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Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday, 14 March


Thursday, 14 March 2002

Questions to Ministers

1. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Education: What assurances can he give to parents of over 56,000 level 1 National Certificate of Educational Achievement students that their children will receive their full school qualification, following the announcement by the PPTA that teachers will not pass on marks to the New Zealand Qualifications Authority from next Monday, and that teachers will refuse to comply with directives and timeframes relating to assessment from the NZQA from the middle of April?

2. Hon KEN SHIRLEY to the Minister of Health: How many new low income workers will have access to the Community Services Card as a result of the threshold changes announced yesterday?

3. TIM BARNETT to the Associate Minister of Education (Tertiary Education): What initiatives has the Government taken to support the development of Centres of Research Excellence?

4. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister of Education: What funding criteria and process was followed in deciding that Manaia View School required $10,000 for school t-shirts, and which of New Zealand's other schools will be eligible for such a grant?

5. LUAMANUVAO WINNIE LABAN to the Minister for Sport, Fitness and Leisure: What is the Government doing to advance New Zealand's position on the world sporting stage?

6. Hon GEORGINA TE HEUHEU to the Minister of Maori Affairs: Can the Minister confirm reports that a Canadian, Mr John Davie, is being appointed as chief executive of the Maori Television Service; if so, can the Minister explain the benefits of appointing a non-Maori to this role?

7. GEORGINA BEYER to the Minister of Fisheries: What prompted the Ministry of Fisheries to mount Operation Pacman, which has uncovered extensive illegal operations?

8. DAMIEN O'CONNOR to the Minister of Tourism: What reports has he received on the contribution of overseas visitors to the New Zealand economy?

9. Hon MURRAY McCULLY to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: Is he completely satisfied that PriceWaterhouseCoopers received all appropriate information prior to completing its report on the operations of New Zealand Post Ltd subsidiary Transend, and does he have complete confidence in that report?

10. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Health: Further to my oral question No 5 of Wednesday 13 March 2002, why is it that she is able to answer questions regarding funding details for specific areas of health such as dental and Pacific Island health services, yet is unable to provide details of expenditure in regard to Maori health initiatives, even after having been subjected to the annual budget round process?

11. SHANE ARDERN to the Minister for Courts: Following my question in the House on Tuesday, has he asked the Department for Courts to check whether timelines have been produced for public consultation over the closure or downgrading of rural courts, and whether any timelines have specific dates for legal downgrading and physical moving regardless of the consultation; if not, why not?

12. KEITH LOCKE to the Minister of Local Government: Will she undertake an investigation into whether the chairing and decision-making at the Auckland City Council's meetings of 28 February and 13 March 2002 complied with the requirements of the Local Government Act 1974 and other relevant legislation; if not, why not?

Questions to Members

1. RODNEY HIDE to the Chairperson of the Finance and Expenditure Committee: Has the committee released the evidence on the financial review of New Zealand Post Ltd that was reported in The Dominion today?


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