget speech. [more]

07/06/2011: Question Time for 7 June 2011
Questions to Ministers 1. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his comments that there is nothing wrong with ministers accepting hospitality from the Government's banker Westpac? 2. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Is he satisfied with the advice he has received from his Chief Science Advisor, Professor Sir Peter Gluckman? 3. AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: How is Budget 2011 supporting future growth and jobs? 4. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by the fiscal and economic forecasts in his Budget? 5. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: What progress has the Government made on its election policy to roll out ultra-fast broadband to 75 percent of New Zealanders? 6. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement, in relation to the partial sale of SOEs, that "New Zealand investors would have to be at the front of the queue for shareholdings"? 7. MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister for ACC: What action is the Government proposing to reduce workplace accidents, improve rehabilitation rates for employees and make ACC more efficient? 8. Hon MARYAN STREET to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: What advice, if any, did he receive about shifting the focus of development aid from poverty alleviation to sustainable economic development and from whom did he get that advice? 9. NIKKI KAYE to the Minister of State Services: What is the Government doing to ensure New Zealand's public service provides better value for money? 10. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: Did he read all this year's Budget papers relating to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet? 11. KATRINA SHANKS to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Has she received any reports about the Government's proposals to make significant changes to the welfare system? 12. JACINDA ARDERN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement "the Budget will create in the order of 170,000 jobs"? [more]

08/06/2011: Question Time for 8 June 2011
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all of Treasury's forecasts for the planned sale of State-owned assets? 2. RAHUI KATENE to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: What engagement or consultation was undertaken with tangata whenua in preparing the Government's submission to the United Nations Commission for the Limits of the Continental Shelf, and what was the response from tangata whenua on the proposal to extend New Zealand's maritime boundaries? 3. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his answers to oral question number six yesterday? 4. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Finance: What steps did the Budget take last month to achieve faster economic growth based on higher savings, exports and productive investment? 5. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Health: How much did Vote Health need to increase in Budget 2011/12 over Budget 2010/11 to meet the best estimate he received for growth in costs being faced by district health boards? 6. CHESTER BORROWS to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What was the number of individuals on the unemployment benefit in May 2011? 7. JACINDA ARDERN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his answers to oral question number 12 yesterday? 8. COLIN KING to the Acting Minister for Economic Development: What steps has the Government recently taken to support New Zealand's billion dollar plus wine industry? 9. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: Do Budget changes to the Department of Labour reflect the Government's commitment to health and safety? 10. GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Commerce: What is his response to the United Nations Special Rapporteur's report that criticises terminating people's internet access because it is a violation of human rights? 11. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister for ACC: Does he believe that the Government's recent decision to introduce competition into the ACC work account will result in cost savings for employers; if so, why? 12. Hon Sir ROGER DOUGLAS to the Minister of Finance: What would the operating balance (before gains and losses) be in each of the next four years if real GDP growth averaged one percentage point less than forecast in Budget 2011 for each of those years? [more]

09/06/2011: Question Time for 9 June 2011
Questions to Ministers 1. AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the economy? 2. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Transport: Does he stand by his statement on TVNZ's Close Up on 3 May 2010 regarding KiwiRail workers that "There will be lots of work for these guys, there's no doubt about that, because they do a lot of things well and there's a big rolling stock replenishment and replacement exercise that's coming down the pipeline"; if not, why not? 3. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Has he given Parents Inc an undertaking to give them money? 4. SANDRA GOUDIE to the Minister for the Environment: What response has there been to the Government's announcements on contaminated sites, and in particular the planned clean-up of the most dangerous site at the Tui Mine on Mt Te Aroha? 5. Hon HEATHER ROY to the Minister of Education: Why has the Government budgeted an additional $550.3 million for early childhood education over the next four years? 6. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Is the loss of future dividends due to his planned sale of State-owned assets accounted for in the forecast financial statements in his Budget, or is this cost listed as an unquantified fiscal risk? 7. MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: What benefits will ultra-fast broadband services bring to health providers in New Zealand? 8. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Finance: Does he believe that the Government should take a cautious approach to borrowing in light of "uncertainty and volatility in financial markets"? 9. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she consider bringing up babies to be meaningful productive work; if so, why is she considering making young mothers on the domestic purpose benefit seek paid employment when their youngest child turns one? 10. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his answers to oral question number five yesterday? 11. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Customs: What reports has he received from Customs on seizures of the rare drug DMT? 12. CLARE CURRAN to the Minister of Transport: Does he stand by his statement that for New Zealand train builders "there will be lots of work for these guys, there's no doubt about that"? [more]

15/06/2011: Question Time for 15 June 2011
Questions to Ministers 1. HILARY CALVERT to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statement that "early childhood education is a good investment for our young New Zealanders"; if so, why? 2. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "the vast majority of New Zealanders are now better off, even after the GST increase"; if so, which New Zealanders are worse off? 3. MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister of Finance: What economic benefits does the Government expect from extending the mixed-ownership model to four State-owned energy companies? 4. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his reported statement of 30 May "Are we deeply unequal? I'm not sure that's right. I haven't had a really good look…"? 5. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: What is his current best estimate of the cost of the sale of State-owned assets? 6. JO GOODHEW to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: How is the Government working to support and protect our most vulnerable children in care? 7. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Transport: Were all comments he made on behalf of the Prime Minister in response to Oral Question five yesterday accurate? 8. NICKY WAGNER to the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage: What reports has he received on recent developments there have been to promote New Zealand literature and culture? 9. DAVID SHEARER to the Minister of Defence: Does he still agree with all of the statements made by the Minister of Foreign Affairs on that Minister's use of RNZAF aircraft to travel to Vanuatu in February of this year? 10. JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister for ACC: What action has the Government taken to deliver on its 2008 election promise to "investigate the introduction of an independent disputes tribunal to end ACC's dual role of judge and jury on disputed claims"? 11. Dr RAJEN PRASAD to the Minister of Education: Is she satisfied that appropriate consultation has taken place with local residents directly affected by the proposed Thurston Place College to be built in Pakuranga? 12. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his reported statement that there is "too much waffle coming from Government departments" and agree with the Prime Minister's assertion that the public service is "bloated"; if so, why? [more]

21/06/2011: Question Time for 21 June 2011
Questions to Ministers 1. AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the economy? 2. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he agree with all the comments of his Minister of Labour regarding minimum wage rates for young people? 3. Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Health: What initiatives have been undertaken to tackle rheumatic fever in New Zealand? 4. Hon JIM ANDERTON to the Associate Minister of Health: Does he agree that in the year ended 30 June 2008, in excess of 2,600 children under the age of five years were admitted to public hospitals for dental health procedures, and how many of these young children were treated under a general anaesthetic? 5. AARON GILMORE to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: How is the Government supporting social services in Canterbury? 6. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree that, under his plan to sell $6.8 billion worth of State-owned assets, each of the 1.6 million kiwi households would have to pay over $4,000 to keep their share in these assets that they already own? 7. JO GOODHEW to the Minister of Education: What support was provided for alternative education in Budget 2011? 8. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Health: Does he believe that a trans-Tasman therapeutic products agency will be "costly, restrictive and unnecessary for New Zealand"? 9. TODD McCLAY to the Minister of Housing: What recent announcement has he made about successful 2010/11 Housing Innovation Fund applications? 10. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: Does she agree with the Prime Minister that it would not be easy to live on the minimum wage? 11. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by the statement made on his behalf "I do not accept the view that we are a deeply unequal country. I do not think the evidence suggests that, and people drawing that conclusion are wrong"? 12. CLARE CURRAN to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: What progress has New Zealand made compared to other OECD countries in terms of broadband download speed, connection speed and price since November 2008? [more]

23/06/2011: Question Time for 23 June 2011
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Transport: Has the Prime Minister met with management of KiwiRail or representatives of railway workshop workers to discuss the building of railway wagons at Hillside workshop in Dunedin and Hutt workshops in Lower Hutt; if not, why not? 2. PAUL QUINN to the Minister of Police: What steps are being taken in the Wellington police district to improve the investigation of child abuse and the care and support provided to victims? 3. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Is it the Government's position that a referendum on asset sales is unnecessary and the election later this year will be the public's chance to make their views on asset sales felt? 4. SHANE ARDERN to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: What has been the reaction of regional stakeholders to the rural broadband scheme? 5. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "we are trying to change the economic picture to encourage more New Zealanders to stay" in light of the total of 3300 New Zealanders who left New Zealand for Australia last month which topped the previous record of 2900 set in May 1979? 6. JOHN BOSCAWEN to the Minister of Finance: Has the gap between GDP per capita in Australia and GDP per capita in New Zealand narrowed or widened since his Government came to office? 7. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Did she state in relation to Hon Sir Roger Douglas' proposed bill which would reintroduce the youth minimum wage, that "we will not be supporting the bill, as we are not convinced it would reduce youth unemployment"? 8. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Labour: Does she agree that women workers are entitled to equal pay? 9. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: Does she have confidence the Government is doing everything possible to ensure health and safety in the workplace? 10. KATRINA SHANKS to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What agreements has the Government recently made to support foster carers? 11. CAROL BEAUMONT to the Minister of Consumer Affairs: What actions has the Government taken to date to control excessive interest rates or irresponsible lending? 12. NIKKI KAYE to the Minister of Customs: What recent reports has he received on the interceptions of drug-internal couriers at the border? [more]

05/07/2011: Question Time for 5 July 2011
Questions to Ministers 1. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement about equal pay for women: "The law at the moment actually provides quite clearly that it's against the law to discriminate on the basis of gender"? 2. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Is his proposal to sell shares in public assets like power companies an essential part of his plan to pay off debt and aid economic recovery; if not, what is it intended to do? 3. AMY ADAMS to the Minister for Infrastructure: What progress is the Government making with its multi-billion dollar infrastructure programme? 4. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "I am prepared to commit Government resources to try to lift children out of poverty"; if so, what priority has he put on the eradication of child poverty in New Zealand? 5. CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister of Education: What recent milestones have been reached in connecting rural schools to ultra-fast broadband? 6. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the analysis by Brian Gaynor in the New Zealand Herald in 1999 that foreign buyers during the asset sales of the late 80s and 90s enjoyed a return of more than $13 billion in the first 12 years following the sales, and would he be happy for similar large profits to once again be lost overseas under the current Government's asset sales policy? 7. NIKKI KAYE to the Minister of Transport: What progress has been made on the Western Ring Route Road of National Significance? 8. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Acting Minister for Economic Development: Did the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise Beachheads advisory board in China resign en masse the week before last; if so, for what reasons? 9. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: How many foster children now have a "Home for Life"? 10. MOANA MACKEY to the Minister of Housing: Does he believe all New Zealanders should have access to appropriate and affordable housing? 11. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage: What recent announcements has the Government made about supporting the arts in New Plymouth? 12. JACINDA ARDERN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "Our strategy for job creation is to build the economic conditions that will give businesses the confidence they need to hire new workers"? [more]

12/07/2011: Question Time for 12 July 2011
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Did his Minister of Finance refer to him a Treasury report dated 4 March 2011 and entitled Extending the Mixed Ownership Model which says with respect to privatising shares in publicly-owned assets that "significant participation by foreign investors will be essential to achieve the Government's overall objectives"? 2. AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: What lessons are there for the New Zealand economy on how sovereign governments around the world are managing their finances? 3. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: What is the forecast cost to the Crown of foregone dividends and sale costs as a result of his privatisation plan, according to the final A3 page in the Treasury report Extending the Mixed Ownership Model? 4. Dr JACKIE BLUE to the Minister for ACC: What progress has the Government made in better managing ACC claim costs after they increased from $2.1 billion in 2005/06 to $3.1 billion in 2008/09, and how will these help families and businesses? 5. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement "we have always been clear that if there was to be any change to our policy on State-owned assets in any way, we would seek the support of New Zealanders at an election, and that is exactly what we will do"? 6. JOHN BOSCAWEN to the Minister of Justice: Does the Government have any plans to disestablish separate Māori electorates; if not, why not? 7. JACINDA ARDERN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "the Government's been doing what it can practically to stimulate the economy and to create jobs"? 8. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that a capital gains tax would be a "dagger through the heart of growth"? 9. BRENDON BURNS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement on the BBC Hardtalk programme, where he said he didn't share Massey University scientist Mike Joy's view on the state of our rivers, saying "he's one academic, and like lawyers, I could provide you with another one to give you a counter view"? 10. LOUISE UPSTON to the Acting Minister of Energy and Resources: What recent reports has she received on levels of renewable electricity generation? 11. CLARE CURRAN to the Minister of Transport: Does he stand by his statement of 23 June that the price difference between building flat deck rail wagons in New Zealand and overseas was in the order of 25 percent? 12. AARON GILMORE to the Minister of Internal Affairs: What recent announcements has he made regarding lotteries funding for the community? [more]

14/07/2011: Question Time for 14 July 2011
1. SIMON BRIDGES to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the economy? 2. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on the cost of living? 3. Hon JOHN BOSCAWEN to the Minister of Finance: How much money would a capital gains tax raise in each year for the next five years? 4. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Prime Minister: Further to his answer to Oral Question No 10 yesterday, what evidence does he have for disagreeing with Treasury's finding that "significant participation by foreign investors will be essential to achieve the Government's overall objectives" if the Government's privatisation plan goes ahead? 5. Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Acting Minister of Energy and Resources: Does she agree with the Prime Minister, who said "companies like Solid Energy are growth companies and we want them to expand in areas like lignite conversion"? 6. Hon MARYAN STREET to the Minister of Trade: What parts or functions of Pharmac does he consider to be tradable in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations? 7. PAUL QUINN to the Minister of Police: What reports has she received of efforts by the Police to combat organised crime and drug dealing? 8. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Health: What progress has been made in achieving first specialist assessment for patients referred from general practitioners in the last two years? 9. Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Acting Minister for Economic Development: What recent developments have there been that will boost New Zealand companies' access to growth-enhancing capital? 10. Hon STEVE CHADWICK to the Minister for Senior Citizens: What progress has been made on the Positive Ageing Strategy to ensure service delivery for elder abuse prevention to ensure safety for up to 50,000 vulnerable older New Zealanders living in their own homes? 11. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: How will the commencement of ultra-fast broadband deployment in Hamilton help economic growth? 12. Hon RICK BARKER to the Minister of Defence: Does he stand by his statement in relation to the treatment and care of New Zealand veterans who attended commemorations in Crete that "We need to do better for the future … I am concerned about this and I guess as a nation we do owe them an apology"? [more]

02/08/2011: Question Time for 2 August 2011
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "I think we all have to accept that there is a degree of inequality in New Zealand"; if so, has he read any recent reports on the growing gap between rich and poor in New Zealand? 2. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Finance: How is the New Zealand economy placed to deal with global uncertainty created by debt problems in the United States and Europe? 3. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Given the Prime Minister's statement "We will bring a special focus to improving the results of public services for vulnerable children", is she satisfied with the most recent statistics on child health and well-being in New Zealand? 4. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Women's Affairs: Does she consider she is doing enough to close the gender pay gap given the Herald Digi-poll today that showed 65 percent of women believed they were paid less because of their gender? 5. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that "theoretically, the right thing to do would be to have a comprehensive capital gains tax"? 6. NICKY WAGNER to the Minister for Building and Construction: What reports has he received on the interest in the Government's Financial Assistance Package from owners of leaky homes? 7. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with economist Gareth Morgan that the lack of a capital gains tax is "the biggest tax rort in the country and one that has cost us all dearly in terms of efficient allocation of capital, economic growth and employment"? 8. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Associate Minister of Health: What measures has the Government taken to control new psychoactive substances? 9. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for the Environment: Does he agree with the Cawthron Institute that despite his Government's National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management, "the condition of New Zealand's lakes, rivers and wetlands is likely to continue to decline for several more years and possibly much longer"' if not, why not? 10. KATRINA SHANKS to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What is the Government doing to ensure New Zealand better cares for and protects our most vulnerable children? 11. CAROL BEAUMONT to the Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment: Is she concerned about the warning of Heather Henare that waiting lists for places in Women's Refuges may have to be contemplated as a result of cuts in Government funding? 12. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received regarding improved services for cancer patients in Hamilton? [more]

03/08/2011: Question Time for 3 August 2011
Questions to Ministers 1. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Finance: What progress has the Government made in getting its finances in order, reducing debt and returning to budget surplus sooner? 2. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by the accuracy of his answers to Oral Question No 1 in the House yesterday; if not, in what respect were his answers inaccurate? 3. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister responsible for Ministerial Services: Have any of his staff corresponded with the Leader of the Opposition or his staff regarding a 3 News election debate involving all the minor party leaders? 4. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement regarding a bipartisan approach to children's welfare in New Zealand that "It's tricky because ultimately it's about spending decisions across a whole lot of different areas you need to consider"? 5. NICKY WAGNER to the Minister of Health: What action is the Government taking to improve maternity services? 6. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Which of the following statements by the Prime Minister accurately reflects the Government's position: that a capital gains tax would send New Zealand "screaming backwards" or that "we actually have a capital gains tax in New Zealand"? 7. CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister for the Environment: What steps has the Government taken to improve air quality and what reports has he received on what progress is being achieved? 8. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Attorney-General: Why has he refused to provide funding to the earthquake victims' families who want legal representation at the Royal Commission of Inquiry? 9. Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister of Corrections: What is the Department of Corrections doing to improve the rehabilitation of prisoners and to reduce the rate of reoffending? 10. SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Education: What is her proposed timeframe for delivering the Government response to the ECE Taskforce recommendations? 11. TODD McCLAY to the Minister of Housing: What is Housing New Zealand doing to identify and address fraudulent behaviour by some tenants? 12. Hon SHANE JONES to the Minister of Transport: By how many percentage points has public transport patronage in Auckland increased over the past three years, and how does this compare to the percentage increase in state highway volumes over the same period? [more]

04/08/2011: Question time for 4 August 2011
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09/08/2011: Question Time for 9 August 2011
Questions to Ministers 1. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Finance: What implication does the United States' credit rating downgrade have for the New Zealand economy? 2. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Will he suspend or change his timetable for the proposed selldown of State-owned assets in light of the current economic circumstances; if not, why not? 3. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What progress has been made on the implementation of Future Focus? 4. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement with regard to milk prices that "they are" getting a fair price and that "the work we've done so far would indicate they are", and if not, what has changed his mind? 5. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Health: What progress has the Government made on the Voluntary Bonding Scheme? 6. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: What was net core Crown debt as a percentage of GDP and in dollar terms in November 1999 and November 2008, and what is it currently? 7. Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister of Transport: What progress has been made on the Hobsonville Deviation and the Western Ring Route Road of National Significance? 8. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: What is the projected current account deficit as a percentage of GDP and in dollar terms for the forecast years in Budget 2011? 9. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Police: Can she provide an update on the Police's Neighbourhood Policing Team initiative that is focused on reducing crime, crashes, and disorder in priority neighbourhoods? 10. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Attorney-General: Does he stand by his statement in response to Oral Question No. 8 last Wednesday regarding legal representation for earthquake victims' families that "the better analogy here is not with Pike River; it is with the Victorian royal commission, in which counsel assisting the commission liaised with families in order to assist those families through that particular process"? 11. GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Transport: Does he stand by his statement that "the public will have a say on transport matters" and will he allow the Auckland Council to make its own transport funding decisions? 12. SUE MORONEY to the Prime Minister: What changed between Wednesday last week when his Minister of Education refused to rule out funding cuts to Playcentre and the next day when he did rule out cuts? [more]

10/08/2011: Question Time for 10 August 2011
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Why did he flag labour market reforms as a way to protect New Zealand against global volatility, instead of flagging up-skilling New Zealanders and introducing a tax regime that does not load investment incentives in favour of property rather than the productive and export sectors? 2. Hon JOHN BOSCAWEN to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that "this Government is resolved to running responsible fiscal policy and building an internationally competitive economy"? 3. CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister of Finance: What measures has the Government taken to ensure New Zealand's financial system is better placed to minimise fallout from current global market volatility? 4. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Health: Will he approve changes to hospital and primary health services that do not enjoy community and clinical support? 5. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received about further investment in new technology to improve productivity and patient care? 6. STUART NASH to the Minister of Finance: In what way is New Zealand "better placed to withstand" a financial crisis than 3 years ago given that before he came in to office the Government was running a surplus and core Crown net debt was just 1 percent of GDP and now the Government is running record deficits and net debt is 20 percent of GDP? 7. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Transport: What actions has the Government taken to help lower the road toll among young drivers? 8. KELVIN DAVIS to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statement from Question Time of 6 July 2011 that "Initial assessments of 1,445 of this year's charters indicate that 87 percent were compliant"? 9. NICKY WAGNER to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What is the Government doing to improve outcomes for vulnerable children? 10. GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Commerce: What steps has the Government taken to prepare the public for the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Act coming into force? 11. CLARE CURRAN to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement "we don't actually have a procurement policy. We have a set of assumptions, prejudices, habits and an Auditor-General."? 12. RAHUI KATENE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his responses to Oral Question No 6 on Overseas Investment Rules Review on 6 April 2011; if so, what regulations are in place to prevent sensitive forestry land from being sold on the open market into foreign ownership? Questions to Members 1. Hon GEORGE HAWKINS to the Chairperson of the Local Government and Environment Committee: When will the Manukau City Council (Regulation of Prostitution in Specified Places) Bill be reported back to the House? [more]

16/08/2011: Question time for 16 August 2011
Questions to Ministers 1. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his reported statement that the needs of children should be balanced with the needs of other New Zealanders? 2. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Since the Prime Minister said in October 2009 that "we are particularly concerned about high rates of youth unemployment", what has been the trend in youth unemployment? 3. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on what financial markets are signalling about New Zealand's economic position? 4. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his reported statement that he agrees that the future of some children is at risk but it is a balancing act? 5. NIKKI KAYE to the Minister of Health: What progress have district health boards made towards shorter stays in emergency departments for patients? 6. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Has he asked Treasury to re-estimate the projected sales revenue from his proposed privatisation policy in light of Contact Energy's share price falling 20 percent so far this year? 7. Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What announcements has she made that will invest in young people who are not in education, training, or work? 8. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all the statements he has made in relation to after-hours medical services? 9. HONE HARAWIRA to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does the Government's policy announcement on Sunday regarding youth unemployment include plans to create large-scale, quality employment for youth in Aotearoa; if not, why not? 10. SUE MORONEY to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his answers to Oral Question No 12 on 9 August 2011? 11. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister for the Environment: How have the Government's amendments to the Resource Management Act assisted in upgrading New Zealand's infrastructure and how have they supported economic growth? 12. JACINDA ARDERN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in relation to job creation and young unemployed people that "the most important thing is to not necessarily link the two because they're quite different things"? [more]

17/08/2011: Question Time for 17 August 2011
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by the statement made on his behalf in answer to Oral Question No 4 yesterday that "there is room for celebration in some of this" regarding youth unemployment rates? 2. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Finance: What steps has the Government taken to increase incomes and to give businesses the confidence to invest and create new jobs? 3. SUE KEDGLEY to the Minister of Agriculture: Has he had the opportunity to view the new colony cage systems for hens which the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee is proposing will replace battery hen cages; if so, does he believe they are acceptable from an animal welfare perspective? 4. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she stand by all her answers to Oral Question No 7 yesterday? 5. LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister of Health: How have district health boards improved support for their communities through the preventative health target 'Better Help for Smokers to Quit'? 6. Hon LIANNE DALZIEL to the Prime Minister: Has he met with Fonterra in his capacity as Prime Minister in the last month; and if so, what undertakings, if any, did he give them? 7. Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister of Corrections: What reports has she received on the implementation of the smoking ban in New Zealand prisons? 8. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his reported statement that it could be fraudulent to apply for a benefit if you were not eligible? 9. DAVID SHEARER to the Minister for Tertiary Education: How many schools received government funding for Adult and Community Education classes in 2009, and how many schools are receiving government funding for Adult and Community Education programmes in 2011? 10. Hon Sir ROGER DOUGLAS to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Why, despite spending $160 million on the Youth Opportunities package, has the unemployment rate for 15 to 19 year olds increased since she became Minister? 11. IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY to the Minister of Defence: Why has he not provided substantive answers to Questions for Written Answer 6098 to 6102 (2011)? 12. NIKKI KAYE to the Minister of Customs: What reports has he received into the integration of SmartGate between New Zealand and Australia? [more]

08/09/2011: Question Time for 8 September 2011
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she stand by all her answers to Oral Question No 2 on 7 September 2011? 2. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the Government's progress in cutting red tape and reducing compliance costs for businesses and consumers? 3. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Conservation: Does she support the vision statement of the Department of Conservation which states "Conservation work is an investment in New Zealand's prosperity because our environment plays a central role in our health and well-being, and wealth"? 4. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Does he support United Nation's Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's statement regarding human rights in West Papua that "we will do all to ensure that people in West Papua, their human rights will be respected"? 5. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Transport: Aside from completing Project DART and the Auckland Rail Electrification Project, what rail capital projects in Auckland does the Government's transport strategies contemplate funding over the next 10 years? 6. JO GOODHEW to the Minister of Health: What action is the Government taking to encourage young medical professionals to work in rural areas? 7. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Transport: What action, if any, has the Government taken to improve road safety? 8. KATRINA SHANKS to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: How is Child Youth and Family supporting social services to recognise and respond to signs of child abuse and neglect? 9. DAVID SHEARER to the Minister of Science and Innovation: Does he stand by his statement "Attracting, empowering, and retaining talent must be the foundation on which our innovation future is built. This means investing more into our young scientists"? 10. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Customs: What reports has he received on developments to the Closer Economic Relations Trade Agreement between New Zealand and Australia? 11. STUART NASH to the Minister of Finance: Further to his answer to Oral Question No 10 yesterday on the Government's asset sales policy, in which he agreed that "New Zealanders already "own" these shares", why should Kiwi families have to pay again to buy what they already own? 12. Hon JOHN BOSCAWEN to the Minister of Education: How many complaints about teacher incompetence, if any, have been received by the Teachers Council since she took office? [more]

13/09/2011: Question Time for 13 September 2011
Questions to Ministers 1. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Finance: What are the implications for New Zealand's economy from the current turmoil in European financial markets? 2. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Which Minister, if any, has responsibility for issues related to overcrowding in downtown Auckland and transport issues at last Friday's Rugby World Cup opening? 3. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Health: What progress has the Government made towards ensuring all eligible New Zealand four-year-olds get a B4 School health check? 4. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement "the Government prioritised funding increases to health and education, in part because we recognise the fundamental role these public services play in lifting children out of poverty"; if so, how many children are expected to be lifted out of poverty as a result of this year's funding? 5. AMY ADAMS to the Minister for the Environment: What recent reports has he received regarding improvements in water management in Canterbury following the Government's decision to appoint commissioners in 2010? 6. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: How much money has his Government borrowed since coming to office? 7. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What progress has been made to better streamline the way the Government contracts with social services? 8. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Health: What advice, if any, has he sought or received on the contracting of Mervyn English and Paul McCormack to work in the Ministry of Health? 9. NICKY WAGNER to the Minister of Conservation: What events are being held to celebrate Conservation Week this week? 10. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Transport: Does he stand by all his previous statements regarding the preparedness of Auckland's public transport systems for the Rugby World Cup? 11. GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Transport: Is he confident the Government has done everything possible to provide sufficient, high-quality bus, rail and ferry services during the Rugby World Cup? 12. Hon DAMIEN O'CONNOR to the Prime Minister: Does he still stand by his statement "I gave a commitment to the families at Pike River that I'd do everything I could to get their men out and I stand by that"; if so, will he commit to funding the recovery of bodies when a plan to do so is established? [more]

14/09/2011: Question Time for 14 September 2011
Questions to Ministers 1. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in his Minister for the Rugby World Cup; and in his Minister's handling of the Government's relationship with the Auckland Council? 2. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Did he raise with the Minister for the Rugby World Cup the need to utilise the provisions of the Rugby World Cup 2011 (Empowering) Act 2010 before the opening night; if not, why not? 3. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Finance: How is the New Zealand economy placed to withstand current global financial market uncertainty? 4. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister for the Rugby World Cup: Has he received any reports or briefings, verbal or written, since he became the Minister for the Rugby World Cup on the ability of downtown Auckland to host Rugby World Cup 2011 related events and what were the dates of those briefings? 5. Hon JOHN BOSCAWEN to the Minister of Justice: Does the Government share the Chief Justice's "grave concern" stated in her 25 February submission on the Criminal Procedure (Reform and Modernisation) Bill that the proposed notification of issues in dispute in advance of trial and also at the commencement of trial is "contrary to longstanding principle, being inconsistent with a defendant's right to have the prosecution prove its case beyond reasonable doubt, not being obliged to assist the prosecution by volunteering information"; if not, why not? 6. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Transport: Does he accept any responsibility for the failure of the train services in Auckland on Friday night? 7. Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Health: What progress has been made in providing improved access to surgical specialist assessments over the last three years? 8. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she agree with the report by the Human Rights Commission released in June entitled Tracking Equality at Work that "unless action is taken urgently, the youth situation will become unsustainable, representing a threat to social cohesion"? 9. AARON GILMORE to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Has the Government made any recent announcements on the Canterbury Temporary Accommodation Assistance Payment? 10. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: What advice, if any, has she recently received on the value of the minimum wage relative to the cost of living? 11. Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister for Tertiary Education: What action is the Government taking to ensure overseas-based student loan borrowers are meeting their repayment obligations? 12. DAVID SHEARER to the Minister of Transport: Is he satisfied that the Pūhoi to Wellsford road of national significance represents good value for money and has had its costs and benefits adequately assessed? [more]

15/09/2011: Question Time for 15 September 2011
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Which, if any, of the seven key recommendations of the Child Poverty Action Group's report Left Further Behind will the Government be implementing? 2. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Why did he refuse to join with the Green Party to set a goal to bring 100,000 children out of poverty by 2014? 3. CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the economy? 4. Hon Sir ROGER DOUGLAS to the Minister of Finance: Does the Government ask when considering policy options whether the policy will improve New Zealand's growth prospects or make them worse; if not, why not? 5. RAHUI KATENE to the Minister for the Environment: What reports has he received about any discussions with Ngāi Tahu regarding the application from Ceres Environmental to establish an earthquake demolition waste dump in residential Papanui; and what was Ngāi Tahu's response, if any? 6. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Is it the Government's intention to revise its fiscal forecasts and the timing of reaching fiscal surplus; if so, when will it do so? 7. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Police: What reports has she received on the results of the legislation passed by this Government allowing the Police to seize the proceeds of crime? 8. MOANA MACKEY to the Minister of Housing: Did Housing New Zealand take into account the statements made by Rt Hon John Key, when in opposition, not to wholesale reorganise or restructure the public sector or reduce the number of frontline staff, when Housing New Zealand developed their plans for restructuring? 9. NIKKI KAYE to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: What reports has the Government received on the performance of the ETS and on trends in New Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions? 10. CAROL BEAUMONT to the Minister of Women's Affairs: As we prepare to celebrate Suffrage Day, what improved outcomes for New Zealand women can she point to as a result of initiatives by her Government? 11. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: How is the Government working to better protect and support our vulnerable children? 12. KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Labour: Did the Department of Labour Inspector Kevin Poynter sign off the Alimak Rise and ventilation shaft as meeting minimum standards and adequate as a second egress from the Pike River mine on 12 August 2010; if so, why? Questions to Members 1. CLARE CURRAN to the Chairperson of the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee: Has he requested any written submissions on the petition of George Laird, signed by nearly 14,000 people, calling on the Government to retain the Hillside and Woburn workshops? [more]

27/09/2011: Question Time for 27 September 2011
Questions to Ministers 1. NIKKI KAYE to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on the economy? 2. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Attorney-General: Does he agree with the Prime Minister's statement that "there are at least 40 trials and 50 investigations where those investigations currently - the video surveillance equipment's been turned off and yeah I don't think - that will harm those trials in my view", and in how many of those cases does the prosecution rely on evidence from warrantless filming from private property without the owner's consent? 3. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Health: What investment has there been in new, and wider access to, medicines for New Zealanders since 2008? 4. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Is it his policy to "muddle through" the current economic uncertainty? 5. KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Conservation: Does she have confidence in her Department's management of the conservation values at risk from the application by Bathurst Resources to mine the Denniston Plateau? 6. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Local Government: Does he stand by his statement "We require councils from the next election onwards to put out a financial report in plain English. … I think if we had had that reporting procedure some years back, we might not have got ourselves into some trouble with councils", in light of the increase in the gross debt of the Auckland City Council during the mayoralty of John Banks? 7. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Housing: What plans does the Government have to increase and improve State housing in Auckland? 8. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Health: Does he believe Te Whetu Tawera, the acute mental health unit of the Auckland District Health Board, is functioning to a high standard; if so, why? 9. KEITH LOCKE to the Minister of Police: In how many trials completed this year have the Police submitted covert video footage obtained on private property; if any? 10. SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Education: How many letters has the Ministry of Education sent to schools in the past eight weeks requiring a specific statement that refers to National Standards to be included in their charters? 11. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Agriculture: Has he seen any reports on recent initiatives that boost research in the agricultural sector? 12. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: By how much, in today's New Zealand dollar terms, has the wage gap between New Zealand and Australia grown since the Employment Contracts Act 1991 deregulated the labour market? Questions to Members 1. CLARE CURRAN to the Chairperson of the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee: Has he requested any written submissions on the petition of George Laird, signed by nearly 14,000 people, calling on the Government to retain the Hillside and Woburn workshops? 2. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Chairperson of the Commerce Committee: Has she called for submissions on the petition of Allen Hair, on the annuities payable to members of the Government Superannuation Fund and the National Provident Fund; if not, why not? [more]

28/09/2011: Question Time for 28 September 2011
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement on TV3 yesterday that "we may just muddle through" the current economic situation? 2. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Finance: What information has he received about how the New Zealand economy might be affected by the economic and fiscal issues in the United States and Europe? 3. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: By what percentage did GDP per capita fall between the June 2008 year and the June 2011 year? 4. Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: How is Work and Income working proactively to support young people into employment? 5. Hon LIANNE DALZIEL to the Prime Minister: When he said "if we want to be the insurer of last resort right here as we stand today, everyone needs to understand what we're signing up for", was he indicating his acceptance of the Government undertaking that role, or was he ruling it out? 6. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in his Minister for the Environment in light of the Auditor-General's report released yesterday that states, "there is still some way to go if we are to halt and reverse the declining trends in freshwater quality"? 7. CHESTER BORROWS to the Minister of Corrections: What progress has the Government made toward its commitment to double the number of prisoners receiving drug and alcohol treatment? 8. BRENDON BURNS to the Prime Minister: Does the Prime Minister stand by all his public statements on water quality in New Zealand? 9. Hon JOHN BOSCAWEN to the Minister of Labour: Does she stand by her statement in relation to the abolition of the youth minimum wage that "we were concerned it would price young people off the job market"; if so, why? 10. CAROL BEAUMONT to the Minister of Housing: Does he stand by Housing New Zealand's commitment that the Tamaki Transformation Programme will not reduce the existing number of State houses in the Tamaki area; if so, why? 11. RAHUI KATENE to the Minister of Police: Has she investigated reports that Taupō police were racially motivated when questioning the senior rugby writer for the Pretoria News, Vata Ngobeni; and if so, what conclusions has she reached regarding his statement that he was targeted as the "unlucky black man in Taupō"? 12. NICKY WAGNER to the Minister of Education: What progress has been made on the Youth Guarantee? Questions to Members 1. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Chairperson of the Commerce Committee: Further to her answers to Oral Question No 2 to Members yesterday, has she called a meeting of the Commerce Committee to hear submissions on the petition of Allen Hair, on the annuities payable to members of the Government Superannuation Fund and the National Provident Fund; if not, why not? 2. CLARE CURRAN to the Chairperson of the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee: Has he requested any written submissions on the petition of George Laird, signed by nearly 14,000 people, calling on the Government to retain the Hillside and Woburn workshops? [more]

29/09/2011: Questions for Oral Answer for Thursday 29 September part 1
Questions 1 through 6. [more]

29/09/2011: Questions for Oral Answer for Thursday 29 September part 2
Questions 7 through 12. [more]

04/10/2011: Question Time for 4 October 2011
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "a credit downgrade of that sort would mean lenders would no longer see us as a good credit risk, they would be reluctant to lend us money and when they did, they would charge us ever-higher interest rates. I don't want to see New Zealanders weighed down by that burden"? 2. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Finance: What is New Zealand's credit rating and how does that compare with previous ratings? 3. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Finance: In light of the Minister for Social Development and Employment's answer to Oral Question No 2 last Thursday when she said 170,000 new jobs was a "Treasury prediction", what is the Government's assessment of the number of new jobs which will be created by 2013? 4. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: What will be the additional weekly cost of borrowing for someone with a $300,000 home mortgage should interest rates increase by 0.3 percent as a result of the recent double credit rating downgrade? 5. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all statements he has made on the effect of a credit rating downgrade? 6. NICKY WAGNER to the Minister of Police: What reports has she received on the level of recorded crime in New Zealand? 7. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "if we get downgraded, I personally would be very disappointed and very surprised"? 8. Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister of Health: What reports has he seen about the bowel cancer screening pilot, which is set to start at the Waitemata DHB this month? 9. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Associate Minister of Health: Does he stand by all the answers he gave on behalf of the Minister of Health to Oral Question No 8 last Tuesday? 10. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What changes are being made to Out of School Care and Recreation? 11. CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Attorney-General: Does the Government support changes to the Video Camera Surveillance (Temporary Measures) Bill recommended by the Justice and Electoral Committee? 12. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister for Building and Construction: What progress has been made in getting leaky homes fixed faster? Questions to Members 1. SU'A WILLIAM SIO to the Chairperson of the Social Services Committee: Will she call a meeting to consider the Inquiry into the identification, rehabilitation, and care and protection of child offenders; if not, why not? [more]

06/10/2011: Question Time for 6 October 2011
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon JOHN BOSCAWEN to the Minister of Finance: Is it the Government's plan, if successful at the coming election, to run the economy like they have for the last three years or to run it differently; and why? 2. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Are all New Zealanders better off after three years of his Government? 3. CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister of Finance: How has the Government's economic plan over the past three years laid the foundations for a more competitive economy based on savings, exports and productive investment? 4. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that "the New Zealand ship is more seaworthy than it was three years ago" despite an extra 56,000 unemployed, $37 billion more debt, and lower GDP per capita? 5. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister of Police: Kua whiwhi i a ia he ripoata nō te Rōpū Whakatika Pirihimana e pā ana ki tō rātou uiui rangahau i ngā raweketanga tika tangata pea a ngā pirihimana i Te Urewera i te 15 o Whiringa-ā-nuku 2007? o Translation: Has she received any reports about the Independent Police Conduct Authority investigating possible violations of human rights that occurred from actions taken by the Police in the Urewera on 15 October 2007? 6. SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Education: When will the Government respond to the Early Childhood Education Taskforce Report that was released on 1 June 2011? 7. NICKY WAGNER to the Minister of Health: What improvement has there been for patients needing elective surgery over the last three years? 8. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: What factors are taken into account in considering the minimum wage increase for New Zealand's lowest paid workers? 9. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister for the Environment: What practical environmental improvements has this Government achieved for households? 10. KELVIN DAVIS to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by all the statements that she made and that were made on her behalf yesterday? 11. Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What steps has the Government taken to reduce welfare dependency? 12. GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Fisheries: Does he have confidence in New Zealand's fisheries management system, in particular, how it deals with bycatch? [more]

07/02/2012: Question Time for 7 February 2012
Questions to Ministers 1. SIMON BRIDGES to the Minister of Finance: What are the Government's priorities for the economy in its second term? 2. DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement "National will deliver a strong, stable government - and build a stronger economy with less debt and more jobs"? 3. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: What steps, if any, has he taken to ensure that should the Government sell 49 percent of Mighty River Power, Meridian, Genesis and Solid Energy, "New Zealand investors will be at the front of the queue for shareholding, and that there will be widespread and substantial New Zealand share ownership"? 4. NIKKI KAYE to the Minister of Education: What reports has she received on the 2011 NCEA results? 5. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers? 6. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister for the Environment: What is the estimated total cost for the clean up after the grounding of the Rena? 7. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister for Social Development: What progress has been made on the Government's Green Paper for vulnerable children? 8. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in the decisions of all of his Ministers who were involved in the process for the sale of the Crafar farms? 9. SHANE ARDERN to the Minister for Primary Industries: What is the purpose of the Government's recently announced proposed changes to the Dairy Industry Restructuring Act 2001? 10. Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: What has the Government publicly said in response to the attack by Syrian forces on its own citizens in Homs, and how does it see the crisis there being resolved? 11. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: Has she read the Children's Commissioner's newsletter Children and poverty: moving beyond rhetoric? 12. CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister of Customs: What recent reports has he received about SmartGate? [more]

14/02/2012: Question Time for 14 February 2012
Questions to Ministers 1. JOHN HAYES to the Minister of Finance: What progress is being made in rebalancing New Zealand's economy towards paying our way in the world? 2. DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement made with regard to the revenue from asset sales "I don't know the exact number that they have in their books today"? 3. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for Land Information: Did New Zealand's Free Trade Agreement with China influence his decision to approve the sale of the Crafar farms to the Shanghai Pengxin Group? 4. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in his Minister responsible for Whanau Ora in fulfilling the objectives set out in the Relationship Accord and Confidence and Supply Agreement between his party and the Maori Party dated 11 December 2011? 5. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Social Development: What reports has she received about proposed welfare reform in other jurisdictions? 6. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "the PM's Hour" on Radio Live on 30 September 2011 was an "election free zone"; if so, why? 7. Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister of Justice: What are her priorities in regard to bail laws over the coming three years? 8. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he have confidence in The Treasury? 9. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Health: What is the total cost of legal action spent to date by his Ministry to oppose the claim that family members have the right to be paid to care for adult disabled children? 10. CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Minister of Justice: Do fire-fighters, ambulance officers, and the small number of other types of first responders legally required to attend and assist in accident and emergency situations deserve the same level of legal protection from assault as police and prison officers when they are carrying out their duties; if not, why not? 11. CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister for Racing: What announcements has he made relating to safety on racecourses? 12. CLARE CURRAN to the Minister of Broadcasting: Does he believe that appointing the Rt Hon John Key's electorate chair Stephen McElrea to the board of NZ On Air was appropriate? [more]

15/02/2012: Question Time for 15 February 2012
1. DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers? 2. TODD McCLAY to the Minister for Economic Development: What evidence has he seen of businesses having the confidence to invest in large capital projects in New Zealand? 3. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all the answers he gave to Oral Question No 6 yesterday? 4. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister for Social Development: E pehea te Minita e mohio ai kei te piki te ora o nga tamariki i roto i nga ringaringa o Child, Youth and Family? o Translation: How will she ensure that children are not made more vulnerable than when they went into the care of Child, Youth and Family? 5. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: What is Treasury's projection for New Zealand's current account balance for the next four years? 6. NIKKI KAYE to the Minister of Education: What reports has she received about early childhood education enrolments in 2011? 7. Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Will he give an assurance that New Zealand's armed forces will not be used in any possible military intervention in Syria in violation of the United Nations Charter? 8. NICKY WAGNER to the Minister of Local Government: What reports, if any, has he received on labour costs in the local government sector as compared to central government and the private sector? 9. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Corrections: Does she have confidence in her Chief Executive and his staff? 10. Dr JACKIE BLUE to the Minister for Courts: What initiatives are underway to assist court staff to improve the collection of outstanding fines? 11. CLARE CURRAN to the Minister of Broadcasting: What advice and reports, if any, has he received about the Rt Hon John Key's electorate chair Stephen McElrea's potential conflict of interest in his role as a board member of New Zealand On Air? 12. CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister of Internal Affairs: What announcements has she made regarding the igovt scheme, and making it easier for people to verify their identities to government agencies? [more]

28/02/2012: Question Time for 28 February 2012
MAGGIE BARRY to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on Government debt? METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in relation to the Government’s welfare reforms announced yesterday that “…there are plenty of jobs out there for people if they look really hard”; if so, why? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers? MIKE SABIN to the Minister for Social Development: What changes has the Government recently announced for those on welfare? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Is it his normal practice to “guess” when determining the business case for selling billions of dollars’ worth of assets? Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Health: What improvements have there been in the National Health Targets? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by her statement “There are jobs”? ALFRED NGARO to the Minister of Justice: What progress has been made on the MMP review triggered by the referendum at last year’s election? Hon MARYAN STREET to the Minister of Health: How much funding for district health boards in the 2011-12 Budget was new money for additional services and cost of living adjustments, and how much was the result of reprioritisation of funding which had been maintained from previous budgets? KATRINA SHANKS to the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations: What progress has recently been made towards the completion of historical Treaty of Waitangi settlements? BARBARA STEWART to the Minister of Health: Does he agree with the proposal by Pharmac to limit diabetic New Zealanders’ access to subsidised glucose-testing equipment? JAN LOGIE to the Minister for Social Development: Does she agree with the statement in her Cabinet paper that “Evidence shows that support for beneficiaries to undertake study, such as the Training Incentive Allowance, can be effective in increasing the time participants spend off benefits.”?   [more]

29/02/2012: Question Time for 29 February 2012
DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his recent statements? SIMON BRIDGES to the Minister of Finance: What will be the main focus of Budget 2012? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Finance: Does he believe it is his responsibility, if it is his intention to sell strategic assets, to obtain the best possible price; if not, why not? HONE HARAWIRA to the Minister for Social Development: Does she agree with the comment in today’s New Zealand Herald that she is stripping away the rights of beneficiaries that she herself had as a sole parent; if not, why not? Hon PHIL GOFF to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Does he support proposals to make redundant 63 people in policy and diplomatic positions within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade; if so, why? SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister for Social Development: How do the Government’s recently announced welfare reforms balance obligations with incentives? GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he stand by his statement that he is “not aware of any reason to justify a moratorium” on fracking in New Zealand? MARK MITCHELL to the Minister for Economic Development: What reports has he received demonstrating New Zealand’s improved export performance? Hon NANAIA MAHUTA to the Minister of Education: Does she have confidence in her Ministry? ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Social Development: What response has she had to the Government’s Green Paper for Vulnerable Children? JAN LOGIE to the Minister of Corrections: Does she agree with the finding of the Chief Ombudsman that “transgender prisoners are particularly vulnerable to abuse and/or sexual assault”? CLARE CURRAN to the Minister of Broadcasting: Does he stand by his primary answer to Oral Question No 11 on Wednesday, 15 February 2012?   [more]

01/03/2012: Question Time for 1 March 2012
Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that “the mixed ownership programme will be good for…the economy as a whole; if so, will it be good for the economy as a whole if these mixed ownership companies then sell New Zealand electricity generating assets into foreign ownership? LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister of Transport: What important transport projects are underway in the Waikato region? Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he stand by his statement, in his answer to Oral Question No 8 yesterday, that the current account deficit is forecast in the PREFU to deteriorate by “about just under $5 billion over the next 4 years”? SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Justice: What initiatives is the Government planning in the justice system to help reduce drug and alcohol related offending? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: What current account deficit, in dollars, was projected in the pre-election fiscal update by the Treasury for 2012 and for 2016; and does he agree with Hon Steven Joyce’s answer in Oral Question No 8 yesterday, that “the pre-election update last year forecast the current account deficit to widen by about just under $5 billion over the next 4 years”? IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Primary Industries: Has he received the report of the Ministerial Inquiry into Foreign Charter Vessels? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Local Government: Does he have confidence in the financial management of Auckland City Council? DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: What action, if any, does the Government intend to take in respect of industrial action currently occurring in New Zealand? MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: What recent progress has the Government made to improve New Zealanders’ access to broadband? GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Transport: Will he commit to holding a Royal Commission or a Commission of Inquiry into the Government’s response to the grounding of the Rena? CLARE CURRAN to the Minister of Broadcasting: What duties if any, does he believe he has to protect the Broadcasting Commission, also known as NZ On Air, and broadcasters from political interference? SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister for the Environment: What action has the Government taken to assist local councils to deal with the possible contamination of residential and community properties in Moanataiari?   [more]

06/03/2012: Question Time for 6 March 2012
DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the Government’s financial position? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements on the sale of State-owned assets? JACQUI DEAN to the Minister for the Environment: How much funding has the Government committed to the Fresh Start for Fresh Water clean-up fund for the projects announced at the Bluegreens Forum at the weekend for the Manawatu River and the Wairarapa, Wainono and Waituna Lagoons? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his recent statements? CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Will the Review of New Zealand Minerals Royalty Rates ensure that royalties are paid on all mines in New Zealand? COLIN KING to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: What progress has been made to improve access to broadband in New Zealand schools? Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: Why is there no provision in the Government’s asset sales legislation to ensure preferential treatment for individual New Zealand buyers despite the Prime Minister’s promise that “Kiwi mums and dads will be at the front of the queue”? TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister for the Environment: Have Iwi Māori raised any issues with him about the proposals in the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Bill; if so, what? Hon PHIL GOFF to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Why is the Government requiring the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to find operating savings and make cuts of $40 million a year? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Local Government: Does he have confidence in the financial management of the Auckland Council? MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Social Development: How is Government working with the Auckland Council and the Auckland Chamber of Commerce to support young Aucklanders into employment opportunities? KRIS FAAFOI to the Minister of Police: Is it correct that “Police bosses are considering laying off staff and closing some stations in an effort to save $360 million over the next three years” as reported in the NZ Herald?   [more]

20/03/2012: Question Time for 20 March 2012
DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements with regard to asset sales? KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister for ACC: Does she consider an independent inquiry into ACC’s management of the incident in which personal information relating to 6,700 claimants was sent to Bronwyn Pullar is needed; if not, why not? PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Finance: How will the Government’s programme for delivering better public services within tight financial constraints contribute to the Government’s economic plan? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Local Government: What recommendations from at least three government reviews of local government since 2006 are yet to be implemented, and if any have not been implemented yet, why not? NICKY WAGNER to the Minister of Local Government: What steps is the Government taking to address the average national 7% per annum rate increase and the quadrupling of local government debt from $2 billion to $8 billion since the major reforms of 2002? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of State Services: Does he agree that few problems are solved by significant reorganisations – in fact many more tend to be created and it is easy to underestimate the amount of energy and inspiration soaked up by institutional change, as well as the loss of personal and institutional knowledge? TIM MACINDOE to the Minister for Social Development: How will the current welfare reforms support the Government’s better public services programme? ANDREW LITTLE to the Minister for ACC: Will she set up an independent inquiry to reassure all New Zealanders that ACC and its Ministers act with the utmost integrity when in possession of people’s intimate and sensitive information? COLIN KING to the Minister for Economic Development: What actions are the Government taking to drive business growth in New Zealand? HOLLY WALKER to the Minister of Housing: Is he concerned that poor quality and overcrowded housing is contributing to high rates of infectious and respiratory diseases among Māori children? JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Associate Minister of Transport: What is the Government doing to raise awareness about upcoming changes to the give way rules? BARBARA STEWART to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his statements as Minister of Health?   [more]

22/03/2012: Question Time for 22 March 2012
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27/03/2012: Question Time for 27 March 2012
KEVIN HAGUE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by the answers given on his behalf to all my questions in the House on Thursday, 22 March? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister for ACC: Does she have confidence in the Board of ACC? IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Economic Development: What actions is the Government taking to increase employer confidence to hire new workers? DENIS O'ROURKE to the Prime Minister: Has he received any recent reports or briefings from the Police? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Attorney-General: How often has the Solictor-General appeared in Court representing the Crown in cases involving the interests of a Prime Minister during an election campaign? TIM MACINDOE to the Minister for Social Development: Why is the Government reforming New Zealand’s welfare system? Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Finance: What did he mean regarding public sector CEO pay increases when he said “There’s a couple of bigger pay increases, I think three with the energy companies, which will be probably related to the share float that’s coming”? NIKKI KAYE to the Associate Minister of Education: What announcements have been made about the first school property public private partnership in New Zealand? ANDREW LITTLE to the Minister for ACC: Which of the investigations now underway in ACC – the Malcolm Crompton–led investigation into privacy issues or the Police investigation into alleged blackmail – will deal with the disclosure of former ACC Minister Nick Smith’s letter regarding Bronwyn Pullar to the media? JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Internal Affairs: What progress has the Government made to combat the trade of objectionable images of children? DAVID CLENDON to the Minister of Corrections: Does she agree with the United Kingdom Ministry of Justice report that states “there is no evidence that, on average, prison is more cost-effective at preventing reoffending than community sentences.”? CLARE CURRAN to the Prime Minister: Why has the New Zealand Government taken a different decision to the Australian Government with regard to security matters relating to Huawei’s involvement in broadband projects?   [more]

28/03/2012: Question Time for 28 March 2012
SIMON BRIDGES to the Minister of Finance: What measures is the Government taking to responsibly manage its finances and reduce the build-up in debt? CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Attorney-General: Were the Prosecution Guidelines dated 1 January 2010 applied to the decision not to prosecute Mr Ambrose over the Tea Tape complaint? TIM MACINDOE to the Minister for Social Development: How will the Government’s proposed welfare changes give greater flexibility to support beneficiaries back into work? Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister for ACC: Does she stand by her answers to all supplementary questions to Oral Questions No. 2 and No. 9 yesterday? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: Has the Treasury underestimated the forecast lost profits to the Crown from the sale of State-owned energy companies in light of Mighty River Power’s enhanced earnings and dividend announcement? MIKE SABIN to the Minister of Corrections: What reports has she received about the amount of drug use in prisons? RICHARD PROSSER to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he have confidence in New Zealand’s current biosecurity arrangements? DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Transport: What is the Government doing to reduce compliance costs for motorists? GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Conservation: How many adult Maui’s dolphins are estimated to be alive today and can she guarantee that on her watch no more Maui’s dolphins will die of human-induced causes? Hon PHIL GOFF to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: What is the cost budgeted for this financial year of the 30 or more positions in the Change Programme Office within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the consultants engaged by the Ministry on the change process? KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Statistics: What information has he received on preparations for the 2013 Census? Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister for Economic Development: Is the Government considering legislative or regulatory concessions with respect to SkyCity Casino in order to build an international convention centre; if so, why?   [more]

29/03/2012: Question Time for 29 March 2012
GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in the Minister for ACC? MAGGIE BARRY to the Minister of Finance: What are the fiscal and economic benefits of selling minority shareholdings in four State-owned energy companies and Air New Zealand? ANDREW LITTLE to the Minister for ACC: When was the email she received between 12 March 2012 and 18 March 2012 from Michelle Boag concerning Bronwyn Pullar and the involvement of both in a meeting over a mass privacy breach first printed by her or a staff member in her office? GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Will he implement a nationwide moratorium on new fracking wells until the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment can assure the public it is safe? ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Social Development: How will this year’s annual general adjustment provide greater certainty to those receiving benefits and New Zealand Superannuation? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Has he had any recent discussions with the Prime Minister of Australia over security and intelligence concerns Australia has expressed over Huawei? CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Minister of Police: Did the Police Commissioner or any of his staff inform the Prime Minister or any of his staff of the decision not to prosecute Mr Bradley Ambrose; if so, on what date? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What progress has the Government made towards increasing the proportion of electricity generated from renewable energy sources in New Zealand? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: What written reports did he receive from the Treasury during the five months after his appointment as Minister of Finance in late 2008 describing the increases in deposits in finance companies after they entered the Crown guarantee scheme, as referred to in paragraphs 6.2 and 6.5 of the Auditor General’s performance audit report on the Treasury’s handling of the Crown Retail Deposit Scheme, and what did those reports tell him, if anything, about how much the Crown’s exposure to those financial companies had increased? KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister for ACC: What advice has she received about when ACC Board Chairman John Judge first became aware of the issues that were the subject of the December meeting between senior ACC managers, Bronwyn Pullar and Michelle Boag; and if she hasn’t asked for that advice, why not? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Housing: What action is the Government taking to make housing more affordable? LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations: What progress has the Government made towards enacting deeds of settlement with iwi in legislation?   [more]

03/04/2012: Question Time for 3 April 2012
Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Has he had any recent discussions with the Prime Minister of Australia over security and intelligence concerns Australia has expressed over Huawei? JOHN HAYES to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the Government’s plan to return to Budget surplus in 2014/15? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all statements made by him and on his behalf? JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Police: What recent reports has she received about reductions in recorded crime? CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Minister of Justice: Why has she declined to accept the Law Commission’s recommendation, supported by the Privacy Commissioner, to increase the Privacy Commissioner’s investigative powers, including by giving her the power to issue compliance notices, and to conduct information-handling audits? COLIN KING to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What action is the Government taking to boost international education promotion for Christchurch? JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Transport: Why is the Government prioritising State highway projects with low benefit cost ratios, given that traffic volumes are back to 2004 levels and the Crown is borrowing $12 billion a year? Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Immigration: What changes has the Government made to make it easier for low-risk, high-value students to come to New Zealand? Hon PHIL GOFF to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Does he take responsibility for the $9.2 million being spent on the change process in his Ministry this year and does he consider it money well spent? MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Justice: What is the Government doing to reduce knife crime in New Zealand? Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister for Primary Industries: Will he extend the area of proposed protection for Maui’s dolphins beyond the proposed levels in the consultation document, if submissions are overwhelmingly in favour of larger protection areas? TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister for Social Development: What opportunity is there for providers to demonstrate that they have improved practice in order to achieve the Minister’s new “fresh look for Family Start”; and what support has the Ministry for Social Development put in place for providers to understand the ramifications of these changes announced on 24 March?   [more]

05/04/2012: Question Time for 5 April 2012
GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his answers to questions in the House this year? TODD McCLAY to the Minister of Finance: What is the impact on the Crown’s finances of the Government’s tax changes since the 2008 election? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement of 5 July 2010 that “I’d hate to see New Zealanders as tenants in their own country”; if not, why not? Dr JACKIE BLUE to the Associate Minister of Health: What reports has he received about the Prime Minister’s Youth Mental Health Project, announced yesterday? Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he agree with South Australian Treasurer Paul Snelling in relation to SkyCity that “there cannot and will not be any connection between any change to their regulatory arrangements governing the casino and their investment”, and can he assure the House that a similar standard will be upheld by this Government? JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Transport: Did the Government compare the costs and benefits of the Roads of National Significance against those of other transport projects before announcing them to ensure that it is getting best value for public money; if not, why not? MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Social Development: What recent announcements have been made to improve the way the Government deals with young people who have mental health problems? Hon PHIL GOFF to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: What concerns, if any, have been expressed to him that proposed changes to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will damage New Zealand’s promotion of its international trade and foreign policy interests? SIMON O'CONNOR to the Associate Minister of Education: What recent announcements has the Government made on the school network upgrade project? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Finance: Have Treasury officials reviewed Ministry of Transport calculations including projected traffic volume growth, per capita change in volumes over the last seven years and the alignment with GDP, and if so, is he satisfied that the currently planned transport spend is good value for money? NICKY WAGNER to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What initiatives has the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority implemented to help support Christchurch’s Recovery? GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Has he received advice on the economic impacts of a major oil spill off the coast of Kaikoura?   [more]

01/05/2012: Question Time for 1 May 2012
PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Finance: What will be the main focus of the Government’s Budget on 24 May? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: What assurances, if any, has he directly received from Hon John Banks regarding donations he received for his political campaigns and when did he receive those assurances? DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Immigration: What changes has the Government announced to deter mass arrivals of illegal immigrants and people smugglers from targeting New Zealand? METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: What advice, if any, has he received on Hon John Banks’ alleged actions regarding donations from Kim Dotcom? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister for Land Information: On what date did Hon John Banks lobby him on behalf of the application of Kim Dotcom to purchase property in Coatesville, and how did Mr Banks communicate this lobbying? Dr JACKIE BLUE to the Minister of Justice: How will the Alcohol Reform Bill provide for better community involvement in managing alcohol? Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Associate Minister of Education: What progress has he made on setting the criteria for establishing charter schools? STEFFAN BROWNING to the Minister for Land Information: Do overseas owned companies need Overseas Investment Office approval to exclusively occupy coastal marine space? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all of his Ministers; if so why? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: What progress has the Government made on its policy of delivering faster broadband for New Zealand? HONE HARAWIRA to the Minister of Housing: What assurances can he give that there will be no requirement for any existing tenant in any State house to move out of the area as a result of the Tamaki Transformation Programme for the Glen Innes redevelopment, which involves reducing the number of Housing New Zealand -owned houses from 156 to 78? Hon MARYAN STREET to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received concerning Pharmac’s provisional sole supplier contract with Pharmaco to provide new blood glucose meters for the 120,000 -plus diabetics who use them?   [more]

03/05/2012: Question Time for 3 May 2012
Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with National Bank Chief Economist Cameron Bagrie that we are not seeing an export-led recovery, and increased activity in “spending centric” sectors such as housing is “not the stuff of a durable, long-term, sustainable upswing”? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: Does the most recent National Employment Indicator show that there are more or fewer jobs now than when his Government came into office in 2008? Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister of Finance: What will be the Government’s approach in the Budget to ensure it remains on track to fiscal surplus in 2014/15? Hon PHIL GOFF to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: What is the percentage reduction in foreign policy or diplomatic staff he has set out in his paper to the Cabinet Committee on State Sector Reform and Expenditure Control, dated 26 April 2012? JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Health: What decisions has the Government made in relation to providing better services at Counties Manukau District Health Board? TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister of Education: What support did her Ministry offer to Moerewa School before the decision was made to close the satellite senior class and send in a Commissioner, Mike Eru, and what is the purpose of his appointment? Hon NANAIA MAHUTA to the Associate Minister of Education: Has he read or received the Ministry of Education advice provided to the previous Minister of Education, which states charter schools “have not consistently led to significant increases in achievement”? DENIS O'ROURKE to the Minister of Defence: Is he satisfied that all issues arising from the 2010 ANZAC Day helicopter accident have been properly dealt with by the Government and the RNZAF? MIKE SABIN to the Associate Minister of Social Development: What steps has the Government recently taken to combat welfare fraud? Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Prime Minister: Did the assurances that Hon John Banks gave his office regarding his compliance with the Local Electoral Act, which he has accepted, include an assurance that any donations for radio advertising during the 2010 mayoral election were correctly recorded? CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister of Conservation: What are the likely benefits of the new tourism-conservation partnership with Air New Zealand? CLARE CURRAN to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement to the Otago Daily Times on 21 April 2012 that he was not aware of KiwiRail’s decision to sell off the Dunedin Hillside workshop prior to the announcement?   [more]

08/05/2012: Question Time for 8 May 2012
Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister of Finance: What steps has the Government taken to responsibly manage its finances and stop the increase in public debt? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his statements? METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he still stand by his statement that “The welfare system will always be there to support those who genuinely need it”? Peseta SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister for Social Development: What recent announcements has she made on the Government’s welfare reforms to support more people off welfare? DENIS O'ROURKE to the Prime Minister: Did he involve Auckland City Council in discussions he or his staff had with SkyCity about a national convention centre in Auckland during 2009 and 2010? JOHN HAYES to the Minister of Defence: What reports has he received regarding New Zealand Defence Force training exercises? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: How many people will lose access to some or all of their student allowance as a result of the changes he announced last week? MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Justice: What steps is the Government taking to reduce unnecessary parole hearings? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: What proportion of the 87,000 young people not in employment, training or education will be assisted by her youth services package? HOLLY WALKER to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What official advice, if any, has he received about how increasing the student loan repayment rate will impact on young families and those on low incomes? Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Prime Minister: Does he believe Hon John Banks when he said on Friday, 27 April 2012 that he could not remember a helicopter trip to the Dotcom mansion, and if not, was Mr Banks’ comment consistent with clause 2.53 of the Cabinet Office Manual which states “… at all times, Ministers are expected to act lawfully and to behave in a way that upholds, and is seen to uphold, the highest ethical standards. Ultimately Ministers are accountable to the Prime Minister for their behaviour.”? CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister of Broadcasting: What progress is the Government making towards the digital switchover?   [more]

10/05/2012: Question Time for 10 May 2012
SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Finance: How will the Budget on 24 May continue the Government’s long-term programme to build a more competitive economy? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: Does the Budget Policy Statement 2012 show that the Government’s proposed asset sales programme would decrease the Government’s operating balance before gains and losses by nearly $100 million per year? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by her statement that “Welfare is having the biggest reforms that this country has seen for decades”? KATRINA SHANKS to the Minister for Social Development: How will the Budget 2012 welfare reforms support teen parents to provide better outcomes for themselves and their children? CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Attorney-General: How many District Court Judges currently hold permanent warrants, and of those Judges, how many are unavailable to sit full-time in the District Courts because they hold other appointments? Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Health: What improvements have been made to the way that district health boards provide elective services for their patients, and what have been the results of these? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he still have confidence in the Minister for Social Development and the Associate Ministers for Social Development; if so, why? Su'a WILLIAM SIO to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: Does he stand by all his answers to Oral Question No 2 on 3 May 2012 on employment matters? MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Housing: What recent announcements has he made about funding from the Social Housing Unit? Hon DAMIEN O'CONNOR to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he have confidence in Biosecurity New Zealand? GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Conservation: What are the benefits of the marine reserve proposed for Akaroa Harbour? Peseta SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Consumer Affairs: What progress is the Government making on tougher loan-shark laws?   [more]

22/05/2012: Question Time for 22 May 2012
Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in the Minister of Finance? PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Finance: How will the Budget this week contribute to the Government’s long-term programme to build a more competitive economy? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: In light of his comment that “this Budget will start making the long-term changes that National promised to make and that are needed to lift New Zealand’s long-term economic performance”, what was the forecast growth in Budget 2009 for each out-year to date and what has been the actual growth in each of these out-years? JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Corrections: What recent announcements has she made about reducing reoffending? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by the Prime Minister’s statement with regard to asset sales that the Prime Minister is “much more of a mind to accept the Treasury’s advice than … BERL’s”; if so, has he seen the Treasury’s advice that asset sales would decrease the Government’s operating balance before gains and losses by nearly $100 million per year? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his Budget 2011 statement that the amount of new debt raised by the Government on a weekly basis in 2012 “will fall by more than two-thirds to around $100 million”? SHANE ARDERN to the Minister for Primary Industries: What further decisions has the Government made in response to the Ministerial Inquiry into Foreign Charter Fishing Vessels? Hon NANAIA MAHUTA to the Minister of Education: How many new teachers are forecast to be employed in 2016 based on the current student to teacher ratios and roll growth and how does this compare to the number of teachers who will be employed in 2016 under the new ratios she announced last week? SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Education: What initiatives has she announced in Budget 2012 to raise student achievement? Su'a WILLIAM SIO to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement on job creation “We can effect things like labour laws and if you look at the jobs creation that we have been promoting; the SkyCity convention centre, more mining and exploration, Australian companies coming back … they will create jobs.”? KATRINA SHANKS to the Minister for Social Development: How are youth services around New Zealand celebrating this year’s Youth Week? MOJO MATHERS to the Minister of Health: Did he seek any advice on the effect raising prescription charges would have on New Zealanders with disabilities; if not, why not?   [more]

23/05/2012: Question Time for 23 May 2012
DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers? TODD McCLAY to the Minister of Finance: How will Budget 2012 support sustainable growth? HONE HARAWIRA to the Minister of Finance: What are the Government’s fiscal policies doing to stop the loss of New Zealanders to Australia, which has now hit an 11-year high? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement on page 1 of the Budget 2011 Executive Summary, where he states that growth is “forecast to reach 4 percent next year and the economy forecast to create 170,000 new jobs over the next four years”? COLIN KING to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What evidence has he received of the financial performance of New Zealand universities? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: Have all the projects identified in the National Infrastructure Plan been assessed against Treasury’s Better Business Cases for Capital Proposals guidelines to ensure they represent good value for money; if not, why not? Hon NANAIA MAHUTA to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statement “Under current settings, we could have expected 1,000 more teachers to be added by 2016”; if so, what proportion of those teachers would have been employed in primary schools? Peseta SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister for Social Development: What role will the Work and Income Board have in the Government’s recently announced welfare reforms? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Housing: Does he stand by all his statements on housing? BRENDAN HORAN to the Minister of Transport: Has he made a decision to fund the repair of the Napier-Gisborne rail network; if not, why not? Dr JACKIE BLUE to the Minister of Internal Affairs: What recent progress has the Government made in combating the trade of objectionable images of children? KRIS FAAFOI to the Minister of Police: What is the basis for her assertion that there will be no negative effect on Police frontline services despite no new money for Vote Police in tomorrow’s Budget and given that Police face potential cost increases of $470 million over the next four years in wages alone?   [more]

29/05/2012: Question Time for 29 May 2012
Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister of Finance: How did Budget 2012 contribute to the Government’s long-term programme to build a more competitive economy? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement on the public sector staffing cap “Our revised cap won’t include those at the frontline such as teachers, police, hospital staff, and prison officers”? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that “building a more productive economy” is a priority for his Government, given that productivity has declined in 2 out of 3 years since he came to office and the Budget forecasts no improvement this year? NIKKI KAYE to the Minister of Science and Innovation: What actions has the Government taken to boost funding for science and innovation research? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: What is the increase in government spending on New Zealand Superannuation from Budget 2011 to Budget 2012 and is this greater than the increase to Vote Education? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he retain confidence in the Minister responsible for Whānau Ora; if so, why? TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Justice: What reports has she received on 2011 conviction and sentencing rates? Hon NANAIA MAHUTA to the Minister of Education: What is the estimated reduction in teaching positions at intermediate and middle schools in each of the next 4 years as a result of the new teacher to student funding ratios in Budget 2012? MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Social Development: How does Budget 2012 assist Canterbury social services to support the rebuild of the city? KRIS FAAFOI to the Associate Minister of Health: Does she stand by her statement that the measures in the Budget to change the asset threshold for aged residential care were “a reasonable approach to the way forward”? EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for the Environment: Does she agree with the statement by Dr Morgan Williams in the WWF New Zealand report released yesterday that “successive governments have failed to put in place the policies and mechanisms required by our Earth Summit commitments”; if not, why not? Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Health: What progress was made in the latest quarter towards achieving the Government’s target for shorter stays in emergency departments?   [more]

30/05/2012: Question Time for 30 May 2012
Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that “efficient water management is a big part of New Zealand’s competitive advantage and our clean and green brand”? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in his Minister of Education? SHANE ARDERN to the Minister of Finance: How will Budget 2012 reduce New Zealand’s long-standing reliance on debt and help keep interest rates lower for longer? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that Whānau Ora is aimed at “families who need significant support”? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: How many children will be lifted out of poverty as a result of Budget 2012? ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Social Development: How is the Government refocusing the Families Commission? Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he agree with the Prime Minister’s statement “If you were really going to go out and buy a country, why wouldn’t you want to buy New Zealand?”; if so, why? HOLLY WALKER to the Minister for Tertiary Education: Does he stand by the Prime Minister’s statement yesterday that the amount a student can borrow for living costs under a student loan each week is “very similar” to the student allowance? Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister for Courts: What progress is the Government making on improving the collection of court fines and reparations? Hon NANAIA MAHUTA to the Minister of Education: When did she inform Cabinet of the 2 FTTE cap on teacher losses and what is the estimated reduction in the savings she has budgeted from class size increases that this policy will have? NICKY WAGNER to the Minister for Land Information: What steps has the Government taken in relation to land information to further help the rebuilding of Christchurch? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: When did he first find out about the changes to the tax credit for children, such as paper boys and paper girls?   [more]

31/05/2012: Question Time for 31 May 2012
GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in the Minister of Education; if so, why? JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Finance: What steps is the Government taking to get the Crown accounts back into surplus? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Did he say Budget 2011 built “a platform for faster growth, more jobs and higher incomes”; and if so, did his forecasts in Budget 2012 show faster growth, more jobs and higher incomes than his Budget 2011 projections? KATRINA SHANKS to the Minister of Justice: What steps is she taking to improve access to criminal history information for New Zealand employers? CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statement that “schools will therefore be given a guarantee that their staffing entitlement will not be reduced by more than two full-time teacher equivalents over the next three years”? KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Police: What recent investments has the Government made in new police stations? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Did she ask for, or receive, a list of the schools that would lose or gain more than one teacher as a result of the new ratios, prior to taking the policy to Cabinet for approval; if not, why did she not ask for that list? Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Health: What progress is our public health service making in achieving the Government’s health target of shorter waiting times for cancer treatment? ANDREW WILLIAMS to the Minister of Veterans' Affairs: What progress has been made by the Government to implement the recommendations in the Law Commission report A New Support Scheme for Veterans: A Report on the Review of the War Pensions Act 1954, published on 1 June 2010? CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister of Civil Defence: What progress is the Government making on preparing New Zealanders for earthquakes? Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement regarding changes to the child tax credit that “if it’s interest on their savings or other means of payment they won’t pay any tax”? Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Will New Zealand promote immediate negotiations on a Nuclear Weapons Convention prohibiting their development, production, stockpiling and use?   [more]

12/06/2012: Question Time for 12 June 2012
Due to a technical fault at Parliament, the Speaker's audio is very low level. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the Government’s financial position? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Finance: Does he have confidence in the advice he is receiving from the Treasury; if so, why? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What new opportunities for petroleum exploration in New Zealand have recently been opened? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he still stand by his statement that he would resign rather than change superannuation? KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister for ACC: Does she have full trust and confidence in John Judge as ACC board chair and, if her confidence is less than full, what is she doing about that? Dr JACKIE BLUE to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received on improvements to midwifery services? Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: Is it his understanding that the Prime Minister is still committed to his policy of partial asset sales in Mighty River Power, Genesis Power, Meridian Energy, Solid Energy, and Air New Zealand? SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: How much overdue student loan debt has the Government recovered from overseas-based borrowers in the last two years? CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Minister for Courts: What decrease, if any, in the use of the Family Court after 1 July is expected to result from his decision to introduce fees of $700 plus a daily hearing fee of $1,812 for applications for divisions of assets, and fees of $220 for childcare disputes, both of which applications are at present fee-free? JAN LOGIE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that “It is also true that anyone on a benefit actually has a lifestyle choice. If one budgets properly, one can pay one’s bills.”? ANDREW LITTLE to the Minister for ACC: What actions, apart from inviting or observing inquiries from the Privacy Commissioner and the Auditor-General, has she taken since 12 March 2012 to see that issues arising out of the wrongful disclosure of personal information by the Accident Compensation Corporation to Bronwyn Pullar have been remedied or addressed by the Corporation?   [more]

13/06/2012: Question Time for 13 June 2012
TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister of Internal Affairs: Is he concerned that Pub Charity Chief Executive Martin Cheer has publicly declared that Pub Charity was using gaming machine money to fight the Gambling (Gambling Harm Reduction) Amendment Bill, and what actions has the Department of Internal Affairs taken to enforce its direction that net proceeds were not to be used for lobbying? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that “superannuation is an issue, but one thing that is worth noting is that increasing the age of eligibility has much less of an impact than commentators might imagine”? Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the stability of New Zealand’s financial system? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Will total superannuation spending be higher than total education spending in the month of June 2016 using the same assumptions as in his latest Budget projections? ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Social Development: What reports has she received that show the Government’s work-focused approach to the benefit system is working? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he agree with the business group Pure Advantage that “countries that reduce the carbon dependency of their economies most quickly and develop carbon friendly technologies will be the most prosperous in the 21st century”? KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What recent announcement has he made about mineral prospectivity in Northland? Hon NANAIA MAHUTA to the Minister of Education: Does her plan to improve teacher quality include reinstating the $45 million cut from teacher professional development in Budget 2009; if not, why not? SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Transport: What progress has the Government made on the Vehicle Licensing Reform project? ANDREW LITTLE to the Minister for ACC: What responsibility does she take for failures at ACC since the 2011 Election? Le'aufa'amulia ASENATI LOLE-TAYLOR to the Minister of Corrections: Is she confident that Serco will meet the contracted performance requirements at the new prison in Wiri, despite the fact that Serco has been failing performance targets at Mount Eden Corrections Facility by 40 percent? Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister of Corrections: What steps is the Government taking to improve the safety of staff in prisons?   [more]

14/06/2012: Questions for oral answer 14 June 2012
1. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by her statement regarding her newly appointed welfare board that "I'm backing the board to guide the investment approach, I'm backing Work and Income to implement it". <br /><br /> 2. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he stand by his statement that he was "not at all concerned" about signing a deal with SkyCity for a convention centre, before the Auditor-General's inquiry into the deal is complete? <br /><br /> 3. MAGGIE BARRY to the Minister of Finance: How is the Government assisting households and competitive businesses through these tough world economic times? <br /><br /> 4. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he stand by his statement that "the Auditor-General's process will not impact on the Government's negotiations with SkyCity"; if so, why? <br /><br /> 5. Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister for Social Development: What announcements has the Government made today on employment assistance? <br /><br /> 6. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: Does he stand by all his statements with regard to asset sales? <br /><br /> 7. LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister of Justice: What is the Government doing to protect New Zealanders from people charged with serious crime? <br /><br /> 8. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Finance: Does he have any concerns about the public statements of the Secretary to the Treasury; if not, why not? <br /><br /> 9. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Trade: Will New Zealand follow Australia and refuse to sign up to the investor-state dispute provisions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement; if not, why not? <br /><br /> 10. SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Education: Do any of the thousands of reports she referred to in Oral Question No 8 yesterday support the Government's decision to cut funding for 100 percent qualified staff in early childhood education as a means of lifting student achievement, and if so, what are the names of five of these reports she has read? <br /><br /> 11. IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: What action has the Government taken to raise awareness of cyber security risks? <br /><br /> 12. ANDREW LITTLE to the Minister for ACC: What meetings or discussions did she have with the Chair or Chief Executive of ACC between receiving the 16 March report relating to the Pullar affair and ACC laying a complaint with the Police and did she in any of these meetings or discussions either suggest, encourage or agree to ACC laying the complaint? <br /><br /> [more]

19/06/2012: Question Time for 19 June 2012
TODD McCLAY to the Minister of Finance: How is the Government’s economic programme helping New Zealand manage through current global uncertainty? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Finance: Is he confident that the Government’s economic and fiscal strategy is on track; if so, why? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: What is the value of contracts entered into to date for spending on advertising, communications and banking services relating to the Government’s asset sales programme? Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Health: How is the Voluntary Bonding Scheme improving health services? Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he agree with Molly Melhuish’s calculation that the amount charged by SOEs for electricity for an average consumer is $265 per annum less than is charged by non-SOE retailers, and if not, what was the weighted average of the annual total retail price charged by SOEs and their subsidiaries to a residential consumer using 8,000 kilowatt hours of electricity compared with the weighted average of the price charged by non-SOE suppliers, according to the most recent data? Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister of Trade: Can he confirm that Mexico is now a full participant in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Associate Minister of Education: Does he stand by his statement with regard to the public-private partnership for the Hobsonville schools “you can be assured that the contract that we’ve signed today, the taxpayer will be better off under this arrangement”? MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Social Development: How will the Government’s welfare reforms, currently before the House, support young people on a collision course with the welfare system? KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister for ACC: Will she return ACC to the pay-as-you-go funding model, outlined in the Green Party’s ACC Rehabilitation Plan and emailed to her this morning, and are there any points in the plan she will not consider implementing? ANDREW LITTLE to the Minister for ACC: On how many occasions, and for what periods of time on each occasion, did she meet with or have discussions with the ACC Chairman or Chief Executive, including about the matter of the mass privacy breach involving Bronwyn Pullar, between 13 March and 19 March when that matter was referred to the Police by way of formal complaint? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What decisions were made in Budget 2012/13 about the Warm Up New Zealand Programme? [more]

20/06/2012: Question Time for 20 June 2012
Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: In relation to the Government’s asset sales policy, does he stand by his reported comments that he has yet to see any official advice on a so-called “bonus scheme” for people who buy shares? PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Finance: How is the Government’s economic programme helping to build sustainable growth and higher incomes? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements on asset sales? Peseta SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister for Social Development: What announcements has she recently made that will support the work of budgeting services around New Zealand? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement to Parliament of 8 February 2011; in particular that “The Government is building the foundations that will encourage growth in exports”? Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he agree with Molly Melhuish’s calculation that the amount charged by SOEs for electricity for an average consumer is $265 per annum less than is charged by non-SOE retailers, and if not, what was the weighted average of the annual total retail price charged by SOEs and their subsidiaries to a residential consumer using 8,000 kilowatt hours of electricity compared with the weighted average of the price charged by non-SOE suppliers, according to the most recent data? JAN LOGIE to the Minister for Social Development: Will she consider reviewing benefit levels in light of recent University of Otago research that shows that the 40 percent increase in real power prices since 2002 is now a health issue? KATRINA SHANKS to the Minister of Veterans' Affairs: What is the Government doing to meet its commitment to allow fit and able New Zealand World War II veterans to attend key 70th Anniversary commemorations overseas? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: What are the Treasury projections for New Zealand’s net international liabilities in 2016 as a percentage of GDP and in dollars, and what is the increase in dollars from the end of the year ended 30 June 2011? HONE HARAWIRA to the Minister of Internal Affairs: What is the Government doing about pokie venues operating without a licence in poor communities like Otara, Porirua and Flaxmere? IAN McKELVIE to the Minister of Transport: What updates has he received on the state of repairs of the Manawatu Gorge? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by her statement with regard to the Community Response Fund that “We listened to concerns that the fund was due to finish. The effects of the recession were still being felt, so we’re putting more funding in for 2011/12.”? [more]

26/06/2012: Question Time for 26 June 2012
JOHN HAYES to the Minister of Finance: What steps is the Government taking to get better results and value for money from the public service? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Social Development: What commitments has the Government made to reduce long-term welfare dependency? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that “We are a government that thinks getting results is what’s really important”? METIRIA TUREI to the Minister for Social Development: Have Police, CYFS, medical and referee checks been carried out for all current placements by CYFS under referral by the Youth Court; if not, why not? COLIN KING to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: How is the Government working to encourage economic growth with a more highly skilled workforce? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement regarding SOE chief executive salaries that “There’s a couple of bigger pay increases, I think three with the energy companies, which will be probably related to the share float that’s coming”; if so, does he support the $451,873 pay increase for the Chief Executive of Mighty River Power whose pay is increasing from $1,317,469 to $1,769,342? JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Associate Minister of Transport: What reports has he received on the public’s understanding of the new give way rules? Hon MARYAN STREET to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all the answers given on his behalf to Oral Question No. 6 on Thursday, 21 June? TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister for the Environment: Does she agree with Bay of Plenty Regional Council Pollution Prevention Manager, Nick Zaman, that “courts, council and the wider community will not tolerate the pollution of our environment” and if so, what action will she take to encourage farmers and farm owners to comply with their legal responsibilities to protect waterways? CLARE CURRAN to the Minister of Broadcasting: In the light of the latest monthly audience figures by Nielson, which show almost 1.6 million New Zealanders watched TVNZ7 in May, an increase of nearly 120,000 viewers in just one month, is he now prepared to recommend that the Government review its decision not to provide further funding so that TVNZ7, the only nationwide public broadcast television station, can continue operation beyond 30 June? [more]

27/06/2012: Question Time for 27 June 2012
Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Associate Minister for Social Development: Is she confident that all providers contracted through the Family-Centred Services Fund are meeting the appropriate financial and governance standards? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What are the benefits of getting better results from public services? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that “you can’t and wouldn’t want to” stop retail investors on-selling shares to foreign buyers under his asset sales policy? ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Social Development: What commitments has the Government made to reduce the number of child assaults in New Zealand? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Is narrowing the wage gap with Australia the fundamental purpose of his Government, if so, where is the specific target in National’s 120-point action plan, National’s revised six-point Brighter Future plan or his more recent ten results for New Zealanders? SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: How is the Government improving pathways into vocational training as part of its target for lifting qualifications at Level 4 and above? Hon DAMIEN O'CONNOR to the Minister for Primary Industries: What were the total line-by-line savings in Vote Biosecurity in Budget 2009 and Budget 2010? NIKKI KAYE to the Minister of Education: What commitments has the Government made to raising student achievement in New Zealand? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Transport: What involvement, meetings or contact did his predecessor have with Infratil, NZ Bus or Snapper Services regarding Auckland’s integrated ticketing system, and what involvement did the Government have in the decision to include Snapper in the project? JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Labour: What recent reports has she received regarding the success of 90-day trials? KEVIN HAGUE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his reported comments regarding ACC that he “backed the corporation’s harder stance, saying it should continue and there was no evidence legitimate claimants were missing out”? [more]

28/06/2012: Question Time for 28 June 2012
Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Finance: When did he become aware of the decision to write down the value of KiwiRail by $6.7 billion? CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Why is he conducting an aerial survey for minerals within a world heritage area? MAGGIE BARRY to the Minister of Finance: How will the Better Public Services results targets announced this week contribute to a stronger economy? Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he stand by all his recent statements as Minister for Economic Development in relation to the Pure Advantage report New Zealand’s Position in the Green Race; if so, why? CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister for Social Development: What parenting support has the Government recently made available to grandparents who are raising grandchildren? CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Minister of Corrections: Does she stand by her statement about the proposal to operate Wiri prison privately that “The contract will have strong performance incentives, ensuring we receive a superior service compared to publicly run prisons, or we pay a lower price”? JACQUI DEAN to the Associate Minister of Justice: What recent announcements has he made on addressing issues around youth justice? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Housing: What recent reports has he received on Housing New Zealand’s “Smarter. Faster. Fairer” housing service? BARBARA STEWART to the Minister of Health: What progress has been made towards implementing free after-hours medical care for under-sixes? CLARE CURRAN to the Minister of Broadcasting: Does he stand by the statement of the previous Minister of Broadcasting, Hon Jonathan Coleman, on 30 May 2012 in relation to the decision to scrap TVNZ7 “there was no plan for how TVNZ7 would be funded in the future”? GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Conservation: What are the conservation impacts of having oil exploration permits in marine mammal sanctuaries and an exploration licence to prospect for rock phosphate in a benthic protection area? MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Consumer Affairs: What progress has been made to address the growing concern around wheel clamping on private land? [more]

17/07/2012: Question Time for 17 July 2012
Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the economy? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he agree with his Minister of Finance that “the mixed ownership programme will be good for Kiwi investors, the Government and the economy as a whole”? COLIN KING to the Minister of Science and Innovation: How will the new Advanced Technology Institute help businesses get competitive products to market? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Finance: Does the Government’s economic strategy support the development of New Zealand-owned financial institutions? MIKE SABIN to the Associate Minister of Health: What recent announcements has he made regarding the regulation of psychoactive substances? JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Transport: How much was spent on investigation, design, and other preparatory work for the now cancelled Otaki to Levin expressway? Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: Is he concerned about the potential loss of revenue from the float of Mighty River Power due to market uncertainty around water rights? TIM MACINDOE to the Minister for Social Development: How will the Social Security (Youth Support and Work Focus) Amendment Bill provide greater support for young people at risk of long-term welfare dependency? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by her statements that “the billion dollars is not just about the young people. Those savings are also coming from those on other benefits … we certainly have got projections that we believe we will be making savings over the next four years”? HOLLY WALKER to the Minister for Social Development: Can she confirm that in the year from 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2011, 71 children and young people were abused while in CYFS care? JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Corrections: What progress has been made on the Government’s goal of getting more prisoners into employment and education? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Transport: How much money is budgeted for spending on investigation and design on the roads of national significance in the next three financial years, over and above the $216 million that has been spent since 2009? [more]

18/07/2012: Question Time for 18 July 2012
Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement of 19 March this year that the housing market is “going to take off”? TODD McCLAY to the Minister of Finance: How have New Zealand interest rates performed over recent years and what impact is this having on the economy? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he still stand by his statement “National will deliver a strong and stable Government”? Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Health: Has he received the latest OECD report on public health spending trends over the past decade, and how does New Zealand compare with the other 27 countries surveyed? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Did he or any of his staff ask the Treasury to model the impact of adding interest on student loans as part of Budget 2012 preparations? SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister for Social Development: What announcements has she recently made on the Government’s expansion of Social Workers in Schools? Hon NANAIA MAHUTA to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by all her statements on class-size increases? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement “I want to move quickly to help save jobs”; if not, why not? JAN LOGIE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his reported comments that the Government would need to seek advice before deciding whether a Royal Commission into domestic violence and child abuse, which Owen Glenn has offered to fund, was necessary? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Housing: What recent reports has he received on Housing New Zealand’s Smarter. Faster. Fairer. housing service? IAN McKELVIE to the Minister of Police: What recent successes have the Police had in targeting illegal drugs? DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: Why has the Government not required the use of check inspectors in underground mines? [more]

19/07/2012: Question Time for 19 July 2012
GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements regarding water ownership, rights and interests? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: What has been the total cost to date of extending and implementing the Government’s asset sales programme, which it calls the Mixed Ownership Model? DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the Government’s financial position? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by her statement that “you need to look at the 16 and 17-year-olds and for the very first time our focus is keenly going on them”? MIKE SABIN to the Minister for Social Development: How will the Government’s welfare reforms support people off welfare and into work? Hon PHIL GOFF to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Does he stand by all his answers to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee Estimates hearing today? CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her reported comments that the Government wanted to collect National Standards data to raise pupil achievement, not to rank schools? NIKKI KAYE to the Minister of Science and Innovation: How is the Government helping innovative businesses link up with talented new professionals coming out of our universities? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Local Government: Were the local authority financial statistics provided in the Better Local Government paper released by the Government on 19 March 2012 accurate; if not, how were they inaccurate? Dr JACKIE BLUE to the Minister for Courts: What progress has been made in the way that the Youth Court responds to young offenders? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Māori Affairs: Does he consider water to be an economic resource for Māori? LOUISE UPSTON to the Associate Minister of Transport: What changes is the Government making to the rules for jet boat safety? [more]

24/07/2012: Question Time for 24 July 2012
MAGGIE BARRY to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making in building a more competitive and productive economy? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that $360 million is “a possible number” for the cost of the loyalty scheme for asset sales? BARBARA STEWART to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: How many “mum and dad investors” does he believe will benefit from the loyalty bonus shares under the Mixed Ownership Model? SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Housing: What recent announcement has he made about the Tāmaki Transformation Programme? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in relation to the share give-away as part of his asset sales programme that “If the member wants to go to the Budget, he will see quite clearly laid out the Government’s programme, the anticipated return that the Crown will get, and the costs likely to be associated”? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in relation to the funding of the Mackenzie Sustainable Futures Trust, “I’m sure someone will have a cursory look at it”; if so, has he or his office investigated the funding? Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Health: How many of New Zealand’s 947 pharmacies have signed up to the new Community Pharmacy Service agreement, and what does this mean for their patients? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement in relation to New Zealanders leaving for Australia, “What’s the point of standing in the airport crying about it?” given that 158,167 have left since November 2008, 53,763 left in the last year, and 4,361 left in June? GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What depth is the seabed in the areas covered by tendered petroleum exploration permits 12PEG2 off the coast of Wellington and 12GS2 off the coast of Otago and how does this compare to the depth of the deepest producing well in New Zealand? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Transport: Does he stand by his statement that it is “ridiculous” for Auckland Council to try and go ahead with plans to charge motorists to use the city’s roads? CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister of Labour: What recent progress has been made towards improving safety in the workplace? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Housing: Does he agree, with Canterbury District Health Board medical officer, Alistair Humphrey, that cold, damp and overcrowded housing in Christchurch has “contributed to general sickness”; if not, why not? [more]

26/07/2012: Question Time for 26 July 2012
Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making with its multi-billion dollar infrastructure programme? RICHARD PROSSER to the Minister for Land Information: Can the public have confidence that the Overseas Investment Office is taking prompt action in relation to all breaches of the Overseas Investment Act 2005; if so, how? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement regarding migration to Australia “What’s the point of standing in the airport crying about it?”; if so, how many of the 53,763 people that migrated to Australia in the year to June 2012 are from 18 to 30 years of age in number and percentage terms? METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Māori Affairs: Ka whakaae a ia ki tā te Kaikōmihana Whanaungata ā-Iwi, a Joris De Bres, i kī rā, “Many Māori children are being denied their basic human rights because of poverty and inadequate public services”? Translation: Does he agree with Race Relations Commissioner Joris De Bres that “Many Māori children are being denied their basic human rights because of poverty and inadequate public services”? KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Commerce: What steps is the Government taking to help maintain New Zealand’s reputation as a trusted place to do business? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by her statement that “if we are going to make a difference for the families who are struggling, we need to be able to invest in interventions that we know will work”; if so, what are her methods for developing policies that she knows will work? JACQUI DEAN to the Minister for Economic Development: How is the Major Events Development Fund contributing to building New Zealand’s profile overseas? DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Immigration: What labour market testing requirements does Immigration New Zealand carry out before approving an employer’s application to bring foreign workers to New Zealand? Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Is the $328 million additional cost of the Government’s recent Emissions Trading Scheme proposed amendments consistent with the National Party election pledge that the amendments would be fiscally neutral? SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all of his statements on the proposed extension to paid parental leave? JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Associate Minister of Transport: What recent changes has the Government made to improve the safety of fishing boats? TRACEY MARTIN to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by all her statements? [more]

14/08/2012: Question Time for 14 August 2012
DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his recent statements? Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the cost of living? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: How many New Zealanders are unemployed and by how many has that number increased since the quarter immediately before National came to power in 2008? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: How many people were employed in the manufacturing sector when he took office in 2008, and how many people are employed in the manufacturing sector now, according to the most recent data produced by Statistics New Zealand? Peseta SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister for Social Development: What reports has she received on the public submissions on the Green Paper for Vulnerable Children about how to better protect our most vulnerable children from abuse and neglect? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by her statement "I want to make sure the Ministry of Social Development is focused on its core responsibilities in the years ahead, in particular those families stuck in long-term poverty. I don't underestimate the challenges associated with this, but I intend to make it a priority."? HOLLY WALKER to the Minister of Housing: What are Housing New Zealand's time frames for responding to maintenance requests, and in what percentage of cases are those timeframes met? KATRINA SHANKS to the Minister for Courts: What recent announcements has he made on the modernisation of our courts system? Hon NANAIA MAHUTA to the Minister of Education: Does she agree with the Prime Minister that National Standards data is currently "very ropey"? NIKKI KAYE to the Minister of Housing: What reports has he received on his alleged visit to 44 Symonds Street earlier this year? BRENDAN HORAN to the Associate Minister of Transport: Is he satisfied that everything is being done to maintain KiwiRail safety? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: What advice has he received on the likelihood of KiwiRail finding $3.85 billion from its own balance sheet as required by the Turnaround Plan? [more]

15/08/2012: Question Time for 15 August 2012
Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that "we are firmly focused on keeping the Government's overall debt as low as possible"? JOHN HAYES to the Minister of Finance: What steps is the Government taking to help give businesses the confidence to invest, grow and increase exports? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers? SHANE ARDERN to the Minister for Economic Development: How is the Government working to ensure our exporters are able to access international markets? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister responsible for Whānau Ora: What prompted the urgent review of the Whānau Ora Whānau Integration, Innovation and Engagement (WIIE) fund when she is on record as having said, in relation to the Mongrel Mob's alleged use of WIIE funds, "everything they have looked at shows the money was used for proper purposes."? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement "The Government is committed to investing in modern infrastructure that helps build a faster-growing economy with more exports and more real jobs, without borrowing more from overseas lenders"? TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Justice: What reports has she received on the potential impact of cyberbullying? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Transport: How much is the New Zealand Transport Agency expected to borrow for land transport projects in each of the three financial years after the Land Transport Management Amendment Act comes into force? Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Health: What progress can he report on the Government's Voluntary Bonding Scheme, which incentivises and rewards graduate doctors, midwives and nurses in hard-to-staff regions and specialities? HOLLY WALKER to the Minister of Housing: Does he stand by his answer to written question 04915 (2012) where he stated that the Housing New Zealand Corporation, "does not distinguish between response and completion times" for maintenance requests? DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Immigration: Does he have confidence in Immigration New Zealand's labour market testing? KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Commerce: How will the Financial Reporting Bill reduce compliance costs for small and medium size businesses? [more]

21/08/2012: Question Time for 21 August 2012
DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all of his Ministers; if so, why? DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What progress has the Government made in ensuring the stability of New Zealand's financial system? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Why did he say that the Government was "hamstrung" by the market in relation to asset sales? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Will he recommit the provincial reconstruction team to Bamian province in Afghanistan when the current deployment ends in October; if so, why? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by all of her statements? COLIN KING to the Minister of Science and Innovation: What announcements has he made regarding the Government's work to boost innovation? Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he stand by all his recent statements? Dr JACKIE BLUE to the Minister of Health: What progress can he report on improvements to cancer services? HONE HARAWIRA to the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations: Is the Government holding meetings with iwi over water rights issues before the Waitangi Tribunal reports back on the Māori Council's water claim on Friday; if so, with which iwi? Peseta SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister for Social Development: How is the Government better supporting young people who are either on a benefit or not engaged in education, training or employment? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Did she send any of her responses to correspondence she received expressing concern about the Government's plan to increase class sizes to the correspondents' employers; if so, why? LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector: What recent progress has been made on the community-led development scheme? [more]

22/08/2012: Question Time for 22 August 2012
Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making in its infrastructure investment programme? HOLLY WALKER to the Minister of Finance: What comparative impact has Working for Families had on poverty rates for the children of working parents, and the children of beneficiaries, using the fixed line measure of 60 percent of median income adjusted for housing costs? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Science and Innovation: What investment is the Government making in innovative research and development? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Has the New Zealand Superannuation Fund invested 40 percent of its assets in New Zealand; if not, what was the percentage in 2008 and what is it now? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in his Ministers; if so, why? Hon NANAIA MAHUTA to the Minister of Education: How many of the 36 Person A Ministerial Inquiry actions she has adopted will apply to non-registered teachers working in Partnership Schools? JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Transport: Will he reconsider the Government's motorway projects, in light of the impact that record high petrol prices may have on motorway usage; if not, why not? Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister of Health: What commitments has the Government made as part of its action plan to support vulnerable children? Hon MARYAN STREET to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his recent statements on health? MIKE SABIN to the Minister of Housing: What is Housing New Zealand doing to identify and address fraudulent behaviour by some tenants? IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY to the Prime Minister: What assurances, if any, has he and the Minister of Defence received about the safety of the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan? [more]

23/08/2012: Question Time for 23 August 2012
Questions to Ministers 1 PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: Does he have confidence in the board of KiwiRail? 2 MAGGIE BARRY to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the Canterbury economy and what effect will this have on the national economy? 3 JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: Does she agree with the recommendation made by Every Child Counts in its Netherlands Study that national indicators of child well-being should be adopted so progress can be measured; if not, why not? 4 DAVID BENNETT to the Minister for ACC: What are the findings of reports released today by the Privacy Commissioner and the Auditor-General about a privacy breach and governance at ACC? 5 Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: Is it still the Government's intention for the first partial privatisation of an SOE to occur in the third quarter of this year; if not, why not? 6 Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: How much has Mighty River Power spent to date on preparing itself for "transition to the Mixed Ownership Model"? 7 SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Science and Innovation: What new investment is the Government making in science and research? 8 Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Housing: Does he stand by all his answers to parliamentary questions; if not, why not? 9 IAN McKELVIE to the Associate Minister of Transport: What progress is being made on the Government review into transport rules affecting agricultural vehicles? 10 EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister of Conservation: Is the financial viability of an applicant company a factor in the consideration of concession applications on conservation land; if not, why not? 11 MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Social Development: What impact have the Government's Future Focus welfare reforms had to date? 12 BARBARA STEWART to the Minister of Health: Is he satisfied that New Zealand's maternity services are meeting all the needs of pregnant women in New Zealand; if not, why not? [more]

28/08/2012: Question Time for 28 August 2012
JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Finance: What is the Government doing to ensure that people are paying their fair share of tax? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Was he correct when he said the gap between the rich and poor "has been reducing"; if not, why not? METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "the most comprehensive study of inequality in New Zealand is Household incomes in New Zealand: Trends in indicators of inequality and hardship"? ALFRED NGARO to the Minister of Justice: What steps is she taking to get tough on child pornography? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by her statement in relation to the report on household incomes released last week that "I tell you what New Zealanders say: 'Thank goodness for a National Government that has managed its way through it and is now seeing real progress' "? MIKE SABIN to the Minister for Social Development: What recent announcements has she made to require those on benefits with work-test obligations to be ready and work available? TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: Has he seen the advice from Tower Investments Chief Executive Sam Stubbs that a delay in a float of Mighty River Power until early next year could increase demand for the shares; if so, what harm would be done by delaying the sales while the Treaty partners negotiate a solution to recognise Māori rights and interests in water? BARBARA STEWART to the Minister of Health: What reports, if any, has he received regarding the enrolment into the Midwifery First Year of Practice Programme? CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statement made in a speech to the New Zealand Educational Institute principals' conference that "This idea that students have to be labelled as failures is offensive to me"; if so, why? Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: Does he stand by his answer to Oral Question No 10 on 1 August 2012 regarding asset sales and water rights that "it is not to say that it is not expected"? JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of State Services: What reports has he received on New Zealanders' satisfaction with public services? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Why is she proposing to close Salisbury Residential School in Nelson and McKenzie Residential School in Christchurch?   Questions to Members MOANA MACKEY to the Chairperson of the Finance and Expenditure Committee: On what date will submissions on the Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading and Other Matters) Amendment Bill close?   [more]

29/08/2012: Question Time for 29 August 2012
DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Has he seen recent reports on the level of inequality and child poverty in New Zealand? PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Finance: What is the Government doing to encourage economic growth and raise New Zealanders' standard of living? Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: What was the change in real equivalised median household income (before housing costs) of New Zealand households from 2009-10 to 2010-11 as measured in the Household Economic Survey in dollar and percentage terms? BRENDAN HORAN to the Minister of Transport: Does he stand by his statement that "I think the issue about the sleepers is being over beaten-up."? JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Transport: What recent announcements has the Government made around transport investment? METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement "I don't want to see any New Zealand child in poverty"? TIM MACINDOE to the Minister for Social Development: Why is the Government making changes to the welfare system? Su'a WILLIAM SIO to the Minister for Pacific Island Affairs: Does she agree with the Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty that "For New Zealand to do well, Pasifika children must do well"? Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister of Health: What progress can he report on immunising young children against common infectious diseases like whooping cough and measles? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Housing: Which of the recommendations on housing from the Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty will he implement? MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Housing: How many State houses have been made warmer and drier under this Government? STEFFAN BROWNING to the Minister of Science and Innovation: What is the cost of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment acting as a founding partner of the 2012 Agricultural Biotechnology International Conference; and what is the total cost of all Government sponsorship of this conference? [more]

30/08/2012: Question Time for 30 August 2012
METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement, "what we are choosing is hard working New Zealanders who go out there day after day to try to support their families"? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by all of her answers to oral questions on Tuesday? MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making with its Better Public Services plan? Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he agree with the Prime Minister that "An extension of exploration and mining activities in New Zealand would certainly create jobs"; if so, why? Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Health: What reports has he had on progress with the six national health targets? JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Transport: What percentage of money announced yesterday in the National Land Transport Programme for 2012-2015 for public transport in Auckland will be paid for by the Auckland Council, if any, and what percentage will come from the National Land Transport fund itself? Hon MARYAN STREET to the Minister of Health: Is he satisfied that the changeover on 1 September to new blood glucose meters will go well for New Zealand's 120,000 diabetics who use them and what measures has he taken to ensure that it will? SHANE ARDERN to the Minister of Transport: What recent analysis has he seen on transport investment? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Transport: Does he stand by all his statements on the Roads of National Significance? RICHARD PROSSER to the Minister of Defence: Can he confirm whether or not the planned replacement for HMNZS Endeavour will be built to internationally accepted military specifications? Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he regret his statement about the Hungarian Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan; if not, why not? Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister of Internal Affairs: What progress has been made in achieving better public services through all-of-Government ICT initiatives? [more]

11/09/2012: Question Time for 11 September 2012
JOHN HAYES to the Minister of Finance: What advice has he received on the impact global economic developments are having on the New Zealand economy? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association, the International Monetary Fund, and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand that the New Zealand dollar is overvalued? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in relation to food in schools that "most of those decile one to three schools have that and are dealing with the issue"; if so, is he therefore satisfied that all children attending New Zealand schools are having their nutritional needs met and are arriving in classrooms ready to learn? NIKKI KAYE to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What reports has he received regarding the performance of the tertiary education sector? METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement, "I don't think that [universal child payment] is at all likely; we went away from that some years ago. In New Zealand we have a very targeted system through Working for Families."? Peseta SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister for Social Development: What recent announcements has she made on the Government's comprehensive welfare reforms? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Local Government: Does he agree with the statement by the previous Minister for Local Government, Hon Dr Nick Smith "Under any circumstances the next regional council elections in Canterbury will take place no later than the elections scheduled for late 2013"? NICKY WAGNER to the Minister of Conservation: What progress has been made to deter smuggling of our threatened species? Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister for Economic Development: What was the level of unemployment forecast for 2013 and 2014 in the downside scenario of Budget 2012, and what is the level of unemployment for 2013 and 2014 as forecast by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment last week? IAN McKELVIE to the Minister of Statistics: What progress has been made in preparing for the 2013 Census? EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister of Local Government: Does he think it is fair to require Cantabrians to pay around $78 million in regional rates annually with no elected regional councillors deciding how to spend those rates? Hon NANAIA MAHUTA to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her answers to parliamentary written questions that show parents are paying 30 percent more in school donations since National took office? [more]

12/09/2012: Question Time for 12 September 2012
DAVID SHEARER to the Minister of Education: Has she been informed whether the Prime Minister stands by all the statements he and his Ministers have made regarding the Reading Recovery Programme? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement, "The Government wants all young New Zealanders to have the opportunities they need to succeed and reach their full potential"? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Finance: What is the Government doing to increase jobs and support a productive and competitive economy? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does he agree with Dr Jan Wright, the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, that his Government's changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme "makes a farce of our climate change commitments"; if not, why not? Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister for Social Development: How will the Government's investment approach refocus New Zealand's welfare system? SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Education: What plans does she have to improve the provision of early childhood education? DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Science and Innovation: What new investment is the Government making in innovation and high-value manufacturing? CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Minister for ACC: What consultation took place between her and ACC, or between her predecessor and ACC, over ACC becoming a member of the consortium that bid successfully to build New Zealand's first public-private partnership prison at Wiri? Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister of Corrections: What progress has been made on the new prison to be built at Wiri? GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: What advice has he received on how New Zealand's Ross Sea Marine Protected Area proposal would have affected the percentage of the toothfish catch landed by New Zealand fishers in the last three years? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Finance: What did he mean when he said that there is a "level of discomfort about the high level of the New Zealand dollar" in answer to Oral Question No 2 yesterday? ANDREW LITTLE to the Minister for ACC: Does she stand by her statement that recent appointments to the board of ACC "underline the Government's commitment to genuine culture change, and will lead to a more balanced and comprehensive approach to the governance and operation of ACC"? [more]

13/09/2012: Question Time for 13 September 2012
BRENDAN HORAN to the Minister of Transport: What reports or advice has he received regarding the feasibility of establishing an inter-island ferry terminal at Clifford Bay? COLIN KING to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the economy? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his reported statement of 1 May 2012 that if Hon John Banks had lied over a donation from Kim Dotcom then he would be sacked from Cabinet? KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister for ACC: Does she agree with Peter Trapski's recommendation in his 1994 Report of that "the Corporation must ensure that the opinions it obtains from medical practitioners are independent, not only of the claimant, but also of the Corporation, and that they are seen to be so"? TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Justice: What steps is she taking to support victims of crime and put them at the heart of the justice system? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement "In the past 2 years, however, almost 60,000 net new jobs have been created"; if so, what was the net number of jobs created in the two most recent years of the Statistics New Zealand Linked Employer-Employee Dataset? MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Social Development: What recent announcements has she made on the Government's welfare reforms? Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he agree with Finance Minister, Hon Bill English, that "In the past 2 years, however, almost 60,000 net new jobs have been created"? Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Why is the Government making changes to the ETS, which Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Dr Jan Wright says will make "taxpayers subsidise the cost of pollution indefinitely" and which she has described as "a very poor way" of subsidising jobs? KATRINA SHANKS to the Minister for Courts: What progress can he report on making fines and reparations a more effective part of our justice system? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Transport: Does he stand by all his statements on the Roads of National Significance? Dr JACKIE BLUE to the Minister for Senior Citizens: How are Police and communities working together to improve responses to elder abuse and support for vulnerable older people? Questions to Members Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Chairperson of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee: Does he intend to invite the New Zealand Defence Force to give evidence on the briefing on Afghanistan?   [more]

18/09/2012: Question Time for 18 September 2012
MAGGIE BARRY to the Minister of Finance: What measures is the Government taking to encourage businesses to invest, grow and create jobs? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement given in answer to Oral Question No 2 on 1 May 2012, "my chief of staff spoke with Hon John Banks and sought an assurance from him that he had fully complied with the requirements of the Local Electoral Act in respect of donations. Mr Banks gave his assurance during the phone call and stated that he was not aware that Mr Dotcom had made the donation to his mayoral campaign"? METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that Hon John Banks has "got a version of events, others have got a different version. It's not for me to forensically go through that"; if so, whose job is it to hold his Ministers to account for the veracity of their statements? MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Justice: What steps is the Government taking to better protect the public from imminent and serious sexual and violent offenders? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in answer to Supplementary Question No 3 in Oral Question No 2 on 1 May 2012, "The test is whether the Minister correctly applied and did everything in accordance with the law. I have received an assurance he did"? EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister of Conservation: Has she considered making the decision herself on Milford Dart Ltd's concession application for a private bus tunnel, rather than delegating it to a Department of Conservation manager; if not, why not? Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Small Business: What changes, if any, has he proposed to the Minister of Commerce to the Companies Act 1993 to reduce the burden of compliance on small businesses? Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister for Social Development: What changes will the Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Bill make to the welfare system? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Finance: What discussions, if any, has he had with the Reserve Bank regarding the exchange rate in the past six months? Hon LIANNE DALZIEL to the Minister of Education: On what date did she approve the proposal for changes to the schools network in Canterbury, announced last Thursday, and when were school principals and board of trustee chairs affected by the proposed closures first invited to a briefing on that proposal? SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Revenue: How has the Government made the student loan scheme more affordable for taxpayers? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the IMF that the New Zealand currency is overvalued and does he agree with exporters that this is causing decreased export receipts resulting in fewer jobs in the export sector? [more]

19/09/2012: Question Time for 19 September 2012
DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement: "The test is whether I can rely on the member's word and he has given me assurance that he met the law … There is a statute of limitations and he has complied with the law"? PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Finance: What is the Government doing to deliver better public services within its wider economic programme? TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations: Does he agree that "Consulting involves the statement of a proposal not yet finally decided upon, listening to what others have to say, considering their responses and then deciding what will be done"; if so, how do the Government's consultation hui about the "shares plus" proposal align with this definition? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: What did he mean in his reported statement "we're considering what we can do to resist a rising exchange rate", and how does he reconcile this statement with that given by the Associate Minister of Finance on behalf of the Minister of Finance yesterday to the effect that the New Zealand Government has absolutely no way of influencing the New Zealand dollar down? Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Health: What progress is the Government making with National Health Targets? JACINDA ARDERN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "… I am prepared to commit Government resources to try to lift children out of poverty"? MIKE SABIN to the Minister for Social Development: How will the recently established partnership between Child, Youth and Family and Te Rūnanga A Iwi O Ngāpuhi better protect children? Hon MARYAN STREET to the Minister of Health: Is he satisfied that New Zealand women and children are receiving better, sooner and more convenient health care? SCOTT SIMPSON to the Associate Minister of Transport: What recent announcements have been made by the Government in relation to New Zealand's vehicle licensing system? METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement, "I do not know so much about 'Planet Key', but my expectations are it would be a lovely place to live, it would be beautifully governed, golf courses would be plentiful, people would have plenty of holidays to enjoy their time, and what a wonderful place it would be"? DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: How have employment law changes relating to the minimum wage and 90-day trial implemented by the Government improved the working lives of New Zealand women? TODD McCLAY to the Minister of Revenue: What progress has the Government made towards making retirement savings portable between New Zealand and Australia? Questions to Members ANDREW WILLIAMS to the Chairperson of the Local Government and Environment Committee: When will the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill be reported back to the House and approximately how many written submissions have been received on the Bill? ANDREW WILLIAMS to the Rt Hon Winston Peters: What is the intention of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (Amending Primary Function of Bank) Amendment Bill? ANDREW WILLIAMS to the Rt Hon Winston Peters: How will the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (Amending Primary Function of Bank) Amendment Bill help the Reserve Bank pursue a balanced macro-economic policy? ANDREW WILLIAMS to the Rt Hon Winston Peters: Why is the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (Amending Primary Function of Bank) Amendment Bill needed now? [more]

20/09/2012: Question Time for 20 September 2012
JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on the economy? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Police: Does she have confidence in the New Zealand Police? ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Social Development: What announcement has the Government recently made on the Limited Services Volunteer programme? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: How many export and import substitution jobs does he estimate have been destroyed in 2012 as a result of the exchange rate, which has been at 70 or above on the Trade Weighted Index for every month of this year? Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Is he confident that, in drafting the latest Emissions Trading Scheme amendment bill, he has sufficiently taken into account recent scientific concerns over dangerous man-made climate change? MOANA MACKEY to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: What advice has he received about the impact of the Government's proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme contained in the Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading and Other Matters) Amendment Bill on forestry, and what impact will these changes have on the Government's ability to meet its stated target of a 50 percent reduction in New Zealand greenhouse gases emissions from 1990 levels by 2050? BARBARA STEWART to the Minister of Health: What reports, if any, has he received regarding the proposed closure of Kenepuru Hospital Accident and Medical Centre overnight? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: When was she first informed of problems with the Novopay system for the payment of teachers, and was she given a date for when problems with the system would be solved? JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Transport: What progress is the Government making in implementing an "open skies" air transport policy? Dr MEGAN WOODS to the Minister of Education: Is she satisfied with her handling of the education renewal plan for Christchurch, Selwyn and Waimakariri; if so, why? Dr JIAN YANG to the Associate Minister of Health: What recent announcements has she made regarding new initiatives to improve quality and safety in the health sector? CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Education: What educational achievement criteria were used to choose the schools proposed for closure or merger in Christchurch and Canterbury? [more]

25/09/2012: Question Time for 25 September 2012
Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister responsible for the Government Communications Security Bureau: Does he consider that he should have been informed about the unlawful bugging of Kim Dotcom earlier than Monday, 17 September 2012; if not, why not? JOHN HAYES to the Minister of Finance: What measures has the Government taken to improve the long-term competitiveness of the New Zealand economy? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: How many times has he been formally briefed by the Government Communications Security Bureau, by year, since November 2008? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements in relation to Kim Dotcom and the inquiry into the actions of the Government Communications Security Bureau? NIKKI KAYE to the Minister of Education: What support exists for the publication of National Standards data? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that "exporters are actually doing their best, and they need all the help they can get from a Government that is actually in favour of exporting and investing"; if so, what support has the Government given Solid Energy to prevent layoffs and redundancies? COLIN KING to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What is the Government doing to improve access to foundation-level tertiary education for young New Zealanders? GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he stand by his statement on fracking that he has "full confidence in the ability of councils to manage it" when unlined earthen blow-down pits were used without resource consent for over a decade, and now the soil and groundwater near Kapuni wellsites in Taranaki is contaminated? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: Is it still his position that the test for his confidence in Hon John Banks was that he complied with the law; if so, on what basis does he believe that Mr Banks complied with the law with respect to anonymous donations under the Local Electoral Act 2001? KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Civil Defence: What progress has the Government made in encouraging New Zealanders to participate in the ShakeOut earthquake drill? CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Attorney-General: Has the Government given any type of indemnity relating to legal actions concerning Kim Dotcom; if so, what are the terms and which agencies were consulted before it was given? SHANE ARDERN to the Associate Minister of Health: What initiatives is the Health Promotion Agency taking to assist the Government's heart health and diabetes targets? [more]

26/09/2012: Question Time for 26 September 2012
DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements in relation to Kim Dotcom and the inquiry into the actions of the Government Communications Security Bureau? Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making to ensure New Zealand's economic growth is sustainable and supports jobs and higher incomes? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in his Minister of Economic Development in light of the fact that there have been nearly 40,000 net job losses in the manufacturing sector in the four years to June 2012? Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister for Economic Development: What impact has his Business Growth Agenda had on Nuplex Industries, Solid Energy, Kawerau and Tiwai Point, and how many job cuts have been announced there in the last two months? IAN McKELVIE to the Minister of Justice: What steps is the Government taking to reduce the stress on victims caused by unnecessary parole hearings? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement to the House yesterday, "The police statement quite clearly said that there was insufficient evidence, that there is a statute of limitations, and that he has complied with the law."; if so, where in the police statement do they say that Mr Banks complied with the law? HONE HARAWIRA to the Minister for Social Development: Does she think it acceptable that the hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders reliant on government benefits face the predicament each and every week, such as the case of Sam Kuha in Kaikohe, who is left to survive on $18.00 a week for food? MIKE SABIN to the Minister for Social Development: What difference do social workers make in protecting our most vulnerable children from abuse and neglect? MOJO MATHERS to the Minister of Broadcasting: Will he consider using regulation to increase New Zealand's levels of captioning for free-to-air television; if not, why not? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he accept that under the Government Communications Security Bureau Act 2003, section 8(3) that the performance of the GCSB's functions is, in the absence of any warrant or vested authority, subject to the control of the Prime Minister? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Are reports that she intends to write to Christchurch schools within the next fortnight to begin the formal consultation process required to close or merge them correct; if so, what was the purpose of the "open consultation" process she began on 13 September? MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What progress has the Government made on promoting fuel efficiency in heavy road vehicles? Questions to Members ANDREW WILLIAMS to the Member in charge of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (Amending Primary Function of Bank) Amendment Bill: What will the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (Amending Primary Function of Bank) Amendment Bill enable the Reserve Bank to do to address the overvalued dollar? ANDREW WILLIAMS to the Member in charge of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (Amending Primary Function of Bank) Amendment Bill: Is the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (Amending Primary Function of Bank) Amendment Bill "populist garbage"? BARBARA STEWART to the Member in charge of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (Amending Primary Function of Bank) Amendment Bill: What is the importance of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (Amending Primary Function of Bank) Amendment Bill to New Zealand exporters? [more]

27/09/2012: Question Time for 27 September 2012
DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: How many jobs have been created in the New Zealand economy over the past two years? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: When was his Chief of Staff first informed about the role of the GCSB in the Kim Dotcom case, and when were officials from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, including the Intelligence Co-ordination Group, the National Assessments Bureau, and the Security Intelligence Service first aware of the Kim Dotcom case? JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Corrections: What were the results of the Prisoner Skills and Employment Strategy 2009-2012? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in the Minister for the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) given the Prime Minister's statement that the GCSB unlawfully intercepted communications in relation to Kim Dotcom; if so, why? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Did MediaWorks have discussions with him in relation to their application for a deferment of their radio broadcasting licence fees; if so, what was the outcome? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What steps is the Government taking to encourage the development of New Zealand's oil, gas and mineral resources? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement "the Government is doing everything it can to give businesses the confidence to invest, grow and create new jobs"; if so, what was the net change in filled jobs in the private sector from December 2008 to December 2011 according to Statistics New Zealand's Quarterly Employment Survey? JOHN HAYES to the Minister of Broadcasting: What percentage of households in Hawke's Bay and on the West Coast of the South Island are expected to go digital ahead of the digital switchover in these regions on 30 September 2012? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by her statement that "The National-led Government's initiatives will modernise welfare to better suit New Zealand's needs and make welfare work"? SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Education: What reports has she received on the 2011 NCEA results? JAN LOGIE to the Minister of Justice: Will she give full consideration to any recommendations the Law Commission makes on alternative trial processes when the Commission reports back? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: What is the consultation timetable for the Christchurch schools she proposes to close or merge, including the date of the proposal announcement, the date submissions close and the date of her final decision? [more]

23/10/2012: Question Time for 23 October 2012
Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: At his meeting with the boss of American oil giant Anadarko in November 2011, was the issue of making deep sea oil drilling a permitted activity under the EEZ legislation raised? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement "we're trying to change the economic picture to encourage more New Zealanders to stay"; if so, how many people have migrated to Australia since he took office? SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Finance: What steps are being taken to improve housing affordability, as part of the Government's wider economic programme? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement regarding Australia that "It has been a bit of a safety valve for jobs for people who can't find jobs here"; if so, what advice, if any, has he received on the effects of emigration on the level of unemployment in New Zealand? MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Social Development: What announcements has she made on ensuring those working with children recognise and report suspected child abuse, as part of the Government's White Paper for Vulnerable Children? Hon LIANNE DALZIEL to the Minister of Education: Will she extend the consultation timeframe for Christchurch schools which are proposed to be merged or closed, to enable them to fully engage with their communities; if not, why not? NICKY WAGNER to the Minister of Education: What steps is the Government taking to ensure meaningful consultation with school communities in Greater Christchurch? CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Prime Minister: Since he assumed ministerial responsibility for it, has the Government Communications Security Bureau undertaken surveillance of any person who is a citizen or resident of New Zealand, other than Mr Kim Dotcom? Dr CAM CALDER to the Associate Minister of Health: What progress has been made on the introduction of a comprehensive clinical assessment tool for older people in rest homes? Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does he stand by his comment of 17 October 2012 that, "We need to make sure that New Zealand continues to do its fair share, alongside other countries, to combat the effects of climate change…"? MIKE SABIN to the Minister of Customs: What is the Government doing to combat the smuggling of precursors used to manufacture methamphetamine? ANDREW WILLIAMS to the Minister of Finance: Is reducing the current account deficit a priority for the Government? Questions to Members DENISE ROCHE to the Member in charge of the Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act 2009 (Application to Casinos) Amendment Bill: Why did the member draft the Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act 2009 (Application to Casinos) Amendment Bill? DENISE ROCHE to the Member in charge of the Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act 2009 (Application to Casinos) Amendment Bill: What is the purpose of the Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act 2009 (Application to Casinos) Amendment Bill? [more]

24/10/2012: Question Time for 24 October 2012
DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What measures has the Government taken to support families through the global financial crisis? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement on asset sales "It's a minor delay, but in the overall scheme of things, sometimes the longest way home is the fastest way home"; if so, is he still confident that his asset sales schedule is on track? KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister for Economic Development: What is the Government doing to encourage businesses to invest, and grow jobs? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: Does she have confidence in Work and Income's approach to privacy and the security of information? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement, "We're not environmental bandits. If we don't believe drilling can take place in a way that is environmentally sustainable and wouldn't put at undue risk the environment, we wouldn't go with it."; if so, why? Hon NANAIA MAHUTA to the Associate Minister of Education: How many teachers and support staff were incorrectly paid in the latest pay cycle and what is the total amount of outstanding pay still owed to teachers and support staff due to errors in the Novopay system? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: When did he first learn of a German resident living in the Chrisco mansion in the Prime Minister's electorate? Peseta SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister for Social Development: What changes will the White Paper for Vulnerable Children make to better support professionals working with children? CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Education: Will any newly merged or reopened schools in Christchurch be expected to use some community facilities that are ordinarily provided on-site at a school? CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Prime Minister: When will he be informed of the Inspector-General's findings concerning the three cases where the Government Communications Security Bureau has been unable to assure him that its actions have been lawful, and how will he communicate those findings to the House? Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister for ACC: How will the Government improve accidental injury outcomes for under-six-year-olds? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: Has Hon John Banks satisfied the Cabinet Manual requirement of upholding the highest ethical standards in his political and personal capacity? [more]

06/11/2012: Question Time for 6 November 2012
Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Will he take responsibility for the failure of government policy as revealed in the Pike River Royal Commission report? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Finance: What policy steps is the Government taking to make houses more affordable in the medium term? KEVIN HAGUE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in regard to the report of the Royal Commission on the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy that "the company completely and utterly failed to protect their workers"? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by her statement in relation to the Work and Income security breach that "I am going to be as upfront and as transparent as possible, and I will put as much information out there as I can as we work our way through this process"? MARK MITCHELL to the Minister for Economic Development: How is the Government investing in infrastructure to support, encourage and grow New Zealand businesses? Hon NANAIA MAHUTA to the Associate Minister of Education: Does he stand by all the statements of the Minister of Education and those of her Ministry regarding Novopay? Dr JACKIE BLUE to the Minister of Justice: How is the Government delivering on its Better Public Services targets to reduce crime? DARIEN FENTON to the Acting Minister of Labour: How will the proposed changes to employment law improve health and safety in the workplace? ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Social Development: How are foster carers being recognised for the contribution they make to New Zealand's most vulnerable children during Foster Care Awareness Week? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Transport: Did Hon Steven Joyce meet with the Snapper CEO in March 2010 and discuss Snapper's desire to enter the Auckland public transport integrated ticketing scheme; if so, why did he not include this in his answer to Oral Question No 10 on 27 June 2012? EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for the Environment: Does she plan to introduce legislation this year to establish independent state-of-the-environment reporting as the Government promised before the last election; if not, why not? [more]

07/11/2012: Question Time for 7 November 2012
Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the Government's financial position? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers; if so, why? COLIN KING to the Minister for Tertiary Education: How is the Government helping Cantabrians upskill for the Christchurch rebuild? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: In Budget 2011 which year was unemployment forecast to fall below 5 percent and when does Treasury now predict unemployment to fall below 5 percent? METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Revenue: How many parents have lost access to the in-work tax credit in the past year because they have lost their jobs or no longer work enough hours to qualify? MIKE SABIN to the Minister of Justice: How is the Government reducing crime and reoffending by helping offenders to deal with their addictions? Hon DAMIEN O'CONNOR to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in Hon Kate Wilkinson as a Minister in his Government? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers? MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Social Development: What impact has the Canterbury rebuild had on benefit numbers? HONE HARAWIRA to the Minister of Housing: Why is he persisting with the reduction of State houses, including in Glen Innes, at a time when there is a growing need for decent, affordable housing for low-income families? CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Prime Minister: Did he meet with Warner Brothers and New Line movie executives in Los Angeles, and with US Trade Representative Ambassador Ron Kirk, who is responsible for US intellectual property and piracy matters, in the middle of last year; if so, on what dates? CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister for the Environment: How many televisions have been collected to date under the Government's TV Takeback programme? [more]

08/11/2012: Question Time for 8 November 2012
Hon DAMIEN O'CONNOR to the Prime Minister: Did Hon Kate Wilkinson have Ministerial responsibility for the departmental errors during her term as Minister of Labour which partially contributed to the deaths of 29 miners at Pike River? TODD McCLAY to the Minister of Finance: What steps is the Government taking to support jobs as part of its programme to build a more productive and competitive economy? RICHARD PROSSER to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he have confidence in the Director-General of the Ministry for Primary Industries? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: What are the estimated costs to the taxpayer resulting from the Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading and Other Matters) Amendment Bill? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by all her statements relating to the departure of the Ministry of Social Development Deputy Chief Executive, Janet Grossman? SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Science and Innovation: How is the Government using science to address some of the biggest challenges facing New Zealand? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Transport: What assurances did Hon Steven Joyce give Snapper CEO Miki Szikszai in relation to Snapper's participation in the Auckland integrated ticketing arrangement when they met on 3 March 2012? IAN McKELVIE to the Minister of Justice: What is the Government doing to further protect victims from their attackers? CLARE CURRAN to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: What percentage of New Zealand homes did the Government commit in 2008 would be connected to Ultra Fast Broadband within 10 years? SHANE ARDERN to the Minister of Health: What progress is the Government making on improving the regulation of natural health products? KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Health: Does he regard the input and engagement of clinicians and the public to be critical to the achievement of his targets for DHB performance? TRACEY MARTIN to the Minister of Education: Is she satisfied with the way schools are funded?   [more]

13/11/2012: Question Time for 13 November 2012
KATRINA SHANKS to the Minister of Finance: How is the Government's economic programme helping New Zealand families by increasing savings, keeping interest rates low and minimising cost of living pressures? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements on jobs and employment? TIM MACINDOE to the Minister for Social Development: What announcements have been made as part of the Government's White Paper for Vulnerable Children to take stronger action against child abusers? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement "What we do environmentally matters a great deal, but we also want jobs and we also want to make sure we're not prioritising that over everything else. I think we've got that balance about right"? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What recent announcement has been made about Block Offer 2013? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: Was the Prime Minister correct when he said on 12 October 2012 that "our unemployment rate's not rising"; if so, why? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement in September 2010 that "there is no doubt that unemployment has peaked"? TODD McCLAY to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: What steps is he taking to ensure the environmental integrity of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by her statement that "the Government is taking an active, work-based approach" to her welfare reforms? BARBARA STEWART to the Minister of Health: Is he satisfied that District Health Boards have done enough to promote understanding of the Pharmacy Services Agreement? Dr JACKIE BLUE to the Minister of Health: What is the Government doing to promote awareness and support those with hepatitis C? Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Has he received any advice on the impact on New Zealand trade resulting from his decision not to sign up to the Second Commitment Period under the Kyoto Protocol; if so, what was it? [more]

14/11/2012: Question Time for 14 November 2012
Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that the Household Labour Force Survey is "the most rigorous form of measuring employment in the economy"; if so, what were the Survey's results for unemployment for the last four quarters? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he still think his Government is "on the right track"? MAGGIE BARRY to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making in getting back to surplus and reducing future borrowing? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by all her answers to Oral Question No 9 yesterday? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Immigration: Is he satisfied that Immigration New Zealand's visitor visa processing system is robust and effective; if so, why? MIKE SABIN to the Minister for Social Development: What further announcements has she made on the Children's Teams, part of the Government's White Paper for Vulnerable Children? Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister for Economic Development: Is he satisfied that the policy initiatives undertaken by his Ministry are adequately tackling the problem of unemployment; if not, why not? DENISE ROCHE to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: Was he referring to the SkyCity Convention Centre, which is the subject of an inquiry by the Auditor-General, when he told the House, "in relation to the International Convention Centre, they have sought to stop, which is the reason right now for 1,000 less jobs in this country"? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Associate Minister of Education: Does he stand by his statement "Yes I do have confidence in Novopay"? JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Corrections: What steps has the Government taken to protect communities from high-risk offenders? DARIEN FENTON to the Acting Minister of Labour: When will he begin the process of consulting on the minimum wage for 2013? KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Internal Affairs: How many New Zealanders have applied for a passport online since the launch of the Online Passport Renewal Service? Questions to Members DENISE ROCHE to the member in charge of the Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act 2009 (Application to Casinos) Amendment Bill: What is the purpose of her Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act 2009 (Application to Casinos) Amendment Bill? DENISE ROCHE to the member in charge of the Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act 2009 (Application to Casinos) Amendment Bill: How will her Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act 2009 (Application to Casinos) Amendment Bill benefit the victims of crime?   [more]

15/11/2012: Parliament Question Time for 15 November 2012
Questions to Ministers 1. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: How many Modern Apprenticeships were being undertaken as at December 2011, and what percentage increase or decrease is this compared with December 2008? 2. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister of Health: Does the Government believe that it is acceptable that two out of three Maori and Pacific Island diabetics die from diabetic complications, compared to one in three Pakeha diabetics; and what actions has he taken to reduce the inequities in light of fresh predictions that by 2020 one in six Maori and Pasifika adults will have diabetes? 3. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on progress in lifting New Zealanders' household savings and reducing household debt? 4. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister for Economic Development: Has the Government changed its position in relation to the recommendations of the Pure Advantage green growth reports given its rejection of Pure Advantage's first report? 5. MARK MITCHELL to the Minister for Social Development: How will the new Child Protect Line, discussed in the Government's White Paper for Vulnerable Children, better protect New Zealand's children? 6. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Immigration: What assurances can he give that international criminals will not be entering New Zealand through the China Southern Airlines frequent flyer scheme? 7. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Associate Minister of Education: Does he take ministerial responsibility for the problems with the Novopay system; if not, why not? 8. CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister for the Environment: What recent announcements has she made in relation to the Community Environment Fund? 9. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Pure Advantage report released today that "green growth represents a huge opportunity for all Kiwis to prosper"; if so, what will he do to put New Zealand on a green growth pathway? 10. Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Associate Minister of Health: What is the Government doing to ensure the ongoing provision of hospice services in our communities? 11. CLARE CURRAN to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he stand by all his statements about manufacturing in New Zealand? 12. SCOTT SIMPSON to the Associate Minister of Transport: What progress can he report on the Government's Vehicle Licensing Reform Project? [more]

27/11/2012: Question Time for 27 November 2012
JOHN HAYES to the Minister of Finance: What steps is the Government taking to address the long-standing problem of housing affordability in New Zealand? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that the Household Labour Force Survey shows that "over the last four years, the number of jobs in manufacturing is roughly about the same", given that the survey shows employment in manufacturing has declined by 31,600 in the four years to September 2012? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "Yes, there is a housing issue in New Zealand"? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister for Whānau Ora: Is the Whānau Integration, Innovation and Engagement Fund open to individuals who do not have New Zealand citizenship or residency; if so, how many non-residents have received grants from the Fund since 2010? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he accept the findings of the most recent Household Labour Force Survey that show the unemployment rate at its highest level in 13 years; if not, why not? CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister of State Services: What recent announcements has the Government made regarding public service office accommodation in Wellington? Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: What projections, if any, have been done on the impact of his amendments to the Emissions Trading Scheme on forestry? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Housing: Does he agree with all of the Prime Minister's statements on housing? Hon PETER DUNNE to the Minister of Transport: What factors led to the Government announcement last Wednesday to proceed with the construction of the Transmission Gully Highway as a public-private partnership? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Associate Minister of Education: Was he aware, before he signed off on the decision for Novopay to go live, that the Ministry of Education's survey of trial Novopay users found only 37 percent of them believed they were ready for its introduction; if not, why not? MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Veterans' Affairs: What is the Government doing to help veterans attend significant commemorations of their service? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: Was the subject of Kim Dotcom raised in his recent discussion with US President Barack Obama; if so, by whom? [more]

28/11/2012: Question Time for 28 November 2012
METIRIA TUREI to the Minister for Social Development: When she said in her response to the 2010 Taskforce for Action on Sexual Violence, that it was important to "consider future funding options to ensure the sector has greater certainty", did she intend for that to mean funding may be cut? Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister of Finance: What contribution is the screen industry making to the New Zealand economy? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: What advice has he received about a new agreement between the New Zealand Government and China Southern Airlines in respect of visa processing? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement on rheumatic fever that "Tackling this disease is something I am personally championing. It's so important to achieve results in this area, that I've made it one of our top 10 results areas"? Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister of Health: What progress is the Government making on the national health targets? CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Education: What evidence, if any, has she received that creating bigger, super schools in Christchurch will benefit students and their communities? MIKE SABIN to the Minister for Social Development: How is the Government supporting communities to make a difference for New Zealand's most vulnerable children? IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY to the Minister of Defence: Has he read all the Defence Force reports regarding the accident involving a RNZAF Iroquois on ANZAC Day 2010; if so, what action has he taken? Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What is the Government's response to the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment's recently released interim report on fracking? Hon MARYAN STREET to the Minister of Health: Is he satisfied that his health targets are working for those that need them the most? NIKKI KAYE to the Minister of Education: What is the Government doing to raise educational achievement for Pasifika students? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Associate Minister of Education: What is the difference between a trial and a test when it comes to ICT systems in light of his answer to a supplementary question on Oral Question No 10 yesterday? [more]

29/11/2012: Question Time for 29 November 2012
Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Housing: What progress has the Government made in the provision of affordable home ownership in Auckland? PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the global economic situation and its expected impact on the New Zealand economy? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: How does New Zealand rank internationally, in terms of net emissions, in the latest United Nations national greenhouse gas inventory data for the period 1990-2010? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by her statement "No one wants to see young people floundering on benefits and we will keep the focus on our youth, however evidence tells us the programmes this Government has introduced are making a difference"? Peseta SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister for Social Development: What opportunities does the Government's White Paper for Vulnerable Children provide for New Zealanders to get involved? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Transport: Does he still "take big issue with the suggestion that the City Rail Link is useful or popular"? MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What recent announcement has he made about the Warm Up New Zealand programme? Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister of Revenue: Before the launch of their September 2011 "Transformation Programme Planning Services" Registration of Interest, how many companies did IRD expect would comply with the mandatory requirements listed in 4.3 of the Registration of Interest, and of those, how many were expected to be New Zealand-owned companies? ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Courts: What progress can he report in improving safety in our courts? CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Does he consider that New Zealand's community policing projects in West Papua have improved adherence to human rights and access to justice in West Papua; if so, why? BARBARA STEWART to the Associate Minister of Health: Is he satisfied with current mental health services in New Zealand? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does her Associate Minister's handling of his delegated responsibility for Novopay give her confidence in his ability to fulfil his other duties? [more]

05/12/2012: Question Time for 5 December 2012
Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: What policy directives has he given his two Ministers attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Doha? KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making in managing its finances so it can return to surplus and start repaying debt? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his promise to New Zealanders that "I expect high standards from my Ministers…if they don't meet the standards I set then obviously I will take action if necessary"; if so, how have his actions in respect of Hon John Banks this year upheld that promise? COLIN KING to the Minister of Science and Innovation: What investment is the Government making in new science projects? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: When was she first aware that the Transition to Work Grant had been used to pay for flights to Australia for job seekers who had an offer of employment? Le'aufa'amulia ASENATI LOLE-TAYLOR to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his reported statement that the Prostitution Law Reform Act 2003 "hasn't actually worked"? Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister for Social Development: What progress has been made to ensure children in care have access to the health and education services they need? JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that "there is no suggestion of the Government borrowing billions of dollars for motorways"? Hon TARIANA TURIA to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he agree with Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Ruanui that iwi are more likely to be on the ground in respect of oil and mineral operations, and therefore inclusion of iwi in the assessment of health, safety and environmental requirements is essential; if so, how does he intend to demonstrate this? Hon PHIL GOFF to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Is he aware of the requirement in the Cabinet Manual "to behave in a way that upholds and is seen to uphold the highest ethical standards" and have the appointments he has made as Minister met that requirement? Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister for Food Safety: What progress has been made to reduce the incidence of food poisoning in New Zealand? Hon LIANNE DALZIEL to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? [more]

06/12/2012: Question Time for 6 December 2012
LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the economy? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: Does he stand by his statement that those providers who have received funding for foundation level courses in the recent contestable process were chosen because of their ability to "deliver to those most at need of foundation education programmes"? COLIN KING to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What progress is the Government making with strengthening the performance of our tertiary education system? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that "I just don't think the world will let us run 7 and 8 percent current account deficits. It just won't. I think you'd get the kind of sharp adjustment that the textbooks tell you would happen in the exchange rate or interest rates"; if so, has he seen NZIER's forecast for New Zealand's current account deficit as a percentage of GDP for 2014 and 2017? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Prime Minister that the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement is worth about US$2.9 billion to the New Zealand economy; if so, has he or the Treasury seen this forecasting? MAGGIE BARRY to the Minister of Health: What announcements has the Government recently made on new facilities in the public health service? DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: What steps is he taking to implement the recommendations of the Pike River Mine Royal Commission Inquiry? Peseta SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What recent update has he received on Transpower's North Island Grid Upgrade? Hon PHIL GOFF to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Has he read the Owner's Expectations Manual prepared by the Crown Ownership Monitoring Unit, and does he require directors he recommends for appointment to government companies to also read that manual? RICHARD PROSSER to the Minister for Primary Industries: What is the latest estimate by the Ministry of Primary Industries of the total cost to the kiwifruit industry of the PSA outbreak? Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister of Commerce: What regulations came into force this month that target unsolicited or "low ball" share offers? JAN LOGIE to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Has the Government diverted money from its aid budget in order to pay for its $30 million pledge over three years to help developing countries address climate change? [more]

13/02/2013: Question Time for 13 February 2013
DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What will be the main focus of Budget 2013? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Education: Given the Salvation Army's State of the Nation report shows a widening education gap between students from wealthier and poorer communities, would she have done anything differently, in hindsight, to better support children in lower decile schools? JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Police: What announcements has the Government made on the availability of new technology for frontline Police to help them in their fight against crime? DENIS O'ROURKE to the Minister for Economic Development: What progress, if any, has the Government made in the area of regional development? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his Budget 2012 statement "We are moving towards growth that is driven by savings, exports, and productive investment in the parts of the economy that trade with the rest of the world"? Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister of Education: What reports has she received on the 2012 NCEA results? JACINDA ARDERN to the Deputy Prime Minister: Does he agree with the Salvation Army whose report states today that "Another year of minimal change in levels of child poverty was matched by little tangible progress being made by the Ministerial Committee on Poverty"; if not, why not? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: What steps is the Government taking to reduce costs for New Zealanders using their mobile devices overseas? HONE HARAWIRA to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: Does he agree that a Māori and Pacific unemployment rate that has been nearly three times higher than the Pākehā rate for each of the four years of his Government's time in office signals the failure of the National Governments employment, education, skills and training policies for Māori and Pacific peoples; if not, why not? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by all of her decisions as Minister of Education; if not, which, if any, particular decisions does she now regret? MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Ethnic Affairs: What is the Government doing to increase the leadership capabilities in youth of ethnic minorities? [more]

14/02/2013: Question Time for 14 February 2013
GRANT ROBERTSON to the Associate Minister of Education: Why has he proposed exempting charter schools from the requirements of the Official Information Act 1982, something that the Ombudsmen have described as being "catastrophic"? JOHN HAYES to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on wage increases in New Zealand? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he agree with the Prime Minister's statement that "I would go back to the most rigorous form of measuring employment in the economy and in relation to the manufacturing sector. That is the household labour force survey"; if so, what was the net change in persons employed in manufacturing in the HLFS in the year to December 2012? JAN LOGIE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in regard to the Australian Government's detention centres for asylum seekers that "the camps would be at the world standard we would expect from a developed economy like Australia"? SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Conservation: What progress is the Department of Conservation making, in partnership with the New Zealand Cycle Trail, to deliver the network of Great Rides as initiated by the Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key? Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: Does he have confidence that the Government's asset sale programme is on track; if so, why? KATRINA SHANKS to the Minister for Courts: What progress was made in 2012 in recovering court fines and reparations? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Did any of the reports referred to in his response to Question for Written Answer 09873 (2012) include the governance and financial position of the Richina Pacific group of companies? Hon MARYAN STREET to the Minister of Health: What reports, if any, has he received on the impact of increasing prescription charges? Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Veterans' Affairs: What progress has been made towards planning for the Centenary Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli? CLARE CURRAN to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: Does she agree with Chorus's assertion that the Commerce Commission's draft decision on pricing for unbundled bitstream access (UBA) services could reduce annual earnings by up to $160 million? JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Finance: Would he support Budget 2013 including funding for Vote Parliamentary Service to ensure that parliamentary cleaners and other support staff are paid a living wage of at least $18.40 an hour? [more]

21/02/2013: Question Time for 21 February 2013
GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: Does he agree that the Prime Minister certainly moved to the extent of saying that he himself offered regulatory relief, if so, were other bidders to build a convention centre in Auckland offered regulatory relief? DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on rising household incomes? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for Economic Development: Was a document summarising the process involving SkyCity and the proposed convention centre, as referred to at paragraphs 3.17 and 3.18 of the report from the Deputy Auditor General, sent by MED or the Ministry of Tourism via email to DPMC on 12 November 2009, and did that email record Treasury advice that advice should be sought from the Office of the Auditor General to determine the probity of that process? Hon TARIANA TURIA to the Minister of Internal Affairs: Will he agree to follow the lead of many of our major trading partners including Canada, Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom and China, and introduce a ten–year passport option, and if not, why not? Hon MARYAN STREET to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received about the estimated revenue to be generated or savings to be made from the increase in prescription charges from $3 to $5 an item? Peseta SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Associate Minister for Social Development: Why do the welfare fraud reforms he announced yesterday focus so heavily on relationship fraud? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for Economic Development: Did the Minister for Economic Development sight the request for Expressions of Interest for Growing New Zealand's share of the International Business Events Market and Strengthening the National Network of Convention Centres document before it was issued on 19 May 2010; and was it shown to other Ministers? CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister of Labour: What progress can he report on the Government's Pike River Implementation Plan? BRENDAN HORAN to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he support new foreign investment in the New Zealand dairy sector? Dr JACKIE BLUE to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received on the Government's Better Public Service target for immunisation? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister Responsible for Novopay: What steps, if any, has he taken to ensure that individuals and schools are not financially disadvantaged as a result of the Novopay debacle? KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Civil Defence: What advice has she received regarding the response of the New Zealand Civil Defence Emergency Management system to the 6 February 2013 tsunami threat? [more]

26/02/2013: Question Time for 26 February 2013
Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Why did he say last week in relation to SkyCity "Its architects designed such a thing, realised they needed more land, worked out who owned the land, and approached Television New Zealand"? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in relation to asset sales "I spent my life starting in investment banking. I know how these things work"? PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the economy? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: Does he agree with the Prime Minister "the number one thing New Zealanders need to rely on is that they have a job, so they can provide for their families"; if so, how many New Zealanders are currently unemployed? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement reported in the Southland Times in June 2011 that, "At the moment companies like Solid Energy are growth companies and we want them to expand in areas like lignite conversion"? Peseta SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister for Social Development: What impact have the Government's welfare reforms had to date? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for Economic Development: In light of the view of the Deputy Auditor-General that "… the work through to August 2009 was … reasonable and careful"; did the Prime Minister's intervention in August 2009 result in an approach that was no longer reasonable and careful? COLIN KING to the Minister for Primary Industries: What progress can he report on increasing New Zealand's economic and environmental performance through investment in irrigation? Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: Does he agree with his predecessor Hon Simon Power that in 2009 the Government was "looking carefully" at the make-up of SOE boards and "commercial expertise is at the forefront of our minds"? MOJO MATHERS to the Associate Minister of Transport: What steps, if any, has he taken to ensure that KiwiRail does not skimp on safety for people with disabilities? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by all of her statements? JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Internal Affairs: What announcements has he made recently regarding New Zealand companies securing key government ICT contracts? [more]

27/02/2013: Question Time for 27 February 2013
JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Finance: What is the Government doing to encourage investment, business growth and jobs? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he stand by all of the Minister of Economic Development's statements made regarding the Hobbit dispute? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? SHANE ARDERN to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received on this quarter's national health targets? Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: Prior to his resignation as CEO of Solid Energy, on what date was Don Elder's contract last renewed? Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister for Economic Development: What support has the Government given to the film industry in New Zealand? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What expectations has he set for District Health Boards and subsidiary entities for 2013/14? AARON GILMORE to the Minister for Building and Construction: Has the Government changed the system for dealing with earthquake-prone buildings? DARIEN FENTON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that the living wage is "simplistic"? NICKY WAGNER to the Minister of Broadcasting: What percentage of households in the South Island have gone digital ahead of the digital switchover on 28 April 2013? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister for Primary Industries: Has he received a report from the Ministry for Primary Industries that identifies the pathway by which Psa bacteria entered New Zealand? HOLLY WALKER to the Minister of Housing: Is the Government on track to build the 2,000 new state houses promised by Rt Hon John Key and Hon Bill English over the next two financial years, or was the Minister correct when he [more]

28/02/2013: Question Time for 28 February 2013
Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: Does he take any responsibility as a shareholding Minister for Solid Energy's precarious financial position? MAGGIE BARRY to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making in its programme to offer New Zealanders minority shareholdings in energy companies? ANDREW WILLIAMS to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he agree with Grey Power New Zealand that "Privatisation means not only higher prices, but suppression of energy efficiency and household energy options that reduce electricity sales and profits"; if not, why not? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: Does the Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update 2012 state that the Government's operating balance before gains and losses will be worse off by $441 million over the next five years if the Government proceeds with the partial sale of state owned assets; if so, why does his asset sale programme increase the Government's budget deficit? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by all her statements on Tuesday, 26 February 2013 in relation to her welfare reform programme? MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Social Development: What announcements has she made on the Social Media Innovations Fund, part of the Prime Minister's Youth Mental Health package? JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Transport: Why did he agree to building Transmission Gully as a Public Private Partnership, which would treble the cost to over $3.4 billion, as confirmed by NZTA CEO Geoff Dangerfield? IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for the Environment: What announcements has the Government made today aimed at improving our resource management system? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his requirement for District Health Boards to operate within their agreed financial plans; if not, why not? COLIN KING to the Minister of Conservation: Has he received the final report from the Board of Inquiry on King Salmon's application for additional space in the Marlborough Sounds? KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Health: Is he satisfied with District Health Boards' performance against his targets for the health sector? Hon PHIL GOFF to the Minister of Defence: Does he take responsibility for Defence Force morale reaching the lowest level since surveys began, attrition rates soaring to over 21 percent and reduced Defence Force capability; if not, why not? [more]

12/03/2013: Question Time for 12 March 2013
Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "I think we got a mandate" for asset sales at the last election, given a majority of New Zealanders voted for parties that opposed his Government's asset sales policy? MIKE SABIN to the Minister of Finance: What impact is the current drought likely to have on the economy? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in the Minister for State Owned Enterprises? Hon PHIL HEATLEY to the Minister for Social Development: What results have the Government's Gateway Assessments for children in care had to date? Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: Does he stand by his statement "There was no change to Dr Elder's pay or entitlements. Therefore, there was no effect on what his contractual arrangements would be during the changes to his employment"; if so, why? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What can he report on potential oil and gas development in the North Island's East Coast? DENIS O'ROURKE to the Minister of Immigration: Is the Government planning to reduce the numbers in the Immigration New Zealand Parent Category? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Housing: Does he stand by all his statements in relation to Auckland's metropolitan urban limits? JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Police: What recent reports from the Police has she received on the results of the Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act 2009? EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for the Environment: Are the proposals in the recent Government resource management discussion paper intended to give greater weight to economic benefits than environmental outcomes in Resource Management Act decision making? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of State Services: What were the "high profile matters in education last year that contributed to strained relations across the education sector" and why did they lead to the resignation of Lesley Longstone as Secretary of Education? JACQUI DEAN to the Minister for the Environment: What recent announcements has the Government made aimed at improving the quality and management of fresh water? [more]

13/03/2013: Question Time for 13 March 2013
Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the Government's financial position? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers? IAN McKELVIE to the Minister of Police: What trends have been seen by Police since laws were changed in 2009 to combat illegal street racing? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being very poor and 10 being outstanding, how does he rate the Government's performance on job creation? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement, in relation to drought-stricken farmers, that "I wasn't referring to climate change. It's just that if it turned out that there was a succession of droughts, there's no amount of government assistance that can offset that effect on farming'? SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What progress has been made with the Government's Apprenticeship Re-boot? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: By how many dollars has the gap between New Zealand and Australian average weekly wages grown since December 2008, based on the methodology tabled by Hon John Key on 28 July 2010? TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister of Internal Affairs: Does he intend to take any action about the failure of SkyCity Auckland to prevent access to the casino by people with gambling problems as recently reported in the media? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Is he confident that the Government's initiative to provide Better, Sooner, More Convenient health care is meeting his expectations, if not, why not? ANDREW WILLIAMS to the Minister for Land Information: How much of New Zealand farmland is foreign-owned? Dr JACKIE BLUE to the Associate Minister of Health: What progress has been made in reducing infections in intensive care units? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Housing: What specific actions, if any, does Auckland Council need to take to avoid Government intervention, given his reported statement that "the Government would use the reformed RMA to intervene in Auckland", if Auckland Council doesn't change its planning practices? [more]

14/03/2013: Question Time for 14 March 2013
Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Prime Minister that one of the three main reasons for Solid Energy's precarious financial position was that "they added gearing to a company that historically had not had gearing"; if so, why? Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the outlook for the economy? GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Finance: Why did the Government approve increased debt for Solid Energy on 28 May 2009 despite the latest company report at the time stating that coal prices were falling and "we expect this downward trend to continue through 2009 and into 2010? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What recent reports has he received regarding increased production of methanol from New Zealand gas? Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: Does he stand by all the statements he, his predecessor and other Ministerial colleagues have made regarding the State-owned Enterprises portfolio? BARBARA STEWART to the Minister of Health: Is he satisfied that the current number of beds and staff in neonatal intensive care units throughout New Zealand is enough to service our growing population? CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister for ACC: What is ACC doing to encourage safe sporting and fitness practices? DAVID CLENDON to the Minister of Justice: Why is she proposing changes that may deny people legal representation in the Family Court? Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Revenue: What reports has he seen regarding his proposal to apply fringe benefit tax to employee car parks in the Auckland and Wellington central business districts? SHANE ARDERN to the Minister of Health: What progress is the Government making on access to free GP visits for children aged under 6? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of State Services: What reasons did the State Services Commission give him for Lesley Longstone's resignation when he was briefed by them on 6 December 2012? KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Internal Affairs: What recent announcements has he made about reducing unnecessary red tape under the Gambling Act 2003? [more]

19/03/2013: Question Time for 19 March 2013
MAGGIE BARRY to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the economy? BRENDAN HORAN to the Minister of Education: Is accountability within our education system paramount? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his response that human-induced climate change "may well be" real? NICKY WAGNER to the Minister of Health: What progress can he report on the Christchurch Hospital redevelopment project? DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Transport: Does he have confidence in KiwiRail's health and safety standards; if not, why not? PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Transport: What progress has the Government made on improving roading infrastructure? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his reported statement in relation to the film Argo that "I think it's disappointing, but I don't think we want to go too far on these things"? METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "our plan will allow Auckland's civic leaders to think regionally, plan strategically and act decisively in a way that has not happened for the past six decades"? Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Revenue: Why has the Government decided not to change the fringe benefit taxation of employer-provided car parks in Auckland and Wellington, but to leave in place proposals to tax cell phones and laptops? MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Social Development: How is the Government's Social Workers in Hospitals initiative making a difference for vulnerable children? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister responsible for Novopay: Is he confident that teachers will now be receiving the correct pay in future pay rounds; if not, why not? [more]

21/03/2013: Question Time for 21 March 2013
DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the economy? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with Westpac economist Nathan Penny that the increase in the annual current account deficit to $10.5 billion, 5 percent of GDP, is a "worrying symptom of New Zealand's two-speed economy and re-emerging imbalances"; if not, why not? CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister of Labour: What action is the Government taking to improve work opportunities for young people? Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: Does he stand by all statements he and his Ministerial colleagues have made regarding State-owned enterprises? DENIS O'ROURKE to the Minister of Immigration: Does he stand by his statements made in Question Time on 12 March 2013? JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Transport: Has he read the City Centre Future Access Study which found that, of the options for Auckland CBD's transport infrastructure, the City Rail Link "has the highest road network speeds within the City Centre"? CLARE CURRAN to the Minister for Economic Development: What contribution, if any, will the ICT sector make to the Government's stated 2011 Budget commitment to 170,000 net new jobs being created by 2015? Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Tourism: What is Tourism New Zealand doing to promote New Zealand as the first Hobbit movie is released on DVD? Dr RAJEN PRASAD to the Minister for Social Development: Is she satisfied with the spending decisions made by the Families Commission in the last three financial years? MIKE SABIN to the Minister for ACC: What is ACC doing to ensure that frontline staff are adequately trained to provide excellent customer service? Hon PHIL GOFF to the Minister of Defence: Will he rule out "systemic health and safety issues throughout the Defence Force" being a cause of Defence Force fatalities, in light of revelations surrounding the non-combat deaths of Defence personnel over the last three years; if not, why not? Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers? [more]

26/03/2013: Question Time for 26 March 2013
DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers? Peseta SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making in its programme to build a more competitive and productive economy? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Corrections: What announcements has she made on the introduction of prison performance tables? Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Conservation: What is the total number of staff that will lose their jobs at the Department of Conservation as a result of staff cuts announced today, and how many, if any, of those are "frontline" staff? MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Social Development: How is the Government's Social Workers in Schools initiative making a difference for vulnerable children? EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister of Conservation: Can he guarantee that any job cuts announced today will not impact on the Department of Conservation's ability to protect the conservation estate? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for the Environment: Does she agree with Guy Salmon's comment that she is a Minister who wants to lower environmental standards? Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What has New Zealand's income from international education been for the past 12 months? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Trade: Does he believe that a multi-million dollar fraud case involving one of Zespri's import agents in China has hurt New Zealand's international trading reputation? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she have confidence in the Ministry of Education; if so, why? LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations: What recent progress has been made towards the settlement of historical Treaty of Waitangi claims? [more]

28/03/2013: Question Time for 28 March 2013
Questions to Ministers JOHN HAYES to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he recently received on business confidence, investment, and growth? DAVID SHEARER to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: Is it the Government's intention to proceed with the asset sales programme? MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Social Development: What difference will the Children's Action Plan make for vulnerable children? KRIS FAAFOI to the Minister of Police: What specific warnings, if any, has the Government received from Police around service delivery in relation to line-by-line savings within personnel and asset costs? CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that, "In 2010 I spelled out very clearly that we wouldn't be going into Schedule 4 land …"? CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister of Internal Affairs: What progress has been made on the review of Fire Service functions and funding? DENIS O'ROURKE to the Minister of Immigration: Does he stand by his statement of 12 March 2013 "… last year we made changes to give priority to migrants who can make a real contribution to New Zealand, which we expect to lead to significant savings for the taxpayer …"? Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Customs: What work is the Government doing to ensure correct revenue is being paid on imports and exports? STEFFAN BROWNING to the Minister for Food Safety: What action, if any, is she taking in response to the recent Canterbury University study that found food safety risks from GE are not being considered adequately by regulatory bodies? CLARE CURRAN to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he stand by his answer to Oral Question No. 7 on Thursday, 21 March 2013? SHANE ARDERN to the Minister for Primary Industries: What changes has he recently announced to shellfish catch limits? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: Was Ian Fletcher the candidate or one of the candidates named in the report to him from the State Services Commissioner following the panel interviews for the position of Director of the GCSB; if not, who suggested that Mr Fletcher be considered for the position of Director of the GCSB?   [more]

09/04/2013: Question Time for 9 April 2013
DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on progress in building economic growth? Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: Have all the risks for potential investors in Mighty River Power been fully identified in the offer document; if so, does he expect the Crown will receive the best possible return for floating 49 percent of Mighty River Power? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: What is the security classification of the full report by Rebecca Kitteridge into the Government Communications Security Bureau, and who in his Government had access to the full report? MIKE SABIN to the Minister for Social Development: How are the Government's welfare changes ensuring a fairer welfare system, and tackling long-term welfare dependence? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister for Land Information: Is it Government policy that a person or company involved in the 2008 melamine scandal would fail the good character test under section 18(1)(c) of the Overseas Investment Act 2005; if not, why not? Hon LIANNE DALZIEL to the Minister responsible for the Earthquake Commission: When will EQC staff be able to email documents to customers? KATRINA SHANKS to the Minister of Justice: What announcements has she recently made to address the harm caused by cyber bullying? Hon MARYAN STREET to the Minister for the Environment: How will the second round of proposed changes to the Resource Management Act 1991 as they are currently expressed, maintain the protection of the environment? GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Has he requested that the Attorney-General assess Supplementary Order Paper No 205 to the Crown Minerals (Permitting and Crown Land) Bill for consistency with the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: Why was only one candidate interviewed for the position of Director of the Government Communications Security Bureau in July 2011? TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Education: What progress has she made against the Government's early childhood education priorities? [more]

10/04/2013: Question Time for 10 April 2013
ANDREW WILLIAMS to the Prime Minister: Has he ever met with representatives of the Motion Picture Association of America; if so, when? JOHN HAYES to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on business activity and the outlook for growth? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Transport: What reports has he received regarding the Waikato Expressway Road of National Significance? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his statement that the Government will not agree to anything that "doesn't improve patient services"? Hon KATE WILKINSON to the Minister of Justice: What actions is the Government undertaking to eliminate online child sexual abuse? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Who in his Government had access to the Rebecca Kitteridge report into the Government Communications Security Bureau before it was publicly released; and did the Prime Minister, or any of his Ministers, or their offices, leak the report? Hon PHIL HEATLEY to the Minister for Social Development: What announcements has she made as part of the Children's Action Plan to support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren? CLARE CURRAN to the Minister of Justice: Was an outside person able to gain access to Ministry of Justice data which showed plain text passwords to a secure database and a payment gateway? Peseta SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister for ACC: What is the Government doing to reduce drowning numbers amongst the Pacific community in New Zealand? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by all of her answers to Oral Question No 11 on 26 March 2013; if not, why not? Hon TARIANA TURIA to the Minister of Police: What instructions will she be giving to New Zealand Police about the fact that, despite a plethora of research reports and strategies to reduce youth crime, today's report from the youth law advocacy group, Just Speak, has just revealed that young Māori between the ages of 10 and 16 have a much higher chance of facing prosecution than young Pākehā? [more]

11/04/2013: Question Time for 11 April 2013
To be announced. [more]

17/04/2013: Question Time for 17 April 2013
MAGGIE BARRY to the Minister of Finance: What steps is the Government taking to keep down the cost of living for New Zealanders? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? AARON GILMORE to the Minister for the Environment: What recent reports has she seen on the impact of the Resource Management Act 1991 on business investment in New Zealand? METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his reported statement in relation to Cabinet's decision to integrate Wanganui Collegiate, that it was a very difficult decision, but he is sure it was the right thing to do; if so, why? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Is he confident that the Government's initiative to provide "Better, Sooner, More Convenient" health care is meeting his expectations; if not, why not? SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Health: What progress is the Government making on improving access to angiograms for patients with severe chest pain? Hon PHIL GOFF to the Minister of Defence: Will he rule out further cuts to personnel numbers in the New Zealand Defence Force and cuts to the inshore patrol vessel fleet; if not, what cuts are being considered? EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister of Tourism: Will any of the extra $158 million for tourism in Budget 2013 be spent on tourism marketing and promotion for the 100% Pure New Zealand campaign; if so, how much? ANDREW WILLIAMS to the Minister of Consumer Affairs: Has he seen any reports that New Zealand power prices have increased at twice the rate of most other countries? IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Primary Industries: What progress can he report on efforts made to increase veterinarians in rural New Zealand? CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Will New Zealand journalists be able to visit and monitor the New Zealand Police training programme in West Papua when it recommences in September 2013 under an aid allocation of US $2 million; if not, why not? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement on 24 September 2012 in relation to the work of the GCSB, "I think you can take confidence in the fact that to the best of my knowledge, I've never been informed or ever had reason to believe there's ever been an error before"? [more]

18/04/2013: Question Time for 18 April 2013
GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Has he been advised whether the Prime Minister agrees with the Deputy Prime Minister that "a lot of us don't like the power bills that we get" and if so, has he been advised what action the Prime Minister proposes to take to reduce New Zealanders' power bills? Le'aufa'amulia ASENATI LOLE-TAYLOR to the Minister of Immigration: How many temporary work visas were issued for checkout operators in 2012? TODD McCLAY to the Minister of Finance: What have been the recent trends in the cost of living for New Zealanders? Su'a WILLIAM SIO to the Minister for Social Development: Does she agree with the CEO of Mangere Budgeting and Family Support Services that "Increased private rental charges, higher power and energy prices, higher costs for food and dairy, higher road user charges and increased petrol costs etc…without putting up wages…means that we are effectively making our people poorer and ultimately it is costing the nation millions in welfare dollars"; if not, why not? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he believe that the electricity reforms of the late 1990s delivered lower electricity prices; if so, what has happened to household electricity prices over the last 20 years? ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Pacific Island Affairs: What reports has she received on raising achievement amongst Pasifika students? Hon SHANE JONES to the Associate Minister for Primary Industries: Has she seen the Manley Report which found that large forest owners intend to deforest 39,000 hectares between now and 2020 and what action will she take to promote policy that encourages forestry? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What recent reports has he received on electricity market performance? Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Prime Minister: Will he commit his Government to accept citizens of Pacific Island countries displaced by sea level rise as a result of climate change? MARK MITCHELL to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: How is the Government ensuring telecommunications security legislation remains effective in a rapidly changing telecommunications environment? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Housing: Does he stand by the Prime Minister's statement that he's not "promising that the Government's going to go and build a whole lot of houses", if so, how does he plan to resolve the rental housing crisis in Christchurch? Dr JACKIE BLUE to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received on the Government's better public service target for immunisation? [more]

08/05/2013: Question Time for 8 May 2013
Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he agree with the Minister of Finance that New Zealanders are not paying too much for electricity? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? Hon KATE WILKINSON to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the Government's finances? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement regarding the electricity market that: "Public monopolies will always rip off the consumer"; if so, by how much have residential power prices excluding lines charges gone up in nominal terms since November 2008 according to the Ministry of Economic Development's Domestic Electricity Prices Survey? Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister of Science and Innovation: What initiatives has the Government announced to invest more in science? TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Associate Minister of Education: Does he agree with Natasha Sadler from Ngāti Wai that the whānau-engagement aspect of Partnership Schools Kura Hourua provides an opportunity for improved educational outcomes for Māori children; if so, has she heard this view from other Māori organisations about this policy? DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: Does he agree with the statement from the Report of the Independent Taskforce on Workplace Health and Safety established by his Government in June 2012 that "the fact is that a lot of bad things happen to people at work in New Zealand"? BARBARA STEWART to the Minister of Health: What is the average waiting time in hospital accident and emergency departments? Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received regarding improved services for dementia patients? Hon PHIL GOFF to the Minister of Defence: Does he agree with reported statements that New Zealand Defence Force personnel in Crib 19 were sent to Afghanistan without full pre-deployment training, given that their commanding officer believed they were not adequately prepared but felt he had no choice but to deploy them anyway? SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Education: What recent announcement has she made about the Government's commitment to support parents and communities to raise educational achievement? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his answer to Written Parliamentary Question No 4253 (2013) that he "neither agree[s] nor disagree[s]" with State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie that the phone call he made to Ian Fletcher about the position of Director of GCSB should have been made by Mr Rennie; if so, what view other than agreement or disagreement does he have? [more]

09/05/2013: Question Time for 9 May 2013
JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making with its share offer programme? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he agree with the Prime Minister's statement "The reality is even Wellington is dying and we don't know how to turn it around. All you have there is government, Victoria University and Weta Workshop"? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: How much has the asset sales programme cost, including but not limited to the expenditure on brokers' and bankers' fees, the bonus shares, advertising costs, the Treasury's internal costs, the costs borne by the companies slated to be sold, the water dispute costs, extra fees to board members and CEOs, and listing fees? KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: What reports has he received on the sale of a minority of shares in Mighty River Power? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Finance: What is his view of Governor Graeme Wheeler's recent statement to the Finance and Expenditure Committee that with regard to the Reserve Bank's recent activities "there has been some intervention" in the exchange rate? NICKY WAGNER to the Minister of Science and Innovation: How is the Government working to encourage innovation in the primary sector? Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement regarding Solid Energy that "No, we are not going to let it go into receivership"; if so, is he committed to the ongoing sustainability of all State-owned enterprises? Dr JACKIE BLUE to the Minister of Health: What investment will the Government make in rheumatic fever prevention as part of Budget 2013? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by her recent statement that "there are children who are living in poverty and are doing it hard in this country"; if not, why not? METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his answer "no, they're not" when he was asked whether New Zealanders are paying too much for electricity, in light of the 5.2 percent increase in power prices in the past year? SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Women's Affairs: Does she have any positive announcements to make for New Zealand mothers, as families prepare to celebrate Mothers' Day? TIM MACINDOE to the Associate Minister of Education: What recent announcements has the Government made regarding improving school IT networks? [more]

14/05/2013: Question Time for 14 May 2013
DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What will be the main priorities of the Budget on Thursday? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: Has he been advised whether the Prime Minister stands by his statement about Budget 2011 that "This is a Budget that will see 170,000 new jobs created"; if so, according to the Treasury in that Budget what progress should have been made by March 2013 towards reaching that target? METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement, in relation to the SkyCity Convention Centre, "it's a day of celebration, actually, for Aucklanders and for New Zealand"? MARK MITCHELL to the Minister for Economic Development: How is the Government encouraging investment, tourism, and job growth in Auckland? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his Budget 2012 statement "We are moving towards growth that is driven by savings, exports, and productive investment in the parts of the economy that trade with the rest of the world"? Peseta SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Housing: How will today's announcement of a $377 million investment by Housing New Zealand in Project 324&5 and Simply Smart Homes help the Government achieve its social and economic goals? JACINDA ARDERN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement at the start of the year that "there will be – and there are – isolated examples that are reported of a child being hungry"; if so, what does he consider to be "isolated"? HOLLY WALKER to the Minister of Justice: Does she intend to bring legislation to the House that will implement the recommendations of the MMP Review in time for the 2014 election? MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Social Development: What announcements has she made to provide extra funding in Budget 2013 to support Budgeting Services? Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Police: Does she have confidence in the Police? DENIS O'ROURKE to the Minister of Immigration: Does he agree that there should be a cap on the number of older immigrants; if not, why not? [more]

15/05/2013: Question Time for 15 May 2013
TODD McCLAY to the Minister of Finance: How will the Budget continue the Government's ongoing programme to deliver jobs and growth for the New Zealand economy? METIRIA TUREI to the Minister for Economic Development: On what date did the issue of compensation in the event of future reform of gambling law first arise in the negotiations over the SkyCity Convention Centre; and which party raised it? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: How well has the tertiary sector performed financially in 2012? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree that New Zealand is currently operating as a two-speed economy and that the current growth mix is not sustainable; if not, why not? CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister for ACC: What benefits does ACC provide small businesses that have a good workplace injury record? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: How many notifications did Child, Youth and Family Services receive regarding the four neglected children found dirty, malnourished, with head lice infestations and open scabies wounds, prior to their removal by Police in January this year? JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Immigration: What announcements has he made on the future of the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What progress, if any, has been made towards providing more health care in the community? HOLLY WALKER to the Minister of Justice: Did she receive a response from the National Party following her request for party views on the Electoral Commission's recommendations for changes to MMP; if so, what was that response? Dr CAM CALDER to the Associate Minister of Health: What announcements has she made regarding controls on high-power laser pointers? [more]

16/05/2013: Budget 2013
Bill English presents his Budget to the house. [more]

16/05/2013: Budget speech - David Shearer
David Shearer, Leader of the Opposition. [more]

16/05/2013: Budget speech - John Key
John Key Prime Minister. [more]

16/05/2013: Budget speech - Dr Russel Norman
Co-Leader of the Greens Dr Russel Norman. [more]

16/05/2013: Budget speech - Winston Peters
Leader of NZ First Winston Peters. [more]

16/05/2013: Budget speech - Pita Sharples
Co-leader of the Maori Party Pita Sharples. [more]

16/05/2013: Budget speech - Hone Harawira
Leader of the Mana Party Hone Harawira. [more]

16/05/2013: Budget speech - John Banks
Leader of the Act Party John Banks. [more]

16/05/2013: Budget speech - Peter Dunne
Leader of United Future Peter Dunne. [more]

28/05/2013: Question Time for 28 May 2013
ANDREW WILLIAMS to the Minister of Finance: How many new jobs, if any, are forecast in Budget 2013? Hon KATE WILKINSON to the Minister of Finance: How did the Budget on 16 May contribute to the Government's economic programme? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Social Development: What announcements has she made about providing support for breakfast in schools? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: Has he received any official advice since the sale of Mighty River Power on how many retail investors are expected to buy shares in Meridian Energy; if so, what is the forecast for the number of retail investors in Meridian Energy? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: How much revenue will ACC levies over and above those recommended by ACC in 2012 contribute to the Crown's finances in 2013/14 and if he had followed the advice of ACC what would have been the effect on the surplus or deficit in 2014/15? SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Justice: What steps have been taken recently to stop child sexual abuse online? Hon DAMIEN O'CONNOR to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in his Minister for Primary Industries? KATRINA SHANKS to the Minister of Health: What investments in Budget 2013 is the Government making to better help mothers with post-natal distress and other mental health conditions? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Justice: On what date did applications for the position of Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner close in the most recent appointment process, and on what date did the Ministry of Justice receive an application from Dr Jackie Blue? CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister of Conservation: What benefits does he see in the access agreement negotiated between the Department of Conservation and Bathurst Resources for its mine on the Denniston Plateau? CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Conservation: Does he agree with advice from his own Department of Conservation, in regards to Bathurst's plans for an opencast coal mine on the Denniston Plateau, "there would be significant and irreversible adverse effects on the conservation values and overall ecological integrity of the application area and the Denniston Plateau should the proposed activity be approved"? [more]

29/05/2013: Question Time for 29 May 2013
DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister of Finance: What measures did Budget 2013 take to help build economic growth based on more exports, productive investment and sustainable jobs? METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "I am deeply concerned about every child in New Zealand who is in poverty"? JACINDA ARDERN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement "We would prefer that we were a more equal society with less inequality"? COLIN KING to the Minister for Economic Development: How is Budget 2013 advancing the Government's work to build a more productive and competitive economy? EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister of Conservation: Why did he grant Bathurst Resources' access application, for an opencast coal mine on conservation land a day before the Crown Minerals Act 1991 changed to require public consultation? Hon SHANE JONES to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he agree that New Zealand is operating as a two-speed economy in the regions given that unemployment in Northland is 10 percent, 8 percent in the Bay of Plenty and 8.4 percent in Gisborne/Hawke's Bay? Hon KATE WILKINSON to the Minister of Justice: What recent action has been taken to protect victims of serious violent and sexual offences? Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: How many of the 113,000 "mum and dad" investors in Mighty River Power at float were companies, trusts or New Zealand investment institutions and what proportion of shares were they allocated? TRACEY MARTIN to the Minister of Education: What reports, if any, has she received on the 2012 STAR test and the 2012 e-asTTle tests as markers for achievement against National Standards? Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Health: What investments in Budget 2013 is this Government making to provide more health and development checks for children under five? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Justice: How many expressions of interest or nominations for the position of Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner were received by the Ministry of Justice after the advertised deadline of 13 October 2012? [more]

30/05/2013: Question Time for 30 May 2013
MAGGIE BARRY to the Minister of Finance: How did the Budget balance the Government's programme of responsible fiscal management with extra support for vulnerable families? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: Do the same needs in the community continue to exist now as they did in 2011 when she extended the life of the Community Response Fund stating "we listened to community organisations who were concerned the fund was ending while pressures remained, so we kept it going"; if not, why not? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: By how much, in dollar terms, is the Treasury forecasting New Zealand's external debt to increase between 2012 and 2017 as measured by the net international investment position? Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: How is the Government investing in New Zealand's export education sector in Budget 2013? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Prime Minister: In the inquiry being conducted by David Henry into the leaking of the Kitteridge report on the GCSB, are Ministers being interviewed on oath; if not, why not? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Transport: Why does Civil Aviation Rule Part 67 require that the applicant for a commercial or airline transport pilot licence have no deficit of colour vision to an extent that is of "aeromedical significance"? Peseta SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Housing: How will Budget 2013 contribute to delivering more affordable housing and better social housing? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Are all district health boards meeting his expectations of providing timely, quality health services; if not, which DHBs are failing to provide "Better, Sooner, More Convenient" health care? COLIN KING to the Associate Minister of Education: What recent announcements has the Government made regarding the School Network Upgrade Project? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Justice: How many expressions of interest or nominations for the position of Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner were received by the Ministry of Justice after the advertised deadline of 13 October 2012? KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Health: How many New Zealanders are expected to have diabetes in 2021, and what is the expected cost of providing health services for them? Hon PHIL HEATLEY to the Minister for the Environment: What recent announcements has the Government made to help businesses understand and manage the risks posed by hazardous substances? Questions to Members HOLLY WALKER to the Chairperson of the Social Services Committee: When do submissions to the Social Services Committee on the Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Bill close? HOLLY WALKER to the Chairperson of the Social Services Committee: What is the length of the period for submissions to the Social Services Committee for the Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Bill? HOLLY WALKER to the Chairperson of the Social Services Committee: Has he, as chairperson of the Social Services Committee, written to anyone soliciting submissions the Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Bill; if so, who? HOLLY WALKER to the Chairperson of the Social Services Committee: How many submissions have been received on the Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Bill? HOLLY WALKER to the Chairperson of the Social Services Committee: Did he decide that submissions to the Social Services Committee on the Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Bill will close today; if so, why? [more]

04/06/2013: Question Time for 4 June 2013
Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements regarding Government policy? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making in reaching its fiscal targets of returning to surplus in 2014/15 and reducing net government debt to 20 percent of GDP by 2020? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Has he recently had reason to have lost confidence in any of his Ministers; if so, why? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that the proposed reductions in ACC levies is a "stealth tax cut"; if so, does he agree that by keeping levies higher than they need to be, ACC is operating as a stealth tax; if not, why not? NICKY WAGNER to the Minister of Housing: What progress has the Government made in repairing or replacing the over 5,000 Housing New Zealand homes damaged or "munted" by the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: What advice has she received about the number of methamphetamine labs that have been found by Police to have children present, and how many of these children have been subsequently removed by Child, Youth and Family Services? METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Education: Will the Education Amendment Bill allow private businesses to set up charter schools on the sites of closed state schools? SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What investment has the Government made in new funding for science and engineering in Budget 2013? DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: What advice has he received about the effect on wages of changes to collective bargaining in the Employment Relations Amendment Bill? KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What recent announcements have been made about home insulation for those most in need? Hon SHANE JONES to the Minister of Māori Affairs: Does he stand by his statement regarding the Māori Economic Taskforce that "These developments led to immediate outcomes that have supported whānau through the recession. They have also laid a foundation for the long-term growth of Māori business, work force and communities"; if so, why? [more]

05/06/2013: Question Time for 5 June 2013
DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers? JOHN HAYES to the Minister of Finance: Since the Budget on 16 May, what reports has he received on activity in the economy? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Has he read the OECD advice that introduction of a capital gains tax would "make the tax system more conducive to both growth and equity"; and that "the lack of a capital gains tax in New Zealand exacerbates inequality"; and "reinforces a bias toward speculative housing investments and undermines housing affordability"? TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Education: How does Budget 2013 progress the Government's early childhood education priorities? METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Health: How many decile one, two and three primary and intermediate schools have their own school nurse funded by the Government? ALFRED NGARO to the Minister of Housing: What progress has the Government made in implementing the recommendations from Home and Housed: A Vision for Social Housing in New Zealand? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by all her decisions as Minister of Education; if not, are there any particular decisions she now regrets? SHANE ARDERN to the Associate Minister of Health: What reports has she received regarding the number of New Zealanders who have been immunised against the flu this year? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Has he recently taken steps to ensure that his confidence in all his Ministers is rightly placed? KATRINA SHANKS to the Minister of Justice: How is the Government continuing its support for victims of crime? CLARE CURRAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he agree with the OECD; which recommends the removal of tax concessions for petroleum exploration; if not, why not? [more]

06/06/2013: Question Time for 6 June 2013
TODD McCLAY to the Minister of Finance: What measures did the Budget set out in order to address issues of housing affordability in New Zealand? Hon PHIL GOFF to the Minister of State Services: What responsibility does he or his Government take for 73 percent of public sector agencies not having formal security standards and procedures to protect private information about New Zealanders, as the report yesterday to the State Services Commissioner shows? BARBARA STEWART to the Minister for Social Development: Does she consider that the direct deduction policy of overseas pensions from New Zealand Superannuation under Section 70 of the Social Security Act 1964 is consistent and fair? Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Tourism: What reports has he received on the effect of the Hobbit movies on tourism and visitor numbers? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Housing: Does he stand by all his statements? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does he stand by the Minister of Finance's statement: "Well, we've got climate change policy built around the emissions trading system, which has bipartisan support"? DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Transport: What are some of the benefits of the Land Transport Management Amendment Bill passed by the House on Tuesday? Hon LIANNE DALZIEL to the Minister responsible for the Earthquake Commission: Is he satisfied with the time the Earthquake Commission takes to respond to Official Information Act and Privacy Act requests; if so, why? NICKY WAGNER to the Minister for the Environment: What recent announcement has the Government made to recognise outstanding environmental achievement? RINO TIRIKATENE to the Minister of Māori Affairs: Does he stand by his statement with respect to Māori whanau "our priority is the wellbeing of the most vulnerable members of society, and we will do everything we can to fight for that"; if so, how has he improved the wellbeing of the most vulnerable members of society? Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Is he concerned by the continued increasing trend in atmospheric CO2 levels, that recently breached 400 parts per million at Mauna Loa? LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister of Health: What initiatives are included in the Government's 2013 Budget boost for heart disease and diabetes? [more]

12/06/2013: Question Time for 12 June 2013
GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: Is it his responsibility to "get to the bottom" of who leaked the Kitteridge report; if not, why not? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: What intelligence agencies that he is responsible for, have contracts with Palantir; if so, what is the nature of those contracts? Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister of Finance: What recent steps has the Government taken to help protect the economy and financial system from damaging boom and bust credit cycles? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement "There's going to be a lot of jobs, a high level of activity for the next three or four years, that's picking up speed now. But it does divert us a bit from the need to rebalance the economy and that is get our capital and our people and the export earnings sector"; if so, how many jobs will be created in the export sector over the next three or four years? IAN McKELVIE to the Minister of Science and Innovation: How is the Primary Growth Partnership helping to boost productivity in New Zealand's primary sector? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement "our priority, of course, is to focus on those in persistent deprivation"; if not, why not? Peseta SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister for Social Development: What initiatives in Budget 2013 provide further support for families on low incomes? BRENDAN HORAN to the Minister of Health: Has MedSafe received users medical device incident reports in respect of CareSens blood glucose meters; if so, how many reports were received in 2012 and in 2013 year-to-date? EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for Primary Industries: Is the Ruataniwha irrigation scheme one of the schemes he believes will have "real benefits for the environment"? Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: Does he agree with the finding of the Deloitte report on the Treasury monitoring of Solid Energy that "The removal/refreshment of a Board by Ministers is a crude lever and has a high threshold for use. Notwithstanding this, with the benefit of hindsight, it is evident such a move may have been warranted"; if not, why not? JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Corrections: What announcements has she made around using audio-visual links technology to improve public safety? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by all of the answers she gave to Oral Questions yesterday? [more]

13/06/2013: Question Time for 13 June 2013
JOHN HAYES to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the economy – particularly on progress in building growth and jobs? RICHARD PROSSER to the Minister of Revenue: How much tax revenue is forecast from the predicted increase in log export volumes over the next four years? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: On what date did his Chief of Staff inform him that "there were issues of Ministers having to comply" with regard to the Henry Report and did his Chief of Staff tell him that the Minister in question was Hon Peter Dunne? DENISE ROCHE to the Minister for Economic Development: Will the Government release papers detailing the costs of gambling-related social harm at SkyCity Auckland before the final sign off on the SkyCity convention centre deal; if not, when will these papers be released? MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What announcements has she made to support the ongoing resolution of historic abuse claims? Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister for Building and Construction: When did he or anyone in MoBIE first become aware that the Christchurch City Council was placed on notice by International Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ) of its intention to revoke the Council's Building Consent Authority Accreditation? MIKE SABIN to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What recent announcements have been made about mineral exploration in Northland? DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: When he goes to the International Labour Organisation Conference in Geneva, does he intend to repeat his comment that New Zealand's employment law is "unworkable", "sloppy" and "creating real problems"? Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Veterans' Affairs: What plans does the Government have to mark the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice in July and recognise the contribution of New Zealand soldiers in the conflict? GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Conservation: Has he implemented the recommendations of the 2012 meeting of the International Whaling Commission's Scientific Committee to protect the estimated 55 adult Maui's dolphins remaining; if not, why not? Hon DAMIEN O'CONNOR to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he have confidence in the biosecurity system? JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Transport: What support is the Government giving to improve roading infrastructure in regional and rural New Zealand? [more]

25/06/2013: Question Time for 25 June 2013
Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister responsible for the GCSB: Does he agree with the New Zealand Law Society when it describes outcomes in the Government Communications Security Bureau and Related Legislation Amendment Bill as "unacceptable and inconsistent with the rule of law"; if not, why not? CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making in building a more competitive and productive economy and how is this helping New Zealand families? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Internal Affairs: What are the Government's plans for providing more services online? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with ANZ regarding the New Zealand economy that "Our concern is that the domestic-centric mix of growth is not sustainable from the standpoint of New Zealand's external imbalances"; if not, why not? JAN LOGIE to the Attorney-General: Does he agree with the New Zealand Law Society that "The rule of law lies at the very foundation of a free and democratic society and is essential for the protection of human rights"; if not, why not? DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Immigration: How is the Government planning to further combat the exploitation of migrant workers? Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: Does he stand by all his statements regarding Solid Energy? STEFFAN BROWNING to the Minister for the Environment: Will she be changing the law to restrict councils' ability to regulate the release of genetically modified organisms in their regions; if so, what are the proposed changes? MIKE SABIN to the Minister of Transport: How is the Government working with the Auckland Council to progress the Puhoi to Wellsford Road of National Significance? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all the answers given on his behalf to Oral Question No 3 on 13 June 2013? [more]

26/06/2013: Question Time for 26 June 2013
DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making to ensure future generations of New Zealanders are not saddled with excessive debt? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "In 2009, New Zealand was rated first on the Transparency International's 'Corruption Perception Index'. Out of 180 countries, New Zealand was rated as having the lowest perceived public sector corruption. As a nation, that ranking is something of which we can be very proud"? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Transport: Has he had any reports of an imminent Government U-turn on Auckland's City Rail Link? Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister of Education: What recent reports has she received on improvements in the retention of students in secondary school? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What recent reports has he received on affordability of health care for New Zealanders? SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Housing: What initiatives is the Government taking to address housing supply in pressured markets like Auckland and Christchurch? JAN LOGIE to the Minister of Health: Does he agree with the Attorney-General's advice that the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Amendment Bill (No 2) unjustifiably limits the right to judicial review; if not, why not? NICKY WAGNER to the Associate Minister of Health: What is being done to address the mental health needs of people in Canterbury? CLARE CURRAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement of 11 June 2013 that "I can assure the House that we do not use our partners to circumvent New Zealand laws"? PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister of Civil Defence: What reports has she received on how civil defence managed last week's extreme weather events across New Zealand? Le'aufa'amulia ASENATI LOLE-TAYLOR to the Prime Minister: Does he still stand by his reported statement that the Prostitution Law Reform Act 2003 "hasn't actually worked"? [more]

27/06/2013: Question Time for 27 June 2013
MAGGIE BARRY to the Minister of Finance: How has the Government's economic plan helped New Zealand families to get ahead since the recession five years ago? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Transport: Why is the Government planning to fund the City Rail Link from 2020 and not 2016 as proposed by the Auckland Council? IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Primary Industries: What announcements has he made on boosting productivity and environmental outcomes in the primary sector? Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development: Why has the number of small business start-ups declined from an average of 8,000 a year under the previous Government to fewer than 5,500 under this Government? JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Transport: Does he agree with Auckland business leaders Michael Barnett and Kim Campbell that the Auckland City Rail Link is a "game-changing project … which is ready to go"; if so, will he prioritise the project so that it can be up and running by 2021? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Tourism: What recent reports has he received on the number of tourists coming to New Zealand? DENIS O'ROURKE to the Prime Minister: Has he read the open letter to him dated 25 June 2013 written on behalf of the quake families who lost 185 of their loved ones in the collapse of the CTV building in the February 2011 earthquake? SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Women's Affairs: Has she requested or received any briefings from Ministry officials on the Equal Pay Act case, which commenced this week in the Employment Court? SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister for Courts: What progress is being made on preparing for changes to criminal procedure next week? DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: Does he stand by his statement to the Safeguard conference that the Ministry's programme includes an increase in the number of health and safety inspectors from the current 139 to 158, all with increased capability; if so, will all 158 inspectors be in place by 1 July 2013? TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What feedback, if any, has he received about the impact that the new restrictions in student allowance eligibility for those aged 40 and over will have on the goal to increase the number of Māori students enjoying success at higher qualification levels, particularly the significant numbers of Māori who have accessed second chance education opportunities? IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY to the Associate Minister of Transport: When was he or his predecessor first made aware of concerns about the installation and operation of security cameras used in taxis and the regular failure of some cameras to deliver images that Police could use to investigate allegations of violent crimes? [more]

03/07/2013: Question Time for 3 July 2013
1. DAVID SHEARER (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements and have confidence in the statements of all his Ministers?   3. ALFRED NGARO (National) to the Minister of Finance: What recent developments have further contributed to building the closer economic market between New Zealand and Australia?   4. GRANT ROBERTSON (Deputy Leader—Labour) to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by all her statements?   5. Peseta SAM LOTU-IIGA (National—Maungakiekie) to the Minister of Science and Innovation: What investment is the Government making in business-related science, innovation and research?   6. Hon DAVID PARKER (Labour) to the Minister of Finance: How much have investors lost on the value of their Mighty River Power shares compared with the price at float on May 10 and what effect will this have on the price the Government expects to receive if it proceeds with the partial float of Meridian?   7. Dr CAM CALDER (National) to the Minister of Education: What reports has she received on the NCEA Level 2 results of last year’s school leavers?   8. DARIEN FENTON (Labour) to the Minister of Labour: Does he stand by all his statements on safety in the forestry industry?   9. DENIS O’ROURKE (NZ First) to the Minister for Social Development: Does she consider the direct deduction policy of overseas pensions from New Zealand Superannuation under section 70 of the Social Security Act 1964 to be fair and consistent?   10. CHRIS HIPKINS (Labour—Rimutaka) to the Minister of Education: Has she read and understood each Cabinet paper she has signed off as Minister of Education?   11. EUGENIE SAGE (Green) to the Associate Minister of Health: Is the Minister concerned that in 2011/12 92,000 New Zealanders relied on drinking water supplies with an excessive number of E. coli breaches, which are a marker of faecal contamination, and if not, why not?   12. COLIN KING (National—Kaikōura) to the Associate Minister of Education: What recent announcements have been made to support digital literacy, particularly in low-income communities? [more]

04/07/2013: Question Time for 4 July 2013
DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What are the advantages of using proceeds from selling minority shareholdings in energy companies to buy new public assets, instead of borrowing that money from overseas lenders? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements on the GCSB and Kim Dotcom? MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Police: What announcements has she made to hold people with outstanding arrest warrants to account? BRENDAN HORAN to the Minister of Transport: Is he aware of reports that the owners of the Rena may prepare an application for resource consent to leave the remaining part of the wreck of the Rena on the Astrolabe Reef, and if an application is lodged will the Crown oppose such an application? Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Commerce: What progress is the Government making on its commitment to introduce new KiwiSaver periodic disclosure rules? CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does the Government still think that increased mining should be a priority for creating jobs, given the recent spate of mine closures and layoffs, including the announcement this week that the Reefton Oceania Mine will be mothballed? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister of Housing: How many people, if any, are currently homeless in New Zealand? Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Associate Minister of Health: What investment has this Government made to improve eating disorders services? Hon LIANNE DALZIEL to the Minister for Building and Construction: When was the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment first made aware of the September IANZ report which warned the Christchurch City Council that "Continued accreditation beyond May 2013 will depend on a satisfactory outcome of that assessment", and when was he advised of the content of the report? JAN LOGIE to the Minister of Women's Affairs: What has she done to address the Human Rights Commission's criticism of the prevailing "pale ambition for women's progress in New Zealand"? Hon PETER DUNNE to the Minister of Conservation: What are his legislative priorities for the balance of this year? KRIS FAAFOI to the Minister of Police: Does she agree with the issues raised by the 2013 Police Association survey referred to in the July edition of Police News; if not, why not? Questions to members Le'aufa'amulia ASENATI LOLE-TAYLOR to the Chairperson of the Local Government and Environment Committee: How many submissions have been received on the Manukau City Council (Regulation of Prostitution in Specified Places) Bill? [more]

09/07/2013: Question Time for 9 July 2013
METIRIA TUREI to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he agree with the Department of Internal Affairs' advice to his officials on the proposed international convention centre that "virtually any of these proposed concessions would almost certainly be followed by an increase in the number of people seeking help citing problems linked with casino machines or casino table games"; if not, why not? JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the Government's financial position – particularly progress in reaching its target of returning to fiscal surplus in 2014/15? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? CLAUDETTE HAUITI to the Minister for Economic Development: What progress has the Government made on establishing an international standard convention centre in Auckland? Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statements regarding Solid Energy and the Future Investment Fund "Well, again I think he's saying that technically it was in the rules it might be possible. I haven't actually seen – can't recall either seeing [indistinct] and marked those things that are in the budget is an allocation process" and "If Bill's saying it's there, there might be a [indistinct] allocation"? KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of State Services: What progress is being made toward the achievement of the Government's Better Public Services targets? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement "The Government decides what the Future Investment Fund is spent on"? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements on the recent controversies around the GCSB; if so, why? EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister of Conservation: Does he agree with former Otago Conservation Board chairwoman, Associate Professor Abby Smith, who said restructuring at the Department of Conservation has left it "dead in the water"; if not, why not? MIKE SABIN to the Minister of Justice: What new initiative is the Government undertaking to fight crime and drug addiction? Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Internal Affairs: What actions is he taking to minimise the harm from gambling? CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister of Internal Affairs: What progress has been made toward the Government's targets for delivering more services online? [more]

10/07/2013: Question Time for 10 July 2013
DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? HONE HARAWIRA to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he think the Government's decision to grant 230 new pokie machines, 52 new gambling tables, and a 35-year licence extension is worth the increase in relationship breakdowns, depression, suicide, family violence, increased money laundering, job losses, increased problem gambling and financial problems, as identified by its own Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment-compiled regulatory impact statement; if not, why not? MAGGIE BARRY to the Minister of Finance: How has the Government made the tax system fairer for New Zealand households and families? METIRIA TUREI to the Minister for Economic Development: When he said that gambling-related harm from the SkyCity deal would be mitigated by "negotiated, significant additional harm minimisation measures" did he mean measures additional to those the casino is already obliged to use; if so, how? SHANE ARDERN to the Minister of Health: What is this Government doing, as part of Better Public Services, to ensure that New Zealand children are better protected from preventable diseases such as whooping cough and hepatitis B? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Given his statement yesterday that "Solid Energy was another example of where the incoming National Government had to clean up a mess left by the previous Government", what was the level of debt held by Solid Energy on 30 June 2008 compared with the level of debt on 30 June 2012, and what is the total amount of dividends received by the Crown from Solid Energy since he became Minister of Finance? CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Why did he grant a mining permit over Schedule 4 land in the Coromandel just six weeks after saying "I do not think there is any ambiguity in our policy. Let me say again that we have a very clear view against mining on Schedule 4 land"? TIM MACINDOE to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What progress has the Government made on its Better Public Services target of increasing the proportion of 25-34 year olds with a Level 4 or above qualification? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: Does she believe that Child, Youth and Family have the resources they require to care for the needs of our most vulnerable children? IAN McKELVIE to the Minister of Corrections: What progress has the Government made on its target of reducing re-offending by 25 percent by 2017? DENIS O'ROURKE to the Minister of Transport: Does the Government believe that the future transport demands of New Zealand's three main population centres will be less dependent on roading systems and instead utilise a greater proportion of alternatives to motorways? Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Revenue: How much to date has been spent on consulting costs for the IRD Business Transformation programme? [more]

11/07/2013: Question Time for 11 July 2013
JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the long-term benefits of strong fiscal management? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? ANDREW WILLIAMS to the Minister for Building and Construction: Has he received any reports of substandard buildings being built as part of the Christchurch rebuild; if so, how many buildings are known to be substandard? CLAUDETTE HAUITI to the Minister for the Environment: What recent announcements has the Government made to improve New Zealand's freshwater management? METIRIA TUREI to the Minister for Economic Development: When will he release all of the advice he has received on the social harms from the SkyCity deal, given his statement yesterday that it is his "understanding" that only "most" of the advice has been released? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he take responsibility for the composition of Budget 2013? COLIN KING to the Minister of Science and Innovation: What support is the Government giving to businesses to increase innovation and speed up the commercialisation of new products and services? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by the statement made on her behalf in the House yesterday that "there will always be times when resources are stretched, but I believe we do have sufficient resources to care for the needs of vulnerable children"? Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: How did he meet his obligations under the Climate Change Response Act 2002 to maintain the proper functioning of the ETS when he directed the issuing of 30 million additional New Zealand Units? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Housing: How many homes does he believe will be built as a result of the Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Bill, and what percentage of those homes will be affordable? SCOTT SIMPSON to the Associate Minister of Health: Has she received any recent reports regarding district health board performance in taking steps to improve patient safety in hospitals? DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: How many workplace deaths have there been in the last four years? [more]

30/07/2013: Question Time for 30 July 2013
DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Did his Chief of Staff, Wayne Eagleson, advise Parliamentary Service that United Future Leader Hon Peter Dunne had agreed to cooperate with the Henry inquiry and had consented to releasing his electronic phone logs; if so, why? JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on business confidence and intentions among companies to invest and hire more staff? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that "High house prices matter because many New Zealanders spend a large portion of their incomes on housing and that has helped fuel household debt and contribute to damaging imbalances in the economy"? Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What steps is the Government taking to raise achievement and participation in tertiary education by students in South Auckland? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for the Environment: What percentage of sites identified as a river in the Suitability for Swimming indicator report released yesterday were categorised as "Very Good" or "Good" and therefore were safe for swimming? LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister for Social Development: What announcements has she made about the first Children's Teams, part of the Government's Children's Action Plan? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she agree with the Minister of Finance that "The Government is focusing on ensuring that every teacher put in front of our children is competent"? MIKE SABIN to the Associate Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made regarding school property? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? JOHN HAYES to the Minister of Customs: What is the Government doing to improve border processing? [more]

31/07/2013: Question Time for 31 July 2013
SHANE ARDERN to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on trends in the cost of living for New Zealand families? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in the Minister of Immigration? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "when my Chief of Staff speaks to someone, they speak for me"? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he take responsibility for the actions of the David Henry inquiry? MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Housing: How many findings and recommendations did the Productivity Commission make after its 12 month inquiry into housing affordability and what conclusions did it draw? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Housing: Does he stand by his statement on restricting non-residents from buying residential homes "I think the policy is a gimmick, I don't think it will work"? ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Social Development: What changes has the Government made to the welfare system? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? STEFFAN BROWNING to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he still support the key feature of the Fisheries (Foreign Charter Vessels and Other Matters) Amendment Bill that required all foreign-owned vessels operating in New Zealand waters to carry the New Zealand flag from 1 May 2016, and operate under full New Zealand legal jurisdiction; if not, why not? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statement with regard to the teaching profession that "being unregistered is not the same as being unqualified"? NICKY WAGNER to the Minister for Economic Development: What support is the Government giving to attract major events to New Zealand? BRENDAN HORAN to the Minister for Primary Industries: What scientific studies, if any, were considered by his ministry about the effect of the Rena disaster on the spawning, reproductive and growth cycles of snapper in the coastal waters of Tauranga Moana and the eastern Bay of Plenty prior to the release of his MPI Discussion Paper 2013/31 Review of sustainability and other management controls for snapper 1 (SNA1)? [more]

01/08/2013: Question Time for 1 August 2013
GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: On whose authority did his Chief of Staff request that the Parliamentary Service provide access to information relating to Ministers and their offices and "any other relevant material requested" and did this take place after the Henry inquiry was told that Parliamentary Service would not release the information requested? MAGGIE BARRY to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on business and economic conditions in New Zealand? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: How many emails did Wayne Eagleson and the Henry inquiry send to Parliamentary Service regarding the Henry inquiry and on what dates were those emails sent? MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Social Development: What announcements has she made to support sexual violence crisis services? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Housing: Does he stand by all his statements? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Has he received any reports on alternative approaches to the electricity market? CLARE CURRAN to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: Does she agree with the Prime Minister that opponents of the proposed GCSB and telecommunications interception capability and security bills are "politically aligned" and "misinformed"; if so, are Microsoft and Google "politically aligned" and "misinformed" when they say the Telecommunications (Interception Capability and Security) Bill would slow innovation and economic growth and keep new innovative services out of New Zealand? Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister for Senior Citizens: What recent announcements has she made regarding the SuperGold card programme? IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY to the Minister of Transport: Can he guarantee that 50 percent of the funding for the Auckland City Rail Link will come from central government? RICHARD PROSSER to the Minister of Conservation: Does he stand by all his statements? MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Customs: What is the Government doing to improve IT processes for importers and exporters? HOLLY WALKER to the Minister for Social Development: When she said, "Child poverty remains a serious issue, and … all standard measures show rates have been flat since 2009" was she publicly accepting that there are indeed standard measures of child poverty? Questions to Members DARIEN FENTON to the Chairperson of the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee: How many submissions have been received on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill? [more]

06/08/2013: Question Time for 6 August 2013 (to ministers)
Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of the answers given on his behalf to Oral Question No. 5 on 30 May 2013? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that he is "deeply concerned" about the Fonterra whey protein scare and if so, is he satisfied that parents in New Zealand and overseas now have accurate information on this issue? PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Finance: What are the expected economic consequences of the potential whey protein contamination issue? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister of Justice: Is the Government taking any action in response to the unprecedented recommendation from the Police Association to call for an independent inquiry into the conviction of Teina Pora; and does she agree with what President Greg O'Connor describes as significant disquiet among police who are uncomfortable with the fact that Teina Pora is in prison for this crime? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his answer to one of my supplementary questions on 31 July 2013 that "the inquiry at no point asked for a journalist's records, either access records or phone records"? KATRINA SHANKS to the Minister for Food Safety: What information can she provide to the public regarding the safety of infant formula? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Reserve Bank that house price inflation in our largest city Auckland is "rapid"; if so, what is the Government doing to deal with the demand and price pressures caused by speculators? IAN McKELVIE to the Minister of Trade: What reports has he received of international reactions to the potential contamination of whey protein concentrate? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he take responsibility for the health outcomes from his policies; if not, why not? DAVID BENNETT to the Minister for Primary Industries: What response has he received from the primary sector on the potential whey protein contamination issue? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Housing: What is the number of Housing New Zealand houses which are currently vacant as a proportion of the total Housing New Zealand stock? [more]

06/08/2013: Question Time for 6 August 2013 (to members)
Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Member in charge of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (Amending Primary Function of Bank) Amendment Bill (No 2): Is it his intention to proceed with the first reading of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (Amending Primary Function of Bank) Amendment Bill (No 2); if so, why? Hon MARYAN STREET to the Member in charge of the Electricity (Renewable Preference) Amendment Bill: Is it her intention to proceed with the first reading of the Electricity (Renewable Preference) Amendment Bill; if so, why? SUE MORONEY to the Chairperson of the Government Administration Committee: How many submissions were received on the Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months' Paid Leave) Amendment Bill? Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Member in charge of the Gambling (Gambling Harm Reduction) Amendment Bill: Is it his intention to proceed with the committee stage of the Gambling (Gambling Harm Reduction) Amendment Bill; if so, why? ANDREW LITTLE to the Member in charge of the Sentencing (Protection of Children from Criminal Offending) Amendment Bill: Is it her intention to proceed with the first reading of the Sentencing (Protection of Children from Criminal Offending) Amendment Bill; if so, why? KRIS FAAFOI to the Chairperson of the Law and Order Committee: When will she report back on the Report from the Controller and Auditor-General, New Zealand Police: Enforcing drink driving laws, February 2013? JACINDA ARDERN to the Member in charge of the Social Security (Clothing Allowances for Orphans and Unsupported Children) Amendment Bill: Is it her intention to proceed with the first reading of the Social Security (Clothing Allowances for Orphans and Unsupported Children) Amendment Bill, if so, why? SUE MORONEY to the Member in charge of the Care of Children Law Reform Bill: Is it her intention to proceed with the first reading of the Care of Children Law Reform Bill; if so, why? CLARE CURRAN to the Member in charge of the Privacy (Giving Privacy Commissioner Necessary Tools) Amendment Bill: Is it her intention to proceed with the first reading of the Privacy (Giving Privacy Commissioner Necessary Tools) Amendment Bill; if so, why? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Member in charge of the Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment Bill: Is it his intention to proceed with the first reading of the Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment Bill; if so, why? IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY to the Chairperson of the Health Committee: Is it his intention to seek further submissions into the Inquiry into improving child health outcomes and preventing child abuse with a focus from preconception until three years of age? SUE MORONEY to the Member in charge of the Electronic Data Safety Bill: Is it her intention to proceed with the first reading of the Electronic Data Safety Bill; if so, why? Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Chairperson of the Finance and Expenditure Committee: Has he taken steps to ensure that the representatives of senior citizens have been given the opportunity to submit to the committee on the Taxation (Annual Rates, Foreign Superannuation, and Remedial Matters) Bill; if so, what were those steps? ANDREW WILLIAMS to the Member in charge of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (Amending Primary Function of Bank) Amendment Bill (No 2): What is the intention of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (Amending Primary Function of Bank) Amendment Bill (No 2)? ANDREW WILLIAMS to the Member in charge of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (Amending Primary Function of Bank) Amendment Bill (No 2): How will the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (Amending Primary Function of Bank) Amendment Bill (No 2) help the Reserve Bank pursue a balanced macro-economic policy? ANDREW WILLIAMS to the Member in charge of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (Amending Primary Function of Bank) Amendment Bill (No 2): Why is the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (Amending Primary Function of Bank) Amendment Bill (No 2) needed now? BARBARA STEWART to the Member in charge of the Sentencing (Protection of Children from Criminal Offending) Amendment Bill: What is the intention of the Sentencing (Protection of Children from Criminal Offending) Amendment Bill? BARBARA STEWART to the Member in charge of the Sentencing (Protection of Children from Criminal Offending) Amendment Bill: Why is the Sentencing (Protection of Children from Criminal Offending) Amendment Bill needed now? RICHARD PROSSER to the Member in charge of the Social Security (Clothing Allowance for Orphans and Unsupported Children) Amendment Bill: What is the intention of the Social Security (Clothing Allowance for Orphans and Unsupported Children) Amendment Bill? RICHARD PROSSER to the Member in charge of the Social Security (Clothing Allowance for Orphans and Unsupported Children) Amendment Bill: Why is the Social Security (Clothing Allowance for Orphans and Unsupported Children) Amendment Bill needed now? [more]

07/08/2013: Question Time for 7 August 2013
JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received about international market reaction to the potential whey protein contamination issue? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in Parliament yesterday that "it does seem very, very odd that Fonterra allowed production to carry on and for that infant baby formula to go into the supply chain or into the distribution chain"; if so, why? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers? PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister for Food Safety: What update can she provide the public on the safety of infant formula? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: Did his inquiry, headed by David Henry, request phone call logs for contact between Andrea Vance and Hon Peter Dunne; if not, how does he explain the email sent from the Henry Inquiry to Parliamentary Service at 5.53 pm on Monday 20 May 2013? Peseta SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Housing: What progress is the Government making in building the additional new homes as part of the Asset Management Strategy for Housing New Zealand? BARBARA STEWART to the Minister of Health: Is he satisfied with the performance of all district health boards? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by her statement that "the investment approach will change the entire focus of the welfare system so that support is invested where it will make the biggest difference"? Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does he agree with the Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor that "climate change is happening now"? JACQUI DEAN to the Minister for Building and Construction: What is the Government doing to improve the earthquake-prone buildings policy system? Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Science and Innovation: What decisions, if any, have been made by Callaghan Innovation with regard to overseas contracting by KiwiStar Optics and why have those decisions been made? CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister of Labour: What recent announcements has he made about health and safety reform in New Zealand? [more]

20/08/2013: Question Time for 20 August 2013
Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister responsible for the GCSB: Will the Government Communications Security Bureau be able to access the content of any New Zealander's communications under the cybersecurity provisions of the Government Communications Security Bureau and Related Legislation Amendment Bill? MAGGIE BARRY to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received confirming a further improvement in business and consumer confidence in New Zealand? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? SHANE ARDERN to the Minister for Primary Industries: What announcements has he made on a Ministerial inquiry into the recent whey protein contamination situation? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all of his Ministers? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers? ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Social Development: What announcements has she made to better protect children from abuse and neglect? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that one of his main priorities for 2013 is to "bed in" welfare reforms "because that is where by far the biggest fiscal benefits lie"? Peseta SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Housing: How is the Government making KiwiSaver support for first home buyers and the Welcome Home Loan scheme fairer? Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does he agree with the statement made in 2009 by then Minister for Climate Change Issues, Hon Dr Nick Smith, in reference to New Zealand's previous target of 10 to 20 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020 that "…a less ambitious target would undermine New Zealand's clean, green environmental reputation"? Hon DAMIEN O'CONNOR to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he have confidence in the Ministry for Primary Industries' standards for approving recognised agents? PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister of Health: What progress has been made on providing better access to surgical first specialist assessments? [more]

21/08/2013: Question Time for 21 August 2013
Hon KATE WILKINSON to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making with its share offer programme to help New Zealanders diversify their savings away from property and bank deposits? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? CLAUDETTE HAUITI to the Minister for the Environment: What recent announcements has the Government made relating to the improvement of planning frameworks under the Resource Management Act 1991? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: What cost/benefit analysis was done to justify the $30 million subsidy payment to Rio Tinto, and what would the effect have been on electricity prices had the payment not been made? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: Did officials provide the Government with an estimate of the cost to the Crown in foregone interest of allowing retail buyers of Meridian Energy shares to pay for their shares in instalments; if so, what was that estimate? Hon PETER DUNNE to the Minister of Justice: Why were the Electoral Act 1993 and the Electoral Regulations 1996 excluded from the provisions of the Electronic Transactions Act 2002? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Finance: Why did the Government through its memorandum of understanding agree the Reserve Bank could introduce loan-to-value ratios without an exemption for first home buyers? PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Local Government: What changes will the Government make to the Local Government Act 2002 to improve housing affordability? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Is he confident that his Minister of Trade's actions in regards to the Trans-Pacific Partnership are in the interests of New Zealand? Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he stand by his public statement yesterday that the Snapper 1 Policy proposals are not "too controversial"? EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for the Environment: When she said, "… I think we can point to any number of ways that we are making our environmental safeguards more effective and more stringent" was she referring to her proposed changes to the Resource Management Act 1991? DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: Does he believe that collective bargaining will increase or decrease as a result of his employment law changes in the Employment Relations Amendment Bill? [more]

22/08/2013: Question Time for 22 August 2013
GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers? JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on employment prospects for New Zealanders in the year ahead? DENIS O'ROURKE to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: Has PricewaterhouseCooper applied to the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment to have "Aeroplane Pilot" added to the list of Essential Skills in Demand? METIRIA TUREI to the Minister for Economic Development: Did the Regulatory Impact Analysis team raise concerns over the Regulatory Impact Statement, prepared by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, for the New Zealand International Convention Centre; if so, what were these concerns? ANDREW LITTLE to the Minister of Justice: What action will she take in light of the revelations on a television programme last night that Malcolm Rewa was identified to police as a suspect in a rape in 1988 which turned out to be the first of 25 rapes committed by him over seven years, including the 1992 rape of Susan Burdett who Teina Pora was convicted of murdering? PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received on patients receiving better access to health specialists? Hon MARYAN STREET to the Minister for the Environment: How does the Minister intend to maintain independence of environmental reporting in her recently announced changes to that process? DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Revenue: What benefits will New Zealanders see from Inland Revenue's Business Transformation programme he launched yesterday? HONE HARAWIRA to the Prime Minister: Will he, now that the Bill has had its third reading, give us the names of the 88 New Zealanders that the GCSB reportedly spied on illegally; if not, why not? SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister for Courts: What results did court collections achieve in the 2012/13 financial year? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What recent reports, if any, has he received on an increase in pressure on DHBs and health professionals in providing health services in New Zealand? KATRINA SHANKS to the Minister for the Environment: What recent reports has she seen on the progress of the TV TakeBack programme? Questions to Members DARIEN FENTON to the Chairperson of the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee: How many submissions have been received on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill? DARIEN FENTON to the Chairperson of the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee: How many submissions on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, if any, are unique submissions who have requested to be heard? [more]

27/08/2013: Question Time for 27 August 2013
JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making in building a more competitive and productive economy and how is this helping New Zealand families? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements relating to Government policy? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: Is he satisfied with the performance of his Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, and are there any areas of his performance that need to improve? COLIN KING to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made about investment in education? Hon SHANE JONES to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he stand by his statement "The New Zealand economy is, of course, the sum of its regional economies and that is why the Government is placing huge emphasis on assisting each region"? BRENDAN HORAN to the Minister for Primary Industries: What is the best estimate he or his Ministry have, if any, of the economic value of recreational fishing including direct and indirect employment? Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers? JAN LOGIE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Justice: What recent reports has she received on progress with the Drivers of Crime programme? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Prime Minister that "first-home buyers are a priority for the Government", if so, why are houses more unaffordable for young New Zealanders now than six months ago? CLAUDETTE HAUITI to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received on the latest national health target results? Hon RUTH DYSON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? [more]

28/08/2013: Question Time for 28 August 2013
Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Why is the $30 million taxpayer funded subsidy to Rio Tinto being managed by the "Government Share Offers Programme" in the Treasury? Peseta SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Finance: What measures is the Government taking to help prevent a repeat of the damaging housing bubble that contributed to significant economic imbalances in New Zealand in the mid-2000s? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Do all district health boards have sufficient resources to provide safe, quality health services? SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What reports has he received on the performance of the Youth Guarantee scheme? Dr MEGAN WOODS to the Minister of Science and Innovation: What reports or briefings has he received regarding the commercial future of KiwiStar Optics? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements relating to Government policy? LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What recent announcements has he made about mineral exploration in the central North Island? Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Housing: What action is he taking to ensure that all available Housing New Zealand houses are tenanted? Hon KATE WILKINSON to the Minister of Justice: What changes is the Government making to election laws following the inquiry into the 2011 election? GARETH HUGHES to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: Has she finished working through how the findings and recommendations of the Australian parliamentary inquiry into digital product prices may relate to New Zealand; if so, will she be taking any action? MIKE SABIN to the Minister for Social Development: How will the Children's Action Plan better protect children through greater screening and vetting standards for those working with children? DENIS O'ROURKE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? [more]

29/08/2013: Question Time for 29 August 2013
MAGGIE BARRY to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on the New Zealand economy? Hon PHIL GOFF to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: What advice was New Zealand given in New York last night on the likely response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria? METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statements in relation to Partnership School applicants that "the range of applications we have received is impressive" and what she was impressed with was "the broad range of applicants not the calibre"? TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Science and Innovation: How much will the Government invest in new research through the 2013 Science Investment Round? Hon DAMIEN O'CONNOR to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he stand by all his statements? ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Social Development: How is the Government promoting technology to support young fathers to better connect, interact, and parent their children? TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister of Labour: He aha tāna tātaritanga mō te pūrongo e kii ana, atu i te 11,000 ngā pāhi kua tango mahi i ngā kaimahi i roto i te tau tuatahi o tā te Kāwanatanga 90 rā whakawā mahi; e hia o ēnei o ngā kaimahi he kaimahi Māori, Pasifika rānei kei raro i te tau 25? Translation: What analysis has he undertaken on the report that more than 11,000 employers fired at least one worker during a trial period in the first year of the Government's 90 day work trial law; and amongst the group of employees fired, how many were Māori, Pasifika and aged under 25 years old? RICHARD PROSSER to the Minister of Conservation: Does he stand by all his statements regarding 1080? GARETH HUGHES to the Minister for the Environment: Why has her Ministry proposed that applications for exploratory deep sea drilling won't require public notification given that it is the same activity that the Deepwater Horizon was engaged in when it exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010? DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: What advice, if any, has he received about whether workers will be better or worse off under the Employment Relations Amendment Bill? Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Associate Minister of Health: What recent announcements has she made regarding publication of rest home audit information on the Ministry of Health website? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statement with regards to Wanganui Collegiate that "integrating the school will ensure…that a Collegiate education is available to a wider number of students"; if so, why? [more]

03/09/2013: Question Time for 3 September 2013
Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement regarding the estimated proceeds of asset sales that "I just want to emphasise that it is not our best guess; it's just a guess"? JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Finance: What steps is the Government taking to responsibly manage its finances and deliver better public services, following fast-rising government spending of the mid-2000s? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: What is the difference between a "one-off incentive payment" and a subsidy? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Is he satisfied that the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service has always operated lawfully under his leadership? Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister of Science and Innovation: What progress has been made in the Government's plan to provide internships for students in New Zealand's research and development intensive industries? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: Will the Government suspend its asset sales programme until a referendum on the issue has been held, given the Clerk of the House has certified that 327,000 New Zealanders, or more than 10 percent of voters, have signed a petition triggering that referendum? Hon PETER DUNNE to the Associate Minister of Health: What specific "corrective actions" will the Malvina Major Retirement Village be required to undertake, following the recent Ministry of Health spot audit? Hon DAMIEN O'CONNOR to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he stand by all his statements? SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made on how the education system is performing at a local level? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his promises in Health? KATRINA SHANKS to the Minister of Broadcasting: What progress has been made on the regional rollout of the digital switchover for New Zealand television viewers? Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Prime Minister: Will he support a parliamentary debate and vote on any Government decision to give moral support for a United States-led military strike on Syria; if not, why not? [more]

04/09/2013: Question Time for 4 September 2013
METIRIA TUREI to the Minister for Economic Development: When he said, in relation to the SkyCity convention centre deal, "the negotiated significant additional harm-minimisation measures that apply to all gambling machines in that casino will together act to reduce harm" was he basing his claim on the Health Ministry's gambling harm minimisation team's advice; if not, why not? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that "our companies are becoming more competitive"? PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making in building a stronger economy that will support more jobs and higher incomes, following the domestic recession which started in early 2008 well before the global financial crisis? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Housing: Does he agree with the New Zealand Herald that "the Government's latest response to the problem of housing affordability is as ill-directed as it is insipid"? COLIN KING to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What recent announcements has the Government made about foundation education? HONE HARAWIRA to the Prime Minister: Does he accept that his reported comments about the asset sales referendum being a $9 million waste of money are likely to be considered rude, disrespectful and insulting by the hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders who have signed the petition for just such a referendum; if not, why not? Hon MARYAN STREET to the Minister for the Environment: Has she had any advice that exploratory drilling at deep sea levels may pose significant environmental or health and safety risks, and if so, why is she proposing that exploratory deep sea drilling, like the Deepwater Horizon Well, is non-notified under the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act 2012 and therefore protected from public submissions? CLAUDETTE HAUITI to the Minister of Justice: What changes are being made to pre-sentence restorative justice services? CLARE CURRAN to the Minister of Finance: Does he have confidence in the board of Māori Television? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he still stand by his statement yesterday when asked whether he was satisfied that the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service has always operated lawfully under his leadership; "as far as I am aware, yes"? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Will Wanganui Collegiate be required to supervise a child if the child's parents are unable to pay the $5,200 "parent contribution" for meals, house activities and supervision? IAN McKELVIE to the Associate Minister of Health: What recent announcements has she made regarding assistance for communities to improve their drinking water? [more]

05/09/2013: Question Time for 5 September 2013
JOHN HAYES to the Minister of Finance: What steps is the Government taking to build a productive and competitive economy in view of the contraction in the tradable sector and negative growth in manufacturing seen in the mid-2000s? Le'aufa'amulia ASENATI LOLE-TAYLOR to the Minister of Police: What reports, if any, has she received from the Police concerning public harassment and intimidation from street prostitutes and their clients in South Auckland? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree that the Government's review of telecommunications law which may benefit Chorus by up to $160 million and the $30 million taxpayer funded subsidy to the Rio Tinto-owned Tiwai Smelter are examples of corporate welfare; if not, why not? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What reports has he received on the petroleum and minerals sector in New Zealand? JAN LOGIE to the Minister for Social Development: Does she have any concerns that the changes to welfare implemented by her this year are causing some beneficiaries trauma; if not, why not? Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Health: What progress is the Government making in improving waiting times for elective services? Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his statements? KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Revenue: What recent initiative has the Government put in place to improve compliance with child support and student loan repayment obligations? Hon DAMIEN O'CONNOR to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he stand by all his statements? CLAUDETTE HAUITI to the Minister of Local Government: What is the Government doing to make it easier to vote in local body elections? KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his statement that "the Government is committed to improving health services for diabetes and heart disease, with a strong focus on prevention"? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Finance: Has he been advised which banks have put up their interest rates or bank charges since Loan to Value lending limits were announced? [more]

17/09/2013: Question Time for 17 September 2013
Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he still think that Chorus "will go broke" if his Government does not intervene to change the pricing for access to the old copper-based broadband network as proposed by the Commerce Commission; if so, why? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Conservation: Did he discuss the Tukituki Catchment Proposal with any Department of Conservation senior management in the two months prior to 2 August 2013; if so, with whom? Hon KATE WILKINSON to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received about the outlook for the New Zealand economy? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Did the Treasury provide advice as to whether he should support or oppose overruling the Commerce Commission's draft determination on copper broadband pricing given that the Treasury has previously advised against subsidising big business such as the $30 million Tiwai subsidy which has "no economic justification"? CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister for ACC: What announcements has she made today about ACC levies? Hon MARYAN STREET to the Minister for the Environment: Has she ever received any advice that the Hawke's Bay Regional Council Plan Change 6, which paves the way for the Ruataniwha Dam proposal, in its current form, does not meet the requirements of the Resource Management Act 1993 for plan changes, and would not achieve the requirements of Part 2 of that Act? Hon PHIL HEATLEY to the Minister for Social Development: How will the Vulnerable Children Bill make a difference for those children most at risk of abuse and neglect? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Housing: Does he believe there is a housing affordability crisis in Auckland? MIKE SABIN to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made on partnership schools? EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for the Environment: Will she ditch the Government's proposal to remove references to the "ethic of stewardship", the "maintenance and enhancement of amenity values", the "maintenance and enhancement of the quality of the environment" and the "intrinsic value of ecosystems" from the Resource Management Act 1993; if not, why not? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Why did he say in regard to the raid on the Fiji Democracy and Freedom movement, "I stand 100 percent by what I said before: any actions that the SIS or the GCSB take in my opinion are legal…"? Hon PHIL GOFF to the Minister of Defence: Does he accept all of the conclusions of the New Zealand Defence Force External Safety Management Review; if not, why not? [more]

18/09/2013: Question Time for 18 September 2013
Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: What is the forecast cost to the Crown of the Government's plan to allow buyers of Meridian Energy shares to pay for their shares in instalments and will the instalment scheme be open to overseas institutions? JOHN HAYES to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on the New Zealand economy and business growth? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Given that he disagrees with the advice of the Treasury on the Tiwai smelter, who advised it should not be subsidised by taxpayers because "it would result in a significant transfer of value from New Zealanders to Pacific Aluminium and Rio Tinto shareholders", does he then agree with the New Zealand Herald that the $30 million dollar taxpayer subsidy paid to the Rio Tinto-owned smelter is "an abject piece of short sighted thinking"; if not, why not? METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Education: Did her statement that "Partnership Schools/Kura Hourua will play their part in meeting our target of five out of five students achieving success in education. They will be established in areas where kids are currently underserved by the existing education system" reflect any selection criteria for the first partnership schools; if not, why not? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What recent announcement has he made about Block Offer 2014? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: Is she satisfied that all relevant government departments and agencies have the funding and resources required to implement her Children's Action Plan? MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Social Development: What announcements has she made that will get beneficiaries better deals on whiteware appliances, saving taxpayers money? Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister responsible for the Earthquake Commission: Does he stand by his statement yesterday in relation to the Earthquake Commission's latest privacy breach "I guess when they're dealing with that level of correspondence, things can happen"? JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Transport: What is the cost of deferring the construction of the Auckland City Rail Link from 2015, the preferred start date of Auckland Council, to 2020, the Government's proposed start date? IAN McKELVIE to the Minister of Corrections: What recent announcements has she made to reduce re-offending in prison? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he agree that every person can afford healthcare and disability support, regardless of their income, health status, or risk profile? MIKE SABIN to the Associate Minister of Transport: What progress has been made as part of the Safer Journeys road safety strategy? [more]

19/09/2013: Question Time for 19 September 2013
Questions to Ministers MAGGIE BARRY to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the economy? Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Conservation: Has he ever seen or received a submission or draft submission from the Department of Conservation regarding the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council Plan Change 6, which paves the way for the Ruataniwha Dam proposal, which is critical of it? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Conservation: Does he stand by his statement “No, I did not” when asked in this House whether he gave any indication to the Department of Conservation on the direction or content of its submission on the Tukituki Catchment Proposal? CLAUDETTE HAUITI to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What reports has he received on competition in the electricity market in New Zealand? DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: Does he believe women should have equal pay to men for work of equal value? CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Education: Will she allow creationism to be taught in charter schools; if so, why? ANDREW LITTLE to the Minister of Justice: What factors were taken into account in setting the interest rate on legal aid debt under regulation 14 of the Legal Services Regulations 2011 at 8 percent? KATRINA SHANKS to the Minister of Commerce: How will the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013, which will be phased in from 1 April 2014, strengthen our financial markets? DENIS O'ROURKE to the Minister of Housing: Does he agree with all of the views expressed by Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga about housing on TV3's The Vote on 11 September 2013? CAROL BEAUMONT to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: Is he concerned about the underrepresentation of women in industry training particularly in light of labour shortages in many trades and technical areas? LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister of Health: What progress is the Government making with its funded family care policy? SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Women’s Affairs: Does her Ministry provide gender implications statements on proposed legislative or policy measures being considered by Cabinet? [more]

24/09/2013: Question Time for 24 September 2013
Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement regarding first-home buyers "I don't want to see tools implemented that lock them out of the market"? DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What recent progress has the Government made in its share offer programme – and particularly putting everyday New Zealanders at the front of the queue for shares? TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister for the Environment: Does she agree with the former Prime Minister and architect of the Resource Management Act 1991, Sir Geoffrey Palmer, that taken as a whole the proposed amendments to the Resource Management Act 1991 will seriously weaken the level of protection given to New Zealand's natural environment under the Act, and how will she address the concerns in particular related to the merging of sections 6 and 7? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister for Whānau Ora: Does she have confidence in the Whānau Ora scheme? SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Justice: What conviction and sentencing statistics has she received for the 2012/13 financial year? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Did the July 2012 Treasury report Project 14: Initial advice say that the closure of the Tiwai smelter would reduce the market price for electricity by "roughly 10 percent" and why in his answer to Primary Question No. 4 on 21 August 2013 did he not disclose that advice to the House? MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Social Development: How is the Government's new warrants to arrest policy for those on benefits ensuring a fairer welfare system? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Housing: Has Housing New Zealand been referring people to live in campgrounds? PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Associate Minister of Health: What initiatives has she announced to showcase aged care nursing? EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister of Conservation: When was he made aware that the Department of Conservation was preparing a submission that would address the potential effect of the proposed nutrient limits of the Tukituki Catchment Proposal? Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Conservation: Does he still stand by his statement on the Department of Conservation submission on the Tukituki Catchment Proposal that "I did not give the Department an indication of what that submission would be"? NICKY WAGNER to the Minister of Conservation: What benefits have been achieved for conservation and recreation from DOC's partnership with Air New Zealand? [more]

25/09/2013: Question Time for 25 September 2013
JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Finance: How is the Government supporting New Zealand families through the economic recovery? Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Has he or his Office sought an assurance from the Minister of Conservation that he did not know about the existence of the draft submission prepared by the Department of Conservation in early July relating to the Ruataniwha Dam, before 17 September 2013; if not, why not? ALFRED NGARO to the Minister of Justice: What recent Better Public Services results for the Justice Sector has she announced? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Has the increase in health funding for 2013/14 been sufficient to stop cuts in health services and staffing? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Conservation: What did he say in his meeting with officials on 29 July that led Department of Conservation Deputy Director-General Doris Johnston to write in an email later that day that he is "… likely to query whether we leave it all to the EPA to consider"? Hon SHANE JONES to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Productivity Commission that the "growing gap in labour productivity has been the main driver of an increasing disparity in GDP per capita between the two trans-Tasman economies," and given double-digit house price inflation in Auckland, doesn't this show the Government's efforts to rebalance the economy towards productive exports and jobs has failed? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister for Whānau Ora: Does she stand by her answers to Oral Question No. 4 yesterday? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Housing: What does he say to the almost 80 percent of people looking to buy their first homes who say they cannot afford the 20 percent deposit or will need family help because of LVR lending limits? Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Health: What progress is the Government making on its rheumatic fever programme? Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Conservation: Did he receive the draft submission on the Ruataniwha Dam proposal, which was requested by Doris Johnston, Deputy Director-General at the Department of Conservation, to be delivered on Tuesday 30 July 2013; if so, on what date? Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister of Customs: What is Customs doing to stem the tide of illegal psychoactive substances? DENISE ROCHE to the Minister of Finance: What is the expected value of the dividends from TVNZ that the Crown will forego as a result of the dividend relief agreement related to the SkyCity deal? [more]

26/09/2013: Question Time for 26 September 2013
Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Science and Innovation: Did GNS Science undertake work modelling the groundwater in the Ruataniwha Plains in 2012 and 2013; and was the contract completed fully? Hon KATE WILKINSON to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on the economy – and particularly indicators of business confidence and employment intentions? BARBARA STEWART to the Minister of Health: What concerns, if any, does he have about the level of "heavy metal" in tattoo inks in New Zealand? Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Conservation: How could he say on 17 September 2013 "I did not know that this draft document even existed until this morning" when his Weekly Report from 29 July 2013 stated a submission should be lodged "requesting that the Board requests further information by way of an independent peer review of the proposed approach to nutrient management and the potential effect of the proposed nutrient limits and targets on the freshwater values in the Tukituki catchment"? Hon PHIL HEATLEY to the Minister for Social Development: What recent announcements has she made about the cost of long-term welfare dependency? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: What is the range of estimates, if any, of the number of first home buyers in Auckland who will be excluded from the housing market due to the new Loan to Value ratio restrictions? DAVID BENNETT to the Associate Minister of Education: What announcements has she made regarding school property? BRENDAN HORAN to the Minister of Health: How long does it take for microbiology samples to be taken from a patient in the Eastern Bay of Plenty until the sample is cultured in the Pathlab microbiology laboratory in Tauranga, and is he confident that the handling of samples and the time taken meets international medical standards? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister of Housing: How many children and young people are currently homeless, as defined by Statistics New Zealand? Hon PETER DUNNE to the Minister for the Environment: Does the Government have any plans to introduce legislation to overturn the recent High Court decision on the Manawatu Wanganui Regional Council's One Plan? SUE MORONEY to the Associate Minister of Social Development: Does he support the continuation of boot camps for youth offenders? Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Consumer Affairs: How will the Credit Contracts and Financial Services Law Reform Bill target loan sharks and protect New Zealand consumers? [more]

12/02/2014: Question Time for 12 February 2014
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? JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Finance: How is the Government's economic programme supporting stronger economic growth, more jobs and higher incomes? 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? Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister of Health: What is the Government doing to assist areas that face difficulties recruiting and retaining health professionals? 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? 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? 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? 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? 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? 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? 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? Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Veterans' Affairs: What progress is being made in planning for Gallipoli 2015 commemorations? [more]

18/02/2014: Question Time for 18 February 2014
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"? MAGGIE BARRY to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making with its multi-billion dollar investment programme in modern infrastructure? 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? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's policies? TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Education: What recent announcement has she made on the increase in students achieving NCEA level 2? 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"? 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? 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? DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Transport: Why is the construction of the City Rail Link only beginning in 2020? SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Justice: What progress has been made on criminal history sharing for employment vetting between Australia and New Zealand? 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? 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? [more]

19/02/2014: Question Time for 19 February 2014
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? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What recent reports has he seen on inadequate standards of health care in New Zealand? 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? 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? 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? 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? 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? 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? 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? 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? GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he think New Zealanders are paying too much for their power? BARBARA STEWART to the Associate Minister of Health: Is she satisfied with the current level of care in rest homes? [more]

20/02/2014: Question Time for 20 February 2014
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? 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? 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? 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? PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister of Justice: What recent results has she received regarding Better Public Service targets for crime and reoffending? 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? 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? 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? 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? 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"? 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? 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? [more]

04/03/2014: Question Time for 4 March 2014
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"? 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? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: When did he first become aware that Treasury had miscalculated estimates of household disposable income? 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? 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? 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? METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his ministers? Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Health: What progress can he report on the Government's health targets for district health boards? BRENDAN HORAN to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he stand by all his statements regarding iron sand seabed mining; if so, why? NICKY WAGNER to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made on the Greater Christchurch Education Renewal Programme? DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Transport: Does he have confidence in KiwiRail following the discovery of asbestos in DL locomotives? 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? [more]

11/03/2014: Question Time for 11 March 2014
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"? 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? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers; if so, why? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his Government's policies? 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? IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Economic Development: What recent reports has he received on the manufacturing sector? 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? CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister of Labour: What recent progress has the Government made on health and safety reform in New Zealand? 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? Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Health: What investment is the Government making in improving health services in West Auckland? 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? 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? [more]

12/03/2014: Question Time for 12 March 2014
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? 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? Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? 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? 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? 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? 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? 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? JOANNE HAYES to the Minister of Justice: What recent reports has she received on Justice sector results? 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? 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? CLAUDETTE HAUITI to the Minister of Health: What recent announcement has the Government made on the Waitemata bowel screening pilot? [more]

13/03/2014: Question Time for 13 March 2014
PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on the New Zealand economy? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers; if so, why? SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Education: What recent announcement has she made about opportunities to share education best practice with international counterparts? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Justice: Does she stand by all her statements regarding her relationship with Oravida Ltd? 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? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Energy and Resources: How has the electricity market improved under this Government? 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? 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? JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Conservation: What progress is the Government making in implementing its "Bluegreen" plan for New Zealand? 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? MIKE SABIN to the Minister of Transport: What reports has he received on the importance of freight movement to New Zealand? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Housing: Does he expect housing affordability to improve in the coming year? [more]

18/03/2014: Question Time for 18 March 2014
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? 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? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Justice: Does she stand by all her statements? 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? 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? 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? Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Health: What announcements has the Government made to further improve maternity services? 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? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Housing: Does he stand by all his statements on housing? SHANE ARDERN to the Minister for Primary Industries: What progress can he report on innovation investment through the sustainable farming fund? 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"? DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Transport: What progress is being made on the Government's high productivity motor vehicles routes programme? [more]

19/03/2014: Question Time for 19 March 2014
MAGGIE BARRY to the Minister of Finance: What announcements has the Government made to build on New Zealand's international economic position? 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? Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that the forestry industry "needs significant change"? 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? 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? 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? SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made on legislation to strengthen the teaching profession? 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? 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? 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? JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Corrections: What recent reports has she received on the provision of education programmes in prison? 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? [more]

20/03/2014: Question Time for 20 March 2014
To be announced. [more]

10/04/2014: Question Time for 10 April 2014
To be announced. [more]

15/04/2014: Question Time for 15 April 2014
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? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister for Economic Development: What steps is the Government taking to encourage more investment in New Zealand's regional economies? 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? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's policies? LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister for Social Development: What recent changes has the Government made to the social housing sector? 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? IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: What reports has she received on the progress on the Remote Schools Broadband Initiative? 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."? 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? KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Health: What progress has the Government made on capital investments in health in Counties-Manukau? 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? [more]

16/04/2014: Question Time for 16 April 2014
To be announced. [more]

17/04/2014: Question time for 17 April 2014
Questions to Ministers DENIS O'ROURKE to the Minister of Transport: Does he agree with all of the Prime Minister's statements concerning transport? JOANNE HAYES to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on recent trends in the cost of living for New Zealanders? 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? PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: What progress has the Government made on the mixed ownership model programme? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his statements? ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Social Development: What recent reports has she received about the number of people on a benefit? 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? Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made on further Initial Teacher Education provision? 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"? CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Associate Minister of Transport: What recent initiatives has the Government announced to help improve safety on our roads? 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? 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? [more]

06/05/2014: Question Time for 6 May 2014
CLAUDETTE HAUITI to the Minister of Finance: How will the Budget next week help to lock in the benefits of sustainable economic growth to support more jobs and higher incomes for New Zealanders? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers? Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Has Hon Judith Collins failed to meet the "high standards" he expects from Ministers; if so, how? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister for Economic Development: What recent reports has he received on New Zealand's export performance? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Justice: Does she stand by all her statements regarding her relationships and interactions with Oravida Ltd? ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Social Development: What recent announcements has she made about the Government's support for budgeting services? JAN LOGIE to the Minister of Justice: Does she stand by her statement "we need to encourage these women and children to be comfortable coming forward to report domestic and sexual violence"; if so, what has she done to encourage women to report domestic violence? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Justice: Why does she stand by all her statements regarding Oravida Ltd? LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister for the Environment: What recent announcements has the Government made regarding the restoration of the Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that "we've done a lot of work to rebalance our economy towards exports, savings and investment in a bid to lift sustainable economic growth"; if so, what is the current level of household savings in New Zealand? TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister of Education: Ka tuku pūrongo Te Tari Arotake Mātauranga mō ōna hiahia i ngā kaiako mō ā rātou tauira, ā mēnā āē, he aha ngā huarahi kei a rātou ki te whakautu i tā Hana Turner kōrero e mea ana "very negative opinions about their Māori students"? Translation: Does the Education Review Office report on teacher expectations of students; if so, what mechanisms do they have in place to address what Hana Turner has described as teachers having "very negative opinions about their Māori students"? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister of Police: Is she satisfied with the role she has played as Minister of Police in the events that led up to Hon Maurice Williamson's resignation last week? [more]

07/05/2014: Question Time for 7 May 2014
Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the New Zealand economy and how do those reports fit with the economic outlook to be presented in the Budget next week? ANDREW WILLIAMS to the Minister of Finance: For each of the years ending 30 June 2011, 2012, and 2013, what was the reduction in tax revenue specifically in the top tax bracket as a result of the tax reductions in Budget 2010? COLIN KING to the Minister for Tertiary Education: What further steps is the Government taking to increase the number of apprentices in New Zealand? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree that the objective of the Reserve Bank in the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Act 1989 should be changed; if not, why not? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers? JOANNE HAYES to the Minister of Health: What investment will the Government make in Budget 2014 to assist children with profound hearing loss? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Prime Minister: Is he satisfied that all of his Ministers have fully complied with section 2.54 of the Cabinet Manual; if so, how does he satisfy himself that those provisions are being adhered to? Hon KATE WILKINSON to the Minister for Social Development: What recent announcements has the Government made about providing support for beneficiaries to contribute to the Christchurch rebuild? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in the Hon Judith Collins; if so, why? Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister of Defence: What will Budget 2014 mean for the New Zealand Defence Force? Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does he agree that climate change is a clear and present danger, as highlighted by the landmark US Climate Assessment Report released overnight? . [more]

08/05/2014: Question Time for 8 May 2014
DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received about increasingly broad-based growth in the economy? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he have confidence in the expenditure figures used in Budget 2014? MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Housing: What progress is the Government making in addressing the housing supply and affordability issues, particularly in Auckland and Christchurch? HOLLY WALKER to the Minister of Immigration: Has he discussed issues relating to his immigration portfolio at Cabinet Club events; if so, on how many occasions? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Housing: Does he stand by his statement, "The Government is committed to supporting as many Kiwi families as possible to achieve the goal of owning their own home"; if so, is home ownership increasing or decreasing according to the latest Census? MIKE SABIN to the Minister of Police: What steps are the Police taking to ensure psychoactive substances are removed from the market? SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Finance: Will he use a financial veto on the Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months' Paid Leave) Amendment Bill to stop families from having 26 weeks paid parental leave? CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Will he rule out granting mineral exploration permits in Pureora Forest Park? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Immigration: Did the Government instruct Immigration New Zealand to review the Investor Plus scheme of $10 million; if so, for what reason? CLAUDETTE HAUITI to the Minister of Health: What investment will the Government make in Budget 2014 to help fight rheumatic fever? HONE HARAWIRA to the Minister of Finance: How is the Government able to claim its management of the economy is "on the right track" when Māori youth unemployment continues to be unacceptably high at 22.1 percent, which is higher than when they took office, and nearly four times higher than the latest population-wide unemployment rate? Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Immigration: Why did he personally call on Donghua Liu to receive his representations on immigration policy following Donghua Liu making a donation to the National Party? [more]

13/05/2014: Question Time for 13 May 2014
Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "In the end we need to get the unemployment rate down"; if so, why is unemployment still at 6 percent five years after the recession? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Is his expressed confidence in the Minister of Justice because he has confidence in all of her statements made around the Oravida issue? MAGGIE BARRY to the Minister of Finance: What trends are emerging in the Government's spending and revenue, and how will these be reflected in Budget forecasts on Thursday? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his statements? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: Will he have any specific initiatives to support investment in green technology in his budget on Thursday, given a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise that shows the potential market share that New Zealand could capture of the green tech industry would be worth between NZ$7.5 billion and NZ$22 billion to the New Zealand economy? Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What progress has the Government made in lifting employment in the New Zealand economy? ANDREW LITTLE to the Minister of Labour: Is he satisfied wage and salary earners are getting a fair share of the economy? CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister of Health: What recent announcement has the Government made about the redevelopment of Grey Base Hospital? HOLLY WALKER to the Prime Minister: Did he discuss matters relating to his official prime ministerial role when he attended a fundraising dinner at the Museum Hotel in September last year? MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What recent announcements has she made about helping parents deal with the nits epidemic? DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: Is he confident that the risks and safety of participants in adventure tourism activities in New Zealand are being appropriately managed? JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Revenue: What recent announcements has he made regarding this Government's ongoing tax compliance work? [more]

14/05/2014: Question Time for 14 May 2014
Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's policies? Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Has his Government delivered on his expectation of a "more equal society" and as a result is "every one of our children getting the very best start to life"? JOHN HAYES to the Minister of Finance: How will the Budget tomorrow support a growing economy, including jobs, higher wages, and delivery of better public services? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Will Budget 2014 continue the trend of widening inequality between the wealthy and poorer areas of New Zealand, as shown by the University of Otago 2013 index of deprivation? Hon PHIL HEATLEY to the Minister for Social Development: What recent announcement has the Government made about funding for sexual violence services? Hon Dr PITA SHARPLES to the Minister of Energy and Resources: How many homes have been insulated as a result of the Relationship Accords signed with the Māori Party in 2008 and 2011, and of these, how many were in low income households? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Will the total allocated funding for Vote Health in Budget 2014 be sufficient to keep pace with population growth, ageing, and increased costs? ANDREW WILLIAMS to the Minister of Finance: Will the 2014 Budget contain specific measures to improve tighter rules on foreign ownership of New Zealand land, businesses and other New Zealand-owned assets; if not, why not? Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Health: What is the Government doing to increase awareness of prostate cancer? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister of Finance: Does he believe families with newborn babies are currently receiving adequate support via Government-funded tax credits and paid parental leave? CLAUDETTE HAUITI to the Minister of Statistics: What reports has she received on how the 2013 Census data will help shape communities and inform decision making? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Housing: Does he stand by his statement that collecting the data on offshore ownership of houses "would be a waste of public money"; if so, what would the cost be? [more]

20/05/2014: Question Time for 20 May 2014
PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Finance: How will Budget 2014 continue to support a growing economy, including jobs, higher wages and delivery of better public services? Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement, "there's no fundamental underlying reasons to believe there's a problem in our housing market"? METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the reported statement, last Friday, from the Prime Minister who would not rule out an increase in GST? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in the Minister of Justice; if so, why? Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: How will Budget 2014 advance the Government's work to strengthen the New Zealand tertiary education system? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister of Finance: How will the changes to the Parental Tax Credit he announced in the 2014 Budget help those who, as he states, are at "the hard end of poverty"? JOANNE HAYES to the Minister for ACC: What reports has she received which show New Zealanders could pay lower ACC levies in 2015? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Housing: Is he concerned that New Zealand has gone from the 10th highest rate of house price growth in the OECD from 2004-2011 to the highest in 2013? Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Prime Minister: Has he received information that any other New Zealander, apart from Daryl Jones, has been killed in United States drone strikes; if so, what was that information? Hon MARYAN STREET to the Minister of Justice: Does she stand by all her statements? SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Conservation: What new measures will the Government be able to take to contain and control the kauri dieback disease as a consequence of the $26.5 million committed in the Budget? [more]

21/05/2014: Question Time for 21 May 2014
Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: In preparing Budget 2014, what advice did the Government receive on how responsible fiscal management will take pressure off interest rates for New Zealand households and businesses? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Has he received any report from the Treasury disproving the analysis from Westpac's chief economist that a proposed 15 percent tax on capital gains on investment property would have a significant effect on the net present value of residential rental property investments; if so, will he table that Treasury report? METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? MAGGIE BARRY to the Minister of Education: How will Budget 2014 continue to support the education system? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What consultation with general practitioners, nurses, and district health boards did he undertake before announcing free doctors' visits for children aged under 13? Hon PHIL HEATLEY to the Minister for Social Development: What measures does Budget 2014 contain to support vulnerable children? Su'a WILLIAM SIO to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that he has a "plan to deliver a brighter future for New Zealand."? JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister for Building and Construction: Will he change the Construction Contracts Amendment Bill or promote other legislative change to ensure that money held by a main contractor, for payment to subcontractors when their work is completed, is not used for any purpose other than paying those subcontractors? JACQUI DEAN to the Minister for the Environment: How does Budget 2014 help communities and councils manage their local freshwater resources? Hon MARYAN STREET to the Minister of Justice: Does she stand by all her answers to Oral Question No. 11 yesterday? ANDREW WILLIAMS to the Minister of Finance: How much have departmental output expenses been cut in Budget 2014 for the 2014/15 financial year compared with the 2013/14 financial year? [more]

22/05/2014: Question Time for 22 May 2014
SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Finance: How does Budget 2014 contribute to building a more productive and competitive economy through the Government's Business Growth Agenda? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his statements? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: Does he agree with the Mayor of Clutha district that the loss of the 180 jobs in the wood processing industry is a "hammer blow" to the region? Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Health: What investment is the Government making in Budget 2014 to improve health outcomes for children? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: Was a staff member from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet present at the briefing on Operation Debut held on 14 December 2011; if so, was that same person present at his meeting with Simon Murdoch and Ian Fletcher on the 12th of December 2011? COLIN KING to the Minister of Education: How will Budget 2014 continue to support schools? BRENDAN HORAN to the Minister of Labour: What measures is the Government taking to address the problems of bullying discrimination and harassment occurring in New Zealand workplaces? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister of Police: Does she stand by her statement in relation to Budget 2014 that "The Police's core operating spending is being maintained"? JOANNE HAYES to the Minister of Tourism: What recent investments has this Government made to grow the tourism sector in New Zealand? IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY to the Minister for ACC: Why did Cabinet not approve ACC's recommended levy reductions for 2014/15? DENISE ROCHE to the Minister for the Environment: Why is she continuing to consult on product stewardship schemes instead of implementing mandatory schemes now? CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister of Immigration: What recent announcements has he made to help combat the exploitation of migrant workers helping on the Canterbury rebuild? [more]

27/05/2014: Question time for 27 May 2014
Questions to Ministers TRACEY MARTIN to the Minister of Immigration: What is the Government doing to reduce the inflow of immigrants? Hon KATE WILKINSON to the Minister of Finance: How is Budget 2014, as part of the Government's wider economic programme, helping New Zealanders to get ahead? Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? MIKE SABIN to the Minister of Police: What steps is the Government taking to reduce the harm caused by methamphetamine in New Zealand? METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Housing: Does he stand by his statement that a register of foreign ownership "would be a waste of money"? SHANE ARDERN to the Minister of Health: What investment is the Government making in Budget 2014 to improve cancer services? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister responsible for Novopay: Does he stand by his statement with regards to Novopay, "I want to see within three months a situation where, as much as possible, workloads from administrators are back to where they were before this thing started"; if so, when did he make that statement? Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: How is the Government lifting the skill levels of New Zealanders to lift productivity and deliver higher economic growth? Dr RAJEN PRASAD to the Associate Minister of Immigration: Is she satisfied with all aspects of her decision on Sanil Kumar? SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Immigration: What steps has the Government taken to encourage better outcomes for migrants? Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: What is his response to comments by former New Zealand climate ambassador, Dr Adrian Macey, that the New Zealand emissions trading scheme has led in the "opposite direction to that of the intended policy, and is most likely to delay New Zealand's transition to a low-carbon economy"? [more]

28/05/2014: Question Time for 28 May 2014
Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he still stand by his statement, "there's no fundamental underlying reasons to believe there's a problem in our housing market"; if so, has his Government done enough to assist people into their own home? Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister of Finance: Over the past six Budgets, has the Government made the tax system fairer for households and businesses; if so, how? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Is he aware of any ongoing fiscal risks to the Crown resulting from the operation of the emissions trading scheme? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree that Scenario 2 in the Budget 2014 Economic and Fiscal Update, which is based on net migration being over 40,000 people, forecasts higher interest rates, increased housing demand, higher inflation, more household dis-savings, and that "… additional consumption is funded through increasing levels of household debt and this constrains consumption growth further as debt servicing costs increase"? TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Science and Innovation: What recent announcements has he made about the future direction of investment in science and innovation in New Zealand? CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Education: What action will she take to tackle the problem of children coming and going at decile one schools at a rate equivalent to half those schools' rolls, as the Child Poverty Action group found in their latest report? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: Is he satisfied that the Government's policies have contributed to fair employment outcomes? COLIN KING to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements have been made on the Government's investment in early childhood education? ANDREW LITTLE to the Minister of Labour: What new measures, if any, is he considering that will lift pay rates so that all wage and salary earners share in a growing economy? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? CLAUDETTE HAUITI to the Associate Minister of Health: What recent announcements has she made to support increased immunisation? DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: What specific initiatives, if any, can he point to in Vote Labour in Budget 2014 that will help raise the wages of low income and insecure New Zealand workers? [more]

29/05/2014: Question Time for 29 May 2014
To be announced. [more]

17/06/2014: Question Time for 17 June 2014
Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's policies? Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement relating to an increased level of household saving that it "is a necessary foundation for more sustainable growth in the medium and longer terms"? Hon KATE WILKINSON to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received about the outlook for the New Zealand economy? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Immigration: Is he satisfied with the current immigration policy settings? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by the Cost to the Crown of the Canterbury Rebuild presented in Budget 2014? DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Transport: What recent announcements has he made on funding for transport? SUE MORONEY to the Minister for Social Development: Will she agree to establish a cross-party taskforce to address the rates of child abuse and domestic violence in New Zealand as described in The People's Report: The People's Inquiry into Addressing Child Abuse and Domestic Violence? JAN LOGIE to the Minister for Social Development: Will she support a Child Poverty Act that sets out targets and measures for eliminating child poverty as recommended by the Tick4kids campaign; if not, why not? MARK MITCHELL to the Minister for Economic Development: What announcements has he made about the future direction of the Government's Business Growth Agenda? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he agree with the Minister of Finance that workers "have a right to expect to see some of the benefits" of growth in the economy? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Consumer Affairs: How will consumers benefit from the improvements to consumer law that come into effect today? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Housing: Will New Zealand return to its historic average levels of house prices to incomes and house prices to rents under his Government's housing policies; if so, how long will it take for this to occur? [more]

18/06/2014: Question Time for 18 June 2014
To be announced. [more]

19/06/2014: Question Time for 19 June 2014
CLAUDETTE HAUITI to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on progress in building a growing economy that can support more jobs and higher incomes for New Zealanders? Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Is he concerned about rising inequality in New Zealand? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Commerce: Has he received any reports on anti-competitive behaviour in the banking sector? Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Health: What progress is being made on the Christchurch Hospitals' redevelopment? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Which of the statements, if any, by NZIER chief economist, Shamubeel Eaqub does he agree with most: that interest rate rises will punish the provinces, that "one of the biggest issues of this generation is the widening gap between the haves and have-nots", or that "The gaps opening up in New Zealand are really big across geographical, race and education lines"? KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister for Social Development: Does she agree with Professor Jonathan Boston that there are New Zealand children living in "houses that don't have heating, in caravans that don't have running water, and in families that simply don't have enough food of the right kind every day"; if so, will she guarantee these children have immediate access to the State support they need? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister for Economic Development: On how many occasions has he discussed the current pay negotiations for Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment staff with the Chief Executive of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, and on what dates did those discussions take place? IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Primary Industries: What recent announcement has he made regarding the biocontainment facility at Wallaceville? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his answers to Oral Question No. 7 yesterday? JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Transport: Does the draft Government Policy Statement on transport funding identify any funding for the Auckland City Rail Link in the transport budget over the next decade? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Is she satisfied that schools receive sufficient funding to deliver the New Zealand Curriculum; if so, why? Hon PHIL HEATLEY to the Minister for Senior Citizens: What recent reports has she released relating to enduring powers of attorney? [more]

25/06/2014: Question Time for 25 June 2014
Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he accept inequality, including asset inequality, is increasing in New Zealand? METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Finance: As part of its wider economic programme, what progress is the Government making in dealing with the most challenging social issues facing New Zealand families and children? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does Budget 2014 show the full effect of revenue cuts and expenditure that the National Government expects over the next four years? SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Corrections: What progress has the Government made in reducing reoffending rates for prisoners? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What recent action, if any, has he taken to find the leak of information relating to Health Benefits Limited? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What reports has he received on likely future support for oil and gas development in New Zealand? BRENDAN HORAN to the Minister of Transport: Can he assure the people of Tauranga that the Hairini Link project will include four-laning from the Cameron Road intersection to the Maungatapu and Hairini roundabouts; if not, why not? EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister of Conservation: Have any commercial logging operations started on conservation land since the Department of Conservation was established in 1987? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Is she satisfied that the $359 million Investing in Educational Success Programme is the most effective way to invest that money to lift student achievement; if so, why? JOANNE HAYES to the Minister for Courts: What recent announcements has he made on work to modernise and improve specialist courts and tribunals? MOANA MACKEY to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does he agree with reported moves by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to build an alliance with like-minded countries to dismantle carbon pricing initiatives and undermine recent efforts by United States President, Barack Obama, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and if not, will he rule out his Government joining such an alliance at any point in the future? [more]

01/07/2014: Question Time for 1 July 2014
Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? JOHN HAYES to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making in allocating proceeds from its share offer programme to pay for new public assets through the Future Investment Fund? Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in the Minister of Education and all of her decisions? DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Transport: What recent announcements has the Prime Minister made regarding the Government's commitment to transport infrastructure in regional New Zealand? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Is the Government "working for New Zealand"; if so, does that apply to all New Zealanders? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister for Economic Development: What does he consider are the core components of a regional economic development plan? JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Transport: Why are the regional State highway projects announced at the weekend being funded from asset sales rather than the transport budget? LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister for Economic Development: What reports has he received on how the regions contributed to New Zealand's economic recovery? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Housing: Does he stand by his statement that the rate of new house builds in Auckland "is the highest it has been in years, and it shows the progress we are making", given the average number of building consents issued for new dwellings in the last six years is 4,408 per year, compared to an average of 9,055 from 1999-2008? GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Conservation: Did New Zealand officials at a recent International Whaling Commission meeting in Europe agree with or disagree with the Commission's recommendations that protection for Maui's dolphins be granted out to 20 nautical miles from Maunganui Bluff down to Wanganui? MIKE SABIN to the Minister for ACC: What changes has the Government announced about the way ACC covers claims for hearing loss? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by all her statements? [more]

03/07/2014: Question Time for 3 July 2014
Hon PHIL HEATLEY to the Minister of Finance: How will the Government's fiscal management help to ensure interest rates will remain lower than they were in the previous economic cycle? Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in his Minister of Foreign Affairs; if so, why? MAGGIE BARRY to the Minister for the Environment: What recent announcements has she made aimed at improving our freshwater management system? DAVID SHEARER to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Did he seek any information from MFAT officials on the case of the alleged assault with the intention to rape and waiver of diplomatic immunity by the Malaysian diplomat after his initial briefing on 10 May, 2014 and before the case became public; if not, why not? EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for the Environment: What percentage of river swimming sites, where data is collected, in the most recent Ministry for the Environment Suitability for Swimming Indicator Update were graded poor or very poor? TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made on Better Public Service Targets in education? ANDREW WILLIAMS to the Minister of State Services: What assurances can he give the public of the competence of senior management in the Public Service? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Is she satisfied that spending $359 million on the Investing in Educational Success Initiative is the best way to lift student achievement? PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister of Health: What investment has the Government made in new training places for general practitioners? CAROL BEAUMONT to the Minister for Social Development: What input did she have on the new suite of initiatives to prevent family violence and keep women and children safe that were announced yesterday? BRENDAN HORAN to the Minister of Housing: What, if any, specific progress has he achieved on completing housing accords with Tauranga City Council and Western Bays District Council? ANDREW LITTLE to the Minister of Labour: What steps, if any, are being taken to protect working New Zealanders from asbestos or products with asbestos in them? [more]

22/07/2014: Question Time for 22 July 2014
Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement: "We have a plan, and that plan is working for New Zealand."? Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements on regional development, if so, how many regions of New Zealand now have a lower number of people unemployed according to the Household Labour Force Survey compared to when he took office? JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Finance: What measures has the Government taken to support New Zealand families – particularly through delivering better public services to those most in need? METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's policies? ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Social Development: What reports has she received about the progress of the Government's welfare reforms? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Has he seen reports that $4 to $5 billion will be sucked out of the economy due to the 35 percent fall in dairy prices since February, and what policy responses, if any, does he intend to make to counteract this? LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister of Education: What progress is being made on Better Public Services targets in education? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister of Police: When was the Minister of Police first informed of the misreporting of Police statistics in Counties Manukau, and what did she do with the information when she first received it? Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister of Justice: What recent Better Public Services results has she announced for the justice sector? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: What evidence does she have that the Government's Investing in Educational Success programme, which removes teachers and principals from their classrooms for two days a week, is the best way to spend over $359 million in order to raise student achievement? PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister of Conservation: What new initiatives has the Government taken in the Rimutakas and other areas to help the recovery of endangered native bird populations? Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his statements? [more]

23/07/2014: Question Time for 23 July 2014
Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements on regional development; if so, is the real median weekly income for all people in the Gisborne/Hawke's Bay region, according to the New Zealand Income Survey, higher or lower now than when he took office? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's policies? JOHN HAYES to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received supporting the Government's economic programme? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree that there are growing gaps among the regions of New Zealand, making the economy and society increasingly unbalanced; if not, why not? MAGGIE BARRY to the Minister of Local Government: What recent announcements has she made about reducing red tape for property owners? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Housing: Does he stand by his statement "My ambition in housing is to make the dream of home ownership a reality for more New Zealanders"? Hon KATE WILKINSON to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What investment is the Government making in the recovery of Lincoln University? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Is she satisfied that national standards data provides an accurate reflection of real student achievement; if so, why? RICHARD PROSSER to the Minister for Primary Industries: Is he satisfied with all aspects of fisheries policy, including progress relating to the ongoing use of Foreign Charter Vessels? ANDREW LITTLE to the Minister of Justice: Is she confident in the progress of the Better Public Services target for the justice sector to reduce overall crime by 15 percent by June 2017? EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for the Environment: Does the Government's National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management require the 61 percent of monitored recreational river sites that are graded "poor" or "very poor" to be safe for swimming? SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Conservation: When will the new Aotea Conservation Park in Auckland announced on Sunday be formally gazetted and opened? [more]

24/07/2014: Question Time for 24 July 2014
Questions for Oral Answer. Questions to Ministers 2.00PM – 3.00PM Hon PHIL HEATLEY to the Minister of Finance: What measures is the Government taking to help control inflation for New Zealand families? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made on Public Achievement Information? BRENDAN HORAN to the Minister of Finance: Is he still of the view that a Hamilton to Tauranga route would have to be considered alongside three other projects? MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Social Development: What recent reports has she received about the Government’s Youth Service initiative? CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Education: What was the split, if any, by percentage, of enrolment into private, public and home-based ECE in the Better Public Service targets “Result 2: Increase Participation in ECE”, and what was the relative increases/decreases, for each, from the previous year? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his statement that resources in Budget 2014 “will help us continue to improve frontline health services for New Zealanders”? MIKE SABIN to the Minister for Primary Industries: What recent announcements has he made regarding Government support for the primary sector in Northland? Hon NANAIA MAHUTA to the Minister of Māori Affairs: E whakamanawa ana a ia kei te hangai Te Pire Reo Māori ki ngā mātāpono o Te Tiriti o Waitangi? Translation: Is he confident that the Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill is consistent with the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi? JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Transport: Will he increase investment in better public transport infrastructure in light of the poll this week showing Aucklanders favour public transport spending by a four-to-one margin over roads? Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Consumer Affairs: What changes have recently come into force that strengthen financial service provider registration? Su’a WILLIAM SIO to the Minister of Local Government: Did the Deputy Mayor of Napier, Mrs Fay White, raise with her recently at a public meeting that the issue of local government amalgamation should be taken seriously by National during this General Election; if so, what were her specific concerns? Question to Members  H V ROSS ROBERTSON to the Chairperson of the Local Government and Environment Committee:When will the Manukau City Council (Regulation of Prostitution in Specified Places) Bill be reported to the House? [more]

29/07/2014: Question Time for 29 July 2014
METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers? DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What progress has the Government made in delivering on its economic objectives for this term of Parliament? Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that there are "plenty of jobs out there"; if so, why are there 42,000 more people unemployed now than when he took office? JOANNE HAYES to the Minister of Justice: What recent reports has she received on the Family Dispute Resolution services in the reformed Family Justice system? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Will the forecasts in the Treasury PREFU include the effects of the recent fall in the overall value of exports, including log and dairy price drops? TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made on schools addressing difficult behaviours of students? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: Does she agree with the Prime Minister's statement that "the fastest way to get children and grown up New Zealanders out of poverty is through work", when the latest report on household incomes states that two out of five children living in poverty are in households where at least one adult is in full time work or self-employed? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Is he satisfied that the current Minister of Immigration is working for all New Zealanders? EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister of Conservation: Does he stand by his statement that "the Government needs to take a broader perspective than just Fish and Game's advocacy for their recreational fishing"? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Transport: Does he stand by all his statements? Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Health: What investment has the Government made to increase the number of live kidney donor transplantations in New Zealand? Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Conservation: Does he stand by all his recent statements? [more]

30/07/2014: Question Time for 30 July 2014
Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he agree with his Minister of Finance that workers have an expectation that they "will be doing better than zero pay increases"? HONE HARAWIRA to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree that the Government's economic policies have failed, given that more than a quarter of a million children are living below the poverty line in Aotearoa? PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Finance: How is the Government's plan to lock in the gains from a growing economy helping to deliver more jobs and higher wages for New Zealanders? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What is the breakdown of the $240,000 of taxpayers' money spent entertaining oil company executives in 2011, and specifically how much of that money was spent on food and alcohol? PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister of Transport: Has he received any reports on the benefits of the recently confirmed Transmission Gully motorway? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Has he achieved all his promises in his last six years as Minister of Finance? METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's policies? LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What is the Government doing to increase the number of people going into engineering? SUE MORONEY to the Minister for Social Development: How many children were in households affected by the 15,079 sanctions against people receiving benefits with dependent children since her welfare reforms were introduced on 15 July 2013? SHANE ARDERN to the Minister of Health: What investment has the Government made in training places for nurse graduates? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Is he satisfied that the current Minister of Climate Change Issues is working for all New Zealanders? DAVID SHEARER to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Did his office receive an email at approximately 5.00 pm (New Zealand time) on 22 May 2014 advising that the Malaysian Government had refused to waive diplomatic immunity in Muhammad Rizalman's case; if so, when was that email opened? [more]

31/07/2014: Question Time for 31 July 2014
JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Finance: What has been the Government's main challenge in implementing its economic programme during this term of Parliament? Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister for Social Development: Are the current policy arrangements for New Zealand Superannuation fair and equitable? JACQUI DEAN to the Associate Minister of Local Government: How will the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 3), passed on Tuesday, help local government reduce costs for ratepayers, families and communities? METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's policies? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his answers to Oral Question No 6 on 30 July 2014? CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister of Conservation: How many expressions of interest have been received for the recovery of wind-blown timber on the West Coast when they closed on Friday 25 July, and how many of these are from West Coast companies? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister responsible for Novopay: Does he stand by his statement from over 16 months ago with regard to Novopay "I want to see within three months a situation where, as much as possible, workloads from administrators are back to where they were before this thing started"? Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Can he point to anything to show New Zealand's net greenhouse gas emissions are reducing, in light of a call from Pacific Island leaders for a clear demonstration of this? ANDREW LITTLE to the Minister of Labour: What measures, if any, will he take to lift pay rates so that workers on the minimum wage get their fair share of the economy? MIKE SABIN to the Minister of Transport: What has the Government done to make roads safer for New Zealanders? CLARE CURRAN to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: What percentage of the 1,592,000 target households for both the Government-subsidised rural and urban broadband programmes have actually connected and why are the figures so low? [more]

25/11/2014: Question Time for 25 November 2014
Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received confirming the economy is continuing to grow and that this growth is supporting more jobs and higher incomes? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement regarding the release of NZSIS documents to Cameron Slater that "The basic claim that somehow my office was either pressuring the system, speeding up the process, injecting itself in the process, all of that is flatly incorrect, the inspector when she goes and does her work and looks at it, will, I'm totally confident demonstrate that"? MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Trade: What progress has been made on negotiations towards a free-trade agreement with South Korea? Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he take responsibility for his office staff passing on information obtained from the NZSIS to Cameron Slater in 2011 for political purposes? MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: How is the Government encouraging more Kiwis to return home, to provide skills for New Zealand businesses and contribute to economic growth? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in regard to the book Dirty Politics that "They're based on one perspective and probably a bit out of context and with a whole bunch of assumptions that either aren't correct or are made up, and now can't be backed up."? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement with regard to the 2014/15 surplus target that "we will achieve one"? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Transport: What recent reports has he received on the Government's Accelerated Regional Roading Package? METIRIA TUREI to the Minister in charge of the NZ Security Intelligence Service: Does he have confidence in the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service? JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Justice: What steps has she taken towards improving the trial and pre-trial experience for victims of sexual violence? IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Is he confident that employers' obligations under the Wages Protection Act 1983 are being complied with in light of recent reports of workers' pay being docked to recover the cost of theft by customers at service stations and supermarkets? [more]

26/11/2014: Question Time for 26 November 2014
TODD MULLER to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received about the latest trends in savings levels by New Zealand households? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that parts of the Gwyn Report are "highly contested"; if so, which parts are contested and by whom? NUK KORAKO to the Minister for Social Housing: What progress is Housing New Zealand making on rebuilding and repairing properties damaged in the Christchurch earthquakes? Dr MEGAN WOODS to the Prime Minister: Does he agree with Judith Collins that Cameron Slater "manufactured a story and he wanted to believe it" and the findings of the Chisholm Inquiry that Cameron Slater is "prone to exaggeration"? BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received on progress on the National Health Targets? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? KELVIN DAVIS to the Minister of Corrections: Does he have confidence in his department's management of Phillip Smith? SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister for Communications: 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 Initiative? RICHARD PROSSER to the Minister for Primary Industries: How much will it cost to make the nutrient management tool, Overseer, fully fit for purpose across all agricultural land users in New Zealand? Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Veterans' Affairs: What progress is being made in preparation for Gallipoli 2015 commemorations? KRIS FAAFOI to the Minister of State Services: Has she discussed with State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie why he organised a press conference to announce the departure of the CERA Chief Executive Roger Sutton; if so, what was his response? DENIS O'ROURKE to the Minister of Internal Affairs: Does he agree with Nigel Hampton QC, who acted for several of the victims of the collapse of the CTV building, who said "One is forced to the conclusion that in New Zealand, the ability to determine responsibility and accountability in any search and rescue response is directly related to the political will and motivation at cabinet and governmental level."; if not, why not? [more]

27/11/2014: Question Time for 27 November 2014
To be announced. [more]

02/12/2014: Question Time for 2 December 2014
IAN McKELVIE to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received showing New Zealand households are using rising incomes to save more and pay down debt faster? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: How many of the 46 journalists currently holding full Press Gallery accreditation had he advised of his new cellphone number by the end of October, after his number was changed following the Whaledump document release? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by any of his statements last week about the Gwyn report and about his relationship with Cameron Slater? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What reports has he received on the importance of skilled workers in ensuring the New Zealand economy continues to grow? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister responsible for HNZC: Does he agree with his statement on state houses "one-third of these houses are in the wrong place or are the wrong size"? ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Building and Housing: What does the latest building consents data and National Construction Pipeline report show about the increased level of residential activity over the past year, particularly in Auckland and Christchurch? RICHARD PROSSER to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he stand by all his statements in relation to the Nutrient Management Tool, OVERSEER? KELVIN DAVIS to the Minister of Corrections: Does he stand by all his statements from Question Time on Wednesday, 26 November? JAN LOGIE to the Minister for Social Development: Does she agree with paediatrician, Professor Innes Asher, who is calling on the Government to "lift incomes for those in paid work and those supported by the income support benefits"? KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: What recent announcements has the Government made regarding responsible lending? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: By what percentage have child poverty levels changed since the Government took office, based on the constant value, below 60 percent of median incomes, and after housing cost measures included in the Ministry of Social Development's report on household incomes? [more]

03/12/2014: Question Time for 3 December 2014
ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that the "100 years commemoration of Gallipoli" could be "one argument" for a joint ANZAC force to be deployed in the fight against ISIS? TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on New Zealand's economic performance and particularly the outlook for growth over the next few years? RON MARK to the Minister of Defence: Has the Government given instructions to the Defence Force to begin preparations for deployment to the Middle East; if so, when were those instructions first given? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What update can he give on energy resources development in the Taranaki region? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: What impact would a Fonterra pay-out of below $4 per kilogram of milk solids have on the economy and the Government's surplus target? MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Trade: What progress has the Government made in opening up overseas markets for New Zealand exporters? Dr MEGAN WOODS to the Prime Minister: Did Jason Ede provide "Mr Slater with draft blog posts" regarding NZSIS information? METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Revenue: What information has he received about the Government's action against tax fraud? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she agree with the Prime Minister's statement that "If those partnership schools don't succeed the Government will be just as quick to close them down as we have been to establish them"? MOJO MATHERS to the Minister of Broadcasting: Will she consider using regulation to increase New Zealand's level of captioning for free to air television, given that all of Europe has regulations in place for captioning; if not, why not? STUART SMITH to the Minister for Primary Industries: What recent reports has he received on the number of Honorary Fishery Officers leading into the summer fishing period? Questions to Members EUGENIE SAGE to the Member in charge of the Register of Pecuniary Interests of Judges Bill: Is it necessary for New Zealand to legislate for the adoption of a Register of Pecuniary Interests for the judiciary; if so, why? DENISE ROCHE to the Member in charge of the Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment Bill: What select committee has she nominated for the Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment Bill? DENISE ROCHE to the Member in charge of the Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment Bill: What recent evidence, if any, has she received that supports her Bill? POTO WILLIAMS to the Member in charge of the Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months' Paid Leave) Amendment Bill: Does she intend to continue with the Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months' Paid Leave) Amendment Bill; if so why? MEKA WHAITIRI to the Member in charge of the Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months' Paid Leave) Amendment Bill: What support has she seen for continuing with the Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months' Paid Leave) Amendment Bill? [more]

04/12/2014: Question Time for 4 December 2014
Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Defence: Has the Government given instructions to the Defence Force to begin preparations for deployment to the Middle East against ISIS? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: How many days passed between his 6 November press release stating that Health Benefits Limited was making "good progress" and his announcement that HBL would be wound down? CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Finance: How is the Government's economic plan helping New Zealand families? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he stand by his statement "I am open to having more information on overseas ownership, but I do not favour a register"; if so, why? Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Education: What reports has she received about support for Investing in Educational Success from the secondary sector? KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Health: Why did he ask the Ministry of Health to review the minutes of the Health Promotion Agency regarding Katherine Rich's conduct when the Ministry of Health is not the agency responsible for determining whether board members have acted appropriately at meetings? RON MARK to the Minister of Local Government: Does she have confidence in the Local Government Commission? BRETT HUDSON to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What update can he give on new data acquisition projects to support geological prospectivity signalled in Budget 2014? Hon PHIL GOFF to the Minister of Defence: How many New Zealand Defence Force personnel have begun training and preparation for deployment to Iraq, and when was he first advised that training had begun? DAVID BENNETT to the Minister for Primary Industries: What reports has he received on initiatives to help attract young people into the primary sector? Hon NANAIA MAHUTA to the Minister for Māori Development: What concerns regarding the Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill have led to the announcement that a Māori Language Advisory Group is required to provide independent advice to him while the bill is being considered by the Māori Affairs Committee? DENISE ROCHE to the Minister of Internal Affairs: Is he doing enough to prevent problem gambling and ensure gambling venues comply with their host responsibility requirements given an Internal Affairs mystery shopper campaign found that 101 out of 102 venues failed a test regarding host responsibility? [more]

09/12/2014: Question Time for 9 December 2014
JONO NAYLOR to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received about the stability of New Zealand's financial system? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: Does he have confidence in Treasury's economic projections? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that Iain Rennie made a "serious miscalculation" over the handling of a sexual harassment complaint against former Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority boss Roger Sutton? JOANNE HAYES to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made about progress in the Government's $359 million Investing in Educational Success initiative? JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that he is not going to do "anything sort of random and unpredictable with government spending" in order to get to surplus in 2014/15? IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What reports has he received on the progress of improving New Zealanders' skills and employment? KELVIN DAVIS to the Minister of Corrections: Does he agree with all the findings of the Summary of the review of the failure to return from temporary release of prisoner Phillip Smith? SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Health: What response has the Government received to its call for volunteers to help combat Ebola in affected countries? TRACEY MARTIN to the Associate Minister of Education: What reports has she received about Hato Petera College buildings and property? NUK KORAKO to the Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery: What reports has he received about international recognition for the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan's Blueprint? KRIS FAAFOI to the Minister for Pacific Peoples: Does he have confidence in his Ministry? [more]

10/12/2014: Question Time for 10 December 2014
Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he agree with the OECD that "when income inequality rises, economic growth falls"? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he agree with yesterday's OECD report that "focusing exclusively on growth and assuming that its benefits will automatically trickle down to the different segments of the population may undermine growth in the long run"; if not, why not? TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Finance: What progress has the Government made in delivering on its economic objectives for 2014? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: What impact will Fonterra's revised forecast payout have on the Government's 2014/15 surplus? RON MARK to the Minister of Defence: Does he stand by all his statements regarding a potential deployment of combat troops to Iraq? MATT DOOCEY to the Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery: What progress has the Government made in 2014 towards its vision for the rebuild of Christchurch? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister responsible for HNZC: When did he last discuss the sale of state housing stock with Cabinet or a Cabinet Committee? BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister of Health: What improvements to cancer care are expected as a result of the New Zealand Cancer Plan 2015-18? EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister of Conservation: Did she raise any concerns with the Minister of Energy and Resources about the potential impacts on the Māui dolphin, a critically endangered species, of granting an oil and gas exploration permit in their habitat, including in a marine mammal sanctuary? DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister for Economic Development: Is he concerned at the scale of corporate welfare in New Zealand under this Government; if not, why not? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Police: Does he know whether or not the allegations in Matt Nippert's 31 August 2014 article in the Sunday Star-Times that Cameron Slater and Carrick Graham were paid to undermine the Serious Fraud Office are correct? Dr SHANE RETI to the Mini [more]

11/02/2015: Question time for 11 February 2015
ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his promise to New Zealanders that "the construction of the new convention centre will not cost taxpayers or ratepayers a cent"; if not, why not? JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Finance: What are the main priorities for the Government's economic programme in 2015? METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What reports has he received on employment growth in New Zealand in the last year? Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development: How much extra money, if any, is the Government prepared to give SkyCity as part of the convention centre deal? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement "we're actually going to stand up for human rights…"? KELVIN DAVIS to the Minister of Police: On what date, if any, was the first of any briefings given by the Commissioner of Police or his staff, to him, his predecessor, the Prime Minister or any of their offices in relation to the reported investigation into Mike Sabin? SARAH DOWIE to the Minister for Building and Housing: What progress is the Government making in increasing the pace of new house construction and expanding Government support for first home buyers? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he stand by his statement that the Massey University home affordability index is the "comprehensive" and "neutral" measure? Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Transport: What progress has been made on delivering the Government's Accelerated Regional Roading Programme? Hon PHIL GOFF to the Minister of Defence: Does he stand by his statement this morning that comments about sending troops to Iraq being the price of being part of the club were "unfortunate"? [more]

12/02/2015: Question Time for 12 February 2015
CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received about what progress the Government is making to support more jobs and higher incomes? RICHARD PROSSER to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he believe the Primary Growth Partnership provides value for money to taxpayers? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Finance: In light of his comments that a taxpayer bailout is his "least preferred" option, how much is he prepared to spend to save the SkyCity deal? DENISE ROCHE to the Minister for Economic Development: What advice did officials provide about how much more valuable to SkyCity the TVNZ land sold to it for the siting of a convention centre was, once that land was used as the site of a hotel? MATT DOOCEY to the Minister for Sport and Recreation: What benefits does he expect to be delivered by the Government's support for the Cricket World Cup? Hon DAMIEN O'CONNOR to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he have confidence in his department? ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Social Housing: What recent commitments has the Government made to improving social housing? Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister of Defence: Will he assure the House that no New Zealand troops will be engaged in active military combat in Iraq during the term of this Government? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister of Internal Affairs: What are the expected savings per year as a result of the changes to the National Library curriculum topic loan service? MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Communications: What is the current status of the rollout of the Government's Ultra-Fast Broadband and Rural Broadband initiatives? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Police: On how many occasions, if any, has he alerted the Prime Minister or his Office to a matter of significant public interest which he has been briefed on by his officials since his appointment? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Transport: What is the Government doing to support the development of urban cycleways across New Zealand? [more]

17/02/2015: Question time for 17 February 2015
Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in Hon Steven Joyce given his statement that SkyCity reducing the size of the convention centre by "around 10 percent would not cause the Crown too much concern"? SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Finance: What announcements has the Government recently made about Budget 2015? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: How many operating surpluses, if any, using the Total Crown OBEGAL measure, has the Government posted in its six years in office? METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Are Cabinet ministers accountable to the public of New Zealand for their ministerial decisions? Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister for Social Development: What is the Government doing to assist children as they head back to school? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister responsible for HNZC: What is the projected change in percentage and absolute terms of Housing New Zealand's land holdings in both area (hectares) and dollar value over the next three years? MARAMA FOX to the Associate Minister of Health: What plans does the Government have to achieve smoke-free Aotearoa by 2025? JONO NAYLOR to the Minister for Courts: How successful has the Government's new Drivers Licence Stop Orders initiative been in collecting unpaid traffic fines during its first year? IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Is the Government planning to ban zero-hour employment contracts; if not, why not? BRETT HUDSON to the Minister for Small Business: What reports has he received on the increased number of self-employed businesses in New Zealand? GARETH HUGHES to the Minister for the Environment: Does he intend to amend the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act 2012 in light of the Environmental Protection Authority rejecting both the ironsands and phosphate seabed mining applications? [more]

18/02/2015: Question time for 18 February 2015
1. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that the Government is planning to sell state houses to "encourage and develop more diverse ownership of social housing"? 2. JOANNE HAYES to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received about the latest trends in savings levels by New Zealanders? 3. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Associate Minister of Transport: When will the targeted review of the operating mechanisms of the SuperGold Card free off-peak public transport scheme be completed? 4. TODD MULLER to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What update can he give on competition in the New Zealand electricity market as a result of the Government's reforms? 5. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that "ACC is one of many decisions that add up to whether there is a surplus or not a surplus"; if so, was the decision to reject officials' advice and keep ACC levies $178 million higher than they need to be a decision made to achieve a surplus? 6. CLAYTON MITCHELL to the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector: Does she stand by her statement "You and your charities are core in our life of caring and sharing, and drive our cultural expression and community based development. This investment of time, effort and energy not only helps our country to function, but also contributes to the strength and resilience of our communities, making them better places for us to live."? 7. TODD BARCLAY to the Minister of Corrections: What announcements has he made regarding the Government's initiative to roll out Audio Visual Links in our prisons? 8. IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Is the definition of zero-hour contracts in his review of employment standards permanent, part-time employment agreements with no set hours of work? 9. DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister for the Environment: Is he confident that the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act 2012 is fit for purpose, in light of the Environmental Protection Authority rejecting both the recent ironsands and phosphate seabed mining applications? 10. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister for Small Business: What initiatives have the Government implemented through the Business Growth Agenda that assist small business? 11. Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister of Defence: Does he stand by his statement "I've made it very clear that we don't intend to have combat troops in Iraq once you go beyond the wire that's what you're involved in"? 12. DAVID SHEARER to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Will New Zealand troops operate under a status of forces agreement if they are deployed to Iraq? [more]

19/02/2015: Question time for 19 February 2015
1. ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making in its programme to get better results from public services? 2. MAHESH BINDRA to the Minister of Corrections: Was there a Victim Notification Register Alert generated for Phillip Smith at any stage prior to his temporary release from custody in November 2014; if not, why not? 3. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that he would post a "meaningful surplus" in 2014/15; if so, what approximate dollar figure would constitute a meaningful surplus? 4. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Education: Is she planning to undertake another Partnership School application round this year; if so, will any new schools be required to target the same priority learner groups as existing Partnership Schools? 5. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What progress is the Government making to boost workforce skills? 6. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she have confidence in the Partnership School's Authorisation Board; if so, why? 7. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he think he is competently fulfilling his ministerial responsibilities; if not, why not? 8. BRETT HUDSON to the Minister for Small Business: How will the New Zealand Business Number system make it easier for small business to interact with the Government? 9. CARMEL SEPULONI to the Minister for Social Development: Does she have confidence in the ability of the Ministry of Social Development to exercise financial due diligence? 10. STEFFAN BROWNING to the Minister for Food Safety: Will she assure consumers that irradiated food labelling requirements will be enforced immediately in light of reports that irradiated fruit is being sold in New Zealand without the appropriate label? 11. Hon DAMIEN O'CONNOR to the Minister for Primary Industries: Was the Government's decision to cut 100 percent bag screening indicative of the priority the Government places on biosecurity? 12. NUK KORAKO to the Associate Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery: What progress has the Government made on the Canterbury Earthquake Memorial? [more]

24/02/2015: Question time for 24 February 2015
ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement with regard to the deployment of troops to the warzone in Iraq that "I don't think that's a matter for a Parliamentary vote"? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement "Just passing everything by the barest of majorities isn't the right way to govern a country"; if so, why? PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on trends in Government revenue and how does this compare with forecasts in the Half-Year Update in December? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: What is the additional amount of gross debt that the Crown has taken on since the Government was elected in November 2008? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for the Environment: Does he agree with the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment that a 30 centimetre rise in sea level "may not sound much" but "will be significant at a national level" in New Zealand? STUART SMITH to the Minister for Social Housing: How will the Ministry of Social Development's social housing purchasing strategy lead to better outcomes for tenants? Hon PHIL GOFF to the Minister of Defence: What is the level of risk assessed by the New Zealand Defence Force if its personnel are deployed to Iraq and what force protection would be provided for them? MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Small Business: What steps is the Government taking to support growth for small business? Hon DAMIEN O'CONNOR to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he consider that cuts the Government has made to biosecurity have contributed to the current fruit fly outbreak? KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: What actions is the Government taking to limit the powers of repossession agents? CLAYTON MITCHELL to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by all her statements? [more]

25/02/2015: Question Time for 25 February 2015
METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement "Get some guts and join the right side"? ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister of Finance: What are the features of the new social investment approach the Government will use in Budget 2015 and in future Budgets? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "We recognise ISIL is not a short-term threat and there is a lot of work to be done in the long-term"; if so, does he accept this means New Zealand's deployment may last longer than two years and involve more than training? Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What reports has he received about employment growing across New Zealand? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his answers to Oral Question No 4 on Tuesday, 24 February 2015? TODD MULLER to the Minister for Social Development: What is the Government doing to support older New Zealanders receiving New Zealand superannuation? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he agree with KPMG that banks are warning that the "significant deals done at ridiculous pricing" for New Zealand land and property could spell disaster for them? SARAH DOWIE to the Minister for Small Business: What measures has the Government implemented to support small businesses in accessing the Government procurement process? RICHARD PROSSER to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he stand by all his statements? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by the statement made on his behalf last year about his contact with Mr Liu that: "As Prime Minister and the leader of the National Party, Mr Key attends a number of functions up and down the country which are attended by a large number of people. While we don't have a record of who attends these events, Mr Key recalls seeing Mr Liu at various functions, including a dinner as part of a National Party fundraiser"? CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement "we're actually going to stand up for human rights…"? Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development: What was the "range of price escalation" for the New Zealand International Convention Centre as recorded in advice to the Minister dated 26 February 2014? [more]

26/02/2015: Question Time for 26 February 2015
IAN McKELVIE to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making in building a more competitive and productive economy as one of its priorities for this term of Parliament? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What advice has he received on the Health budget for 2015/16? SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister for Social Development: What reports has she received on the latest valuation of the benefit system? JAMES SHAW to the Minister of Finance: Does he have confidence that the New Zealand Superannuation Fund is living up to its commitments to ethical investment as outlined in its Responsible Investment Framework? KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Transport: What work is the Government doing to provide better transport connections between Auckland International Airport and the Greater Auckland area? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her decision to approve the Whangaruru Partnership School; if so, why? JACQUI DEAN to the Minister for Primary Industries: What Government support is available for farmers and growers along most of the East Coast of the South Island since a medium-scale adverse event was declared on 12 February 2015? DENISE ROCHE to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Should the minimum wage be enough to live on? Hon PHIL GOFF to the Minister of Defence: What rules of engagement, if any, has the Government set for the New Zealand Defence Force personnel operating in Iraq if they come under attack? TRACEY MARTIN to the Minister for Food Safety: What reports, if any, has she seen regarding food safety issues in kindergartens, play centres and kōhanga reo? Hon DAMIEN O'CONNOR to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he have confidence in his department? BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister for Women: What reports has she received relating to the prevention of family and sexual violence in New Zealand? [more]

10/03/2015: Question Time for 10 March 2015
1. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his comment that "no one's arguing that we're not working as fast as we possibly can" to cut ACC levies given ACC, the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment, Treasury, the Employers and Manufacturers Association, and Infometrics are among those recommending bigger cuts? 2. NUK KORAKO to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the economy and particularly on New Zealand's creditworthiness compared to other developed economies? 3. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does the Prime Minister still stand by his answer that he will resign if the GCSB has conducted mass surveillance of New Zealanders; if so, what is his definition of mass surveillance? 4. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Transport: What update can he give on Government investment in bridge infrastructure in Northland? 5. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: How would the Crown's fiscal position be affected if ACC's recommended reductions to its Work and Earners' levies for 2015-16 were implemented? 6. SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister for Communications: What recent reports has she seen on growth of fibre connections compared to other OECD countries? 7. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Transport: Does he think his "deep commitment to Northland" has been demonstrated by the Government cutting spending on Northland roads by $36 million or nearly 30 percent over the last five years? 8. RON MARK to the Minister of Transport: Does he stand by all his statements? 9. EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for the Environment: Will he be taking any steps to increase protection for indigenous trees and vegetation in the proposed changes to the Resource Management Act? 10. MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Small Business: What reports has he received on confidence from small businesses in the New Zealand economy? 11. TRACEY MARTIN to the Deputy Prime Minister: Does he consider the flag referendum to be a judicious use of taxpayers' money? 12. SUE MORONEY to the Minister for ACC: What is the purpose of the Work and Earners' levies charged by ACC? [more]

11/03/2015: Question Time for 11 March 2015
AN McKELVIE to the Minister for Primary Industries: What steps has the Government taken in responding to the criminal threat to New Zealand's infant and other milk formula products? METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in relation to the Reserve Bank that "it's not an option for the bank to raise interest rates"? BARBARA STEWART to the Minister of Health: Does he have confidence that the Ministry of Health is providing the best public health service for rural New Zealand communities? Hon JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on the Government's finances and how does this compare with forecasts in the Half-Year Update in December? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement regarding the Northland by-election that "last week we were looking through the various policies we want to announce so they were finalised I suppose last week. We've got another couple of announcements; we are making another this week on something else"? BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister for Food Safety: Does she have confidence in the integrity of New Zealand's food safety system in light of the criminal threat to contaminate infant and other formula with 1080? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Small Business: What advice has he received, if any, on how much small and medium sized businesses will pay in ACC levies this year? PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage: What is the Government doing to commemorate the centenary of the First World War? Su'a WILLIAM SIO to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that he had not heard from any Pacific leaders following the allegations of GCSB mass surveillance within the Pacific "And that will be because they understand completely that either things are sensationalised, fundamentally not true, or of no concern to them"? BRETT HUDSON to the Minister for Small Business: What reports has he received on small businesses hiring more employees in the coming year? EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister of Conservation: Does she stand by all her statements? [more]

12/03/2015: Question Time for 12 March 2015
RON MARK to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement "every Minister believes that the decision that affects them is the one that makes all the difference to the surplus or the deficit"? Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received about the growth outlook for the New Zealand economy? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Transport: How much has been spent in total by the New Zealand Transport Agency on roads in the Northland region under National Land Transport Programmes set by the current Government since it was elected in November 2008? MARAMA FOX to the Minister of Justice: What advice, if any, has she received about Iriheke Pere given that it is over 18 months since he was shot in the back while he was handcuffed and not resisting arrest? DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Transport: What progress has the Government made on completing the Waikato Expressway Road of National Significance? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Is the Government's objective to increase New Zealand's net greenhouse gas emissions or is the Government's objective to decrease New Zealand's net greenhouse gas emissions? Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister for Economic Development: What reports has he received on GDP growth in New Zealand's regions? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statement that in the event a charter school closes before the end of its contract "we will use the usual commercial instruments available to us to recover costs invested by the Government"; if so, which specific provisions of the contract with Whangaruru School allow for the recovery of funds in the event the school closes? Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister for Social Development: What recent announcements has she made on steps to protect children? SUE MORONEY to the Minister for ACC: Does she have confidence in the ACC Board? SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister for Small Business: What steps is this Government taking to support growth for small business? [more]

17/03/2015: Question Time for 17 March 2015
1. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he still believe that people who oppose the deployment of New Zealand soldiers to train Iraqi Government forces need to "get some guts and join the right side" in light of widespread evidence that Iraqi Government forces are committing war crimes? 2. Hon JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received about higher employment, consumer confidence, and economic growth? 3. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What advice, if any, has he received on the causes of rheumatic fever? 4. JOANNE HAYES to the Minister for Social Housing: What support is the Government providing to families in Christchurch in need of short-term housing? 5. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Can workers still expect that the average wage will rise to $62,000 in the next three years, as he stated during the period of the election campaign in 2014? 6. BARBARA STEWART to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his statement regarding the closing down of a health centre, published on Newstalk ZB this morning, "there's no facility in Wellsford that is closing, and that is what my officials have told me"? 7. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Transport: Why was the Government's new policy to double-lane ten Northland bridges not announced by him or the New Zealand Transport Agency? 8. SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Civil Defence: What reports has she received on the impact of Tropical Cyclone Pam on New Zealand? 9. DENIS O'ROURKE to the Minister of Transport: When will the detailed plans, designations and construction schedule be available for the full Puhoi to Wellsford motorway? 10. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? 11. SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: What recent announcements has the Government made regarding responsible lending? 12. Dr MEGAN WOODS to the Minister for the Environment: Has he, along with the Minister of Local Government, released for public consultation the discussion document on the statutory review of Environment Canterbury and options for regional governance, as advised to do by November 2014 in the Briefing to Incoming Ministers; if so, when? [more]

18/03/2015: Question Time for 18 March 2015
Questions to Ministers JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on progress the Government has made in supporting higher wages for New Zealand families? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that reducing tariffs on construction materials will save "about $3,500, for a new home"; if so, when will new home buyers see these savings? DENIS O'ROURKE to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he stand by his statement to RadioLive's Duncan Garner yesterday, in respect of starting the Pūhoi to Wellsford Motorway, that "2016 sounds like a pretty good date to me"? METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that the principals of decile 1 to 4 schools he has visited have told him "the number of children in those schools who actually require lunch is the odd one or two"? Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What reports has he received on job growth in New Zealand? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Can workers still expect that the average wage will rise to $62,000 in the next three years, as he stated during the period of the election campaign in 2014; if so, what annual percentage increase will be required to make that a reality? BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister for Social Development: What reports has she received on the number of teen mothers receiving a benefit? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Transport: Does he agree that the Government's Northland bridges policy was "absolutely" the idea of National by-election candidate Mark Osbourne as he claims? STUART SMITH to the Minister for Disability Issues: What is the Government doing to improve the lives of families with disabled children placed in out-of-home care? CLARE CURRAN to the Minister of Internal Affairs: Is he confident that the Department of Internal Affairs manages New Zealanders' personal information, documents and records effectively and safely? CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statements regarding dairy conversions that the debate should be driven by the "capacity for maintaining and improving the environment"? JONO NAYLOR to the Minister for Small Business: What reports has he received about support for measures the Government has taken to assist small business? [more]

19/03/2015: Question Time for 19 March 2015
PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Transport: Did Cabinet consider a proposal for sealing roads in the Pipiwai area, as claimed by Dr Shane Reti; if so, why has no funding for this work been announced? DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister of Finance: In light of his statement in the House on 11 March that low inflation "makes it more challenging for the Government because higher inflation pushes up the tax base and enables us to collect more tax in a growing economy", does he agree that this phenomenon of fiscal drag is just another description for an increase in effective tax rates? ALFRED NGARO to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on New Zealand's economic growth? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister of Police: Does he have concerns with the Police's handling of the alleged offending in the "Roast Busters" case given the release of the report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority today; if so, what are those concerns? EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for the Environment: Does he propose to implement the Environment Canterbury model in other regional and unitary councils by replacing nearly half the elected councillors with ministerial appointees? JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Health: What steps is the Government taking to improve mental health services for New Zealand families? RON MARK to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in relation to Cyclone Pam "We will continue to do all we can to help our Pacific neighbours"? NUK KORAKO to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made about progress on the Government's $1.137 billion Greater Christchurch Education Renewal Plan? Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he agree with Moody's Analytics that "New Zealand has a 'two-speed' economy as strong domestic demand cushions a weaker export sector"? TODD BARCLAY to the Minister for Small Business: What online tools has the Government provided to help small businesses make informed decisions? Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister for Tertiary Education: Does he believe students and staff at every university should have the right to participate in the election of university councils? KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Prime Minister that "There is not a housing crisis" in New Zealand? [more]

24/03/2015: Question Time for 24 March 2015
TIM MACINDOE to the Minister responsible for HNZC: What are the objectives of the Government's social housing reform programme? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statements that his plan to sell state houses "is not about selling to developers" and he would be "amazed" if the likes of the Salvation Army were hesitant to get involved? METIRIA TUREI to the Minister responsible for HNZC: Can he rule out selling Housing New Zealand-owned homes to private developers; if not, will any sale be contingent on developers housing low-income or vulnerable tenants in those homes? ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Trade: What progress has the Government made in opening up export markets for our regional economies? DENIS O'ROURKE to the Minister for the Environment: Does he agree with the Northland Regional Council's 2012 State of the Environment Report that "large areas of land with prime soils suited for agriculture and horticultural production continues to be subdivided for lifestyle blocks and urban development"; if not, why not? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: What advice, if any, did he receive from the Treasury on the Government policy to double-lane ten Northland bridges? SARAH DOWIE to the Minister of Transport: What progress has the Government made on its Accelerated Regional Roading Programme? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his quote regarding Hon Tim Groser's bid to be Director-General of the World Trade Organisation that if "he decided to put his name in the ring then the New Zealand Government would give him 100 percent support"; if so, precisely what support did the Government provide to Mr Groser? STUART SMITH to the Minister for Communications: What are the latest towns to be fully fibred under the Government's Ultra-Fast Broadband programme? SUE MORONEY to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Does he agree with the Prime Minister's assertion that we will "absolutely not" see thousands of workers denied their tea breaks under his changes to the Employment Relations Act 2000? Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister responsible for the GCSB: Is the spying on candidates vying to be the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation an appropriate use of the Government Communications Security Bureau? JONO NAYLOR to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: What is the Government doing to help small businesses raise funds? [more]

25/03/2015: Question Time for 25 March 2015
1.PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Social Housing: What reports, if any, has she received about the Salvation Army saying it felt pressured into carrying out expensive, time-consuming research on buying unwanted state houses because the Government repeatedly referred to the charity as a likely buyer? 2. DARROCH BALL to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by her statement, "Every child has the right to be safe from abuse and neglect and these guidelines will help us build a stronger culture of child protection across New Zealand where the safety and security of children is paramount."? 3. JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on progress the New Zealand economy is making in reducing its external debt position? 4. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister of Internal Affairs: How will his decision to cut funding by $392,000 a year to the specialist non-fiction service provided by the National Library affect access to educational resources for rural schools? 5. Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister for Social Housing: What are the next steps in the Government's social housing reform programme? 6. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does he stand by the Prime Minister's answer that it is "misinformation" that New Zealand's net greenhouse gas emissions have increased by 20 percent between 2008 and 2012; if so, by what percentage did New Zealand's net greenhouse gas emissions increase between 2008 and 2012? 7. SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received in relation to the increased funding for cochlear implants announced in Budget 2014? 8. Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development: When did his officials first learn of SkyCity's desire for a public funding top-up in order for the International Convention Centre to meet the Preliminary Design specifications? 9. MATT DOOCEY to the Minister for Small Business: How are small businesses benefiting from the Better for Business - Result 9 Programme? 10. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Education: What further advice, if any, did she receive that led to her decision to consult on the closing of Redcliffs School, following the advice she received from geotechnical experts in September last year that "with the mitigation measures in place, the risk from rockfall is considered to be no higher on the school grounds than on any site remote from the Port Hills"? 11. JAN LOGIE to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Does he agree with the previous EEO Commissioner Judy McGregor's statement on aged care that "The sense of crisis that surrounds aged care is partly a reflection of our collective knowledge that we are not being fair and that a large group of workers is being discriminated against."? [more]

26/03/2015: Question Time for 26 March 2015
Questions to Ministers JAMES SHAW to the Minister of Science and Innovation: Does he stand by his statement that the Government will "build a strong business-led R&D ecosystem to strengthen and diversify New Zealand's economy"? Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on how low inflation is benefiting New Zealand families? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister responsible for HNZC: Does he agree with the National Business Review who asked "Is the Government's social housing privatisation policy in tatters"? NUK KORAKO to the Minister for Economic Development: What reports has he received on the progress of New Zealand businesses succeeding internationally? KELVIN DAVIS to the Minister of Transport: Will transport spending in Northland return to the level that this Government inherited, given annual NZTA funding for the region has fallen by $36 million since 2008/09? Hon JUDITH COLLINS to the Associate Minister for Social Development: How much has the Government saved as a result of its benefit fraud initiative? SUE MORONEY to the Minister for ACC: Was the then Minister for ACC Hon Judith Collins correct when she said last year that the reason the Government ignored ACC's recommendation for cuts to levies for employers and workers was "because we need to get to surplus"? PITA PARAONE to the Minister of Education: What reports has she received, if any, about why the Māori Education Trust is selling its 320ha Kahutara dairy farm, the late Edward Holmes' farm, that was gifted to the Trust to educate Wairarapa Māori? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What reports has he received on renewable electricity generation in New Zealand? MOJO MATHERS to the Minister for Primary Industries: Will he support a ban on cosmetics testing on animals? TODD BARCLAY to the Minister for Small Business: How are small businesses benefiting from the innovation initiatives of the Business Growth Agenda? Su'a WILLIAM SIO to the Minister for Building and Housing: Have all boarding houses that are "rat-infested, mouldy dives that are unfit for human habitation" been closed down since he said he wanted them eliminated in November 2014; if not, why not? [more]

31/03/2015: Question Time for 31 March 2015
ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister of Finance: What policy measures has the Government announced that will help to distribute dividends from the growing economy to New Zealand families and children? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "there's a message from Northland" for the Government; if so, will the Government take that message seriously? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Will he submit an emissions reduction target to the UN by the 31 March deadline; and does he stand by his statement that New Zealand's net emissions are projected to increase 48 percent in the next decade? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Transport: What are the construction start and end dates for each of the 10 bridges the Government has announced it will upgrade in Northland? ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Building and Housing: How many families is the Government budgeting to benefit from the new HomeStart programme and how will prospective homeowners be able to find out their eligibility? DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister for the Environment: Does he still believe that affordable housing, natural hazards, infrastructure development, economic growth, jobs and exports needed recognition in the Resource Management Act 1991? SARAH DOWIE to the Minister for ACC: What changes to ACC levies come into effect on 1 April, and what impact will these changes have on New Zealand businesses and families? Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he agree with the Prime Minister when he says of the people of Northland: "They want more. They want to go faster"; if so, does he believe that this view on economic growth is unique to the people of Northland? GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Can he rule out exploration for oil and gas in the West Coast North Island Marine Mammal Sanctuary? Dr MEGAN WOODS to the Minister for the Environment: Does he agree with the Prime Minister regarding Government proposals to amend sections 6 and 7 of the Resource Management Act 1991 that "there's just no question that you've got to rip up what we've got now"? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements regarding the Northland by-election? JOANNE HAYES to the Minister for Small Business: How are small businesses benefiting from the export markets initiatives in the Business Growth Agenda? [more]

01/04/2015: Question Time for 1 April 2015
Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements regarding the Northland by-election? ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received showing how the performance of the New Zealand economy is translating into benefits for New Zealand families? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "falling off a high horse in Northland can force ACC levies up"; if so, is that why the Government has set work and earners levies above the levels recommended by ACC? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he agree with the Reserve Bank Governor's advice in relation to proposed changes to the Welcome Home Loan Scheme and KiwiSaver Subsidies that: "over the longer term, subsidies have the potential to add to existing house price pressure in what is a highly overvalued market"; if not, why not? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for the Environment: Is he, like the Prime Minister, relaxed about the effect of dropping major RMA reforms on new housing supply, and does he agree with the Prime Minister that there are "mixed views" about how much his reforms would have addressed Auckland's housing shortage? TODD MULLER to the Minister for Social Development: What is the Government doing to support people receiving superannuation in retirement? Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he agree with the Prime Minister when he says of the people of Northland: "They want more. They want to go faster"; if so, does he believe that this view on the economy is unique to the people of Northland? DENISE ROCHE to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: What is the size of the gap between the New Zealand minimum wage hourly rate and the Australian national minimum wage hourly rate? Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: How is the Government helping to support new parents? MAHESH BINDRA to the Minister of Corrections: Is he satisfied that staff-to-prisoner ratios are adequate for staff safety in all of New Zealand's corrections facilities? IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Small Business: How will small and medium businesses benefit from the Government's proposals to simplify the tax system? Hon PHIL GOFF to the Minister of Defence: Does he stand by his response yesterday "well, why would you?" when asked if he would publicly release details regarding the level of protection afforded to New Zealand personnel in the upcoming deployment to Iraq? [more]

29/04/2015: Question Time for 29 April 2015
Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does he care what New Zealanders think about climate change, and does he take their calls for action on climate change seriously? JOANNE HAYES to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the benefits for businesses of the growing New Zealand economy? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What impact would a tighter funding path for district health boards in 2015/16 have on their ability to provide quality, safe and timely services? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Associate Minister of Local Government: Did she consider all relevant factors in reappointing the Kaipara District Council Commissioners; if not, why not? TODD MULLER to the Minister for Building and Housing: How many applications have been made for KiwiSaver HomeStart since the scheme took effect on 1 April 2015? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Is it Government policy that the Government will return to surplus this financial year and stay there so it can reduce debt, reduce ACC levies on households and businesses, and start modestly reducing income taxes? RON MARK to the Minister of Defence: How does he reconcile not providing any further detail on the deployment of troops in accordance with the NZDF policy of "non-identification of personnel and for reasons of operational security" with the Prime Minister confirming overnight that New Zealand troops were transiting through Dubai? Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister for Social Development: What reports has she received on welfare numbers in New Zealand? CARMEL SEPULONI to the Minister of Finance: Is the Productivity Commission Report released yesterday indicative of a Government agenda to privatise the welfare system? SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Health: What recent reports has he received on improved access to first surgical assessments? IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Does he stand by all his statements regarding workers employed by CNR Dalian Locomotive working in New Zealand? MARAMA FOX to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he support the Māori Party's call for guaranteed healthy homes through the introduction of a Warrant of Fitness for all rental properties; if not, why not? [more]

30/04/2015: Question Time for 30 April 2015
Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his statements? FLETCHER TABUTEAU to the Minister of Trade: Can he explain why he is "reasonably confident of getting the numbers in the vote" given the growth in international opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement? MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Finance: What steps has the Government taken to deliver better public services, and how is this benefiting the Government's books? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister responsible for HNZC: Does he stand by his statement "The Government owns 1 in 16 houses in Auckland and we need to do a better job with them for the sake of tenants and aspiring homeowners, as well as for the neighbourhoods they live in and the wider city"; if so, what experience does the Tamaki Redevelopment Company have that will allow them to do a better job for tenants than Housing New Zealand? DENISE ROCHE to the Minister of Transport: Does he stand by his statement that "Auckland must have a transport system that meets the demands of its growing population and we are committed to working with the Auckland Council to help make sure Auckland succeeds"? SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister for Building and Housing: How will today's announcement of transferring 2,800 Housing New Zealand properties to the Tamaki Redevelopment Company and a $200 million loan facility contribute to increasing the supply and quality of housing in Auckland? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she agree with the Prime Minister's statement that "If those partnership schools don't succeed the Government will be just as quick to close them down as we have been to establish them"? MAHESH BINDRA to the Minister of Corrections: Is he satisfied with all aspects of the running of Spring Hill Corrections Facility? ALFRED NGARO to the Minister of Education: How is the Government ensuring that Māori and Pasifika children are engaged in education from an early age? Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development: Is he still committed to the Government's goal of lifting exports from 30 percent to 40 percent of GDP by 2025? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Transport: What reports has he received recently on the Government's Urban Cycleways Programme? BRETT HUDSON to the Minister of Civil Defence: What plans has the Government put in place to ensure as many New Zealanders as possible participate in the national earthquake drill ShakeOut? [more]

04/05/2015: Question Time for 5 May 2015
Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements; if so, why? TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on low inflation in New Zealand, and how does that benefit households and businesses? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he enforce high standards of conduct on all his Ministers, including himself? DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister for Economic Development: What are the fiscal risks to the Crown from Tracey Martin's New Zealand International Convention Centre Act 2013 Repeal Bill, if any? PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister of Science and Innovation: What is the Government doing to grow business-led research and development? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in relation to achieving a surplus that it is like "landing a 747 on a pinhead"? SARAH DOWIE to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: How will Budget 2015 help strengthen compliance with minimum employment standards? KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his statements? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Are New Zealanders who require elective surgery receiving it in a timely manner? STUART SMITH to the Minister for Disability Issues: How is the Government's investment in the New Zealand Sign Language Fund helping sign language users to promote and maintain the language during Sign Language Week? EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister of Conservation: Does she agree with Professor Mark Urban that New Zealand's indigenous species are at greater risk of extinction from climate change than species in many other parts of the world; and if not, why not? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that "returning to surplus and repaying debt are among the most important things the Government can do to ensure New Zealand can withstand future shocks and build a more competitive economy based on exports and new jobs"; if so, will there be a surplus for the 2014/15 year? [more]

06/05/2015: Question Time for 6 May 2015
Questions to Ministers CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the outlook for the New Zealand economy? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in his Ministers' implementation of the Whanau Ora programme in light of the Auditor-General's report finding $42 million of its $138 million budget in its first four years was spent on administration? TODD MULLER to the Minister for Social Housing: What recent announcements have been made about the next steps of the Government's Social Housing Reform Programme? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements in relation to the Budget? JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in relation to trade with Saudi Arabia that an "…FTA gives us yet another reason for those relationships to grow and be closer together…"? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in regards to Whanau Ora, "They have to be ambitious themselves - it's a higher trust model and it has the potential to deliver better results not only for families, but also for taxpayers who are not currently getting the value for money they should be."? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his answers to Oral Question No. 12 yesterday? KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister for Communications: What progress can she report on the rollout of the Ultra-Fast Broadband and Rural Broadband Initiatives? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he still accept assurances from officials that concrete used in New Zealand is fit for purpose? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Are patients receiving through New Zealand's healthcare system the health care recommended by their medical practitioner; if not, why not? MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Education: What is the Government doing today to recognise the educational achievements of young New Zealanders? CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Education: Has she been consulted on education being included in the Trade in Service Agreement (TiSA); if so, have any concerns been expressed that this agreement could lead to foreign corporations suing New Zealand in relation to education provision? Questions to Members Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Chairperson of the Justice and Electoral Committee: Further to her answer to Question to Members No. 1 yesterday, how many people has she requested appear before the committee who submitted using the process she described as a form submission out of those who submitted using the process she described as a form submission in total? Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Chairperson of the Justice and Electoral Committee: Further to her answer to Question to Members No. 1 yesterday, how many people has she requested appear before the committee who submitted using the process she described as a form submission and how many people who made such a request has she not requested appear? Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Chairperson of the Justice and Electoral Committee: Further to her answer to Question to Members No. 1 yesterday, did she ascertain whether the individuals asking to appear were former services personnel by reading the submission before deciding whether or not to request their appearance?   [more]

07/05/2015: Question Time for 7 May 2015
GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Prime Minister with regard to achieving a budget surplus that "If we had to take $300 million out of the health budget or something to achieve that, I think most people would think that's a bit silly"; if so, why did he reduce the new operating spending allowance by $500 million for 2015/16 after the Treasury forecast a deficit for that year? ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister of Finance: What steps has the Government taken to get on top of its spending? Hon NANAIA MAHUTA to the Minister for Māori Development: Does he agree with the Auditor-General that one-third of the $137.6 million appropriated for Whānau Ora was spent on administration and could have been spent "on those people and providers who Whānau Ora was meant to help"? SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Health: What steps is the Government taking to increase access to elective surgery? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that determining who is foreign for the purposes of restricting residential property ownership by foreign speculators is a "swamp"? CLAYTON MITCHELL to the Minister of Transport: Does he stand by his statement that "the recent oil spill was not a disaster for the Tauranga environment"? JOANNE HAYES to the Minister for Tertiary Education: How is the Government investing in more collaborative and innovative research? SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Immigration: Does he agree with the statement made by the Hon Michael Woodhouse in Parliament last week with regard to Chinese engineers repairing KiwiRail trains that the Minister of Immigration "is very satisfied that the Chinese workers in this instance were on short-term visas, and these were generally for no more than 3 months per year"? JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Transport: What progress has the Government made on strengthening New Zealand's global air links? GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he think that there is sufficient competition in the pre-paid retail electricity market to keep prices low for consumers? Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Does he agree with the report of the Labour inspectorate that found that it is unclear whether New Zealand minimum standards law would apply to Chinese workers employed by CNR and working in New Zealand? ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: What changes has the Government made to better protect New Zealand's business reputation? [more]

19/05/2015: Question Time for 19 May 2015
QUESTIONS TO MINISTERS 1. CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Finance: How will Budget 2015 progress the Government’s commitment to manage the Government’s finances, while delivering better public services? 2. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that there is no housing crisis in Auckland in light of the fact the average Auckland house price has risen by $100,000 in the past year and the Reserve Bank says this is “increasing the risk of financial instability”? 3. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? 4. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that “we believe the strong underlying economy and responsible fiscal management can deliver a surplus when the final Government accounts are published next October”? 5. SARAH DOWIE to the Minister for ACC: What indicative reductions to ACC levies are signalled in Budget 2015? 6. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? 7. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development: How much in real terms has Government funding for Relationships Aotearoa changed since 2008? 8. JONO NAYLOR to the Minister for Economic Development: What progress is the Government making in developing New Zealand’s ICT sector? 9. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: What is the range of potential costs to the Government resulting from New Zealand’s current forecast for increasing net greenhouse gas emissions for the period 2021-2030, as reported in the Treasury’s climate change briefing dated 6 October 2014? 10. BRETT HUDSON to the Minister for Building and Housing: What changes is the Government proposing to ensure New Zealand is more resilient to the significant risks we face from earthquakes? 11. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? 12. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by her statement that “it’s a priority for this term of Government that all New Zealanders benefit from the growing economy with a focus on children who are living in hardship”? [more]

20/05/2015: Question Time for 20 May 2015
Questions to Ministers ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in his Budget speech last year, "we are in surplus"? METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Finance: How will the Government's responsible fiscal management support better public services for New Zealanders in Budget 2015? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What plans does the Government have in the Budget tomorrow to get the 146,000 officially unemployed New Zealanders, as measured by the Labour Market Statistics, into work? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does his Budget 2015 speech include the statement, "there will be a small surplus this year and increasing surpluses forecast over time"? MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Defence: What is the Government doing to engage the New Zealand public on the future of the Defence Force? JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that "the surplus target is important"? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by her statement in December last year in relation to child poverty that the Government is "working on a comprehensive plan" and it is "shaping up to be a really big piece of work"; if so, will that big piece of work be in Budget 2015? Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Science and Innovation: What research is the Government undertaking to strengthen the forestry sector? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Trade: Does he stand by his description, during the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, of the Canadian dairy industry as belonging "in the former Soviet Union"? BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations: What has the Government done to protect the site of one of the most significant battles in the New Zealand Wars? CLAYTON MITCHELL to the Minister of Transport: What is the Government doing about the Tauranga Central Corridor? [more]

26/05/2015: Question Time for 26 May 2015
METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Finance: How does Budget 2015 continue the Government's plan to manage the public finances while supporting the most vulnerable? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Why has he reneged on his commitment made in 2011 that "the $1,000 kick-start for new KiwiSaver members will remain as it is now" by removing the kick-start in this year's Budget, and did he renege on any other commitments in the Budget? BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister for Primary Industries: How will Budget 2015 help develop more water storage and irrigation projects? RON MARK to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with National Party finance spokesperson Bill English, "We don't believe in new and more taxes. We think we can manage with the tax revenue we have"? TODD MULLER to the Minister for Social Development: How does Budget 2015 help parents who receive a benefit? JAMES SHAW to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: How many of the 900 ewes that flew to Saudi Arabia on Singapore Airlines in October 2014 at the taxpayers' expense are still alive? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he stand by his statement that the 500 hectares of surplus Crown land he has identified "has already been zoned as residential, but with no existing buildings or tenants to manage – meaning houses will be able to be brought to market faster"? SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Health: What progress has been made towards achieving the Government's national health target? Hon PHIL GOFF to the Minister of Defence: Does the New Zealand Defence Force training of Iraqi Army troops include giving them the will to fight? Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister for Building and Housing: What progress has the Government made in increasing the supply of housing in Christchurch and what lessons can be learnt in addressing Auckland's issues? [more]

27/05/2015: Question Time for 27 May 2015
DARROCH BALL to the Minister for Social Development: Does she agree with the Minister of Finance when he said of the delivery of social services, "There is no evidence at all that contracting out, as the member calls it, will reduce service provision."? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in the Minister for Building and Housing, given that the Minister is considering building houses in Auckland on the site of an electrical substation? JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Finance: How does Budget 2015 continue the Government's plan to manage spending and start paying down debt? MARAMA FOX to the Minister of Local Government: What advice has she received through report back from officials in March this year about Maori participation in local government processes, and what consideration, if any, has been given by her as a result of that advice? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement, "we would expect to be able to continue to expand the use of user charges"; if so, what further user charges will he introduce? PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister of Education: How is the Government assisting New Zealand students who need the most support? Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development: How much smaller in percentage terms is the floor area of the main exhibition hall at the New Zealand International Convention Centre announced yesterday when compared to the 10,000 square metre exhibition space heralded in 2011 when SkyCity became the Government's preferred development partner; and how many fewer exhibitors does such a reduction represent in a "world-class convention centre"? KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: What action is the Government taking to improve the quality of financial advice? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Who was paid the first $4 million in respect of the multimillion dollar payments to Saudi Arabian interests referred to in the Cabinet paper of 13 February 2013 he tabled yesterday, and how was the value calculated and split between "intellectual property which the Saudi investor brings to the platform, the services and in-market networks he will contribute" and "the settlement of the long-running dispute"? IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Land Information: What work is she aware of that has been completed to safeguard New Zealand's historic aerial photo collection? BARBARA STEWART to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he believe Hong Kong-based He Run International Investment's plan to build a dairy factory in Otorohanga will benefit the Waikato and wider New Zealand dairy industry; if so, why? [more]

28/05/2015: Question Time for 28 May 2015
Questions to Ministers Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by her statement that "this Government is working with a number of service providers to make sure that those clients of Relationships Aotearoa are well looked after"? NUK KORAKO to the Minister of Finance: How does Budget 2015 continue the Government's plan to deliver better public services? JAMES SHAW to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Has a full and final settlement been reached with Mr Al Khalaf; if so, what is the total cost to taxpayers? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Did he seek advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade about whether, using the multimillion dollar payment for the benefit of Hamood Al Ali Al Khalaf – a Saudi Arabian businessman to cause the Saudi Arabian officials to advance the GCC FTA which had stalled, breached the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions? BRETT HUDSON to the Minister for Communications: How does Budget 2015 continue the Government's commitment to the Ultra-Fast Broadband programme? CLAYTON MITCHELL to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: What is the status of the Health and Safety Reform Bill, and what feedback has he received on it? ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Associate Minister for Primary Industries: What recent Government initiatives encourage the planting of forests in New Zealand's regions? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all the spending commitments made in Budget 2015? TODD BARCLAY to the Minister of Corrections: What announcements has he made regarding the roll-out of new stab-proof vests to Corrections officers? EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister of Conservation: What action, if any, is she going to take to prevent Maui's dolphin going extinct by 2029 given new research showing the population has declined from an estimated 55 adult dolphins to an estimated 43 to 47 adult Maui's dolphins? IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Does he agree with the Prime Minister who said yesterday that the Health and Safety Reform Bill needs more work because "despite what we might say there isn't great divisions, there are just interest in making sure we get it right"? SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Conservation: How does Budget 2015 help to secure the future of the kiwi? [more]

02/06/2015: Question Time for 2 June 2015
JOANNE HAYES to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received about the economy's performance in the lead-up to the Budget last month? JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Did he approve of Minister McCully's dealings with the Saudi Arabian businessman Hamood Al Ali Al Khalaf? Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Health: How will social bonds help deliver better health outcomes? JAN LOGIE to the Minister of Health: Can he guarantee no NGO that embarks on a social bond contract, in order to assist people with the most complex mental health needs into work, will go under as a result of not meeting agreed targets; if not, why not? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What advice, if any, did he receive on the "Better Public Services Seed Funding: Social Bonds Pilots"? DAVID SEYMOUR to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in the House last week that because New Zealand Superannuation costs are currently less than 5 percent of GDP, and are forecast to rise to 8 percent of GDP by 2060, this represents a responsible path for overall Government spending? ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Building and Housing: What response has he received from Auckland Council and housing companies to the Auckland Crown land programme launched on Friday? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement in Budget 2014 "the share sale proceeds saw $4.7 billion go to the Future Investment Fund and we said we would spend $1 billion of that on schools, and a further $1 billion on health"; if so, as at Budget 2015 how much has been allocated to health and education from the Future Investment Fund? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Transport: How is the Government supporting the delivery of its Transport priorities? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements with regard to Northland? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statement that "the Government is fully funding the delivery of the school curriculum"? [more]

03/06/2015: Question Time for 3 June 2015
ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: When he said that part of the reason for paying $4 million of taxpayer money to a Saudi business was "wanting to resolve the issues that were holding back the Gulf States free-trade agreement"; what were those issues and why did he think paying Hamood Al Ali Al Khalaf's company $4 million would help resolve them? STUART SMITH to the Minister of Finance: How is the Government's economic plan continuing to support the most vulnerable New Zealanders while at the same time encouraging economic growth? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister for Senior Citizens: When can my office expect a response to the letter sent to her on 27 May 2015 regarding SuperGold Card concessions? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: Did he consult Auckland iwi on his plan to use vacant Government-owned land for private housing developments before he made the announcement on 21 May? Hon JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister of Science and Innovation: How does Budget 2015 support research and innovation in regional areas? JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his answer to a supplementary question yesterday about carbon emissions that "A target of a 40 percent reduction on 1990 levels would be disastrous for the New Zealand economy"? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statement that national standards data has been "remarkably consistent"; if so, why? DENIS O'ROURKE to the Minister of Transport: Does he intend to fully implement the Ten Year Turnaround Plan for KiwiRail announced by Hon Steven Joyce in 2010, to get rail working for all New Zealand, to have all modes of transport working to complement each other, and priced appropriately so importers and exporters have clear choices? JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Local Government: What progress is being made by the Government's Rules Reduction Taskforce? Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development: Does the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's expenditure of $43,000 on a sign show it is achieving one of its principal goals of realising efficiency gains over time? Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Acting Attorney-General: Will the terms of reference of the New Zealand security and intelligence review be amended to reflect the views of other legislatures, which are protecting civil liberties, including the United States Congress, which yesterday passed the Freedom Act to end mass collection of American phone records? BRETT HUDSON to the Minister of Internal Affairs: What recent announcements has he made in regard to New Zealand's Fire Services? Questions to Members RIA BOND to the Member in charge of the Social Security (Clothing Allowances for Orphans and Unsupported Children) Amendment Bill: What is the intention of the Social Security (Clothing Allowances for Orphans and Unsupported Children) Amendment Bill? [more]

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16/06/2015: Question Time for 16 June 2015
Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received showing how New Zealand's broad-based economic growth is leading most other OECD countries? METIRIA TUREI to the Minister responsible for HNZC: Does he accept the coroner's finding that the Housing New Zealand home in which Emma-Lita Bourne lived may have contributed to the pneumonia-like illness that Emma-Lita was suffering at the time of her death? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Is he satisfied with his Minister of Building and Housing's handling of the issue of cold and damp rental properties, in light of his statement that "people dying in winter of pneumonia and other illnesses is not new"? NUK KORAKO to the Minister of Science and Innovation: How is the Government encouraging the development of innovative new businesses in Canterbury? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements regarding the Saudi farm deal; if so, why? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in his Minister of Building and Housing; if so, why? ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Building and Housing: How many new houses have been completed at Hobsonville Point and how many more are now planned with the Government announcement to speed up the development? Hon NANAIA MAHUTA to the Minister of Education: Does she have confidence in the process undertaken by the Te Kohanga Reo National Trust Board to determine whether they acted in a responsible and accountable manner in their oversight of Te Pataka Ohanga? PITA PARAONE to the Minister for Māori Development: Has he undertaken any discussions or consultation with any other Ministers regarding surplus Crown land in Auckland, which is the subject of potential legal action by Ngāti Whātua and Waikato-Tainui? MATT DOOCEY to the Minister of Transport: What updates can he provide on the delivery of the Government's commitment to provide roading infrastructure to support economic growth? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: What were the names of the "interested Saudi parties" who participated in the evaluation of the tender proposals for the model farm in the Saudi Arabian desert, and how were they related, if at all, to the Al Khalaf Group who received the first $4 million payment referred to in Hon Murray McCully's Cabinet paper dated 13 February 2013? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does he agree with the findings in the latest Mercer climate investment report that "New Zealand is the most vulnerable of the developed market sovereign bonds, due to a higher proportion of the population living in low-lying areas, as well as a higher dependence of national GDP on the agriculture sector"; if so, why has he not given any advice or information on the economic impacts of climate change to the Minister of Finance in the last 12 months? [more]

17/06/2015: Question Time for 17 June 2015
ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement "what I can say about the Minister for Housing is that he is outstanding"; if so, what has been outstanding about his roll-out of the Government's new Auckland housing policy? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he stand by all the Prime Minister's statements regarding the electricity market; if so, why? SARAH DOWIE to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received showing that lower interest rates and a pick-up in construction activity are helping to support growth in the economy? Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development: Does the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's expenditure of $140,747.66 on a public information screen show it is achieving one of its principal goals of realising efficiency gains over time? JONO NAYLOR to the Minister for Social Development: What reports has she received on the Government's Youth Service? METIRIA TUREI to the Minister responsible for HNZC: Does he stand by his statement that "I can commit to all public services involved with these families taking the steps that they ought to take to prevent as tragic an outcome as a death"? Hon PHIL GOFF to the Minister of Transport: Why has he rejected Auckland City's transport strategy and its proposals to fund that strategy? IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Primary Industries: What announcements has he made in Budget 2015 that will future-proof New Zealand's biosecurity system? EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he stand by his statement in regard to the export of swamp kauri, that "we manage it very, very closely"? CLARE CURRAN to the Minister for Māori Development: When he met with the Chief Executive of Māori Television in May, did he or his office discuss the planned Native Affairs debate on Whānau Ora? RON MARK to the Minister of Police: Does he believe that the Police are allowed to carry out their duties in a professional manner, and are able to deal with all New Zealanders equally? SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister for Senior Citizens: What steps is the Government taking to combat elder abuse? Questions to Members IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY to the Chairperson of the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee: Does he intend to call for further submissions on the Health and Safety Reform Bill before it is reported back to the House? [more]

18/06/2015: Question Time for 18 June 2015
1. Economy—Reports DAVID BENNETT (National—Hamilton East) to the Minister of Finance 18 Jun 15 2. Finance, Minister—Statements GRANT ROBERTSON (Labour—Wellington Central) to the Minister of Finance 18 Jun 15 3. Emissions Trading Scheme—Effectiveness GARETH HUGHES (Green) to the Minister for Climate Change Issues 18 Jun 15 4. International Students—Enrolments JONATHAN YOUNG (National—New Plymouth) to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment 18 Jun 15 5. Building and Housing, Minister—Statements PHIL TWYFORD (Labour—Te Atatū) to the Minister for Building and Housing 18 Jun 15 6. Canterbury, Recovery—Housing New Zealand Properties STUART SMITH (National—Kaikōura) to the Minister for Social Housing 18 Jun 15 7. Cage Diving—Measures to Prevent CLAYTON MITCHELL (NZ First) to the Minister of Conservation 18 Jun 15 8. Health and Safety, Workplace—Number of Deaths since Pike River Mine Disaster IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY (Labour—Palmerston North) to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety 18 Jun 15 9. Transport Planning, Auckland—Freight JAMI-LEE ROSS (National—Botany) to the Minister of Transport 18 Jun 15 10. Immigration—Refugee Quota DENISE ROCHE (Green) to the Minister of Immigration 18 Jun 15 11. Resource Management Act Reforms—Forestry BARBARA KURIGER (National—Taranaki - King Country) to the Associate Minister for Primary Industries 18 Jun 15 12. Saudi Arabia—Trade Agreements Hon DAVID PARKER (Labour) to the Minister of Trade [more]

23/06/2015: Question Time for 23 June 2015
Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister for Māori Development: Does he stand by all his statements? CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making in helping reduce New Zealand's external debt position? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in his Minister for Building and Housing given that, since he became responsible for housing, the average Auckland house price has risen by $221,000, which works out at over $250 a day? JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement regarding refugee numbers that "it's not 750, and I think it's 3000 or 4000 off the top of my head"? IAN McKELVIE to the Minister of Civil Defence: What support is the Government providing to communities affected by the severe storm and flooding event of 18 to 21 June? Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he stand by his statement on who is responsible for the spending at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment: "Well, the Minister responsible for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is me"? CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister for the Environment: Does he support the continued Landcorp conversion from forestry to dairy despite the impact dairy farming has on freshwater quality, and the ongoing loss of forest as a carbon sink? FLETCHER TABUTEAU to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? Hon JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister for Communications: Can she provide an update on the build programme for the first stage of the Ultra-Fast Broadband initiative? IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Does he stand by his statement that "What will improve our health and safety record is changes in behaviour and attitude, and that is what I am promoting"? PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Associate Minister for Social Development: What update can she provide about the Government's welfare fraud reform initiatives? [more]

24/06/2015: Question Time for 24 June 2015
ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement, in question time yesterday, he would "absolutely" retain confidence in a Minister who authorised a multi-million dollar payment to a disaffected businessman to unlock a free-trade deal? JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he still have confidence in the Minister of Foreign Affairs? ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received showing why more housing is needed as part of supporting a growing New Zealand economy? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What advice, if any, did he give to Cabinet on the risks of the Social Bonds Pilot announced on 1 June 2015? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister for Māori Development: Does he stand by all his statements? ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Revenue: What recent announcements has the Government made around tax rules on property transactions? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Did he meet with David Brownrigg and George Assaf in Auckland on 18 October 2011 "to discuss trade between New Zealand and the Middle East and, in particular, the resumption of a specialised live export sheep trade with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia" and was that meeting the subject of a letter to him dated 2 November 2011 from Brownrigg Agriculture on behalf of Mr Al Khalaf and Mr George Assaf? KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister for Communications: What recent announcements has she made on a new emergency response system for mobile 111 calls? FLETCHER TABUTEAU to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? CLARE CURRAN to the Minister for Māori Development: Why did he tell Radio New Zealand yesterday he did not discuss programming content with Paora Maxwell on 20 May, when Paora Maxwell said in an email to staff on 22 May that "We talked about … content"? JACQUI DEAN to the Minister for Small Business: What steps are the Government taking to improve the way we collect data from rural small businesses? KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does he agree with Lancet Commission co-Chair Professor Hugh Montgomery that "climate change is a medical emergency" but "tackling climate change could be the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century"? [more]

25/06/2015: Question Time for 25 June 2015
JAMES SHAW to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does he agree with the decision of the Hague District Court that, "The State must do more to avert the imminent danger caused by climate change, also in view of its duty of care to protect and improve the living environment", and what steps will he take to ensure that the Crown isn't open to similar litigation here? TODD MULLER to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received showing progress toward building growth across a range of sectors in the New Zealand economy? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his statements? MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Education: What announcements has she made about driving innovation across the education sector? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: What action does she expect to be taken by Child, Youth and Family when there are 20 notifications involving just one family, with as many as 10 referrals being due to family violence in the home? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister for Māori Development: Does he stand by all his statements? SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Tourism: What reports has he received about the increasing number of tourists visiting New Zealand? KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Health: What has he instructed the Ministry of Health to do to prepare New Zealand's health services for the impacts of climate change? Dr MEGAN WOODS to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does he intend to create a low-carbon development strategy or plan as per the 2010 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change agreement of which New Zealand is a signatory; if so, when? JONO NAYLOR to the Minister of Justice: What progress can the Minister report on the role of the Chief Victims Advisor? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Does he stand by all his answers to written and oral questions regarding the multi-million dollar payment to the Al-Khalaf Group and the model farm in the desert? TODD BARCLAY to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: What steps is the Government taking to improve financial advice laws? [more]

30/06/2015: Question Time for 30 June 2015
ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister of Finance: What Budget policies will soon take effect and help to distribute dividends from the growing economy to New Zealand families? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "Locally-based providers can be closer and more responsive to their community" in relation to the Government's policy to sell state houses to private providers? STUART SMITH to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: How is the Government helping to support young New Zealand families through paid parental leave? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he stand by all his statements? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Transport: What is the Government doing to support the development of urban cycleways across New Zealand? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister responsible for HNZC: Does he still intend to sell 1,000 to 2,000 Housing New Zealand houses by January 2016, and that "houses will not be transferred unless tenants get better services and taxpayers get fair and reasonable value"? METIRIA TUREI to the Minister responsible for HNZC: Does he stand by his statement that "Anyone that wants to have a go at this will have to show that they've got the capacity to manage the properties, to manage the finances, to look after the tenants and to help redevelop our social housing community"? DAVID SHEARER to the Minister of Consumer Affairs: Is he satisfied that New Zealanders are not paying too much for their milk; if so, why? BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister of Revenue: What reports has he received about changes which will bolster the tax rules around residential property speculation? Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Customs: What effect is the lower tobacco duty-free limit having on the amount of cigarettes and tobacco being brought into New Zealand at the border? SUE MORONEY to the Minister for ACC: Why will people with older cars pay $90 more per year to register their vehicle than those who can afford the latest model Rolls Royce? [more]

01/07/2015: Question Time for 1 July 2015
Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: How much has been spent by the Government on the Social Bonds Programme to date? MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Finance: How is the Government's programme of fiscal management helping keep interest rates lower for longer? METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "… we believe that New Zealand can make a positive difference to world affairs and provide a unique and independent voice at the world's top table". PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister of Health: What steps is the Government taking to improve access to Primary Care for New Zealand families? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with ANZ economist Cameron Bagrie when he says the New Zealand economy is "heading off-piste"? MARAMA FOX to the Minister of Trade: How many Māori organisations have been consulted during the last 5 years of negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement? Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister of Transport: What recent announcements has he made on investment in New Zealand's land transport network? RICHARD PROSSER to the Minister for Primary Industries: Is he concerned at the threat posed to New Zealand's grain industry by the huge volumes of grain being dumped into New Zealand due to EU/Russia sanctions? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statement "I am satisfied that all the contract funding to partnership schools will be spent on meeting the contracted outcome for each school, which is to deliver educational achievement"? BRETT HUDSON to the Minister for Small Business: What actions has the Government taken to encourage small businesses to list on the New Zealand share market? KELVIN DAVIS to the Minister for Primary Industries: Is he aware of reports that local wood manufacturers have been refused the opportunity to buy swamp kauri from Kauri Ruakaka mill, which was formerly called Oravida and is allegedly involved in exporting raw swamp kauri, and what is he doing to ensure that this irreplaceable resource is managed responsibly? JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Transport: What percentage of the National Land Transport Programme announced yesterday will be spent on new rail infrastructure? [more]

02/07/2015: Question Time for 2 July 2015
Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the international economy and its effect on New Zealand's economy? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Prime Minister's advice to farmers in November of last year that they should not get too worried about the milk price? IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Primary Industries: What recent announcement has he made about Government support to help tackle hill country erosion? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by all her statements? DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister for Social Housing: In light of the Prime Minister's answers to Oral Question No 2 on 30 June, does she consider overseas investment in community housing projects to be consistent with the openness of other countries to New Zealanders investing internationally? JONO NAYLOR to the Minister of Transport: What recent progress has the Government made on delivering the Urban Cycleways Programme? MEKA WHAITIRI to the Minister of Trade: Does he stand by the answers given on his behalf to Oral Question No 6 yesterday? TODD BARCLAY to the Minister of Immigration: How is the Government supporting Queenstown's labour market, through immigration? DAVID CLENDON to the Minister of Justice: Does she stand by her statement in Law Talk of 8 May 2015 that "… we'd all agree it's wrong for someone to receive preferential treatment in our courts. That is if you have more money or look a certain way that you might get a different outcome to someone else in your situation."? FLETCHER TABUTEAU to the Minister of Trade: Does he stand by his statement in respect of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, that "We were never going to start the serious negotiations until it was show time", and will this include the future of Fonterra? JACQUI DEAN to the Minister for Small Business: How are small businesses benefitting from Government policies that are helping to keep interest rates lower for longer? POTO WILLIAMS to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he stand by his statement in relation to affordable housing in Christchurch that he is "on top of the problem"? [more]

21/07/2015: Question Time for 21 July 2015
Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the international economy, and its effect on the New Zealand economy? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in relation to affordability of homes in Auckland that "there's a general view that housing prices are not overvalued", given that the homeownership rate has fallen to its lowest level in 64 years? JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "I'd bet my bottom dollar that there would be considerable debate and discussion in New Zealand about whether the flag should change"? SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Health: What recent reports has he received on the number of B4 School free health and development checks completed in the last financial year, and what do they show? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Prime Minister that bad news about the New Zealand economy is overblown, and that while dairy prices are down, "95 percent of our economy is not involved in that"? JOANNE HAYES to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: How is the Government delivering more of the skilled ICT graduates that New Zealand needs? KELVIN DAVIS to the Minister of Corrections: Does he stand by his statement that Mount Eden Corrections Facility is "the highest performing prison" for measures of core security, rehabilitation, and reintegration? ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Social Development: What reports has she received on how the Kickstart Breakfast initiative is supporting vulnerable children? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Trade: Does the current draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement purport to restrict a future New Zealand Government from banning the sale of existing New Zealand homes to foreign buyers from Trans-Pacific Partnership countries? RON MARK to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers; if so, why? JAN LOGIE to the Minister for Social Development: Will she be raising benefit levels given official advice that shows that a family of four living on a benefit has $72 less per week than what they need to provide the "core essential items"; if not, why not? [more]

22/07/2015: Question Time for 22 July 2015
Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on the performance of the New Zealand economy and the Government's management of its finances? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his justification for the $26 million process to consider changing the flag that "It's just sheer confusion with Australia. Even at APEC they tried to take me to Abbott's seat"? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister for Building and Housing: What are the costs and benefits of the recently announced changes to the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 that will require homes to be insulated and to have smoke alarms? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: When did he first become aware that there was an international glut of dairy products and does he stand by his reported comments that he has no plans to take active steps to diversify the economy in response to falling dairy prices? JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his answers to Oral Question No. 4 yesterday? RICHARD PROSSER to the Minister of Finance: Is he still sceptical about how effective a register of foreign property buyers would be; if so, why? Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Health: What recent reports has he received on the effectiveness of the child immunisation programme? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement about whether inequality was a problem in the Auckland housing market, "We've been concerned about that for some time, that there's part of Auckland where there's been really no new supply of lower value houses that low and middle-income families can afford"? JONO NAYLOR to the Minister of Justice: What announcements has she made about improving the oversight and supervision for offenders deported to New Zealand? METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "You certainly wouldn't want to say to a low-income family they can never own a home, because I believe that they can own a home."? KELVIN DAVIS to the Minister of Corrections: Does he stand by his statement in regards to the July 2014 report on fight clubs in Mt Eden Corrections Facility, that he "became aware of the report's existence only late last week"? Questions to Members MAHESH BINDRA to the Member in charge of the New Zealand International Convention Centre Act 2013 Repeal Bill: What is the intention of the New Zealand International Convention Centre Act 2013 Repeal Bill? CLAYTON MITCHELL to the Member in charge of the Fighting Foreign Corporate Control Bill: What is the intention of the Fighting Foreign Corporate Control Bill? [more]

23/07/2015: Question Time for 23 July 2015
DAVID CLENDON to the Minister of Corrections: What specific events has he been made aware of at the SERCO-run Mt Eden Correctional Facility that could trigger a specific deduction from the performance-related fee, and which of those events have resulted in a specific deduction? KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on dairy prices and their effect on the New Zealand economy? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Is he confident that the Government is adequately resourcing the public health workforce? GARETH HUGHES to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Given criticisms that the carbon target he set is inadequate, will he set a more ambitious target ahead of the Paris climate negotiations in December? PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister of Science and Innovation: How is the Government seeding more high-tech start-ups in the New Zealand economy? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Reserve Bank Governor's statement that "the growth outlook is now softer than at the time of the June Statement. Rebuild activity in Canterbury appears to have peaked, and the world price for New Zealand's dairy exports has fallen sharply"? MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Education: What reports has she received on education in regional New Zealand? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: How does he intend to reduce the shortfall of Auckland houses in the next two years, given that under this Government the shortfall is increasing by 5000 a year, and the Productivity Commission predicts on current rates the shortfall – now 32,000 – will hit 60,000 by 2020? MATT DOOCEY to the Minister for Social Development: What is the Government doing to support people off benefits and into higher education? KELVIN DAVIS to the Minister of Corrections: Why did he state that he only learned about the practice of dropping this week, when he was directly told about it one month ago at select committee? JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Tourism: What reports has he received on the progress on the New Zealand Cycle Trail? DARROCH BALL to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by all her statements in regard to the provision of social services? [more]

28/07/2015: Question Time for 28 July 2015
  ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "I don't want to ban foreigners from buying residential property"? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the state of the New Zealand economy and what do these reports show? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: When was he or his office first briefed on the contents of the draft New Zealand Health Strategy? JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "New Zealand is never going to sign up to the TPP unless we believe it is in New Zealand's best interests"? BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister for Social Housing: What work is being done to ensure social housing is available for those most in need? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his reported statement that the slowdown in growth this year had come at the right time in the electoral cycle? DAVID CLENDON to the Minister of Corrections: How many Final Warning Notices, in accordance with SERCO's contract with the Crown, have been issued since SERCO took over management of the Mt Eden Corrections Facility? KELVIN DAVIS to the Minister of Corrections: Does he agree with the statement made by the Department of Corrections Chief Executive Ray Smith that "not everything is broken" in relation to SERCO's management of Mt Eden Corrections Facility? ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Immigration: What measures has the Government announced to help spread the benefits of migration across New Zealand? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Trade: Is the effect of Article 139 of the New Zealand–China Free Trade Agreement that it allows restrictions to be introduced on foreign buyers of New Zealand homes, including Chinese buyers, so long as subsequent agreements with other countries are no more generous? NUK KORAKO to the Minister of Education: He aha ērā mahi āwhina kia kaha kē atu ai te ako o te hunga rangatahi i Te Reo Māori? [more]

29/07/2015: Question Time for 29 July 2015
Questions to Ministers JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Finance: How has the New Zealand economy been affected by recent international economic developments? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "it is highly unlikely, actually, that the Government will have to pay any more through Pharmac. But on the basis that it had to pay a tiny bit more, the Government would fund that increase"? KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Health: What advice, if any, has he sought or received on threats to public health in New Zealand? Dr JIAN YANG to the Associate Minister of Education: What investment is the Government making in Auckland schools to manage growth? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Has core Crown health expenditure kept up with health demographics and inflation growth since 2009/10? BRETT HUDSON to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What recent reports has he received on competition in the residential electricity market? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her Government's commitment that if partnership schools don't succeed "the Government will be just as quick to close them down as we have been to establish them"; if so, how much taxpayer money is expected to be received by the Whangaruru partnership school between 28 May 2015, the date the Ministry recommended the termination of its contract, and 1 January 2016? TODD MULLER to the Minister for Building and Housing: What further progress has the Government made to deliver on its policy of delivering more houses in areas of need? KELVIN DAVIS to the Minister of Corrections: Does he stand by his answer during Oral Question No. 9 yesterday that "No, I have not received any reports" which contradict the official account of the number of attackers in the Littleton serious assault case? SARAH DOWIE to the Minister for Primary Industries: What recent reports has he received on the growth of the New Zealand horticulture industry? DARROCH BALL to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by all her statements? [more]

30/07/2015: Question Time for 30 July 2015
Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: In light of his admission yesterday that health funding has not kept up with all inflationary pressures under this Government, how will the health budget absorb the increased cost of purchasing medicines that the Prime Minister has said is likely to result from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement? FLETCHER TABUTEAU to the Minister of Trade: Does he agree with the headlines in the Nikkei Asian Review, "Will TPP end with whimper like Doha Round?", and in Gareth Morgan's column, "Could the TPP become Key's most embarrassing moment"? TODD BARCLAY to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the outlook for the New Zealand economy? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he stand by his statement that non-resident foreign buyers in the Auckland housing market are a non-event; if so, on what empirical data does he base that? PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What progress is the Government making in ensuring overseas-based New Zealanders repay their student loans? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Trade: Has the New Zealand Government provided to other governments involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations any documents regarding New Zealand's position on specific issues in the negotiations; if so, have those documents been made publicly available to New Zealanders? CLAYTON MITCHELL to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Does he stand by his statement, "It's important to strike the right balance between safe workplaces for workers and unnecessary red tape on businesses and I'm confident we have landed in the right space."? Hon JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister of Education: What reports has she received on Trades Academies? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: How much money has her Government spent developing and testing the 'predictive risk model' that was announced in 2012 to identify children at risk of harm and abuse, and in what year will it be rolled out? MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Customs: How will the Government's investment in next generation SmartGates increase security and ensure passengers are processed faster and more efficiently at the border? CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Education: Has she taken any papers to Cabinet proposing changes for charter schools; if so, is this an admission that the charter school model is not working? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Trade: Why did he say to journalists asking about the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement "we need adults to do this – not breathless children to run off at the mouth" and why does he think we should trust the Government to protect New Zealand's interests when the Prime Minister has already admitted on TV that the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement may trade away New Zealand's right to ban the sale of our homes to foreigners? [more]

11/08/2015: Question Time for 11 August 2015
RON MARK to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he stand by all his statements? TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the outlook for the New Zealand economy? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that New Zealand is on the "cusp of something special"; if so, was that "something special" rising unemployment along with plummeting dairy prices? ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister for Economic Development: What progress is the Government making in diversifying the New Zealand economy? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that dairy prices are likely to be low for "a little bit longer", given the latest auction was a record low? IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Primary Industries: What reports has he received on the outlook for primary sector exports? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Prime Minister that "Dairy is 5% of our economy. So yes dairy prices are down and it's tough on those dairy farmers who are resilient people, but 95% of our economy is not involved in that"? DENISE ROCHE to the Minister for the Environment: Why has he announced a plastics recycling initiative rather than a levy when recycling will only maintain the volume of plastic in the waste stream, whereas a levy will reduce the number of plastic bags in circulation? BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm that the number of patients benefiting from elective surgery has increased by 5,030 in the last financial year, and that 49,234 more patients are having surgery now compared to 2007/2008? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Prime Minister: Did he chair the Cabinet on 18 February 2013 when Cabinet noted the initial $4m payment to a "Saudi investor", and did he ask why Cabinet approval was not being sought? MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Education: What recent announcement has she made that supports the learning of Asian languages in schools? [more]

12/08/2015: Question Time for 12 August 2015
SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on recent developments in the international economy, and how will these affect the New Zealand economy? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: If Government health expenditure has not kept up with all inflationary pressures as he admitted two weeks ago, what impact has this shortfall had on patients? DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: Is he happy with the financial returns the taxpayer is achieving from State-owned enterprises; if so, why? RON MARK to the Minister of Internal Affairs: Does he have confidence in his department? STUART SMITH to the Minister for Economic Development: What reports has he received on how New Zealand's industries have diversified since 2008? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he have a "Plan B" for the New Zealand economy, as has been called for by ANZ Bank Chief Economist Cameron Bagrie, or is he satisfied with the prospect of rising unemployment, declining GDP growth and shockingly low business confidence as described by the Westpac Quarterly Economic Overview? METIRIA TUREI to the Minister in charge of the NZ Security Intelligence Service: Does he stand by the Prime Minister's statement regarding the legislative framework of New Zealand's intelligence agencies that "there are a range of deficiencies that they have identified"? ALFRED NGARO to the Minister of Justice: What recent announcements has she made regarding New Zealand's domestic violence laws? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he agree with the Prime Minister that Aucklanders are getting wealthier because their house prices are going up? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Trade: Does he have any concerns about the inclusion of investor-state dispute settlement provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, provisions which allow multinational companies to sue governments in secretive offshore tribunals; if so, what are those concerns? JACQUI DEAN to the Minister for Primary Industries: What recent reports has he seen on growth in beef exports? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement today that Hon Murray McCully was saying "he didn't want the lawyers brought in to be talking about compensation because the deal was never about compensation and he didn't want lawyers going in there saying that", given that Cabinet noted the "settlement for the long running dispute" was part of the purpose of the $4 million payment to a Saudi investor; if so, why? [more]

13/08/2015: Question Time for 13 August 2015
  Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Trade: Does he stand by his statement that the $6.2 billion investor-state dispute settlement action initiated by the Swedish power company Vattenfall, "is not, in fact, an attempt by the company to stop a democratically elected German Government from shifting its policy on nuclear power; it is about the financial implications of that decision"; if so, why? DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the resilience of the New Zealand economy? IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Will all New Zealand workers have the right to have a health and safety representative when they request one, under the Health and Safety Reform Bill? Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister for Economic Development: What is the Government doing to encourage more investment throughout New Zealand? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: When the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade stated on 19 April 2012 that they were "finding an appropriate mechanism to meet Al Khalaf's concern for 'compensation' (possibly through the joint venture)", did 'compensation' mean compensation or have some other meaning like "not compensation"? MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Trade: What is the Government doing to reduce, what some commentators are saying is, an overdependence on trade with China? Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: What was Solid Energy's debt in 2008/09 and what was it in the latest annual report? CLAYTON MITCHELL to the Minister of Broadcasting: Does she stand by all her statements? BRETT HUDSON to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What recent reports has he received on energy trends and growth in New Zealand? STUART NASH to the Minister for Land Information: Has she received information from the Overseas Investment Office which confirms the statement of the Minister of Economic Development that "We have not been as effective as other countries in ensuring that overseas investment into New Zealand has provided the additional benefits"? JAN LOGIE to the Minister for Social Development: What actions, if any, has the Ministry of Social Development taken to ensure the wellbeing of children in families subjected to benefit sanctions, given that sanctions of sole parents have increased by 19.98 percent in the last year? TODD BARCLAY to the Minister for Food Safety: What announcements has the Government made that will help our primary sector have greater access to the latest technologies and agricultural products? [more]

18/08/2015: Question Time for 18 August 2015
ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "New Zealand has a diversified economy", given that 82 percent of the growth in exports since the beginning of 2009 has been in dairy and wood, while manufactured exports have fallen by $1.3 billion? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Finance: How is the Government supporting the economy's resilience and long-term economic outlook? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement made after the Pike River disaster that "We're doing everything we can to make sure this tragedy isn't repeated"; if so, does he agree with Olivia Monk, sister of Michael Monk who was killed at Pike River, that "there have been 291 deaths since Pike River in New Zealand, within the workplace, and that is unacceptable"? JOANNE HAYES to the Minister for Economic Development: What progress is the Government making in its regional development programme? METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? MATT DOOCEY to the Minister for Primary Industries: How is the Government supporting irrigation in the Canterbury region? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does his "Plan A" for the economy include negative per capita growth, rising rates of unemployment, credit downgrades for New Zealand banks, and the lowest levels of business confidence in six years; if so, why is he rejecting the call from 75 percent of business leaders in a recent survey for a Plan B for the economy? DENIS O'ROURKE to the Minister of Commerce: Does he have confidence in the Government -appointed Retirement Commissioner Diane Maxwell? BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm that the number of patients benefiting from First Surgical Assessments has increased from 261,226 in 2008/2009 to 322,196 in 2014/2015, and that this is an increase of over 60,000 more patients now receiving First Surgical Assessments each year? STUART NASH to the Minister for Land Information: How many hectares of New Zealand agricultural and forestry land are owned or controlled by foreign interests? CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: Is he comfortable with Landcorp's large-scale dairy conversions in the Waikato? [more]

19/08/2015: Question Time for 19 August 2015
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20/08/2015: Question Time for 20 August 2015
MARAMA FOX to the Minister of Education: Does the Minister agree that Māori boarding schools such as Turakina have produced a considerable number of Māori leaders and, if so, what is she doing to ensure the long-term sustainability of Māori boarding schools? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: If Government health expenditure has not kept up with all inflationary pressures, as he admitted three weeks ago, what impact has this shortfall had on patients? JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on the outlook for the New Zealand economy? JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Finance: Does the Thirty Year New Zealand Infrastructure Plan identify reduction of greenhouse gas pollution and adaption to climate change as key challenges for infrastructure planning over the next 30 years; if not, why not? STUART SMITH to the Minister for Primary Industries: What actions is the Government taking to strengthen biosecurity measures at the border? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: What State Owned Enterprises and Crown Entities were identified as having "specific opportunities" for "capital recycling" in the Treasury Report: Capital Investment, Recycling and the Fiscal Strategy dated 3 November 2014, and did he reject any of the specific opportunities identified by officials? TODD BARCLAY to the Minister of Tourism: What recent reports has he received about regional tourism growth? SUE MORONEY to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Why are dairy, sheep and beef farms not defined as high-risk workplaces requiring worker health and safety representation, when more than one-third of New Zealand's workplace deaths in the past 5 years have happened in the agricultural sector? MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm that 3.5 million New Zealanders received a funded medicine in 2014/15, and that this is an increase of more than 100,000 compared with the previous year? STUART NASH to the Minister for Land Information: What is the actual dollar value of added investment that has come into New Zealand for development purposes that was promised by the 608 successful overseas purchasers of New Zealand sensitive land who promised the introduction into New Zealand of added investment for development purposes as part of their successful consent application? RON MARK to the Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery: Does he stand by all his statements? Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister for Communications: Can she provide an update on the broadband deployment in the regions? [more]

25/08/2015: Question Time for 25 August 2015
NUK KORAKO to the Minister of Finance: How is the Government's fiscal strategy supporting resilience in the New Zealand economy? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in the Minister responsible for Housing New Zealand Corporation? SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received on New Zealand's health system? METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's policies? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with First NZ Capital that there is a 25 to 30 percent chance of New Zealand going into a recession in the next 12 months? IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Primary Industries: How is the Government supporting growth in the seafood industry? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Trade: Will the New Zealand Parliament be able to modify the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement if the Government signs the TPPA; and is it Parliament or Cabinet that ratifies the TPPA? KELVIN DAVIS to the Minister of Corrections: Have any cases, other than the one he mentioned in Oral Question No 7 yesterday, been identified of Mt Eden Corrections Facility guards giving sparring prisoners "coaching on their technique"? JACQUI DEAN to the Minister for Social Development: What reports has she received on Government initiatives to support young people into employment? DARROCH BALL to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by all her statements? ALFRED NGARO to the Minister of Transport: What recent reports has he received on progress on the Government's Accelerated Auckland roading programme? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: How many people who have made claims with the Historic Claims Team are still waiting for a response from the Ministry of Social Development, and of those, what is the longest period a claimant has waited? [more]

26/08/2015: Question Time for 26 August 2015
NUK KORAKO to the Minister of Finance: How is the Government's fiscal strategy supporting resilience in the New Zealand economy? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in the Minister responsible for Housing New Zealand Corporation? SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received on New Zealand's health system? METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's policies? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with First NZ Capital that there is a 25 to 30 percent chance of New Zealand going into a recession in the next 12 months? IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Primary Industries: How is the Government supporting growth in the seafood industry? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Trade: Will the New Zealand Parliament be able to modify the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement if the Government signs the TPPA; and is it Parliament or Cabinet that ratifies the TPPA? KELVIN DAVIS to the Minister of Corrections: Have any cases, other than the one he mentioned in Oral Question No 7 yesterday, been identified of Mt Eden Corrections Facility guards giving sparring prisoners "coaching on their technique"? JACQUI DEAN to the Minister for Social Development: What reports has she received on Government initiatives to support young people into employment? DARROCH BALL to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by all her statements? ALFRED NGARO to the Minister of Transport: What recent reports has he received on progress on the Government's Accelerated Auckland roading programme? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: How many people who have made claims with the Historic Claims Team are still waiting for a response from the Ministry of Social Development, and of those, what is the longest period a claimant has waited? [more]

27/08/2015: Question Time for 27 August 2015
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08/09/2015: Question Time for 8 September 2015
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09/09/2015: Question Time for 9 September 2015
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10/09/2015: Question Time for 10 September 2015
ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the New Zealand economy? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Why did he say on 29 July that core Crown health expenditure covers "most, but not all, inflationary pressures", and why does he deny this shortfall is having an impact on patients? Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm that 36,076 colonoscopies were performed in the last financial year, a 12 percent increase on the year before? CLAYTON MITCHELL to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Does he stand by all his statements? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his statements? TODD MULLER to the Minister for Primary Industries: What recent reports has he received on growth in kiwifruit exports? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage: Was she, as Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage consulted during the flag design process, and is she satisfied with the outcome as one of the responsible Ministers? JOANNE HAYES to the Minister for Women: What reports has she received relating to the benefits of employing women in trades and construction for the Canterbury rebuild? JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Finance: Does he have confidence in the Reserve Bank in light of today's Official Cash Rate cut which has now reversed 75 points of the 100-point hike it made in 2014? Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What is the name of the tertiary education institution he referred to in his answer to Oral Question No 9 yesterday that had its focused review "elevated to a full review", and what is the nature of the allegations that his officials are now investigating? RIA BOND to the Minister of Communications: Does she stand by all her statements? KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Conservation: Does she stand by her statement, "We are doing everything we can to protect the Maui's dolphin"? [more]

15/09/2015: Question Time for 15 September 2015
ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: What did he mean by his statement, "we want Housing New Zealand to be doing the best job it can"? Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister of Finance: How is the Government's programme of economic reform supporting the resilience of the New Zealand economy? FLETCHER TABUTEAU to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the forecast of the Reserve Bank that unemployment will rise to 6.1 percent by March next year; if so what new action, if any, will he take to avoid this happening? JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister for Economic Development: How is the Government helping New Zealand businesses to grow their exports? JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement made yesterday on the flag referendum that "I've been very strongly of the view I think it's in New Zealand's interests to change, and I, you know, I hope the political parties can see past the petty politics of that"? RON MARK to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development: What concerns, if any, does he have about the state of the South Island economy, given the ANZ Regional Trends report shows that it shrank by 0.8 percent in the June quarter? STUART SMITH to the Minister for Social Development: What is the Government doing to support sole parents off benefits and into study? DAVID CLENDON to the Minister of Corrections: How many Specific Deductions were issued to SERCO, and then withdrawn, since SERCO took over management of Mt Eden Corrections Facility; and what is the amount of each of those withdrawals? Dr MEGAN WOODS to the Minister responsible for the Earthquake Commission: Can he confirm that, based on the MBIE survey findings, EQC expects to remediate one-third of homes with "jack and pack" repairs in Canterbury; if so, what will the costs to EQC be? SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What recent reports has he received on smart electricity grid development in New Zealand? [more]

16/09/2015: Question Time for16 September 2015
DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: How is New Zealand's labour market supporting resilience and delivering higher incomes for families? 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", given unemployment has risen in each successive quarter, and now stands at 5.9 percent? DAVID CLENDON to the Minister of Corrections: What was the reason for issuing each of the seven performance notices to Serco, which were then withdrawn; and what was the dollar amount for each of those notices? MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: How is the Government helping students make more informed tertiary study decisions? FLETCHER TABUTEAU to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister for Building and Housing: Can he confirm that the 1,116 building consents issued in July in Auckland, and the 8,567 for the latest year, are the highest in 10 years, and what further steps is he taking to ensure the new build rate of houses in Auckland continues to grow? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: How much does MBIE estimate has been saved on building materials for a standard home by the Government's suspensions of tariffs and anti-dumping duties on building products and, since its commencement in July 2014, by how many dollars has the price of the average Auckland home increased? GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he agree with the Treasury that solar electricity generation is one of the opportunities with the "most potential" to "reduce our carbon dioxide emissions in the medium-to-long-term"; if so, does he think the current rules are working to give Kiwis going solar a fair go? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: If reducing child poverty is a priority for her Government, why has the number of children living in poverty, based on the Household Incomes Report, increased from 260,000 in 2013, to 305,000 in 2014? TODD MULLER to the Minister for Primary Industries: What recent reports has he received on growth in the avocado industry? RICHARD PROSSER to the Minister of Conservation: Does she have confidence in all aspects of her department's use of compound 1080 poison? Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: Does he stand by all his statements to the House last week in respect of tertiary education organisations? [more]

17/09/2015: Question Time for 17 September 2015
DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: Is he satisfied with the financial returns being achieved from the Government's portfolio of State-owned enterprises? STUART SMITH to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on the performance of the New Zealand economy? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What inflationary pressures have not been covered in Vote Health since 2009/10? DENISE ROCHE to the Minister of Immigration: Does the Government have a plan to allow people displaced by climate change to relocate to New Zealand; if so, what is that plan? PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister for Social Housing: How is the Government ensuring there is a diverse supply of social housing? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his statements? TODD BARCLAY to the Minister of Health: What are the next steps for the redevelopment of Dunedin Hospital? CARMEL SEPULONI to the Minister for Social Development: Is she satisfied with the results of the Mental Health and Sole Parent Employment trials, given they cost $7.3 million? BRETT HUDSON to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What recent reports has he received on the electricity market? Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: Does he require high standards of governance from tertiary education provider boards? SARAH DOWIE to the Minister for Food Safety: How is the Government helping businesses understand the requirements of the new Food Act 2014? RON MARK to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? [more]

22/09/2015: Question Time for 22 September 2015
ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements after almost seven years as Prime Minister? RON MARK to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? JOANNE HAYES to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making towards its target of returning to fiscal surplus this year and in achieving its other fiscal priorities? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements after almost seven years as Prime Minister? JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements after almost seven years as Prime Minister? JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Local Government: What progress has been made by the Government's Rules Reduction Taskforce to get rid of "loopy" rules? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements after almost seven years as Prime Minister? SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm this Government has expanded the number of children who are benefiting from free GP visits and prescriptions from 400,000 children to over 750,000? Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements after almost seven years as Prime Minister? JONO NAYLOR to the Minister for Social Development: What progress has the Government made on implementing the Children's Action Plan? JACINDA ARDERN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements after almost seven years as Prime Minister? STUART SMITH to the Minister for Primary Industries: How is the Government supporting sustainability in aquaculture? [more]

23/09/2015: Question Time for 23 September 2015
BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister of Finance: What steps is the Government taking to better position the economy to manage future uncertainty? JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that his Government has achieved "a lift in the average wage of more than $10,000 dollars a year"? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Why did he say that pandas are "a subject dear to my heart" and taxpayer money would be made available to get pandas for Wellington Zoo? NUK KORAKO to the Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery: What is the estimated value of public sector construction completed and underway in Christchurch? FLETCHER TABUTEAU to the Minister of Defence: Does he stand by all his statements? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement in relation to capital contributions to the NZ Super Fund that "saving by borrowing is like building up your savings with your credit card, it just doesn't make sense"; if so, what has been the average return per annum since the NZ Super Fund was created? Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's policies? JACINDA ARDERN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his response yesterday, when asked whether his Chief of Staff was trying to stop him talking about the flag during speeches, that "Far from that being correct, I think record numbers of people are turning up"? Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Education: What recent announcement has she made to improve teachers' learning and development so that it lifts student achievement? POTO WILLIAMS to the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector: Does she believe that community housing providers with programmes that include home ownership should be able to be defined as charities based on the definition of charitable purpose within the Charities Act 2005? MATT DOOCEY to the Minister of Transport: What progress has the Government made on delivering the Urban Cycleways Programme in Canterbury? MAHESH BINDRA to the Minister of Corrections: Does he stand by all his statements? [more]

24/09/2015: Question Time for 24 September 2015
Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What responsibility, if any, does he take for a lack of access to health services for New Zealanders? IAN McKELVIE to the Minister of Finance: How many more jobs have been created in New Zealand since the economy started recovering from the global financial crisis? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Defence: Does he regard all expenditure within Defence as being of high value? JAN LOGIE to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by her answer to written question 10747 (2015) that "Neither the Ministry nor myself are aware of Serco staff ever visiting any Child, Youth and Family site"? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Revenue: Does he agree with the New Zealand Law Society that "This bright line test is a bad idea and shouldn't be enacted as in our view it will be ineffective in meeting the stated policy objective"? Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister for Social Development: What recent reports has she received regarding the state of Child, Youth and Family? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Local Government: How much has been spent on the Rules Reduction Taskforce in total? SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm that a record 542,000 patients received a first specialist assessment in the last 12 months, and that a record 167,000 patients received an elective surgery operation? DARROCH BALL to the Minister for Social Development: Did Serco visit the South Auckland Youth Justice facility, Korowai Manaaki, due to any issues identified at that residence? MOJO MATHERS to the Minister of Broadcasting: Does she think it's acceptable that hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders who live with hearing loss are unable to access the TV commentary for any Rugby World Cup games because we do not have mandatory captioning requirements in this country? SUE MORONEY to the Minister for ACC: Does she stand by her decision to change to the risk rating model for ACC motor vehicle levies that has resulted in 115,000 vehicles being reclassified in the first 3 days? TODD MULLER to the Minister of Conservation: What recent announcements has she made about boosting community pest control? [more]

13/10/2015: Question Time for 13 October 2015
JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Will he be formally raising the issue of New Zealanders detained in Australia when he meets with Malcolm Turnbull later on this week? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "I don't want to ban foreigners from buying residential property"? ALFRED NGARO to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the outlook for the world economy, and what are the consequences for the New Zealand economy? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement "in the order of about 1,000" people with New Zealand citizenship could be deported here from Australia due to criminal convictions? MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Trade: What recent progress has he made