Peter Dunne Crosses Floor Back and Forth

by Desk Editor on Friday, May 6, 2016 — 3:55 PM

Opposition parties combine to give Labour’s Healthy Homes Guarantee bill a first reading by 61 votes to 60. Minor parties honour formal agreements to vote with John Key’s National government on issues of confidence and money supply, ending the Annual Review Debate by passing the Appropriation 2014-15 Bill by 63 to 58. But United Future’s Peter Dunne votes against the Environment Canterbury transitional governance bill while the Maori Party crosses back to rejoin National and ACT. Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee reports on the TPPA, opening the way for debate in the chamber. Opposition uses questions to try to link the prime minister and his lawyer to IRD’s decision not to proceed with an inquiry into foreign-owned trusts. Speaker and opposition clash over the length of questions and answers, New Zealand First leader, Winston Peters, and his transport spokesman, Denis O’Rourke, ordered out of chamber. Former MPs Chris Laidlaw & Stephen Franks express opposing views on the Government’s Resource Legislation Amendment Bill. Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Jan Wright also makes a submission on that bill to the Local Government and Environment Committee.

Questions & Answers – May 5

by Desk Editor on Friday, May 6, 2016 — 11:28 AM

1. RON MARK (Deputy Leader—NZ First) to the Minister for Land Information: Why is her Government planning to hike Overseas Investment Office application fees? [click to continue…]

Ecan Transition Bill Passes

by Desk Editor on Thursday, May 5, 2016 — 8:54 PM

The Environment Canterbury (Transitional Governance Arrangements) Bill has passed its final reading. [click to continue…]

More Questions About Lengthy Answers

by Desk Editor (Thursday, May 5, 2016 — 5:18 PM)

More complaints about the length of ministers’ answers to questions. Labour’s housing spokesman, Phil Twyford, follows up on the auditor-general’s report on the inquiry that he requested into the Housing Corp’s handling of of procurement and conflict of interest issues. Education Minister, Hekia Parata, required to defend Bill English’s comment that a lot of Kiwis […]

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Southern DHB Elections Bill Progresses

by Desk Editor (Thursday, May 5, 2016 — 4:25 PM)

The New Zealand Public Health and Disability (Southern DHB) Elections Bill has passed its second reading.

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Questions & Answers – May 4

by Desk Editor (Thursday, May 5, 2016 — 1:53 PM)

1. BRETT HUDSON (National) to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the New Zealand economy?

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Questions to Ministers – May 5

by Desk Editor (Thursday, May 5, 2016 — 12:09 PM)

RON MARK to the Minister for Land Information: Why is her Government planning to hike Overseas Investment Office application fees?

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Little’s Healthy Homes Bill Progresses

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, May 4, 2016 — 10:19 PM)

The Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill (No 2) has passed its first reading.

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Auckland Council Amendment Passes

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, May 4, 2016 — 9:12 PM)

The Local Government (Auckland Council) Amendment Bill (No 3) has passed its final reading.

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Wellington Town Belt Bill Passes

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, May 4, 2016 — 9:10 PM)

The Wellington Town Belt Bill has passed its final reading.

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Good News Bad News Cycle in Questions

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, May 4, 2016 — 5:19 PM)

Government uses Question Time to get out some good news on jobs and Pharmac while the Opposition tries to turn good news into bad news. Amy Adams and Jo Goodhew defend their prime minister’s popularity in the General Debate

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Questions & Answers – May 3

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, May 4, 2016 — 11:55 AM)

Prime Minister—Overseas Trusts 1. JAMES SHAW (Co-Leader—Green) to the Prime Minister: On what dates did he discuss with the Minister of Revenue his conversation with Ken Whitney on foreign trusts, and what specifically did he say to the Minister?

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Questions to Ministers – May 4

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, May 4, 2016 — 11:53 AM)

BRETT HUDSON to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the New Zealand economy?

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Annual Review Debate Completed

by Desk Editor (Tuesday, May 3, 2016 — 10:06 PM)

The committee stage of the Appropriation (2014/15 Confirmation and Validation) Bill (the 2014/15 annual review debate) has been completed.

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Questions for PM about Foreign Trusts

by Desk Editor (Tuesday, May 3, 2016 — 5:33 PM)

Bad start to the week for the New Zealand First party as their leader, Winston Peters, follows his transport spokesman, Denis O’Rourke, out the door, after the Speaker loses patience with the length of one of Mr O’Rourke’s questions and then finds Mister Peters guilty of accusing him of bias. Further up the opposition’s front […]

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Speaker Cracks Down on NZ First

by Desk Editor (Tuesday, May 3, 2016 — 3:59 PM)

Extended version of The Week in Parliament with Reesh Lyon and Tom Frewen plus questions from Tuesday and spectacular meltdown as Winston Peters and his transport spokesman Denis O’Rourke are given their marching orders by the Speaker, David Carter.

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Questions to Ministers – May 3

by Desk Editor (Tuesday, May 3, 2016 — 12:43 PM)

JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: On what dates did he discuss with the Minister of Revenue his conversation with Ken Whitney on foreign trusts, and what specifically did he say to the Minister?

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