Pacific MPs Visit on a Busy Week

by Desk Editor on Friday, July 1, 2016 — 3:25 PM

House welcomes visiting MPs from around the Pacific; Phil Twyford pays tribute to murdered British MP Jo Cox; NZ First leader Winston Peters raises questions about John Key’s stance on Brexit; Questions also to the Prime Minister about the Shewan Report on private trusts – which is also the subject of an urgent debate; Ministers Judith Collins and Murray McCully appear before select committees to defend budget spending plans; Green MP Kennedy Graham draws attention to Ombudsman’s report on leaked MFAT documents; Greens also ask questions about  the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s damning review of the Government’s Environment Aotearoa 2015 report; Sue Moroney’s Parental Leave and Employment Protection (6 Months’ Paid Leave) Amendment Bill undergoes final reading – but is blocked by a Government financial veto; Adrian Rurawhe’s Official Information (Parliamentary Under-Secretaries) Amendment Bill passes final reading by 109 votes to 12; Health (Protection) Amendment Bill also passes final reading, as does the Hineuru Claims Settlement Bill – it’s final reading debate featuring an emotional speech from Labour’s Louisa Wall.

Plain Packaging Bill Progresses

by Desk Editor on Thursday, June 30, 2016 — 5:54 PM

The Smoke-free Environments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment Bill has passed its second reading.
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Missing Ministers Attract Complaints

by Desk Editor on Thursday, June 30, 2016 — 5:13 PM

Opposition complaint about absent ministers on Thursdays could lead to a change in Standing Orders. Whanau Ora minister, Te Ururoa Flavell, challenged to produce evidence that Whanau Ora is making any meaningful impact for Maori, stops short of seeking leave to table reports but does so after being told he can table the papers as a minister then has request rejected by the Speaker. House endorses appointment of Leo Donnelly for a year as a temporary ombudsman to replace Ron Paterson who has resigned three years into a five-year term.

Health (Protection) Bill Passes

by Desk Editor (Thursday, June 30, 2016 — 4:16 PM)

The Health (Protection) Amendment Bill has passed its final reading.

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Questions & Answers – June 29

by Desk Editor (Thursday, June 30, 2016 — 3:01 PM)

Finance, Minister—Statements 1. JONO NAYLOR (National) to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that “a priority for this Government is to build a more productive and competitive economy that supports jobs and higher incomes”?

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Questions to Ministers – June 30

by Desk Editor (Thursday, June 30, 2016 — 12:35 PM)

Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What reports, if any, has he received on the impact of homelessness, inequality, and natural disasters, on the mental health of New Zealanders?

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Overseas Investment Bill Voted Down

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, June 29, 2016 — 10:39 PM)

The Overseas Investment (Protection of New Zealand Homebuyers) Amendment Bill has failed to pass its first reading.

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Keep KiwiBank Bill Voted Down

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, June 29, 2016 — 9:48 PM)

The Keep KiwiBank Bill has failed to pass its final reading.

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Under-Secretaries Bill Passes

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, June 29, 2016 — 9:00 PM)

The Official Information (Parliamentary Under-Secretaries) Amendment Bill has passed its final reading.

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6 Months’ Paid Leave Bill Vetoed

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, June 29, 2016 — 8:56 PM)

The debate on the third reading of the Parental Leave and Employment Protection (6 Months’ Paid Leave) Amendment Bill was completed.

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Foundation of the Blind Act Bill Progresses

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, June 29, 2016 — 5:09 PM)

The Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind Act Repeal Bill has passed its second reading without a division.

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Dramatic Speeches in General Debate

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, June 29, 2016 — 5:00 PM)

New Zealand First leader, Winston Peters, levels serious allegations against Silver Ferns Farms. Greens foreign affairs spokesman, Kennedy Graham, attacks the government’s response to Ombudsman’s report on the Paula Rebstock inquiry into leaked documents from MFAT. Judith Collins faces questions as the Minister of Police in the committee rooms and later as Minister of Corrections […]

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Questions to Ministers – June 29

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, June 29, 2016 — 12:08 PM)

JONO NAYLOR to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that “a priority for this Government is to build a more productive and competitive economy that supports jobs and higher incomes”?

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Shop Trading Hours Bill Progresses

by Desk Editor (Tuesday, June 28, 2016 — 10:01 PM)

The Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill has passed its second reading following a personal vote.

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Trade & Anti-Dumping Bill Progresses

by Desk Editor (Tuesday, June 28, 2016 — 9:50 PM)

The Trade (Anti-dumping and Countervailing Duties) Amendment Bill has passed its first reading and been referred to the Commerce Committee.

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Appropriation & Supply Bills Pass

by Desk Editor (Tuesday, June 28, 2016 — 9:43 PM)

The Appropriation (2015/16 Supplementary Estimates) Bill and the Imprest Supply (First for 2016/17) Bill have passed their final readings.

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Brexit Questions and Tax Haven Debate

by Desk Editor (Tuesday, June 28, 2016 — 4:48 PM)

Week begins with welcome for MPs from around the Pacific. House passes a motion from Labour’s Phil Twyford mourning the death of British MP Jo Cox. Questions for the prime minister include the referendum decision for the UK to leave the EU and the Shewan report on disclosure rules for foreign trusts based in New […]

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