Access Radio Week in House+Santa Baby

by Desk Editor on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 — 12:33 PM

Extended version of the Week in Parliament with Tom Frewen and Hinaya Ahu plus the full-length Santa Baby from Marama Fox and Te Ururoa Flavell.

Last Week in Parliament

by Desk Editor on Friday, December 16, 2016 — 6:49 PM

The last Week in Parliament for 2016 and probably for ever as RNZ and the Clerk’s Office are not renewing the contract for 2017.

House Adjourns for the Summer

by Desk Editor on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 — 6:42 PM

MPs start their summer holiday at 4.31pm at the end of the adjournment debate and a final festive Question Time.

New Prime Minister, Same Old Questions

by Desk Editor (Tuesday, December 13, 2016 — 5:25 PM)

Child poverty and Pike River dominate first Question Time for Bill English as prime minister, sitting in the National frontbench seat formerly occupied by John Key. First bill put up for debate by Mister English’s National-led Government is the Children, Young Persons and Their Families (Oranga Tamariki) Legislation Bill which passes its first reading by […]

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Access Radio Week in the House

by Desk Editor (Tuesday, December 13, 2016 — 3:29 PM)

Extended version of the Week in Parliament with Hinaya Ahu and Tom Frewen. Extra reports include the Speaker’a response to New Zealand First’s questions about the “Parliamentary Palace” and the first reading of a bill that would transfer responsibility for decisions on fluoridating local water supplies from territorial authorities to District Health Boards.

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Big Week in the House

by Desk Editor (Friday, December 9, 2016 — 5:40 PM)

An exciting and historic week in the House after Prime Minister, John Key, announces his intention to resign after eight years. Speaker grants an urgent debate on the announcement on Tuesday and speculation on his successor dominates Wednesday’s General Debate and Question Times. Debate on Members Bills on Wednesday sees two from Government MPs survive […]

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House Prepares for Key-less Start

by Desk Editor (Thursday, December 8, 2016 — 5:43 PM)

MPs take a break from speculating about John Key’s successor as National Party leader and Prime Minister to pass the Hurunui/Kaikoura Earthquakes Recovery Bill through all its remaining stages. The bill was back in the debating chamber after spending almost a week with the Local Government and Environment Committee whose chairman, Scott Simpson, related how […]

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Third Kaikoura Quake Response Bill Passed

by Desk Editor (Thursday, December 8, 2016 — 5:40 PM)

The Hurunui/Kaikoura Earthquakes Recovery Bill passed through all its remaining stages before the House adjourned at 5.02pm on Thursday.

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Questions for Ministers Thursday 8 Dec

by Desk Editor (Thursday, December 8, 2016 — 12:39 PM)

Questions to Ministers JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Finance: What announcements has he made showing the Government is on track to continue delivering surpluses and supporting a growing economy? ANDREW LITTLE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement, “Ministers find it a little bit irritating” when asking for funding, and […]

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Government Bills Passed and Present

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, December 7, 2016 — 5:07 PM)

The Health (Fluoridation of Drinking Water) Amendment Bill was read a first time and referred to the Health Committee. The Customs and Excise Bill was read a first time and referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee. The Children, Young Persons, and Their Families (Advocacy, Workforce, and Age Settings) Amendment Bill was read a third time. The […]

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Key’s Departure Dominates Debate

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, December 7, 2016 — 4:59 PM)

Opposition interest in National’s three-legged race to find a replacement for John Key as their party leader and prime minister dominates Question Time and the General Debate. Questions include some old skeletons from the cupboards of Police Minister, Judith Collins, and Health Minister, Jonathan Coleman. New Zealand First leader, Winston Peters, swaps barbs with Attorney-General, […]

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Questions for Ministers – Wednesday 7 Dec

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, December 7, 2016 — 12:10 PM)

ANDREW LITTLE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement, “there is no room for significant loosening of the purse strings”, and does this apply to funding for health, police, and education? TODD BARCLAY to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received showing the New Zealand economy is on track […]

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John Key’s Legacy Debated and Disputed

by Desk Editor (Tuesday, December 6, 2016 — 4:53 PM)

New Zealand First leader, Winston Peters, gets his request for a snap debate on John Key’s resignation in ahead of Opposition leader, Andrew Little. The Speaker, David Carter, grants the request despite its technical flaws and opposition from the Government’s leader of the House, Gerry Brownlee. The government’s response to Winston Peters is led by […]

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Access Week in the House

by Desk Editor (Tuesday, December 6, 2016 — 1:57 PM)

Extended version of the Week in Parliament with Hinaya Ahu featuring Tracey Martin and Catherine Delahunty in the General Debate and another round in the long running battle between Annette King and Jonathan Coleman, health ministers past and present.

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Questions to Ministers – Dec 6

by Desk Editor (Tuesday, December 6, 2016 — 1:05 PM)

Questions to Ministers DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received confirming New Zealand’s sovereign credit rating? METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Ka tū ia i runga i te mana o tana kōrero “I honestly wish I could have changed the flag”, i te wā i pātaitia ai, he aha tana […]

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NZ First Stands Alone Against the Palace

by Desk Editor (Friday, December 2, 2016 — 2:25 PM)

The Key administration’s go-to quake response minister, Gerry Brownlee, dominates the week in the House, shepherding three bills through the House as the Government’s response to the Kaikoura earthquake on November 14. Mister Brownlee then gives a yeah-no answer to a patsy question seeking the timing and magnitude of the next big quake. The Speaker’s […]

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Quake Relief Legislation Passes

by Desk Editor (Thursday, December 1, 2016 — 5:46 PM)

Hurunui/Kaikoura Earthquakes Emergency Relief Bill put through all its remaining stages before House adjourns for the weekend.

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