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Oral Questions for Thursday 1 June 2023
Questions to Ministers NICOLA WILLIS to the Minister of Finance: Has he received any advice from Government officials in the past year that included proposals for reducing the income tax paid by New Zealanders; if so, has Cabinet given consideration to any of those proposals? ANNA LORCK to the Minister for Cyclone Recovery: What announcements has the Government made about support for severely affected locations in the wake of the Auckland Anniversary weekend floods and Cyclone Gabrielle? CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Housing: Is she satisfied with the performance of Kainga Ora? VANUSHI WALTERS to the Minister of Police: What progress has been made on the Government's target of 1,800 additional police officers? Hon MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister for Economic Development: How much money, if any, has been spent on consultants and contractors working on the Government's Industry Transformation Plans since 1 July 2020, and how much is expected to be spent on consultants and contractors in the next financial year? MARJA LUBECK to the Minister of Health: What announcement has the Government recently made about reducing pay disparity between community and hospital nurses? DAMIEN SMITH to the Minister of Revenue: How many people earning less than $180,000 a year with a family trust will pay the 39 percent rate of tax on any income they earn from that trust, and does he think it is fair for someone earning $80,000, such as a hairdresser, mechanic, or butcher, to be subject to the top tax rate if their business is held in a trust? SORAYA PEKE-MASON to the Minister for Whanau Ora: How is Budget 2023 supporting the kaupapa of Whanau Ora to improve whanau wellbeing? STUART SMITH to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does she agree with the Prime Minister that the tone of the Government's campaign suggesting New Zealanders take shorter showers is "a bit off"; if so, does she think spending $2.8 million on that campaign is acceptable during a cost of living crisis? RICARDO MENÉNDEZ MARCH to the Minister of Housing: Is she committed to ensuring the Kainga Ora build programme will deliver enough housing for everyone currently on the waiting list and for projected future needs? LEMAUGA LYDIA SOSENE to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: What announcements has he made recently about supporting competition and better deals for consumers across the economy? CHRIS PENK to the Minister for Cyclone Recovery: How much of the cyclone recovery funding provided to the Hawke's Bay region for business support grants has been allocated to date, and can he confirm whether any funding that has not been paid out in grants will be returned to the Government?
Oral Questions for Wednesday 31 May 2023
Questions to Ministers Dr TRACEY McLELLAN to the Minister of Health: How has Budget 2023 reduced the cost of healthcare for New Zealand households? CHRISTOPHER LUXON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's statements and actions? TEANAU TUIONO to the Minister for the Environment: Does he have confidence that the approach to regulating wastewater discharges to the coastal marine and estuarine environment is fit for purpose, taking into account environmental and Te Tiriti o Waitangi values? NICOLA WILLIS to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement yesterday that "the operating allowances are designed to enable us to achieve particular fiscal goals. We have been able to achieve those goals, including keeping debt low and including our return to surplus", and how have those goals changed since he became Minister of Finance? PAUL EAGLE to the Associate Minister of Education (Maori Education): How is Budget 2023 supporting Maori education? ERICA STANFORD to the Minister of Education: Does she agree with the principal of New Zealand's largest high school when he described the Government's roll-out of the NCEA changes as creating a "ridiculous" situation which "doesn't make any sense" and as "harming student outcomes", and has she heard of any other schools that are planning on dropping NCEA level 1 next year because of similar concerns? IBRAHIM OMER to the Minister for Trade and Export Growth: How will the New Zealand - United Kingdom Free Trade Agreement benefit New Zealand? Hon MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Police: Does she stand by her statement, "It is my view that New Zealanders feel safer"; if so, why? MARK CAMERON to the Minister of Agriculture: What official discussions, if any, has he had with his ministerial colleagues about a levy on nitrogen fertiliser used in agriculture, and what advice, by date and title, if any, has he received about a levy on nitrogen fertiliser used in agriculture? ANAHILA KANONGATA'A to the Minister for Disability Issues: How does Budget 2023 support disabled people? DEBBIE NGAREWA-PACKER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's statements and actions? SIMON WATTS to the Minister of Statistics: Does she stand by her statement to media when asked if she would stake her job on a 90 percent census collection rate, "Absolutely", and does she stand by all her statements and actions relating to the 2023 Census?
Oral Questions for Wednesday 17 May 2023
Questions to Ministers INGRID LEARY to the Minister of Finance: What are the priorities for Budget 2023? CHRISTOPHER LUXON to the Prime Minister: Is he satisfied with the outcomes taxpayers are getting from the increase in Government spending from $76 billion in 2017 to $129 billion in the current financial year? ARENA WILLIAMS to the Minister for Maori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti: What recent announcement has the Government made regarding Matariki celebrations? CHLÖE SWARBRICK to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with Labour MP Grant Robertson, who said in 2014, "We will ensure that all New Zealanders get a fair go by reforming monetary policy and by ensuring that everybody pays their fair share with a tax policy where higher-income earners actually pay their tax and actually pay their fair share"; if so, is that what we can expect tomorrow? HELEN WHITE to the Minister of Housing: What action is the Government taking to increase the supply of public housing? NICOLA WILLIS to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that savings and reprioritisations in Budget 2023 will, for the most part, go "toward funding agencies' existing cost pressures", and what steps, if any, will the Budget include to reduce cost pressures for everyday taxpayers? NAISI CHEN to the Minister for the Digital Economy and Communications: What recent announcements has the Government made on expanding provincial connectivity? Hon MEKA WHAITIRI to the Minister of Revenue: Does he stand by his recent statement, "We have hard data confirming fundamental unfairness in our tax system"; if so, what specific policies, if any, has he proposed to Cabinet to address unfairness in the tax system? DAN ROSEWARNE to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: What progress can he report on the work he is doing on the pricing of groceries? ERICA STANFORD to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by all her statements and actions? BROOKE van VELDEN to the Minister of Health: Is she confident that New Zealanders are able to see their GP when they need to, or enrol with a GP at all? Hon MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Police: Does she stand by her statement, "It is my view that New Zealanders feel safer"; if so, why?
Oral Questions for Thursday 11 May 2023
Questions to Ministers NICOLA WILLIS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's statements and actions? RACHEL BOYACK to the Minister of Housing: How is the Government working with the community housing sector to increase the supply of public homes? NICOLA WILLIS to the Minister of Finance: Is he confident that every dollar appropriated in the 2023 Budget will be spent better by the Government than it could have been spent by hard-working New Zealanders enduring a cost of living crisis? ANGELA ROBERTS to the Minister of Education: How is the Government supporting teachers to prioritise maths and literacy teaching? DAMIEN SMITH to the Minister of Statistics: What was the total cost, if any, of the One NZ Warriors census promotion, including free tickets, $25 food vouchers for the game, and a draw for a holiday to Australia as an incentive for completing the New Zealand census, and how many entered the draw? ERICA STANFORD to the Minister of Education: Whose authority were her staff acting on when they sent an email on 9 February 2023 to the Ministry of Education stating that "FYI, the Minister's office are looking to potentially release the Term 3 attendance data early next week", when the Ministry of Education had scheduled the data to be released on 22 December 2022, and does she still believe that the ministry's plan to release that data before Christmas would have been cynical? RICARDO MENÉNDEZ MARCH to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Has she seen the New Zealand Food Network's statement, "We're seeing people having to cut their food budgets in order to pay for housing and rental hikes, increasing fuel costs and power bills"; if so, what actions will her Government take in response, if any? TANGI UTIKERE to the Minister of Justice: What announcements has she made about trading hours for licensed premises during the men's Rugby World Cup? SIMEON BROWN to the Minister of Transport: What is the total amount of unspent revenue collected from the Auckland regional fuel tax, and how much revenue has been collected from the Auckland regional fuel tax to date? JAMIE STRANGE to the Minister for the Public Service: What updates has he received on the progress of pay equity settlements? Hon MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Police: Does she stand by her statement, "It is my view that New Zealanders feel safer"; if so, why? ANGIE WARREN-CLARK to the Minister for Disability Issues: What recent announcements has she made about New Zealand Sign Language?
Oral Questions for Wednesday 10 May 2023
Questions to Ministers Hon Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he seen on the New Zealand economy? NICOLE McKEE to the Minister of Justice: Does she stand by her statement that she is taking a "victim-centric" approach to justice, and is this victim-centric approach compatible with the Government's justice policies? GLEN BENNETT to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What is the Government doing to improve the energy efficiency of New Zealand homes? CHRISTOPHER LUXON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's statements and actions? SORAYA PEKE-MASON to the Associate Minister of Housing (Maori Housing): What progress has the Government made towards delivery of housing for Maori? NICOLA WILLIS to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all of his statements and actions on tax? IBRAHIM OMER to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: How does the early entry into force of the free-trade agreement between New Zealand and the United Kingdom build on the enduring relationship between the UK and New Zealand? ERICA STANFORD to the Minister of Education: Why didn't she at the earliest possible opportunity correct her answer on 22 February where she stated, "I can categorically tell that member that the Ministry of Education is responsible for the data. I have no say over that", given she stated yesterday that "my staff verbally informed me after question time on 22 February that members of my staff had been in correspondence with the Ministry of Education regarding the timing of term 3 attendance data release", and why did her staff ask the Ministry to release the attendance data after her attendance announcement? VANUSHI WALTERS to the Minister of Police: What progress has been made on ensuring Police constabulary staff is more representative of New Zealand's population? TEANAU TUIONO to the Minister of Education: Does she consider the Government has done enough to address the concerns of teachers striking today? MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Broadcasting and Media: Does he stand by all of the Government's statements and actions on New Zealand's broadcasting and media sector? MARK CAMERON to the Minister for the Environment: How many farms utilised intensive winter grazing practices in 2022 on land with a slope of over 10 degrees, and what percentage of those farms, if any, are currently compliant with intensive winter grazing regulations?
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