Parliament 31 March 2016

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