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. NUK KORAKO to the Minister of Finance: What do Treasury’s Budget 2016 forecasts show about the outlook for the economy, and how does this translate into more jobs and higher wages for New Zealanders?
  2. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in his Minister for Building and Housing given that, since 2013, the number of owner-occupied homes has fallen by 7,000 while the number of rentals has increased by 14,000?
  3. IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Economic Development: How will Budget 2016 encourage innovation, skills, and economic growth?
  4. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Is it correct that table 1.1 of the 2016 Budget Economic and Fiscal Update shows inflation rising faster than nominal wages in the next two financial years?
  5. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Finance: He aha ngā tono Pūtea Tahua a Te Minita Hanga Whare, Whakawhiwhi Whare, a Te Minita Pāpori Take Whare me Te Minita Take Monī ki a ia mō Te Pūtea Tahua o te tau 2016, e pā ana kī ngā raruraru mō te whiwhi whare?
    • Translation: What Budget bids did the Minister for Building and Housing, the Minister for Social Housing, and the Minister of Revenue make to him for Budget 2016, in relation to housing issues?
  6. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Associate Minister Health: What is the real purpose behind his statements and legislation regarding tobacco product sales in New Zealand?
  7. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he support abolishing Auckland’s urban growth boundary and replacing it with a smarter way of managing urban growth that includes bond-financing infrastructure; if not, why not?
  8. MAUREEN PUGH to the Minister of Health: How will Budget 2016 continue to support greater access to health services, like the 26 percent rise in specialist appointments over the past six years?
  9. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he still stand by his statement, “Let me be clear: there is no room for separatism in New Zealand”; if so, how?
  10. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: When she accepted some responsibility for Hon Bill English’s statement that a lot of Kiwis are “pretty damned hopeless” and “can’t read and write properly”, was she referring to the findings of a survey that just 14 percent of secondary principals thought their school’s government funding was sufficient?
  11. Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Education: What recent announcement has she made that demonstrates the Government’s commitment to investing in educational achievement?
  12. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister for the Environment: What advice, if any, has he received on the economic, cultural, health, or environmental benefits of making rivers safe for swimming?

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