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Questions and Answers - October 23

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 5:51 pm | Office of the Clerk

Economic Programme—Policies 1. JAMI-LEE ROSS (National—Botany) to the Minister of Finance : What measures is the Government taking to help the New Zealand economy become more productive and competitive? More >>

More parents resolving their differences out of court

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 4:01 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government’s family justice reforms are proving highly successful, with almost 75 percent of parenting disputes referred to mediation being completely resolved without the need to go to court. More >>

Keep road safety in mind this Labour Weekend

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 4:00 pm | New Zealand Government

Keep road safety in mind this Labour Weekend Transport Minister Simon Bridges is encouraging road users to keep safe as they travel on the roads over Labour Weekend. More >>

IGIS Advisory Panel members appointed

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 3:45 pm | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister John Key today announced the appointments of Chris Hodson QC as the chair of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security’s Advisory Panel and Angela Foulkes ONZM as a member of the Panel. The appointments were made by the Governor ... More >>

Queenstown Lakes Housing Accord signed

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 2:58 pm | New Zealand Government

A Queenstown Lakes Housing Accord has been signed between Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith and Mayor Vanessa van Uden to provide an additional 1300 homes over the next three years. “The Queenstown Lakes District is one of the five least affordable ... More >>

Government loses the affordable housing race

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 2:45 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Nick Smith is dreaming if he thinks he can deliver affordable housing to Cantabrians on his current figures, says Labour’s Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. More >>

Better emergency care at Wellington Hospital

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 2:05 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman today visited Capital and Coast DHB which has made good progress on the government’s shorter stays in emergency department target. “Staff from across Capital and Coast DHB including clinicians and administrators ... More >>

What next for TVNZ? Outsourcing the news?

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 1:15 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Television New Zealand’s decision to outsource Māori and Pacific programming is a real blow to the notion that our state broadcaster is a public broadcaster, says Labour. More >>

Labour’s thoughts with Canadians

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 12:51 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour has offered its sympathies to the family and friends of the Canadian soldier who died in what appears to be a premeditated and unprovoked attack while standing at guard at the Ottawa National War Memorial. More >>

Power price rises more than double the inflation rate

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 12:04 pm | Green Party

Power prices have risen at more than double the inflation rate since National took office, showing National’s hands-off approach to the electricity market is a failure, the Green Party said today. More >>

Green Party expresses sympathy for Canadian shooting victims

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 11:43 am | Green Party

The Green Party expressed its solidarity with Canadians and the Canadian Parliament today, offering its sympathy for family and friends of the soldier killed in the attack. More >>

Questions For Oral Answer October 23

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 11:40 am | Office of the Clerk

1. JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Finance: What measures is the Government taking to help the New Zealand economy become more productive and competitive? More >>

Prime Minister extends condolences to Canada

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 10:50 am | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister John Key has expressed his deepest sympathies to those affected by this morning’s events in Canada. More >>

Christchurch affordable housing partnership announced

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 10:31 am | New Zealand Government

Fletcher Residential has been chosen as the Government’s private sector partner for a new affordable housing project on an 11.5-hectare Crown-owned site in Christchurch, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today. More >>

New system will identify drink-drive offenders

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 10:27 am | New Zealand Government

Police Minister Michael Woodhouse today officially launched the national roll-out of the Booze Bus Biometrics (BBB) system. The BBB system will enable Police to confirm within minutes, the identities of people in the system that they intend to charge ... More >>

Milestone Fast Internet Connection for Te Aroha School

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 10:04 am | Scott Simpson

Te Aroha’s Stanley Avenue School has become the nation’s 1,000th school to be connected by Network for Learning (N4L) to the Government’s fast internet Managed Network and Coromandel MP Scott Simpson couldn’t be happier. More >>

Dunne Speaks: Gough Whitlam and the NZ Labour Party

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 9:21 am | Peter Dunne

23 October 2014 Earlier this week we marked the passing of the former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam. The patrician, suavely elegant, physically imposing, polished orator, and silver haired Whitlam was very much a product of his time – ... More >>

Health sector passes annual check-up

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 9:19 am | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the annual report on Implementing the New Zealand Health Strategy 2014 shows that public health and disability services continue to offer better access to safe and effective care. “Waiting times are reducing, and ... More >>

TIN 100 grows to $7.6Bn

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 9:13 am | New Zealand Government

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce has congratulated New Zealand’s TIN 100 companies on reaching $7.6 billion in annual turnover, a $1 billion increase over the last five years. More >>

Prime Minister must honour his promise

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 9:02 am | New Zealand Labour Party

It’s time for John Key to honour his promise to the Pike River families, says Labour MP Damien O’Connor. “International mine experts have confirmed the view of WorkSafe New Zealand and many miners on the West Coast that it is safe and reasonable to re-enter ... More >>

Tertiary Funding Needs New Model

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 8:59 am | New Zealand First Party

The government is failing young New Zealanders by allowing the cost of tertiary education to spiral out of the reach of many, says New Zealand First. More >>

EPA finds Shell Oil illegally drilled two wells

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 6:50 pm | Green Party

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded that Shell Todd Oil Services (STOS) broke the law by drilling two wells without a marine consent off the coast of Taranaki, the Green Party said today. More >>

Questions and Answers - October 22

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 5:41 pm | Office of the Clerk

Child Poverty—Government Priorities and Policies 1. Hon ANNETTE KING (Acting Deputy Leader - Labour) to the Deputy Prime Minister : Will he make reducing child poverty a Better Public Service target given the statement in the Speech from the Throne ... More >>

Driving Down Wages through Record Migration

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 4:38 pm | New Zealand First Party

The National government is using uncontrolled migration as a crude device to drive down wages and lower living standards, says New Zealand First. More >>

PM Does U-Turn on Admission

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 4:30 pm | New Zealand First Party

Prime Minister John Key is now denying he admitted to playing politics and delaying the release of official information. More >>

Agencies well prepared in case of Ebola

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 4:21 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says government agencies remain prepared to deal with any potential Ebola cases in New Zealand. More >>

Coleman recognises Sport Scholarships recipients

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 3:36 pm | New Zealand Government

Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman extends his congratulations to the athletes and sports officials who have been awarded Prime Minister’s Sport Scholarships. “The Prime Minister’s Sport Scholarships are an important boost for outstanding ... More >>

Aucklanders’ train use shows they need City Rail Link now

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 1:10 pm | Green Party

News that Aucklanders overtook Wellingtonians as the biggest train users is further evidence the Government needs to start work on the Auckland City Rail Link now, the Green Party said today. More >>

Tea breaks gone by lunch time

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 1:02 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour is calling for an eleventh hour reprieve to employment law changes which could see thousands of Kiwi workers not covered by collective agreements lose their smoko breaks, its spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says. More >>

John Key: Our plan for the next three years

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 12:57 pm | John Key

This week New Zealand’s fifty-first Parliament convened for the first time. The National Caucus is a strong, united team and I was pleased to hear the first maiden speeches of our new MPs. I was also proud to take the opportunity to outline some ... More >>

First NZ job fairs in November

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 12:22 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government has announced that a series of job fairs will be held in capital cities across Australia to encourage more Kiwis to return home and Australians to settle here to help fill emerging skills gaps and support thriving New Zealand-based businesses. More >>

Questions For Oral Answer October 22

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 11:44 am | Office of the Clerk

1. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Deputy Prime Minister: Will he make reducing child poverty a Better Public Service target given the statement in the Speech from the Throne that his Government will continue to “have a focus on poverty, especially child ... More >>

Key incompetent or misleading over war coalition meeting

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 11:33 am | Green Party

Analysis released by the Green Party shows multiple international news organisations were reporting on United States President Barack Obama’s attendance at an ISIS war coalition meeting at Andrews Air Force Base up to twelve hours before the meeting ... More >>

Metiria Turei to lead fight on feeding hungry children

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 11:15 am | Green Party

Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira. Mrs Turei, who leads the Green Party’s work on child poverty, will pick up Mr Harawira’s ... More >>

Speech to the NZ Police Association 79th Annual Conference

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 10:54 am | New Zealand Government

Good morning everyone and thank you for the invitation to open your annual conference, my first as Minister of Police. I am looking forward to the challenges that come with this exciting portfolio and to understanding the business of policing. More >>

Annual Report shows ACC on right track

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 10:24 am | New Zealand Government

Minister for ACC Nikki Kaye today welcomed the release of the Accident Compensation Corporation’s Annual Report, which shows its financial performance is improving. ACC has achieved a surplus of $2.1billion - $300 million ahead of budget. Levies ... More >>

Gallipoli 2015 deadline approaches

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 9:22 am | New Zealand Government

Successful applicants of the Gallipoli 2015 ballot have just four days left to accept their place at next year’s Anzac Day commemorations, Veterans’ Affairs Minister Craig Foss says. More >>

Address in Reply Debate

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 9:13 am | The Maori Party

Tēnā koe, Mr Assistant Speaker. Firstly, can I say congratulations on your appointment. Even if you have not made too many decisions already I am threatening to recall the Speaker to give you something to think about and test out your facing the things ... More >>

The Passing of Gough Whitlam

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 9:11 am | The Maori Party

The Māori Party stands, along with our colleagues in the House, to acknowledge the passing of Gough Whitlam. More >>

Māori Party on the Security Council notice of motion

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 9:08 am | The Maori Party

Mihi to the team that put forward the successful bid – and in particular Murray McCully, Jim McLay, David Shearer, former Prime Ministers Helen Clark and Jim Bolger More >>

Prisons safety to be boosted with on-body cameras

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 7:00 pm | New Zealand Government

Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga says staff and prisoner safety in prisons will be boosted by the wider use of on body cameras in sites around the country. More >>

Maiden Speech to Parliament - David Seymour

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 6:58 pm | ACT New Zealand

I rise on behalf of the ACT Party in reply to His Excellency’s speech. More >>

Shane Jones Nauru, Mauritius, Seychelles High Commissioner

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 5:36 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced that Shane Jones will serve as New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Nauru, Mauritius and the Seychelles in addition to his role as Pacific Economic Development Ambassador. More >>

Turei: Address in reply speech, 21 October 2014

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 4:27 pm | Green Party

The other day I had a moment of genuine inspiration while watching The Paul Henry Show. Clearly, this was a unique moment. Paul and I get along, but to tell you the truth the most inspiring thing about his show is usually the urge I get to change ... More >>

Note to National: Must deliver on child poverty

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 4:24 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

John Key and his Government will be held to its promise to make child poverty a priority, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. More >>

A mighty totara has fallen across the Tasman

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 4:13 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The New Zealand Labour Party expresses deep sadness at the death of former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam, aged 98. More >>

National’s Employment Laws Grim for Working People

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 4:10 pm | Grant Robertson - Labour MP

The new Government is expected to push through changes to employment law in the coming weeks that will damage the health and economic wellbeing of New Zealanders, Labour Leadership contender Grant Robertson, said. More >>

Chris Bishop – maiden speech

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 3:23 pm | New Zealand National Party

Chris Bishop – maiden speech I move, that a respectful address be presented to His Excellency the Governor-General in reply to His Excellency’s speech. More >>

Refreshed Green Party portfolios reflect emphasis on big issues

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 2:02 pm | Green Party

The Green Party has today begun the new Parliamentary term with a refreshed caucus and portfolio list focussed around leading on the two most important issues facing New Zealand and the world – Inequality and Climate Change. More >>

New Analysis Shows Government Cut Tertiary Education Funding

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 12:41 pm | Green Party

New analysis done by the Green Party today shows the Government has made cuts to funding of tertiary education since 2008. More >>

Students doing it tough as fees rise again

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 12:26 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The Government is making it increasingly difficult for Kiwis to gain tertiary education as fees continue to rise and access to student support becomes even more restricted, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. More >>

Key misled New Zealand on Iraq deployment

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 11:47 am | New Zealand Labour Party

John Key was misleading New Zealanders prior to the election when he ruled out New Zealand special forces being deployed to Iraq, says Labour Defence Spokesperson Phil Goff. More >>

Speech from the Throne: State Opening of Parliament, 21 Oct

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 11:38 am | Governor General

Following the General Election, a National-led Government has been formed with a majority in the House on confidence and supply. Confidence and supply agreements have been signed between the National Party and, respectively, the ACT Party and ... More >>

McCully to Indonesian Presidential Inauguration

Monday, 20 October 2014, 1:00 pm | New Zealand Government

McCully to Indonesian Presidential Inauguration Foreign Minister Murray McCully has travelled to Jakarta to attend the inauguration ceremony for the Indonesian President-elect Joko Widodo. “Indonesia is one of the world’s largest democracies, a major player ... More >>

Next steps for Rules Reduction Taskforce

Monday, 20 October 2014, 10:56 am | New Zealand Government

Local Government Minister Paula Bennett has today launched the Rules Reduction initiative, opening the way for people to submit examples of property regulations and local rules that don’t make sense. More >>

New Māori Party MP confronts a long-standing dilemma

Monday, 20 October 2014, 8:08 am | The Maori Party

Māori Party List MP Marama Fox has given careful consideration to whether she will get ejected from the House of Representatives on her first day for wanting to uphold Te Tiriti o Waitangi as a MP during the Commission Opening of the 51st Parliament. More >>

Maori Party celebrates release of kidnapped schoolgirls

Sunday, 19 October 2014, 7:19 pm | The Maori Party

The Maori Party is celebrating the release of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamic militants almost six months ago. More >>

A New Generation for Labour to Win

Sunday, 19 October 2014, 3:36 pm | Grant Robertson - Labour MP

The Labour Party must reconnect with New Zealanders through a new generation of leadership that looks forwards and outwards, Labour Leadership contender Grant Robertson said today. More >>

Church congratulated on child poverty stand

Sunday, 19 October 2014, 1:34 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The efforts by the bishops of the Anglican Church to ensure that the issue of child poverty is not forgotten is a call to all New Zealanders to take action, says Labour’s Interfaith-Dialogue Spokesperson, Su’a William Sio. “I think the Anglican Church ... More >>

Labour backs urban development plans

Friday, 17 October 2014, 2:53 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Auckland Council’s plan to set up an urban development agency is to be applauded and central government should get behind it to make it a success, Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says. Auckland Council CEO Stephen Town has indicated ... More >>


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