Parliament Adjourns for a Fortnight

by Desk Editor on Friday, September 23, 2016 — 5:01 PM

After passing motions hoping for peace in Syria and other conflict zones, MPs go to war in the General Debate over which party is most to blame for the failure to have extended time on Friday to pass treaty settlement bills. Kevin Hague delivers his valedictory. In the committee rooms, Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee hears public submissions on the Paris Agreement on Climate Change; National’s Mark Mitchell presents his Social Security (Stopping Benefit Payments for Offenders who Repeatedly Fail to Comply with Community Sentences) Amendment Bill to the Social Services Committee; Government Administration committee hears submissions on the Fire and Emergency New Zealand Bill.

Questions & Answers – Sept 22

by Desk Editor on Friday, September 23, 2016 — 10:02 AM

  • Electricity Industry—Performance of Mixed-Ownership Companies

    1. IAN McKELVIE (National—Rangitīkei) to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the performance of mixed-ownership electricity companies since their partial sale?

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Progress on Treaty Settlements

by Desk Editor on Friday, September 23, 2016 — 10:01 AM

The house has made progress on a number of treaty settlement bills on the order paper.
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House Adjourns for Two Weeks

by Desk Editor (Thursday, September 22, 2016 — 5:03 PM)

Parliament resumes at 9am to debate treaty settlement bills. New Zealand First leader, Winston Peters, defends his party’s decision to vote against two of the five settlement bills, ending plans of passing them on Friday without a head count required for party votes. He blames National’s chief whip, Tim McIndoe, for allowing too many of […]

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Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa Bill Progresses

by Desk Editor (Thursday, September 22, 2016 — 2:55 PM)

The Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa Claims Settlement Bill has passed its second reading.

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Questions to Ministers – Sept 22

by Desk Editor (Thursday, September 22, 2016 — 12:14 PM)

IAN McKELVIE to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the performance of mixed-ownership electricity companies since their partial sale?

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Taranaki Settlement Bill Progresses

by Desk Editor (Thursday, September 22, 2016 — 12:09 PM)

The Taranaki Claims Settlement Bill has passed second reading.

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Te Atiawa Claims Bill Progresses

by Desk Editor (Thursday, September 22, 2016 — 10:23 AM)

The Te Atiawa Claims Settlement Bill has passed its second reading unopposed.

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Questions & Answers – Sept 21

by Desk Editor (Thursday, September 22, 2016 — 10:20 AM)

Economy—Debt Levels and Growth 1. GRANT ROBERTSON (Labour—Wellington Central) to the Minister of Finance: Is it correct that the household debt-to-income ratio is now 165 percent, and does he agree with Westpac senior economist Satish Ranchhod’s comment in response to this record high level, “you can’t continue to grow an economy just using debt, there […]

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Consumer Guarantees Bill Progresses

by Desk Editor (Thursday, September 22, 2016 — 10:18 AM)

The Consumer Guarantees (Removal of Unrelated Party Lender Responsibility) Amendment Bill has passed its first reading.

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Acquisition of Māori Land Bill Fails

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, September 21, 2016 — 9:31 PM)

Catherine Delahunty’s Public Works (Prohibition of Compulsory Acquisition of Māori Land) Amendment Bill has failed to pass its first reading.

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Waitara Lands Bill Progresses

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, September 21, 2016 — 8:42 PM)

The New Plymouth District Council (Waitara Lands) Bill has passed its first reading and been referred to the Māori Affairs Committee.

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Papawai & Kaikokirikiri Bill Progresses

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, September 21, 2016 — 7:50 PM)

The Papawai and Kaikokirikiri Trusts Amendment Bill has passed its second reading unopposed.

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National Blamed for ‘Don’t Come Friday’

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, September 21, 2016 — 5:18 PM)

Maori Party co-leader, Te Ururoa Flavell, slams New Zealand First for breaking cross-party agreement to sit this Friday to pass five Treaty settlement Bills. His attack on New Zealand First in Wednesday’s General Debate is joined by National cabinet minister, Steven Joyce, and National backbencher, David Bennett. But New Zealand First’s deputy leader, Ron Mark, […]

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Questions to Ministers – Sept 21

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, September 21, 2016 — 11:57 AM)

GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Is it correct that the household debt-to-income ratio is now 165 percent, and does he agree with Westpac senior economist Satish Ranchhod’s comment in response to this record high level, “you can’t continue to grow an economy just using debt, there needs to be more to prop up […]

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Questions & Answers – Sept 20

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, September 21, 2016 — 10:42 AM)

Prime Minister—Statements 1. MARAMA FOX (Co-Leader—Māori Party) to the Prime Minister: When referring to concessions needed on the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary Bill, what did he mean when he told Radio New Zealand yesterday, “I think if you did it again, you might do it a bit differently”?

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Statutes Repeal Bill Progresses

by Desk Editor (Tuesday, September 20, 2016 — 9:49 PM)

The Statutes Repeal Bill has passed its first reading unopposed.

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