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Select Committee Business 17 March to 21 March 2014

Select Committee Business


From 17 March to 21 March 2014

Committee meetings

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

Reports presented

Commerce Committee

• 2012/13 financial review of the Electricity Authority

• 2012/13 financial review of Kordia Group Limited

• 2012/13 financial review of Meridian Energy Limited and Petition 2011/45 of Eric Roy

• 2012/13 financial review of New Zealand Post Limited, Petition 2011/61 of Pam Cornelius and 934 others, and Petition 2011/65 of Jan Henderson

• 2012/13 financial review of Television New Zealand Limited

• 2012/13 financial review of the Broadcasting Standards Authority, the Electricity Corporation of New Zealand Limited, the Government Superannuation Fund Authority, the Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation, the New Zealand Productivity Commission , the New Zealand Tourism Board, Public Trust, the Real Estate Agents Authority, and the Standards Council

• 2012/13 financial review of Transpower New Zealand Limited, and Report from the Controller and Auditor-General on Transpower New Zealand Limited: Managing risks to transmission assets

• Credit Contracts and Financial Services Law Reform Bill (104-2)

Education and Science Committee

• 2012/13 financial review of Careers New Zealand

• 2012/13 financial review of the Tertiary Education Commission

Health Committee

• 2012/13 financial review of the Hawke's Bay District Health Board

• 2012/13 financial review of the South Canterbury District Health Board

Officers of Parliament Committee

• Alterations to the 2013/14 appropriations for Vote Audit, Vote Ombudsmen, and Vote Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, and 2014/15 draft budgets for the Office of the Controller and Auditor-General, the Office of the Ombudsmen, and the Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (I.15C)

Regulations Review Committee

• Activities of the Regulations Review Committee in 2012 (I.16E)

Transport and Industrial Relations Committee

• Petition 2011/91 of Roger Fowler on behalf of the Respect Our Community Campaign

Bills referred to select committees

Finance and Expenditure

• New Zealand Superannuation and Retirement Income Amendment Bill (166-1)

Local Government and Environment

• Kaikoura (Te Tai-o-Marokura) Marine Management Bill (194-1)

Changes in committee membership

Health Committee

• Poto Williams replaces Moana Mackey (SO 184(2))

Committee notes

Commerce

The committee met on 20 March to consider and hear evidence on the Accounting Infrastructure Reform Bill, and hear evidence on the 2012/13 financial reviews of Solid Energy New Zealand and the Commerce Commission. The committee also considered the 2012/13 financial reviews of New Zealand Post, Television New Zealand and Kordia Group, and Petition 2011/61 of Pam Cornelius and 934 others, and Petition 2011/65 of Jan Henderson.

The committee is currently calling for submissions on the Energy (Fuels, Levies and References) Amendment Bill with a closing date of Thursday, 17 April 2014.

The committee will meet on 8, 9 and 10 April to consider the Accounting Infrastructure Reform Bill, hear evidence on the 2012/13 financial reviews of the Broadcasting Commission and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, and consider the 2012/13 financial reviews of Solid Energy New Zealand, Genesis Energy, Mighty River Power and the Commerce Commission.

Education and Science

The committee met on 19 March to hear evidence on the inquiry into engaging parents into the education of their children. The committee considered the 2012/13 financial reviews of Careers New Zealand and the Tertiary Education Commission, and the Education Amendment Bill (No 2) and has called for submissions on the bill with a closing date of 30 April 2014.

The committee will meet on 9 April to hear evidence on a briefing on the implementation of Ka Hikitia, and evidence on its inquiry into engaging parents into the education of their children. Both hearings of evidence will be open to the public.

Finance and Expenditure

The committee met on 19 March when it considered the petition of Penelope Mary Bright and 13 others. The committee also further considered the 2012/13 financial review of the Earthquake Commission and the Taxation (Annual Rates, Employee Allowances, and Remedial Matters) Bill.

The committee will next meet on 9 April.

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

The committee met on 20 March to hear evidence on the briefing into United Nations reform.

Government Administration

The committee did not meet this week.

Health

The committee met on 19 March 2014 when it further considered the 2012/13 financial review of the South Canterbury District Health Board, the 2012/13 financial review of the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board, the 2012/13 financial review of the Southern District Health Board, the Smoke-free Environment (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment Bill, the Briefing on Child Matters – Visiting Specialists, the Briefing on matters relating to the inquiry into improving child health outcomes and preventing child abuse with a focus from preconception until three years of age and Petition 2011/88 of Sym Gardiner. It also heard evidence on Petition 2011/66 of Ann Chapman and 1,053 others.

The committee will next meet on 9 April 2014.

Justice and Electoral

The committee met on 20 March to hear evidence on the Judicature Modernisation Bill, and the Harmful Digital Communications Bill. It also considered the Human Rights Amendment Bill.

The committee will next meet on Wednesday 26 March to hear further evidence on the Harmful Digital Communications Bill. It will also consider the Public Safety (Public Protection Orders) Bill, the Objectionable Publications and Indecency Legislation Bill, and the 2012/13 financial reviews of the Human Rights Commission, the Electoral Commission, the Law Commission, the Privacy Commission, and the Abortion Supervisory Committee, and to further consider the Human Rights Amendment Bill

Law and Order

The committee met on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 to hear evidence to hear evidence on the 2012/13 financial review of the Independent Police Conduct Authority.

The committee will meet on Wednesday, 10 April 2014 to consider the Parole Amendment Bill and further consider the 2012/13 financial review of the Independent Police Conduct Authority.

Local Government and Environment

The committee met 20 March to consider the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 3), Petition 2011/74 of Christine Toms, Petition 2011/17 of Mark Loyal Gibson on behalf of the Avon-Otakaro Network and 18,656 others, and the Manukau City Council (Regulation of Prostitution in Specified Places) Bill.

The committee is currently calling for submissions on the Environment Reporting Bill, the Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Bill, and the Kaikōura (Te Tai-o-Marokura) Marine Management Bill. The bills all have the closing date for submissions of 17 April 2014.

The committee will next meet on 10 April.

Māori Affairs

The committee met this week to consider the New Zealand Mission Trust Board (Otamataha) Empowering Bill, the Ngāti Hauā Claims Settlement Bill, the Ngāti Koroki Kahukura Claims Settlement Billl, and the Te Urewera-Tūhoe Bill. The committee also considered the 2012/13 financial review of Te Taura Whiri I Te Reo Māori and the 2011/82 Petition of Edward Penetito on behalf of Ngati Kauwhata.

The committee will not meet next week.

Primary Production

The committee met on 20 March to consider the Food Bill and the Animal Welfare Amendment Bill.

The committee will next meet on 10 April when it will further consider the Food Bill.

Privileges

The committee met on Tuesday 18 March 2014 to finish its hearings on the Parliamentary Privilege Bill.

The committee will not meet next week.

Regulations Review

The committee met on 20 March to consider the complaint regarding the Legal Services Regulations (payment for legal aid work) 2011, and its inquiry into oversight of disallowable instruments that are not legislative instruments. The committee scrutinised various legislative instruments, and disallowable instruments that are not legislative instruments.

The committee will next meet on 10 April to consider the complaint regarding the Canterbury Earthquake (Building Act) Order 2011, and the complaint regarding the Legal Services Regulations (payment for legal aid work) 2011. The committee will consider its inquiry into oversight of disallowable instruments that are not legislative instruments. The committee will continue it scrutiny of various legislative instruments, and disallowable instruments that are not legislative instruments.

Social Services

The committee met on 19 March to consider and hear evidence on the 2012/13 financial review of the Retirement Commissioner, as well as the Social Security (Clothing Allowances for Orphans and Unsupported Children) Amendment Bill. The meeting was open to the public, while the Retirement Commissioner and officials from the Commission for Financial Literacy and Retirement Income appeared before the committee, and again while submitters, including the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust NZ, appeared before the committee. The committee also considered the Vulnerable Children Bill and the Veterans’ Support bill.

The committee is not meeting during the first week of the next two-week adjournment. However, the committee is meeting three times in the second adjournment week to hear submissions on its inquiry into the funding of specialist sexual violence social services.

The first meeting will be held in Auckland on 1 April in Paataka Room 1, Novotel Auckland Airport Hotel, located at Auckland International Airport on Ray Emery Drive. The second meeting will be held in Wellington on Wednesday, 2 April in Parliament buildings. The exact venue has yet to be determined. The third meeting will be held in Dunedin, on 3 April at the Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, Corner of Princes and High Street. The timings of the hearings and the location of the Wellington hearing will be advised in the schedule of committee meetings on the Parliament website in due course.

Standing Orders

The committee did not meet this week.

Transport and Industrial Relations

The committee met on 20 March 2014 to hear evidence on the Land Transport Amendment Bill, and to consider the Immigration Bill (No 2) and the Health and Safety Reform Bill. The committee also considered Petition 2011/91 of Roger Fowler on behalf of the Respect our Community Campaign.

The committee will next meet on 10 April.

Closing dates for submissions

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

Commerce

• Energy (Fuels, Levies, and References) Amendment Bill (17 April 2014)

Education and Science

• Education Amendment Bill (No 2) (30 April 2014)

Health

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

Local Government and Enironment

• Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Bill (17 April 2014)

• Environmental Reporting Bill (17 April 2014)

• Kaikoura (Te Tai-o-Marokura) Marine Management Bill (17 April 2014)

Regulations Review

• Inquiry into oversight of disallowable instruments that are not legislative instruments (31 March 2014)

Transport and Industrial Relations

• Health and Safety Reform Bill (11 April 2014)

Submissions can be made online

General

Compiled in the Select Committee Office, Office of the Clerk, 21 March 2014

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