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Questions for Oral Answer - Tuesday, 29 March 2005

Questions for Oral Answer
As At Tuesday, 29 March 2005

Questions to Ministers

1. Dr DON BRASH to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her statement of 7 April 2004 that the Government's foreshore and seabed policy "guarantees access to the foreshore and seabed for all New Zealanders.", in light of reports that the Maori Land Court has decided to hear a claim for control of 50 kilometres of Eastern Bay of Plenty coastline; if so, why?

2. TARIANA TURIA to the Minister of Conservation: What initiatives have been put in place along the West Coast of the North Island to protect the Maui's Dolphin, the world's smallest and rarest marine dolphin, given it has been classified as "critically endangered" on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources Red List?

3. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Immigration: Why does the New Zealand Immigration Service require, before a New Zealand visa or permit can be granted, an assurance that the applicant and any family included in an application are of good character?

4. GEORGINA BEYER to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: How have New Zealand families already benefited from the Working for Families package?

5. Hon TONY RYALL to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in the Minister of Police; if so, why?

6. Hon MARK GOSCHE to the Minister of Labour: What is the Government doing to assist working New Zealanders?

7. RODNEY HIDE to the Minister of Police: What is his response to the South Auckland dairy owner, who has been tormented by thieves for over a year, who has handed police the names and addresses of the thieves, together with video evidence, and who has been told by police that it is low priority and no action will be taken?

8. DAVE HEREORA to the Minister of Conservation: Has he received any reports that indicate that the focus of the Department of Conservation should be to protect New Zealand's unique flora and endangered species; if so, what do they say?

9. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister of Internal Affairs: Is the Weathertight Homes Resolution Service providing speedy and fair procedures for assessment and resolution of claims for leaky home owners?

10. GORDON COPELAND to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Are married people bringing up children on the unemployment benefit treated equally to those bringing up children on the domestic purposes benefit?

11. STEPHEN FRANKS to the Minister of Police: Does he understand property owners' frustration and desire to arm themselves to protect them and their property when the South Auckland dairy owner's experience suggests the police clearly won't take action, and what is his response?

12. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Minister of Energy: On what advice did he base his statement on Campbell Live last week that the end of cheap oil will be "somewhere in the 2030s"?

ENDS

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