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Questions and Answers - April 16

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 6:46 pm | Office of the Clerk

1. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister : Does he have confidence in the Hon Judith Collins and her handling of her relationship with Oravida Ltd? More >>

Collins must admit misleading Parliament

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 4:49 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

ACC Minister Judith Collins must front up and admit she has misled Parliament over ACC’s policy to stop paying compensation to clients who refused to fill in its privacy form, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. More >>

Asia Region Funds Passport initiative progresses

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 4:47 pm | New Zealand Government

Commerce Minister Craig Foss today released a consultation paper on the Asia Region Funds Passport initiative, which will open up opportunities for cross-border offerings of managed funds. More >>

English confirms he has no plan to raise wages

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 4:45 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Finance Minister Bill English has confirmed he has absolutely no plans to lift wages, Labour’s spokesperson on Labour Issues, Andrew Little says. More >>

Govt careless and callous about threatened birds

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 4:10 pm | Green Party

The National Government is increasing the threat to two of the world’s most threatened and unique birds by opening up Victoria Forest Park to petroleum drilling, the Green Party said today. More >>

Genesis: The biggest fire sale of them all

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 3:32 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Genesis: The biggest fire sale of them all National has finished its asset sales with a massive bonfire of a fire sale, showing once and for all how much of a disaster this programme was, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “Just 68,000 ... More >>

Ambulance paramedics trialling new technology

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 3:24 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Tony Ryall says new technology being introduced by St John ambulance, and partially funded by the government, will change the way paramedics work in the field. “Paramedics will soon be using a handheld electronic device that gives crews ... More >>

Govt to establish Food Safety Science & Research Centre

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 3:22 pm | New Zealand Government

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye today announced that expressions of interest have been released for a Food Safety Science and Research Centre. More >>

Genesis to list with third-largest share register

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 2:50 pm | New Zealand Government

Genesis Energy will have the third-largest New Zealand share register on the NZX when it lists tomorrow, Finance Minister Bill English and State Owned Enterprises Minister Tony Ryall say. More >>

NZ to phase out imports of ozone-depleting substances

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 2:39 pm | New Zealand Government

New Zealand is on track to phase out bulk imports of ozone-depleting hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) by the end of this year, Environment Minister Amy Adams says. More >>

Term One Report Card for Hekia Parata

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 1:33 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Principal’s comment: I am concerned Hekia has been drifting and has shown no improvement this term. I believe she should consider seeking the help of a careers counsellor. More >>

Overseas student loans collection hits $100m

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 1:27 pm | New Zealand Government

Over $100 million of additional taxpayer money has now been collected from overseas-based borrowers in an initiative that will help keep the scheme sustainable for future students and taxpayers, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven ... More >>

Now David really has some explaining to do

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 1:26 pm | New Zealand Government

Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee says Labour leader David Cunliffe has got himself in the most astonishing predicament on TV3’s Firstline this morning, by claiming the National Land Transport Fund is “going to be in surplus very soon,” so it’s ... More >>

Interest rates rise but only smokes increasing

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 1:24 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Mortgage rate rises are making life harder for homeowners, and many of them will be surprised the latest CPI figures show inflation would be zero were it not for tobacco tax hikes, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. More >>

Government urged to honour the price of citizenship

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 1:06 pm | The Maori Party

Māori Party Co-leaders Tariana Turia and Te Ururoa Flavell say that the proud contribution of veterans who have fought for our country is still some way from being fully honoured. More >>

Accord to address Christchurch housing

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 12:13 pm | New Zealand Government

A Christchurch Housing Accord has been agreed between Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith and Mayor Lianne Dalziel to help address housing issues in the city. “This Accord will improve the supply and affordability of housing in Christchurch. The Government ... More >>

Second reading of the Fisheries Amendment Bill

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 11:48 am | New Zealand Government

Mr Speaker, this Bill is a crucial piece of legislation. As members will remember, this legislation came from the Ministerial Inquiry led by the Hon Paul Swain. That Inquiry was set up following serious allegations of mistreatment of crew on foreign ... More >>

Important Work For New Pacific Advisory Group

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 11:39 am | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First’s Spokesperson for Pacific Island Affairs Le’aufa’amulia Asenati Lole-Taylor has congratulated new members on their election to the Wellington City Council’s Pacific Advisory Group. More >>

Questions For Oral Answer April 16

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 11:35 am | Office of the Clerk

1. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in the Hon Judith Collins and her handling of her relationship with Oravida Ltd? More >>

Thousands of Coromandel homes are warmer and drier

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 11:26 am | New Zealand National Party

Scott Simpson MP is thrilled that thousands of people in the Coromandel are living in warmer, healthier homes now they’ve had insulation installed as part of two Government programmes. More >>

ANZAC Day – an opportunity to pay tribute to Kiwi heroes

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 11:20 am | New Zealand National Party

Coromandel MP Scott Simpson will join Paeroa’s Dawn Service this ANZAC day to honour New Zealand’s servicemen and women. More >>

Dunne: Address to Eastern Hutt Rotary Club

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 10:37 am | United Future NZ Party

First is the Conservative Party of moon-landing sceptic, climate change doubting, chem-trail believing Colin Craig, and the second has been that of extradition avoiding, publicity driven Kim Dotcom’s Internet Party. Leaving to one side the temptation ... More >>

Minister pleased with successful StudyLink peak season

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 10:04 am | New Zealand Government

Minister pleased with successful StudyLink peak season Associate Social Development Minister Chester Borrows has today congratulated StudyLink staff on a highly successful Student Allowance and Loan peak season. “StudyLink faces an incredibly challenging ... More >>

Dunne Receives Major Safari Club Award

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 9:46 am | Peter Dunne

UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne has been awarded Honorary Membership of the New Zealand Chapter of Safari Club International “in recognition of outstanding contributions and service to New Zealand recreational hunting.” Safari Club International is ... More >>

Labour saddened by death of Sir Owen Woodhouse

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 11:22 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

New Zealand has lost one of its finest jurists and most outstanding citizens with the death of Sir Owen Woodhouse ONZ KBE DSC, Labour Leader David Cunliffe said today. More >>

Questions and Answers - April 15

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 9:54 pm | Office of the Clerk

1. DAVID BENNETT (National—Hamilton East) to the Minister of Finance : How will the Budget next month help to lock in the benefits of sustainable economic growth to support more jobs and higher incomes for New Zealanders? More >>

Evidence Destroys Milkmaid’s Credibility

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 6:40 pm | New Zealand First Party

Evidence Destroys Milkmaid’s Credibility New evidence released by New Zealand First today reveals Justice Minister Judith Collins used her position to manipulate the Government to help her husband’s company, Oravida, after the Fonterra botulism ... More >>

Prime Minister saddened by death of Owen Woodhouse

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 6:33 pm | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister, John Key today expressed his condolences to the family of Sir Owen Woodhouse, ONZ KBE DSC. Sir Owen passed away aged 97. “Sir Owen Woodhouse was a man whose life exemplified public service and duty to his country,” Mr Key said. ... More >>

Industry Training & Apprenticeships Bill passes 3rd reading

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 5:28 pm | New Zealand Government

Legislation that completes the Government’s comprehensive reforms to industry training today passed its third and final reading in Parliament. More >>

Goodhew: SeniorNet

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 5:26 pm | Forest and Bird

Digital technology is now very much a part of our everyday lives. It seems like now nearly everything is done via the internet. Email or instant messages are sent in a split second and the world’s information is at our fingertips. The request to ... More >>

English: Pre-Budget Speech, Wellington

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 5:24 pm | New Zealand Government

It’s great to see measures of business confidence in Wellington rising. I recently attended the 20th anniversary of Infratil, a Wellington-based company built on managing airports and electricity companies better than governments can. More >>

More trouble with Labour’s transport policy

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 4:43 pm | New Zealand Government

Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee says Ministry of Transport analysis of Labour’s new policy for taxing motorhomes shows many motorhome owners would actually be charged higher Road User Charges under a Labour government than they are presently, not lower, ... More >>

What has ACC Minister been doing?

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 4:00 pm | Green Party

The ACC Minister needs to front up and explain what, if any, changes she has made to the broken culture of ACC rather than denying that she has any part to play in the dysfunction of her Ministry, the Green Party said today. More >>

Dunne on Ruataniwha Decision

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 3:45 pm | United Future NZ Party

UnitedFuture Leader Peter Dunne says today’s draft decision on the Ruataniwha Dam is a partial win for all New Zealanders and the environment we hold so dear. The draft decision released today approves the dam, but with rigorous parameters; ... More >>

Greens dam Tukituki decision

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 3:43 pm | Green Party

With the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council actively promoting the Ruataniwha dam scheme and the Government suppressing important information on its potential impacts, it is not surprising that the Ministerially appointed panel has agreed to it the scheme, ... More >>

What has ACC Minister been doing?

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 3:26 pm | Green Party

The ACC Minister needs to front up and explain what, if any, changes she has made to the broken culture of ACC rather than denying that she has any part to play in the dysfunction of her Ministry, the Green Party said today. Yesterday, the District ... More >>

Rollout of faster broadband to remote East Cape schools

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 2:56 pm | New Zealand Government

All twelve rural schools in remote locations around Gisborne and Wairoa now have faster broadband, as a result of the Government’s broadband initiatives, Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams announced today. More >>

New campaign to put the spotlight on measles

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 2:53 pm | New Zealand Government

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew has welcomed the launch of a new campaign which encourages people to check if they have been immunised against measles. More >>

Promise of jam tomorrow takes the cake

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 2:51 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

A claim by Minister of Finance Bill English that average wages will climb by $7,500 over the next four years is a cynical promise of jam tomorrow by a government whose record on wage growth is atrocious, Labour spokesperson on labour issues Andrew Little ... More >>

Hekia Parata kept exam book errors from schools

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 2:50 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Schools will be appalled to learn Education Minister Hekia Parata knew since January that hundreds of exam booklets had been returned to the wrong students but said nothing about it, Labour’s Education Spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. More >>

Board of Inquiry conditions will save rivers in New Zealand

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 2:16 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The Ruataniwha dam decision released today has protected the Tukituki River and dashed the Government’s hope of the “one nutrient model” (TRIM) being adopted nationwide, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. More >>

Lifehack Weekends head to the regions

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 1:07 pm | New Zealand Government

Lifehack Weekends are back and young people from across the country are getting together to create technology-based solutions to mental health issues. “Part of the Government’s $2 million Social Media Innovations Fund, Lifehack events give young people the reins ... More >>

$5m investment in Māori-led science & innovation

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 12:54 pm | New Zealand Government

Up to $5 million over two years will be invested in developing the science and innovation potential of Māori people, resources, and knowledge, Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples announced today. More >>

$5m investment in Māori-led science & innovation

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 12:48 pm | New Zealand Government

Up to $5 million over two years will be invested in developing the science and innovation potential of Māori people, resources, and knowledge, Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples announced today. The 2014 ... More >>

More Oravida endorsements from John Key

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 12:46 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The use of a picture of John Key in an advertisement for Oravida’s scampi products in a Chinese airline magazine is further evidence of an unhealthily cosy relationship between the National Party and this company, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. More >>

Labour’s latest dead end street

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 12:41 pm | New Zealand Government

Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee says today’s Labour policy announcements of cutting revenue currently being invested in safer, more productive transport infrastructure should worry the public on a number of levels. More >>

Labour turns wheels for cycling safety

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 12:41 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

With more than a million New Zealanders now using cycling as an attractive alternative means of transport it is past time their safety was taken seriously, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Darien Fenton says. More >>

Growth seen further lifting average wage by $7,500

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 12:05 pm | New Zealand Government

The average annual wage is expected to increase by $7,500 to around $62,200 a year by 2018 if New Zealand achieves its economic growth forecasts over the next four years, Finance Minister Bill English says. More >>

New High Commissioner to Solomon Islands

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 12:00 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced diplomat Marion Crawshaw as New Zealand’s next High Commissioner to Solomon Islands. “New Zealand’s close relationship with Solomon Islands has been demonstrated by our response to the recent floods,” ... More >>

New High Commissioner to Solomon Islands

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 11:41 am | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced diplomat Marion Crawshaw as New Zealand’s next High Commissioner to Solomon Islands. “New Zealand’s close relationship with Solomon Islands has been demonstrated by our response to the recent floods,” ... More >>

Questions For Oral Answer April 15

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 11:34 am | Office of the Clerk

1. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: How will the Budget next month help to lock in the benefits of sustainable economic growth to support more jobs and higher incomes for New Zealanders? More >>

New Zealand First Supports More Women in the Police

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 11:15 am | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First Supports More Women in the Police New Zealand First supports all police recruitment drives, including adding more women to the frontline to strengthen police work overall and better represent the community. “New Zealand First’s ... More >>

Better Communities through Better Wages

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 11:13 am | New Zealand First Party

As the strong dollar tips more people onto the unemployment queue, the Government’s failure to create jobs is being highlighted, says New Zealand First. “People do want to work to lift themselves out of poverty but there are obstacles – few jobs ... More >>

Workers at Canterbury Yarns need redundancy support

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 11:00 am | Green Party

Workers faced with redundancy at Canterbury Yarns need a redundancy support co-ordinator, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today. More >>

McClay opens Business to Government Workshop

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 10:10 am | New Zealand Government

Revenue Minister Todd McClay has opened the Business to Government Collaboration Workshop in Wellington today, citing it as a great opportunity for Government and private enterprise to find new ways to improve and simplify digital services. The ... More >>

Making the holidays easier for Kiwi drivers

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 10:02 am | New Zealand Labour Party

The next Labour Government will make the holidays easier and journeys quicker for Kiwi families driving on the roads, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. More >>

Judith Collins has to fess up on ACC blunder

Monday, 14 April 2014, 10:22 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

ACC Minster Judith Collins must front up and tell New Zealand how many people who refused to hand over their private details to ACC have been denied cover, says Labour’s ACC Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway “The legality of ACC’s privacy waver, ACC ... More >>

Successful crime-fighting pilot to be expanded

Monday, 14 April 2014, 10:21 pm | New Zealand Government

A successful Justice sector frontline pilot, which saw a dramatic drop in total crime in the Hutt Valley, will benefit three other areas, Justice Minister Judith Collins has announced. “I’m pleased to announce that a ‘Flagship Programme’ ... More >>

Goodhew: 2014 Heart Foundation Forum

Monday, 14 April 2014, 5:20 pm | New Zealand Government

I congratulate the Heart Foundation for bringing together the Heart Foundation community both volunteers and paid staff under one roof. The Heart Foundation has a significant volunteer workforce whose work is integral to the achievements of the Foundation. ... More >>

Spreading the word on alternative tree species

Monday, 14 April 2014, 5:01 pm | New Zealand Government

Associate Primary Industries Minister Jo Goodhew has announced that a project which aims to provide information for growers on alternative tree species has been approved for a Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF) grant. More >>

 

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