Parliament 16 June 2015

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

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

National: Four questions on economic growth, innovation in Canterbury, Auckland housing and roading

Labour: Four questions on cold houses, Minister of Building and Housing confidence, Te Kohanga Reo, and the Saudi Arabia farm.

Greens: Two questions on cold housing and climate change

NZ First: Two questions on the Saudi Arabia farm and Iwi claims over Auckland housing

Government Bills 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm

Appropriation (2014/15 Supplementary Estimates) Bill – first reading

This bill seeks parliamentary authorisation of the individual appropriations and changes contained in The Supplementary Estimates of Appropriations for the Government of New Zealand for the year ending 30 June 2015

The first reading is not debated.

Tariff (Free Trade Agreement between New Zealand and the Republic of Korea) Amendment Bill – first reading

The bill is to amends the Tariff Act 1988 to enable the implementation of the Free Trade Agreement between New Zealand and the Republic of Korea done at Seoul, Korea.

  • Introduced – June 2015

The debate is 12 speeches of up to 10 minutes for a maximum of two hours.

Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) (Transitional Provisions) Amendment Bill – second reading continued

The bill amends the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act 2012 (the EEZ Act) to overcome unintended effects of Section 162 of by allowing existing petroleum operators who have applied for a marine consent to continue their operations until the application is decided and any subsequent objections or appeals are determined.

  • Introduced: February 2015
  • 1st reading: February 2015, passed 106-13 with Greens against
  • SC report: May 2015, supported without dissent with amendments

The debate has speeches of up to 10 minutes for a maximum of 70 minutes

Social Assistance (Portability to Cook Islands, Niue, and Tokelau) Bill – committee stage

This bill allows eligible persons who reside in the Cook Islands, Niue, or Tokelau to be able to apply from either of those countries or from that territory for New Zealand superannuation or a veteran’s pension.

  • Introduced: July 2014
  • 1st reading: November 2014, passed unanimously
  • Select committee report: March 2015, supported unanimously by the Social Services Committee, but with minority reports from Labour and NZ First calling for more generous eligibility
  • 2nd reading: May 2015, passed unanimously

There is no time limit for the committee stage. As it is a simple bill with broad support it should not take much time. There is one SOP from Winston Peters.

Environmental Reporting Bill – committee stage

The bill provides for independent environmental reports in the areas of air, climate and atmosphere, freshwater, marine and land.

  • Introduced February 2014
  • 1st reading: March 2014, passed 78 to 41 with Labour and NZ First opposed
  • Select Committee report: March 2015, supported with amendments by the majority, minority views by Labour and Greens
  • 2nd reading: May 2015, passed 61 to 60 with Labour, Greens, NZ First and Maori Party opposed

There is no time limit for the committee stage. It has two parts so is likely to last for at least two hours.  There is one SOP from Eugenie Sage.


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