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Adjournment Speech

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 7:19 pm | Mana Party

It’d be nice to be able to say that for all the differences between us and this National government and its coalition partners, the last three years had seen our country come out of the Global Financial Crisis with a positive attitude and increased ... More >>

Mana Supports the Silent Leaders Challenge

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 7:15 pm | Mana Party

“Tomorrow I will be participating in a challenge to break the silence about hearing loss”, said MANA Leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira. “I’m doing it to feel what it is that those who are hearing-impaired face every day” said Harawira ... More >>

Evidence refutes doomsday wages predictions

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 5:35 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Minister of Labour Simon Bridges should cut the tired old rhetoric about rises in the minimum wage causing job losses and understand New Zealand has a serious problem with low wages and working poverty that needs to be addressed, Labour’s spokesperson ... More >>

Foss welcomes first crowd-funding licence

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 5:23 pm | New Zealand Government

Commerce Minister Craig Foss today welcomed New Zealand’s first equity crowd-funding and peer-to-peer lending licences. More >>

Questions and Answers - July 31

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 5:17 pm | Office of the Clerk

Economic Programme—Challenges 1. JAMI-LEE ROSS (National—Botany) to the Minister of Finance : What has been the Government’s main challenge in implementing its economic programme during this term of Parliament? More >>

New Appointment to Pacific Business Trust

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 5:06 pm | New Zealand Government

Pacific Island Affairs Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga today announced the appointment of Mr Uluomato’otua Aiono as a member of the Pacific Business Trust Board. More >>

Proposed changes restrict sunbeds, manage infectious disease

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 5:01 pm | New Zealand Government

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew has today welcomed the introduction of the Health (Protection) Amendment Bill to Parliament, which will amend the Health Act to make sunbeds R18 and improve the management of serious infectious diseases. More >>

Slow, sluggish, not sweet at all

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 4:57 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Rural communities, frustrated by slow and unstable broadband, have been delivered a two fingered salute by Steven ‘Everything’s Sweet ’Joyce, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran says. More >>

PQ 12 Broadband, Ultra-fast and Rural—Progress

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 4:50 pm | Hansard

12. CLARE CURRAN (Labour—Dunedin South) to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology : What percentage of the 1,592,000 target households for both the Government-subsidised rural and urban broadband programmes have actually connected ... More >>

Call for innovative health IT ideas

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 4:37 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Tony Ryall is encouraging health professionals to take part in the annual Clinicians’ Challenge by submitting their IT solutions to improve health services. More >>

Home Building Won’t Be Cheaper with Levy Change

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 4:36 pm | New Zealand Government

Claims that home building costs will drop with changes to developers’ contributions are balderdash,” says New Zealand First Spokesman on Local Government, Andrew Williams. More >>

PQ 11 Road Safety—Initiatives

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 4:34 pm | Hansard

11. MIKE SABIN (National—Northland) to the Minister of Transport : What has the Government done to make roads safer for New Zealanders? More >>

PQ 10. Minimum Wage—Increases

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 4:33 pm | Hansard

10. ANDREW LITTLE (Labour) to the Minister of Labour : What measures, if any, will he take to lift pay rates so that workers on the minimum wage get their fair share of the economy? More >>

PQ 8. Novopay, Minister—Statements

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 4:30 pm | Hansard

8. CHRIS HIPKINS (Labour—Rimutaka) to the Minister responsible for Novopay : Does he stand by his statement from over 16 months ago with regard to Novopay “I want to see within three months a situation where, as much as possible, workloads from ... More >>

PQ 7. Conservation Land—Recovery of Wind-blown Timber

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 4:29 pm | Hansard

7. CHRIS AUCHINVOLE (National) to the Minister of Conservation : How many expressions of interest have been received for the recovery of wind-blown timber on the West Coast when they closed on Friday 25 July, and how many of these are from West Coast ... More >>

PQ 5. Prime Minister—Government Policy

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 4:28 pm | Hansard

5. METIRIA TUREI (Co-Leader—Green) to the Prime Minister : Does he stand by all his Government’s policies? More >>

McCully’s excuses in tatters

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 4:25 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

New evidence has emerged today that shows Mr McCully’s excuses for not knowing about the Malaysian diplomat case don’t stack up, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. More >>

Public submissions invited on the Crimes (Match-fixing) Bill

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 4:23 pm | Select Committee Office

The bill proposes to address match-fixing risks presented by New Zealand’s hosting of the Cricket World Cup and the FIFA Under 20 (football) World Cup. These events will occur over February-March and May-June 2015 respectively. More >>

More oil extravagance from National exposed

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 4:03 pm | Green Party

The National Government spent $850,000 to help host a two-day petroleum conference at Sky City last year, it has been revealed. More >>

PQ 2. Prime Minister—Statements

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 4:01 pm | Hansard

2. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister : Does he stand by all his statements? More >>

PQ 9. Greenhouse Gas Emissions—Evidence of Reductions

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 3:56 pm | Hansard

9. Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM (Green) to the Minister for Climate Change Issues : Can he point to anything to show New Zealand’s net greenhouse gas emissions are reducing, in light of a call from Pacific Island leaders for a clear demonstration of this? More >>

PQ 3. Superannuation—Current Policy

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 3:54 pm | Hansard

3. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS (Leader—NZ First) to the Minister for Social Development : Are the current policy arrangements for New Zealand Superannuation fair and equitable? More >>

PQ 6. Finance, Minister—Statements

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 3:47 pm | Hansard

6. Hon DAVID PARKER (Deputy Leader—Labour) to the Minister of Finance : Does he stand by all his answers to Oral Question No 6 on 30 July 2014? More >>

PQ 4 Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 3)

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 3:46 pm | Hansard

4. JACQUI DEAN (National—Waitaki) to the Associate Minister of Local Government : How will the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 3), passed on Tuesday, help local government reduce costs for ratepayers, families and communities? More >>

PQ 1. Economic Programme—Challenges

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 3:44 pm | Hansard

1. JAMI-LEE ROSS (National—Botany) to the Minister of Finance : What has been the Government’s main challenge in implementing its economic programme during this term of Parliament? More >>

Nick Smith hides shameful vacant house numbers

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 3:36 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford has lodged an official complaint against Housing Minister Nick Smith with Parliament’s Speaker for refusing to release data on the number of vacant state houses around the country. “Nick Smith is clearly ... More >>

No Compromise on Street Prostitution

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 3:09 pm | New Zealand First Party

No Compromise on Street Prostitution Moving prostitutes off the streets is the only solution to the problems of prostitution – compromises will not work, says Spokesperson for Social Policy/Welfare and Manukau East candidate Asenati Lole-Taylor. “New ... More >>

ACC cover to extend to child victims of sexual grooming

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 3:07 pm | New Zealand Government

ACC Minister Judith Collins today announced an addition to the Objectionable Publications and Indecency Legislation Bill that would extend ACC sensitive claims cover to children or young people who are victims of sexual grooming or indecent communications. “There ... More >>

Bill to improve the coronial system introduced

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 3:03 pm | New Zealand Government

Courts Minister Chester Borrows today introduced a Coroners Amendment Bill to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the coronial system. “Coroners have an important and difficult job to do, and I am pleased to introduce legislation that better supports ... More >>

Flavell: Foreign Charter Vessels Amendment Bill

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 2:48 pm | The Maori Party

Thank you very much. I am pleased that the House has got a little bit of time just before we close off business. I wanted to make a statement on behalf of the Māori Party, in particular around our influence in the Fisheries (Foreign Charter Vessels ... More >>

Overseas Pension Holders Deserve Justice

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 2:35 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First considers New Zealand's treatment of overseas pensions a travesty, says New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters. More >>

Poisons Centre 50 years; celebration or wake?

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 2:20 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The Government’s plan to roll a number of helpline services together looks set to proceed with disastrous consequences, Labour’s Associate Health Spokesperson David Clark says. More >>

Green Party statement on passing of FCV legislation

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 2:18 pm | Green Party

The Green Party congratulates all parties in Parliament for supporting the completion of the Foreign Chartered Vessel legislation. More >>

Kaikōura Marine Management Bill passes third reading

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 1:57 pm | New Zealand Government

Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith has welcomed Parliament’s passage of the Kaikōura (Te Tai o Marokura) Marine Management Bill today. More >>

Report on Education Regulations released

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 1:29 pm | New Zealand Government

A report looking at how improved legislation and regulation could free-up schools to focus more on raising student achievement has been welcomed by Education Minister Hekia Parata. More >>

Foreign Charter Vessels Amendment Bill passes third reading

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 1:27 pm | New Zealand Government

A bill to strengthen the regulation of foreign-owned commercial fishing vessels operating in New Zealand waters has passed its third and final reading in Parliament today. More >>

Report on Parental Engagement helps lift student achievement

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 1:18 pm | New Zealand National Party

National MP and Chair of the Education and Science Select Committee, Dr Cam Calder welcomed the tabling of the report of the Inquiry into Engaging Parents in the Education of their Children. More >>

Government must condemn Israel killing of civilians in Gaza

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 1:16 pm | Green Party

The New Zealand Government must condemn Israel for its indiscriminate bombing of Gaza that continues to inflict massive civilian casualties, the Green Party said today. More >>

Veterans short-changed by new Act

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 12:50 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Veterans short-changed by new Act National Government reasons for rejecting a recommendation by the Law Commission to give veterans a payment to cover funeral expenses don’t stack up, says Labour’s Veterans’ Affairs spokesperson, Phil Goff. More >>

Labour will establish Centres of Vocational Excellence

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 12:47 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

A Labour Government will set up Centres of Vocational Excellence to boost training and innovation in industries that are vital to our economy and our regions, Labour’s Employment, Skills and Training spokesperson Grant Robertson says. More >>

Manuka honey labelling guide a positive step for NZ

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 12:40 pm | New Zealand Government

The Interim Labelling Guide for Manuka Honey released today by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is a positive step for the New Zealand industry, Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye says. More >>

Questions For Oral Answer July 31

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 12:20 pm | Office of the Clerk

1. JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Finance: What has been the Government’s main challenge in implementing its economic programme during this term of Parliament? 2. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? More >>

Match-fixing Bill passes first reading

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 12:20 pm | New Zealand Government

Sport and Recreation Minister Murray McCully today welcomed the first reading of the Crimes (Match-fixing) Amendment Bill. More >>

Minister welcomes parental engagement report

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 11:51 am | New Zealand Government

A report recommending ways to encourage more parents to get involved in their children’s education has been welcomed by Education Minister Hekia Parata. The report of the Inquiry into Engaging Parents in the Education of their Children puts forward a range ... More >>

Changes to East Coast erosion grant scheme

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 11:28 am | New Zealand Government

Associate Primary Industries Minister Jo Goodhew has announced changes to the funding programme supporting East Coast landowners with erosion issues. “The Gisborne region has a severe erosion problem. A quarter of the land is susceptible to severe erosion, ... More >>

More scholarships for nurse graduates

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 11:23 am | New Zealand Government

The government is investing an extra $1.5 million to give 25 graduate nurses scholarships to work in general practices in some of New Zealand’s higher need communities next year. More >>

Supported bail to help change young offenders

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 11:16 am | New Zealand Government

Associate Social Development Minister Chester Borrows has welcomed the expansion of supported bail for young offenders as an important step to reducing reoffending. More >>

Better government digital services on way as plan approved

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 11:11 am | New Zealand Government

All government agencies now have a shared plan to deliver more and better digital public services. Eight agencies have been working together to implement Better Public Services Result 10 - making it easier for people to do business with government in ... More >>

Labour shows true colours on screen industry

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 11:04 am | New Zealand Government

Labour shows true colours on screen industry Labour has shown its true colours by promising to undermine the progress of New Zealand’s screen sector and reintroduce uncertainty into screen contracts for the benefit of Australian-run unions, Minister ... More >>

Dunne Speaks for this week

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 10:52 am | Peter Dunne

31 July 2014 This week’s stoush over the Fish and Game Council points to a deeper challenge confronting the Government as it contemplates a third term in office. There is no doubt of this Government’s commitment to boosting economic development, but ... More >>

New Zealand Herald Claims False

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 10:50 am | New Zealand First Party

Claims by New Zealand Herald journalist Adam Bennett with respect to former MP Ron Mark’s possible nomination for New Zealand First in the seat of Wairarapa are false, says New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters. More >>

UnitedFuture Supports NZUSA First in Family Initiative

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 10:20 am | United Future NZ Party

UnitedFuture Leader Hon Peter Dunne supports a new initiative to assist ‘first in family’ students to attend university. More >>

New Zealand First And NZUSA on Same Page on Scholarships

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 10:14 am | NZUSA

New Zealand First Deputy Leader and Spokesperson for Education, Tracey Martin, congratulates the New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) on its advocacy for a First in Family Scholarship programme. “We see this as a circuit breaker for some of ... More >>

Put an End to Race-Based Legislation

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 9:59 am | Mana Party

“When they said they would not support race-based laws I’ll bet they didn’t expect my support” said MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Hone Harawira, following comments by ACT Leader Jamie Whyte, Conservative Leader Colin Craig, and NZ First ... More >>

3K to Christchurch working for Jobseekers

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 9:39 am | New Zealand Government

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says 157 people across the country have so far taken up the Government’s 3K to Christchurch scheme. More >>

Wage gap with Oz increases under John Key

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 9:21 am | New Zealand Labour Party

John Key’s promise to close the wage gap with Australia has failed utterly with the gap rising by $70 to over $190 a week, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. More >>

Veterans’ Support Bill passes third reading

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 8:47 am | New Zealand Government

A Bill to improve support provided to veterans has unanimously passed its third reading in Parliament, Veterans’ Affairs Minister Michael Woodhouse says. More >>

Bill lowering drink-drive limits passes

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 8:45 am | New Zealand Government

Legislation that will lower the adult drink-driving limits from 1 December 2014 has passed its third and final reading in Parliament says Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee. More >>

Maori Party on Foreign Charter Fishing Vessels Legislation

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 7:55 pm | The Maori Party

The Labour Party's accusation that the Maori Party blocked the Foreign Charter Fishing Vessels Legislation from being debated this week is incorrect. More >>

Turia: Signing of Agreement on Disability Issues

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 5:38 pm | New Zealand Government

Signing of Agreement - Disabled People’s Organisations and Chief Executives Group on Disability Issues - Parliament More >>


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