Parliament 9 March 2016

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

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

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

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

Greens: Two questions on dairy and water

NZ First: One question on tax on property

Maori Party: One question on rheumatic fever

Budget Policy Statement 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm

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

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

New Zealand Business Number Bill – second reading continued

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

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

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

Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill – second reading

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

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

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

Weathertight Homes Resolution Services Amendment Bill – third reading

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

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

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



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