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Questions for Oral Answer - 2pm to 3pm
- Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received showing progress in lifting economic growth and creating new job opportunities?
- TRACEY MARTIN to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statement “We know that great teaching and learning goes on in our schools, but having modern learning environments just makes the whole process of raising achievement for all our young people that much easier”?
- Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Has the asset sale programme met all five tests he set in Budget 2011; if not, does he accept responsibility for any of its failures?
- Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: Is he confident that more than 85 percent of Meridian Energy remains owned by New Zealanders?
- Hon KATE WILKINSON to the Minister of Justice: What recent report has she received on New Zealand’s ranking on the corruption index?
- JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: How many children has her Government lifted out of poverty since 2009, if any?
- JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What recent announcement has he made about Block Offer 2013?
- CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Is she satisfied that the Government’s policies are providing every student with the opportunities they need to achieve to their full potential?
- MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Corrections: What recent announcements has she made on the number of hours worked by offenders on community work?
- CLARE CURRAN to the Associate Minister of Finance: Does he still have responsibility for the “Day to day responsibilities, functions and powers of the Minister of Finance in relation to Chorus Limited” as Associate Minister of Finance?
- JAN LOGIE to the Minister for Social Development: Does the Government intend to respond to the question in UNICEF’s report Kids Missing Out, “why has such a low priority been placed on implementation of children’s rights” in order to protect vulnerable children; if so, how?
- Peseta SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Housing: What new developments in Christchurch and Auckland is the Government progressing to increase the supply of housing?
Today, National are asking five questions ranging on issues such as economic growth, corruption, block offer 2013, community work for offenders and housing supply in Auckland and Christchurch. Labour will be asking four questions ranging from issues such as asset sales, poverty, student achievement levels and Chorus. On the other hand, the Green’s will be asking two questions about asset sales and protection of children in New Zealand with New Zealand First asking one question about achievenment of children in New Zealand schools.
Patsy of the day
Today’s patsy question of the day goes to question 7 from Jonathan Young asking the Minister of Energy and Resources about block offer 2013.
Government orders of the day
1) Judicature Modernisation Bill - Hon Judith Collins – First Reading
The purpose of this bill is to implement some of the recommendations of the Law Commission’s Review of the Judicature Act 1908: Towards a New Courts Act report. In addition, this bill is designed to speed up the court system and bring it into the modern day.
2) Taxation (Annual Rates, Foreign Superannuation, and Remedial Matters) Bill - Second Reading – Hon Todd McClay
This bill is designed to establish the tax rates for the 2013/14 tax year as well as make minor changes around tax rules in regards to New Zealander’s investing in overseas superannuation schemes. In addition, this bill also updates some of the rules for working out Working for Families tax credits and makes changes to tax laws relating to the insurance sector in New Zealand.No tag for this post.
- Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in the stability of his Government?
- KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on progress in lifting New Zealand’s export performance and reducing its reliance on borrowing from overseas lenders?
- HONE HARAWIRA to the Minister of Education: What responsibility does she accept for the New Zealand results as identified in the OECD’s PISA report released yesterday, which shows New Zealand’s test scores in maths, reading and science have all deteriorated under her watch, and that New Zealand’s education system has failed to keep pace with the educational achievements of other countries, also under her watch?
- Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Finance: Why has he revised the estimated proceeds from asset sales down to a minimum of $4.6 billion?
- SIMON O’CONNOR to the Minister of Science and Innovation:What steps is the Government taking to improve the understanding, skills and adoption of science and technology in New Zealand society?
- Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Health: What improvements in health services are shown in the latest health targets results?
- Hon PHIL HEATLEY to the Associate Minister of Social Development: How is the enhanced information sharing between the Ministry of Social Development and Inland Revenue delivering on the Government’s promise to crack down on welfare fraud?
- CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Is she satisfied that the Government’s educational priorities are leading to an improvement in student achievement; if so, why?
- JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Defence: How have recent New Zealand Defence Force exercises contributed toward the Government’s goal of developing a Joint Amphibious Task Force?
- Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: Has he been advised whether the Prime Minister stands by his statement on asset sales that “mixed ownership will free up $5 billion to $7 billion”?
- Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Education: Is she satisfied with her own performance as Minister of Education; if not, why not?
- PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Housing: Does he stand by all his statements?
This bill is designed to correct irregularities in the setting and assessing of rates in the Kaipara District Council area between 2006/07 to 2011/12 as a result of the Kaipara District Council using a one-off targeted rate on residents to pay for the Mangawhai Community Wastewater Scheme. In addition, this bill seeeks to vaildate the 2010/11 annual report, 2009-2019 & 2012-2022 long term plans in regards to the one off targeted rate to help fund the Mangawhai Community Wastewater Scheme.
For more bankground to how this bill has become a major issue for the area, please feel free to visit this link
2) Tasman District Council (Validation and Recovery of Certain Rates) Bill - Hon Damien O’ Connor – Second Reading
This bill is designed to claifiy rating issues in the Tasman District during the years 2003-2004 and 2008-2009 in which they failed to apply section 23 of the Local Government Act 2002 correctly when setting rates in the region, especially in the areas of Tata Beach and Ligar Bay in Golden Bay who have challenged the Tasman District Council over stormwater charges billed to them during these years.
For some background reading to the bill and the reasons why it has been created feel free to read these stories from the Nelson Mail
Members’ orders of the day – 7.30pm to 10pm
1) Electronic Transactions (Contract Formation) Amendment Bill - Paul Goldsmith – Second Reading
The primary purpose of this bill is to amend the Electronic Transactions Act 2002 to clarify when a contract is formed upon being accepted and communicated electronically between groups. This bill adapts an already accpeted rule found in common law from the Adams v Lindsell case which finds that a contract is accepted upon posting back a signed contract to a group, to include electronic communications of contracts.
2) Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment Bill - Hone Harawira – First Reading
The purpose of this bill is to provide state funded Breakfast and Lunch programmes to all decile 1 and 2 schools in New Zealand by amending the Education Act 1989 to allow for state funding of this programme. This bill is orignally designed as a result of the Child Poverty Action Groups 2011 report entitled – Hunger for learning, which called for action to be taken in regards to poverty in New Zealand.
For this weeks photo I decided to display a far more relaxed perspective of India. Taken at Palolem Beach in Goa, it was easy to let go of the hustle and bustle and just enjoy scenes like this.
Goa is truly a magical place…if you have been there then you will know what I mean.
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Patrick Gower has a delicious story that may point to why David Hay felt the need to publicly challenge Russel Norman for the male co-Leadership of the Greens.
It turns out that the Party hierarchy have been moving against Hay since late October. it is interesting that messages coming from Norman and other Greens has been that the Party is super democratic and Hay is entitled to challenge for the leadership. Oi guess they forgot all that stuff about how there were moves afoot to dump this guy from the candidate pool.
A few questions should be answered by the Greens – since they purport to be the most democratically, transparent and open party when did Mr Hay find out that there was a move to dump him from the candidate pool? When were the party rank and file going to be told? Were the co-Leaders aware of the move to dump Hay and if so why the comments about being a Democratic Party? If the Greens are so open, transparent and democratic why did Mr Hay feel his only avenue was to go public with a challenge if Russell?
I can’t wait for the detail to come out – the Greens are looking a little wobbly on this one.
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It is worth looking at how much the fallout from Len Brown’s affair is actually costing Auckland ratepayers. It is clear that there are top and expensive lawyers all over the aftermath of Brown’s various indiscretions.
Mayoral Chief of Staff, Phil Wilson, let it slip to the Taxpayers Union that everything that is being said is being raked over by defamation lawyers. It is one thing to threaten this over the phone but to put it writing seems foolhardy. It is an eye-wateringly expensive exercise to pore over any and all correspondence, OIA request, phone call and email made to Council or the Mayor’s office about the affair.
Fran O’Sullivan reported yesterday that Council CEO “McKay has brought in a top outside lawyer to advise him in his dealings with the mayor’s office”. Another eye-watering bill on the rate payer – of course.
If McKay has brought in the lawyers then Ernst and Young will have done the same thing which will be part of the bill for the investigation. If McKay is lawyered up, Brown will have a QC too. There’s only one person who signs off the Mayor’s expenses and that is Chief of Staff Phil Wilson so we can presume the ratepayers of Auckland are paying for a lawyer for him to hide behind too.
Of course the latest is that the Hong Kong trip was not included in the annual return of interests because the Chief of staff didn’t include it.
Mr Wilson said he understood Mr Brown did not file an annual return of interests by July 31 under the code of conduct because it was under review at the time.
“As a consequence, elected members – and myself on Len’s behalf – did not file returns understanding they would be requested to do so at a later date,” Mr Wilson said.
It is all very well to not include the trip on the official return of interests but to deny the trip took place and give multiple versions of what did or didn’t take place makes it look as though a Chief of Staff is hiding something on behalf of his boss, the Mayor. Perception is everything and it appears that Wilson has failed that long time test in politics.
It may have been a few episodes of two minutes, but this is beginning to look like the most expensive sex ever.Tags: Auckland City Council, Len Brown, Phil Wilson
IN his first interview since being released from prison, Dr. Conrad Murray has said he and Michael Jackson were so close he “held his penis every night.”
And he’s aged over 14!
“You want to know how close Michael and I were? I held his penis every night. I had to put a condom catheter on him because Michael dripped urine. He had a loss of sensation and was incontinent.”
Great to see him respecting patient confidentiality.Tags: Michael Jackson
She’s a pretty 25-year-old, a prim dresser with a “fun sense of humour”.
And she wants to marry a 79-year-old prison inmate whose name is Charles Manson.
Meet “Star”, the young girlfriend/fiancee of America’s most notorious criminal who is serving a lifetime behind bars at Corcoran State Prison in California for the infamous Tate-LaBianca murders of 1969.
“Star!” Manson tells Rolling Stone in a lengthy series of bizarre interviews published on Thursday (local time).
“She’s not a woman. She’s a star in the Milky Way!”
Star has been living in Corcoran for seven years, since she was 19 – drawn not, she says, by Manson’s killer reputation but his credentials as a solid “greenie”.
She runs a Tumblr and Facebook pages promoting ATWA – Air, Trees, Animals and All the Way Alive -Manson’s uncompromising ecological mandate. She visits every Saturday and Sunday for up to five hours a day, assuming her infamous boyfriend hasn’t been placed in solitary.
“Yeah, well, people can think I’m crazy,”
People think she’s crazy because, well she is.No tag for this post.
Let’s throw caution to the wind and post a pic of one of my favourite NZ spiders. This girl is Trite planiceps. She has the common traits of a Salticid (jumping spider). These include the large front legs, large eyes (jumping spiders have the best eyesight in the the Spider-world) and a small abdomen. I’ve got her in a grooming pose.
They are a relatively common spider and pretty harmless. In fact. they’re probably quite a useful visitor to have in the garden as they’re aggressive predators of insects.Tags: Friday Photo, spider