Parliament 29 March 2016

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

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

National: Four questions on the economy, job growth, benefit increases and irrigation

Labour: Four questions on the flag referendum, DHB deficits, GNDI per capita and affordable housing

Greens: Two questions on multinationals’ tax and water quality

NZ First: Two questions on migration and PM confidence in Ministers

Government Bills 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm and 7.30 pm to 10.00 pm

Greater Christchurch Regeneration Bill – committee stage

This bill is provides a new legal framework to support the regeneration of greater Christchurch over the next 5 years.

  • Introduced: October 2015
  • 1st reading: October 2015, passed unanimously
  • SC report: February 2016, support with amendments by majority, Labour and Greens dissenting
  • 2nd reading: March 2016, passed unanimously

There is no time limit for the committee stage but it is estimated to be up to a three hour debate as the bill has two parts and preliminary provisions to debate.

New Zealand Horticultural Export Authority Amendment Bill – first reading

The bill seeks to provide more flexibility for product groups in developing their export strategies.

  • Introduced: December 2015

The first reading debate has 12 speeches of up to 10 minutes, so a maximum debate of two hours.

Wildlife (Powers) Amendment Bill – first reading

The bill aims to reduce offending against wildlife by improving the powers available to effectively detect and investigate offences and apprehend offenders.

  • Introduced: December 2015

The first reading debate has 12 speeches of up to 10 minutes, so a maximum debate of two hours.