Access Week in Parliament

by Desk Editor on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 — 12:51 PM

Extended version of the Week in Parliament with Tom Frewen and Reesh Lyon, including grilling of Education Minister, Hekia Parata, about her Education (Update) Amendment Bill and its on-line learning proposals.

Week Ends After Easter Trading Passes

by Desk Editor on Friday, August 26, 2016 — 3:01 PM

MPs farewell retiring Governor General Sir Jerry Mataparae; Speaker reins in the Prime Minister during Question Time; Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill passes final reading by 62 votes to 59, following a personal vote. The bill will allow local authorities to make decisions about shop trading on Easter Sunday. Debate on the bills sees Labour MPs calling on their Government counterparts to vote with their consciences, as opposed to along party lines; David Parker’s Minimum Wage (Contractor Remuneration) Amendment Bill voted down by 61 votes to 60 after Peter Dunne withdraws his earlier support for the bill to with National and Act to defeat the combined votes of Labour, the Greens, New Zealand First and the Maori Party; House sits under extended hours on Wednesday morning for progress on Government bills; Health Committee begins hearing the first of around 1800 oral submissions due to be made on former Labour MP Maryann Street’s petition – signed by almost 9,000 people – calling for an inquiry into public attitudes towards euthanasia; Transport & Industrial Relations hears submissions on a petition  calling for a change to the road rules to allow cycling on the footpath by children under 14 years of age as well as seniors over the age of 65; Justice and Electoral Committee hears from Wiremu Demchick, as he presents his petition signed by more than two thousand people, calling on the Government to reverse the convictions of people convicted of consensual homosexual acts prior to passing of the Homosexual Law Reform Act 1986; Prime Minister John Key leads the House in congratulating the New Zealand Olympic Team on their record medal haul at the 2016 games in Rio; Leader of the House Gerry Brownlee provides a preview of what’s in store when the House resumes after a one week adjournment.

Questions & Answers – August 26

by Desk Editor on Friday, August 26, 2016 — 1:28 PM

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    1. BRETT HUDSON (National) to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the New Zealand economy and how does this compare to the international economy?

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Canterbury Property Boundaries Bill Passes

by Desk Editor (Thursday, August 25, 2016 — 6:24 PM)

The Canterbury Property Boundaries and Related Matters Bill has passed its final reading on a voice vote.

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Easter Trading Bill Passes Final Reading

by Desk Editor (Thursday, August 25, 2016 — 5:11 PM)

The Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill passes final reading by 62 votes to 59,  following a personal vote. The bill will allow local authorities to make decisions about shop trading on Easter Sunday. Debate on the bills sees Labour MPs calling on their Government counterparts to vote with their consciences, as opposed to along party lines.

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Easter Shop Trading Bill Passes

by Desk Editor (Thursday, August 25, 2016 — 4:42 PM)

The government’s Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill has passed its third and final reading on personal vote, by 62 to 59.

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Questions to Ministers – August 25

by Desk Editor (Thursday, August 25, 2016 — 12:00 PM)

BRETT HUDSON to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the New Zealand economy and how does this compare to the international economy?

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Questions & Answers – August 24

by Desk Editor (Thursday, August 25, 2016 — 10:45 AM)

Building and Housing, Minister—Confidence 1. ANDREW LITTLE (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in the Minister for Building and Housing given the falling rate of homeownership, especially among young people?

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Imports Made by Slave Labour Bill Fails

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, August 24, 2016 — 10:00 PM)

Peeni Henare’s Customs and Excise (Prohibition of Imports Made by Slave Labour) Amendment Bill has failed to pass its first reading

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Contractor Remuneration Bill Voted Down

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, August 24, 2016 — 9:49 PM)

The Minimum Wage (Contractor Remuneration) Amendment Bill has failed to pass its committee stage.

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Hearings Begin on Euthanasia Inquiry

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, August 24, 2016 — 4:57 PM)

An early start for MPs on the Health Select Committee which meets at 8am for the first round of oral submissions on its inquiry into a petition calling on the House to investigate public attitudes to assisted dying. The committee heard from Matt Vickers, whose partner, Lucretia Seales, took a case to the High Court […]

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Questions to Ministers – August 24

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, August 24, 2016 — 1:25 PM)

ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in the Minister for Building and Housing given the falling rate of homeownership, especially among young people?

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Tobacco Plain Packaging Bill Progresses

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, August 24, 2016 — 1:00 PM)

The committee stage of the Smoke-free Environments (Tobacco Standardised Packaging) Amendment Bill has been completed.

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Progress on Committee Stages

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, August 24, 2016 — 7:47 AM)

On Tuesday the 23rd of August, the House made progress on a number of Government bills:

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House Honours NZ’s Olympians

by Desk Editor (Tuesday, August 23, 2016 — 5:07 PM)

Week in the House begins with a round of speeches praising the performance of New Zealand’s athletes at the Olympic Games in Rio. Questions for the prime minister, John Key, begin with a series from Greens co-leader, Mitiria Turei, about the quality of drinking water. New Zealand First leader, Winston Peters, has the last laugh […]

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Questions & Answers – August 23

by Desk Editor (Tuesday, August 23, 2016 — 4:43 PM)

Prime Minister—Statements 1. METIRIA TUREI (Co-Leader—Green) to the Prime Minister: Ka tū a ia i runga i te mana o tana kōrero “you turn on the tap, you expect water to flow and for it to be potable, that you can drink it”? [Does he stand by his statement that “you turn on the tap, […]

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Access Week in Parliament

by Desk Editor (Tuesday, August 23, 2016 — 3:42 PM)

Extended version of The Week in Parliament with Tom Frewen and Reesh Lyon including full report on the urgent debate on water contamination in Havelock North and first reading debate on revamped legislation governing spy agencies.

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