Youth MPs in General Debate

by Desk Editor on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 — 1:33 PM

The Week in Parliament plus selected speeches from the General Debate in last week’s Youth Parliament 2016.

House Hosts Youth Parliament 2016

by Desk Editor on Friday, July 22, 2016 — 11:25 AM

Second week of the four-week adjournment sees three select committee meetings held – including the Social Services Committee’s hearing of submissions on the Social Security Legislation Rewrite Bill. The committee hears concerns about the bill from the Council of Trade Unions as well as the National Collective of Independent Women’s Refuges, who both say the legislation impedes on human rights by requiring solo mothers to identify the father of their children. Among other concerns voiced by the CTU, was the bill’s entrenchment of laws requiring drug testing of some beneficiaries. On Monday the Government presented its response to the report of the Justice and Electoral Committee on its inquiry into the 2014 General Election, in which it sidesteps recommendations about election broadcasting – choosing instead to refer them to the Ministry of Culture and Heritage. Also during the week, the House hosted the 3-yearly Youth Parliament – with 138 young people from across the country attending the two day event on Tuesday and Wednesday. Tom Frewen spoke with one of the youth MPs – Timothy Rowe from Wanganui, and asked him about the experience.

Access Week in Parliament 19-07-16

by Desk Editor on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 — 1:37 PM

Extended version of the Week in Parliament, produced for access radio stations and presented by Reesh Lyon & Tom Frewen – this week with an added feature on the 12-hour estimates debate.

Tour de Parliament & Farewell Wishes

by Desk Editor (Friday, July 15, 2016 — 3:34 PM)

House begins a four-week adjournment – so with the chamber and committee rooms deserted, we go walk-about with the Lead Parliamentary Educator for Parliament’s Education Services Miranda Thomson, who points out that the educational tours of Parliament continue on when the MPs are away; We also speak to retiring sergeant-at-arms Maureen Breen about her role, […]

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Access Week in Parliament 12-07-16

by Desk Editor (Tuesday, July 12, 2016 — 1:10 PM)

Extended version of the Week in Parliament, produced for access radio stations and presented by Tom Frewen and Reesh Lyon.

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Parliament Adjourned for Four Weeks

by Desk Editor (Friday, July 8, 2016 — 4:52 PM)

Maori Language Week in the House began with the Speaker, David Carter, reading the daily prayer in te reo. The Government’s Leader of the House, Gerry Brownlee, reveals the Government’s agenda for the first week after MPs return from this four-week adjournment which ends on Tuesday 9 August. Only one bill passed as the Government […]

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Questions & Answers – July 7

by Desk Editor (Friday, July 8, 2016 — 11:17 AM)

District Health Boards—Funding 1. Hon ANNETTE KING (Deputy Leader—Labour) to the Minister of Health: Did each district health board get a funding increase in Budget 2016 sufficient for them to meet all health demographics, wages, and inflationary cost pressures; if not, which ones did not?

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Progress on the Estimates Debate

by Desk Editor (Friday, July 8, 2016 — 11:15 AM)

The committee stage of the Appropriation (2016/17) Estimates) Bill (the Estimates debate) was interrupted when the house adjourned on on Thursday evening, with 4 hours and 54 minutes remaining.

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More Questions on Health & Housing

by Desk Editor (Thursday, July 7, 2016 — 4:58 PM)

Parliamentary messengers farewelled; Government faces questions on Health & Housing; Foreign Affairs, Defence & Trade Committee briefed on Space treaty with USA; Commerce Committee briefed by Auditor General’s office on its report on the roll-out of broadband.

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Questions & Answers – July 6

by Desk Editor (Thursday, July 7, 2016 — 12:07 PM)

Housing—Supply and Affordability 1. DENIS O’ROURKE (NZ First) to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he stand by the Prime Minister’s statement yesterday that the Government has a comprehensive housing plan for New Zealand?

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Questions to Ministers – July 7

by Desk Editor (Thursday, July 7, 2016 — 12:05 PM)

Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Did each District Health Board get a funding increase in Budget 2016 sufficient for them to meet all health demographics, wages, and inflationary cost pressures; if not, which ones did not?

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Progress on Estimates Debate

by Desk Editor (Thursday, July 7, 2016 — 9:57 AM)

The committee stage of the Appropriation (2016/17) Estimates) Bill (the Estimates debate) was interrupted when the House rose on Wednesday night with 7 hours and 33 minutes remaining.

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Comprehensive Questions on Housing

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, July 6, 2016 — 4:20 PM)

Building & Housing Minister Nick Smith and Prime Minister John Key face questions about the Government’s housing plan – and whether that plan is a comprehensive one; Social Services Committee hears submissions on the Social Security Legislation Rewrite Bill; Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Jan Wright briefs Finance & Expenditure Committee on the risks of […]

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Questions & Answers – July 5

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, July 6, 2016 — 1:08 PM)

Housing—Supply 1. DAVID BENNETT (National—Hamilton East) to the Minister of Finance: What recent announcements has the Government made to accelerate the supply of new housing where it is needed the most?

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Questions to Ministers – July 6

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, July 6, 2016 — 11:45 AM)

DENIS O’ROURKE to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he stand by the Prime Minister’s statement yesterday that the Government has a comprehensive housing plan for New Zealand?

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Telecommunications Bill Progresses

by Desk Editor (Tuesday, July 5, 2016 — 9:59 PM)

The Telecommunications (Property Access and Other Matters) Amendment Bill has passed first reading unopposed and been referred to the Commerce Committee, to be reported by 7 November 2016.

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Fire & Emergency Bill Progresses

by Desk Editor (Tuesday, July 5, 2016 — 9:27 PM)

The Fire and Emergency New Zealand Bill has passed its first reading unopposed.

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