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 have confidence in his Minister for Building and Housing?
  2. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements; if so, why?
  3. TODD MULLER to the Minister of Finance: How will Budget 2016 build on the Government’s commitment to a more productive and competitive economy while delivering responsible fiscal management?
  4. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: What is his answer to Fran O’Sullivan’s question, “Was John Key’s brain fart on the tax front an involuntary exercise or was it calculated”?
  5. KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Conservation: Is she confident that the Department of Conservation can carry out its work considering the inflation-adjusted reduction in Vote Conservation allocation it has endured under her Government?
  6. JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister for Building and Housing: What steps has the Government taken to dismantle Auckland Urban Limits that were identified by the Productivity Commission report in 2012 as a key problem for the city’s housing supply and affordability?
  7. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he stand by his statement when asked about the housing crisis, that “the idea that suddenly happened in May 2016 is a figment of some people’s imagination”?
  8. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements; if so, how?
  9. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister of Transport: What recent progress has been made on construction of the Government’s Western Ring Route motorway in Auckland?
  10. STUART NASH to the Minister of Police: Does she believe the Police have sufficient funding to meet the expectations of the public?
  11. TODD BARCLAY to the Minister for Communications: What recent announcements has the Government made to improve New Zealand’s response to cyber security incidents?
  12. MARAMA FOX to the Minister for Social Development: In the revamp of CYFS, will she be strengthening the appeals process for the review of decisions that may prevent incidences such as the death of Moko Rangitoheriri; if so, how?

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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  • Woody

    Why on earth is Whisky Winston allowed 2 almost identical questions, neither of which should be on the order paper in my view.

    • R&BAvenger

      Agreed – it is time to ban that question from the house in any shape or form. Lazy opposition have nothing worthwhile to ask, other than playing “gotcha’??

      • OneTrack

        As it is, Winston has even brought the stupid gotcha question into a new level of retardedness.

  • Dave

    “Question 12 – Marama Fox: In the revamp of CYFS, will she be strengthening the appeals process for the review of decisions that may prevent incidences such as the death of Moko Rangitoheriri; if so, how?”

    How, HOW you ask, we will look at MANDATORY reporting from ANY Maori Welfare Workers of any suspected violence against kids, and making them accountable for non reporting, or changing their stories to protect themselves or their whanau punishable by 5 years imprisonment. Plus, removing ANY child from a Potentially Abusive home based on all the statistical markers, and the most AT RISK groups.

    Would Ms Fox like to assist CYFS with the At Risk children in her community ??? If not, why not – Marama?

    Any support would be appreciated by all NZer’s Marama.

    Rant over, angry at the hypocrisy of that one.

  • metalnwood

    Question 4 . Are labour looking for a new prospective minister of finance yet? Not only one who understands finance but one who is big enough to ask their own questions.

    • jcpry

      A stupid question that should not be allowed. Any answer in effect says that what he said was a brain fart. This fatuous individual adds no value to the proceedings of parliament.

  • Eiselmann

    Q7 Is Stoner now saying there was no crisis in housing before May 2016, if so what has he been rabbitting on about since his list of home buyers with chinese sounding names.

  • MarcWills

    Why is it they are so lazy they have to use quotes from ivory tower know-it-alls who spout their retardulence in an effort to get mouse-clicks for their paid for opinions printed in the Horrid? The Minister should refuse to answer – in that he has no accountability to the density of Fran O’Sullivan’s opinions.

    • zotaccore

      The laziness comes from ignorance and the will to score points rather than deal with the substance of the issue. Robertson does this all the time. There is a particular form of body language from him every time he asks a question. When he sits down immediately after asking it he purses up his face in a fashion to deliver a message of “gotcha”. Doesn’t work.

  • sheppy

    Wow, question 5, the Greens actually have a question vaguely related to conservation instead of the usual social engineering, although right now it just seems to be ill informed nit picking

    • Woody

      Hague seems to think that Maggie Barry should roll over and say DOC are failing in their job but can’t seem to get his head around the fact that i the real world, problems get identified, evaluated and then allocated a place in the fixit list.

      • sheppy

        Absolutely, but the delivery was tedious in the extreme. Talk about using 500 words when 2 would do! If anyone was listening at the beginning, I’d expect that they’d dropped off by the end