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. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the resilience of the New Zealand financial system?
  2. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statements in the House yesterday?
  3. JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  4. Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister for Building and Housing: What reports has he received on the number of properties bought and sold by those with tax residency overseas and how do they compare with previous reports?
  5. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Will his expectation stated in Budget 2015 that unemployment would drop below 5 percent in 2016 be met; if not, why not?
  6. RON MARK to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  7. MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Land Information: What did the data, released by Land Information New Zealand, in the Property Transfers and Tax Residency report indicate regarding the tax residency of those buying and selling property in New Zealand?
  8. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he stand by his statement in relation to data showing that 1,694 houses were sold into foreign ownership, excluding any bought via trusts or companies, that “the numbers are so small”?
  9. JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Revenue: Does he agree with the Prime Minister, who said the disclosure and reporting requirements for foreign trusts under IR607 were “extremely broad and deep”?
  10. DENIS O’ROURKE to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he stand by his statement concerning off-shore buyers pushing up Auckland house prices, “The easiest trick in the book is to create a scapegoat that it’s these foreigners that are a problem”?
  11. Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made that will increase support to students with special needs?
  12. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Why does she accept some responsibility as Minster of Education for Hon Bill English’s statement that a lot of Kiwis are “pretty damned hopeless” and “they can’t read and write properly”?

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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  • Grant

    Shoot me now. Shaw and Little are going to break out the victim card.

    • Christie

      Like they did yesterday when Key pointed out that Mojo Mathers was a beneficiary of a foreign trust. Andrew Little said it was disgraceful that he singled out Parliament’s only deaf MP during Deaf Week (or whatever it is called). So, she is a beneficiary of a foreign Trust, but that’s OK because she’s deaf? You couldn’t make this stuff up.

      • Aucky

        If Mathers’ hearing impediment is a barrier to fulfilling her duties as an MP why are we paying her $150k a year?

        Cheap shot Andy.

    • Nige.

      The fools. That will only draw attention to the original point.

  • Andy Garner

    As a newbie here, why do so many questions ask if the minster “stands by all his statements?” What is the motive behind it?

    • rangitoto

      It’s to hide the real question from the minister so they can’t prepare an answer.

    • Bryan

      i would love a minister to reply ” you have a reason for asking that? which statement are you referring to then so i can answer your question”

    • oldmanNZ

      some time ago, that was answered.
      I you start of with a specific question, like “does the PM stand by his statement that NZ is not a Tax Haven.”
      he can then redirect that initial question to the Minister who look after Tax.

      rather than answer it himself, the point is, they just want to keep shooting at the PM, and not the policies.

      • one for the road

        Well then the Speaker should change the rules on the questions and not put up with this childish questioning!!! Or perhaps he could stand up each time and then the person speaking would have to stop or be evicted!

    • Eiselmann

      When those questions are asked it does actually give the recipient quite a bit of latitude in their answer. , with a question that is more specfic in nature like for example question 8, theres an expectation that the minister concerned will address it specifically and likely be able to answer most if not all related supplementary questions .

      Whereas a question ‘does he stand by all their statements …’ and then the sublimentary questions ask for some very technical or specfic info its a lot easier for the minister to get away with an answer like ” I don’t have that infomation to hand….” and thus deflectl the question.

    • OneTrack

      It’s a way for the stupid left-wing retards to try and “trick” John Key by not giving any clue as to what their next question will actually be about. Something like real people may have done in primary school.
      Just more nasty party politics and I am well over it. Just as well I am not the speaker as I would disallow any supplementary question.

    • Seriously?

      As I understand it the tactic is used to lay the ground for supplementary questions without giving advanced warning about their topic… to preserve an element of surprise.

      I’m not sure whether it is a long-standing thing, but it was quite common in recent years. The opposition went away from it for a while recently (but I think Winston always persisted with it) but they seem to have fallen back on the tactic of late.

      • biscuit barrel

        Key had a habit of not turning up or ‘transferring his detailed questions’ to another Minister.

        • Seriously?

          It sort of comes back to the purpose of the question time. Getting answers to questions, or generally having a sledge / trying to score political points.

          It would be nice if they were actually interested in the answers. If that is the case then having the most appropriate person answer them would seem rather sensible.

  • Nige.

    What is Parker playing at? Is he trying to get booted out again?

    The left are philibustering for no reason.

  • rangitoto

    Excellent sledge from Seymour on the Greens!

  • Nige.

    John’s gone. Some might say lucky for him. I think he was just getting warmed up.

    The PM has been ejected

    • Woody

      After the green’s nonsense, I think I would have been hooking into the idiot green co whatsit as well.

      • Nige.

        I guess he gets to come back Ron mark says his pre prepared speach?

  • Woody

    Well there we go, John Key booted out of the House.

  • GoingRight

    So now the Prime Minister gets thrown out of the house, what a hoot this session has been!

  • Woody

    Twitford can’t count, again. I don’t like Smith but he at least can count.

  • Seriously?

    The PM doesn’t often show his frustration in the house, but that is why it is effective when he does. Others who seem to live in a permanent state of anger… it just ceases to have any impact.

  • Annoyed

    What was John Key ejected for?

    • Woody

      Didn’t sit down when David Carter stood up, just carried on telling James Shaw what an idiot he is.

    • Tom

      Having fun I think he just couldn’t contain his sense of glee!

  • Tom

    What a great, entertaining question time. Looking at the Opposition MPs behind each speaker was funny. The looked a bit sad and nervous.I thought National looked sharp and well prepared, such fun!

    • biscuit barrel

      Playschool ? have you ever attended any meeting with a chairman ?

  • one for the road

    The rules of the House are worse than those at playschool! So the PM gets kicked out because he didnt stop talking when the Speaker stood up..

  • Keyser Soze

    Poor performance by JK. He is more effective in the house than out. He knows he’s got the high ground here and he was making the opposition look stupid for asking stupid questions. Now all anyone will remember is that he got chucked out over the Panama papers issue. Perception is reality.

    • rangitoto

      Don’t think so. It was almost certainly a deliberate ploy.

      • Keyser Soze

        Maybe, but he must be playing a long game, I can’t see an up side.

  • Hardie Martin

    If I was a conspiracy theorist, I would be looking at JK’s eviction to be engineered to have happened just before Shaw’s next question which would have been the prompt for the ‘disabled’ to leave the house in protest at JK’s unwillingness to apologise for his ‘disgusting’ attack on dear Mojo.

    But I could be wrong.