The House Today #nzqt

Parliament is sitting today.

You can follow proceedings starting at 2 pm on TV (Freeview 22, Sky 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. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his statements in relation to the Panama Papers?
  2. DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the statement made by John Key in 2004 regarding stealth taxation through bracket creep that the government “loves taxing the hard-working, productive sector of New Zealand. It loves taking extra dollars off those people at every opportunity it can”?
  3. BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister of Finance: What steps is the Government taking to lift capital spending in transport, education, and other core public infrastructure?
  4. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he agree with the findings of the recent TNS survey showing about 174,000 New Zealanders are in need of publicly funded surgery, but have not been placed on a waiting list; if not, why not?
  5. JAMES SHAW to the Minister of Finance: Will there be the opportunity for public submissions as a part of his review of foreign trusts?
  6. STUART SMITH to the Minister for Economic Development:What reports has he received about diversification of the New Zealand economy?
  7. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  8. Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister for Social Development: What feedback has she received regarding the overhaul of Child, Youth and Family?
  9. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement, “it has become pretty much unacceptable in the developed world at least to be running a tax haven that undermines other people’s tax bases”?
  10. MAUREEN PUGH to the Minister of Immigration: What recent reports has he seen estimating the fall in the number of overstayers in New Zealand?
  11. STUART NASH to the Minister of Police: What does she believe are the main contributors to the increase in the number of burglaries and the drop in resolution rates over the past 12 months?
  12. EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does she agree with the statement made by GNS Senior Scientist Nancy Bertler that sea-level rise of 30cm in 30 years is “incredibly certain”, and the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s analysis that a 30cm rise would result in 1 in 100-year high water levels in Wellington happening every year?

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.


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  • Second time around

    Andy and Grant will be wishing Nicky Hagar could slip them some names to spice up their questions (#1, #9). The issue is truly boring, some foreigner may be paying less tax in a foreign country than some other foreigner thinks they ought to. Even when there is a link to NZ, they don’t do business here and don’t owe NZ any taxes. Andy thinks a High Court judge should be enquiring into these foreigners, and, to be fair to Mr 7%, with the salary judges get and the assets that some of them hold, they should know all about tax avoidance schemes.

  • Quinton Hogg

    At some stage Mr Little will skite about his tax affairs and how he proposes to release them for public consumption.
    More fool him.
    All it would do is show how useless he is at advancing himself.
    Now what would be interesting is Winston Peters’ tax information….
    As to Mr Shaws question regarding the opportunity for public submission on Foreign Trusts such an exercise would be hijacked by he and his grandstanding bunch of travellers.

    • Second time around

      There is no proposal and precious few facts on which there could be public submissions. Mr Shaw in his inexperience may be mistaking a twitter feed with a proper review.

  • Goldie

    Does Winston ever ask anything else but “Does he stand by all his statements”? The whole point of pre-publishing the questions is so that the relevant minister can have his department investigate and check the facts. Winston however, only ever wants to ask unknown supplementary questions in the hope he can trap or embarrass a minister, and score some cheap political points.

    • Woody

      Watching and listening to Winston on the house has gone from being enjoyable and entertaining to sad and cringe worthy. He is like a petulant oldie in a home – oh right, more interested in petty point scoring which he used to do rather well than being an effective member of the house. Just about all of his supplementary questions seem more about validating his existence than anything else then he gets all hissy when his weak shots are turned back on him by a better player.

  • kayaker

    After question time, the Speaker read a letter he had received from one Andrew Little. The letter was read out and contained a request that there be an urgent debate on the appointment of John Shewan to review the Panama Papers. The Speaker said words to the effect that he could find no justification for such a debate – therefore, the request is denied. The camera panned to Angry, he looked like a loser and looked lost. There was not one murmur of support from the left side of the House.