The advantage of a parliamentary democracy

May 30th, 2016 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

Lowering the Bar writes:

As many of you know, one of my chief focuses as an academic is the separation of powers and that I hold a robust view of legislative authority under Article I. Indeed, I view the erosion of legislative authority in the United States to be one of the most dangerous trends in our country. That is why I noticed a story out of New Zealand where the Prime Minister John Key was actually tossed out of Parliament for not adhering to the rules of the body. It was an incredible moment at a time where executive powers are being consolidated around the world. For those who still believe in equal legislative power in a tripartite system, it was a rare contemporary assertion of independent authority.

Further:

That is an important function, because Question Time can be a raucous affair. I think Americans find it very entertaining (I know I do) because we are saddled with a Congress that now debates almost nothing—mostly reading stuff into the record in an empty chamber—and the only time the President addresses Congress directly is the semi-regal and incredibly dull State of the Union Address. I personally think presidents shouldhave to go over there every so often and answer questions hurled at them by the opposition, complete with the jeering by both sides that punctuates Question Time

Question Time is imperfect but it is an opportunity for a good Opposition to hold the Government and Prime Minister to account.

That seems much healthier to me than a system where the president only shows up once a year, and then parades in and reads a speech like some monarch addressing subjects from a balcony.

I agree.

Parliament 25 May 2016

May 25th, 2016 at 11:59 am by David Farrar

The order paper is here. (link available after 1 pm)

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he still stand by all his statements; if so, why?
  2. JOANNE HAYES to the Minister of Finance: What steps is the Government taking in Budget 2016 to deliver better public services – particularly for the most vulnerable New Zealanders?
  3. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statements with regard to housing that “we take responsibility; we need to do a better job of it”, and “we need to do more”?
  4. DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with all of this Government’s spending choices?
  5. Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister of Science and Innovation: What new investment is the Government making in health research?
  6. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What dollar increase in core Crown health expenditure is required to meet all demographic and inflationary cost pressures in 2016/17?
  7. SIMON O’CONNOR to the Minister of Health: What progress has been made towards achieving the Government’s national health targets?
  8. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Tū ai a ia i runga i te mana o āna korero katoa?
    • Translation: Does he stand by all his statements?
  9. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Why has he brought forward spending previously earmarked for Budget 2017 into Budget 2016?
  10. MELISSA LEE to the Minister for ACC: What initiatives are being delivered to reduce the number of people injured in New Zealand?
  11. JAMES SHAW to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Did she make a bid for Budget 2016 to cancel Government-held carbon credits to compensate for the past use of “dubious” credits, in order to meet New Zealand’s climate commitments?
  12. RINO TIRIKATENE to the Minister for Primary Industries: Was he aware in 2013 of the pervasive illegal dumping of fish from inshore trawlers, as documented in the MPI reports on Operation Achilles and Operation Hippocamp?

National: Four questions on Budget 2016, health research funding, health targets and ACC

Labour: Four questions on housing, health spending, spending and fishing

Greens: Two questions on PM standing by his statements and climate change

NZ First: One question Pm standing by his statements

ACT: One question on Government spending

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 and 7.30 pm to 10.00 pm

 

Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months’ Paid Leave and Work Contact Hours) Amendment Bill – second reading

This bill extends paid parental leave to 26 weeks. It is in the name of Labour MP Sue Moroney

  • Introduced: July 2015
  • 1st reading: September 2015, passed 61 to 60 with National and ACT against
  • SC report: April 2016, committee tied on the bill

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

Overseas Investment (Protection of New Zealand Homebuyers) Amendment Bill – first reading

This bill bans non-residents purchasing residential property. It is in the name of Labour MP Phil Twyford

  • Introduced: November 2015

The first reading consists of 11 speeches, being two ten minute speeches, eight five minute speeches and a five minute right of reply for a maximum of 65 minutes.

Oaths and Declarations (Endorsing the Principles of the Treaty of Waitangi) Amendment Bill – first reading

This bill will allow a person taking any oath to also state that they will perform their duties in accordance with the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. It is in the name of Maori Party MP Marama Fox.

  • Introduced: November 2015

The first reading consists of 11 speeches, being two ten minute speeches, eight five minute speeches and a five minute right of reply for a maximum of 65 minutes.

Social Security (Stopping Benefit Payments for Offenders who Repeatedly Fail to Comply with Community Sentences) Amendment Bill – first reading

This bill would give the Department of Corrections the power to issue warnings to persons who have not complied with community-based sentences, with the consequence of withholding benefit payments. It is in the name of National MP Mark Mitchell.

  • Introduced: November 2015

The first reading consists of 11 speeches, being two ten minute speeches, eight five minute speeches and a five minute right of reply for a maximum of 65 minutes.

Parliament 24 May 2016

May 24th, 2016 at 11:52 am by David Farrar

The order paper is here.

  1. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in his Minister for Building and Housing?
  2. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements; if so, why?
  3. TODD MULLER to the Minister of Finance: How will Budget 2016 build on the Government’s commitment to a more productive and competitive economy while delivering responsible fiscal management?
  4. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: What is his answer to Fran O’Sullivan’s question, “Was John Key’s brain fart on the tax front an involuntary exercise or was it calculated”?
  5. KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Conservation: Is she confident that the Department of Conservation can carry out its work considering the inflation-adjusted reduction in Vote Conservation allocation it has endured under her Government?
  6. JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister for Building and Housing:What steps has the Government taken to dismantle Auckland Urban Limits that were identified by the Productivity Commission report in 2012 as a key problem for the city’s housing supply and affordability?
  7. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing:Does he stand by his statement when asked about the housing crisis, that “the idea that suddenly happened in May 2016 is a figment of some people’s imagination”?
  8. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements; if so, how?
  9. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister of Transport: What recent progress has been made on construction of the Government’s Western Ring Route motorway in Auckland?
  10. STUART NASH to the Minister of Police: Does she believe the Police have sufficient funding to meet the expectations of the public?
  11. TODD BARCLAY to the Minister for Communications: What recent announcements has the Government made to improve New Zealand’s response to cyber security incidents?
  12. MARAMA FOX to the Minister for Social Development: In the revamp of CYFS, will she be strengthening the appeals process for the review of decisions that may prevent incidences such as the death of Moko Rangitoheriri; if so, how?

National: Four questions on Budget 2016, Auckland urban limits, Auckland motorways and cybersecurity

Labour: Four questions on confidence in Housing Minister, tax cuts, housing and Police

Greens: One question on conservation funding

NZ First: Two questions on PM standing by his statements

Maori Party: One question on child abuse

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

Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill – committee stage

This Bill amends the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 to require smoke alarms and insulation in residential rental properties.

  • Introduced: December 2015
  • 1st reading: December 2015, passed unanimously
  • Select Committee report: April 2016, supported with amendments, Greens dissenting
  • 2nd reading: May 2016, passed 107 to 14 with Greens 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 are two SOPs from the Minister and Metiria Turei. Dr Smith’s are minor amendments. Turei’s seeks to give tenants rightts to renew tenancies as of right, and for a minimum fixed term of three years. It also lists 30 things that must be provided for in all rental houses.

Taxation (Transformation: First Phase Simplification and Other Measures) Bill – committee stage 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
  • 2nd reading: April 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.

There are two SOPs from the Minister and Julie-Anne Genter. Michael Woodhouse’s are minor amendments. Genter’s seeks to set up a register of foreign trusts.

Human Rights Amendment Bill – committee stage

This bill establishes a full-time Disability Rights Commissioner within the Human Rights Commission, and make changes to the role and structure of the commission.

  • Introduced: October 2011
  • 1st reading: November 2013, passed 105 to 15 with Greens and Mana against
  • SC report: April 2014, supported with amendments by majority, Labour and Greens dissenting
  • 2nd reading: May 2015, passed 73 to 48 with Labour, Greens and Maori Party against

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 with minor amendments

Extending Sitting 9 am to 1 pm Wednesday

  • Hineuru Claims Settlement Bill 2nd reading
  • Ngāi Te Rangi and Ngā Pōtiki Claims Settlement Bill 1st reading
  • Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) Bill 1st reading

 

 

Parliament 11 May 2016

May 11th, 2016 at 1:05 pm by David Farrar

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the resilience of the New Zealand financial system?
  2. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statements in the House yesterday?
  3. JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  4. Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister for Building and Housing: What reports has he received on the number of properties bought and sold by those with tax residency overseas and how do they compare with previous reports?
  5. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Will his expectation stated in Budget 2015 that unemployment would drop below 5 percent in 2016 be met; if not, why not?
  6. RON MARK to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  7. MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Land Information: What did the data, released by Land Information New Zealand, in the Property Transfers and Tax Residency report indicate regarding the tax residency of those buying and selling property in New Zealand?
  8. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing:Does he stand by his statement in relation to data showing that 1,694 houses were sold into foreign ownership, excluding any bought via trusts or companies, that “the numbers are so small”?
  9. JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Revenue: Does he agree with the Prime Minister, who said the disclosure and reporting requirements for foreign trusts under IR607 were “extremely broad and deep”?
  10. DENIS O’ROURKE to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he stand by his statement concerning off-shore buyers pushing up Auckland house prices, “The easiest trick in the book is to create a scapegoat that it’s these foreigners that are a problem”?
  11. Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made that will increase support to students with special needs?
  12. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Why does she accept some responsibility as Minster of Education for Hon Bill English’s statement that a lot of Kiwis are “pretty damned hopeless” and “they can’t read and write properly”?

National: Four questions on the NZ financial system, foreign buyers of housing x 2 and special education

Labour: Four questions on PM standing by his statements, unemployment, foreign buyers of housing and education

Greens: Two questions on PM standing by his statements and foreign buyers of housing

NZ First: Two questions on PM standing by his statements and foreign buyers of housing

General Debate 3.00 pm to 3.00 pm

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

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

Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill – first reading

This bill restates and reforms the law relating to Māori land.

  • Introduced: April 2016

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

Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill – second reading

This Bill amends the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 to require smoke alarms and insulation in residential rental properties.

  • Introduced: December 2015
  • 1st reading: December 2015, passed unanimously
  • Select Committee report: April 2016, supported with amendments, Greens dissenting

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

Health (Protection) Amendment Bill – committee stage

This bill amends the Health Act 1956 to improve the tracing of people who may have an infectious disease, increase the range of infectious diseases that are notifiable. It also bans the provision of commercial artificial UV tanning services to people under 18 years of age

  • Introduced: July 2014
  • 1st reading: November 2014, passed unanimously
  • Select Committee report: May 2015, supported with amendments, Labour, Greens, NZ First dissenting
  • 2nd reading: May 2015, passed unanimously

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 are two SOPs – one from Annette King to ban sunbed operators entirely, not just from under age clients. Also one from the Minister with minor clarifications.

 

Parliament 10 May 2016

May 10th, 2016 at 11:44 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, “There’s actually quite legitimate business in New Zealand for servicing foreign trusts”?
  2. JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  3. ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on the state of the Crown accounts ahead of Budget 2016?
  4. RON MARK to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  5. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Social Housing: What support will Budget 2016 provide for people in need of emergency housing?
  6. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What is the total amount of efficiencies since 2011/12 made by the 20 district health boards and how much have they made for the February year to date?
  7. JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Revenue: Does he stand by his statement, “these are the facts: there is no tax avoidance or evasion in New Zealand in respect of foreign trusts … There is no wealth hidden in New Zealand with these foreign trusts”?
  8. MAUREEN PUGH to the Minister for Communications: What recent announcements has she made on progress of the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband programme?
  9. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement made in Budget 2015 that “the unemployment rate is expected to fall below 5% in 2016”?
  10. BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made on Communities of Learning?
  11. Dr MEGAN WOODS to the Minister responsible for the Earthquake Commission: Has EQC’s position that it will reinstate earthquake damage to a condition substantially the same as “when new” been applied to every home repaired in the Canterbury Home Repair Programme; if so, why does the EQC customer guide state that customers’ homes will be returned to a “pre-earthquake state”?
  12. MAHESH BINDRA to the Minister of Corrections: Does she have confidence in the Department of Corrections’ ability to keep both staff and prisoners safe?

National: Four questions on the surplus, emergency housing, broadband and education

Labour: Four questions on foreign trusts, health efficiencies, unemployment and EQC

Greens: Two questions on PM standing by his statements and foreign trusts

NZ First: Two questions on PM standing by his statements and corrections

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 – 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. There are three speeches remaining.

Social Security Legislation Rewrite Bill – first reading

This bill repeals and replaces the Social Security Act 1964 and the Social Welfare (Reciprocity Agreements, and New Zealand Artificial Limb Service) to enhance clarity, coherency, and consistency.

  • Introduced March 2016

The first 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.

New Zealand Public Health and Disability (Southern DHB) Elections Bill – committee stage

This bill exempts the Southern District Health Board from the 2016 triennial general election as it will be governed by a commissioner until the 2019 triennial general election.

  • Introduced: December 2015
  • 1st reading: December 2015, passed 95 to 26 with Greens and NZ First opposed
  • SC report: April 2016, supported without amendment and without dissent
  • 2nd reading: May 2016, passed 95 to 26 with Greens and NZ First opposed

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

 

Rates Rebate (Retirement Village Residents) Amendment Bill

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

Ruth Dysons’ Rates Rebate (Retirement Village Residents) Amendment Bill got drawn from the ballot.

The purpose is:

The rates rebate scheme was introduced in 1973 to allow ratepayers of residential properties who are on low incomes to receive a rebate on their rates. This was before the expansion of retirement villages and occupation right agreements (ORAs). Residents of retirement villages with ORAs pay rates but, in most circumstances, pay indirectly (i.e. to the retirement village owner) rather than directly to the local authority. Under the Rates Rebate Act 1973, these residents are not entitled to a rates rebate. It is this anomaly that this Bill addresses.

Some local authorities have changed their rating practice so that individual residents with ORAs are billed directly for their rates. In these instances, the residents are entitled to apply for a rates rebate. This amendment would ensure that, regardless of the billing practice of the local authority, residents are recognised as paying rates, and are therefore entitled to apply for a rates rebate.

Looks like a sensible bill, and at first glance can’t see any reason why all MPs shouldn’t support it.

Parliament 5 May 2016

May 5th, 2016 at 12:19 pm by David Farrar

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. RON MARK to the Minister for Land Information: Why is her Government planning to hike Overseas Investment Office application fees?
  2. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister of Finance: What steps has the Government taken to deliver Better Public Services to support New Zealand families?
  3. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Will core Crown health expenditure in 2016/17 meet all health demographic and inflationary cost pressures; if not, why not?
  4. JAMES SHAW to the Minister of Revenue: How many times did the Minister meet with representatives from the foreign trust industry between 27 November 2014 and 14 May 2015, and what other stakeholders did he meet with during that time period to discuss foreign trusts?
  5. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister responsible for HNZC: Does he have confidence in Housing New Zealand’s handling of procurement and conflict of interest issues in light of the Auditor-General’s report into the contracting of Andrew Body Ltd to advise on the sale of state housing?
  6. JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister for Building and Housing:What does the latest data show about the growth in residential construction in Auckland?
  7. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she agree with Hon Bill English that a lot of Kiwis are “pretty damned hopeless” and “they can’t read and write properly”; if so, does she accept any responsibility as Minister of Education?
  8. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Will he, or a Cabinet Minister on his behalf, meet with senior church leader and human rights defender Reverend Socratez Yoman from West Papua next week at Parliament when he visits; if not, why not?
  9. MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Immigration: What recent announcements has he made to help attract entrepreneurs to New Zealand?
  10. RON MARK to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  11. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage: What announcements has she made on funding for regional cultural facilities?
  12. JENNY SALESA to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: Is he confident in his oversight of the tertiary education sector, given that over the next five years there is estimated to be a 58 percent shortfall in the number of plumbers required in Auckland alone?

National: Four questions on better public services, Auckland housing, immigration and Arts & Culture

Labour: Four questions on health spending, Housing NZ, education x 2

Greens: Two questions on foreign trusts and West Papua

NZ First: Two questions on the OIO and PM standing by is statements

Government Bills 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm

New Zealand Public Health and Disability (Southern DHB) Elections Bill – first reading

This bill exempts the Southern District Health Board from the 2016 triennial general election as it will be governed by a commissioner until the 2019 triennial general election.

  • Introduced: December 2015
  • 1st reading: December 2015, passed 95 to 26 with Greens and NZ First opposed
  • SC report: April 2016, supported without amendment and without dissent

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

Environment Canterbury (Transitional Governance Arrangements) Bill – third 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
  • 2nd reading: March 2016, passed 62 to 59 with Labour, Greens, NZ First and United Future against
  • Committee of the whole House: passed 63 to 58 with Labour, Greens and NZ First opposed

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

 

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.