The House Today #nzqt

Question time/Questions for oral answer starts at 2 pm today.

Questions to Ministers

  1. JONO NAYLOR to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received about the stability of New Zealand’s financial system?
  2. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: Does he have confidence in Treasury’s economic projections?
  3. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that Iain Rennie made a “serious miscalculation” over the handling of a sexual harassment complaint against former Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority boss Roger Sutton?
  4. JOANNE HAYES to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made about progress in the Government’s $359 million Investing in Educational Success initiative?
  5. JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  6. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that he is not going to do “anything sort of random and unpredictable with government spending” in order to get to surplus in 2014/15?
  7. IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What reports has he received on the progress of improving New Zealanders’ skills and employment?
  8. KELVIN DAVIS to the Minister of Corrections: Does he agree with all the findings of the Summary of the review of the failure to return from temporary release of prisoner Phillip Smith?
  9. SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Health: What response has the Government received to its call for volunteers to help combat Ebola in affected countries?
  10. TRACEY MARTIN to the Associate Minister of Education: What reports has she received about Hato Petera College buildings and property?
  11. NUK KORAKO to the Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery: What reports has he received about international recognition for the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan’s Blueprint?
  12. KRIS FAAFOI to the Minister for Pacific Peoples: Does he have confidence in his Ministry?

You can follow proceedings starting at 2 pm on TV (Freeview 22, Sky 86), on the or streaming audio via Radio New Zealand and by streaming Parliament TV via the internet.  After the sitting day, on-demand replays can be found at In The House


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  • Excitedly awaiting Whodunnit

    #5. Stand by statements. Is this a fall back question when you really have no idea what to ask?

    • Sally

      Have a feeling it will be about public transport in Auckland.

    • wanarunna

      No, it is a foot in the door to ask further questions.
      You can only ask questions about matters for which a minister has responsibility. A minister is responsible for statements he has made, so you can ask if he stands by his statements.
      Then you can ask supplementary questions that touch on the original question / answer. I can’t quote you the exact rule that defines what a supplementary question can contain, but by using this technique you can ask supplementary questions that you wouldn’t be able to ask as principal questions because they don’t necessarily relate to matters of ministerial responsibility.

      • rangitoto

        It also hides the real question so the minister cant prepare a pat answer.

    • kiwiinamerica

      Excitedly – it’s a standard Opposition to PM type question designed to get around the specific question requirements for Oral Answers to Written Questions and puts the PM on the spot in much the same way as the British PMs are in the House of Commons are during PM’s Question time where there are no written questions. A specific written question enables the Minister or the PM’s staff to spend hours crafting the primary answer and then gaming the likely supplementary questions as supplementaries from a specific primary question cannot stray too far from the primary topic. A “does he stand by all his statements” question enables the questioner to essentially ask the PM anything and so the PM must be briefed on any and all burning questions of the moment forcing his/her staff to game all of the hot topics of the day.

  • symgardiner

    No mention of Cam. The free advertising is coming to an end.

  • Sally

    And so it continues. In Q4 Chris Hipkins has just attacked advertising on WO. Wanted to submit a screenshot.

    Will need to listen to the replay to get what they were upset about.

    • Sally


      • kayaker

        How much are we paying these people again?

      • Wahbonnah

        Who’s that hottie sitting next to Chippy?

    • kayaker

      Doesn’t he know there’s a ‘digital revolution’ going on? His leader A.little said so.

    • dgrogan

      Just shows you they actually don’t understand where news readership is these days. Three quarters of a million page views this week already. Why WOULDN’T an advertiser include WOBH in their media selection?

  • Aucky

    Did anyone notice dear old Auntie Annie screaming epithets at the PM while Little Andrew was speaking? ‘You’re a joke. You’re a joke!’

    She’s all class.

  • kiwiinamerica

    Key smacked Little with a perfectly timed sledge about his union masters!