The House Today #nzqt

Credit: Woolf Photography via

Credit: Woolf Photography via

Parliament is sitting today.

You can follow proceedings starting at 2 pm on TV ( Freeview 31, Igloo 50, Sky 86, Vodafone 86 ), streaming audio via Radio New Zealand and streaming Parliament TV via the internet. After the sitting day, on-demand replays can be found at In The House.

Questions to Ministers


  1. MARAMA FOX to the Prime Minister: When referring to concessions needed on the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary Bill, what did he mean when he told Radio New Zealand yesterday, “I think if you did it again, you might do it a bit differently”?
  2. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers?
  3. CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Finance: Which sector can he report is mostly driving growth, in view of last week’s GDP figures, which showed the New Zealand economy is the third-fastest growing in the OECD?
  4. EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he stand by his predecessor’s statement that “Protecting our aquatic environment by setting environmental standards and fostering good fishing practices results in sustainable fisheries”?
  5. ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister for Social Housing: What announcements has she made about how the Government is supporting those in need of emergency housing?
  6. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Social Housing: Does she stand by her statement that buying a South Auckland motel is a “step forward” when the motel’s existing long-stay residents have received eviction notices and say they fear being made homeless?
  7. MARK MITCHELL to the Minister for Building and Housing: How many new homes will be built from the $750 million Northcote housing redevelopment project being led by the Hobsonville Land Company, and when will the first homes be completed?
  8. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he stand by his statement on 18 May 2016 regarding investigations into illegal fish dumping that “There’s been no cover-up here. These are internal, draft investigations, part of which has been unfortunately leaked”; if so, does he now also think it’s unfortunate that a report by Michael Heron QC released last week found MPI’s decision not to prosecute was flawed?
  9. SARAH DOWIE to the Minister for Social Development: What announcements has she made regarding supporting people with mental health conditions into work?
  10. IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY to the Minister of Immigration: Is the immigration system working in the best interests of New Zealand and of migrants?
  11. DARROCH BALL to the Minister of Justice: Does she stand by all her statements?
  12. JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Customs: What reports has she received on Customs’ collaboration with overseas partner agencies to intercept drugs destined for New Zealand?

This post is a Debate post about the goings on in The House. It is not a general debate post. Off-topic comments will be removed.

  • Sailor Sam

    2 questions to the PM, who just happens to be in New York, dealing with the UN Security Council.
    Is it a ploy to score hits on John Key in his absence?

    • rangitoto

      English usually does a good job smashing those back. They should have asked “Does he have confidence in his finance minister” to give Bill a chance to sing his own praises ;). I just notice he could use Little’s question that.

      • kayaker

        I just love the deadpan-with-wry-smile way Bill answers questions. Water off a duck’s back.

    • Second time around

      Little is probably referring to the fact that Bill English will now be negotiating with the Maori Party over the Kermadec sanctuary, rather than Nick Smith. Interestingly, the MOU is split over the same issue, the Greens wanting the sanctuary, Little wanting the Maori Party votes.

  • Aucky

    Entertainment of the day has to be Question #11. Darroch will inevitably be at odds with the Speaker over the wording of his questions. Peters will indignantly get on his feet with Points of Order and all the while Judith will quietly slaughter Ball with her superior intellect.

    • DavidW

      Nah, with Key away, the ‘great pretender’ will be enjoying a long leasurely lunch and won’t make the effort to grace the house with his presence. iMHO

      Edit: spp

  • DavidW

    Nope, I was wrong. Withdraw and apologise to th pinstriped dwarf.

  • Rick H

    Approaching 9 years in opposition, the best question the “Leader” of the opposition can come up with is that?
    Disgraceful, the current opposition is NOT worth their salaries.