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English, Political, 1 season, 93 episodes, 3 days, 11 hours, 17 minutes
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New Zealand Parliament - live streaming audio from Parliament (during sitting times) and listen-again audio from Question Time. Go to the footer of this page to find the link and frequencies to listen live. When Parliament is not sitting, this frequency carries the Southern Star programme from the Radio Rhema Broadcast Group. To discover when Parliament is and is not sitting, visit the Parliamentary website (www.parliament.nz/en/watch-parliament/).
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Oral Questions for Thursday 27 June 2024

Questions to Ministers Hon WILLOW-JEAN PRIME to the Minister for Children: Does she stand by all her statements and actions? HANA-RAWHITI MAIPI-CLARKE to the Minister of Justice: Does he stand by his statements and actions? TIM van de MOLEN to the Minister of Finance: What changes come into effect on 1 July? Hon Dr DEBORAH RUSSELL to the Minister of Revenue: Is he confident that all wage and salary earners will receive the full tax benefits, as outlined in Budget 2024 and the Tax at a Glance leaflet, on their first pay day on or after 31 July 2024; if not, why not? RICARDO MENÉNDEZ MARCH to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she support disabled people being paid as low as $2 per hour due to minimum wage exemptions; if not, why did she discontinue the wage supplement that would replace exemptions while protecting existing jobs? JOSEPH MOONEY to the Minister of Transport: What announcements has he made about land transport investment in New Zealand? Hon GINNY ANDERSEN to the Minister for the Prevention of Family and Sexual Violence: Does she stand by her statement regarding the development of a family violence reduction target, "I didn't feel it was appropriate to have a target in this space"; if so, is the reason she did not feel it was appropriate because justice sector Ministers were advised that family violence victimisations are unlikely to change over a 3- to 6-month period? SUZE REDMAYNE to the Minister of Agriculture: What actions has the Government taken to support the primary sector? LAN PHAM to the Minister of Conservation: Does he agree that every Government, no matter their politics, has a duty of care on behalf of all New Zealanders in the conservation of Te Taiao? Hon PEENI HENARE to the Minister for Maori Development: What reports, if any, has he seen regarding his support for cuts to Matariki funding by 45 percent in Budget '24? MIKE BUTTERICK to the Minister for Building and Construction: What announcements has the Government made about building and construction? Hon PRIYANCA RADHAKRISHNAN to the Minister of Conservation: Does he stand by all his statements made at the Estimates hearing of the Environment Committee on 18 June?
6/27/202453 minutes, 12 seconds
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Oral Questions for Wednesday 26 June 2024

Questions to Ministers Hon MARAMA DAVIDSON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his Government's statements and actions? RYAN HAMILTON to the Minister of Finance: What was the final operating allowance in Budget 2024? Rt Hon CHRIS HIPKINS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's statements and actions? Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Associate Minister of Justice: How will the Sentencing (Reinstating Three Strikes) Amendment Bill ensure consequences for repeat serious violent and sexual offenders while delivering justice for victims? ANDY FOSTER to the Minister for Regional Development: What announcements has he made about investing in regional economic growth? Hon Dr MEGAN WOODS to the Minister of Finance: Does she stand by her statement that her Budget will have "less verbiage, fewer pretty pictures, and a lot more substance"; if not, why not? DAN BIDOIS to the Minister of Justice: What recent announcements has the Government made about law and order? Hon MARAMA DAVIDSON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his Government's statements and actions? TANGI UTIKERE to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: Does he stand by his answers to oral question No. 10 yesterday that the KiwiRail iReX contract with Hyundai has been "repudiated and ongoing discussions are continuing around the exit cost of that"; if so, was that repudiation a unilateral decision by KiwiRail or agreed by all parties? KATIE NIMON to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What recent changes, if any, has the Government made to contribute to the target to have 50,000 fewer people on the jobseeker benefit by 2030? CAMILLA BELICH to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Will she take steps to progress work on addressing modern slavery and exploitation in New Zealand's supply chain; if so, when? TIM COSTLEY to the Minister for Building and Construction: What announcements has the Government made about making it easier to build granny flats?
6/26/202450 minutes, 8 seconds
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Oral Questions for 25 June 2024

Questions to Ministers SAM UFFINDELL to the Minister of Finance: What recent announcements has she made about personal income tax? Rt Hon CHRIS HIPKINS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's statements and actions? DEBBIE NGAREWA-PACKER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his Government's statements and actions? Dr HAMISH CAMPBELL to the Minister of Health: What recent announcements has the Government made about increasing access to medicines? Hon Dr MEGAN WOODS to the Minister of Finance: Does she stand by her statement that "I can swear, better times are ahead"; if so, how many additional people will be unemployed in 2025 according to her Budget? LAURA TRASK to the Associate Minister of Health: What announcements has he made about delivering more medicines to New Zealanders? CHLÖE SWARBRICK to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his Government's statements and actions? Hon CARMEL SEPULONI to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she stand by all her statements made at the Estimates hearing of the Social Services and Community Committee on 19 June? Dr VANESSA WEENINK to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made about specialist schools in New Zealand? TANGI UTIKERE to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: Can he guarantee that the Government's replacement ferries for the Cook Strait will be cheaper than those to be delivered in the cancelled iReX project; if not, why not? TAMATHA PAUL to the Minister for Children: Does she agree with the Chief Children's Commissioner, who said on the creation of the Young Serious Offender category and military-style bootcamps that she wants "to see an approach that helps to rehabilitate these young people and help them on to a better pathway, rather than labelling them"; if not, is she taking an approach that will have "unnecessarily punitive impacts" on young people? TOM RUTHERFORD to the Minister of Police: What recent announcements has Police made about deployments in our city centres?
6/25/20241 hour, 6 minutes, 29 seconds
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Oral Questions for Wednesday 29 May 2024

Questions to Ministers Rt Hon CHRIS HIPKINS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's statements and actions? CHLÖE SWARBRICK to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his Government's statements and actions? NANCY LU to the Minister of Finance: What impending announcements is she planning on the Budget? Hon BARBARA EDMONDS to the Minister of Finance: Will her Budget be a success if families do not get the $250 per fortnight as outlined in the fiscal plan and if it causes inflation to stay higher for longer? GREG FLEMING to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made on improving education outcomes for New Zealand children? Hon KIERAN McANULTY to the Minister of Housing: On what date, if any, did he seek Cabinet committee approval for the structure and makeup of the review into Kainga Ora? JAMES MEAGER to the Minister of Justice: What recent statistics has he seen on victims of crime? Hon WILLIE JACKSON to the Minister for Maori Development: Does he stand by his statement that the Treaty "is fundamental to our nation"? TANYA UNKOVICH to the Minister for Resources: What announcements has he made on doubling the value of New Zealand's mineral exports by 2035? MIKE BUTTERICK to the Minister of Police: What commentary has he seen on Police's announcement of the National Gang Unit? GLEN BENNETT to the Minister for Economic Development: Does she agree with the Auditor-General that public sector organisations must have "clear policy, guidance, and procedures to manage the risks to procurement processes that can arise from actual, potential, and perceived conflicts of interest"?
5/29/202459 minutes, 58 seconds
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Oral Questions for 28 May 2024

Questions to Ministers DEBBIE NGAREWA-PACKER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's statements and actions? STUART SMITH to the Minister of Finance: What recent announcements has she made about the Budget? Rt Hon CHRIS HIPKINS to the Prime Minister: Does he agree with the then Leader of the Opposition, Christopher Luxon, who stated on 19 September 2023, regarding the National Party's proposed tax cuts, that "for an average household income family with young kids, that would mean $250 a fortnight"? CHLÖE SWARBRICK to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his Government's statements and actions? RIMA NAKHLE to the Minister of Housing: What announcements has he made regarding social housing places? Hon BARBARA EDMONDS to the Minister of Finance: Does she stand by her statement, "These savings and revenue initiatives are the same as those in the National Party's tax plan, with some adjustment to reflect coalition agreements"? LAURA TRASK to the Associate Minister of Education: What progress has he made in making student attendance data more available? Hon KIERAN McANULTY to the Minister of Housing: Does he stand by his statement that the review into Kainga Ora was "thorough"? Hon MARAMA DAVIDSON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his Government's statements and actions? CARL BATES to the Minister of Education: What recent pre-Budget education announcements has she made? Hon JAN TINETTI to the Minister of Education: How many, if any, teachers will lose their jobs due to cuts to Reading Recovery? Dr CARLOS CHEUNG to the Minister for Mental Health: What comments has he seen regarding his recent announcement about Gumboot Friday?
5/28/202454 minutes, 4 seconds
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Oral Questions for Thursday 23 May 2024

Questions to Ministers TANYA UNKOVICH to the Prime Minister: What update can he provide on the coalition Government's commitment to Gumboot Friday? HON CARMEL SEPULONI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's statements and actions? RICARDO MENÉNDEZ MARCH to the Associate Minister of Immigration: Is she committed to ensuring that disabled asylum seekers and refugees face no barriers to obtaining residency on the basis of their disability; if so, why are their residency applications tested against the "acceptable standards of health" requirements? GRANT MCCALLUM to the Minister of Transport: What recent announcements has he made on roadside drug testing? HON BARBARA EDMONDS to the Minister of Finance: Does she stand by her statement that "our tax cuts will reduce inflationary pressures"? SUZE REDMAYNE to the Minister of Agriculture: What actions has the Government taken to reduce regulatory burden on the primary sector? HON KIERAN MCANULTY to the Minister of Housing: Does he stand by his statement that "The Government has made a deliberate choice to reprioritise low value expenditure to more important policy priorities"; if so, does he consider the provision of transitional housing places "low value expenditure"? JAMIE ARBUCKLE to the Associate Minister for Regional Development: What update can he provide from his recent trip to the South Island? CAMERON BREWER to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: What steps has the Government taken to encourage greater competition through the introduction of the Customer and Product Data Bill? HON PRIYANCA RADHAKRISHNAN to the Minister for Disability Issues: Why have disability support funding criteria changed recently to now exclude the use of funding during school hours, and does she accept that many disabled people and children rely on flexible funding to be able to access critical support? MARIAMENO KAPA-KINGI to the Minister of Local Government: What is his response to the Waitangi Tribunal's finding regarding his bill to reinstate binding polls on Maori wards that "the Crown has breached the Treaty principle of partnership by prioritising coalition agreement commitments and completely failing to consult with its Treaty partner or any other stakeholders"? CELIA WADE-BROWN to the Minister of Local Government: Is he concerned that over 50 of the country's mayors and regional council chairpeople have signed an open letter opposing mandatory referendums for Maori wards; if so, why is he introducing legislation that directly overrides local government?
5/23/202453 minutes, 26 seconds
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Oral Questions for 22 May 2024

Questions to Ministers RT HON CHRIS HIPKINS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's statements and actions? HON MARAMA DAVIDSON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his Government's statements and actions? TIM VAN DE MOLEN to the Minister of Finance: What does the operating balance excluding gains and losses (OBEGAL) measure? HON BARBARA EDMONDS to the Minister of Finance: Does she stand by her answers to oral questions on Tuesday, 21 May? PAULO GARCIA to the Minister of Housing: What announcements has he made regarding social housing? HON KIERAN MCANULTY to the Minister of Housing: Is it correct, as reported yesterday on Newshub, that the Government intends to scrap grants to first-home buyers? MARIAMENO KAPA-KINGI to the Minister for Children: Does she stand by all her statements and actions in relation to the Oranga Tamariki (Repeal of Section 7AA) Amendment Bill? HON NICOLE MCKEE to the Minister for Children: What reports, if any, has she seen on section 7AA of the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989? HON GINNY ANDERSEN to the Minister for the Prevention of Family and Sexual Violence: Does she agree with the omission of a reduction in family violence from the Prime Minister's Public Service targets? TAMATHA PAUL to the Minister of Housing: Does he believe everyone in New Zealand should have a secure home; if so, how does he reconcile this with his Government's intention to make it easier to evict people from their homes? CATHERINE WEDD to the Associate Minister of Transport: What recent announcements has he made regarding lifeguards and Coastguard? HON WILLOW-JEAN PRIME to the Minister for Children: Does she stand by her expectation of Oranga Tamariki "that the best interests of our young people are at the forefront of all their decision making"?
5/22/202456 minutes, 7 seconds
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Oral Questions for 21 May 2024

Questions to Ministers CHLÖE SWARBRICK to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's statements and actions? MILES ANDERSON to the Minister of Finance: What announcements has she made about the operating allowance for Budget 2024? RT HON CHRIS HIPKINS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's statements and actions? KATIE NIMON to the Minister of Housing: What announcements has he made regarding the independent review into Kainga Ora? HON BARBARA EDMONDS to the Minister of Finance: What reports, if any, has she seen to confirm that the economic conditions are right for delivering tax cuts, and will she commit to them applying from 1 July 2024? KAHURANGI CARTER to the Minister for Children: Does she agree with reports that the repeal of section 7AA of the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989 could cripple trust built up with Maori communities and put vulnerable children at greater risk? TIM COSTLEY to the Minister of Transport: What recent announcements has he made on roads of regional significance? HON DR MEGAN WOODS to the Minister responsible for RMA Reform: Does he agree with the Prime Minister's statement on 8 May referring to West Wind that "Well, what I am very well aware of is it took eight years to consent a simple wind farm not very far from this place here in Wellington"? JOSEPH MOONEY to the Minister of Police: What recent announcements has Police made about the policing of gangs? HON WILLOW-JEAN PRIME to the Minister for Children: Does she stand by the decision to repeal section 7AA of the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989? LAURA TRASK to the Associate Minister of Education (Partnership Schools): What recent announcements has he made about lifting educational outcomes? RAWIRI WAITITI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his Government's statements and actions?
5/21/20241 hour, 2 minutes, 57 seconds
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Oral Questions for Thursday 9 May 2024

Questions to Ministers RYAN HAMILTON to the Minister of Finance: What recent announcements has she made? Hon CARMEL SEPULONI to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What feedback, if any, have social service providers given her on their ability to meet current hardship demands in their communities? Dr CARLOS CHEUNG to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What recent announcements, if any, has she made about earlier interventions for those on the jobseeker support benefit? Hon BARBARA EDMONDS to the Minister of Finance: Does she stand by all her statements and actions in relation to Budget 2024? LAN PHAM to the Minister responsible for RMA Reform: Does he agree with the Prime Minister's statement that this is "a Government that believes in localism and devolution"; if so, why is the fast-track consenting process concentrating so much power in three Ministers? Hon Dr MEGAN WOODS to the Minister for Energy: Does he stand by his statement in relation to fossil gas that "the reality in terms of storage is we don't have significant storage in New Zealand"? TANYA UNKOVICH to the Associate Minister of Health: What recent announcements has she made regarding the repeal of the Therapeutic Products Act 2023? DANA KIRKPATRICK to the Minister for Trade: What actions has the Government taken to support New Zealand trade? Hon Dr DEBORAH RUSSELL to the Minister for Tertiary Education and Skills: Does she stand by all of her answers to oral question No. 5 on Wednesday, 8 May; if so, why? SAM UFFINDELL to the Minister of Local Government: What announcements has he made on restoring democracy in Tauranga? SCOTT WILLIS to the Minister of Climate Change: How exactly does the Government plan to meet its pledge at the COP28 Climate Change Conference to triple renewable energy generation and double energy efficiency by 2030? RACHEL BOYACK to the Minister of Health: Why has Te Whatu Ora signalled a scaled-back project for the Nelson Hospital rebuild?
5/9/202451 minutes, 24 seconds
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Oral Questions for Wednesday 8 May 2024

Questions to Ministers Rt Hon CHRIS HIPKINS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's statements and actions? Hon MARAMA DAVIDSON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's statements and actions? Hon BARBARA EDMONDS to the Minister of Finance: Does she stand by her statement, "We have gone line by line through our savings program to ensure that we have cut the chaff but not wheat"? NANCY LU to the Minister of Finance: What are the Government's fiscal intentions and objectives? Hon Dr DEBORAH RUSSELL to the Minister for Tertiary Education and Skills: Does she stand by all her answers to oral question No. 8 on Thursday, 2 May 2024? SAM UFFINDELL to the Minister of Education: What recent reports by the OECD and the Education Review Office has she seen on the New Zealand education sector? INGRID LEARY to the Minister for Mental Health: Does he stand by his statement that the full-time equivalent roles of the Suicide Prevention Office will increase by one full-time equivalent role to 6.5 roles; if not, why not? RIMA NAKHLE to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What proposals has she announced regarding the oversight of the Oranga Tamariki system? TEANAU TUIONO to the Minister for Oceans and Fisheries: What strategies, if any, are being implemented to protect marine wildlife from harmful fishing practices? Hon Dr DUNCAN WEBB to the Minister of Justice: Does he agree with Paul Goldsmith that "One of the pillars of democracy is that every adult has an equal say in who governs them, and through that vote, an equal say in important government decisions affecting their lives", and is he committed to an electoral system in which the franchise is as accessible and broad-based as possible? MARIAMENO KAPA-KINGI to the Minister of Health: When he committed to providing "timely access to quality healthcare for all New Zealanders", did he consider the implications of this generalisation for Maori women, who suffer disproportionate rates of maternal and infant inequities compared to non-Maori women? DAVID MacLEOD to the Minister of Corrections: What reports has he seen about his recent announcement of a $1.9 billion investment in Corrections?
5/8/202452 minutes, 32 seconds
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Oral Questions for 7 May 2024

Questions to Ministers MARK CAMERON to the Associate Minister for the Environment: What announcements has he made recently regarding reducing the regulatory burden on primary industries? RT HON CHRIS HIPKINS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's statements and actions? SUZE REDMAYNE to the Minister of Finance: Has she seen any recent reports on the economy? HON MARAMA DAVIDSON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's statements and actions? DAN BIDOIS to the Minister of Local Government: What recent announcements has he made about a financially sustainable model for water in Auckland? HON BARBARA EDMONDS to the Minister of Finance: Does she stand by her statement that "tax reductions will be funded by reprioritisations, savings, and new revenue measures", and is she committed to delivering meaningful tax cuts as outlined in the National-ACT and National-New Zealand First coalition agreements? GRANT MCCALLUM to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made about improving the way New Zealand children learn to read? DEBBIE NGAREWA-PACKER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his Government's statements and actions? HON GINNY ANDERSEN to the Minister of Police: Does he stand by all of his statements and actions? CHLÖE SWARBRICK to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's statements and actions? JAMES MEAGER to the Minister of Corrections: What recent announcements has he made about investment in Corrections? DR TRACEY MCLELLAN to the Minister of Corrections: Does he agree with the Prime Minister that corrections funding announced yesterday was all operating allowance and not capital funding; if so, does he stand by all of his own statements yesterday?
5/7/202457 minutes, 39 seconds
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Oral Questions for Thursday 2 May 2024

Questions to Ministers CATHERINE WEDD to the Minister of Finance: Has she seen any recent reports on fiscal policy? RICARDO MENÉNDEZ MARCH to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she agree with the Minister of Finance's statement that "Risking higher inflation in the pursuit of unsustainably high employment, just creates the conditions for a more severe hike in interest rates later on to bring inflation back under control"; if so, what does she consider to be "unsustainably high employment"? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Does he stand by his criticisms of the critics of AUKUS, including his statement about Hon Bob Carr that "he is nothing more than a Chinese puppet"? Dr HAMISH CAMPBELL to the Minister of Health: What recent announcements has the Government made regarding fetal alcohol spectrum disorder? Hon WILLOW-JEAN PRIME to the Minister for Children: Does she stand by her statement that "Oranga Tamariki needs to get back to its core focus, which is care and protection of our young people"? CAMERON LUXTON to the Associate Minister of Justice (Firearms): What firearms safety message, if any, does she have for New Zealanders taking part in the opening weekend of duck-shooting season? GREG FLEMING to the Minister for Building and Construction: What announcements has the Government made around streamlining building consent changes? Hon Dr DEBORAH RUSSELL to the Minister for Tertiary Education and Skills: What actions, if any, has she taken to disestablish Te Pukenga? HANA-RAWHITI MAIPI-CLARKE to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What, if anything, is she doing to address Maori unemployment which has increased by 1.4 percent to 8.2 percent in the last quarter, at a rate that is nearly five times worse than the national average? ANDY FOSTER to the Minister for Resources: What reports has he seen on New Zealand's resources sector? Hon RACHEL BROOKING to the Minister for the Environment: How is she ensuring that environmental decisions are being considered across Government? Dr LAWRENCE XU-NAN to the Minister of Education: What advice, if any, has she had on the impact of Ministry of Education job cuts on Maori and Pasifika students?
5/2/202456 minutes, 30 seconds
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Oral Questions for Wednesday 1 May 2024

Questions to Ministers Rt Hon CHRIS HIPKINS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's statements and actions? TAKUTA FERRIS to the Associate Minister of Justice (Firearms): What evidence, if any, does she have that reintroducing three-strikes legislation will reduce crime in Aotearoa? DANA KIRKPATRICK to the Minister of Finance: What challenges has she faced in putting together this year's Budget? Hon BARBARA EDMONDS to the Minister of Finance: Does she stand by her commitment to deliver meaningful tax cuts for New Zealanders; if so, will she guarantee that every New Zealander will be better off under her Budget? Hon MARAMA DAVIDSON to the Minister responsible for RMA Reform: Does he agree with the Prime Minister that "No projects have been selected yet for the fast-track process"; if so, will he commit to providing an opportunity for public scrutiny of the projects when they are selected for Part A of Schedule 2 of the Fast-track Approvals Bill? MIKE BUTTERICK to the Minister responsible for RMA Reform: What announcements has he made regarding reforms to the Resource Management Act 1991? Hon WILLIE JACKSON to the Minister for Maori Development: Does he stand by his statement, "I do think people are feeling vulnerable. And that, for me, is a message that I must be a strong advocate and contributor to Maori success"; if so, does he think cutting jobs at Te Puni Kokiri is a "contributor to Maori success"? CARL BATES to the Minister of Education: What announcements has she recently made on priorities for education? Hon GINNY ANDERSEN to the Minister of Police: What advice, if any, has he received on the safety of frontline police officers? TAMATHA PAUL to the Minister for Children: Does she agree with official advice that military-style boot camps are "likely to be detrimental to young people with a history of abuse"; if not, why not? Dr VANESSA WEENINK to the Minister for Building and Construction: What announcements has the Government made in building and construction? GLEN BENNETT to the Minister for Economic Development: Does she agree with her statement, "I think we need to get on with the job of delivering for New Zealand"; if so, what actions has she taken to deliver for New Zealanders?
5/1/20241 hour, 3 minutes, 32 seconds
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Oral Questions for 30 April 2024

Questions to Ministers HON MARAMA DAVIDSON to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in the statements and actions of all his Ministers? STUART SMITH to the Minister of Finance: Has she seen any recent reports on tax? RT HON CHRIS HIPKINS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's statements and actions? DEBBIE NGAREWA-PACKER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's policies and actions? KATIE NIMON to the Minister of Education: What reports has she seen about the "away for the day" cellphone policy? HON BARBARA EDMONDS to the Minister of Finance: Does she stand by her statement, "We will be both sustaining front-line services and, in the cases of the areas that I outlined in my opening remarks, increasing funding for those services"? CHLÖE SWARBRICK to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his Government's statements and actions? HON DR AYESHA VERRALL to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his statement that "We stand by our commitments, that we won't be reducing the front line, that we will continue to deliver services as effectively as we can, and that the cuts that we're talking about are mostly back-office cuts"? PAULO GARCIA to the Minister for Disability Issues: What recent announcements has she made? TODD STEPHENSON to the Associate Minister of Health (Pharmac): What recent announcements has he made about improving Kiwis' access to medicines? HON WILLOW-JEAN PRIME to the Minister for Children: Does she stand by all her statements and actions? CAMERON BREWER to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: What recent announcements has he made regarding regulations in the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act 2003?
4/30/202458 minutes, 16 seconds
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Oral Questions for Thursday 11 April 2024

Questions to Ministers NANCY LU to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has she seen about the economy? Hon BARBARA EDMONDS to the Minister of Finance: Can she confirm that she told the Finance and Expenditure Committee this morning that the Government would be borrowing more in the future, and how much is the Government intending to borrow? TANYA UNKOVICH to the Associate Minister of Agriculture: What recent announcements has he made? LAN PHAM to the Minister for the Environment: Does she agree with advice from officials in the Our Land 2024 report that "An extractive approach to land reduces nature's ability to sustain itself and provide for us, putting our economy and livelihoods, food system resilience, natural ecosystems, and quality of life at risk"; if not, why not? Hon CARMEL SEPULONI to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What advice has she received from MSD officials that informed the Government's target of reducing the number of people on the jobseeker support benefit by 50,000 by 2030? JOSEPH MOONEY to the Minister of Housing: What recent announcements has he made on steps to improve the rental market? Hon WILLIE JACKSON to the Minister for Media and Communications: Does she stand by her statement, "Media plays a very, very important role in our democracy"; if not, why not? Dr LAWRENCE XU-NAN to the Associate Minister of Education (Partnership Schools): Does he agree with the Public Health Communication Centre Aotearoa report on Ka Ora, Ka Ako that "the evidence is clear: Ka Ora, Ka Ako alleviates hunger and less hunger improves school achievement"; if not, why not? TIM COSTLEY to the Minister of Transport: What recent announcements has he made on speed limits in Kapiti? Hon Dr DUNCAN WEBB to the Associate Minister of Justice (Firearms): Does she stand by all of her statements and actions in respect of firearms reform? TOM RUTHERFORD to the Associate Minister of Housing (Social Housing): What recent announcements has the Government made about emergency housing? GREG O'CONNOR to the Minister for Veterans: Does he agree with RSA National President Sir Wayne Shelford that "New Zealand has legislation that is discriminatory and inadequately provides for New Zealand's veterans of military service"?
4/11/202454 minutes, 37 seconds
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Oral Questions for 10 April 2024

Questions to Ministers RT HON CHRIS HIPKINS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's statements and actions? STUART SMITH to the Minister of Finance: What recent announcements has she made about tax? CHLÖE SWARBRICK to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's statements and actions? HON BARBARA EDMONDS to the Minister of Finance: What process, if any, has she established for portfolio Ministers and Cabinet to review and approve the cost-saving proposals currently being consulted on by agencies through the Initial Baseline Exercise? MARK CAMERON to the Associate Minister of Agriculture (Animal Welfare, Skills): What recent announcements, if any, has he made in his portfolio? TAKUTAI TARSH KEMP to the Minister for Maori Development: Does he stand by all the Government's policies and actions? DANA KIRKPATRICK to the Minister of Health: What recent announcements has the Government made about shorter wait times for elective treatment? INGRID LEARY to the Associate Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his statements and actions? RICARDO MENÉNDEZ MARCH to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she agree with the Prime Minister's recent statement that the average adult now is on the benefit for 13 years on average, and the under-25s are on the benefit for an average of 24 years? CAMERON BREWER to the Minister of Justice: What target has the Government set for a reduction in violent crime? HON PRIYANCA RADHAKRISHNAN to the Minister for Disability Issues: When did she receive the briefing titled "Changes to Equipment and Modification Services and flexible funding to manage Whaikaha expenditure" and what actions did she take upon receiving the briefing? DAN BIDOIS to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made on curriculum and assessment?
4/10/202452 minutes, 18 seconds
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Oral Questions for 9 April 2024

Questions to Ministers DEBBIE NGAREWA-PACKER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his Government's policies and actions? CHLÖE SWARBRICK to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's statements and actions? RT HON CHRIS HIPKINS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's statements and actions? HON SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Finance: What recent announcements has she made about the Government's fiscal policy? HON MARAMA DAVIDSON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's policies and statements? SUZE REDMAYNE to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Why has the Government set a target to have 50,000 fewer people receiving the jobseeker support benefit by 2030? HON BARBARA EDMONDS to the Minister of Finance: Does she stand by all of her statements and actions? RYAN HAMILTON to the Minister for Building and Construction: What announcements has the Government made around making it easier and more affordable to build in New Zealand? LAURA TRASK to the Associate Minister of Education (Partnership Schools): What recent announcements has he made regarding school attendance? HON DR MEGAN WOODS to the Minister of Climate Change: Has he received advice that the science of biogenic methane's impact on climate change is already settled; if so, does he agree with that advice? JAMIE ARBUCKLE to the Minister for Resources: What recent announcements has he made? HON KIERAN MCANULTY to the Associate Minister of Housing (Social Housing): Does he stand by all his statements and actions?
4/9/202451 minutes, 41 seconds
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Oral Questions for Thursday 28 March 2024

Questions to Ministers MILES ANDERSON to the Minister of Finance: What recent announcements has she made about the Budget operating allowance? Hon PRIYANCA RADHAKRISHNAN to the Minister for Disability Issues: Did the reports she received from Whaikaha that she referred to in her answer to question No. 4 yesterday contain figures of those who used disability support funding for pedicures and massages, or did they just contain anecdotal evidence? MIKE BUTTERICK to the Minister of Education: What recent reports has she seen about student behaviour in classrooms? CAMERON LUXTON to the Associate Minister of Justice (Firearms): Is it important that licensed firearms owners take the time to revise the rules of firearms safety over the coming months? Hon Dr AYESHA VERRALL to the Minister for the Public Service: Does she agree with Nicola Willis's promise in 2023 that no cuts will be made to any front-line services? TEANAU TUIONO to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: What advice, if any, has she seen on the impact of the Government's coalition agreement policies on workers? Dr VANESSA WEENINK to the Minister of Science, Innovation and Technology: What recent announcement has she made in the science, innovation and technology portfolio? Hon GINNY ANDERSEN to the Minister of Police: Does he stand by all his statements and actions? JAMES MEAGER to the Minister for Building and Construction: What announcements has he made on removing red tape in the building system? STEVE ABEL to the Minister for Oceans and Fisheries: Does he stand by all his statements and actions? Hon RACHEL BROOKING to the Minister for the Environment: Does she stand by all her statements and actions? MARIAMENO KAPA-KINGI to the Minister for Mental Health: What is his response to the rate of suspected suicide which, according to Te Whatu Ora's data for 2022, is 51.9 per 100,000 for Maori males aged 25-44 years compared to 16.4 per 100,000 for non-Maori males?
3/28/202459 minutes, 39 seconds
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Oral Questions for 27 March 2024

Rt Hon CHRIS HIPKINS to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in the Minister for Disability Issues? RIMA NAKHLE to the Minister of Finance: What recent announcements has she made on the Budget? DEBBIE NGAREWA-PACKER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his Government's policies and actions? Hon PRIYANCA RADHAKRISHNAN to the Minister for Disability Issues: Does she stand by all her statements and actions? Dr CARLOS CHEUNG to the Minister of Health: What recent announcements has the Government made about assisting New Zealanders who need to travel to receive health treatment? Hon BARBARA EDMONDS to the Minister of Finance: Does she stand by all her statements and actions? GRANT McCALLUM to the Minister of Transport: What recent reports has he seen on the Brynderwyn Hills? CHLÖE SWARBRICK to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's statements and actions? CAMILLA BELICH to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Does she stand by all her statements and actions? SAM UFFINDELL to the Minister for Space: What recent announcement has she made in her Space portfolio? STEVE ABEL to the Minister for Regional Development: Does he stand by his statement that "Seabed mining has a legitimate place in New Zealand's regional economy"; if not, why not? REUBEN DAVIDSON to the Minister of Statistics: Does he stand by all his statements and actions?
3/27/202449 minutes, 25 seconds
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Oral Questions for 26 April 2024

Questions to Ministers CHLÖE SWARBRICK to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's statements and actions? Rt Hon CHRIS HIPKINS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's statements and actions? Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: What recent announcements has she made in her portfolio? TIM COSTLEY to the Minister of Finance: What announcements has she recently made about supporting low- and middle-income families? Hon BARBARA EDMONDS to the Minister of Finance: Does she stand by her commitment not to cut frontline services? DANA KIRKPATRICK to the Minister for Infrastructure: What steps is the Government taking to address New Zealand's infrastructure deficit? TANYA UNKOVICH to the Minister for Seniors: What recent reports has she seen regarding the aged-care sector? Hon PRIYANCA RADHAKRISHNAN to the Minister for Disability Issues: Does she stand by her statement in the House, "no disabled person will lose access to funding for essential services"; if so, why are insulin pumps and diabetes monitors being excluded from Whaikaha's disability support funding? KATIE NIMON to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made on period products in schools? Hon MARAMA DAVIDSON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his Government's statements and actions? Hon JENNY SALESA to the Minister for Ethnic Communities: Does she stand by all her statements and actions? CATHERINE WEDD to the Minister for Trade: What actions has the Government taken to support trade with the Middle East?
3/26/202457 minutes, 31 seconds
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Oral Questions for 21 March 2024.

HON PRIYANCA RADHAKRISHNAN to the Minister for Disability Issues: Does she stand by her statement regarding funding for disability support services, "They have been trying to deal with that, and we have been working with them to deal with that since they alerted me in December"; if so, on what date was she first alerted to these funding issues? GREG FLEMING to the Minister of Finance: Has she seen any recent reports on the New Zealand economy? HON BARBARA EDMONDS to the Minister of Finance: Does she stand by all her statements and actions? RICARDO MENÉNDEZ MARCH to the Minister of Immigration: When, if ever, can Palestinian New Zealanders expect her response to their repeated calls for a special humanitarian visa to bring their family members safely to New Zealand? TIM VAN DE MOLEN to the Minister for Trade: What actions has the Government taken to support New Zealand trade? HON DR AYESHA VERRALL to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his statements and actions? CARL BATES to the Minister for Mental Health: What recent announcement has he made regarding mental health? TODD STEPHENSON to the Minister for Courts: What recent policy announcements has she made? GREG O'CONNOR to the Minister for Veterans: Does he stand by his statement that the Veterans' Independence Programme is "a great thing to be able to do"; if so, does he support Veterans' Affairs' move to restrict access to the Veterans' Independence Programme? DEBBIE NGAREWA-PACKER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his Government's policies and actions? NANCY LU to the Minister of Revenue: What announcement has the Minister made on the Taxation (Annual Rates for 2023-24, Multinational Tax, and Remedial Matters) Bill? SHANAN HALBERT to the Minister for Auckland: Does he agree with Christopher Luxon's "commitment to Aucklanders" in the New Zealand Herald today that the Government is "ruthlessly focused on rebuilding the economy and reducing the cost of living so more Kiwis can get ahead"; if so, what actions will he take to deliver cost of living relief for Aucklanders?
3/21/20241 hour, 51 seconds
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Oral Questions for 20 March 2024

Questions to Ministers JOSEPH MOONEY to the Minister of Finance: Has she seen any recent reports on the New Zealand economy? RT HON CHRIS HIPKINS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's statements and actions? DR HAMISH CAMPBELL to the Minister of Health: What actions has the Government taken to deliver better cancer services? ANDY FOSTER to the Associate Minister for Energy: What actions, if any, has he taken to establish a fuel security plan? HON BARBARA EDMONDS to the Minister of Finance: Does she stand by all her statements and actions? SUZE REDMAYNE to the Minister of Agriculture: What actions has the Government taken to support the Primary sector? HON GINNY ANDERSEN to the Minister of Police: Does he stand by all his statements and actions? CHLÖE SWARBRICK to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statements and policies? RAWIRI WAITITI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's statements and policies? HON PRIYANCA RADHAKRISHNAN to the Minister for Disability Issues: Does she stand by all her statements and actions? TAMATHA PAUL to the Minister of Housing: Does he stand by his statement that "Our collective failure to build enough houses has trapped people in poverty, it has increased inequality, it has made us poorer rather than wealthier"; if so, will he commit to delivering enough new public homes through Kainga Ora to clear the wait-list? PAULO GARCIA to the Minister for Building and Construction: What announcements has the Government made about building consent delays?
3/20/202456 minutes, 29 seconds
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Oral Questions for Tuesday 19 March 2024

Questions to Ministers RT HON CHRIS HIPKINS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's statements and actions? STUART SMITH to the Minister of Finance: By how much has Government debt increased in recent years? CHLÖE SWARBRICK to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement, "I think everyone agrees that the state must always provide a safety net for New Zealanders who have fallen on hard times ... and state houses will always play a very important part of that safety net"? HON BARBARA EDMONDS to the Minister of Finance: Does she stand by all her statements and actions? KATIE NIMON to the Minister of Housing: What actions has he taken setting out his expectations for Kainga Ora-Homes and Communities? HON GINNY ANDERSEN to the Minister of Police: Does he stand by all his statements and actions? HON MARAMA DAVIDSON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his Government's policies and actions? DR VANESSA WEENINK to the Minister of Health: What steps has the Government taken to deliver better health outcomes for all New Zealanders? LAN PHAM to the Associate Minister for the Environment: Does he stand by his statement, "For now, the Government has agreed to suspend the obligation to impose SNAs under the NPS Indigenous Biodiversity, and we're sending a clear message that it would be unwise to bother"? SAM UFFINDELL to the Minister of Police: What recent results has he seen from Operation Emerald? HON PRIYANCA RADHAKRISHNAN to the Minister for Disability Issues: Does she stand by her statement regarding changes to purchasing rules and equipment and modification services, "These changes are happening from 18 March and are intended to be temporary changes until later this year"; if so, will she commit to restoring flexibility of funding as was available to the disability communities prior to 18 March 2024? TODD STEPHENSON to the Associate Minister of Health (Pharmac): What recent announcements has he made about improving New Zealanders' access to medicines?
3/19/202453 minutes, 13 seconds
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Oral Questions for Thursday 7 March 2024

Questions to Ministers JOSEPH MOONEY to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has she seen on the New Zealand economy? MARK CAMERON to the Associate Minister for the Environment: What is his most immediate priority in the portfolio? Hon CARMEL SEPULONI to the Associate Minister Housing (Social Housing): Will the Government's new approach to emergency housing grants result in more New Zealanders living on the streets? DAVID MacLEOD to the Minister responsible for RMA Reform: What announcements has he made regarding the establishment of a new fast-track consenting one-stop shop regime? Hon WILLIE JACKSON to the Minister for Media and Communications: Does she stand by all her statements and actions? RICARDO MENÉNDEZ MARCH to the Associate Minister Housing (Social Housing): Can he guarantee that the increased scrutiny on emergency housing eligibility he announced yesterday won't lead to more people becoming homeless? DEBBIE NGAREWA-PACKER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his Government's policies and actions? Hon KIERAN McANULTY to the Minister of Housing: How many additional social houses will be created as a result of the Priority One category for emergency housing announced yesterday? CARL BATES to the Minister of Transport: What recent announcements has he made about transport investment in New Zealand? Hon RACHEL BROOKING to the Minister responsible for RMA Reform: Does he stand by all his statements and actions? RIMA NAKHLE to the Minister of Justice: How is the Government progressing its commitments in relation to restoring law and order? Hon JAMES SHAW to the Minister responsible for RMA Reform: Does he stand by all his statements and policies?
3/7/20241 hour, 2 minutes, 48 seconds
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Oral Questions for Wednesday 6 March 2024

Questions to Ministers Hon MARAMA DAVIDSON to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Does he agree with Associate Professor of Law Treasa Dunworth, who said about the International Court of Justice ruling in the case against Israel under the Genocide Convention that New Zealand "has a legal obligation to do what it can to ensure that Israel complies with the court's orders"; if so, what action is the Government taking to fulfil its legal obligation? Hon Dr MEGAN WOODS to the Minister of Climate Change: Has he sought or received advice on the transport-related emission reduction impacts of the draft Government Policy Statement on land transport; if not, why not? SUZE REDMAYNE to the Minister of Finance: How much will the Government spend this year on financing its debt? TANGI UTIKERE to the Minister of Transport: Does he stand by all his statements and actions? DEBBIE NGAREWA-PACKER to the Acting Prime Minister: Does he stand by his Government's policies and statements? TANYA UNKOVICH to the Minister for Resources: What announcements has he made regarding petroleum exploration? Hon Dr AYESHA VERRALL to the Minister for the Public Service: Does she stand by her answer, "I make that promise", said in response to the question, "Will you promise no cuts to any front-line services"; if so, why has Fire and Emergency New Zealand been told their front-line services are "not necessarily immune" from Public Service cuts? NANCY LU to the Minister of Housing: What recent announcements has he made on the Government's housing priorities? Hon JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Transport: Will it be possible for the New Zealand Transport Agency and councils to deliver integrated transport projects that include other improvements, such as busways, bus lanes, public transport stops, and footpaths as part of larger road or highway projects, under his draft Government Policy Statement on land transport? TOM RUTHERFORD to the Minister of Transport: What recent announcements has he made about transport investment in New Zealand? HELEN WHITE to the Minister for Small Business and Manufacturing: Does he stand by his statement that "There is a problem with late payments and long payment terms by large market players"? CAMERON BREWER to the Minister of Justice: What progress has the Government made in relation to restoring law and order?
3/6/20241 hour, 6 minutes, 12 seconds
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Oral Questions for 5 March 2024

Questions to Ministers RT HON CHRIS HIPKINS to the Acting Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's statements and actions? DR VANESSA WEENINK to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has she seen on the Crown accounts? TANGI UTIKERE to the Minister of Transport: How does the Government intend to fully fund the more than $20 billion of proposed National Land Transport Fund spending across the next three years as outlined in the draft Government Policy Statement on land transport 2024-34? HON MARAMA DAVIDSON to the Acting Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements about educational achievement in schools? DR PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister for Children: What recent announcements has she made, if any, regarding the Government's commitment to crack down on serious youth offending? HON JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Transport: Will his draft Government Policy Statement on land transport contribute to emissions reduction targets and reduce transport costs for people? JAMIE ARBUCKLE to the Associate Minister of Agriculture: What update, if any, can he provide on the coalition Government's commitment to wool? HON WILLIE JACKSON to the Minister for Media and Communications: Does she stand by all her statements? DR CARLOS CHEUNG to the Minister of Transport: What recent announcements has he made about transport investment in New Zealand? HON JAMES SHAW to the Minister responsible for RMA Reform: Does he agree with the statement made by the President of the Resource Management Law Association, who said about the Government's proposed approach to fast-track consenting that "There are likely to be high risks of judicial review if a decision-making process lacks transparency and results in poor environmental outcomes"; if not, why not? MIKE BUTTERICK to the Minister of Corrections: What recent announcements has he made about access to rehabilitation programmes? HON JAN TINETTI to the Associate Minister of Education (Partnership Schools): Does he stand by his statement that the previous Government had committed to the school lunches spending programme "without commissioning any robust empirical study to evaluate its effectiveness"; if so, how does he reconcile this with the New Zealand Healthy School Lunches pilot/Ka Ora, Ka Ako interim evaluation on the Ministry of Education website?
3/5/202455 minutes, 7 seconds
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Oral Questions for Thursday 29 February 2024

Questions to Ministers TIM van de MOLEN to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has she seen on the economic outlook? Hon Dr MEGAN WOODS to the Minister for Resources: What advice, if any, has he sought or received on the implications of bonds for oil and gas companies and/or changes to oil and gas decommissioning legislation that he has indicated he is considering? JAMES MEAGER to the Minister of Police: What reports has he seen recently on the policing of gangs? Hon KIERAN McANULTY to the Minister of Housing: Does he stand by all his statements on social housing? SUZE REDMAYNE to the Minister for Small Business and Manufacturing: What recent announcement has he made relating to small businesses? Hon JAN TINETTI to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by all her statements and actions? Hon GINNY ANDERSEN to the Minister of Police: Does he stand by his statement, "we're going to make sure that the front line are resourced properly"; if so, do Police have adequate staffing to enforce the banning of gang patches? CAMERON LUXTON to the Minister for Biosecurity: What announcements has he made recently which demonstrate the Government's commitment to biosecurity? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Has he agreed to find savings of 6.5 percent in the spending within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade? GREG O'CONNOR to the Minister for Courts: Is she concerned that the impact of Government policy combined with the 6.5 percent reduction in funding will exacerbate the pressure on the courts? REUBEN DAVIDSON to the Minister for Media and Communications: Does she stand by all her statements? TANYA UNKOVICH to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements and actions?
2/29/20241 hour, 1 minute, 22 seconds
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Oral Questions for Wednesday 28 February 2024

Questions to Ministers Rt Hon CHRIS HIPKINS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's statements and actions? MARK CAMERON to the Associate Minister of Justice (Firearms): What law changes is the Government proposing in relation to firearms? Hon JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his statements and actions? RIMA NAKHLE to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has she seen on the New Zealand economy? Hon BARBARA EDMONDS to the Minister of Finance: What advice from Treasury, if any, has she seen on the amount of revenue that will be gained by the Government from the enactment of the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products Amendment Bill? MILES ANDERSON to the Minister of Housing: What announcements has he made about the Government's work programme in housing? Hon JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Housing: Does he stand by his statement that "The evidence is as plain as day: cities that make it difficult to build more housing have housing affordability problems"; if so, what advice, if any, has he seen on the impact on affordability of allowing councils to opt out of medium-density residential standards? Hon Dr AYESHA VERRALL to the Associate Minister of Health: Does she stand by all her statements and actions? RAWIRI WAITITI to the Minister of Justice: Does he stand by all of his statements and policies? Dr HAMISH CAMPBELL to the Minister of Health: What steps has he taken to improve health outcomes for all New Zealanders, including Maori? Hon Dr DUNCAN WEBB to the Associate Minister of Justice (Firearms): Does she stand by all her statements in respect of firearms reform? SAM UFFINDELL to the Minister of Education: What reports has she seen about her recent announcement on the ministerial inquiry into school property?
2/28/20241 hour, 20 seconds
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Oral Questions for 27 February 2024

Questions to Ministers JAMIE ARBUCKLE to the Associate Minister of Health: What updates can she provide, if any, on the repeal of the Therapeutic Products Act 2023? RT HON CHRIS HIPKINS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's statements and actions? DAN BIDOIS to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has she seen on the cost of living? HON BARBARA EDMONDS to the Minister of Finance: What advice, if any, has she received on the proportion of the Budget operating allowance that will be required to meet cost pressures in Budget 2024? HON JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's statements and actions? HON DR AYESHA VERRALL to the Associate Minister of Health: Does she stand by all her statements and actions? DEBBIE NGAREWA-PACKER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's policies and actions? RICARDO MENÉNDEZ MARCH to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she agree with the deputy chief executive of MSD, who told the Social Services and Community Committee, "They do not get punished, that's unfair-they do not get sanctions. They do not get sanctioned, they do not get sanctions for not coming to our seminars"; if so, will she commit to ensuring people do not face sanctions for not attending work seminars? PAULO GARCIA to the Minister of Justice: What recent announcements has the Government made about restoring law and order? HON PEENI HENARE to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his statements and actions? KATIE NIMON to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made about school property? GRANT MCCALLUM to the Minister for the Environment: What recent announcements has she made regarding the clean-up of old landfill sites?
2/27/202457 minutes, 7 seconds
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Oral Questions for 20 February 2024

Questions to Ministers GREG FLEMING to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has she seen on New Zealand's economic and fiscal response to the COVID-19 pandemic? DEBBIE NGAREWA-PACKER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's statements and policies? Rt Hon CHRIS HIPKINS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's statements and actions? TODD STEPHENSON to the Associate Minister of Health (Pharmac): What benefits, if any, can New Zealanders expect to see from the Misuse of Drugs (Pseudoephedrine) Amendment Bill? Hon CARMEL SEPULONI to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What reports has she received, if any, advising her of the possible child poverty impacts of indexing benefits to inflation rather than wages? DANA KIRKPATRICK to the Minister of Health: What recent announcements has he made in relation to improving access to breast cancer screening for New Zealand women? Hon Dr AYESHA VERRALL to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his statement that there is a health "workforce crisis" and does he accept the estimates of health workforce shortages Te Whatu Ora published in July 2023 as an accurate reflection of the shortages at the time they were published? RICARDO MENÉNDEZ MARCH to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: How many jobseeker beneficiaries, if any, get jobs as a direct result of attending work seminars they are required to attend to avoid benefit sanctions? Hon PEENI HENARE to the Minister of Health: Is he committed to delivering positive Maori health outcomes; if so, what are those outcomes? JOSEPH MOONEY to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What actions, if any, has she taken to date that aim to reduce welfare dependency in New Zealand? Hon JAMES SHAW to the Minister responsible for RMA Reform: Does he stand by his statement in relation to the Government's proposed approach to fast-track consenting that "This is not new, by the way, because the COVID fast-track legislation also listed projects in the legislation and also set up a process for Ministers to refer projects to an expert consenting panel"? TANGI UTIKERE to the Minister of Transport: Does he stand by all his statements and actions?
2/20/202448 minutes, 26 seconds
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Oral Questions for Thursday 15 February 2024

Questions to Ministers Hon CARMEL SEPULONI to the Minister for Child Poverty Reduction: How many more children are forecast to be in poverty as a result of her Government's decision to change the indexing of benefits from wage growth to inflation? Hon MARAMA DAVIDSON to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she accept the statement in the Salvation Army's State of the Nation 2024 report that says that "in 2023 for households relying on welfare benefits, income levels continue to fall significantly short of what is needed for some level of participation in society"? NANCY LU to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has she seen on the Crown accounts? Hon GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does she stand by the commitment in the coalition agreement with ACT to "restore mortgage interest deductibility for rental properties with a 60 per cent deduction in 2023/24, 80 per cent in 2024/25, and 100 per cent in 2025/26"; if so, what is the estimated cost to the Crown of this commitment? DAVID MacLEOD to the Minister of Local Government: Does he stand by his statement, "The Government will restore council ownership and control of water assets"; if so, what actions has he taken to fulfil this commitment? TANGI UTIKERE to the Minister of Transport: Does he stand by all his statements and actions? LAURA TRASK to the Minister for Children: What are her priorities for the Children's portfolio? CARL BATES to the Minister of Education: What reports has she seen about the introduction of the policy to remove the distraction of cellphones at school? Hon JAMES SHAW to the Minister responsible for RMA Reform: Does he have confidence that the proposed approach to fast-track consenting will protect due process for consideration of environmental effects? CUSHLA TANGAERE-MANUEL to the Minister for Maori Development: Does he stand by his statement, "What we're really focused on is delivering outcomes and working with communities - Iwi communities, Maori communities and others - to make the changes to the inequalities we see on a daily basis"? TOM RUTHERFORD to the Minister for Building and Construction: What reports has he seen on the cost of building in New Zealand? INGRID LEARY to the Minister for Mental Health: Does he stand by his statement, "under this Government, mental health will be a priority"; if so, what actions, if any, has he taken to make mental health a priority?
2/15/202455 minutes, 44 seconds
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Oral Questions for Wednesday 14 February 2024

Questions to Ministers Hon JAMES SHAW to the Minister responsible for RMA Reform: What progress, if any, has been made on policy decisions for the proposed fast-track consenting reforms? TIM COSTLEY to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has she seen on Government spending? Hon CARMEL SEPULONI to the Minister for Child Poverty Reduction: What advice, if any, has she received on the likely impact on child poverty of the Government's policies? Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Associate Minister of Justice (Treaty Principles Bill): Why is the Government introducing a Treaty Principles Bill? Hon MARAMA DAVIDSON to the Prime Minister: Ka pumau ia ki tana korero, "our focus is on making sure that we honour the Treaty"; mena ae, ka pehea ta tona Kawanatanga whakahonore i te Tiriti? Does he stand by his statement that "our focus is on making sure that we honour the Treaty"; if so, how will his Government honour the Treaty? Dr VANESSA WEENINK to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What reports has she seen on the predicted and actual amount of time people spend in receipt of benefit payments? Hon GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: What is the complete list of adjustments and exclusions that have been made to the eligible baseline of expenditure that is subject to the 6.5 percent or 7.5 percent savings that have been sought from Public Service agencies? JAMIE ARBUCKLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements and actions? Hon Dr AYESHA VERRALL to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his statements and actions? DEBBIE NGAREWA-PACKER to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she stand by all of her statements and policies? TANGI UTIKERE to the Minister of Transport: Does he stand by all his statements and actions? CAMERON BREWER to the Minister of Justice: How much Government funding has been devoted to section 27 reports since 2017, and what actions is the Government taking to address it?
2/14/20241 hour, 5 minutes, 10 seconds
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Oral Questions for 13 February 2024

SUZE REDMAYNE to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has she seen on New Zealand's fiscal position? RT HON CHRIS HIPKINS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's statements and actions? DEBBIE NGAREWA-PACKER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's policies and actions? RYAN HAMILTON to the Minister of Health: What recent announcements has he made to increase the number of New Zealand-trained doctors? HON KIERAN MCANULTY to the Minister of Local Government: Does he stand by his statement that he is confident repealing the Affordable Water Reforms will be "cheaper"? RICARDO MENÉNDEZ MARCH to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Will indexing benefit levels to inflation rather than wages result in lower increases to benefits? KATIE NIMON to the Minister of Local Government: What recent announcements has he made about water infrastructure? HON JAN TINETTI to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statements and actions? LAURA TRASK to the Minister of Internal Affairs: What recent announcements has she made regarding the royal commission of inquiry into COVID-19 lessons? TANGI UTIKERE to the Minister of Transport: How does he expect Auckland Council to meet the $1.2 billion funding hole over the next four years to meet the costs of transport projects that the regional fuel tax was to fund as priority projects for Auckland? CATHERINE WEDD to the Minister for Emergency Management and Recovery: What recent announcements has he made regarding cyclone recovery? CHLÖE SWARBRICK to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his Government's statements and actions?
2/13/202453 minutes, 17 seconds
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Oral Questions for Thursday 1 February 2024

Questions to Ministers Hon CARMEL SEPULONI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's statements and actions? CATHERINE WEDD to the Minister of Finance: Has she seen any recent reports on income growth in New Zealand? Hon MARAMA DAVIDSON to the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations: Does he stand by his statement that "My focus in government is upon fixing the bad outcomes of colonisation and building on the good ones"? Hon GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does she stand by the statement in the National Party and ACT Party coalition agreement, "The concepts of ACT's income tax policy are considered as a pathway to delivering National's promised tax relief, subject to no earner being worse off than they would be under National's plan"? SAM UFFINDELL to the Minister of Health: What recent announcements has he made about improving the safety and security of our health workforce? TAKUTAI TARSH KEMP to the Minister for Children: Does she stand by all of her statements and policies? Hon Dr AYESHA VERRALL to the Associate Minister of Health: Does she stand by all her statements and actions? MIKE BUTTERICK to the Minister for Emergency Management and Recovery: What recent announcements has he made on flood resilience? Hon GINNY ANDERSEN to the Minister of Police: Is it the Government's policy to train "no fewer than 500 new frontline police within the first two years", as per the National and New Zealand First coalition agreement? Hon JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Transport: Does he consider the proposed road user charges for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids fair, compared with road user charges and fuel excise duty for similarly sized vehicles; if so, why? Hon JAN TINETTI to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by all her statements and actions? NANCY LU to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: What proposals has he made to streamline and simplify the conduct requirements for financial institutions in New Zealand?
2/1/202454 minutes, 30 seconds
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Oral Questions for Wednesday 31 January 2024

Questions to Ministers CAMERON LUXTON to the Associate Minister of Justice (Firearms): What information, if any, has she seen concerning firearms seizures? TANYA UNKOVICH to the Associate Minister of Health: What are the Government's plans in relation to Smokefree 2025? Rt Hon CHRIS HIPKINS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's statements and actions? Hon JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's statements and actions? STUART SMITH to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has she seen on business confidence? Hon CARMEL SEPULONI to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she stand by her decision to index benefits to inflation? Dr HAMISH CAMPBELL to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What reports and forecasts, if any, has she seen on the number of people receiving the Jobseeker Support benefit? Hon Dr AYESHA VERRALL to the Associate Minister of Health: Does she stand by all her statements and actions? DANA KIRKPATRICK to the Minister of Police: What recent reports has he seen on gang convoys? Hon GINNY ANDERSEN to the Minister of Police: Does he stand by all his statements and actions? LAN PHAM to the Minister for the Environment: Is she concerned about how many rivers, lakes, and beaches across the country were too polluted to swim in or gather food from over the summer? TIM van de MOLEN to the Minister for Trade: What steps is he undertaking to progress the New Zealand-European Union Free Trade Agreement?
1/31/202457 minutes, 42 seconds
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Questions for Oral Answer 30 January 2024

Questions to Ministers DAN BIDOIS to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has she seen on the cost of living? RT HON CHRIS HIPKINS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's statements and actions? TAKUTAI TARSH KEMP to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's statements and actions? RIMA NAKHLE to the Minister of Housing: What recent concerns has he raised with Kainga Ora regarding vacant homes? HON GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Is the reported statement from Treasury correct that the 6.5 percent or 7.5 percent savings that are being sought from Public Service agencies include both departmental and non-departmental spending; if so, has she set any criteria beyond that for what spending is included or not included in the savings? HON MARAMA DAVIDSON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement, "The Government has no plan, and never has had plans, to amend or revise the Treaty, or the Treaty settlements we have all worked so very hard together to achieve"; if so, why is his Government proposing to introduce a Treaty principles bill that officials say "is not supported by the spirit of the Treaty or the text of the Treaty", and for which there has been a lack of consultation with the public? HON WILLIE JACKSON to the Minister for Maori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti: What plans, if any, does the Government have to discuss its policies at Waitangi next week? JAMES MEAGER to the Minister of Local Government: What recent announcements has he made about the voting age for local government? HON DR AYESHA VERRALL to the Associate Minister of Health: Does she stand by all her statements and actions? PAULO GARCIA to the Minister of Education: What is the Government focusing on for the start of the school year? HON GINNY ANDERSEN to the Minister of Police: Does he stand by his guarantee that there'll be no cuts or reprioritisations to the Police budget in order to deliver 500 extra police; if so, what advice has he received, if any, on the impact the proposed 6.5 percent to 7.5 percent cut to the Police budget would have on public safety? HON JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's statements and policies?
1/30/202449 minutes, 44 seconds
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Oral Questions for Thursday 21 December 2023

Questions to Ministers Rt Hon CHRIS HIPKINS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's statements and actions? Hon JAMES SHAW to the Minister of Finance: Does she stand by the principle in her Government's coalition agreements that "decisions will be based on data and evidence"? MILES ANDERSON to the Minister of Finance: What reports has she received on the state of the New Zealand economy? Hon GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does she stand by all of the fiscal and economic commitments made in the coalition agreements signed by National, New Zealand First, and ACT? JAMES MEAGER to the Minister of Housing: What recent announcements has he made regarding Kainga Ora? Hon Dr MEGAN WOODS to the Minister of Finance: Does the Government intend to implement the National Party's climate dividend policy; if so, will all the funding currently tagged to the Climate Emergency Response Fund be used to pay for it? TAKUTA FERRIS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his Government's statements and policies on Te Tiriti o Waitangi? TODD STEPHENSON to the Associate Minister of Health (Pharmac): Why is the Government planning to change rules relating to the availability of pseudoephedrine? GREG FLEMING to the Minister of Health: What recent announcements has he made on uplifting immunisation rates for vulnerable population groups? Hon Dr DUNCAN WEBB to the Minister for Maori Development: Does he stand by all of his statements and actions? RICARDO MENÉNDEZ MARCH to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What, if anything, is she doing to end poverty for people receiving a benefit as we head into the holiday season? DAN BIDOIS to the Minister of Revenue: What announcements has he made regarding the Taxation Principles Reporting Act?
12/21/202343 minutes, 13 seconds
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Questions for Oral Answer 20 December 2023

Questions to Ministers: DEBBIE NGAREWA-PACKER to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his statement on the disestablishment of Te Aka Whai Ora, "My dream is to devolve decision making and funding and give to mana motuhake, as close to the home and hapu as possible"; if so, what structure and funding models will he use to achieve it? NANCY LU to the Minister of Finance: What does the Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update say about the state of the New Zealand economy, and what steps is the Government taking to respond? Rt Hon CHRIS HIPKINS to the Acting Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's statements and actions? Hon JAMES SHAW to the Minister of Finance: Does she stand by the principle in the Government's coalition agreements that "decisions will be based on data and evidence", including for economic and fiscal policy? Hon GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does she stand by all of the fiscal and economic commitments made in the coalition agreements signed by National, New Zealand First, and ACT? Dr CARLOS CHEUNG to the Minister of Health: What recent reports has he received on the performance of the health system? RICARDO MENÉNDEZ MARCH to the Minister of Immigration: What is the Government doing to enable people living in New Zealand to bring family members here from Gaza? Hon SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Transport: What reports has he seen on State Highway 25A in the Coromandel? Hon RACHEL BROOKING to the Minister for the Environment: Does she stand by her answer given to primary oral question No 11 yesterday; if so, which of the objectives of the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2020 would she prioritise above the health and wellbeing of water bodies and freshwater ecosystems? JAMIE ARBUCKLE to the Minister for Rural Communities: What recent reports has he seen regarding rural communities? RYAN HAMILTON to the Minister of Education: Has she seen any reports on student attendance? CAMILLA BELICH to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Why did she decide to ignore advice by officials not to extend 90-day trials?
12/20/202355 minutes, 23 seconds
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Oral Questions for Tuesday 19 December 2023

Questions to Ministers DAVID MacLEOD to the Minister of Finance: What reports has she seen on the cost of living? Rt Hon CHRIS HIPKINS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his statements and actions? MARK CAMERON to the Minister for Regulation: What problems, if any, does he hope to solve in his portfolio? Hon GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Is she committed to implementing all of the economic and fiscal commitments in the coalition agreements between National, ACT, and New Zealand First? DANA KIRKPATRICK to the Minister of Housing: What recent announcements has he made regarding Kainga Ora? Hon KIERAN McANULTY to the Minister of Local Government: Does he stand by the Government's commitment to repeal the Affordable Water Reforms and "restore council ownership and control"; if so, will he guarantee balance sheet separation will be retained? TIM COSTLEY to the Minister of Transport: What recent announcements has the Government made on Let's Get Wellington Moving? Hon Dr DEBORAH RUSSELL to the Minister for Tertiary Education and Skills: What specific actions, if any, has she taken with respect to the Government's plan to disestablish Te Pukenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology? Hon JAMES SHAW to the Minister of Transport: Does he stand by the principle in his Government's coalition agreements that "decisions will be based on data and evidence"? Dr VANESSA WEENINK to the Minister of Education: What progress is the Government making on its 100-day plan in education? Hon RACHEL BROOKING to the Minister for the Environment: Does she agree with the objectives of the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2020; if not, why not? RAWIRI WAITITI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's statements and policies?
12/19/202348 minutes, 34 seconds
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Oral Questions for Thursday 14 December 2023

Questions to Ministers Hon CARMEL SEPULONI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's statements and actions? STUART SMITH to the Minister of Finance: What reports has she received on the state of the New Zealand economy? Hon Dr MEGAN WOODS to the Minister for Energy: What are the total emissions reductions that will result from the doubling of renewable energy that was promised by the Prime Minister? GRANT McCALLUM to the Minister for Infrastructure: What recent reports has he seen on decision-making processes for Government infrastructure investments? Hon JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Transport: What did the official advice provided to Cabinet on 4 December estimate would be the impact of discontinuation of the clean car discount on New Zealand's carbon dioxide emissions, and were there any inconsistencies between this advice and other analysis provided by the Ministry of Transport? MIKE BUTTERICK to the Minister of Education: What recent reports has she seen around distractions in classrooms? Hon Dr AYESHA VERRALL to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his statements and actions? Hon MARAMA DAVIDSON to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his statement, "The dream I have for Maori is to lift pretty much every health metric we have to the level we have for non-Maori"; if so, what actions, if any, will he take to achieve this? Hon WILLIE JACKSON to the Minister for Maori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti: Is he planning on attending Waitangi 2024; if so, what preparations, if any, has he started on behalf of the Government? CAMERON LUXTON to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: What steps has she taken to improve flexibility in the labour market? SUZE REDMAYNE to the Minister of Agriculture: What reports has he seen on the export revenue forecasts for the primary sector? TANGI UTIKERE to the Minister of Transport: Does he stand by all his statements and actions?
12/14/202353 minutes, 20 seconds
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Oral Questions for Wednesday 13 December 2023

Questions to Ministers Hon MARAMA DAVIDSON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in relation to the Paris Agreement 2030 emissions reduction targets, "We are going to meet our commitments and obligations", or does he agree with his Minister for Resources, who said yesterday that "We are not going to meet the 2030 dreamy, fairy-tale, aspirational figures"? Rt Hon CHRIS HIPKINS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's statements and actions? CATHERINE WEDD to the Minister of Finance: What reports has she received on the challenge of inflation in New Zealand? RAWIRI WAITITI to the Minister for Children: Does she stand by her statement on the Government's policy to remove section 7AA of the Oranga Tamariki Act, "Nothing about this change will affect the support services and programmes that Oranga Tamariki provides for Maori"; if not, why not? JENNY MARCROFT to the Minister for Regional Development: What updates can he provide of any regional development investments? Hon GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: What is the total cost to the Government of the "tax relief" outlined in the Policy Programme of the Government as expressed in the coalition agreements? RYAN HAMILTON to the Minister of Transport: What actions is he taking to repeal the Clean Car Discount scheme by 31 December? Hon WILLOW-JEAN PRIME to the Minister for Children: Does she stand by all her statements and actions? CARL BATES to the Minister of Education: What is the Government doing to improve literacy and numeracy achievement in New Zealand? Hon JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Transport: What communication, if any, has he had with the Ministry of Transport and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency regarding the role transport will play in reducing emissions? Hon GINNY ANDERSEN to the Minister of Police: Does he stand by the statement made by the National Party Police Spokesman Hon Mark Mitchell that "an additional 300 police officers over four years ... takes us from a ratio of 480 to 470 to 1"; if so, why? JOSEPH MOONEY to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What reports has she seen on the jobseeker support benefit?
12/13/202351 minutes, 43 seconds
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Oral Questions for 12 December 2023

Questions to Ministers DAVID MACLEOD to the Minister of Finance: What plans does the Government have for supporting the Reserve Bank to achieve low and stable inflation? HON MARAMA DAVIDSON to the Acting Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's statements and policies? RT HON CHRIS HIPKINS to the Acting Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's statements and actions? TOM RUTHERFORD to the Minister of Transport: What announcements has he made on setting speed limits in New Zealand? HON GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does she stand by Nicola Willis's statement, "Coming back to those extra sources of revenue and other savings areas that will help us to fund the tax reduction, we have to remember that the changes to the smoke-free legislation had a significant impact on the Government's books - with about $1 billion there"; if not, why not? CAMERON BREWER to the Minister of Justice: What is the Government's position on sentencing, and why? TEANAU TUIONO to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Does she accept the Treasury's advice that the removal of fair pay agreements would disproportionately affect women, young people, Maori, and Pasifika; if not, why not? DEBBIE NGAREWA-PACKER to the Acting Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's statements and policies? HON GINNY ANDERSEN to the Minister of Police: How many Constabulary Full Time Equivalents does Police expect to need to train each year for the next two years in order to maintain the 1 to 480 ratio, and will the Government's commitment for "no fewer than 500 new frontline police within the first two years" be in addition to that? RIMA NAKHLE to the Minister of Police: What reports has he seen on policing in recent weeks? DR PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister for Children: What changes, if any, is the Government proposing to the legislation that governs Oranga Tamariki? CAMILLA BELICH to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Does she stand by her recent statements in relation to fair pay agreements?
12/12/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 56 seconds
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Oral Questions for Thursday 7 December 2023

Questions to Ministers Rt Hon CHRIS HIPKINS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement, "We also want to see steps made towards a ceasefire"? CATHERINE WEDD to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has she seen on the New Zealand economy? Hon MARAMA DAVIDSON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's statements and actions? Hon GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Will the tax cut package promised by the Government in the Speech from the Throne be "self-funding"; if so, what specific revenue measures will be used to fund it? DEBBIE NGAREWA-PACKER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's statements and policies? LAURA TRASK to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: What is Government policy on Fair Pay Agreements? Hon Dr AYESHA VERRALL to the Minister of Health: Why did he delegate responsibilities for the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products Act 1990 to the Associate Minister of Health Hon Casey Costello, and why has he not made any delegations to the other associate Ministers of Health, Hon Matt Doocey and Hon David Seymour? GRANT McCALLUM to the Minister for Energy: What recent announcements has he made on the Lake Onslow Pumped Hydro scheme? JENNY MARCROFT to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Does he have any concerns about the Scott Base redevelopment in Antarctica? Hon WILLIE JACKSON to the Minister for Maori Development: Is he committed to the goal of achieving 1 million speakers of te reo Maori by 2040? KATIE NIMON to the Minister of Education: What reports has she received on student achievement? GOLRIZ GHAHRAMAN to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Will he lead the Government to join the United Nations Secretary General, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the majority of New Zealanders according to a recent poll to call for an immediate and permanent ceasefire in Gaza; if not, why not?
12/7/202350 minutes, 59 seconds
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Oral Questions for Thursday 31 August 2023

Questions to Ministers HELEN WHITE to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he seen on the New Zealand economy? CHRISTOPHER LUXON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's statements and actions? DAVID SEYMOUR to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's statements and policies? SHANAN HALBERT to the Minister of Housing: What reports has she seen regarding foreign buyers in the housing market? NICOLA WILLIS to the Minister of Finance: Have the Government's actions contributed to the New Zealand economy being in recession with an ongoing cost of living crisis? DAN ROSEWARNE to the Minister of Transport: How is the Community Connect package benefiting New Zealanders? Hon PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Corrections: Does the Government still have a goal of reducing the prison population by 30 percent, irrespective of the level of crime in our communities; if so, has that goal impacted on public safety? ARENA WILLIAMS to the Minister of Police: Does she stand by her statement, "It is my view that New Zealanders feel safer"; if so, why? Hon LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: How many more people, if any, are on the jobseeker benefit as recorded in the June 2023 quarter compared to the September 2017 quarter, and how many more people, if any, spent more than a year on the jobseeker benefit as recorded in the June 2023 quarter compared to the September 2017 quarter? LEMAUGA LYDIA SOSENE to the Associate Minister of Education: What changes is the Government making to early childhood education? Hon MARAMA DAVIDSON to the Minister of Climate Change: What recent reports, if any, has he seen on New Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions? SIMEON BROWN to the Minister of Transport: How much money has been spent in the past six years on contractors and consultants for light rail in Auckland?
8/31/202355 minutes, 54 seconds
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Questions for Oral Answer 30 August 2023

Questions to Ministers CHRISTOPHER LUXON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's statements and actions? HON PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he seen on the New Zealand economy? NICOLA WILLIS to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all of his statements related to Government tax and spending decisions? ANGELA ROBERTS to the Minister of Education: What progress has the Government made to support teaching supply in primary and secondary schools? CHRIS BAILLIE to the Minister of Education: Does she think the refreshed New Zealand curriculum for English and mathematics should be compulsory in all schools from 2026? ARENA WILLIAMS to the Minister of Police: What announcements has she made about supporting New Zealanders' mental health and reducing demand on Police? HON JAMES SHAW to the Minister for the Prevention of Family and Sexual Violence: How are communities being supported to lead Te Aorerekura - the National Strategy to Eliminate Family Violence and Sexual Violence? CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Housing: Is she satisfied with the performance of Kainga Ora? SARAH PALLETT to the Associate Minister of Health: What has the Government done to improve women's healthcare and services so that they feel listened to and are enabled to live longer in good health, with increased wellbeing and quality of life? KAREN CHHOUR to the Minister for Children: Is he confident in all the actions and processes of Oranga Tamariki? DR SHANE RETI to the Minister of Health: How many nights since 1 July 2023 have there been no junior doctors available to cover overnight ED shifts at Palmerston North Hospital, and how many similar roster gaps are there through to the end of October? IBRAHIM OMER to the Minister of State for Trade and Export Growth: What recent announcements has he seen regarding the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area?
8/30/202356 minutes, 17 seconds
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Questions for Oral Answer 29 August 2023

Questions to Ministers TAMATI COFFEY to the Minister for Cyclone Recovery: What progress has been made on agreements with councils in severely affected areas following Cyclone Gabrielle? HON JAMES SHAW to the Minister of Transport: Will the Government commit to building light rail in our three major centres in a cost-effective way that reduces emissions? CHRISTOPHER LUXON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's statements and actions? TERISA NGOBI to the Minister of Housing: How is the Government's record public housing build programme increasing the supply of homes in regional New Zealand? DEBBIE NGAREWA-PACKER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's actions and policies? NICOLA WILLIS to the Minister of Finance: What concerns, if any, does he have about the performance of the New Zealand economy, and what impact is the performance of the New Zealand economy having on New Zealanders? DR ANAE NERU LEAVASA to the Minister of Education: What feedback has she received on the Government's free healthy school lunches programme? DAVID SEYMOUR to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's statements and policies? INGRID LEARY to the Minister of Immigration: What recent announcement has he made regarding a residence pathway for Special Ukraine Visa holders who are settled in New Zealand? MATT DOOCEY to the Minister of Health: Why are there 16 fewer psychiatrist FTEs employed in 2023 than when this Government came into office in 2017, and does she think that this is an acceptable outcome from the $1.9 billion announced for mental health in Budget 2019? VANUSHI WALTERS to the Minister of Justice: What progress has the Government made in cracking down on youth offending? HON MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Police: Does she stand by her statement, "It is my view that New Zealanders feel safer"; if so, why?
8/29/202359 minutes
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Questions for Oral Answer 24 August 2023

GLEN BENNETT to the Minister of Energy and Resources: How is the Government partnering with businesses to reduce their emissions? NICOLA WILLIS to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all of his statements related to Government tax and spending decisions? SARAH PALLETT to the Minister of Health: What is the Government doing to reduce youth vaping? Hon PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Justice: Does she still believe that the Government has the right priorities in justice? CHLÖE SWARBRICK to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that "in the economic circumstances that we are in at this time, we do not believe that major tax changes are appropriate"; if so, when would economic circumstances be appropriate for taxing wealth or capital gains? ANGIE WARREN-CLARK to the Minister for the Public Service: What reports has he seen about proposals for changes to the Public Service? ERICA STANFORD to the Minister of Education: Will she make the Common Practice Model a legal requirement for teachers to follow, and on what date will the final content of the Common Practice Model be published? TERISA NGOBI to the Minister for Racing: What recent reports has he seen on the New Zealand racing industry? TONI SEVERIN to the Minister of Corrections: Is it still the Government's policy to reduce the prison population by 30 percent over 15 years? SIMEON BROWN to the Minister of Transport: Does he stand by the Government's record on the delivery of light rail? NAISI CHEN to the Minister for Youth: What has the Government done to support our young people to make the most of their unique talents and have a sense of belonging and connection in their communities? ERICA STANFORD to the Minister of Immigration: How many, if any, accredited employers have had their accreditation removed by Immigration New Zealand, and how many, if any, job tokens have been issued by Immigration New Zealand following an approved job check application from an accredited employer that is under investigation by Immigration New Zealand?
8/24/202351 minutes, 35 seconds
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Questions for Oral Answer 23 August 2023

CHRISTOPHER LUXON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's statements and actions? HELEN WHITE to the Minister of Housing: What recent progress has the Government made to boost public housing in Auckland? NICOLA WILLIS to the Minister of Revenue: Does she agree with the Minister of Finance's statement that he was "too definitive" when, prior to the election, he ruled out changes to the bright-line test, and will the Government's subsequent changes to the bright-line test result in some New Zealanders paying a capital gains tax on their family home? DAVID SEYMOUR to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his response "Yes, I do" to my question yesterday asking if he stood by "the factually incorrect statement he made to Newshub on Saturday 'The idea that you'd make a joke about blowing up an ethnic minority is something that isn't really that funny' ", and does he consider his own statements that the Ministry for Pacific Peoples' expenditure "isn't acceptable" to be criticising an ethnic minority? Dr ANAE NERU LEAVASA to the Minister of Health: What announcement has she recently made regarding improving the mental health of New Zealanders? Hon MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Police: Does she stand by her statement, "It is my view that New Zealanders feel safer"; if so, why? STEPH LEWIS to the Minister of Agriculture: What has the Government done to support New Zealand's farmers and growers? TAMA POTAKA to the Associate Minister of Housing (Maori Housing): Does he stand by all his statements and actions in relation to Maori housing? ARENA WILLIAMS to the Minister of Police: What actions have Police taken to crack down on retail and organised crime? BROOKE van VELDEN to the Minister of Health: Is it acceptable that as of July this year there have been 3,361 cases of staff being physically assaulted in Te Whatu Ora facilities, and is it acceptable that this is only 98 fewer assaults than the 3,459 physical assaults that occurred in the whole of 2022? Hon EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister of Local Government: Has he seen the recent report from the Helen Clark Foundation on sponge cities and, if so, has he sought advice about encouraging water-sensitive urban design and sponge cities as part of the three waters reforms? ANNA LORCK to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: What benefits have New Zealanders gained from the Financial Markets (Conduct of Institutions) Amendment Act 2022?
8/23/202357 minutes, 53 seconds
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Questions for Oral Answer 22 August 2023

ANAHILA KANONGATA'A to the Minister of Housing: How is the Government's record public housing build programme supporting more people into trades training and apprenticeships? CHRISTOPHER LUXON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's statements and actions? DEBBIE NGAREWA-PACKER to the Prime Minister: What advice or reports, if any, has he received regarding the rising threat of white supremacy in Aotearoa? NICOLA WILLIS to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with Westpac's view of the outlook for the New Zealand economy as being "elevated persistent inflation, an over-heated economy set for a prolonged period of low and below trend growth, a high fiscal deficit in cyclically adjusted terms and an elevated current account deficit", and what responsibility, if any, does he take for this economic outlook? ANGELA ROBERTS to the Minister of Education: What action is the Government taking to ensure the teaching of maths, reading, and writing is consistent across the country? Hon JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Transport: Is he confident the draft Government Policy Statement on land transport will give effect to the transport targets identified in this Government's emissions reduction plan; if not, why not? SARAH PALLETT to the Minister of Health: What announcement has she recently made regarding free prescriptions? CHRIS BAILLIE to the Minister of Education: Is she satisfied with the state of schools in New Zealand? Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Health: What is the latest Faster Cancer Treatment (31-day indicator) result, and what current hurdles are there for improved cancer management? RACHEL BOYACK to the Minister of Local Government: What Government initiatives will help limit future local government rates increases? ERICA STANFORD to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statements and actions? VANUSHI WALTERS to the Minister of Justice: What progress has the Government made on preventing litigation abuse for victims of family violence?
8/22/202346 minutes, 48 seconds
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Oral Questions for Thursday 17 August 2023

Questions to Ministers SHANAN HALBERT to the Associate Minister of Education (Maori Education): What recent changes has the Government made for Maori tertiary institutions? Hon MARAMA DAVIDSON to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she agree with the recent Working for Families review that it presents "the best opportunity in the coming years to achieve substantial reductions in measured child poverty and to make significant 'headway' towards achieving the ten-year targets"? NICOLA WILLIS to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all of his statements and actions related to Government tax and spending decisions? INGRID LEARY to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he seen on the New Zealand economy? NICOLE McKEE to the Minister of Justice: Does she stand by her statement, "My focus is a justice system where victims feel safe, heard, and empowered"? SIMEON BROWN to the Minister of Transport: Does he agree with the former Minister of Transport Hon Phil Twyford's statement that New Zealand has "over-invested in roads"; if not, why not? DAN ROSEWARNE to the Minister of Defence: What recent announcements has he made about strengthening New Zealand's defence? Hon MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Police: Does she stand by her statement, "It is my view that New Zealanders feel safer"; if so, why? Dr EMILY HENDERSON to the Minister of Police: What progress has been made on delivering the firearms registry? CHRIS PENK to the Minister for Cyclone Recovery: Does he stand by all of his actions in relation to the Government's response to Cyclone Gabrielle? RAWIRI WAITITI to the Minister of Justice: Does she stand by all of her Government's actions and policies? Dr ELIZABETH KEREKERE to the Minister for Maori Development: Does he support the principles contained within the preamble of Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993; if so, does he believe Maori should have control over Maori land?
8/17/202351 minutes, 16 seconds
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Oral Questions for Wednesday 16 August 2023

Questions to Ministers CHRISTOPHER LUXON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's statements and actions? HELEN WHITE to the Minister for Sport and Recreation: What has been the impact on New Zealand of co-hosting the FIFA Women's World Cup? Hon EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for Oceans and Fisheries: Does she agree with the statement in the State of our Gulf 2023 report, "recent events have underscored the precarious nature of the situation and the ecological tipping points we seem intent on testing"; if so, does she consider that the Hauraki Gulf Fisheries Plan is an adequate response to the situation? SORAYA PEKE-MASON to the Minister of Health: What has the Government done to support the health workforce? NICOLA WILLIS to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all of his statements and actions related to Government tax and spending decisions? INGRID LEARY to the Associate Minister of Finance: What is the Government doing to ban foreign buyers from the New Zealand residential property market? ERICA STANFORD to the Minister of Immigration: What percentage of all accredited businesses have had a post-accreditation check completed since the Accredited Employer Work Visa was introduced, and what percentage of Accredited Employer Work Visas logged with Immigration New Zealand have had a verification check completed since applications opened? VANUSHI WALTERS to the Minister of Police: What updates has she seen about the Police's use of laws to target gangs and organised crime? SIMEON BROWN to the Minister for Pacific Peoples: Is she confident that taxpayers' money is being spent appropriately at the Ministry for Pacific Peoples? ANNA LORCK to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: What recent evidence has he seen that the Commerce Commission is acting in line with the Government's expectations? MARK CAMERON to the Minister of Agriculture: What advice, if any, has he requested from his officials about the Global Dairy Trade Price Index falling by 7.4 percent overnight, and what impact does he expect this price fall will have on New Zealand's economy? Hon MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Police: Does she stand by her statement, "It is my view that New Zealanders feel safer"; if so, why?
8/16/202352 minutes, 8 seconds
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Oral Questions for 15 August 2023

Questions to Ministers DAVID SEYMOUR to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's statements and policies? DR ANAE NERU LEAVASA to the Minister of Health: What announcements has she made recently about improving the pay and conditions of nurses and midwives in New Zealand? CHRISTOPHER LUXON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's statements and actions? SARAH PALLETT to the Minister for Women: What recent announcements has the Government made on pay transparency? NICOLA WILLIS to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all of his statements and actions related to tax policy? DAN ROSEWARNE to the Minister for Trade and Export Growth: What recent announcements has the Government made about sustainable and inclusive trade as part of the Trade for All agenda? CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Housing: Was Inland Revenue right that additional taxes on rental housing "will put upward pressure on rents and may reduce the supply of new housing developments in the longer-term", and how much have average rents increased since the Government's interest deductibility changes were introduced? ARENA WILLIAMS to the Minister of Justice: How is the Government delivering more support for the victims of crime? HON JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does she stand by her reported statement in relation to the carbon price doubling or tripling that "the financial consequences for families would be too harsh"; if so, does she support further measures to directly assist households to decarbonise? ANGIE WARREN-CLARK to the Minister of Conservation: What recent announcements has she made regarding taking action to protect the Hauraki Gulf? DR SHANE RETI to the Minister of Health: How many of the 24 initiatives in the 2023 winter plan have resulted in patients actually being treated, and what evidence, if any, does she have that the plan has reduced pressure on hospital emergency departments? CHRIS BAILLIE to the Minister of Education: Does she agree that the Relationships and Sexuality Education: A Guide for Teachers, Leaders, and Boards of Trustees resource produced by the Ministry of Education "must" be included in teaching programmes for years 1 to 8 children, and that "the school does not need to seek parents' or caregivers' permission for akonga to participate in the programme"?
8/15/202351 minutes, 52 seconds
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Oral Questions for Thursday 3 August 2023

Questions to Ministers TERISA NGOBI to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What updates has she seen on the progress of the Apprenticeship Boost scheme? NICOLA WILLIS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's statements and actions? INGRID LEARY to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he seen on the views of Moody's rating agency about the New Zealand economy? NICOLA WILLIS to the Minister of Finance: What update on the fiscal outlook, if any, have Public Service chief executives been informed of at recent meetings reported to have been held with him, and what updated requests for spending restraint, if any, have been directed to those chief executives? Dr LIZ CRAIG to the Minister for Children: What recent announcements has he made regarding the anniversary of the Oranga Tamariki Action Plan? BROOKE van VELDEN to the Minister of Finance: How much money, if any, as a percentage of their departmental budgets, were Public Service chief executives asked to save in meetings this week and last week, and how big is the gap between the forecast OBEGAL for 2023/24 in the Budget Economic and Fiscal Update 2023 and Treasury's current estimates for OBEGAL, if any? CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Housing: What is the current nationwide median rent according to the MBIE rental bond database, and what has been the increase in the nationwide median rent according to the MBIE rental bond database since October 2017? RACHEL BOYACK to the Minister of Health: What recent announcements has she made about the redevelopment of Nelson Hospital? Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Health: Does she stand by all her statements and actions? RICARDO MENÉNDEZ MARCH to the Minister of Health: Does she agree with the Minister for Social Development and Employment, who said yesterday, "I'm not saying that there isn't more to do with regards to dental treatment and access in New Zealand. That can't all come down to the welfare system, though. I think the health system and perhaps even ACC need to take a little responsibility there"? Hon PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: What has the Government done to make pricing clearer at supermarkets? SIMEON BROWN to the Minister of Transport: Is he committed to delivering light rail in Auckland and Wellington?
8/3/202345 minutes, 21 seconds
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Oral Questions for 2 August 2023

Questions to Ministers CHRISTOPHER LUXON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's statements and actions? ANGELA ROBERTS to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: What announcements has she made about addressing modern slavery? BROOKE VAN VELDEN to the Associate Minister of Health: Can she confirm that the Ministry of Health allocated funding to the National Hauora Coalition in 2019 which is being used to offer the incentive of two $50 Prezzy Cards to expectant or new mothers for attending a pregnancy assessment and a 6-week assessment, and can she confirm that eligibility for the payment is determined by whether the expectant mother identified as Maori when they enrolled at their practice? INGRID LEARY to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he seen on the New Zealand economy? NICOLA WILLIS to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement yesterday that "the Government has completed its tax work programme"; if so, what potential new taxation measures were discussed in the seven tax reports the Government refused to release as part of the Budget 2023 proactive release? ANGIE WARREN-CLARK to the Minister of Housing: What recent announcements has she made regarding affordable housing? SIMEON BROWN to the Minister of Transport: How much money has been spent on consultants for Auckland light rail and Let's Get Wellington Moving since 26 October 2017, and how much money has been spent on construction activities for these projects during this time frame? RICARDO MENÉNDEZ MARCH to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Do special needs grants for dental treatment adequately meet need for dental care, considering 40 percent of adult New Zealanders are unable to afford treatment? ANNA LORCK to the Minister for Biosecurity: What recent announcements has he made regarding the work to eradicate Mycoplasma bovis from New Zealand? HON MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Police: Does she stand by her statement, "It is my view that New Zealanders feel safer"; if so, why? TANGI UTIKERE to the Associate Minister of Housing: What is the Government doing to ensure the rights of retirement village residents are protected and enhanced? DEBBIE NGAREWA-PACKER to the Minister for Children: Does he stand by all his statements and actions regarding Oranga Tamariki?
8/2/202345 minutes, 51 seconds
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Oral Questions for 1 August 2023

Questions to Ministers HON JAMES SHAW to the Minister of Finance: What unused revenue tools, if any, are available to the Government that would both increase allowances and enable better investment in public services? DAVID SEYMOUR to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's statements and policies? TAMATI COFFEY to the Minister for Cyclone Recovery: What recent announcements has he made on support for cyclone-affected regions? CHRISTOPHER LUXON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's statements and actions? PAUL EAGLE to the Minister of Housing: What progress has the Government made in rebuilding public housing in New Zealand? NICOLA WILLIS to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all of his statements and actions on tax policy? CAMILLA BELICH to the Minister of Education: What progress has the Government made in improving school buildings and property since 2017? ERICA STANFORD to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by all her statements and actions? DAMIEN SMITH to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that "GST is a comprehensive tax which makes it very easy to administer and people in the room who've been in other countries with more exemptions will know it becomes an absolute boondoggle to get through"; if so, does he support expanding exemptions to GST in New Zealand? LEMAUGA LYDIA SOSENE to the Minister of Immigration: What reports has he seen on the reopening of our borders? SIMEON BROWN to the Minister of Transport: Will he commit to continuing and delivering Let's Get Wellington Moving and Auckland light rail? GLEN BENNETT to the Minister of Tourism: What recent reports has he seen regarding New Zealanders' support for tourism?
8/1/202350 minutes, 16 seconds
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Oral Questions for Thursday 27 July 2023

Questions to Ministers DAN ROSEWARNE to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: What is the significance of the US Secretary of State's visit to New Zealand in terms of bilateral relations? NICOLA WILLIS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's statements and actions on tax policy? ANGELA ROBERTS to the Minister for Women: How is the Government delivering for women? GOLRIZ GHAHRAMAN to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Is she confident that the Government's consideration of joining AUKUS Pillar Two is aligned with its stated independent and Pacific-centric foreign policy stance? SIMEON BROWN to the Minister of Transport: What are his priorities as Minister of Transport? Dr ANAE NERU LEAVASA to the Minister of Health: What is the Government doing to improve the mental health and wellbeing of New Zealanders? Dr JAMES McDOWALL to the Minister of Immigration: What is the total investment value of all Investor 1 and 2 applications that are currently with Immigration New Zealand, if any, and how does that figure compare to the total unweighted investment value of Active Investor Plus visa applications? ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister of Revenue: Does she support a wealth tax, and does she support the principles contained within the Taxation Principles Reporting Bill? MARJA LUBECK to the Minister of Justice: How has the Government enabled communities and hospitality businesses to get behind the men's Rugby World Cup later this year? PENNY SIMMONDS to the Minister of Education: Does she consider that the $65 million of Vote Tertiary Education funding allocated to set up the six workforce development councils has provided good value for money? NAISI CHEN to the Minister for Economic Development: How does the new Aerospace Strategy support Government goals for a high-wage, low-emissions economy? CHRIS PENK to the Minister for Cyclone Recovery: Does he stand by all of his statements and actions in the six months since the Auckland Anniversary weekend flooding events and in the wake of Cyclone Gabrielle?
7/27/202342 minutes, 26 seconds
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Oral Questions for Wednesday 26 July 2023

Questions to Ministers CHRISTOPHER LUXON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's statements and actions? HELEN WHITE to the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage: What announcements has she made about supporting Auckland's St James Theatre? SIMON COURT to the Minister of Transport: Does he agree with former Minister of Transport Hon Phil Twyford, who said in March 2018, "Solving Auckland's traffic gridlock is also important for the rest of New Zealand with congestion in the city between 2015 and 2017 estimated to have cost the economy between $1.3 billion a year in lost productivity", and has congestion become better or worse since then? NICOLA WILLIS to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement in relation to the decision not to progress his tax proposal for Budget 2023 that "I wouldn't have put so much work into it if I didn't think that it had merit. But I also am a team player"; if so, approximately how many hours of officials' time went into developing these tax proposals that were rejected? SHANAN HALBERT to the Minister for Infrastructure: What progress has the Government made in addressing New Zealand's infrastructure deficit? CHRIS BISHOP to the Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment: What is the total amount spent from the December 2017 quarter onwards on Emergency Housing Special Needs Grants to date, and is she satisfied with the Government's performance on housing? IBRAHIM OMER to the Minister for the Public Service: What recent announcements has he made about strengthening New Zealand's cyber-security readiness and response? Hon LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister for Child Poverty Reduction: Does growing up in a benefit-dependent home contribute to child poverty; if so, is she concerned by the increase in children living in benefit-dependent homes under this Government? RICARDO MENÉNDEZ MARCH to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she agree it's unfair that young people on the benefit are eligible for almost $44 less every week than people 25 and up? ANAHILA KANONGATA'A to the Minister of Police: What recent milestones have been reached on the roll-out of the Tactical Response Model? Hon MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Corrections: Does he stand by his statement, "we have safely reduced the prison population"; if so, why? Hon PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: What action is the Government taking to ensure Kiwi consumers are treated fairly by their banks, insurers, and credit unions?
7/26/202352 minutes, 29 seconds
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Oral Questions for Tuesday 25 July 2023

Questions to Ministers INGRID LEARY to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he seen on the New Zealand economy? CHRISTOPHER LUXON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's statements and actions? GLEN BENNETT to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What action is the Government taking to decarbonise New Zealand's energy sector? NICOLA WILLIS to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with tax advice provided to him by the Treasury that "fiscal drag has had the greatest impact on average full time wage earners. However, it is increasingly impacting lower income individuals over time", and will the Government adjust tax thresholds to address this? NICOLE MCKEE to the Minister of Justice: What was the total cost of cultural reports funded by the Ministry of Justice in October 2017, and what was the total cost of cultural reports funded by the Ministry of Justice in May 2023? DAN ROSEWARNE to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: What recent announcement has she made about New Zealand's ongoing response to Russia's assault on Ukraine? RICARDO MENÉNDEZ MARCH to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she stand by her statement, "Dental care is something that can be put off due to affordability difficulties, especially for low-income households. We know that issues with dental health have a negative impact on people's general health, financial health, ability to work, and quality of life"; if so, does she have confidence people unable to afford dental care can access dental grants? VANUSHI WALTERS to the Minister of Police: What recent progress have Police made on tackling organised crime? DR SHANE RETI to the Minister of Health: How many times has her office requested officials delay the release of information, as she described in the correction to her response to oral question No. 8 last Wednesday, and when did she first receive any communication suggesting the answers she gave to question No. 8 were not accurate? DEBBIE NGAREWA-PACKER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's statements and actions? RACHEL BOYACK to the Minister for Oceans and Fisheries: What recent announcement has she made regarding a new food industry for New Zealand? HON PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Justice: Is she confident the Government has the correct priorities in justice?
7/25/202355 minutes, 24 seconds
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Oral Questions for Thursday 20 Jult 2023

Questions to Ministers SORAYA PEKE-MASON to the Minister of Health: What announcements has the Government made about its long-term vision for the health of New Zealanders? CHRIS BISHOP to the Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment: How many applicants on the Housing Register, if any, indicated they were living in a car at the time of application in June 2023, and how does this compare to October 2017? JAMIE STRANGE to the Minister of Justice: What recent announcements has the Government made about increasing accountability for young offenders? Hon MEKA WHAITIRI to the Minister of Climate Change: Does he stand by all the Government's statements and actions regarding engagement with Maori landowners on the review of the emissions trading scheme? ERICA STANFORD to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statement that "my bottom line is to ensure our young people are getting the education they need and deserve", and does she believe the 85 percent of year 8 Pacific students who are not achieving at curriculum level 4 or above in maths, according to the 2022 NMSSA data, are getting the education they need and deserve? CAMILLA BELICH to the Minister of Immigration: What recent announcements has he made regarding working holiday visas? MATT DOOCEY to the Minister of Health: Does she stand by all of her statements and actions in relation to the release of health data by Health New Zealand? ANGIE WARREN-CLARK to the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector: What recent announcements has she made about modernising the charities sector? TONI SEVERIN to the Minister of Corrections: Does he think it is acceptable that, as at 31 May 2023, 2,191 sentenced prisoners had attended a rehabilitation programme during the 2022/2023 year, 4,140 fewer than attended rehabilitation programmes in the 2017/2018 year, and how many sentenced prisoners attended a rehabilitation programme during June 2023? HELEN WHITE to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: What updates can he report about the New Zealand Claims Resolution Service? SIMON WATTS to the Minister of Revenue: Does he stand by his statement on the Government's proposal for a wealth tax that "As is clear from the papers, I supported it", and does he think Inland Revenue was right to say a wealth tax would "generate a range of economic costs and other risks"? Hon JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Transport: Is reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transport still a priority for this Government?
7/20/202350 minutes, 40 seconds
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Oral Questions for Tuesday 18 July 2023

Questions to Ministers DAVID SEYMOUR to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's statements and policies? NAISI CHEN to the Minister of Energy and Resources: How is the Government partnering with businesses to support the uptake of low emissions technology? CHRISTOPHER LUXON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's statements and actions? Dr TRACEY McLELLAN to the Minister of Health: What announcement has the Government made about removing the postcode lottery for cataract surgery? NICOLA WILLIS to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement in June this year that "the extent of the Government's work on tax was outlined after the 2020 election. That has been the work programme for tax", and is that consistent with the months spent working on proposals for new taxes, including a minimum tax, wealth tax, and a capital gains tax intended to be part of Budget 2023? VANUSHI WALTERS to the Minister of Justice: What steps is the Government taking to crack down on youth offending and gang offending? Hon PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Justice: Does she believe her Government has had the right priorities in justice; if so, why? Dr ELIZABETH KEREKERE to the Associate Minister of Health (Pacific Peoples): What actions has the Government taken based on the consultations and reviews of the Burial and Cremation Act 1964 since 2017, and will she introduce legislation on this subject in this Parliament? SHANAN HALBERT to the Minister of Transport: What is the current State highway maintenance budget for 2021-24, and how does this compare to 2015-18? Hon MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Police: Does she stand by her statement, "It is my view that New Zealanders feel safer"; if so, why? Dr EMILY HENDERSON to the Minister of Police: What recent announcements has the Government made about the pursuit of criminal offending? CHRIS BAILLIE to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by all her actions and policies?
7/18/202354 minutes, 16 seconds
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Oral Questions for Thursday 29 June 2023

Questions to Ministers RACHEL BOYACK to the Minister for Cyclone Recovery: What announcements has the Government made about supporting the recovery in affected regions from recent extreme weather events? NICOLA WILLIS to the Acting Prime Minister: Does she stand by all of her Government's statements and actions? PAUL EAGLE to the Minister of Housing: How is the Government incorporating innovative building solutions into the public housing rebuild? JAN LOGIE to the Minister of Housing: What is the Kainga Ora universal design standards target, and when did the board adopt this target? Dr LIZ CRAIG to the Minister of Health: What changes has the Government made to the Carer Support subsidy? CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Local Government: Does he stand by all decisions made around the Government's water services reform programme in 2023? DAMIEN SMITH to the Minister of Statistics: Does she have confidence that Stats NZ will achieve the 90 percent completion rate target for the New Zealand Census 2023, and is she "absolutely" willing to resign as Minister if this target isn't met by 5 pm tomorrow? ARENA WILLIAMS to the Minister for Maori Development: What recent announcements has the Government made about support for owners of whenua Maori in Tairawhiti and Hawke's Bay? Hon MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Corrections: Does he agree with the reported statement of the Chief Ombudsman following his report initiated after the Waikeria Prison riot, "Corrections was being defensive, risk averse and believed it had made changes when there was no evidence of it on the ground"; if not, why not? SIMON COURT to the Minister of Local Government: Does he intend that in the Water Services Entities Amendment Bill, the powers awarded to the wider population through community priority statements are less than those awarded to local Maori through Te Mana o te Wai statements, and does he think assigning input on water management on the basis of iwi affiliation will help provide effective and efficient water services? TAMA POTAKA to the Associate Minister of Housing (Maori Housing): How many new homes have been contracted through the Whai Kainga Whai Oranga programme, and how many whanau Maori have moved into homes completed through the programme? ANGIE WARREN-CLARK to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: What is the Government doing to support the transition to a low-emissions, climate-resilient future for businesses?
6/29/202353 minutes, 47 seconds
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Oral Questions for Wednesday 28 June 2023

Questions to Ministers CHRISTOPHER LUXON to the Acting Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her Government's statements and actions? CHLÖE SWARBRICK to the Associate Minister of Housing: What real-world data, if any, is collected by the Government on healthy homes standards compliance? ANNA LORCK to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he seen on the New Zealand economy? NICOLA WILLIS to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with BNZ that "The New Zealand economy is currently in peak stagflation: two quarters of negative growth; a labour market that is unsustainably tight; and inflation miles above the Reserve Bank's target"; if not, why not? GLEN BENNETT to the Minister of Energy and Resources: How will Budget 2023 support businesses to decarbonise their vehicle fleets? Hon MARK MITCHELL to the Acting Minister of Police: Does she stand by the Minister of Police's statement, "It is my view that New Zealanders feel safer"; if so, why? SORAYA PEKE-MASON to the Minister for Women: What recent announcements has the Government made about representation on public sector boards? DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister of Health: What is the name of the supplier storing the 17.8 million expired and expiring Rapid Antigen Tests to which she referred in her statement yesterday, "I am happy to give the member the name of the supplier if they put it on notice", and what is the overall cost to date of warehousing with this supplier to which she referred in her statement yesterday that "I am happy to provide the cost of the warehousing overall for the member if the member puts that question on notice"? Hon MEKA WHAITIRI to the Minister for Emergency Management: Does he stand by all his decisions and policies regarding the Emergency Management Bill? Hon PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for the Environment: What progress has been made on repealing and replacing the Resource Management Act 1991? Hon MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister for Regional Development: Does she believe taxpayers have a right to expect good value for the Government's investment in the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), and do comments from the Office of the Auditor-General that it was "not yet certain that Parliament or the public can have confidence that the investments made through the PGF reset will ultimately represent good value for money" concern her? ANAHILA KANONGATA'A to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: What recent announcement has she made about Aotearoa New Zealand's support for ocean diversity and conservation?
6/28/202349 minutes, 59 seconds
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Oral Questions for Tuesday 27 June 2023

Questions to Ministers TERISA NGOBI to the Minister of Housing: What progress has the Government made rebuilding New Zealand's public housing stock? DAVID SEYMOUR to the Acting Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her Government's statements and policies? CHRISTOPHER LUXON to the Acting Prime Minister: Does she stand by all of her Government's statements and actions? CAMILLA BELICH to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has the Government made on extra support for the tertiary education sector? NICOLA WILLIS to the Minister of Finance: What advice, if any, has he had about the impact a new asset tax, such as, for example, a wealth tax, would have on the New Zealand economy, particularly in light of economic recession and the cost of living crisis? TANGI UTIKERE to the Minister of Health: What is the Government doing to reduce the cost of healthcare from 1 July? Hon PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Justice: Does she agree with independent victims' advocate Ruth Money, who says that discounts to sentences for convicted criminals are "getting out of control", and how does allowing for sentence discounts to reach 73 percent fit with her stated pledge to be "victim-centric"? SARAH PALLETT to the Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment: What recent announcements has she made about Peke Waihanga? HARETE HIPANGO to the Minister for Children: Is he confident children in the care of Oranga Tamariki are safe; if not, why not? RICARDO MENÉNDEZ MARCH to the Minister of Housing: Is she committed to ensuring everyone on the public housing waiting list has an accessible, affordable, and healthy public home to live in; if so, why has her Government not committed to funding the public housing building programme beyond June 2025? BROOKE van VELDEN to the Minister of Health: What options is Te Whatu Ora considering for the repurposing or alternative use of the more than 17,839,000 rapid antigen tests (RATs) that as of 12 June had either expired or will not be dispatched because they are nearing expiry, and what does it cost Te Whatu Ora each month to store these expired or expiring RATs? STEPH LEWIS to the Associate Minister of Health: What recent measures have been put in place by the Government to help increase vaccination rates and accessibility to healthcare for mums and babies?
6/27/202351 minutes, 26 seconds
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Oral Questions for Thursday 22 June 2023

Questions to Ministers TEANAU TUIONO to the Minister of Agriculture: Has he seen the call in the Climate Shift plan, released last week, to "Transition intensive dairying to low emissions farming by phasing out synthetic nitrogen fertiliser and imported animal feed, reducing herd size, and banning new large-scale irrigation schemes"; if so, does he support it? SHANAN HALBERT to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he seen on the New Zealand economy? NICOLA WILLIS to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all of his Ministers? Dr JAMES McDOWALL to the Minister of Immigration: Can football fans from non - visa waiver countries wishing to take advantage of this month's release of additional tickets for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup come to New Zealand to watch games that start in 28 days, and how many days does it currently take Immigration New Zealand, on average, to process 90 percent of visitor visa applications for non - visa waiver countries? SARAH PALLETT to the Minister for Women: How will Budget 2023 deliver for women? Hon LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: How many more people are on the jobseeker benefit today compared to September 2017, and how much higher are jobseeker benefit numbers expected to climb, according to Treasury's forecast from the Budget? TAMATI COFFEY to the Minister of Tourism: What recent announcement has been made regarding the tourism industry's transformation to be more environmentally responsible? MATT DOOCEY to the Minister of Health: Is it correct that reported waiting times for children seeking mental health treatment in the Wellington region increased from 28 days in 2018 to almost 70 days in 2022, and does she agree with the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission's statement that "There are persistent workforce shortages, and we are yet to see a clear strategy and roadmap to grow and develop the workforce we so desperately need"? IBRAHIM OMER to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: What recent announcements has she made in response to Iran's ongoing human rights abuses? PENNY SIMMONDS to the Minister of Education: What is the unaudited draft financial surplus or deficit for Te Pukenga for the financial year ended 31 December 2022? TERISA NGOBI to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: What progress has the Government made for Kiwi consumers this week? HARETE HIPANGO to the Minister for Children: Does he stand by all of his statements and actions regarding Oranga Tamariki?
6/22/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 7 seconds
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Oral Questions for Wednesday 21 June 2023

Questions to Ministers CHRISTOPHER LUXON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's statements and actions? HON MARAMA DAVIDSON to the Minister of Finance: Is he concerned at the findings in the Productivity Commission's A fair chance for all report that nearly 1 in 5 New Zealanders experience persistent disadvantage; if so, will he commit to making the changes needed to end persistent disadvantage in New Zealand? INGRID LEARY to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he seen on the New Zealand economy? NICOLA WILLIS to the Minister of Finance: What advice, if any, has he sought from Treasury in the past six months on specific matters relating to New Zealand's current tax settings, and what specific tax changes, if any, were considered as part of the Budget process? NAISI CHEN to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What actions is the Government taking to drive the uptake of hydrogen? BROOKE VAN VELDEN to the Minister of Health: What are the subspecialties to which the wait-list equity adjuster was being rolled out in the wider northern region, and how, if at all, is ethnicity being used as a factor in prioritising access to health treatment outside of the equity adjuster tool? DR SHANE RETI to the Minister of Health: How many people on surgical waiting lists have had the equity adjuster applied, and how many received an improved prioritisation with a contribution from the ethnicity component? VANUSHI WALTERS to the Minister of Defence: What recent defence arrangements has New Zealand made with Fiji? HON MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Police: Does she stand by her statement, "It is my view that New Zealanders feel safer"; if so, why? ANGELA ROBERTS to the Minister of Forestry: How is the Government empowering communities when it comes to the planting of forests? PENNY SIMMONDS to the Associate Minister of Education: Is she confident that the Government's early childhood education announcement on Monday has adequately responded to the concerns of the sector, who had previously described it as "unworkable"; if so, why? GLEN BENNETT to the Minister for the Digital Economy and Communications: What progress has been made on the Game Development Sector Rebate?
6/21/202348 minutes, 48 seconds
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Oral Questions for Tuesday 20 June 2023

Questions to Ministers: DR EMILY HENDERSON to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What recent reports has she seen on the effects of changes to the welfare system since 2017? RAWIRI WAITITI to the Minister of Corrections: What actions, if any, is he taking in response to a recent report from the independent Office of the Inspectorate which found that 29 percent of all prisoners experienced solitary confinement over a 12-month period, seriously impacting on the wellbeing of people in prison and their families? CHRISTOPHER LUXON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's statements and actions? DR ANAE NERU LEAVASA to the Minister of Health: What recent announcement has the Government made about increasing the number of first-year medical school places? NICOLA WILLIS to the Minister of Finance: What was the change in GDP per capita in each of the past two quarters, and does he agree that, by that measure, the New Zealand economy is going backwards? HON PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Forestry: What recent forestry announcement has the Government made regarding the New Zealand emissions trading scheme? DR SHANE RETI to the Minister of Health: How much weighting will be given to the ethnicity component of the equity adjuster for surgical wait-lists, and what other parts of the health system, if any, has she looked at applying the adjuster to? NICOLE MCKEE to the Minister of Police: Does she stand by her statement that "It is my view that New Zealanders feel safer with a Government on track to deliver 1,800 extra police"; if so, why, when gangs have recruited close to twice as many members in the nearly six years it took to recruit those extra police? CAMILLA BELICH to the Associate Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: What recent announcement has she made about more financial support for parents? HON PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Justice: Does she stand by all her statements and actions? INGRID LEARY to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: What recent announcement has he made on market studies? HON MARAMA DAVIDSON to the Minister of Finance: Is he concerned at the findings in the Productivity Commission's A fair chance for all report that approximately 1 in 5 New Zealanders experience persistent disadvantage; if so, will he commit to making the changes needed to end persistent disadvantage in New Zealand?
6/20/202356 minutes, 42 seconds
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Oral Questions for Thursday 8 June 2023

Questions to Ministers NICOLA WILLIS to the Prime Minister: On what dates, if any, did the Cabinet Office communicate with the Prime Minister or the Office of the Prime Minister since November 2020 regarding Hon Michael Wood's shareholdings? Hon AUPITO WILLIAM SIO to the Minister of Energy and Resources: How is the Government supporting communities to be more energy resilient? Hon PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister for Auckland: Does he stand by all his statements and actions? Hon MEKA WHAITIRI to the Minister of Housing: Does she have confidence in the operations of the Temporary Accommodation Service in Hawke's Bay following Cyclone Gabrielle? DAVID SEYMOUR to the Prime Minister: On what specific dates since November 2020, if any, did the Cabinet Office communicate with the Prime Minister's office regarding Hon Michael Wood's shareholding in Auckland Airport, and who in the Prime Minister's office, if anyone, was aware of the shareholding prior to last week? CHLÖE SWARBRICK to the Associate Minister of Housing: Is she satisfied that the UN-recognised human right to adequate housing of the approximately 1.4 million renters in this country is being met? IBRAHIM OMER to the Minister of Research, Science and Innovation: What announcement has the Government recently made about investing in the science system? Hon MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Police: Does she stand by her statement, "It is my view that New Zealanders feel safer"; if so, why? ARENA WILLIAMS to the Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment (Maori Employment): How is the Government supporting rangatahi into training and employment opportunities? TONI SEVERIN to the Minister of Corrections: Does he think that assessing a prisoner's psychological state when they enter prison is important for understanding their rehabilitation needs, and does he also think that assessing a prisoner's literacy and numeracy skills is important for understanding their educational needs? ERICA STANFORD to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by all her statements and actions? JAMIE STRANGE to the Minister for Emergency Management: What recent announcements has he made on emergency management?
6/8/202347 minutes, 14 seconds
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Oral Questions for Wednesday 7 June 2023

Questions to Ministers Dr ANAE NERU LEAVASA to the Minister of Health: What recent announcement has she made about curbing youth vaping? NICOLA WILLIS to the Prime Minister: On what occasions did the Cabinet Office ask Minister Michael Wood whether he'd divested his shares in Auckland Airport and, in each instance, what commitments, if any, did the Minister make to the Cabinet Office about any next steps he would take? TERISA NGOBI to the Minister for Regional Development: What announcements has she made about investment into our regional economies? DAVID SEYMOUR to the Prime Minister: Is he confident that officials and Ministers are making decisions transparently and impartially? DAN ROSEWARNE to the Minister of Defence: What progress has been made on the procurement of Bushmaster protected armoured vehicles? Hon PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister for Auckland: Does he stand by all his statements and actions? Hon EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for Oceans and Fisheries: Is she confident that the vision that "New Zealanders work towards zero fishing-related seabird mortalities" in the National Plan of Action - Seabirds 2020 is resulting in significant progress to protect our seabirds; if not, will she ensure stronger action is taken? ANNA LORCK to the Minister for Rural Communities: What recent reports has he received on Government support to cyclone-affected rural communities? ERICA STANFORD to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by all her statements and actions? GLEN BENNETT to the Minister for the Digital Economy and Communications: What recent announcements has the Government made about boosting our digital workforce? Dr ELIZABETH KEREKERE to the Minister for Land Information: Does he agree with the New Zealand Geographic Board Te Rautaki Strategy 2020-2025 vision statement, "We continuously improve our capability and processes to achieve our goals and objectives"; if so, what changes, if any, have been made to improve processes for Maori participation? Hon MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Police: Does she stand by her statement, "It is my view that New Zealanders feel safer" if so, why?
6/7/202353 minutes, 37 seconds
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Oral Questions for Wednesday 7 June 2023

Questions to Ministers Dr ANAE NERU LEAVASA to the Minister of Health: What recent announcement has she made about curbing youth vaping? NICOLA WILLIS to the Prime Minister: On what occasions did the Cabinet Office ask Minister Michael Wood whether he'd divested his shares in Auckland Airport and, in each instance, what commitments, if any, did the Minister make to the Cabinet Office about any next steps he would take? TERISA NGOBI to the Minister for Regional Development: What announcements has she made about investment into our regional economies? DAVID SEYMOUR to the Prime Minister: Is he confident that officials and Ministers are making decisions transparently and impartially? DAN ROSEWARNE to the Minister of Defence: What progress has been made on the procurement of Bushmaster protected armoured vehicles? Hon PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister for Auckland: Does he stand by all his statements and actions? Hon EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for Oceans and Fisheries: Is she confident that the vision that "New Zealanders work towards zero fishing-related seabird mortalities" in the National Plan of Action - Seabirds 2020 is resulting in significant progress to protect our seabirds; if not, will she ensure stronger action is taken? ANNA LORCK to the Minister for Rural Communities: What recent reports has he received on Government support to cyclone-affected rural communities? ERICA STANFORD to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by all her statements and actions? GLEN BENNETT to the Minister for the Digital Economy and Communications: What recent announcements has the Government made about boosting our digital workforce? Dr ELIZABETH KEREKERE to the Minister for Land Information: Does he agree with the New Zealand Geographic Board Te Rautaki Strategy 2020-2025 vision statement, "We continuously improve our capability and processes to achieve our goals and objectives"; if so, what changes, if any, have been made to improve processes for Maori participation? Hon MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Police: Does she stand by her statement, "It is my view that New Zealanders feel safer"; if so, why?
6/7/202353 minutes, 37 seconds
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Oral Questions for 6 June 2023

Questions to Ministers DAVID SEYMOUR to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's statements and policies? CHRISTOPHER LUXON to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all of his Ministers? RACHEL BOYACK to the Minister of Energy and Resources: How is the Government extending the Warmer Kiwi Homes programme? NICOLA WILLIS to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with Westpac senior economist Satish Ranchhod that "the pressure on households' finances will become increasingly stark over the year ahead", and how long has inflation been outside of the Reserve Bank's target range? RICARDO MENÉNDEZ MARCH to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she think current income support levels allow everyone to live without debt and out of poverty? DR EMILY HENDERSON to the Minister for Regional Development: What progress has been made on water storage projects in Northland? RAWIRI WAITITI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's statements and actions? INGRID LEARY to the Minister of Tourism: How is the Government supporting better education and career opportunities in tourism? HON PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Transport: Is he confident that all real or perceived conflicts of interest relating to the Transport portfolio have been appropriately managed, and how many times, if any, has he or his predecessor met with Auckland Airport leadership? NAISI CHEN to the Minister for Small Business: What further support is the Government providing to help keep small retailers safe? HON MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Police: Does she stand by her statement, "It is my view that New Zealanders feel safer"; if so, why? LEMAUGA LYDIA SOSENE to the Associate Minister for the Environment: What announcement has she made regarding the Government's Waste Minimisation Fund?
6/6/202350 minutes, 59 seconds
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Oral Questions for Thursday 1 June 2023

Questions to Ministers NICOLA WILLIS to the Minister of Finance: Has he received any advice from Government officials in the past year that included proposals for reducing the income tax paid by New Zealanders; if so, has Cabinet given consideration to any of those proposals? ANNA LORCK to the Minister for Cyclone Recovery: What announcements has the Government made about support for severely affected locations in the wake of the Auckland Anniversary weekend floods and Cyclone Gabrielle? CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Housing: Is she satisfied with the performance of Kainga Ora? VANUSHI WALTERS to the Minister of Police: What progress has been made on the Government's target of 1,800 additional police officers? Hon MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister for Economic Development: How much money, if any, has been spent on consultants and contractors working on the Government's Industry Transformation Plans since 1 July 2020, and how much is expected to be spent on consultants and contractors in the next financial year? MARJA LUBECK to the Minister of Health: What announcement has the Government recently made about reducing pay disparity between community and hospital nurses? DAMIEN SMITH to the Minister of Revenue: How many people earning less than $180,000 a year with a family trust will pay the 39 percent rate of tax on any income they earn from that trust, and does he think it is fair for someone earning $80,000, such as a hairdresser, mechanic, or butcher, to be subject to the top tax rate if their business is held in a trust? SORAYA PEKE-MASON to the Minister for Whanau Ora: How is Budget 2023 supporting the kaupapa of Whanau Ora to improve whanau wellbeing? STUART SMITH to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does she agree with the Prime Minister that the tone of the Government's campaign suggesting New Zealanders take shorter showers is "a bit off"; if so, does she think spending $2.8 million on that campaign is acceptable during a cost of living crisis? RICARDO MENÉNDEZ MARCH to the Minister of Housing: Is she committed to ensuring the Kainga Ora build programme will deliver enough housing for everyone currently on the waiting list and for projected future needs? LEMAUGA LYDIA SOSENE to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: What announcements has he made recently about supporting competition and better deals for consumers across the economy? CHRIS PENK to the Minister for Cyclone Recovery: How much of the cyclone recovery funding provided to the Hawke's Bay region for business support grants has been allocated to date, and can he confirm whether any funding that has not been paid out in grants will be returned to the Government?
6/1/202347 minutes, 42 seconds
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Oral Questions for Wednesday 31 May 2023

Questions to Ministers Dr TRACEY McLELLAN to the Minister of Health: How has Budget 2023 reduced the cost of healthcare for New Zealand households? CHRISTOPHER LUXON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's statements and actions? TEANAU TUIONO to the Minister for the Environment: Does he have confidence that the approach to regulating wastewater discharges to the coastal marine and estuarine environment is fit for purpose, taking into account environmental and Te Tiriti o Waitangi values? NICOLA WILLIS to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement yesterday that "the operating allowances are designed to enable us to achieve particular fiscal goals. We have been able to achieve those goals, including keeping debt low and including our return to surplus", and how have those goals changed since he became Minister of Finance? PAUL EAGLE to the Associate Minister of Education (Maori Education): How is Budget 2023 supporting Maori education? ERICA STANFORD to the Minister of Education: Does she agree with the principal of New Zealand's largest high school when he described the Government's roll-out of the NCEA changes as creating a "ridiculous" situation which "doesn't make any sense" and as "harming student outcomes", and has she heard of any other schools that are planning on dropping NCEA level 1 next year because of similar concerns? IBRAHIM OMER to the Minister for Trade and Export Growth: How will the New Zealand - United Kingdom Free Trade Agreement benefit New Zealand? Hon MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Police: Does she stand by her statement, "It is my view that New Zealanders feel safer"; if so, why? MARK CAMERON to the Minister of Agriculture: What official discussions, if any, has he had with his ministerial colleagues about a levy on nitrogen fertiliser used in agriculture, and what advice, by date and title, if any, has he received about a levy on nitrogen fertiliser used in agriculture? ANAHILA KANONGATA'A to the Minister for Disability Issues: How does Budget 2023 support disabled people? DEBBIE NGAREWA-PACKER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's statements and actions? SIMON WATTS to the Minister of Statistics: Does she stand by her statement to media when asked if she would stake her job on a 90 percent census collection rate, "Absolutely", and does she stand by all her statements and actions relating to the 2023 Census?
5/31/202350 minutes, 19 seconds
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Oral Questions for Wedenesday 17 May 2023

Questions to Ministers INGRID LEARY to the Minister of Finance: What are the priorities for Budget 2023? CHRISTOPHER LUXON to the Prime Minister: Is he satisfied with the outcomes taxpayers are getting from the increase in Government spending from $76 billion in 2017 to $129 billion in the current financial year? ARENA WILLIAMS to the Minister for Maori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti: What recent announcement has the Government made regarding Matariki celebrations? CHLÖE SWARBRICK to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with Labour MP Grant Robertson, who said in 2014, "We will ensure that all New Zealanders get a fair go by reforming monetary policy and by ensuring that everybody pays their fair share with a tax policy where higher-income earners actually pay their tax and actually pay their fair share"; if so, is that what we can expect tomorrow? HELEN WHITE to the Minister of Housing: What action is the Government taking to increase the supply of public housing? NICOLA WILLIS to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that savings and reprioritisations in Budget 2023 will, for the most part, go "toward funding agencies' existing cost pressures", and what steps, if any, will the Budget include to reduce cost pressures for everyday taxpayers? NAISI CHEN to the Minister for the Digital Economy and Communications: What recent announcements has the Government made on expanding provincial connectivity? Hon MEKA WHAITIRI to the Minister of Revenue: Does he stand by his recent statement, "We have hard data confirming fundamental unfairness in our tax system"; if so, what specific policies, if any, has he proposed to Cabinet to address unfairness in the tax system? DAN ROSEWARNE to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: What progress can he report on the work he is doing on the pricing of groceries? ERICA STANFORD to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by all her statements and actions? BROOKE van VELDEN to the Minister of Health: Is she confident that New Zealanders are able to see their GP when they need to, or enrol with a GP at all? Hon MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Police: Does she stand by her statement, "It is my view that New Zealanders feel safer"; if so, why?
5/17/202352 minutes, 1 second
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Oral Questions for Thursday 11 May 2023

Questions to Ministers NICOLA WILLIS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's statements and actions? RACHEL BOYACK to the Minister of Housing: How is the Government working with the community housing sector to increase the supply of public homes? NICOLA WILLIS to the Minister of Finance: Is he confident that every dollar appropriated in the 2023 Budget will be spent better by the Government than it could have been spent by hard-working New Zealanders enduring a cost of living crisis? ANGELA ROBERTS to the Minister of Education: How is the Government supporting teachers to prioritise maths and literacy teaching? DAMIEN SMITH to the Minister of Statistics: What was the total cost, if any, of the One NZ Warriors census promotion, including free tickets, $25 food vouchers for the game, and a draw for a holiday to Australia as an incentive for completing the New Zealand census, and how many entered the draw? ERICA STANFORD to the Minister of Education: Whose authority were her staff acting on when they sent an email on 9 February 2023 to the Ministry of Education stating that "FYI, the Minister's office are looking to potentially release the Term 3 attendance data early next week", when the Ministry of Education had scheduled the data to be released on 22 December 2022, and does she still believe that the ministry's plan to release that data before Christmas would have been cynical? RICARDO MENÉNDEZ MARCH to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Has she seen the New Zealand Food Network's statement, "We're seeing people having to cut their food budgets in order to pay for housing and rental hikes, increasing fuel costs and power bills"; if so, what actions will her Government take in response, if any? TANGI UTIKERE to the Minister of Justice: What announcements has she made about trading hours for licensed premises during the men's Rugby World Cup? SIMEON BROWN to the Minister of Transport: What is the total amount of unspent revenue collected from the Auckland regional fuel tax, and how much revenue has been collected from the Auckland regional fuel tax to date? JAMIE STRANGE to the Minister for the Public Service: What updates has he received on the progress of pay equity settlements? Hon MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Police: Does she stand by her statement, "It is my view that New Zealanders feel safer"; if so, why? ANGIE WARREN-CLARK to the Minister for Disability Issues: What recent announcements has she made about New Zealand Sign Language?
5/11/202353 minutes, 43 seconds
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Oral Questions for Wednesday 10 May 2023

Questions to Ministers Hon Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he seen on the New Zealand economy? NICOLE McKEE to the Minister of Justice: Does she stand by her statement that she is taking a "victim-centric" approach to justice, and is this victim-centric approach compatible with the Government's justice policies? GLEN BENNETT to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What is the Government doing to improve the energy efficiency of New Zealand homes? CHRISTOPHER LUXON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's statements and actions? SORAYA PEKE-MASON to the Associate Minister of Housing (Maori Housing): What progress has the Government made towards delivery of housing for Maori? NICOLA WILLIS to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all of his statements and actions on tax? IBRAHIM OMER to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: How does the early entry into force of the free-trade agreement between New Zealand and the United Kingdom build on the enduring relationship between the UK and New Zealand? ERICA STANFORD to the Minister of Education: Why didn't she at the earliest possible opportunity correct her answer on 22 February where she stated, "I can categorically tell that member that the Ministry of Education is responsible for the data. I have no say over that", given she stated yesterday that "my staff verbally informed me after question time on 22 February that members of my staff had been in correspondence with the Ministry of Education regarding the timing of term 3 attendance data release", and why did her staff ask the Ministry to release the attendance data after her attendance announcement? VANUSHI WALTERS to the Minister of Police: What progress has been made on ensuring Police constabulary staff is more representative of New Zealand's population? TEANAU TUIONO to the Minister of Education: Does she consider the Government has done enough to address the concerns of teachers striking today? MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Broadcasting and Media: Does he stand by all of the Government's statements and actions on New Zealand's broadcasting and media sector? MARK CAMERON to the Minister for the Environment: How many farms utilised intensive winter grazing practices in 2022 on land with a slope of over 10 degrees, and what percentage of those farms, if any, are currently compliant with intensive winter grazing regulations?
5/10/202353 minutes, 28 seconds
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Oral Questions for Thursday 4 May 2023

Questions to Ministers NICOLA WILLIS to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his commitments on tax, and has he met those commitments? SHANAN HALBERT to the Associate Minister of Education (Maori Education): What recent announcements has he made regarding pay for kaiako and kaiawhina working in kohanga reo? CHRIS BAILLIE to the Minister of Education: How many teaching days were lost to industrial action by teacher unions in term 1 2023, and how many teaching days does she expect to be lost in term 2 2023? SARAH PALLETT to the Minister of Education: What milestones have recently been met in the Government's period products in schools programme? Hon PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Justice: Does she agree with the Prime Minister's statement on electoral law that "There's absolutely no change to the principle of one person, one vote. Our elections are still going to be one person, one vote for the councils, for general elections", and does she stand by all her statements on electoral law? Dr EMILY HENDERSON to the Minister of Justice: What announcements has she made about improving victims' experiences in the justice system? Hon LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Why, when comparing the December 2022 quarter to the September 2017 quarter, were 49,377 more people receiving the jobseeker benefit but 37,551 fewer people receiving case management? RICARDO MENÉNDEZ MARCH to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What steps, if any, is the Government taking to review hardship assistance and civil defence payments that have not been increased in nearly 20 years to ensure these meet the needs of whanau affected by floods, cyclones, and other natural disasters? ERICA STANFORD to the Minister of Education: On what date did she first become aware that her answer to an oral question on 22 February 2023 was incorrect, and did she attend a meeting with her staff on 9 February referred to in an email sent by her office to the Ministry of Education stating, "FYI, the Minister's office are looking to potentially release the Term 3 attendance data early next week. Something we can chat about at our meeting later today"? IBRAHIM OMER to the Minister of Defence: What recent announcement has the Government made about New Zealand's support for Ukraine? TONI SEVERIN to the Minister of Corrections: Can he confirm that of the 4,605 sentenced prisoners in Corrections facilities as at 31 March 2023, over 90 percent did not attend a rehabilitation programme during that month, and what implications does failing to rehabilitate prisoners have for the safety of New Zealanders? HELEN WHITE to the Minister of Revenue: What were the main findings of the Inland Revenue Department's report on the effective tax rate paid by high-wealth individuals?
5/4/202352 minutes, 38 seconds
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Oral Questions for Wednesday 3 May 2023

Questions to Ministers INGRID LEARY to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he seen on the New Zealand economy? CHRISTOPHER LUXON to the Acting Prime Minister: Does she stand by all of her Government's statements and actions? RICARDO MENÉNDEZ MARCH to the Acting Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her Government's policies and statements? NICOLA WILLIS to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Prime Minister that "There will need to be adjustments to tax income thresholds", and will he prioritise those adjustments as part of the Government's 2023 Budget? Dr LIZ CRAIG to the Minister for Children: What recent progress has he seen from the Enabling Communities work in Oranga Tamariki? CHRIS BISHOP to the Associate Minister of Housing (Homelessness): How much of the $75 million she announced in Budget 2022 for delivering the Government's vision of an Aotearoa where homelessness is prevented, wherever possible, has been spent to date, if any, and what are the metrics, if any, for how each of the initiatives funded through the investment will be measured? TERISA NGOBI to the Minister of Transport: What recent announcements has he made about investments in passenger rail? NICOLE McKEE to the Minister of Justice: Why was only $3.73 million of the $22 million approved funding for round 5 of the Proceeds of Crime Fund spent in 2022, and when the Ministry of Justice's website states "Round 6 closed on 14 February 2022. The round is currently paused", does this accurately reflect the status of the fund? PAUL EAGLE to the Associate Minister of Health (Maori Health): What recent announcement has he made on health equity? VANUSHI WALTERS to the Minister of Police: What recent announcements has the Government made about supporting the victims of retail crime? ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister of Revenue: Does he stand by his statement that arguments against using unrealised gains for calculating effective tax rates are "bankrupt and rubbish", and will he rule out introducing legislation for a capital gains tax this year?
5/3/202355 minutes, 11 seconds
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Question Time for 2 May 2023

Questions to Ministers DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Prime Minister's statement that "it's not right for households to be tightening their belts if the Government doesn't too", and will he rule out introducing a new tax on capital while he is the Minister of Finance? ANAHILA KANONGATA'A to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What support is the Government providing to help New Zealanders with their winter energy costs? CHRISTOPHER LUXON to the Acting Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her Government's statements and actions? ANGELA ROBERTS to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has the Government made on reducing class sizes for years 4 to 8? NICOLA WILLIS to the Minister of Finance: Does he think that New Zealanders are being fairly taxed; if not, what consideration, if any, is the Government giving to reducing the tax paid by average-wage earners? CHLÖE SWARBRICK to the Minister of Finance: Does he think that the wealthiest New Zealanders are paying their fair share of tax? DR SHANE RETI to the Minister of Health: Does she agree with the NZ Herald report on 30 April 2023 that there is a nursing shortage, and has she asked for advice on whether giving new nursing graduates in their first five years an effective pay rise of $4,500 a year by making student loan repayments for them would attract more Kiwis into nursing? IBRAHIM OMER to the Minister of Immigration: What recent reports has he seen on worker and visitor arrivals into New Zealand? SIMON COURT to the Minister of Local Government: Does he agree with his predecessor Hon Nanaia Mahuta's statement that "Maori have not expressed rights and interests in three waters assets over and above those as ratepayers within their respective communities of interest"; if so, does he think granting mana whenua representatives half the seats on regional representative groups for water services entities reflects the interests of all ratepayers equally? ANNA LORCK to the Minister of Forestry: What recent announcement has he made on how New Zealand's forestry can help grow the economy and contribute to climate change response? SIMEON BROWN to the Minister of Transport: What is the total amount of subsidies the Government has paid out to Tesla owners through the Clean Car Discount scheme, and how many Teslas have been purchased through the scheme? TAMATI COFFEY to the Minister for Oceans and Fisheries: What recent announcement has she made regarding transformation in the fishing sector?
5/2/202350 minutes, 3 seconds
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Oral Questions for Thursday 6 April 2023

Questions to Ministers NICOLA WILLIS to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement on Radio New Zealand last month that "we're not going to let low and middle income people particularly suffer at the hands of the high inflation we're seeing"; if so, is he delivering on that commitment? ANAHILA KANONGATA'A-SUISUIKI to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What reports has she seen on the update of hardship grants for dental assistance? CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Housing: What advice has she sought, if any, on the impact of rising interest rates on housing costs? ANGELA ROBERTS to the Minister of Health: What improvements have been made in Taranaki for patients requiring renal services? Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Health: Is the emergency department qualifying attendance data published by Health New Zealand this week different from the corrected ED data that she advised the House on 14 March 2023 was the correct data; if so, what are the differences? NAISI CHEN to the Minister for Broadcasting and Media: What announcements has he made regarding funding for world-class public media? Hon PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Justice: Does she stand by all her statements and actions? ARENA WILLIAMS to the Minister of Police: What recent reports has she seen on the composition of the Police workforce across New Zealand? SIMON WATTS to the Minister of Local Government: What has been the total departmental expenditure to date on Three Waters, and is he confident it has represented good value for money? NICOLE McKEE to the Minister of Police: Is she concerned that increasing fees for a new firearms licence from $126.50 to $625.60, as proposed in the Arms Regulations: Review of Fees discussion document, will deter potential applicants and encourage the illegal use of firearms, and is she also concerned that increasing the firearms dealers licence fee from $204 to $2,710 annually will impact upon the safe use of firearms within the community? DAN ROSEWARNE to the Minister for Veterans: What recognition and support is the Government giving to veterans as we look towards ANZAC Day? TEANAU TUIONO to the Minister of Defence: Does he stand by his statement that joining AUKUS "could not compromise our legal obligations and our moral commitment to nuclear-free"; if so, does he think that AUKUS is a threat to a nuclear-free and independent Pacific?
4/6/202344 minutes, 10 seconds
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Oral Questions for 5 April 2023

Questions to Ministers ANGIE WARREN-CLARK to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What reports has she seen on material wellbeing? CHRISTOPHER LUXON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's statements and actions? RACHEL BROOKING to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he seen on the New Zealand economy? NICOLA WILLIS to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement, "The year 2023 is a tough time for many New Zealand families", and what impact is the rising cost of living having on them? CHLÖE SWARBRICK to the Minister of Health: Is the Government's approach to drugs evidence-based, and does it ensure the best possible health and wellbeing outcomes for New Zealanders? CHRIS BAILLIE to the Minister of Education: Does she agree with the Ministry of Education's Literacy and Communication and Maths Strategy that "A critical maths pedagogical approach uses maths to develop critical awareness about wider social, environmental, political, ideological, and economic issues. Critical maths recognises the importance of understanding, interpreting, and addressing issues of power, social justice and equity in the community and the wider world. Akonga are encouraged to interrogate dominant discourses and assumptions, including that maths is benign, neutral, and culture-free"? IBRAHIM OMER to the Minister of Immigration: What recent announcements has he made regarding the migrant workforce? HON LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister for Child Poverty Reduction: Does she agree with Child Poverty Action Group that the latest child poverty statistics are "a sad indictment on the country with no real improvement in policy that could turn things around", and why was the reduction in the number of children living in material hardship over the last five years less than half the reduction from 2013 to 2017? TAMATI COFFEY to the Minister of Tourism: What recent announcement has he made on the Tourism Infrastructure Fund? ERICA STANFORD to the Minister of Education: How many decile 1 students passed the writing assessment for the second 2022 literacy and numeracy pilot released last week, and what advice, if any, has she received on the number of students next year that will leave school with no qualification? GLEN BENNETT to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: What reports has he seen about how competing businesses can cooperate to respond to natural disasters? PENNY SIMMONDS to the Minister of Education: Does she believe the results of the Te Pukenga network employee survey, which notes one-third of Te Pukenga staff see no future for themselves in Te Pukenga, is a positive or a negative representation of Te Pukenga's performance over the last three years?
4/5/202345 minutes, 44 seconds
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Oral Questions for Tuesday 4 April 2023

Questions to Ministers CHRISTOPHER LUXON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements and actions? NAISI CHEN to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What action is the Government taking to decarbonise New Zealand's economy? Hon EUGENIE SAGE to the Acting Minister for Oceans and Fisheries: Does he think that fisheries management is ensuring sustainable fisheries and healthy and abundant marine life in New Zealand waters; if not, why not? NICOLA WILLIS to the Minister of Finance: What impact, if any, is the rising cost of living and rising interest rates having on New Zealanders and their families? CAMILLA BELICH to the Minister of Education: What reports has she seen on how the Government's tutoring package is delivering for Maori and Pacific students? Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Health: Does she agree with Rob Campbell, former chair of Health NZ, that the health reforms are "half-baked" and that the Government should declare a "health crisis worthy of a crisis response"; if not, why not? SHANAN HALBERT to the Minister of Transport: What recent announcements has he made about building a futureproofed transport network for Auckland? Hon MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Police: Does she stand by her statement, "my number one focus is to make sure New Zealanders feel safe", and what percentage of youths who commit retail crime face court action? SIMON COURT to the Minister of Transport: How much money has been spent in total on transport policies that have been cancelled or re-scoped by this Government, and how much of this, if any, has been spent on consultants and contractors? Dr ANAE NERU LEAVASA to the Minister of Health: What progress is being made in vaccinating New Zealanders against COVID-19 and the flu? DEBBIE NGAREWA-PACKER to the Associate Minister of Health (Maori Health): Does he stand by his statement on the Therapeutic Products Bill that "Under Te Tiriti o Waitangi, the Crown has an obligation to actively protect rongoa Maori"; if not, why not? ANNA LORCK to the Minister for Rural Communities: What recent reports has he seen on targeted support to rural communities to help them recover from Cyclone Gabrielle?
4/4/202356 minutes, 59 seconds
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Oral Questions for Thursday 30 March 2023

Questions to Ministers TERISA NGOBI to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What additional support will be available for New Zealanders and their families from 1 April? BROOKE van VELDEN to the Minister of Housing: How many additional permanent and fixed-term full-time equivalent staff were employed by Kainga Ora in December 2022 as compared with December 2019, and how many additional homes did Kainga Ora manage in December 2022 as compared with December 2019? NICOLA WILLIS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "in 2021, Stuart Nash's then ministerial office consulted the office of the then Prime Minister on an Official Information Act request release where that email had been identified as part of that release"; if so, why was that request release escalated to the Prime Minister's office for consultation? RACHEL BROOKING to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he seen on the New Zealand economy? CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister for the Environment: Does he agree with the Cabinet minute that stated "now is not the time for regulatory uncertainty ... or to impose new costs on businesses and households", and is he confident that the Natural and Built Environment and Spatial Planning Bills are consistent with that statement? DAN ROSEWARNE to the Minister for Veterans: What is the Government doing to support veterans? Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Health: Has she seen St John Ambulance data released this week showing that the amount of time ambulances are ramped while waiting to admit patients to hospital emergency departments has more than trebled since 2019, and are ambulances being used as ED waiting rooms? NAISI CHEN to the Minister for Youth: What recent reports has she seen evaluating the outcomes of programmes designed to support and empower rangatahi? ERICA STANFORD to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statement when asked if she could explain how it is fair for one child in one school to get an hour of maths a day, as recommended by the Royal Society, while a child in another school the same age gets far less, "Oh yes, absolutely I can"; if so, does she accept this variation has contributed to the widening gap in maths achievement for New Zealand students? Hon JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Transport: Does he agree with advice from Waka Kotahi that providing an additional Waitemata Harbour road crossing would result in over 3,000 vehicles entering the city at AM peak, compared with a light rail - only option; if so, will any of the options proposed, which all include an additional road, reduce congestion? MARJA LUBECK to the Minister for Courts: What progress has been made to reduce delays in the coronial system? MATT DOOCEY to the Minister of Health: Why has the year three stocktake of the Budget 2019 Mental Health and Addiction package found the delivery status of the mental health infrastructure programme has "not meaningfully improved" since the previous Health Minister, Andrew Little, said he was "extraordinarily frustrated ... we seem to be a long way behind actually getting a shovel in the ground", and why did the $30 million allocated to support delivery result in a finding that the programme has not accelerated and estimated completion dates are unlikely to be met?
3/30/202348 minutes, 11 seconds
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Oral Questions for Wednesday 29 March 2023

Questions to Ministers TEANAU TUIONO to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her comments that teachers' pay and conditions are "not good enough"? CHRISTOPHER LUXON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's statements and actions? ANAHILA KANONGATA'A-SUISUIKI to the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage: What progress has been made to lift artists' incomes? NICOLA WILLIS to the Minister of Justice: Does she agree with the Minister of Finance's May 2020 statement in relation to the Government's consideration of options to offer rent relief for commercial tenants hit by COVID-19 disruption that "We're looking actively at what we do in terms of the Property Act to be able to support a fairer resolution there to ensure there is some remission", and what advice, if any, did she seek about policy options in relation to these matters? CAMILLA BELICH to the Minister of Immigration: What recent reports has he seen about the uptake of the Recovery Visa? NICOLE McKEE to the Minister of Education: How many students will be without their normal classroom teachers today due to the teachers' strike? Hon PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Justice: Does she agree with the Minister for the Prevention of Family and Sexual Violence, who said, "I know what causes violence in this world and it's white cis men", and are those comments consistent with the Government's justice policy? VANUSHI WALTERS to the Minister of Justice: What new legislative tools have been progressed to combat organised crime? JOSEPH MOONEY to the Minister for the Environment: Why was the majority of Hawke's Bay excluded from the ministerial inquiry into forestry slash and land use, which was announced following Cyclone Gabrielle? ARENA WILLIAMS to the Associate Minister of Health (Maori Health): What progress is he making to address inequities for Maori with mental health and addiction needs? Dr JAMES McDOWALL to the Minister of Immigration: What is the total minimum investment value of Investor I and II applications that are currently with immigration officers, and how many immigration officers are currently responsible for processing those applications? Dr EMILY HENDERSON to the Minister of Police: What recent announcements has the Government made on supporting the safety of frontline police and communities?
3/29/202350 minutes, 32 seconds
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Oral Questions for 28 March 2023

Questions to Ministers CHRISTOPHER LUXON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's statements and actions? ANGIE WARREN-CLARK to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What progress has been made to pass on child support to sole parent beneficiaries? NICOLA WILLIS to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement from May 2022 that "Even if the inflation spike is expected to be temporary, this doesn't take away from the significant impact it is having", and, given inflation has now persisted outside the Reserve Bank target range for 21 months, does he now regret his decision to increase new Government operating spending by $38.7 billion in the 2022 Budget? DEBBIE NGAREWA-PACKER to the Minister for Child Poverty Reduction: Why did she say that this year's child poverty figures are "encouraging", and has she seen reports that one in 10 children and one in five tamariki Maori experience material hardship, meaning that their whanau can't afford essentials like regular healthy food, doctors' visits, or to pay their power bills? RACHEL BOYACK to the Minister of Housing: What impact has the recent severe weather had on Kainga Ora's work programme? Hon LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister for the Prevention of Family and Sexual Violence: Why did she say that "I am a prevention violence Minister, and I know who causes violence in this world and it's white cis men"? SHANAN HALBERT to the Minister of Transport: What recent announcements has the Government made about electric vehicle charging? Hon JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Transport: Does he stand by his comment that when it comes to decarbonising transport, "the longer that action is delayed, the more difficult it gets"? NICOLE McKEE to the Minister of Police: Does she stand by her statement, "My single focus will be improving community safety"; if so, why did she not attend the Esk Valley meeting for residents to address their concerns about levels of crime in the region following Cyclone Gabrielle? ANNA LORCK to the Minister for Regional Development: How is the Government supporting coastal shipping between Gisborne and Napier? ERICA STANFORD to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statement that "year 8 progress has remained constant" since 2017, and why hasn't there been any improvement since 2017? TAMATI COFFEY to the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations: What recent events has he attended for Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tamaki Nui-a-Rua? PENNY SIMMONDS to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statement on Newshub Nation that Te Pukenga is developing an operating model "as we're going along", and can she describe what "developing that as we're going along" actually means?
3/28/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 18 seconds
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Oral Questions for Thursday 16 March 2022

Questions to Ministers RACHEL BROOKING to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he seen on the New Zealand economy? NICOLA WILLIS to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all of his Ministers? DEBBIE NGAREWA-PACKER to the Minister of Climate Change: Does he stand by all the Government's policies and actions on climate change? SARAH PALLETT to the Minister of Transport: What recent announcements has he made about improving public transport in Christchurch? ERICA STANFORD to the Minister of Education: What improvement, if any, has there been in achievement levels for year 8 students since 2017 according to e-asTTle data, and is she satisfied with the level of improvement in student achievement over the last five years? MARJA LUBECK to the Minister for Trade and Export Growth: How is the Government progressing New Zealand's Trade Recovery Strategy? Hon MARK MITCHELL to the Acting Minister of Police: How many ram raids were there in 2018, and what is the percentage increase from 2018 to 2022? SHANAN HALBERT to the Minister of Revenue: How is the Government supporting emissions reductions in transport through the tax system? BROOKE van VELDEN to the Minister of Health: Does the Government still have an expectation that 95 percent of patients accepted for a CT scan and 90 percent of patients accepted for an MRI scan should receive their scan within 42 days or less; if so, is it acceptable that between June and December 2022, the national number of patients who received a scan within 42 days or less changed from 63.4 percent to 60.9 percent? PENNY SIMMONDS to the Minister of Education: What was the total expenditure, if any, on the Te Pukenga style guide, and does she have confidence in Te Pukenga's overall financial performance? INGRID LEARY to the Minister for Small Business: What recent announcements has the Government made about supporting small business in cyclone-affected regions? TEANAU TUIONO to the Minister of Education: What advice has she received about why teachers are striking today?
3/16/202341 minutes, 48 seconds
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Questions for Oral Answer 15 March 2023

Questions to Ministers DAVID SEYMOUR to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's statements and actions? NICOLA WILLIS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "New Zealanders earning the average wage have seen their incomes increase significantly under this Government", and what is the change in real after-tax average wages since 2017? SARAH PALLETT to the Lead Coordination Minister for the Government's Response to the Royal Commission's Report into the Terrorist Attack on the Christchurch Mosques: What progress has been made on the Government's response to the report of the royal commission of inquiry into the 2019 Christchurch mosques attack? CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Housing: What is the current nationwide median rent according to the MBIE rental bond database, and what has been the increase since October 2017? ANNA LORCK to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he seen on the New Zealand economy? Hon EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for the Environment: Is it important to the Government to reduce plastic pollution rapidly in Aotearoa New Zealand; if not, why not? MARJA LUBECK to the Minister of Immigration: What recent announcements has he made regarding visa settings for partners of migrant workers? Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Health: How many people in the six months following the establishment of Health New Zealand waited in hospital EDs more than 24 hours under the shorter stays in emergency departments indicator, and what was the longest ED wait time? GLEN BENNETT to the Minister of Health: What recent announcement has the Government made about HIV? ERICA STANFORD to the Minister of Education: What are the Government's professional learning and development (PLD) priorities, as listed on the Ministry of Education website, and how many, if any, teachers engaged in maths PLD in 2022? NAISI CHEN to the Minister for Economic Development: What announcements has he made on transforming the advanced manufacturing sector? NICOLE McKEE to the Minister of Police: Is he satisfied with the Police response to Cyclone Gabrielle in Hawke's Bay, and is he satisfied that Police deployed enough staff to the region throughout the response?
3/15/202346 minutes, 1 second
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Questions for Oral Answer 14 March 2023

Questions to Ministers NICOLA WILLIS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's statements and actions? ANAHILA KANONGATA'A-SUISUIKI to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What additional Government support will be available for individuals and families from 1 April? CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister for Infrastructure: How many of the Infrastructure Reference Group projects approved for funding have been completed, and how many are due to complete construction in 2024 or later? RICARDO MENÉNDEZ MARCH to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Are liveable incomes and ending benefit sanctions "bread and butter" issues; if not, why not? Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Health: Does she stand by all her statements and actions regarding wait times, including emergency department wait times? CAMILLA BELICH to the Minister of Housing: What reports has she seen on the performance of recently upgraded infrastructure during the recent Auckland floods? SIMON COURT to the Minister of Transport: Does he agree with the Prime Minister's statement that the Clean Car Upgrade scheme was "going to make a very, very small contribution" to our emissions reductions, and which of his other policies, if any, are going to make a very small contribution to reducing emissions? TAMATI COFFEY to the Minister for Regional Development: What announcement has she made about the completion of regional development projects in Taupo? ERICA STANFORD to the Minister of Education: What percentage of students were meeting curriculum expectations in maths at year 8 in 2022, according to e-asTTle data, and what percentage of students passed the maths assessment in the second NCEA literacy and numeracy pilot last year? Dr EMILY HENDERSON to the Minister of Police: What announcements has he made on significant Police milestones? Hon MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Police: What is the percentage increase in incidents of retail crime from 2021 to 2022, and were there over 100,000 incidents of retail crime last year? TERISA NGOBI to the Minister for Seniors: How will older New Zealanders benefit from the Annual General Adjustment on 1 April?
3/14/202354 minutes, 1 second
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Oral Questions for Thursday 9 March 2023

Questions to Ministers SHANAN HALBERT to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he seen on the New Zealand economy? BROOKE van VELDEN to the Minister for Building and Construction: Does she expect that building and construction costs will continue to increase this year beyond the 10.4 percent seen in 2022, and does she expect the supply of building and construction materials will be able to meet the demand for new buildings and repairs following recent extreme weather events? Dr TRACEY McLELLAN to the Minister of Health: What recent announcement has she made regarding pay increases for nurses? NICOLA WILLIS to the Minister of Finance: When does he anticipate the economic conditions will be right for the introduction of an income insurance scheme, and what ongoing work, if any, is being done to develop such a scheme? DAN ROSEWARNE to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: What support has the Government given to Vanuatu following Cyclone Judy and Cyclone Kevin? Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Health: Are the current shorter stays in emergency department performance metrics published on the Health New Zealand website accurate, and what were the figures for Northland in November 2022? NAISI CHEN to the Minister for Emergency Management: What announcement has he made on further support for the cyclone and flooding recovery? Hon PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Justice: Does she stand by all of her statements and actions? JAMIE STRANGE to the Minister for Small Business: What recent progress has been made on the roll-out of the Government's fog cannon subsidy scheme for New Zealand small businesses? SIMEON BROWN to the Minister for the Public Service: Does he stand by his statement, "we now engage in active monitoring of the Public Service's use of contractors and consultants"; if so, when did the active monitoring begin? CHLÖE SWARBRICK to the Minister of Finance: Does he think that banks have unfairly profited from economic circumstances during the COVID-19 pandemic while ordinary people in Aotearoa are doing it tough; if so, what actions is he taking to redress the balance? MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Broadcasting and Media: Does he stand by all of the Government's views and actions regarding the proposals to merge RNZ and TVNZ into Aotearoa New Zealand Public Media?
3/9/202343 minutes, 18 seconds
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Questions for Oral Answer 8 March 2023

Questions to Ministers ANGIE WARREN-CLARK to the Minister of Housing: How is the Government supporting people whose homes have been damaged or destroyed by recent severe weather in New Zealand? CHRISTOPHER LUXON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's statements and actions? SARAH PALLETT to the Minister for Women: What work is under way to progress gender equity in New Zealand? NICOLE McKEE to the Minister of Conservation: Does she believe that the Jobs for Nature programme represents good value for money? NICOLA WILLIS to the Minister of Finance: What has been the cost to taxpayers so far of work associated with proposals for a TVNZ-RNZ merger and a New Zealand Income Insurance Scheme? RAWIRI WAITITI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's statements and policies? ERICA STANFORD to the Minister of Education: What was the percentage of time associated with unjustified absences in term 3 2019 compared to term 3 2022, and has the percentage of time associated with unjustified absences increased over that period? IBRAHIM OMER to the Minister of Immigration: What recent action has the Government taken to support victims of the war in Ukraine? JAN LOGIE to the Associate Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Does she agree with Australian Prime Minister Albanese, who said "right now, there's not enough transparency around the gender pay gap in workplaces. That's why we're introducing a bill to fix that"; if so, when will she introduce a pay transparency bill? SORAYA PEKE-MASON to the Minister for Whanau Ora: How has Whanau Ora responded to the communities affected by Cyclone Gabrielle? SIMEON BROWN to the Minister for the Public Service: What actions, if any, has he taken to address the use of contractors and consultants in the Public Service? RACHEL BROOKING to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: What additional services is the Government rolling out to support homeowners affected by natural disasters?
3/8/202354 minutes, 26 seconds
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Oral Questions for Thursday 23 February 2023

Questions to Ministers MARJA LUBECK to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What reports has she seen on how New Zealand's electricity sector is responding to electricity outages caused by Cyclone Gabrielle? Hon EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister of Forestry: What estimates, if any, has he seen of the costs of damage caused by forestry slash in Tairawhiti from Cyclone Hale and Cyclone Gabrielle? NICOLA WILLIS to the Minister of Finance: Does he think New Zealanders are being fairly taxed, and is he satisfied that the Government has delivered value for the $53 billion increase in annual spending since 2017? DAN ROSEWARNE to the Minister of Defence: What contributions has the New Zealand Defence Force made to the response to Cyclone Gabrielle? BROOKE VAN VELDEN to the Minister for Building and Construction: How many houses does she estimate will need repairs or rebuilding because of Cyclone Gabrielle and flooding in Auckland, and has she requested that the Critical Materials Taskforce review the building and construction sector's capacity to meet demand in light of the recent weather events? Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Health: Does she stand by all her statements and agree with those made by Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand? LEMAUGA LYDIA SOSENE to the Minister for the Environment: What actions is he taking in response to Cyclone Gabrielle? RICARDO MENÉNDEZ MARCH to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Has she seen reports that Aotearoa's most low-income communities are disproportionately impacted by climate events, such as flooding; if so, what steps is her Government taking to support those on the lowest incomes to recover from recent weather events? Hon PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Police: Does he agree with the Prime Minister, who said, "There's been no substantiation to the allegations that people on checkpoints had had guns pulled on them. If anyone wants to report that that happened they should do so to the police", and is he aware an incident was reported to police by the victims? CAMILLA BELICH to the Minister of Education: What resources is the Government putting into schools so they can meet attendance and engagement targets? CHRIS PENK to the Minister for Courts: Does he have confidence that the court system is delivering timely justice for all Kiwis; if so, why has the number of days to dispose of a serious criminal case in the District Court increased by 55 percent since 2017? Dr TRACEY McLELLAN to the Minister of Health: What recent announcement has she made about the future of New Zealand's COVID-19 vaccination programme?
2/23/202356 minutes, 14 seconds
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Questions for Oral Answer 22 February 2023

Questions to Ministers Hon JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that climate is a "bread and butter issue" for his Government; if so, will he ensure that adapting to extreme weather and cutting pollution are both central to the Government response to Cyclone Gabrielle? RACHEL BROOKING to the Minister of Finance: What will be the economic impact of the recent extreme weather events, and how is the Government responding to those events? CHRISTOPHER LUXON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's statements and actions? ANGIE WARREN-CLARK to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What announcements has she made about supporting NGOs and those impacted by the floods and Cyclone Gabrielle? DAVID SEYMOUR to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's statements and actions? NICOLA WILLIS to the Minister of Finance: Does he think New Zealanders suffering a cost of living crisis should pay more tax, and why won't he rule out introducing a new tax to help pay for the Cyclone Gabrielle clean-up? SHANAN HALBERT to the Minister of Transport: What reports has he received about progress on repairing transport networks following the recent extreme weather events? CHRIS BAILLIE to the Minister of Police: Does he stand by his statement that "What I'd say to the gangs, get your bloody patches off"; if so, has he seen reports of how many gang members have taken their patches off? Hon AUPITO WILLIAM SIO to the Minister for Emergency Management: What assistance has NEMA coordinated to support local responses to Cyclone Gabrielle? ERICA STANFORD to the Minister of Education: On what date was she provided with the term 3 2022 attendance data by the Ministry of Education, and why was the data not released publicly until just yesterday? ARENA WILLIAMS to the Minister for Small Business: How is the Government supporting small businesses affected by recent extreme weather events? SIMEON BROWN to the Minister of Transport: Does he still expect "early works to commence in 2023" on Auckland light rail; if so, on what date in 2023 will early works commence?
2/22/202348 minutes, 48 seconds
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Questions for Oral Answer 14 December 2022

CHRISTOPHER LUXON to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all of her Government's statements and actions? RAWIRI WAITITI to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her Government's statements and policies? BARBARA EDMONDS to the Minister of Finance: What are the Government's priorities for Budget 2023? Hon EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for Oceans and Fisheries: Does he agree with the Minister of Conservation that New Zealand supports a global protection target of 30 percent of land and sea areas by 2030; if so, what progress, if any, has the Government made toward achieving this in the Hauraki Gulf/Tikapa Moana since October 2020? NICOLA WILLIS to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that "every day of the week we look to see what savings and reprioritisations we can make"; if so, what specific savings or reprioritisations has he identified this week? ANGELA ROBERTS to the Minister of Education: What support has the Government contributed to help schools to provide learning environments for their students that are warm, dry, and fit for purpose? SIMON WATTS to the Minister of Local Government: Why did she not send the advice she received on 22 November relating to entrenchment of provisions of the Water Services Entities Bill to any other Ministers, and does she stand by all her statements on entrenchments? ANGIE WARREN-CLARK to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What research has she seen on the impact of the Families Package five years after its introduction? PENNY SIMMONDS to the Minister of Education: Is he confident Te Pukenga is on track to achieve all of its objectives, and how much, if anything, has been spent to date on redundancy payments for senior executives? JO LUXTON to the Minister of Immigration: What reports has he seen regarding migration to New Zealand? KAREN CHHOUR to the Minister for Children: Does he stand by his statement that "when a child is identified or apprehended by Police for offending behaviour, information will be shared with Oranga Tamariki within 24 hours, with an agreed plan on how to deal with and support the young person confirmed in 48 hours"; if so, how does he expect this to be delivered while Oranga Tamariki faces more than 500 vacancies? TANGI UTIKERE to the Associate Minister of Health: What progress has been made towards a smokefree New Zealand?
12/14/202253 minutes, 6 seconds
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Oral Questions for 13 December 2022

Questions to Ministers BARBARA EDMONDS to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he seen on the New Zealand economy? CHRISTOPHER LUXON to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all of her Government's statements and actions? TAMATI COFFEY to the Minister of Housing: What actions has the Government taken to achieve better housing outcomes for the people of Rotorua? DAVID SEYMOUR to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her Government's statements and policies? NICOLA WILLIS to the Minister of Finance: Has he been instructed by the Prime Minister to look through the things he has on his agenda to ask himself whether "either from a spending perspective and investment perspective, or just from a focus perspective, those are things that we should be prioritising at this point in time"; if so, what initiatives, if any, has he identified should no longer be prioritised? CAMILLA BELICH to the Minister of Education: What reports has he seen about numbers of people undertaking vocational education and training? Hon PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Justice: Is she confident the Government has the correct priorities in Justice? NAISI CHEN to the Minister of Tourism: What reports has he seen on New Zealand's tourism recovery? ERICA STANFORD to the Minister of Immigration: Why were nurses and midwives not placed on the straight-to-residence pathway of the Green List in May, and on what date did he first receive advice, if at all, that the retention rates of migrant nurses and midwives are no longer a concern? HELEN WHITE to the Minister of Transport: What recent announcements has he made about futureproofing New Zealand's transport system? SIMON WATTS to the Minister of Local Government: Did she receive advice from the Department of Internal Affairs on 25 October raising the possibility that Hon Eugenie Sage would pursue entrenchment of provisions in the Water Services Entities Bill via supplementary order paper and stating the Government would need to decide whether to support it; if so, how does she reconcile that with her answer to me in oral questions on 6 December, "We were made aware of the details of the SOP at the same time as he was"? TEANAU TUIONO to the Minister of Education: Does he think the wages of rural school bus drivers in Aotearoa are fair?
12/13/202256 minutes, 16 seconds