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Select Committee Business 10 to 14 February 2014

Select Committee Business

From 10 to 14 February 2014

Committee meetings

There were 14 committee meetings, all in the parliamentary complex.

Reports presented

Commerce

• 2012/13 financial review of the Takeovers Panel

Education and Science

• 2012/13 financial review of Callaghan Innovation

• 2012/13 financial review of Education New Zealand. The Institute of Environmental Science and Research Limited, the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences Limited, Landcare Research New Zealand Limited, Learning Media Limited, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Limited, the New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited, and the New Zealand Teachers Council

• 2012/13 financial review of the New Zealand Forest Research Institute Limited

Finance and Expenditure

• Report from the Controller and Auditor-General, Central Government: Results of the 2012/13 audits (Volume 1)

Health

• 2012/13 financial review of the Health Promotion Agency

Primary Production

• Petition 2008/117 of Neville Donaldson on behalf of SFWU Nga Ringa Tota

Social Services

• Social Security (Fraud Measures and Debt Recovery) Amendment Bill (98-2)

Bills referred to select committees

Health

• Smoke-free Environments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment Bill (186-1)

Committee notes

Committees can be contacted at the following address: select.committees@parliament.govt.nz

Commerce

The committee met on 13 February to consider and hear evidence on the 2012/13 financial reviews of New Zealand Post, Transpower New Zealand, and Meridian Energy, as well as the petition of Eric Roy, the petition of Pam Cornelius, and the petition of Jan Henderson. The committee also considered the 2012/13 financial review of the Takeovers Panel.

The committee is currently calling for submissions on the Accounting Infrastructure Reform Bill, with a closing date of 3 March 2014.

The committee will next meet on 20 February to consider the Accounting Infrastructure Reform Bill, and the Credit Contracts and Financial Services Law Reform Bill. The committee will also consider and hear evidence on the 2012/13 financial reviews of the Electricity Authority and Genesis Power.

Education and Science

The committee met on 12 February to hear evidence on the 2012/13 financial review of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, and consider the Industry Training and Apprenticeships Amendment Bill and the 2012/13 financial reviews of AgResearch Limited, Callaghan Innovation, and the New Zealand Forest Institute Limited.

The committee will next meet on 19 February to hear evidence on the 2012/13 financial reviews of Careers New Zealand and the Tertiary Education Commission, and consider the Industry Training and Apprenticeships Amendment Bill, the 2012/13 financial review of AgResearch Limited, and the petition of Judy Taligalu McFall-McCaffery and John McCaffery and 6686 others.

Finance and Expenditure

The committee met on 12 February to consider the report from the Controller and Auditor-General, Central Government: Results of the 2012/13 audits (Volume 1).

The committee also heard evidence on and considered the Taxation (Annual Rates, Employee Allowances, and Remedial Matters) Bill.

The committee will next meet on 19 February when it will consider the petition of Roy Reid on behalf of Grey Power New Zealand. The committee will also continue hearing evidence on the Taxation (Annual Rates, Employee Allowances, and Remedial Matters) Bill.

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

The committee did not meet this week.

Government Administration

The committee met on 12 February and heard evidence on the petition of Kyle Lockwood and considered the Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months' Paid Leave) Amendment Bill. The committee also considered the report from the Ombudsmen, Information fault lines, Accessing EQC information in Canterbury, a joint report of the Chief Ombudsman and the Privacy Commissioner into the Earthquake Commission's handling of information requests in Canterbury.

At its next meeting on 19 February the committee will further consider the Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months' Paid Leave) Amendment Bill.

Health

The committee met on 12 February when it heard evidence on the 2012/13 financial review of the Lakes District Health Board and the 2012/13 financial review of the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board. It further considered the 2012/13 financial review of the Health Promotion Agency, the petition of Cynthia Bowers and 1.035 others, the petition of Rae Reynolds and 276 others, the petition of Neil Pluck on behalf of the Rakaia Community Association, and the petition of Dr Lynley Hood and Associate Professor Gordon Anderson and 1,321 others.

The committee will next meet on 19 February when it will hear evidence on the 2012/13 financial review of the Southern District Health Board and the 2012/13 financial review of the South Canterbury District Health Board, and consider the Smoke-free Environments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment Bill.

Justice and Electoral

This week the committee met on 13 February to further consider and hear evidence on the the petition of Elizabeth Subritzky, the Human Rights Amendment Bill, and the Public Safety (Public Protection Orders) Bill, and to further consider the Objectionable Publications and Indecency Legislation Bill, and theiInquiry into the 2013 local authority elections.

The committee will next meet on 20 February to hold financial review hearings of the Privacy Commissioner and the Human Rights Commission. It will further consider the Public Safety (Public Protection Orders) Bill, and hear further evidence on the Human Rights Amendment Bill.

Law and Order

The committee met on 12 February to consider Victims’ Orders Against Violent Offenders Bill, the Sentencing (Protection of Children from Criminal Offending) Bill, and the Parole Amendment Bill.

The committee will meet on 19 February to consider Victims’ Orders Against Violent Offenders Bill, the Sentencing (Protection of Children from Criminal Offending) Bill, and the Parole Amendment Bill. The committee will meet on 21 February in Auckland to hear evidence on the Parole Amendment Bill.

Local Government and Environment

The committee met on 13 February to hear evidence on the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 3) and on the report from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment on Water quality in New Zealand: Land use and nutrient pollution.

It considered two reports from the Controller and Auditor-General on the Mangawhai community wastewater scheme and the briefing on the Mangawahai community wastewater scheme and other related matters. It also considered the 2012/13 financial review of the Environmental Protection Authority, the petition of Gayleen Mackereth on behalf of the Howick Ratepayers and Residents Association, the petition of Gary Williams MNZM, the petition of Felicity Emmett and 278 others, the Manukau City Council (Regulation of Prostitution in Specified Places) Bill, and the briefing on a matter relating to the Manuaku City Council (Regulation of Prostitution in Specified Places) Bill.

The committee will next meet on 20 February during which it will continue to hear evidence on the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill.

Māori Affairs

The committee met on 12 February at Karapiro to hear evidence on the the Ngāti Koroki Kahukura Claims Settlement Bill and the Ngāti Hauā Claims Settlement Bill.

Next week the committee will travel to Tauranga on 18 February to hear evidence on the New Zealand Mission Trust (Otamataha) Empowering Bill and to Whakatane on the 19 February to hear evidence on the Te Urewera-Tūhoe Bill.

Primary Production

The committee met on 13 February to consider the 20012/13 financial review of Landcorp Farming Limited and Quotable Value New Zealand Limited. The committee also considered the Animal Welfare Amendment Bill.

The committee will next meet on 20 February when it will hear evidence on the Food Bill.

Privileges

The committee met on 13 February to consider the Parliamentary Privilege Bill, and other items of business before it.

The committee will meet briefly next week to continue its consideration of the Question of privilege regarding use of intrusive powers within the parliamentary precinct.

Regulations Review

The committee met on 13 February to consider the complaint regarding the New Zealand (Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code) Food Standards 2002, Amendment No 53, and the complaints regarding three notices made by the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board about continuing professional development requirements. The committee considered its inquiry into oversight of disallowable instruments that are not legislative instruments.

The committee will next meet on 20 February to consider the complaint regarding the Civil Aviation Charges Regulations (No 2) 1991 Amendment Regulations 2012 and the complaint regarding the Canterbury Earthquake (Building Act) Order 2011. The committee will continue its scrutiny of various statutory and deemed regulations.

Social Services

The committee met on 12 February to consider the Social Security (Fraud Measures and Debt Recovery) Amendment Bill. The committee reported the bill to the House on 14 February. Copies of the committee’s report are available on the Parliament website.

The committee also considered the Vulnerable Children Bill, the Veterans’ Support Bill, its inquiry into the funding of specialist sexual violence social services, and the petitions of Graeme Axford, Dina Awarau, Michelle Ratima and Mary Utanga.

The committee will next meet on 19 February to consider and hear evidence on the 2012/13 financial review of the Children’s Commissioner. The meeting will be open to the public from 9.10am to 9.55am, during the appearance of the Children’s Commissioner, Dr Russell Wills, and officials from his office.

It will also consider the petition of Vivian Needham, the Vulnerable Children Bill, the Veterans’ Support Bill, the Social Security (Clothing Allowances for Orphans and Unsupported Children) Amendment Bill, the Report from the Controller and Auditor-General, UN Madrid indicators to better understand ageing population, and its iunquiry into the funding of specialist sexual violence social services.

Standing Orders

The committee did not meet this week.

Transport and Industrial Relations

The committee met on 13 February to consider the Land Transport and Road User Charges Legislation Amendment Bill, the Summary Offences (Possession of Hand-held Lasers) Amendment Bill, the Immigration Amendment Bill (No 2) and the Land Transport Amendment Bill. The committee also considered the petitions of Darien Fenton, Jan Mossman and 15,000 others, Raymond Neil and Philippa Joan Hellyer, and Roger Fowler on behalf of the Respect our Community Campaign.

The committee will meet next week on 18 February and on 20 February.

Closing dates for submissions

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

Commerce

• Accounting Infrastructure Reform Bill (3 March 2014)

Health

• Smoke-free Environments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment Bill (28 March 2014)

Justice and Electoral

• Harmful Digital Communications Bill (21 February 2014)

• Judicature Modernisation Bill (21 February 2014)

Local Government and Environment

• Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 3) (14 February 2014)

Privileges

• Parliamentary Privilege Bill (28 February 2014)

Transport and Industrial Relations

• Land Transport Amendment Bill (14 February 2014)

Submissions can be made online

General

You can find further information about select committees on our website

Compiled in the Select Committee Office, Office of the Clerk, 14 February 2014

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