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Questions For Oral Answer - Wednesday, 20 February

WEDNESDAY, 20 FEBRUARY 2002

QUESTIONS TO MINISTERS

1. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Further to my questions of 13 and 14 February 2002 relating to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, will she now advise what the Government understands those principles to be, and if not, will she advise how many governmental and quasi-governmental organisations are having regard to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi as is required by various enactments?

2. Hon ROGER SOWRY to the Minister of Health: Which specific health services, currently provided by the Auckland District Health Board, did she mean when she referred to services “that are not high-tech and specialised but are things that could be done by other health boards”, and can she guarantee that access to these services will still be available?

3. DAVID BENSON-POPE to the Minister of Health: What reports, if any, has she received regarding plans to close Dunedin’s cardiac unit?

4. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Prime Minister: Is she correctly reported as saying she was not concerned about the Alliance ructions, as long as its four Ministers wanted to continue working in the Government?

5. JANET MACKEY to the Minister for Rural Affairs: What progress has been made on the Government’s advisory scheme for underutilised land on the East Coast?

6. Dr WAYNE MAPP to the Minister of Police: Further to his answer in the House yesterday, how is “The Government … supporting the police and the community.” during the current gang tensions in Palmerston North?

7. NANDOR TANCZOS to the Minister of Police: What actions are the Police taking following the finding of Judge Gittos that “the conduct of … a ‘sweep’ by a Team Policing Unit may involve Officers engineering opportunities to conduct personal searches of persons minding their own business in a public street at random or on a purely speculative basis” and that “such conduct would manifestly contravene the provisions of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act”?

8. RODNEY HIDE to the Minister for Industry and Regional Development: Has he received reports on the regional economic impact of Kiwibank “opening somewhere between 300 and 340 branches throughout New Zealand this year”, as he claimed in the House yesterday; if not, why not?

9. HELEN DUNCAN to the Minister of Education: What has been the response to the launch of the New Zealand Teachers’ Council?

10. Hon MURRAY McCULLY to the Minister of Maori Affairs: What steps does he or his Associate Minister propose to take following the invitation of his Associate Minister to the Black Power and Mongrel Mob gangs to think of ways in which the Government could “be more helpful” to the two gangs?

11. DIANNE YATES to the Minister of Internal Affairs: What are the community concerns that led to the introduction of the Responsible Gambling Bill yesterday?

12. ALEC NEILL to the Minister of Maori Affairs: What steps does he propose to take to safeguard the interests of the many Maori interests affected by the moratorium on aquaculture resource consents, in light of the report by the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research which assesses the economic cost of the moratorium as being in the hundreds of millions of dollars?

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