Parliament Oral Questions – Oral Questions – 4 April 2019000083

Source: New Zealand Parliament – Oral Questions and Answers

Hon JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister of Housing and Urban Development: For which KiwiBuild developments were all dwellings already under construction at the time an underwrite was signed, and for which KiwiBuild developments were some of the dwellings already under construction at the time an underwrite was signed?

Hon LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister for Social Development: Why were unauthorised payments made to 25,000 people by the Ministry of Social Development?

TAMATI COFFEY to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he seen on the New Zealand economy?

Hon JACQUI DEAN to the Minister for Small Business: What is his response to the recent MYOB report showing 67 percent of the small businesses surveyed were against the Tax Working Group’s proposed capital gains tax?

Hon NATHAN GUY to the Minister of Agriculture: Does he stand by all his statements?

JAN TINETTI to the Minister of Education: What feedback has he seen on the proposals for the Reform of Vocational Education?

ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister of Revenue: Has he requested or undertaken any assessment of the business valuation and compliance costs that would result from the capital gains tax proposed by the Tax Working Group?

Dr DUNCAN WEBB to the Minister of Police: What reports has he seen in relation to police’s response to the 15 March terror attack?

TODD MULLER to the Minister for Climate Change: Does he stand by all his statements and actions?

Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister of Research, Science and Innovation: What advice, if any, has she sought or received on the impact of a capital gains tax on research and development in New Zealand?

JENNY MARCROFT to the Minister for Regional Economic Development: What recent announcements have been made regarding the Provincial Growth Fund?

JO LUXTON to the Minister for ACC: What changes were made to ACC levies on 1 April, and why were they made?

Answers to these questions are delivered from 2pm (New Zealand time) on the day of tabling. The answers can be accessed in text form, once Hansard is finalised, by clicking here.

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Parliament Oral Questions – Oral Questions – 3 April 2019000082

Source: New Zealand Parliament – Oral Questions and Answers

Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her Government’s statements, policies, and actions?

KIRITAPU ALLAN to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he seen on the New Zealand economy?

Hon AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: What was the real GDP per capita growth rate in the final half of the 2018 calendar year, and does he still stand by his statement that “we are building an economy that is more productive”?

Hon PAULA BENNETT to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her Government’s statements, policies, and actions?

Hon PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Transport: What progress, if any, has the Government made on reducing traffic congestion in Auckland?

Hon MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his statement “I’m not intending to hold an inquiry into PHARMAC”?

Dr DUNCAN WEBB to the Minister of Revenue: What measures, if any, are in place to ensure individual taxpayers pay the correct amount of tax if they work two or more jobs?

Hon PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister for Regional Economic Development: Does he stand by all his statements and actions?

Hon ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Child Poverty Reduction: Why is it that seven of nine indicators for child poverty increased between 2017 and 2018?

RINO TIRIKATENE to the Minister of Civil Defence: What reports has he seen on the impacts from the storm that hit the West Coast of the South Island last week?

Hon DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Corrections: What new measures, if any, has this Government introduced to ensure the safety of corrections officers while carrying out their duties?

Answers to these questions are delivered from 2pm (New Zealand time) on the day of tabling. The answers can be accessed in text form, once Hansard is finalised, by clicking here.

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New Zealand MPs participate in global forum to advance democracy, human rights, and peace

Source: New Zealand Parliament

For release: 3 April 2019

New Zealand MPs participate in global forum to advance democracy, human rights, and peace

Three Members of Parliament will represent New Zealand at the 140th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly, where democracy, human rights, and peace will be on the agenda.

Deputy Speaker Hon Anne Tolley MP is leading the delegation, which includes Rt Hon David Carter MP and Marja Lubeck MP, to the Assembly in Doha, Qatar from 5 to 10 April 2019.

Speaker Rt Hon Trevor Mallard said, “I am pleased that our delegation is participating in the IPU Assembly. It is an important global forum for political dialogue and positive democratic change.

“New Zealand’s regular involvement means that our values and perspectives on the issues being debated in parliaments around the globe are represented, and that our MPs are able to connect with their international colleagues to learn and share innovations and solutions.”

New Zealand will take part in the central debate on the theme of ‘Parliaments as platforms to enhance education for peace, security, and the rule of law’. The New Zealand delegation will also contribute to Standing Committees, which examine the role of parliaments in fair and free trade, investment in sustainable development goals, ensuring the right to health, and the non-admissibility of using mercenaries to undermine peace and human rights.

Hon Anne Tolley MP is the Second Vice-President of the IPU’s Bureau of Women Parliamentarians and will debate good practice on policy and measures to move toward gender equality in employment and unpaid work, as well as harassment, violence, and social protections. She will also represent the Bureau on the IPU’s Executive Committee, which governs the functioning of the organisation, and on the Gender Partnership Group.

Rt Hon David Carter MP is a member of the IPU’s Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians. The committee will meet over the course of the week to consider violations of the human rights of Members of Parliament, and propose avenues of redress.

About the IPU

The IPU has been a forum for global conversations since it was founded in 1889, and now has more than 170 member countries. It provides our parliamentarians with valuable insight into how global issues are being considered by different legislatures. Sharing these perspectives and parliamentary processes contributes to the development of democracies globally and how we collectively consider issues of human rights, peace, and equality.

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Follow the delegation (@NZParliament) and the IPU (@IPUparliament, @IPUPresident)

For further enquiries please contact:
Aaron Williams, aaron.williams@parliament.govt.nz or ipu@parliament.govt.nz

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Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Magazines, and Parts) Amendment Bill now open for submissions

Source: New Zealand Parliament

In response to the Christchurch mosques terrorist attack on 15 March 2019, the Government announced that it would make changes to New Zealand’s gun laws. The Prime Minister invited the public to comment on the changes. The Government has now introduced the Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Magazines, and Parts) Amendment Bill. The bill seeks to extend the existing restrictions on military-style semi-automatic firearms (MSSAa) to ban most semi-automatic firearms and some shotguns, as well as magazines and parts that can be used to assemble semi-automatic firearms.

Some small-calibre rimfire semi-automatic firearms and lesser-capacity shotguns are excluded from the ban. The permitted firearms are ones commonly used in the farming, hunting, and recreational communities, and have a limited magazine capacity.

The Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Magazines, and Parts) Amendment Bill would:

  • prevent the general population of New Zealand from importing, selling, supplying, or possessing most semi-automatic firearms (other than pistols)
  • ban pump action shotguns with more than a five shot capacity
  • ban semi-automatic shotguns with a capacity to hold a detachable magazine, or with an internal magazine capable of holding more than five cartridges
  • exempt some semi-automatic firearms with limited ammunition capacity
  • provide exemptions for licensed dealers, authorised pest controllers, firearms collectors, museum curators, firearms used during dramatic productions, and police and defence force personnel
  • allow an amnesty for prohibited firearms, magazines, and parts that are surrendered to licensed dealers or the Police by 30 September 2019
  • introduce tougher penalties and some new offences.

Comments from the public

Comments already received from the public have been referred to the Finance and Expenditure Committee to consider. They will help the committee to understand the range of opinions New Zealanders have on the changes as they examine the bill. Comments are not formal submissions and will not be published on the Parliament website.

The Finance and Expenditure Committee is no longer receiving comments on the changes to New Zealand’s gun laws. However, if you wish to express your view on the changes, you can do so by making a formal submission on the bill by Thursday 4 April 2019 at 6:00pm.

Submit on the bill

Make your submission on the bill by 6.00pm on Thursday 4 April 2019.

Due to the timeframe, only written submissions on the bill will be accepted. The Prime Minister has indicated that further legislation will be introduced at a later date. This will provide another opportunity for you to have your input.

Questions and Answers

  1. I made a comment on the gun law changes. What will be done with it?

Comments from the public have been referred to the Finance and Expenditure Committee to consider as they examine the Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Magazines, and Parts) Amendment Bill.

  1. I made a comment on the gun law changes, do I need to make a submission?

No, all comments made by the public have been given to the Finance and Expenditure Committee to consider. If you want to submit on the specifics of the bill you can do so by making a formal submission.

  1. What is the difference between a comment and a submission?

Both comments and submissions will be considered by the Finance and Expenditure Committee. Comments were made before the Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Magazines, and Parts) Amendment Bill was introduced to Parliament and are now closed. The Finance and Expenditure Committee is now calling for public submissions on the Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Magazines, and Parts) Amendment Bill, which was introduced to Parliament on Monday 1 April 2019. Comments will not be published on the Parliament website.

  1. How do I make a submission?

You can make a submission via the online submission form on the Parliament website by Thursday 4 April 2019 at 6:00pm. 

For more details about the bill:

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For media enquiries contact:

Finance and Expenditure Committee staff

04 817 9520, fe@parliament.govt.nz

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Parliament Oral Questions – Oral Questions – 2 April 2019000081

Source: New Zealand Parliament – Oral Questions and Answers

JO LUXTON to the Minister of Research, Science and Innovation: Will the Government’s research and development tax incentive, which will apply from 1 April 2019, help boost R & D in New Zealand?

Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government’s statements, policies, and actions?

Hon AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement in February 2018, “growth is expected to continue to travel along on average at about 3 percent over the next four years”, and has he revised his view in light of annual GDP growth to December 2018 of 2.3 percent?

PRIYANCA RADHAKRISHNAN to the Minister for Social Development: What are the changes to superannuation and veteran’s pension rates as of 1 April 2019?

Hon JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister of Housing and Urban Development: How many unsold KiwiBuild houses have been bought by the Crown as part of the underwrite and in what developments have these purchases occurred?

Hon PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Transport: What progress has been made on delivering the Auckland Transport Alignment Project?

CLAYTON MITCHELL to the Minister of Forestry: What recent announcements has he made regarding the One Billion Trees Programme?

Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Education: Does he stand by all his statements and actions around the Reform of Vocational Education?

JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does she stand by her statement made to the BusinessNZ Energy Council breakfast in February, that the Government has set the ambitious goal for our country of 100 percent renewable electricity by 2035?

Dr LIZ CRAIG to the Minister of Health: How is the Government helping to protect New Zealanders against influenza this winter?

Hon JACQUI DEAN to the Minister for Small Business: What advice, if any, has he received on what it would cost a small business to value their business ahead of an official valuation date in the event the Government decided to implement a capital gains tax on the sale of businesses, and what is that cost?

MARJA LUBECK to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: What is the new hourly adult minimum wage at 1 April 2019 and why did the Government increase it?

Answers to these questions are delivered from 2pm (New Zealand time) on the day of tabling. The answers can be accessed in text form, once Hansard is finalised, by clicking here.

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Statement of thanks for condolence messages

Source: New Zealand Parliament

Media Release
For release: 18 March 2019

The Speaker of the House, Rt Hon Trevor Mallard would like to express his sincere gratitude for the condolence messages received from Parliaments across the world in the wake of the terror attack in Christchurch on Friday March 15 2019.

“I have received countless messages both publicly and privately over the past few days and I would like to thank our fellow Parliaments and Speakers for their offers of support and kind words to the New Zealand Parliament and to the people of New Zealand.”

“I would also like to acknowledge those Parliaments that flew flags at half-mast in recognition of this tragedy.”

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For further enquiries please contact:
Jessie Manning, Office of the Speaker, +64 21 872 397

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Parliament Oral Questions – Oral Questions – 14 March 2019000080

Source: New Zealand Parliament – Oral Questions and Answers

Hon PAULA BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: Has he carried out appropriate oversight in all of his responsibilities as Minister of Finance?

Hon AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: On what date was Sir Michael Cullen first appointed as chair of the Tax Working Group, and when will his contract end?

TAMATI COFFEY to the Minister of Finance: What effect, if any, would Brexit have on the New Zealand economy?

Hon JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister of Housing and Urban Development: Has the KiwiBuild underwrite of Mike Greer Homes passed the additionality test, and who undertakes and approves this test?

Hon PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Transport: Does he agree with New Zealand Transport Agency chairman Michael Stiassny, who told the Transport and Infrastructure Committee that “There is no doubt that the way the GPS has been written is more about safety, and the time spent between A to B is no longer a priority for us. The outcome of that will be, I think we could all agree, that it will take longer to get from A to B in a lot of places, and there will be more congestion”?

Dr DEBORAH RUSSELL to the Minister of Revenue: What recent steps, if any, has he taken to help combat international tax evasion?

Hon JACQUI DEAN to the Minister for Small Business: Has he undertaken any formal consultation with any small businesses on a capital gains tax since last Thursday; if not, why not?

JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does she expect the increases in long-term wholesale electricity prices to be reflected in household power bills; if so, when?

Dr DUNCAN WEBB to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: What recent legislative measures has the Government taken to ensure continued access to key global financial markets?

Hon PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister for Regional Economic Development: Does he stand by all of his statements and actions?

MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media: Does he stand by all the actions of his advisers, advisory groups, and officials?

GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Housing and Urban Development: Is he committed to energy efficiency in KiwiBuild and State homes?

Answers to these questions are delivered from 2pm (New Zealand time) on the day of tabling. The answers can be accessed in text form, once Hansard is finalised, by clicking here.

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Parliament Oral Questions – Oral Questions – 13 March 2019000080

Source: New Zealand Parliament – Oral Questions and Answers

Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her Government’s statements, policies, and actions?

PAUL EAGLE to the Minister of Housing and Urban Development: What reports has he seen on the Housing First programme?

Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in all her Ministers?

Hon AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Prime Minister’s comment in relation to any changes to tax legislation, “we want to make sure that there’s simplicity in our system and, of course, we want to make sure that we don’t see some of those perverse incentives that might lead to an accountants’ boom”; and in his view, would a capital gains tax increase the compliance costs and complexity of our tax system?

RINO TIRIKATENE to the Minister responsible for Pike River Re-entry: What recent announcements has he made regarding Pike River re-entry?

Hon JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister of Housing and Urban Development: On what basis have KiwiBuild homes underwritten in Marshland in Christchurch met one of the four additionality thresholds applied to determine if a KiwiBuild underwrite should proceed?

JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Local Government: Is she satisfied that an overseas person that is not a New Zealand citizen or resident cannot lawfully make a donation of an unlimited amount to a candidate standing for local government election, and is she satisfied that the Local Electoral Act 2001 provides sufficient safeguards to ensure local government election candidates and local authorities are free from foreign influence by way of electoral donations?

DARROCH BALL to the Minister of Defence: What announcements has he made regarding Defence deployments to the South Pacific?

Hon MARK MITCHELL to the Minister for Veterans: Does he stand by all his statements and actions?

LAWRENCE YULE to the Minister of Corrections: Does he stand by all his statements and actions?

ANAHILA KANONGATA’A-SUISUIKI to the Minister for Whānau Ora: Is he doing anything to promote Whānau Ora and a whānau-centred approach across Government now that the Whānau Ora Review has been completed; if so, what?

Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his statements and actions around vaccination and the meningitis vaccination programme in Northland?

Answers to these questions are delivered from 2pm (New Zealand time) on the day of tabling. The answers can be accessed in text form, once Hansard is finalised, by clicking here.

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Parliament Oral Questions – Oral Questions – 12 March 2019000079

Source: New Zealand Parliament – Oral Questions and Answers

KIRITAPU ALLAN to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he seen on the New Zealand economy?

Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her Government’s statements, policies, and actions?

DAVID SEYMOUR to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in Hon Shane Jones, given that Stuff reported that he was “named as the proposed chairman of Manea Kupe Ltd” in documents provided to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, and an email dated 16 February 2018 states Mr Jones attended a meeting at which the Manea Footsteps of Kupe project was discussed and in which his comments had reportedly made the Finance Minister comfortable after the Finance Minister had raised his concern about the project?

JO LUXTON to the Minister of Health: What steps are being taken to manage the measles outbreak in Canterbury?

Hon AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: Has he had any discussions with Government support parties about including the family home in the scope of any future capital gains tax?

Hon JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister of Housing and Urban Development: How many times, under the KiwiBuild programme, has he approved a Crown underwrite to build houses that were already being built, and what is the total price of these underwrites?

PRIYANCA RADHAKRISHNAN to the Minister for Trade and Export Growth: What progress has been made, if any, on growing exports?

Hon PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister for Regional Economic Development: Does he stand by all his statements and actions?

Hon MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister of Health: What steps has he taken to ensure sufficient doses of the measles vaccinations are available?

GARETH HUGHES to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her Government’s statements, policies, and actions?

Hon NATHAN GUY to the Minister of Agriculture: Does he stand by all of his statements?

Hon JACQUI DEAN to the Minister for Small Business: Does he stand by all his statements and actions?

Answers to these questions are delivered from 2pm (New Zealand time) on the day of tabling. The answers can be accessed in text form, once Hansard is finalised, by clicking here.

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Daily progress for Thursday, 7 March 2019

Source: New Zealand Parliament

Order Paper for Thursday, 7 March 2019

2.00 pm

Business statement

Hon Chris Hipkins, Leader of the House, made a statement about the business of the House for the next sitting week, which starts on Tuesday, 12 March 2019.

Introduction of bills

The following bills were introduced:

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