Parliament 4 May 2016

May 4th, 2016 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. BRETT HUDSON to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the New Zealand economy?
  2. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  3. JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Will he follow the lead of the Australian Government and introduce new measures in the upcoming Budget to ensure multinational corporations pay their fair share of tax?
  4. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: How many times has he met with the Minister of Finance, if any, over the past two months, for the purpose of discussing Vote Health funding for Budget 2016?
  5. SIMON O’CONNOR to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm that the Government is providing more New Zealanders with access to new medicines?
  6. DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister for Building and Housing:Does he stand by his statement, “If you look at the Massey University Housing Affordability Index, independently produced by that university, actually housing affordability in Auckland and every other market in New Zealand is actually more affordable now than when National came to Government”; if so, what would the Massey University Housing Affordability Index rating be if interest rates returned to the same level as they were in 2008?
  7. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Education: What reports has she received that celebrate exceptional NCEA achievement?
  8. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he stand by his reported statement that the housing crisis is a media beat-up?
  9. EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for Primary Industries: How does increasing the amount of irrigated land by 400,000 ha in the next 15 years, as the Ministry for Primary Industries is considering, fit with the Ministry’s goal of “sustainable resource use”, when irrigation and agricultural intensification cause declining water quality?
  10. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statement that “schools have never been more well-funded than under this Government”; if so, why is the cost of primary and secondary education rising at almost 10 times the rate of inflation?
  11. TRACEY MARTIN to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: Does he have confidence in the tertiary education sector?
  12. MAUREEN PUGH to the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector: What recent announcements has she made regarding support for social enterprise and community leadership groups?

National: Four questions on the economy, Pharmac funding, NCEA and community leadership

Labour: Four questions on PM standing by his statements, health funding, housing and school expenses

Greens: Two questions on multinational tax and water

NZ First: One question on tertiary education

ACT: One question on housing affordability

General Debate 3.00 pm to 4.00 pm

12 speeches of five minutes each for a maximum of one hour.

Local Bills 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm

Wellington Town Belt Bill – committee stage

 

Parliament 3 May 2016

May 3rd, 2016 at 12:15 pm by David Farrar

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: On what dates did he discuss with the Minister of Revenue his conversation with Ken Whitney on foreign trusts, and what specifically did he say to the Minister?
  2. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement on 11 November 2015 regarding Silver Fern Farms, “The parties to the deal have every incentive to ensure that it is a good deal, and actually, every incentive to ensure that it is lawful”?
  3. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Why, on 13 April, when he told reporters that he had been approached by someone in the foreign trusts industry who was concerned that the rules for trusts were about to be tightened, did he not reveal that person was his personal lawyer?
  4. SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received indicating continuing economic growth in 2016, low inflation for New Zealand households, and increased business activity?
  5. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that we are “on the cusp of something special” given the median Auckland house price has risen by $100,000 since January?
  6. Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister for Primary Industries: What reports has he received on growth in horticulture exports?
  7. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Revenue: Why was the review of foreign trusts proposed by IRD in 2014 not undertaken?
  8. DENIS O’ROURKE to the Minister of Transport: Is the Government committed in the long term to a sustainable railway network for New Zealand?
  9. Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister of Transport: What steps has the Government made on strengthening New Zealand’s air links with India?
  10. GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he stand by his statement that Genesis Energy’s decision to stop burning coal at Huntly is “a sign of the times and reflects the growth of New Zealand’s world-leading renewable energy industry”?
  11. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Justice: What recent announcements has she made on the social investment approach to Justice?
  12. JACINDA ARDERN to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in the Minister of Building and Housing in light of the Commissioner for Children’s criticism that the Government’s Bill on rental standards “will do little for children living in cold, damp, mouldy housing”?

National: Four questions on the economy, horticulture, air linsk with India and social investment

Labour: Four questions on foreign trusts x 2, Auckland house prices, and rental properties

Greens: Two questions on foreign trusts and coal

NZ First: Two questions on Silver Fern Farms and rail

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

Appropriation (2014/15 Confirmation and Validation) Bill – committee stage

This bill confirms and validates unappropriated expenses and capital expenditure incurred for the 2014/15 financial year.

  • Introduced: December 2015
  • 1st reading: March 2016, passed 63 to 58 with Labour, Greens and NZ First opposed
  • 2nd reading: March 2016, passed 63 to 58 with Labour, Greens and NZ First opposed

This bill has a 10 hour debate consisting of up to two hours on the Government’s financial statements for 2014/15 and the remainder of the time on 10 sector debates. There are four and a half hours remaining.

Taxation (Residential Land Withholding Tax, GST on Online Services, and Student Loans) Bill – third reading

This bill allows sharing of information between the Inland Revenue Department and the Australian Taxation Office in relation to New Zealand student loan borrowers residing in Australia; proposes a new residential land withholding tax to act as a collection mechanism for the bright-line test; and provides for the collection of GST on cross-border services and intangibles, including internet downloads and online services.

  • Introduced: November 2015
  • 1st reading: December 2015, passed 109 to 12, NZ First opposed
  • SC report: March 2016, supported unanimously with amendments
  • 2nd reading: March 2016, passed 108 to 12 with NZ First opposed
  • Committee of the whole House: March 2016,

The third reading consist of 12 speeches of up to 10 minutes each, for a maximum debate of two hours.

Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Bill – third reading continued

The bill proposes amendments to the Building Act 2004 to improve the system for managing earthquake-prone buildings.

  • Introduced: December 2013
  • 1st reading: March 2014, passed 106 to 14 with Greens opposed
  • Select Committee report: September 2015, supported unanimously with amendments
  • 2nd reading: March 2016, passed 120 to 1 with ACT opposed

The third reading consist of 12 speeches of up to 10 minutes each, for a maximum debate of two hours. There are 11 speeches remaining.

 

MPs occupations

April 24th, 2016 at 7:00 am by David Farrar

Blackland PR has looked at the backgrounds of our 121 MPs:

The study, by political researcher Geoffrey Miller and public relations expert Mark Blackham, researched and compared the career histories of all 121 Members of the current Parliament.

They found that business owners, agriculturalists and unionists have a falling share of voice in their traditional parties, and have been replaced by people with no specific career interests, or careers limited to government and politics.

Miller said 23% of National MPs had experience working in a business, and only 10% of Labour MPs had worked in a union.

“National is no longer dominated by business experience and Labour no longer by unions.

“In fact, the whole of Parliament is now dominated by generalists, people of no specific experience, and government specialists – people whose only experience is working for government or in politics.

This is not a good trend – the rise of the professional political class.

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I’ve compiled this table from their data. The percentages add up to over 100% as some MPs have had multiple careers.

Parliament 14 April 2016

April 14th, 2016 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. Hon ANNETTE KING (L) to the Minister of Health: Does he agree with the comments by the Chief Executive of the Southern District Health Board on Tuesday that “there is clearly an issue with the food otherwise patients would not be complaining”; if not, why not?
  2. RON MARK (NZF) to the Minister of Defence: Does he believe that our Navy is sufficiently resourced to protect our fisheries from foreign poachers; if so, why?
  3. TODD MULLER (N)to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that one of the Government’s main priorities is “to build a more productive and competitive economy”; if so, what recent announcements has the Government made that will save businesses time and reduce costs?
  4. GRANT ROBERTSON (L) to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in the Minister for Land Information?
  5. MATT DOOCEY (N) to the Minister for Social Development: What measures will help engage New Zealanders in the care and protection of vulnerable children as part of the overhaul of Child, Youth and Family?
  6. METIRIA TUREI (G) to the Deputy Prime Minister: Ka tū a ia i runga i te mana o tana tauākī e mea ake nei, “We want to ensure Government activities are effective in changing the circumstances that trap people in poverty”?
    • Translation: Does he stand by his statement that “We want to ensure Government activities are effective in changing the circumstances that trap people in poverty”?
  7. MARAMA FOX (M) to the Minister for Māori Development: He aha te hiranga o Te Pire mō Te Reo Māori i roto i te hītori o te motu?
    • Translation: What is the historical significance of Te Pire mō Te Reo Māori?
  8. MELISSA LEE (N) to the Minister for Small Business: How will small businesses benefit from changes to the provisional tax system?
  9. CARMEL SEPULONI (L) to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his statements?
  10. ALASTAIR SCOTT (N) to the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage: How will New Zealand be marking the 100th anniversary of the first Anzac Day commemorations?
  11. Hon TREVOR MALLARD (L) to the Minister of Conservation: Is she satisfied with her department’s stewardship of forest parks, and if not what are the major problems she has identified?
  12. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY (G) to the Minister for the Environment: Is he concerned that pure, fresh drinking water could be bottled for sale from the Canterbury region, where the water that the locals have to drink has been described as a “ticking time bomb” by the Canterbury District Health Board medical officer of health?

National: Four questions on provisional tax x 2, CYF, and ANZAC Day

Labour: Four questions on Southern DHB food, confidence in Minister for Land Information, Finance Minister standing by statements and forest parks

Greens: Two questions on poverty and water

NZ First: One question on the Navy

Maori Party: One question on Maori Language Bill

Government Bills 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm

Appropriation (2014/15 Confirmation and Validation) Bill – committee stage

This bill confirms and validates unappropriated expenses and capital expenditure incurred for the 2014/15 financial year.

  • Introduced: December 2015
  • 1st reading: March 2016, passed 63 to 58 with Labour, Greens and NZ First opposed
  • 2nd reading: March 2016, passed 63 to 58 with Labour, Greens and NZ First opposed

This bill has a 10 hour debate consisting of up to two hours on the Government’s financial statements for 2014/15 and the remainder of the time on 10 sector debates. There are five and a half hours remaining.

Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Bill – third reading continued

The bill proposes amendments to the Building Act 2004 to improve the system for managing earthquake-prone buildings.

  • Introduced: December 2013
  • 1st reading: March 2014, passed 106 to 14 with Greens opposed
  • Select Committee report: September 2015, supported unanimously with amendments
  • 2nd reading: March 2016, passed 120 to 1 with ACT opposed

The third reading consist of 12 speeches of up to 10 minutes each, for a maximum debate of two hours. There are 11 speeches remaining.

Taxation (Residential Land Withholding Tax, GST on Online Services, and Student Loans) Bill – third reading

This bill allows sharing of information between the Inland Revenue Department and the Australian Taxation Office in relation to New Zealand student loan borrowers residing in Australia; proposes a new residential land withholding tax to act as a collection mechanism for the bright-line test; and provides for the collection of GST on cross-border services and intangibles, including internet downloads and online services.

  • Introduced: November 2015
  • 1st reading: December 2015, passed 109 to 12, NZ First opposed
  • SC report: March 2016, supported unanimously with amendments
  • 2nd reading: March 2016, passed 108 to 12 with NZ First opposed
  • Committee of the whole House: March 2016,

The third reading consist of 12 speeches of up to 10 minutes each, for a maximum debate of two hours.

Parliament 13 April 2016

April 13th, 2016 at 11:33 am by David Farrar

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Finance: What economic and fiscal conditions is the Government factoring into its planning for Budget 2016 on 26 May?
  2. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he have any financial interests which may affect his decisions around foreign trusts; if so, what are those financial interests?
  3. JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  4. ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Revenue: What is the Government doing to reduce tax compliance costs for small businesses?
  5. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  6. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his statement that “there’s a difference between surgery people actually need, and surgery people think they need”?
  7. NUK KORAKO to the Minister for Small Business: What online tools is the Government providing to help small businesses make informed decisions and reduce costs?
  8. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing:Does he stand by his statement that “The areas that Mr Twyford has identified are not on any of the lists that have been provided to me by officials” in relation to his Auckland Crown Land Programme?
  9. JOANNE HAYES to the Minister of Justice: What recent announcements has she made as part of the Ministerial Work Programme on family violence?
  10. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his statements?
  11. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister for Primary Industries: Will Crown Irrigation Investments Limited continue to invest in the Ruataniwha Dam Project, in light of information released this morning that the total cost of the project is nearing $1 billion?
  12. JONO NAYLOR to the Minister of Health: What steps is the Government taking to improve the oral health of New Zealanders?

National: Five questions on the Budget, small business x 2, family violence and oral health

Labour: Four questions on PM’s financial interests, surgery, Auckland housing and FinanceMinister standing by his statements

Greens: Two questions on Pm standing by his statements and irrigation

NZ First: One question on PM standing by his statements

General Debate 3.00 pm to 4.00 pm

A one hour debate of 12 speeches of five minute each.

Government Bills 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm and 7.30 pm to 10.00 pm

Appropriation (2014/15 Confirmation and Validation) Bill – committee stage

This bill confirms and validates unappropriated expenses and capital expenditure incurred for the 2014/15 financial year.

  • Introduced: December 2015
  • 1st reading: March 2016, passed 63 to 58 with Labour, Greens and NZ First opposed
  • 2nd reading: March 2016, passed 63 to 58 with Labour, Greens and NZ First opposed

This bill has a 10 hour debate consisting of up to two hours on the Government’s financial statements for 2014/15 and the remainder of the time on 10 sector debates.

Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Bill – third reading continued

The bill proposes amendments to the Building Act 2004 to improve the system for managing earthquake-prone buildings.

  • Introduced: December 2013
  • 1st reading: March 2014, passed 106 to 14 with Greens opposed
  • Select Committee report: September 2015, supported unanimously with amendments
  • 2nd reading: March 2016, passed 120 to 1 with ACT opposed

The third reading consist of 12 speeches of up to 10 minutes each, for a maximum debate of two hours. There are 11 speeches remaining.

Taxation (Residential Land Withholding Tax, GST on Online Services, and Student Loans) Bill – third reading

This bill allows sharing of information between the Inland Revenue Department and the Australian Taxation Office in relation to New Zealand student loan borrowers residing in Australia; proposes a new residential land withholding tax to act as a collection mechanism for the bright-line test; and provides for the collection of GST on cross-border services and intangibles, including internet downloads and online services.

  • Introduced: November 2015
  • 1st reading: December 2015, passed 109 to 12, NZ First opposed
  • SC report: March 2016, supported unanimously with amendments
  • 2nd reading: March 2016, passed 108 to 12 with NZ First opposed
  • Committee of the whole House: March 2016,

The third reading consist of 12 speeches of up to 10 minutes each, for a maximum debate of two hours.

Extending Sitting 9.00 am to 1.00 pm Thursday 14 April 2016

Tauranga Moana Iwi Collective Redress and Ngā Hapū o Ngāti Ranginui Claims Settlement Bill – first reading

This Bill gives effect to the deed signed on 21 January 2015 between the Crown and the Tauranga Moana Iwi Collective. It also gives effect to the deed of settlement signed on 21 June 2012 in which the Crown and Ngā Hapū o Ngāti Ranginui agreed to the final settlement of the historical Treaty of Waitangi claims of Ngā Hapū o Ngāti Ranginui.

  • Introduced November 2015

The first reading consist of 12 speeches of up to 10 minutes each, for a maximum debate of two hours.

Ngāti Pūkenga Claims Settlement Bill – first reading

This bill gives effect to the deed of settlement signed on 7 April 2013 in which the Crown and Ngāti Pūkenga agreed to the final settlement of the historical Treaty of Waitangi claims of Ngāti Pūkenga.Introduced November 2015

  • Introduced: February 2016

The first reading consist of 12 speeches of up to 10 minutes each, for a maximum debate of two hours.

Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa Claims Settlement Bill – first reading

This bill gives effect to the deed of settlement signed on 18 December 2015 in which the Crown and Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa agreed to the final settlement of the historical Treaty of Waitangi claims of Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa.

  • Introduced March 2016

The first reading consist of 12 speeches of up to 10 minutes each, for a maximum debate of two hours.

Parliament 12 April 2016

April 12th, 2016 at 11:45 am by David Farrar

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his statements in relation to the Panama Papers?
  2. DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the statement made by John Key in 2004 regarding stealth taxation through bracket creep that the government “loves taxing the hard-working, productive sector of New Zealand. It loves taking extra dollars off those people at every opportunity it can”?
  3. BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister of Finance: What steps is the Government taking to lift capital spending in transport, education, and other core public infrastructure?
  4. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he agree with the findings of the recent TNS survey showing about 174,000 New Zealanders are in need of publicly funded surgery, but have not been placed on a waiting list; if not, why not?
  5. JAMES SHAW to the Minister of Finance: Will there be the opportunity for public submissions as a part of his review of foreign trusts?
  6. STUART SMITH to the Minister for Economic Development:What reports has he received about diversification of the New Zealand economy?
  7. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  8. Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister for Social Development: What feedback has she received regarding the overhaul of Child, Youth and Family?
  9. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement, “it has become pretty much unacceptable in the developed world at least to be running a tax haven that undermines other people’s tax bases”?
  10. MAUREEN PUGH to the Minister of Immigration: What recent reports has he seen estimating the fall in the number of overstayers in New Zealand?
  11. STUART NASH to the Minister of Police: What does she believe are the main contributors to the increase in the number of burglaries and the drop in resolution rates over the past 12 months?
  12. EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does she agree with the statement made by GNS Senior Scientist Nancy Bertler that sea-level rise of 30cm in 30 years is “incredibly certain”, and the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s analysis that a 30cm rise would result in 1 in 100-year high water levels in Wellington happening every year?

National: Four questions on capital spending, the economy, CYF and overstayers

Labour: Four questions on Panama Papers x2, surgery numbers, and burglaries

Greens: Two questions on Panama Papers and climate change

NZ First: One question on PM standing by his statements

ACT: One question on taxation bracket creep

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

Taxation (Residential Land Withholding Tax, GST on Online Services, and Student Loans) Bill – committee stafe

This bill allows sharing of information between the Inland Revenue Department and the Australian Taxation Office in relation to New Zealand student loan borrowers residing in Australia; proposes a new residential land withholding tax to act as a collection mechanism for the bright-line test; and provides for the collection of GST on cross-border services and intangibles, including internet downloads and online services.

  • Introduced: November 2015
  • 1st reading: December 2015, passed 109 to 12, NZ First opposed
  • SC report: March 2016, supported unanimously with amendments
  • 2nd reading: March 2016, passed 108 to 12 with NZ First opposed

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

Taxation (Transformation: First Phase Simplification and Other Measures) Bill – second reading continued

The bill amends the following statutes relating to taxation in order to facilitate easier communication with Inland Revenue, simplify tax rules and provide for the sharing of information. The Acts amended are: the Income Tax Act 2007; the Tax Administration Act 1994; the Goods and Services Tax Act 1985; the KiwiSaver Act 2006; the Child Support Act 1991; the Student Loan Scheme Act 2011; the Gaming Duties Act 1971 and the Accident Compensation Act 2001.

  • Introduced June 2015
  • 1st reading: October 2015, passed unanimously
  • SC report report: March 2016, supported unanimously with amendments

The second reading consist of 12 speeches of up to 10 minutes each, for a maximum debate of two hours. There are 11 speeches remaining.

New Zealand Business Number Bill – third reading

This bill enables certain entities to obtain, or be allocated, a New Zealand Business Number and to be registered on a New Zealand Business Number Register

  • Introduced March 2015
  • 1st reading: May 2015, passed unanimously
  • SC report: September 2015, supported with amendments by the majority, Labour dissenting
  • 2nd reading: December 2015, passed 108 to 12 with NZ First opposed
  • Committee of the whole House: supported without amendments

The third reading is a debate of 12 speeches of up to 10 minutes each so a maximum debate of two hours

 

The Education (Charter Schools Abolition) Amendment Bill

April 7th, 2016 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

This bill by Chris Hipkins would abolish and close every charter school in New Zealand, forcing the pupils and parents who have chosen to enrol there, back into state schools.

Even worse, the bill retrospectively abolishes them from the 1st of January 2016.

I’m glad this has got drawn from the ballot as it will remind people how Labour puts ideology and unions ahead of students. They want to close down schools like Vanguard, despite the fact they have 95% of Maori students achieving NCEA Level 1 – 22% higher than the NZ average. And their students come from some of the most disadvantaged and low decile areas.

It will be interesting to see if every Labour MP  votes for this bill, as some of their Maori MPs such as Peeni Henare and Kelvin Davis have praised the work being done by certain charter schools.

 

Parliament 7 April 2016

April 7th, 2016 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received about the management of the Government’s major investment projects?
  2. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he agree with the New Zealand Medical Journal article dated 1 April 2016 which states research undertaken shows patients undergoing primary elective total hip and knee replacements in Otago in 2014 were more severely disabled than patients between 2006 and 2010; if not, why not?
  3. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  4. JAMES SHAW to the Minister of Finance: What estimates does he have of the cost to the Crown of repurchasing the New Zealand Superannuation Fund’s and ACC Fund’s shares in Kiwibank in five years’ time?
  5. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Social Development:What recent announcements has she made regarding Child, Youth and Family?
  6. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement, “We have very strict obligations when it comes to disclosure and we meet those obligations. We’re always prepared to look and enhance those obligations and change those if there are recommendations.”?
  7. PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister of Science and Innovation: What recent reports has he received about increased investment by businesses in research and development?
  8. Dr MEGAN WOODS to the Minister responsible for the Earthquake Commission: What is the total number of complaints lodged with EQC in relation to the Canterbury Home Repair Programme, to date?
  9. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Corrections: What initiatives has Corrections recently launched to support prisoners to lead a crime-free life on release?
  10. STUART NASH to the Minister of Police: Does she agree with everything Prime Minister John Key has said about policing?
  11. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister for the Environment: What action will the Government take to make sure there is enough clean freshwater for all New Zealanders?
  12. SARAH DOWIE to the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector: What recent announcements has she made regarding support for communities?

National: Five questions on Government investments, CYF, R&D, Corrections and community support

Labour: Four questions elective operations, tax havens, EQC and Police

Greens: Two questions on Kiwibank and water

NZ First: One question on PM standing by his statements

Government Notice of Motion 3.00 pm to 3.40 pm

That a respectful Address be presented to His Excellency the Governor-General commending to His Excellency the alterations to the appropriations for the 2015/16 financial year in respect of Vote Audit and Vote Ombudsmen, and the appropriations and information for the 2016/17 financial year in respect of Vote Audit, Vote Ombudsmen, and Vote Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment.

This debate will be eight speeches of up to five minutes each so a maximum of 40 minutes.

Government Bills 3.40 pm to 6.00 pm

Te Pire mō Te Reo Māori / Māori Language Bill – committee stage continued

This bill repeals the Māori Language Act 1987 and Part 4A of the Broadcasting Act 1989 to establish an independent entity, Te Mātāwai, to provide leadership on behalf of iwi and Māori regarding the health of the Māori language.

  • Introduced July 2014
  • 1st reading: July 2014, passed unanimously but Greens and NZ First against (forgot to call for a party vote)
  • SC report: February 2016, supported unanimously with amendments
  • 2nd reading: March 2016, passed

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

Members’ bills ballot 7 April 2016

April 7th, 2016 at 11:20 am by David Farrar

A Members’ bill ballot will be held at noon today. One bill will be drawn.

Proposed members’ bills may be viewed here.

The bills entered in the ballot are listed below.

Bill Title Member Name
1 Accident Compensation (Recent Migrants and Returning New Zealanders) Amendment Bill Melissa Lee
2 Age of Majority (Attainment at 18 Years) Amendment Bill Brett Hudson
3 Animal Welfare (Outdoor Access for Farmed Animals) Amendment Bill Hon Trevor Mallard
4 Arbitration Amendment Bill Tim Macindoe
5 Broadcasting (Games of National Significance) Amendment Bill Clayton Mitchell
6 Burial and Cremation (Removal of Audit Requirement for Cemetery Trusts) Amendment Bill Lindsay Tisch
7 Care of Children (Adoption and Surrogacy Law Reform) Amendment Bill Kevin Hague
8 Celebrant Eligibility Expansion Bill Paul Foster-Bell
9 Charter Schools (Application of Official Information and Ombudsmen Acts) Bill Hon Nanaia Mahuta
10 Child Poverty Reduction and Eradication Bill Jacinda Ardern
11 Children, Young Persons, and Their Families (Parent’s and Guardian’s Responsibility) Amendment Bill Barbara Kuriger
12 Companies (Annual Report Notice Requirements) Amendment Bill Matt Doocey
13 Copyright (Parody and Satire) Amendment Bill Gareth Hughes
14 Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance (Break Fees Disclosure) Amendment Bill Simon O’Connor
15 Credit Reforms (Responsible Lending) Bill Kris Faafoi
16 Crimes (Covert Intimate Filming of Incapacitated Persons) Amendment Bill Tracey Martin
17 Crimes (Increased Penalty for Providing Explosive to Commit Crime) Amendment Bill Todd Muller
18 Crimes (Non-fatal Strangulation) Amendment Bill Kelvin Davis
19 Criminal Procedure (Removing Paedophile Name Suppression) Amendment Bill Pita Paraone
20 Crown Minerals (Homes and Residences Exemption) Amendment Bill Catherine Delahunty
21 Crown Minerals (Protection of World Heritage Sites) Amendment Bill Iain Lees-Galloway
22 Domestic Violence—Victims’ Protection Bill Jan Logie
23 Education (Charter Schools Abolition) Amendment Bill Chris Hipkins
24 Education (Charter Schools Teacher Quality) Amendment Bill Hon Phil Goff
25 Education (Public Good not Profit from Charter Schools) Amendment Bill Dr David Clark
26 Electricity Industry (Energy Efficiency) Amendment Bill Rino Tirikatene
27 Employment Relations (Allowing Higher Earners to Contract Out of Personal Grievance Provisions) Amendment Bill Scott Simpson
28 Employment Relations (Restoring Kiwis’ Right to a Break at Work) Amendment Bill Sue Moroney
29 Employment Relations (Triangular Employment) Amendment Bill Stuart Nash
30 End of Life Choice Bill David Seymour
31 Environment Canterbury (Democracy Restoration) Amendment Bill Dr Megan Woods
32 Equal Pay Amendment Bill Marama Davidson
33 Family Proceedings (Paternity Orders and Parentage Tests) Amendment Bill Sarah Dowie
34 Films, Videos, and Publications Classification (Interim Restriction Order Classification) Amendment Bill Chris Bishop
35 Housing Restructuring and Tenancy Matters (Assured Tenancies) Amendment Bill Jenny Salesa
36 Human Rights (Disability Assist Dogs Non-Discrimination) Amendment Bill Mojo Mathers
37 Immigration (Refugee Quota) Amendment Bill Denise Roche
38 Income Tax (Clean Transport FBT Exclusions) Amendment Bill Julie Anne Genter
39 Income Tax (Foreign Trusts Registration and Disclosure) Amendment Bill James Shaw
40 Independent Prison Inspectorate Bill David Clendon
41 International Non-Aggression and Lawful Use of Force (Implementation of Amendment to Statute of Rome) Bill Dr Kennedy Graham
42 International Transparent Treaties Bill Fletcher Tabuteau
43 Kirpan Authorisation Bill Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi
44 Land Transfer (Foreign Ownership of Land Register) Amendment Bill Mahesh Bindra
45 Land Transport (Random Oral Fluid Testing) Amendment Bill Alastair Scott
46 Land Transport (Tourist Driver Rental Vehicle) Amendment Bill Denis O’Rourke
47 Land Transport (Wheel Clamping Protection) Amendment Bill Phil Twyford
48 Legislation (Climate Impact Disclosure Statement) Amendment Bill Eugenie Sage
49 Life Jackets for Children and Young Persons Bill Alfred Ngaro
50 Litter (Increased Infringement Fee) Amendment Bill Jono Naylor
51 Local Government (Customer Focus) Amendment Bill Jacqui Dean
52 Local Government (Four Well-beings) Amendment Bill Su’a William Sio
53 Local Government (Freedom of Access) Amendment Bill Jonathan Young
54 Marriage (Court Consent to Marriage of Minors) Amendment Bill Joanne Hayes
55 Meat Industry Restructuring Bill Richard Prosser
56 Military Decorations and Distinctive Badges (Modernisation) Amendment Bill Todd Barclay
57 Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis Approval) Amendment Bill Hon Damien O’Connor
58 New Zealand Public Health and Disability (Child Health Obesity Target) Amendment Bill Hon Annette King
59 New Zealand Public Health and Disability (New Medicines and Rare Conditions) Amendment Bill Barbara Stewart
60 Oaths and Declarations (Members of Parliament) Amendment Bill Meka Whaitiri
61 Ombudsmen (Cost Recovery) Amendment Bill Hon David Parker
62 Our Work Our Future Bill Andrew Little
63 Private International Law (Choice of Law in Tort) Bill David Bennett
64 Public Finance (Sustainable Development Indicators) Amendment Bill Steffan Browning
65 Radio New Zealand (Catch-up Funding) Amendment Bill Clare Curran
66 Radiocommunications (Enhanced Public Broadcasting Provision) Amendment Bill Adrian Rurawhe
67 Rates Rebate (Retirement Village Residents) Amendment Bill Hon Ruth Dyson
68 Receiverships (Agricultural Debt Mediation) Amendment Bill Ron Mark
69 Residential Tenancies (Warm, Safe, and Secure Rentals) Amendment Bill Metiria Turei
70 Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Renewal of Licences) Amendment Bill Louisa Wall
71 Sentencing (Domestic Violence) Amendment Bill Poto Williams
72 Sentencing (Livestock Rustling) Amendment Bill Ian McKelvie
73 Shop Trading Hours Act Repeal (Shopping Centre Opening Hours) Amendment Bill Peeni Henare
74 Social Security (Apprenticeship Assistance for Youth) Amendment Bill Grant Robertson
75 Social Security (Medical Practitioner Certificate for Supported Living Payment) Amendment Bill Carmel Sepuloni
76 Summary Offences (Increased Penalty for Seeking Donations by False Pretence) Amendment Bill Andrew Bayly
77 Te rā o Parihaka Bill Marama Fox
78 Vulnerable Children (Mandatory Social Worker Registration) Amendment Bill Ria Bond
79 Waitemata Harbour Protection Bill Rt Hon Winston Peters
80 Youth Employment Training and Education Bill Darroch Ball

The bills by party (Ministers excluded) are:

National – 23/34
Labour – 29/32
Greens – 14/14
NZ First -12/12
Maori – 1/1
ACT – 1/1
Total – 80/94

UPDATE: The Education (Charter Schools Abolition) Amendment Bill by Chris Hipkins was drawn.

Parliament 6 April 2016

April 6th, 2016 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his statements in relation to tax havens?
  2. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: Can he confirm that KiwiBank will remain 100 percent Government owned?
  3. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Did he read the report “Taxation of Multinationals” prepared by the Treasury and the Inland Revenue Department dated 15 August 2013, and did he undertake the action sought from him to agree to the recommendations contained in that paper?
  4. TODD BARCLAY to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What progress is the Government making in ensuring overseas-based New Zealanders meet their obligation to repay their student loans?
  5. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing:Does he stand by his statement, “Well of course someone has to buy the houses and so of course they will be affordable to somebody”?
  6. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Given his answer to Oral Question No. 1 yesterday, how does he stand by his statements?
  7. STUART NASH to the Associate Minister for Primary Industries: What reports has she seen on the conduct of Hikurangi Forest Farms in Gisborne?
  8. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Health: How is the Government supporting the protection of New Zealanders against influenza this winter?
  9. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  10. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister for the Environment: Does he stand by the Prime Minister’s statement that in Aotearoa “nobody owns water”?
  11. BRETT HUDSON to the Minister for Communications: What recent reports has she received on improvements in internet speeds?
  12. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister for Land Information: Can she assure the public that the Overseas Investment Office has not approved any applications by foreign investors implicated in the Mossack Fonseca tax avoidance scandal; if so, how?

National: Four questions on Kiwibank, student loans, flu and Internet speeds

Labour: Five questions on tax havens x 2, multinationals’ tax, housing and Hkurangi Farms

Greens: One question on water

NZ First: Two questions on PM standing by his statements

General Debate 3.00 pm to 4.00 pm

12 speeches of five minutes each for a maximum of one hour.

Members’ Bill 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm

Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Exemption for RNZRSA Clubs from Special Licencing Requirements for Anzac Day) Amendment Bill – first, second and third readings

This bill allows RSA to serve liquor on Anzac Day without needing a special licence. It is in the name of National List MP Paul Foster-Bell

  • Introduced: December 2015

The bill was not drawn from the ballot but given priority by the Business Committee, which also determined it would go through all three readings. The first reading will take up to 65 minutes, there will be no debate at the second reading and up to two hours of debate for the third reading

Private Bills 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm

 

Parliament 5 April 2016

April 5th, 2016 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: How does he stand by all his statements?
  2. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that New Zealand is not a tax haven because “New Zealand has full disclosure of information”, given Cone Marshall, a law firm specialising in establishing trusts for foreigners, says “The identity of the settlor need not be disclosed and the trust deed is not registered with any tax or Government authority” and “There is no obligation to file any trust accounts with any person or institution or to have such accounts audited”?
  3. BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received showing total New Zealand exports are growing, despite the dairy downturn?
  4. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement from 2013 that if Auckland prices continue at the same rate the bubble would burst and “you would leave a lot of potentially first home buyers with very large loans and an over-valued property and effectively negative equity where they owe more than the property’s actually worth”?
  5. MARAMA FOX to the Minister for the Environment: What steps is he taking to ensure that regional councils are effectively implementing the objectives of their regional resource management plans related to the protection of water quality from further degradation?
  6. SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Health: What initiatives has the Government put in place to support health services in rural communities?
  7. JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that “New Zealand has full disclosure of information” with respect to allegations of New Zealand being a tax haven?
  8. BRETT HUDSON to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: What changes were made yesterday to modernise New Zealand’s health and safety law?
  9. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Revenue: Has he sought advice from the Treasury on the impact of multinational company tax avoidance on the Government’s fiscal position; if so, what was the advice he received?
  10. MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Local Government: What recent reforms has he announced to improve local government services for ratepayers?
  11. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for the Environment: Does he accept that people wanting a swimmable standard for rivers are seeking to stop pollution by farms, factories and towns making otherwise swimmable rivers so dirty that they are unsafe to swim in at normal, rather than flood, flows?
  12. MATT DOOCEY to the Minister for Disability Issues: How is the Canterbury employment pilot scheme Project 300 helping disabled people and people with health conditions into work?

National: Five questions on exports, rural health services, OSH, local government and Canterbury employment

Labour: Four questions on tax havens, Auckland house prices, multinationals’ tax and water

Greens: One question on tax havens

NZ First: One question on PM standing by his statements

Maori Party: One question on water quality

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

Environment Canterbury (Transitional Governance Arrangements) Bill – committee stage

This bill provide governance arrangements for the Canterbury Regional Council to operate during the 2016 to 2019 local authority election-cycle period”, being seven elected Councillors and six appointed Counillors.

  • Introduced August 2015
  • 1st reading: October 2015, passed 62 to 59 with Labour, Greens, NZ First and United Future against
  • SC report: February 2016, supported with amendments by majority with Labour and Greens dissenting
  • 2nd reading: March 2016, passed 62 to 59 with Labour, Greens, NZ First and United Future against

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

Te Pire mō Te Reo Māori / Māori Language Bill – committee stage

This bill repeals the Māori Language Act 1987 and Part 4A of the Broadcasting Act 1989 to establish an independent entity, Te Mātāwai, to provide leadership on behalf of iwi and Māori regarding the health of the Māori language.

  • Introduced July 2014
  • 1st reading: July 2014, passed unanimously but Greens and NZ First against (forgot to call for a party vote)
  • SC report: February 2016, supported unanimously with amendments
  • 2nd reading: March 2016, passed

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

 

Parliament 31 March 2016

March 31st, 2016 at 11:46 am by David Farrar

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Finance: What changes is the Government making to increase support for families in need from 1 April?
  2. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that “We have anti-nuclear legislation and New Zealanders wear it as a badge of honour”?
  3. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his statement that “Only National can deliver more services while reducing district health boards’ deficits”?
  4. CLAYTON MITCHELL to the Associate Minister of Transport:Does he have confidence in Maritime New Zealand’s management of the safety issues at Taharoa ironsands export operation?
  5. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Social Development:What changes are being made on 1 April that will help support sole parents into work?
  6. Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development:Who has provided payroll services to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment since it was formed in 2012?
  7. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Can he confirm the Government is helping young families get ahead by expanding the eligibility for paid parental leave from tomorrow, as well as increasing its length?
  8. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister responsible for HNZC: Is he satisfied that the resources allocated to Housing New Zealand are being used in the best possible way?
  9. JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister for Building and Housing: What progress has the Government made in growing the rate of new house construction, particularly in Auckland?
  10. POTO WILLIAMS to the Associate Minister for Social Development: Is she reviewing family violence and sexual violence services as part of the Ministry’s line-by-line review of contracts?
  11. IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Primary Industries: How is the Government supporting sustainability in our fishing industry?
  12. DENISE ROCHE to the Minister of Immigration: Will he double the refugee quota?

National: Five questions on benefits increases, work testing, paid parental leave, Auckland housing and fishing

Labour: Four questions on health spending, MBIE payroll, Housing NZ and family violence

Greens: Two questions on anti-nuclear legislation and refugees

NZ First: One question on Maritime NZ

Government Bills 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm

Greater Christchurch Regeneration Bill – third reading

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
  • Committee of the whole House: March 2016, passed unanimously

The third reading is a debate of 12 speeches of up to 10 minutes each so a maximum debate of two hours

Taxation (Residential Land Withholding Tax, GST on Online Services, and Student Loans) Bill – second reading

This bill allows sharing of information between the Inland Revenue Department and the Australian Taxation Office in relation to New Zealand student loan borrowers residing in Australia; proposes a new residential land withholding tax to act as a collection mechanism for the bright-line test; and provides for the collection of GST on cross-border services and intangibles, including internet downloads and online services.

  • Introduced: November 2015
  • 1st reading: December 2015, passed 109 to 12, NZ First opposed
  • SC report: March 2016, supported unanimously with amendments

The second reading is a debate of 12 speeches of up to 10 minutes each so a maximum debate of two hours

 

Parliament 30 March 2016

March 30th, 2016 at 11:34 am by David Farrar

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement with regard to multinational corporations that “I suspect they are legally paying their correct amount of tax; the question is are they ethically paying the right amount of tax. It feels hard to believe that they are”?
  2. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Prime Minister’s statement that “building a strong economy that … creates more jobs will remain front and centre of the Government’s agenda”?
  3. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Finance: Ka tū a ia i runga i te mana o tana tauākī e mea ana, “New Zealand Post is Government-owned and we’re going to be keeping it,” ā, mehemea ka pērā a ia, ka pēhea tētahi paku whakawehenga nei?
    • Translation: Does he stand by his statement that “New Zealand Post is Government-owned and we’re going to be keeping it”; if so, will he also rule out partial privatisation?
  4. SARAH DOWIE to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What recent reports has he received on the benefits to students of tertiary education?
  5. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Is ASB economist, Kim Mundy, correct when she said last week, “While headline growth appears reasonable and encouraging, underlying per capita income growth remains flat and highlights New Zealand’s economic vulnerabilities going forward”?
  6. Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: What reports has he received on reactions to the upcoming health and safety legislation changes?
  7. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: How many houses have been completed as a result of the $52.2 million Crown land policy he announced in Budget 2015?
  8. RON MARK to the Minister of Immigration: Does he stand by the Prime Minister’s statement, “We welcome migrants who can make a contribution to New Zealand”?
  9. KEVIN HAGUE to the Associate Minister of Health: What steps will he be taking to ensure New Zealand drug laws are still fit for purpose given the recent findings by Johns Hopkins University and British medical journal The Lancet that the punitive approach to drug offending has done more harm than good?
  10. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Transport: Is the Government’s investment in transport infrastructure supporting the economy and creating jobs; if so, how?
  11. TRACEY MARTIN to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by all her statements?
  12. STUART NASH to the Minister of Police: Does she believe the Police have sufficient funding to meet their operational objectives?

National: Four questions on the economy, tertiary education, OSH and transport infastructure

Labour: Four questions on multinationals’ tax, incomes, housing and Police funding

Greens: Two questions on NZ Post and drug laws

NZ First: Two questions on immigration and Education Minister standing hy her statements

General Debate 3.00 pm to 4.00 pm

 

A debate of 12 speeches of up to five minutes for a maximum of one hour.

Government Bills 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm and 7.30 pm to 10.00 pm

New Zealand Business Number Bill – committee stage

This bill enables certain entities to obtain, or be allocated, a New Zealand Business Number and to be registered on a New Zealand Business Number Register

  • Introduced March 2015
  • 1st reading: May 2015, passed unanimously
  • SC report: September 2015, supported with amendments by the majority, Labour dissenting
  • 2nd reading: December 2015, passed 108 to 12 with NZ First opposed

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

Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Bill – committee stage

The bill proposes amendments to the Building Act 2004 to improve the system for managing earthquake-prone buildings.

  • Introduced: December 2013
  • 1st reading: March 2014, passed 106 to 14 with Greens opposed
  • Select Committee report: September 2015, supported unanimously with amendments
  • 2nd reading: March 2016, passed 120 to 1 with ACT opposed

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

There is one SOP from the Minister Nick Smith.

Radio New Zealand Amendment Bill – third reading continued

The bill amends the Radio New Zealand Act 1995 to implement a new Radio New Zealand Charter

  • Introduced: June 2009
  • 1st reading: June 2009, passed unanimously
  • SC report: December 2009, supported without amendments with a minority report from Labour
  • 2nd reading: May 2015, passed unanimously
  • Committee of the whole House: February 2016, passed unanimously

The third reading debate has 12 speeches of up to 10 minutes, so a maximum debate of two hours. There are seven speeches remaining.

 

Parliament 29 March 2016

March 29th, 2016 at 12:19 pm by David Farrar

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 Parliament 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.

Parliament 17 March 2016

March 17th, 2016 at 11:45 am by David Farrar

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Was he advised, prior to 8 December 2015, that the so called “jihadi brides” he referred to during the Intelligence and Security Committee meeting were all resident in Australia and did not leave from New Zealand?
  2. CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on the New Zealand economy?
  3. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his reported statement from February this year that he is not overly concerned about the broader impact of the slump in dairy prices?
  4. STUART SMITH to the Minister of Education: What reports has she received on the Intensive Wraparound Service?
  5. CARMEL SEPULONI to the Minister for Social Development:How many applications for benefits, superannuation, and special needs grants have not been processed because of the issues with the implementation of the client management IT system?
  6. BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister of Health: By what percentage has Vote Health increased since 2008?
  7. Hon DAMIEN O’CONNOR to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he have confidence in his Associate Minister for Primary Industries?
  8. BRETT HUDSON to the Minister of Tourism: What reports has he received about growth in the number of visitors coming to New Zealand?
  9. RON MARK to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements where the interests of young New Zealanders are concerned?
  10. STUART NASH to the Minister of Police: If someone suspects criminal activity and they actually want the Police to turn up in under 10 minutes, do they have to inform the Police that they have a gun?
  11. KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Health: Will he introduce a tax on sugary drinks, in light of the growing number of countries who have done so, most recently the UK, and the evidence that it is effective?
  12. JENNY SALESA to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: Is he concerned about skills shortages in professions that require knowledge in STEM subjects; if not, why not?

National: Four questions on the economy, education, health spending and tourism

Labour: Five questions on dairy, welfare, confidence in Associate Primary Minister, guns and skills

Greens: Two questions on jihadi brides and sugar tax

NZ First: One question on PM standing by his statements

Government Bills 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm

Greater Christchurch Regeneration Bill – second reading

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

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

Geographical Indications (Wine and Spirits) Registration Amendment Bill – first reading

This Bill amends the Geographical Indications (Wine and Spirits) Registration Act 2006 to address issues identified with the principal Act..

  • Introduced: November 2015

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

 

 

Parliament 16 March 2016

March 16th, 2016 at 12:38 pm by David Farrar

The order paper is here (yesterday’s until 1 pm).

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: What were the estimates given to him in his conversations with banks about the number of dairy farmers that are likely to go into receivership and leave the land?
  2. JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  3. NUK KORAKO to the Minister of Finance: What steps is the Government taking to help keep interest rates lower for longer?
  4. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Small Business: Does he believe that the statement by the Prime Minister yesterday that New Zealand “is a highly diversified economy” and “business confidence is strong” applies to small businesses?
  5. FLETCHER TABUTEAU to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his answers in relation to Oral Question No. 2 in the House yesterday?
  6. Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement, “The single-biggest gainers out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership are dairy farmers”?
  7. IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Economic Development:What is the Government doing to encourage economic growth?
  8. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Why did she say yesterday that “we will not be interested in how we stigmatise children” as part of the school funding review when she said less than a minute earlier that the current decile system was unhelpful because it stigmatised low-decile schools?
  9. MATT DOOCEY to the Minister for Social Development: How is low inflation supporting a real increase in superannuation?
  10. IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY to the Minister of Immigration: Is the Recognised Seasonal Employer Scheme working for New Zealand and for the temporary migrants who work under the scheme?
  11. MAUREEN PUGH to the Minister for Small Business: How are small businesses benefiting from Government policies that are contributing to lower interest rates?
  12. RICHARD PROSSER to the Minister of Trade: What trade benefits has the Government negotiated for New Zealand’s forestry industry?

National: Four questions on interest rates, the economy, superannuation and small businesses

Labour: Four questions on dairy, small businesses, school funding and migrants

Greens: Two questions on PM standing by his statements and TPP

NZ First: Two questions on PM standing by an answer and forestry

General Debate 3.00 pm to 4.00 pm

12 speeches of five minutes each for a maximum of one hour.

Private Bills 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm and 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm

Members’ Bill 9.30 pm to 10.00 pm

Parliament 15 March 2016

March 15th, 2016 at 11:47 am by David Farrar

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making in its programme to get better results from public services?
  2. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements and how does he do so?
  3. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that New Zealand is on the “cusp of something special”; if so, did he mean a thousand dairy farmers being forced off their land?
  4. JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  5. JOANNE HAYES to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm that the Government is making major investments in health infrastructure in Christchurch?
  6. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he support the expectation of the Governor of the Reserve Bank that banks would pass on the full Official Cash Rate cut made last week?
  7. RON MARK to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his statements; if so, why?
  8. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Transport: What recent progress has the Government made on the Waikato Expressway Road of National Significance?
  9. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statement that “we do need to review the way we fund schools and focus more on outcomes rather than blunt proxy”?
  10. JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Transport: Will he support the Green Party plan to make 30km an hour the default speed limit outside schools, given that kids have less than a 50:50 chance of surviving being hit by a car travelling at the current default speed limit of 50km an hour?
  11. STUART NASH to the Minister of Police: Why did the number of burglaries that were resolved fall from 9,770 in 2008 to 6,136 in 2015, with the proportion of burglaries that went unsolved rising from 84 percent to over 90 percent?
  12. ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister for Primary Industries: How is the Government supporting our regions through irrigation and water storage projects?

National: Four questions on better public services, Christchurch health services, Waikato Expressway and irrigation

Labour: Four questions on dairy, interest rates, school funding and burglaries

Greens: Two questions on PM standing by his statements and speed limitis

NZ First: Two questions on PM and Finance Minister standing by their statements

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

Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary Bill – first reading

This bill establishes a new marine protected area in New Zealand’s exclusive economic zone around the Kermadec Islands.

  • Introduced: March 2016

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

Land Transfer Bill – first reading

This bill modernizes, simplifies, and consolidates the land transfer legislation for enhanced clarity and accessibility.

  • Introduced: February 2016

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

Substance Addiction (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Bill – first reading

This bill will replace the Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Act 1966, and provides for the compulsory assessment and treatment of individuals who are considered to have a severe substance addiction and who do not have the capacity to participate in treatment.

  • Introduced: December 2015

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

Extended Sitting 9.00 am to 1.00 pm (Wednesday)

Te Atiawa Claims Settlement Bill – first reading

This Bill gives effect to the deed of settlement signed on 9 August 2014 in which the Crown and Te Atiawa agreed to the final settlement of the historical Treaty of Waitangi claims of Te Atiawa.

  • Introduced: September 2015

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

Taranaki Iwi Claims Settlement Bill – first reading

This bill records the acknowledgements and apology given by the Crown to Taranaki Iwi in the deed of settlement dated 5 September 2015 between the Crown and Taranaki Iwi; and gives effect to the deed, in which the Crown and Taranaki Iwi agree to a final settlement of all Taranaki Iwi’s historical Treaty of Waitangi claims.

  • Introduced: December 2015

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

Rangitāne o Manawatu Claims Settlement Bill – first reading

This bill gives effect to the deed of settlement signed on 14 November 2015 in which the Crown and Rangitāne o Manawatu agreed to the final settlement of the historical Treaty of Waitangi claims of Rangitāne o Manawatu.

  • Introduced: December 2015

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

 

Parliament 10 March 2016

March 10th, 2016 at 11:52 am by David Farrar

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his statements?
  2. ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on the outlook for the New Zealand economy?
  3. MAHESH BINDRA to the Deputy Prime Minister: Is he aware that in the Hindi version of the instructions booklet for the flag referendum, an additional word has been added?
  4. JONO NAYLOR to the Minister of Justice: What response has she had to the Government’s review of the law addressing family violence?
  5. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: How much of the $5.2 million spent by the Government on the 40-student Whangaruru charter school, if any, is expected to be recovered following her decision to close the school in January?
  6. RICHARD PROSSER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that “there is no evidence – no good reason – to believe that there will be widespread farm foreclosures”?
  7. MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Science and Innovation: What investment is the Government making in research to promote new forms of precision healthcare?
  8. CARMEL SEPULONI to the Minister for Social Development: When was she first made aware of issues with the rollout of the upgrade to the client management IT system?
  9. DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister of Justice: Is she satisfied with the imprisonment rate for convicted burglars?
  10. SARAH DOWIE to the Minister for Small Business: How are small businesses benefiting from Government policies that are contributing to lower interest rates?
  11. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister for National Security and Intelligence: E kore a ia e aro atu ki ētahi whakarerekētanga ki te ture, kia tukua ai a GCSB ki te kohi raraungameta, e pā ana ki ngā tāngata o Aotearoa?
    • Translation: Will he rule out any law changes that will allow the GCSB to collect metadata on New Zealanders?
  12. SUE MORONEY to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: How many deaths and serious harm injuries have occurred in agriculture since the Health and Safety Reform Bill was passed in Parliament in 2015?

National: Four questions on the economy, family violence, health research and interest rates

Labour: Four questions on Finance Minister standing by his statements, charter schools,MSD IT and OSH

Greens: One question on GCSB

NZ First: Two questions on flag referendum and dairy farms

ACT: One question on burglaries

Government Bills 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm

Employment Standards Legislation Bill – third reading

This bill deals with zero hour contracts and extends paid parental leave.

  • Introduced: August 2015
  • 1st reading: September 2015, passed 107 to 14 with Greens opposed
  • SC report: February 2016, supported unanimously with amendments
  • 2nd reading: March 2016, passed 94 to 25 with Greens and NZ First opposed
  • Committee of the whole House: March 2016, passed unanimously with amendments

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

Environment Canterbury (Transitional Governance Arrangements) Bill – first reading

This bill provide governance arrangements for the Canterbury Regional Council to operate during the 2016 to 2019 local authority election-cycle period”, being seven elected Councillors and six appointed Counillors.

  • Introduced August 2015
  • 1st reading: October 2015, passed 62 to 59 with Labour, Greens, NZ First and United Future against
  • SC report: February 2016, supported with amendments by majority with Labour and Greens dissenting

The first reading consist of 12 speeches of up to 10 minutes each, for a maximum debate of two hours.

 

Parliament 9 March 2016

March 9th, 2016 at 11:42 am by David Farrar

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. FLETCHER TABUTEAU to the Minister of Revenue: Is he satisfied with all legislation regarding tax on property sales to foreigners?
  2. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  3. Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister of Finance: What steps is the Government taking to support resilience and growth in the New Zealand economy?
  4. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Small Business: Does he agree with the statement made by Hon Bill English in the House yesterday regarding Fonterra’s policy of paying small businesses up to an additional 61 days late, that “these are freely transacting people doing business. Any party to the transaction is able to choose whether the terms are suitable for them, or not”?
  5. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Finance: Ka tū a ia i runga i te mana o tāna tauākī mō te ahu miraka kau, “is an industry that’s going to be under pressure”?
    • Translation: Does he stand by his statement that dairy “is an industry that’s going to be under pressure”?
  6. SIMON O’CONNOR to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm that rheumatic fever rates have dropped 45 percent since 2012?
  7. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Is she satisfied that students completing NCEA qualifications have the basic functional literacy and numeracy skills they will require for further study or employment?
  8. MARAMA FOX to the Minister of Health: Following the recent release of the rheumatic fever statistics, what steps is he taking to address the rate of rheumatic fever amongst whanau living in overcrowded housing conditions?
  9. SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister for the Environment: What new details of the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary have been announced and how will these help protect the 620,000 square kilometres of the Pacific Ocean covered by this initiative?
  10. Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development: On what date did he first become aware of payroll problems at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and what action did he take?
  11. Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Science and Innovation: How is the Government using science and research to help the development of children and young people?
  12. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister for the Environment: Has he received any advice that New Zealanders would prefer to wade rather than swim in our lakes and rivers?

National: Four questions on the economy, rheumatic fever, Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary and science and research

Labour: Four questions on PM standing by his statements, Fonterra, NCEA and MBIE payroll

Greens: Two questions on dairy and water

NZ First: One question on tax on property

Maori Party: One question on rheumatic fever

Budget Policy Statement 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm

A debate consisting of 12 speeches of up to 10 minutes each on the Finance and Expenditure Committee report on the 2016 Budget Policy Statement

Government Bills 5.00 pm to 6.00 pm and 7.30 pm to 10.00 pm

New Zealand Business Number Bill – second reading continued

This bill enables certain entities to obtain, or be allocated, a New Zealand Business Number and to be registered on a New Zealand Business Number Register

  • Introduced March 2015
  • 1st reading: May 2015, passed unanimously
  • SC report: September 2015, supported with amendments by the majority, Labour dissenting

The second reading debate has 12 speeches of up to 10 minutes, so a maximum debate of two hours. There are three speeches remaining.

Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill – second reading

This bill repeals the Māori Language Act 1987 and Part 4A of the Broadcasting Act 1989 to establish an independent entity, Te Mātāwai, to provide leadership on behalf of iwi and Māori regarding the health of the Māori language.

  • Introduced July 2014
  • 1st reading: July 2014, passed unanimously but Greens and NZ First against (forgot to call for a party vote)
  • SC report: February 2016, supported unanimously with amendments

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

Weathertight Homes Resolution Services Amendment Bill – third reading

The bill amends the Weathertight Home Resolution Services Act 2006 to remove any doubt about the validity of the criteria, deem certain claims determined as ineligible to be eligible, and to widen the definition of qualifying claimant.

  • Introduced: February 2015
  • 1st reading: March 2015, passed unanimously
  • Select Committee report: July 2015, supported unanimously with amendments
  • 2nd reading: September 2015, passed unanimously
  • Committee of the whole House: February 2016, passed unanimously with amendments

There is no time limit for the committee stage but it is estimated to be a three hour debate as the bill has two parts and preliminary provisions to debate. One part has been agreed to, so there are probably one to two hours remaining.

 

 

Parliament 8 March 2016

March 8th, 2016 at 12:03 pm by David Farrar

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. BRETT HUDSON to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received about progress in improving New Zealand’s external financial position – particularly in bringing down the longstanding current account deficit?
  2. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  3. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers?
  4. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises:Does he support Landcorp’s recent decision to significantly reduce its dairy footprint?
  5. BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm preliminary data from the National Patient Flow Project, which shows that 90 percent of patients referred by their GP to a hospital specialist between 1 July and 30 September 2015 were accepted for a First Specialist Assessment?
  6. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: When was he informed that the Ministry of Health request for a capital injection to fund the fit out of its new headquarters was not supported by Treasury, and “exposed a serious failure of financial management within the Ministry”?
  7. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  8. JAN LOGIE to the Prime Minister: Will he return the Minister for Women to Cabinet, to mark International Women’s Day?
  9. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Prime Minister that “when the primary sector sneezes, the New Zealand economy catches a cold”?
  10. PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister of Education: What reports has she received on NCEA level 2 results for 2015?
  11. STUART NASH to the Minister of Police: Does she have confidence in the Commissioner of Police?
  12. JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Trade: What opportunities do businesses and the wider public have to seek information on the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

National: Four questions on the current account deficit, hospitals, NCEA and TPP

Labour: Four questions on PM confidence in Ministers, Ministry of Health, primary sector and confidence in Police Commissioner

Greens: Two questions on Landcorp and International Women’s Day

NZ First: Two identical questions on PM standing by his statements

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

Appropriation (2014/15 Confirmation and Validation) Bill – second reading

This bill confirms and validates unappropriated expenses and capital expenditure incurred for the 2014/15 financial year.

  • Introduced: December 2015
  • 1st reading: March 2016

There is no debate on this second reading.

Employment Standards Legislation Bill – committee stage

This bill deals with zero hour contracts and extends paid parental leave.

  • Introduced: August 2015
  • 1st reading: September 2015, passed 107 to 14 with Greens opposed
  • SC report: February 2016, supported unanimously with amendments
  • 2nd reading: March 2016, passed 94 to 25 with Greens and NZ First opposed

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

There are three SOPs – one each from the Minister Michael Woodhouse, Denise Roche and Clayton Mitchell.

Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Bill – committee stage

The bill proposes amendments to the Building Act 2004 to improve the system for managing earthquake-prone buildings.

  • Introduced: December 2013
  • 1st reading: March 2014, passed 106 to 14 with Greens opposed
  • Select Committee report: September 2015, supported unanimously with amendments
  • 2nd reading: March 2016, passed 120 to 1 with ACT opposed

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

There is one SOP from the Minister Nick Smith.

Parliament 2 March 2016

March 2nd, 2016 at 11:58 am by David Farrar

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister for Building and Housing: Has the Minister received advice on how many children’s lives would be saved and how many child hospital admissions would be prevented by a rental housing warrant of fitness; if yes, what are those figures?
  2. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in his Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, given the Student Loan Scheme Annual Report 2015 forecasts student loan debt will hit $15.458 billion this year?
  3. MATT DOOCEY to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received showing the New Zealand economy is strengthening and exports are diversifying despite uncertainty in the global economic outlook?
  4. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Revenue: When was he first advised that employers owed $29.3 million in contributions to KiwiSaver accounts, and what action has he taken in response to this?
  5. FLETCHER TABUTEAU to the Associate Minister for Primary Industries: What is the Government doing to increase log processing in New Zealand to maximise wealth for the regions that produce them?
  6. MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What progress is being made to train more of the skilled graduates needed by New Zealand’s growing ICT industry?
  7. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister of Justice: Is she satisfied with all of the outcomes of her predecessor’s family law reforms?
  8. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Social Housing: What announcements has she made about increasing emergency housing places in Auckland?
  9. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister for the Environment: Does he agree with his Government’s reported comments that it is unrealistic for New Zealand’s rivers to be swimmable all the time, and does he think that represents an acceptable and aspirational vision for New Zealand’s waterways?
  10. DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: What has been the return on equity for Landcorp over the past three years?
  11. MEKA WHAITIRI to the Minister for Māori Development: Does he believe the recent consultation hui on Te Ture Whenua Māori Reform has given him a mandate for land reform; if so, why?
  12. IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Primary Industries: How will the Trans-Pacific Partnership support new and emerging primary industries?

National: Four questions on the economy, ICt industry, Aucklanfd housing and TPP

Labour: Four questions on student debt, KiwiSaver, family law reforms, and Te Ture Whenua Māori Reform

Greens: Two questions on rental properties and water

NZ First: One question on log precessing

ACT: One question on Landcorp

General Debate 3.00 pm to 4.00 pm

12 speeches of five minutes each for a maximum of one hour.

Private Bills 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm and 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm

Papawai and Kaikokirikiri Trusts Amendment Bill – first reading

This bill describes the relationship between Papawai and Kaikokirikiri Trusts Board, the Bishop of Te Upoko o Te Ika, and tangata whenua of Wairarapa and establishes a more robust nomination process of board members; provides a fairer distribution of funds for tangata whenua of Wairarapa; and facilitates the long-term development of lands. It is in the name of Wairarapa MP Alistair Scott.

  • Introduced: December 2015

Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind Act Repeal Bill

This bill will repeal the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind Act 2002, which is now spent. It is in the name of Nicky Wagner.

  • Introduced: December 2015

Members’ Bill 9.30 pm to 10.00 pm

 

Parliament 1 March 2016

March 1st, 2016 at 11:57 am by David Farrar

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Finance: How does the outlook for the New Zealand economy compare with other developed countries?
  2. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister for Building and Housing: Will the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill guarantee that no New Zealand renter will live in a cold, damp, mouldy house that makes them sick; if not, why not?
  3. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in his Minister of Health, given the Minister’s statement regarding funding of Keytruda that Pharmac “haven’t got the money at the moment…that’s the issue”?
  4. TODD MULLER to the Minister for Social Development: What recent announcements has she made on the whole of government Gang Action Plan?
  5. EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for the Environment: When he said last year that the Marine Reserves Act “is now outdated. It does not provide for protection in the huge Exclusive Economic Zone”, was he saying that a new Act should provide for new marine reserves in our EEZ; if so, why has his position changed?
  6. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his statements?
  7. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Transport: What recent progress has the Government made on the Waikato Expressway Road of National Significance?
  8. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: What was the dollar figure of net core Crown debt when he took office as Minister, and what is that dollar figure today?
  9. STUART SMITH to the Minister for the Environment: What progress is the Government making on improving management of fresh water, and particularly in addressing the problem of stock polluting rivers, lakes, and wetlands?
  10. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements; if so, why?
  11. MAUREEN PUGH to the Minister for Primary Industries: How will the Trans-Pacific Partnership support growth in our horticulture industry?
  12. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he stand by the statement reportedly made on his behalf two weeks ago that the Saudi sheep deal is Murray McCully’s and all questions should be directed at him?

National: Five questions on the economy, gangs, Waikato Expressway, water and TPP

Labour: Four questions on Pharmac, Health Minister standing by statements, Crown debt and Saudi farm

Greens: Two questions on rental properties and the EEZ

NZ First: One question on PM standing by his statements

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

Prime Minister’s Statement

There are four hours and 36 minutes remaining of the 13 hour debate. So 28 speeches to go.

Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Bill – second reading continued

The bill proposes amendments to the Building Act 2004 to improve the system for managing earthquake-prone buildings.

  • Introduced: December 2013
  • 1st reading: March 2014, passed 106 to 14 with Greens opposed
  • Select Committee report: September 2015, supported unanimously with amendments

The second reading consist of 12 speeches of up to 10 minutes each, for a maximum debate of two hours. There are three speeches remaining.

Radiation Safety Bill – third reading

The bill replaces the Radiation Protection Act 1965 to “provide an enhanced legislative framework for radiation safety that responds effectively to the range of technological, scientific, and organisational changes that have occurred over the last 5 decades” and also enables “ratification of key relevant international instruments.”

  • Introduced: December 2014
  • 1st reading: March 2015, passed unanimously
  • Select Committee report: August 2015, supported unanimously with amendments
  • 2nd reading: November 2015, passed unanimously
  • Committee of the whole House: February 2016, passed unanimously

The third reading consist of 12 speeches of up to 10 minutes each, for a maximum debate of two hours.

Parliament 18 February 2016

February 18th, 2016 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. RON MARK to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements on the flag referenda?
  2. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Will he make good on the promises he made on radio yesterday to the Canterbury District Health Board that “if they need more money for mental health this year, they need to just tell me exactly what they need, because the Government is listening”?
  3. ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister of Finance: What recent announcements has the Government made around its programme of Social Investment?
  4. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing:When the Prime Minister said first-home buyers in Auckland might have to consider an apartment in order to get on to the property ladder, did he mean that the Government supports the increased intensification now being considered by the Independent Hearings Panel?
  5. JONO NAYLOR to the Minister for Social Development: What reports has she received on the number of children living in benefit-dependent households?
  6. KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Health: What is the Government’s estimate of the likely extra cost faced by Pharmac for each of the TPP’s provisions relating to transparency processes, patent term extensions for pharmaceuticals, and data protection extension for biologics?
  7. RON MARK to the Minister of Immigration: Has he had cause for concern about the effects of the current Government’s immigration policy; if so, what are the concerns?
  8. PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister of Tourism: What reports has he received about the growth in number of tourist guest nights?
  9. Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister of Trade: Did his predecessor Hon Tim Groser ask MFAT officials negotiating the TPP agreement to preserve the right for a future New Zealand Government to ban the purchase of residential land by non-resident foreign speculators?
  10. SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister for Primary Industries: What recent reports has he received on growth in seafood exports?
  11. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: Does he have full confidence in the Tertiary Education Commission’s oversight of tertiary education funding?
  12. MARAMA DAVIDSON to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: When she said this week at the Pacific climate change conference that “Pacific voices are heard loud and clear at the negotiating table, and there are some things that we hold different views on”, what were the specific points of difference that she was referring to?

National: Four questions on social investment, benefit levels, tourism and seafood exports

Labour: Four questions on Canterbury DHB funding, house affordability, TPP and tertiary education

Greens: Two questions on TPP and climate change

NZ First: Two questions on flag referenda and immigration

Government Bills 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm

Home and Community Support (Payment for Travel Between Clients) Settlement Bill – third reading

This Bill implements a settlement between the Crown, District Health Boards, providers of home and community-based care and support services, and certain unions on behalf of home and community-based care and support employees.

  • Introduced September 2015
  • 1st reading: October 2015, passed unanimously
  • SC report: December 2015, supported with amendments without dissent
  • 2nd reading: February 2016, passed unanimously
  • Committee of the Whole: February 2016, passed unanimously

The third reading consist of 12 speeches of up to 10 minutes each, for a maximum debate of two hours.

Social Housing Reform (Transaction Mandate Bill) – third reading

This bill amends the Housing Corporation Act 1974 to provide designated Ministers with the authority to transfer Housing New Zealand Corporation properties.

  • Introduced July 2015
  • 1st reading: August 2015, passed 63 to 58 with Labour, Greens and NZ First opposed
  • SC report: December 2015, supported with amendments unanimously
  • 2nd reading: February 2016, passed 63 to 58 with Labour, Greens and NZ First opposed
  • Committee of the Whole, February 2016, passed 63 to 58 with Labour, Greens and NZ First opposed

The third reading consist of 12 speeches of up to 10 minutes each, for a maximum debate of two hours.

 

Parliament 16 February 2016

February 16th, 2016 at 1:25 pm by David Farrar

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Finance: How will Budget 2016 support further growth in jobs and wages, while maintaining the Government’s fiscal management?
  2. JAMES SHAW to the Minister of Finance: Has he read recent economic reports from ASB and Westpac and is he planning on doing anything differently as a result?
  3. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement regarding Labour’s fees-free post-school study policy that “the question will simply be that if it is completely free, will there be any control on the quality”?
  4. MAHESH BINDRA to the Minister of Corrections: Is she aware that a prisoner escaped from Middlemore Hospital in December 2015; if so, when was she made aware of the incident?
  5. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Communications: What recent announcements has she made on the progress of Ultra-Fast Broadband and Rural Broadband Initiatives?
  6. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his statement last week on Canterbury District Health Board that “I was down there in November announcing the extra $13 million, and that is more than ample to cover the $4 million that Canterbury said was necessary to cover mental health demands”?
  7. NUK KORAKO to the Minister for Building and Housing: What reports has he received on the issues of rock falls, liquefaction, and building performance arising from Sunday’s earthquake in Christchurch, and what implications do these have for the ongoing rebuild work for the city?
  8. RON MARK to the Minister of Police: Is she satisfied with Police numbers in New Zealand?
  9. KELVIN DAVIS to the Minister of Corrections: Why was the Law and Order Committee not told at the Corrections Estimates hearing last year about either the 2009 or 2014 investigations into organised prison violence at Mount Eden Corrections Facility?
  10. Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government’s policies?
  11. BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister for Primary Industries: What recent reports has he received on growth in beef exports to Taiwan?
  12. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Who will own the abattoir at the Al Khalaf Agri-hub in the Saudi Arabian desert and how much taxpayer money has been spent on it since further spending was suspended in August 2015?

National: Four questions on the Budget, broadband, Christchurch earthquake and beef exports.

Labour: Four questions on tertiary fees, Canterbury DHB, Mt Eden Prison and the Saudi farm

Greens: Two questions on the economy and standing by policies

NZ First: Two questions on Police numbers and a prison escape

Debate on PM’s Statement 3 pm to 6.00 pm and 7.30 pm to 10.00 pm

Of the 13 hour debate there are five hours 47 minutes remaining, or 35 speeches.

Government Bills

It is likely the Government will adjourn the PM’s Statement debate at some stage and progress some bills.

Social Housing Reform (Transaction Mandate Bill) – second reading continued

This bill amends the Housing Corporation Act 1974 to provide designated Ministers with the authority to transfer Housing New Zealand Corporation properties.

  • Introduced July 2015
  • 1st reading: August 2015, passed 63 to 58 with Labour, Greens and NZ First opposed
  • SC report: December 2015, supported with amendments unanimously

The second reading consist of 12 speeches of up to 10 minutes each, for a maximum debate of two hours. There are eight speeces remaining.

Home and Community Support (Payment for Travel Between Clients) Settlement Bill – committee stage

This Bill implements a settlement between the Crown, District Health Boards, providers of home and community-based care and support services, and certain unions on behalf of home and community-based care and support employees.

  • Introduced September 2015
  • 1st reading: October 2015, passed unanimously
  • SC report: December 2015, supported with amendments without dissent
  • 2nd reading: February 2016, passed unanimously

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

 

 

Parliament 11 February 2016

February 11th, 2016 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his statement that “we’ve slowed the growth of public spending” given growth in health spending has slowed from over 9 percent under Labour to just 2.6 percent over the last five years, and what impact has this had on district health boards?
  2. Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister of Finance: What is the outlook for the New Zealand economy, and how does this compare with other developed countries?
  3. MARAMA FOX to the Minister responsible for HNZC: What assurances can he give that the remediation work needed on the estimated 57,500 non-compliant houses, as identified in the2014 Trial of Rental Housing Warrant of Fitness Scheme report, will be carried out as a matter of priority?
  4. JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Transport: What announcements has the Government made recently on the East-West Connection roading project in Auckland?
  5. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: When the Prime Minister said in his Statement to Parliament this week that there is now a $17 billion shortfall from Budget 2015, leading to “slightly higher debt”, exactly how much higher net and gross debt is now forecast, and when will that debt peak?
  6. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Tourism: What reports has he seen about the number of tourists that visited New Zealand over the summer season?
  7. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Education: Does she agree with the findings of the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment Report that “the socio-economic status of students is probably the most important risk factor associated with low academic performance”?
  8. CLARE CURRAN to the Minister of Broadcasting: Is she satisfied there is no conflict of interest in recent appointments to the board of Radio New Zealand?
  9. MARK MITCHELL to the Minister for Economic Development: What recent announcements has he made about economic development in Northland?
  10. RINO TIRIKATENE to the Minister of Customs: Does she stand by all her answers to Oral Question No. 11 in the House yesterday?
  11. DENIS O’ROURKE to the Associate Minister of Transport: Is he satisfied with the rate and seriousness of accidents involving overseas drivers, in light of the work the Government is doing to target overseas drivers?
  12. STUART SMITH to the Minister for Primary Industries: What recent reports has he received on the growth in wine exports?

National: Five questions on the economy, Auckland roading, tourism, Northland and wine exports.

Labour: Four questions on health spending, government debt, Radio NZ Board, and Minister of Customs standing by her answers

Greens: One question on student achievement

NZ First: One question on overseas drivers

Maori Party: One question on Housing WOFs

Debate on PM’s Statement 3 pm to 6.00 pm

Of the 13 hour debate there are six hours 49 minutes remaining, or 41 speeches.

Government Bills

It is likely the Government will adjourn the PM’s Statement debate at some stage and progress some bills.

Home and Community Support (Payment for Travel Between Clients) Settlement Bill – first reading

This Bill implements a settlement between the Crown, District Health Boards, providers of home and community-based care and support services, and certain unions on behalf of home and community-based care and support employees.

  • Introduced September 2015
  • 1st reading: October 2015, passed unanimously
  • SC report: December 2015, supported unanimously with amendments

The first reading consist of 12 speeches of up to 10 minutes each, for a maximum debate of two hours.