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Select Committee business From 15 November 2002 to 22 November 2002

Committee meetings

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

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

Commerce Fair Trading Amendment Bill (No 3) (192-2) Consumer Protection (Definition of Goods and Services) Bill (154-2)

Education and Science National Library of New Zealand (Te Puna Mâtauranga o Aotearoa) Bill (202-2)

Government Administration Responsible Gambling Bill (200-2)

Bills referred to select committees

At the time of going to press, no bills had been referred. The House is sitting under urgency and if any bills are referred later today they will be notified in next week’s release.

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

Commerce (Ethan Tucker, SC-Commerce@parliament.govt.nz)

The committee did not meet this week due to the House sitting under urgency. The committee’s next scheduled meeting is on Thursday, 5 December, at which public hearings of evidence in the 2001/02 financial reviews of Industry New Zealand Limited and New Zealand Post Limited will be conducted.

The committee has invited public submissions on two bills, the Rotorua District (Easter Sunday Shop Trading) Bill and the Anglican (Diocese of Christchurch) Church Property Trust Bill. The closing dates for submissions are Friday, 20 December 2002 and Friday, 10 January 2003, respectively. For details of the submissions process, please consult the Office of the Clerk website.

Education and Science (Angela Van Dam, SC-ES@parliament.govt.nz)

The committee met twice this week. On Wednesday, 20 November the committee considered its inquiry into the implementation of the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA), while on Thursday, 21 November the committee considered the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind Bill.

The committee is next scheduled to meet on Tuesday, 3 December, when it will continue its consideration of the NCEA inquiry. It will also meet on Wednesday, 4 December, when it will conduct public hearings of evidence in the 2001/02 financial reviews of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Research, Science and Technology.

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

The committee met this week to consider the Pitcairn Trials Bill and the International Treaties Bill.

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

The committee did not meet this week. Next week, as part of its financial review of the State Services Commission, the committee will hear evidence on Thursday, 28 November from Mr Michael Wintringham, State Services Commissioner. The committee will also travel to Christchurch on Friday, 29 November to hear evidence from 9.30 am to 3.15 pm at the Sudima Hotel Grand Chancellor on its inquiry into the weathertightness of buildings in New Zealand.

Health (Catherine Parkin, SC-Health@parliament.govt.nz)

The committee met on Wednesday and heard evidence on the petition of David Nelson and 8550 others, which asks that recognition be given to the increasing level of care needed for frail elderly citizens at rest homes, dementia units and hospitals.

The committee will meet next week to continue its consideration of the Smoke-free Environments (Enhanced Protection) Amendment Bill and Supplementary Order Paper 148 and the 2001/02 financial review of the Ministry of Health.

The committee is currently inviting public submissions on the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Bill. The closing date for submissions is 27 November 2002. Further information is available at http://www.clerk.parliament.govt.nz/programmes/committees/submissions/hehpca.html

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

The committee did not meet this week due to the House sitting in urgency. The committee’s next meeting will be on 27 November, when it will continue to consider the Prostitution Reform Bill. It will also begin hearing evidence on the Criminal Records (Clean Slate) Bill and the Clean Slate Bill. The meeting will be in room G.002, Parliament House and will be open to the public from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm and from 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm.

Law and Order (Tracey Rayner, SC-LO@parliament.govt.nz)

The committee did not meet this week as the House was sitting in urgency. The committee will next meet on Wednesday, 27 November to consider the Land Transport (Street and Illegal Drag Racing) Amendment Bill.

There is one week remaining in which to make a submission on the Criminal Investigations (Bodily Samples) Amendment Bill, as submissions close at 5.00 pm on Friday, 29 November.

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

The committee will meet on 26 and 27 November to continue consideration of the Local Government Bill. The committee is required to report on the bill by 10 December.

Maori Affairs (Julian Kersey, SC-MA@parliament.govt.nz)

The committee met on Thursday, 21 November. It considered the Te Whanau-a-Taupara Trust Empowering Bill and the Ngati Ruanui Claims Settlement Bill.

The committee will next meet on Thursday, 5 December from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm. It will hear evidence on the Maori Purposes Bill (No 2). The hearing will be open to the public. The committee will consider the Ngati Ruanui Claims Settlement Bill. It will also consider the 2001/02 financial review of Te Puni Kôkiri.

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

The committee did not meet this week because the House was sitting in urgency. Next week the committee will meet all day on Thursday, 28 November. It will consider three bills (Hop Industry Restructuring Bill, Wine Bill and Animal Welfare Amendment Bill). There will be hearing of evidence on the Wine Bill and Animal Welfare Amendment Bill and the 2001/02 financial review of Quotable Value New Zealand Limited. Other items of business the committee will consider are the 2001/02 financial reviews of the Ministry of Fisheries and Landcorp Limited and the inquiry into the scampi fishery.

Regulations Review (Michael Wilkinson, SC-RR@parliament.govt.nz)

The committee met on Wednesday, 20 November and continued its regular scrutiny of new government regulations. It also considered the Subordinate Legislation (Confirmation and Validation) Bill. The committee will next meet on Wednesday, 4 December.

Transport and Industrial Relations (Kath Henderson, SC-TI@parliament.govt.nz)

The committee is not scheduled to meet next week. On 5 December it will hear evidence on the financial review of the Accident Compensation Corporation.

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

Commerce Anglican (Diocese of Christchurch) Church Property Trust Bill (10 January 2003) Rotorua District (Easter Sunday Shop Trading) Bill (20 December 2002)

Health Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Bill (27 November 2002)

Law and Order Criminal Investigations (Bodily Samples) Amendment Bill (29 November 2002)
Local Government and Environment Marine Reserves Bill (31 January 2003)

Primary Production Inquiry into the administration and management of New Zealand’s scampi fishery (20 December 2002)


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:

Carol Rankin Senior Parliamentary Officer ph: 471 9534, fax: 499 0486, or at carol.rankin@parliament.govt.nz

Compiled in the Select Committee Office, Office of the Clerk, 22 November 2002

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