PM’s Statement Debate Commences

by Desk Editor on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 — 5:00 PM

The year in the House begins with the swearing-in of new National MP Maureen Pugh, followed by a moment’s silence for the late former Mp Bob Tizard. Politics then resumes with debate on the Prime Minister’s Statement.

Committees Begin Year With Reviews

by Desk Editor on Friday, February 5, 2016 — 8:16 PM

Proceedings in the Chamber will begin on Tuesday with the swearing in of a new member, tributes to former MP Bob Tizard and debate on the Prime Minister’s Statement. In the committee rooms MPs began work last month, conducting annual financial reviews of agencies such as WorkSafe NZ, Maritime NZ and the Environmental Protection Authority.

2015 Adjournment Debate Highlights

by Desk Editor on Monday, December 21, 2015 — 9:00 AM

Highlights from the New Zealand House of Representatives’ 2014 adjournment debate (09-12-15)

The Year: Nats Loss, Opposition’s Gain

by Desk Editor (Friday, December 18, 2015 — 5:19 PM)

The sudden resignation of Mike Sabin at the start of the year creates a ripple of events that runs all the way through to the final day. Tom Frewen and Reesh Lyon do the math as the numbers change and the magic minimum majority figure of 61 moves back and forth across the chamber.

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MPs End Year with Oscar Awards

by Desk Editor (Tuesday, December 15, 2015 — 3:55 PM)

The Week in Parliament, including how the Speaker ruins Government’s hopes of a smooth ending to the year in the House by granting the Opposition’s request for a snap debate on the non-renewal of Serco’s management contract for Mt Eden prison. John Key apologises to Labour for “rapist” comment while Andrew Little apologises for Labour’s […]

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House Adjourns for Summer Break

by Desk Editor (Thursday, December 10, 2015 — 3:49 PM)

Speaker grants urgent debate on non-renewal of Serco’s Mt Eden prison management contract, which is also the subject of questions to the Prime Minister; John Key also questioned about his “Labour backs rapists” comment – something he withdraws and apologises for later in the week; Labour Leader Andrew Little accepts comments made by him and […]

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PM & Opposition Leader Back Down

by Desk Editor (Thursday, December 10, 2015 — 12:15 PM)

On Wednesday 9 December the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition each delivered points of order regarding unparliamentary comments.

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Questions & Answers – Dec 9

by Desk Editor (Thursday, December 10, 2015 — 12:07 PM)

1. METIRIA TUREI (Co-Leader—Green) to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that “I will lead a Government that will govern for all New Zealanders”?

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Subordinate Legislation Bills Pass

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, December 9, 2015 — 4:59 PM)

The Subordinate Legislation Confirmation Bill has passed its second reading and been divided into the following bills:

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Statutes Amendment Bill Progresses

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, December 9, 2015 — 4:56 PM)

The Statutes Amendment Bill has passed its first reading unopposed and been referred to the Government Administration Committee.

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Snap Debate Serco & Mt Eden Prison

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, December 9, 2015 — 4:45 PM)

Snap debate on non-renewal of Serco’s Mt Eden Prison management contract; Prime Minister John Key withdraws and apologises for his “Labour backs rapists” comment; Labour leader Andrew Little accepts comments made by him and other Labour MPs questioning the Speaker’s impartiality were unparliamentary.

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Questions to Ministers – Dec 9

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, December 9, 2015 — 12:42 PM)

METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that “I will lead a Government that will govern for all New Zealanders”?

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Questions & Answers – Dec 8

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, December 9, 2015 — 10:52 AM)

ANDREW LITTLE (Leader of the Opposition): I note that question No. 5, in my name, which was originally directed to the Prime Minister, has been transferred to the Minister of Health. I seek leave of the House to transfer that question back to the Prime Minister.

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Education Legislation Bill Progresses

by Desk Editor (Tuesday, December 8, 2015 — 9:59 PM)

The Education Legislation Bill has passed its first reading and been referred to the Education and Science Committee.

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Taxation Bill Progresses

by Desk Editor (Tuesday, December 8, 2015 — 9:57 PM)

The Taxation (Residential Land Withholding Tax, GST on Online Services, and Student Loans) Bill has passed its first reading and been referred to the Finance and Expenditure Committee.

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Residential Tenancies Bill Progresses

by Desk Editor (Tuesday, December 8, 2015 — 5:24 PM)

The Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill has passed its first reading unopposed.

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PM Stands By ALL His Statements

by Desk Editor (Tuesday, December 8, 2015 — 5:15 PM)

In his first appearance at Question Time in the month since his infamous “you support the rapists” jibe at Labour, the prime minister, John Key, stands by all his previous statements including that one. He also is taken to task on his re-appointment of Judith Collins to the Corrections Portfolio and Parmac’s lack of funding […]

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