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. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he agree with the comments by the Chief Executive of the Southern District Health Board on Tuesday that “there is clearly an issue with the food otherwise patients would not be complaining”; if not, why not?
  2. RON MARK to the Minister of Defence: Does he believe that our Navy is sufficiently resourced to protect our fisheries from foreign poachers; if so, why?
  3. TODD MULLER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that one of the Government’s main priorities is “to build a more productive and competitive economy”; if so, what recent announcements has the Government made that will save businesses time and reduce costs?
  4. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in the Minister for Land Information?
  5. MATT DOOCEY to the Minister for Social Development: What measures will help engage New Zealanders in the care and protection of vulnerable children as part of the overhaul of Child, Youth and Family?
  6. METIRIA TUREI to the Deputy Prime Minister: Ka tū a ia i runga i te mana o tana tauākī e mea ake nei, “We want to ensure Government activities are effective in changing the circumstances that trap people in poverty”?
    • Translation: Does he stand by his statement that “We want to ensure Government activities are effective in changing the circumstances that trap people in poverty”?
  7. MARAMA FOX to the Minister for Māori Development: He aha te hiranga o Te Pire mō Te Reo Māori i roto i te hītori o te motu?
    • Translation: What is the historical significance of Te Pire mō Te Reo Māori?
  8. MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Small Business: How will small businesses benefit from changes to the provisional tax system?
  9. CARMEL SEPULONI to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his statements?
  10. ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage: How will New Zealand be marking the 100th anniversary of the first Anzac Day commemorations?
  11. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Conservation: Is she satisfied with her department’s stewardship of forest parks, and if not what are the major problems she has identified?
  12. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister for the Environment: Is he concerned that pure, fresh drinking water could be bottled for sale from the Canterbury region, where the water that the locals have to drink has been described as a “ticking time bomb” by the Canterbury District Health Board medical officer of health?

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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  • oldmanNZ

    no Little today, no question about JK personal life.?
    no question about Trust accouts, or did they just realise some Labour MP had secret trust accounts too.

    • Keeping Stock

      Little and Key are hardly ever in the House on a Thursday. The Parliament goes into a two-week recess, so there’ll be no more questions of Key until May.

    • metalnwood

      No questions at all about panama while little is not there. Just goes to show it’s all just Little’s agenda to go after JK that apparently isn’t worth a second of anyone elses time in labour to question anyone in national about.

  • metalnwood

    When a whole party leaves you know it’s another orchestrated piece of self fluffery.

    • Sally

      Peters last week, then Mark and the rest of the team. They must have a plan. Do they want to show they are the ‘opposition’ or do they just want to beat the rush hour traffic to the airport for their 2 week holiday.

  • KGB

    Hahaha “The Cook” RM is not happy about being called an Army Cook. Stages mass NZF walk out after WP ‘bat-phones’ his instructions.

    • Woody

      Kook would possibly better describe him, what a childish prat, along with the other rabid female who started hooking into the speaker.

  • Sally

    Bill English is fired up. Nice to see some passion and telling some home truths to the Labour Party.

  • KGB

    Question 7… If MPs are going to speak in Maori during question time, should Parliament TV provide translation?
    I have no idea what was just said. Isn’t question time and parliament tv for my benefit? Isn’t it taxpayer funded so we may all engage in politics?
    Just plain rude!

    • Woody

      At least she is comfortable with the language, unlike Metiria Turei but I agree all the same. Just making a pointless point in my view.