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Questions and Answers - July 28

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 6:22 pm | Office of the Clerk

1. ANDREW LITTLE (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister : Does he stand by his statement that “I don’t want to ban foreigners from buying residential property”? More >>

New initiative to improve overseas driver safety

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 4:05 pm | New Zealand Government

A new online training module will help ensure visiting drivers stay safe on New Zealand roads, Ministers Paula Bennett and Craig Foss say. More >>

Parliamentary Walk Out

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 3:34 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First walked out of Parliament before Question Time today after the Speaker ruled out New Zealand First Leader and Member of Parliament for Northland Rt Hon Winston Peters from being there. More >>

Good politics, poor policy

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 2:57 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Funnelling immigrants into the regions through adjustments of our points system may be good politics, but it’s poor policy,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

National colonises Labour’s policy manifesto

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 2:39 pm | ACT New Zealand

“National is colonising the Labour manifesto with its signalled interest in a land tax on foreign house buyers,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Fears of Massive Foreign Farm Buy-up

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 1:51 pm | New Zealand First Party

Foreigners will be lining up to snap up New Zealand farms as highly indebted dairy farmers are forced off the land, says New Zealand First. “It’s already happening in Australia and, as we saw on TVNZ’s Sunday , farmers are going broke while foreigners ... More >>

Dismantling Pharmac’s power a betrayal of NZ

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 1:46 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

John Key’s National Government is betraying New Zealanders by trading away Pharmac’s long-term buying power, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. “Today John Key finally admitted that medicines will cost more under the TPP his Government is negotiating, ... More >>

Party Leaders Should Just Give up And Join New Zealand First

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 1:11 pm | New Zealand First Party

The leaders of both Labour and National will receive membership forms from New Zealand First, along with a message of encouragement to join the party. More >>

Sick New Zealanders will pay under John Key’s TPPA

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 12:41 pm | Green Party

The Prime Minister’s admission today that the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) will hike the cost of medicine in New Zealand is yet another reason why we need to immediately withdraw from the dead-end deal, the Green Party said today. ... More >>

Ministers failing women and their own targets

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 12:39 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

New figures showing just five Ministers have met the Government’s own reduced targets for appointing women to state sector boards is evidence National is failing Kiwi women, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. More >>

Meth ring under Serco’s nose

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 12:28 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The news that two Serco inmates have been arrested for helping to run a methamphetamine ring from prison should be the final straw and see their contract cancelled, says Labour’s Corrections Spokesperson Kelvin Davis. More >>

Questions For Oral Answer July 28

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 11:45 am | Office of the Clerk

1. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that “I don’t want to ban foreigners from buying residential property”? More >>

Meeting with US Secretary of State

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 11:23 am | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully met with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington today to discuss issues related to New Zealand’s presidency of the United Nations Security Council and the US/NZ relationship. “New Zealand and the United States ... More >>

Electricity market more competitive than ever

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 10:52 am | New Zealand Government

Increased competition in the electricity market is continuing to benefit consumers, Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges says. More >>

Government drive to lift regulatory quality

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 10:24 am | New Zealand Government

Greater use of exposure drafts of new laws, stronger expectations and reviews of crown regulators, and more transparent cost recovery practices, are among changes announced to improve New Zealand’s regulatory system by Regulatory Reform Minister ... More >>

Waikato Hospital Dependent on Foreign Qualified Doctors

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 10:06 am | New Zealand First Party

Close to half the doctors employed by Waikato District Health Board are overseas trained, says New Zealand First. “In the mental health department, in which an alleged fraudulent psychiatrist was working, there are two overseas qualified doctors ... More >>

In Focus: 28 July 2015

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 9:31 am | New Zealand National Party

In my last newsletter I talked about one particularly busy day spent in the electorate during Parliament’s two week recess. More >>

Charges up for some as funding up for grabs

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 7:55 am | New Zealand Labour Party

A proposal being considered by the Government would see some people having to pay more for health care and district health boards forced to fight amongst themselves to fund regional health services, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says More >>

PM to attend Cook Islands 50th celebrations

Monday, 27 July 2015, 4:10 pm | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister John Key will lead a delegation to Rarotonga next week to celebrate the Cook Islands’ 50th anniversary of self-government in free association with New Zealand. “Fifty years ago, New Zealand and the Cook Islands entered into a ... More >>

Council must keep its hands off our AECT dividends

Monday, 27 July 2015, 3:42 pm | ACT New Zealand

Auckland Council should keep its hands off Aucklanders’ AECT dividends, says ACT Leader and Epsom MP David Seymour. More >>

Improved access to up-to-date cancer info

Monday, 27 July 2015, 3:32 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new national cancer information strategy will benefit patients, clinicians and researchers. “Access to high quality and reliable cancer information is important,” says Dr Coleman. “Currently information ... More >>

New classrooms for Te Atatū Intermediate

Monday, 27 July 2015, 3:08 pm | New Zealand National Party

List MP Alfred Ngaro says more classrooms will help keep up with roll demand and population growth in our region, and replacement classrooms will provide improved, up-to-date infrastructure where needed. “Te Atatū Intermediate (six) Peninsula ... More >>

Inspection of Waikato DHB’s mental health service

Monday, 27 July 2015, 2:38 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says there will be an inspection of Waikato DHB’s mental health services. “We want the public to have high confidence in the quality and safety of Waikato DHB’s mental health services,” says Dr Coleman. “Following ... More >>

MPs should back Te Reo in schools

Monday, 27 July 2015, 2:09 pm | Green Party

The Green Party and New Zealand First are jointly calling for a Select Committee inquiry into the capacity to deliver and support Te Reo Māori within New Zealand schools. On Wednesday, the Education and Science Select Committee should tautoko ... More >>

Bank puts the squeeze on mid Canterbury farmers

Monday, 27 July 2015, 1:49 pm | New Zealand Government

News that an unnamed bank in Ashburton has put a receiver on notice over financially vulnerable farmers will send a chill through rural New Zealand, says Labour’s Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson. “The Government needs to work with New Zealand’s ... More >>

Minister celebrates 40th Māori Language Week

Monday, 27 July 2015, 1:45 pm | New Zealand Government

Education Minister Hekia Parata encourages all New Zealanders to celebrate and engage in Māori Language Week (Te Wiki o te reo Māori). “Māori Language Week is a chance for New Zealanders to celebrate our indigenous language and participate in one of ... More >>

Apprentices served well by Code of Practice

Monday, 27 July 2015, 1:15 pm | New Zealand Government

Associate Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Louise Upston says apprentices and their employers will have clearer expectations thanks to a new Code of Good Practice. More >>

Key is trading away New Zealand land and homes

Monday, 27 July 2015, 11:45 am | New Zealand Labour Party

John Key yesterday admitted what National dishonestly refused to confirm in Parliament last week – he is trading away New Zealand’s right to control who buys our homes and land, says Opposition leader Andrew Little. More >>

Agency sought to help reduce cyberbullying

Monday, 27 July 2015, 10:40 am | New Zealand Government

The search is underway for an Approved Agency where victims of cyberbullying can turn to for help, Justice Minister Amy Adams announced today. More >>

Reappointments to Education Payroll Limited Board

Monday, 27 July 2015, 10:38 am | New Zealand Government

Minister Responsible for Novopay, Steven Joyce has today announced two reappointments to the board of Education Payroll Limited. Dame Patsy Reddy has been reappointed for one year as the Chair of Education Payroll Ltd, the company established in 2014 ... More >>

Getting behind Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori

Monday, 27 July 2015, 9:12 am | The Maori Party

The Māori Party encourages everyone to make the most of Māori Language Week, starting today, and nurture the use of te reo Māori among whānau. More >>

National Does "Cut And Paste" Double U-Turn

Monday, 27 July 2015, 9:09 am | New Zealand First Party

The Prime Minister's statement on sending migrants outside of Auckland might look like a concession to sound policy, but it is not, says the Rt Hon Winston Peters. More >>

Nats miss another opportunity to fix housing crisis

Monday, 27 July 2015, 9:06 am | New Zealand Labour Party

National has missed another opportunity to fix the Auckland housing crisis, with nothing in John Key’s speech to tackle it, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “First home buyers are drowning under the ever rising tide of Auckland ... More >>

Razor gang takes scalpel to health

Monday, 27 July 2015, 9:04 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Plans by the Government to take a scalpel to democratically elected health boards are deceitful and underhand, coming just months after an election during which they were never signalled, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. More >>

New classrooms confirmed to meet Auckland growth

Monday, 27 July 2015, 8:56 am | New Zealand Government

Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye today confirmed that more than 230 new classrooms are on-track to be delivered over the next 18 months to help meet increasing rolls in Auckland. More >>

Minister seeks assurance following arrest

Monday, 27 July 2015, 8:50 am | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says he is seeking assurance following the arrest of a person who has been employed until recently as a psychiatrist at Waikato DHB and is suspected to have carried out identity fraud. More >>

Speech: Key - National Party Conference

Sunday, 26 July 2015, 1:13 pm | New Zealand National Party

Sky Centre Convention Centre, Auckland Embargoed until the Prime Minister starts speaking Ladies and Gentlemen, isn’t it great to be in the National Party? This is my ninth annual conference as Leader and it’s as much a privilege today as it ... More >>

Improving spread of skills, investment across NZ

Sunday, 26 July 2015, 12:25 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government will introduce a package of immigration measures aimed at improving the spread of workers, skills and investment across New Zealand, Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse says. More >>

PM reiterates commitment to open New Zealand

Sunday, 26 July 2015, 12:22 pm | New Zealand National Party

Prime Minister and Leader of the National Party John Key today reiterated the National-led Government’s commitment to an open economy which embraces free trade and immigration. More >>

Labour will fix broken health and safety bill

Sunday, 26 July 2015, 11:47 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour has heeded forestry widow Deborah McMillan's protest outside National’s conference today and is stepping in to fix the government's broken health and safety law, says Labour’s spokesperson for Labour issues, Iain Lees-Galloway More >>

Food Safety Minister to travel to Vietnam

Sunday, 26 July 2015, 10:50 am | New Zealand National Party

Food Safety Minister Jo Goodhew leaves for Vietnam today to meet with Vietnamese government and business leaders to promote our trade and agriculture relationship. More >>

Ladder removal gets tenants fired up and endangers lives

Sunday, 26 July 2015, 10:48 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Ladder removal gets tenants fired up and endangers lives It is inexcusable that Housing New Zealand is endangering lives by removing emergency escape ladders from Dunedin homes, Labour’s Dunedin North MP David Clark says. More >>

Could Southland Become “New Zealand’s Norway” for Salmon?

Saturday, 25 July 2015, 8:45 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First is hoping that Stewart Island will be chosen by King Salmon as the location for its new Salmon Farm. More >>

Privatisation of Prisons Down the Drain Where It Belongs

Saturday, 25 July 2015, 8:42 pm | New Zealand First Party

It is about time the government stepped in to attempt to rectify the mess they’ve created by privatising New Zealand prisons but it’s still not good enough, says New Zealand First. More >>

Successful negotiations to liberalise tariffs on IT products

Saturday, 25 July 2015, 8:35 pm | New Zealand Government

Trade Minister Tim Groser has welcomed an agreement reached in Geneva to lower tariffs on over 200 IT related products, building on the WTO’s 1996 Ministerial Declaration on Trade in Information Technology Products (ITA). More >>

Diver Killed by Shark Highlights Stewart Island Fears

Saturday, 25 July 2015, 8:08 pm | New Zealand First Party

A recreational scallop diver killed today by a Great White Shark in Tasmania highlights the risk commercial divers face in Stewart Island and the callous disregard shown by Conservation Minister Maggie Barry, to Stewart Islanders who want cage diving ... More >>

Spin lines show a department in chaos

Saturday, 25 July 2015, 10:30 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Corrections spin doctors sending their place holder lines to journalists instead of responding to serious allegations shows the scale of chaos at the department over the Serco scandal, says Labour’s Corrections Spokesperson Kelvin Davis. More >>

Health And Safety Reforms – a Pandora’s Box for NZ

Saturday, 25 July 2015, 10:10 am | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand needs health and safety regulations that incorporate common sense, says New Zealand First. More >>

‘Coolest little capital’ by the numbers

Saturday, 25 July 2015, 10:08 am | New Zealand Government

Statistics Minister Craig Foss says a new infographic celebrating 150 years since Wellington became the capital shows how far the city has come. More >>

Court ruling shows law should never have been passed

Friday, 24 July 2015, 5:10 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Court ruling shows law should never have been passed A High Court ruling that a law banning prisoners from voting is inconsistent with a properly functioning democracy should be a wake-up call for the Government, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda ... More >>

Delegation from the Korean National Assembly visiting NZ

Friday, 24 July 2015, 3:51 pm | New Zealand Government

A delegation of members from the Korean National Assembly is visiting the New Zealand Parliament as part of a wider programme aimed at strengthening relations with New Zealand. A historic free trade agreement was signed earlier this year and is due ... More >>

Serco bail-out shows failure of Nats’ privatisation agenda

Friday, 24 July 2015, 3:47 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

National’s decision to step in and take over the management of Mt Eden prison is an admission that privatising the prison was a mistake, says Labour’s Corrections Spokesperson Kelvin Davis. More >>

Charanpreet Dhaliwal death demands genuine reform

Friday, 24 July 2015, 3:37 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The killing of a security guard on his first night on the job is exactly the kind of incident that National’s watered-down health and safety bill won’t prevent, says Te Atatu MP Phil Twyford. The coronial inquest into 22-year-old Charanpreet ... More >>

Minister supports Corrections’ decision

Friday, 24 July 2015, 3:32 pm | New Zealand Government

Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga says he supports Corrections’ decision to take over the management of Mt Eden Corrections Facility. More >>

Minister of Social Development U-Turns on Serco Comments

Friday, 24 July 2015, 3:24 pm | New Zealand First Party

Minister of Social Development U-Turns on Serco Comments Minister of Social Development Anne Tolley has attempted to dodge New Zealand First’s questions in Parliament relating to comments she made on TVNZ’s Q+A programme last week – but she has ... More >>

Arbitrary sanctions hit children hardest

Friday, 24 July 2015, 3:18 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Increasing numbers of single parents are being penalised under a regime that is overly focussed on sanctions rather than getting more people into work, Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni says. “Figures, obtained through Parliamentary ... More >>

Accident Compensation Ombudsman Urgently Needed at ACC

Friday, 24 July 2015, 3:09 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First is calling for the establishment of an Accident Compensation Ombudsman to stop New Zealanders being unfairly disadvantaged when challenging ACC decisions. More >>

Hutt kids receiving their B4 School Checks

Friday, 24 July 2015, 2:50 pm | New Zealand National Party

Hutt kids receiving their B4 School Checks Chris Bishop, National List MP based in the Hutt Valley, says more children than ever before in the Hutt Valley are benefiting from free before school health checks. More >>

Environment at risk as GE advocate chosen to head the EPA

Friday, 24 July 2015, 2:46 pm | Green Party

An ardent advocate of genetic engineering (GE) should not be heading the body charged with protecting the environment, the Green Party said today. More >>

Hekia just won’t face the facts

Friday, 24 July 2015, 2:36 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Hekia Parata’s decision to keep troubled Whangaruru Charter school open despite being presented with a catalogue of failure defies belief, goes against official advice and breaks a Government promise to close these schools if they were failing, ... More >>

 

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