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: What reports, if any, has he received on the impact of homelessness, inequality, and natural disasters, on the mental health of New Zealanders?
  2. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the September 2015 Treasury Report that KiwiSaver fees are in the upper third of comparable countries in the OECD; if not, why not?
  3. NUK KORAKO to the Minister of Finance: What new Government policies to support New Zealand families will take effect from 1 July?
  4. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement in the House yesterday that “there is no evidence that inequality in New Zealand is increasing”; if so, how does he explain Statistics New Zealand’s statement this week, “between 2003 and 2010, the Survey of Family, Income and Employment found that the top 10 percent had an average 55 percent of total net worth over this time. For the year ended June 2015, the top 10 percent owned around 60 percent of total net worth.”?
  5. Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister for Building and Housing: What estimates has he received on the number of lives that will be saved as a consequence of the new smoke alarm and insulation requirements that take effect tomorrow?
  6. JAMES SHAW to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement on Radio NZ this morning that “those people deserve as much support as we can give them”?
  7. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Social Housing: Does she stand by her statement on Radio NZ, on why she decided to fund emergency housing places in the latest Budget, that “I just knew that it was worse than it had been and I couldn’t see it getting better in a hurry”; if so, how did she know it was worse than it had been?
  8. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister for ACC: What reports has she received regarding reductions to ACC levies?
  9. KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Health: Does he have confidence in the Capital and Coast District Health Board?
  10. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does the Government monitor or place any restrictions on the fees charged by private schools; if not, why not?
  11. DARROCH BALL to the Minister for Whānau Ora: What evidence, if any, does he have that Whānau Ora is making any meaningful impact for Māori whatsoever other than anecdotal evidence and conversations he has had?
  12. MAUREEN PUGH to the Minister of Tourism: What reports has he received about increasing numbers of tourists visiting New Zealand in the shoulder seasons?

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