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Select Committee Business 26 April to 3 May 20

Committee meetings

There were 18 committee meetings, all in the parliamentary complex.

Reports presented

(available at http://www.clerk.parliament.govt.nz/cgi-bin/select-reports)

Finance and Expenditure

- 2000/01 financial review of New Zealand Post Limited

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

- Inquiry into New Zealand’s economic and trade relationship with Australia (I. 4E)

Health

- 2000/01 financial review of the Pharmaceutical Management Agency

- 2000/01 financial review of the Taranaki District Health Board

- 2000/01 financial review of the West Coast District Health Board

- 2000/01 financial review of the Whanganui District Health Board

Government Administration

- 2000/01 financial review of the Museum of New Zealand - Te Papa Tongarewa

Local Government and Environment

- 2000/01 financial review of the Environmental Risk Management Authority

- 2000/01 financial review of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority

Transport and Industrial Relations

- 2000/01 financial review of the Maritime Safety Authority of New Zealand

Bills referred to select committees

The Animal Products Amendment Bill was referred to the Primary Production Committee with a report due by 27 June 2002.

The Criminal Records (Clean Slate) Bill was referred to the Justice and Electoral Committee.

Committee notes

(for further information on an item, please contact the committee staff noted in italics)

Commerce (Alan Witcombe, SC-Commerce@parliament.govt.nz)

This week the committee met at its normal time on Thursday. It considered a number of financial reviews including Industry New Zealand and Radio New Zealand Limited and heard evidence on the New Zealand Tourism Board. The committee also heard evidence on the Crown Minerals Amendment Bill and Motor Vehicle Sales Bill and gave further consideration to the latter. This committee is not scheduled to meet next week.

Education and Science (David Bagnall, SC-ES@parliament.govt.nz)

The committee met on Thursday, 2 May to consider the Tertiary Education Reform Bill and Supplementary Order Paper 264. The supplementary order paper concerns the implementation of a levy on the export education industry to fund industry development, promotion and quality assurance measures.

The committee has invited submissions on the Supplementary Order Paper from a number of education sector contacts by close of business on Wednesday 8 May. The committee will meet on Thursday, 9 May to hear these submissions. The meeting will be in Room G.011, Parliament House, and will be open to the public. If you have any enquiries regarding the submission or hearing of evidence process, please contact the secretariat on 471-9487 or 471-9532, or email sc-es@parliament.govt.nz.

The Tertiary Education Reform Bill can be viewed at: www.minedu.govt.nz/web/document/document_page.cfm?id=6554&p=1028.1216

The supplementary order paper can be viewed at:

www.beehive.govt.nz/Documents/Files/ACF262.pdf

Finance and Expenditure (Julian Kersey, SC-FE@parliament.govt.nz)

The committee met on Wednesday, 1 May. It considered the Taxation (Relief, Refunds and Miscellaneous Provision) Bill and the Securities Markets and Institutions Bill. It also considered the Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s March Monetary Policy Statement.

The committee will next meet on 8 May from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm in Room G.006. It will consider the Securities Markets and Institutions Bill and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s March Monetary Policy Statement. The meeting will be closed to the public.

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (David Sanders, SC-FD@parliament.govt.nz)

The committee met this week to give further consideration to the examination of the Kyoto Protocol. It also considered the Amendments to the Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of New Zealand establishing a system for the development of Joint Food Standards.

Government Administration (Lesley Ferguson, SC-GA@parliament.govt.nz)

The committee has reported back to the House on the 2000/01 financial performance of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

The committee meets next week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to continue its consideration of the Responsible Gambling Bill.

Health (Matthew Andrews, SC-Health@parliament.govt.nz)

The committee met this week and deliberated on the financial reviews of Whanganui District Health Board and West Coast District Health Board. The committee also had a briefing from the Ministry of Health on folates.

Justice and Electoral (Louise Sparrer, SC-JE@parliament.govt.nz)

The committee met on 1 May to continue consideration of the financial review of the Legal Services Agency and to begin hearing oral submissions on the Retirement Villages Bill.

A New Zealand Fire Service Commission submission focused on fire safety measures for retirement villages. Three other submissions from Grey Power organisations were heard together. They submitted the bill provides inadequate protection for residents of retirement villages. They all suggested that the position of statutory supervisor and the makeup of the disputes panel should not be decided by the owner/operator, as this would create a bias against residents. Discussion also centred on the operation of licences to occupy retirement village units.

Next week the committee will meet on 8 May to continue consideration of the financial review of the Legal Services Agency for 2000/01, the Prostitution Reform Bill and the inquiry into the 2001 local elections. It will also continue to hear evidence on the Retirement Villages Bill, which will be open to the public between 3.00 pm and 6.00 pm in room G.005, Parliament House.

Local Government and Environment (Marie Alexander, SC-LGE@parliament.govt.nz)

The committee met on 1 May to continue hearing submissions on the Local Government Bill. It will meet in Hamilton on 8 May to hear further submissions. On 2 May the committee reported on the 2000/01 financial reviews of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority and the Environmental Risk Management Authority.

Maori Affairs (Marcus Ganley, SC-MA@parliament.govt.nz)

The committee met on Thursday, 2 May. The meeting began with consideration of the Maori Television Service Bill. This was followed by a briefing from the Ministry of Health. The committee then turned to its inquiry into the Forestry Rental Trust. Submissions were heard from:

- The Maori Appointors (New Zealand Maori Council and FOMA)

- Marie Tautari

- The Volcanic Interior Plateau Project

- David Williams.

On Monday, 6 May the committee will travel to Gisborne to hear evidence on the Te Whanau-a-Taupara Trust Empowering Bill and to hear submissions on the inquiry from:

- Ngai Tamanuhiri Whaanui Trust

- Mohaka ki Ahuriri Whanau Claims

- Ngati Whaoa Descendants Association

- Sue Nikora.

The committee will meet again on Thursday, 16 May to consider Te Whanau-a-Taupara Trust Empowering Bill and the inquiry into the Crown Forestry Rental Trust.

Primary Production (Bob Bunch, SC-PP@parliament.govt.nz)

The committee met on Thursday, 2 May for two briefings, both of which were heard in private. The first was from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry on feral deer.

The second briefing was from Land Information New Zealand on the matter of landbrokers as contained in the proposed amendments to the Land Transfer and Cadastral Survey Legislation Bill.

The Animal Products Amendment Bill has been referred to the committee with a report due by 27 June 2002. Submissions close on Monday, 27 May.

Regulations Review (Andrew Fieldsend, SC-RR@parliament.govt.nz)

On Wednesday morning the committee met to continue regular scrutiny of new government regulations. It next meets on 15 May to hear evidence from the Minister of Transport on the complaints relating to the Land Transport Rule: Frontal Impact.

Transport and Industrial Relations (Lyn Main, SC-TI@parliament.govt.nz)

The committee presented its report on the 2000/01 financial review of the Maritime Safety Authority of New Zealand on 2 May. The report can be viewed on the Office of the Clerk website.

The committee is continuing to hear evidence on the Health and Safety in Employment Amendment Bill from 9.30 am to 1.00 pm and 2.10 pm to 6.00 pm on Wednesday, 8 May.

Closing dates for submissions

Committees are receiving submissions on the following items with the closing date shown:

Education and Science

Supplementary Order Paper No 264 relating to the Tertiary Education Reform Bill (8 May 2002)

Primary Production

Animal Products Amendment Bill (27 May 2002)

General

You can find further information about select committees on our website at www.clerk.parliament.govt.nz. If you require additional information or have any feedback on the contents, please contact:

Compiled in the Select Committee Office, Office of the Clerk, 3 May 2002


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