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 the Minister for Building and Housing’s ability to ensure there is sufficient building supply to meet demand, given Statistics New Zealand says Auckland building consents in April were down 23 percent compared with last year?
  2. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: How is the economy helping to deliver more jobs and higher wages for New Zealand families, particularly given Budget 2016’s focus on supporting a growing economy?
  3. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Will funding for mental health services in 2016/17 meet all demand-driven cost pressures?
  4. Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister for Building and Housing: What reports has he received on the building boom spreading beyond Auckland and Christchurch?
  5. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement in Question Time yesterday with respect to average wages, “we do not promise some specific level of income”?
  6. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in the Associate Minister of Health, the Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga; if so, why?
  7. MATT DOOCEY to the Minister for Social Development: How will Budget 2016 support the care and protection of young vulnerable New Zealanders?
  8. STUART NASH to the Minister of Police: Does she believe that the 9.3 percent resolution rate for burglaries last year is acceptable and meets the expectations of the community?
  9. BRETT HUDSON to the Minister of Justice: What recent announcements has she made relating to the Harmful Digital Communications Act 2015?
  10. KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Conservation: How will the Department of Conservation fund the annual Cook Strait whale survey this year, now that its contract with OMV has ended?
  11. PEENI HENARE to the Minister for Social Housing: How much financial assistance, if any, has the Ministry of Social Development given to Te Puea Marae to house the homeless?
  12. PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Associate Minister of Health: What recent announcements has he made on standardised packaging of tobacco?

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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  • Graeme

    Hoping for questions from the Govt to Labour and Greens about the “coalition”

    • rangitoto

      Questions can only be put to Ministers as far as I know. The trick is to put the opposition in a bad light via answers to stupid questions, or the use of patsy questions.

  • Keyser Soze

    If Winston is questioning plain packaging he’s barking up the wrong tree.

    • Embeeare

      He was swatted effortlessly away by JK yesterday when he headed down the racism route. Looks like we are playing the man not the ball today.

      • Keyser Soze

        Winston clearly has an enormous ego – probably why he dislikes JK so much.

  • Nige.

    Oh no. Grant has quoted Winston’s awesome yet misplaced sledge “you can’t live in a consent”.

    Winston won’t like grant piggybacking off him like that.

  • Second time around

    Metiria reminded in her supplement to Andy’s question that Labour and the Greens are not in accord over Labour’s (formerly National’s) keystone policy to resolve the Auckland housing crisis by extending the city’s boundaries. Is that is a problem to agreeing to agree before reaching agreement on what they will agree on?

  • Tom

    I have never seen labours back benches so down. Usually they try and look happy when their spokesman is asking questions. Seems they cant even muster that anymore. A picture tells 1000 stories!

  • Keyser Soze

    Summary of today’s performances in the house?