Big Week in the House

by Desk Editor on 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 their first reading debates and being referred to the Justice and Electoral Committee and three from Opposition MPs all being denied a first reading by the same margin – the sixty-three of National, the Maori Party, United Future and ACT defeating the fifty-seven of Labour, the Greens and New Zealand First. The five vacancies created on the members order paper were filled by five more members bills drawn in the ballot the next day. On the government’s ticket, the Children, Young Persons, and Their Families (Advocacy, Workforce, and Age Settings) Amendment Bill and the New Zealand Horticulture Export Authority Amendment Bill were read a third time. Then, resuming in extended time at nine ay em on Wednesday, although in Parliamentary time still in Tuesday, the House passed the Rangitane o Manawatu Claims Settlement Bill and the Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Display of Low-alcohol Beverages and Other Remedial Matters) Amendment Bill. After Question Time on Thursday, the House took a break from dealing with the aftershocks of John Key’s imminent departure and returned to the Government’s legislation in response to the massive seven-point-eight magnitude quake on November the fourteenth, The adjournment on Thursday at just after five pee em came at the end of the third and final reading of the Hurunui/Kaikoura Earthquakes Recovery Bill, the third measure in the Government’s response to the Kaikoura Earthquake.

House Prepares for Key-less Start

by Desk Editor on 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 government MPs on the committee heard of Mister Key’s resignation announcement. National’s Kaikoura MP, Stuart Smith, reports on aspects of his electorate’s recovery from the 7.8 magnitude quake.

Third Kaikoura Quake Response Bill Passed

by Desk Editor on 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.

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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Another Quake Bill in the Works

by Desk Editor (Thursday, December 1, 2016 — 5:44 PM)

Third quake bill – the Hurunui/Kaikoura Earthquakes Recovery Bill – introduced, given a first reading and sent to the Local Government and Environment Committee with instructions to report it back by Tuesday 6 December. Hurunui/Kaikoura Earthquakes Emergency Relief Bill, reported back from that committee, was put through all its remaining stages. Gerry Brownlee advises that […]

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Third Quake Aftermath Bill

by Desk Editor (Thursday, December 1, 2016 — 5:32 PM)

The Hurunui/Kaikoura Earthquakes Recovery Bill given a first reading and sent to the Local Government and Environment Committee to be reported back by Tuesday 6 December.

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Live Organ Donors Compo Bill Passed

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, November 30, 2016 — 5:31 PM)

National List MP Chris Bishop sees his Compensation for Live Organ Donors Bill over the line, passed to acclaim from his backbench colleagues around the chamber.

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Three More Treaty Bills Pass

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, November 30, 2016 — 5:26 PM)

Treaty settlement bills – Ngāruahine Claims Settlement Bill, Te Atiawa Claims Settlement Bill and Taranaki Iwi Claims Settlement Bill pass their third readings 108 to 12 (New Zealand First).

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Emergency Management Update Passed

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, November 30, 2016 — 5:20 PM)

Civil Defence Emergency Management Amendment Act 2016 Amendment Bill passed through all its stages under urgency.

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