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23 July 2010
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From 19 July to 23 July 2010

Committee meetings

There were 16 committee meetings, 15 in the parliamentary complex and one in Auckland.

Reports presented

Finance and Expenditure Committee

  • Draft annual plan of the Controller and Auditor-General 2010/11 and Draft statement of intent of the Controller and Auditor-General 2010-13
  • Report from the Controller and Auditor-General on The Auditor-General’s views on setting financial reporting standards for the public sector

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee

  • Tariff (New Zealand-Hong Kong, China Closer Economic Partnership Agreement) Amendment Bill (148-1)

Health Committee

  • Report from the Controller and Auditor-General on Ministry of Health: Monitoring the progress of the Primary Health Care Strategy
  • Report from the Controller and Auditor-General on Performance audits from 2008: Follow-up report

Transport and Industrial Relations Committee

  • Petition 2008/28 of Jonathan Mark Rutherford
  • Petition 2008/82 of Jack Thomas Wells

Bills referred to select committees

Commerce Committee

  • Consumer Guarantees Amendment Bill (152-1)
  • New Zealand Productivity Commission Bill (179-1)

Government Administration Committee

  • Governor-General Bill (163-1)

Primary Production Committee

  • Food Bill (160-1)

Changes in committee membership

Commerce Committee

  • Hon Nanaia Mahuta to replace Charles Chauvel(SO 183(2))

Finance and Expenditure Committee

  • Hon Shane Jones to replace Raymond Huo(SO 183(2))

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee

  • Phil Twyford to replace Hon Chris Carter(SO 183(2))

Government Administration Committee

  • Phil Twyford to be a member of the Government Administration Committee for the purpose of its consideration of the Rugby World Cup 2011 (Empowering) Bill, but without the right to vote on any question before the committee (SO 182(1))

Law and Order Committee

  • Raymond Huo to replace Carmel Sepuloni(SO 183(2))
  • David Clendon to be a member of the Law and Order Committee for the purpose of its consideration of the Electoral (Disqualification of Convicted Prisoners) Amendment Bill, but without the right to vote on any question before the committee.(SO 182(1))

Local Government and Environment Committee

  • Hon Chris Carter to replace Phil Twyford(SO 183(2))
  • Charles Chauvel to replace Hon Shane Jones(SO 183(2))

Regulations Review Committee

  • Chris Hipkins to replace Jacinda Ardern(SO 183(2))

Social Services Committee

  • Carmel Sepuloni to replace Hon Annette King(SO 183(2))

Committee notes

Commerce

The committee met on 22 July to hear evidence on the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill and the Securities, Trustees and Statutory Supervisors Bill.

The committee will next meet on 29 July 2010 to hear further evidence on the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill.

Education and Science

The committee met on 21 July to continue hearing evidence on the Education (Freedom of Association) Amendment Bill. The committee also considered the Education Amendment Bill (No 2), the Report from the Controller and Auditor-General on Ministry of Education: Managing support for students with high special educational needs, and the petitions of Paul Maggs and Wendy Roche.

The committee will next meet on 28 July to continue hearing evidence on the Education (Freedom of Association) Amendment Bill. The committee will also hear evidence on the petitions of Lynne Pillay and Hans Kriek, and further consider the Report from the Controller and Auditor-General on Ministry of Education: Managing support for students with high special educational needs.

Electoral Legislation

The committee met on 22 July to hear evidence on and consider the Electoral Referendum Bill, and to consider the Electoral (Finance Reform and Advanced Voting) Amendment Bill

The committee will not be meeting next week.

Finance and Expenditure

This week, the committee presented its report on the Report from the Controller and Auditor-General on The Auditor-General’s views on setting financial reporting standards for the public sector, which notes work underway at the Ministry of Economic Development to progress a new financial reporting framework, and its report on the Draft annual plan of the Office of the Controller and Auditor-General 2010/11 and Draft statement of intent of the Office of the Controller and Auditor-General 2010-13, which set out the process by which the accountability documents of the Controller and Auditor-General are to be reviewed and commented on by select committees.

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

The committee met on 21 July to consider the Tariff (New Zealand–Hong Kong, China Closer Economic Partnership Agreement) Amendment Bill. The committee also considered the international treaty examinations of the Exchange of Letters between New Zealand and Australia Constituting an Agreement to Amend Article 3 of the Australia New Zealand Closer Economic Relations Trade Agreement (“ANZCERTA”); the Agreement to Amend the Product Specific Rules in Annex G of the ANZCERTA; and the Convention on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Co-operation in respect of Parental Responsibility and Measures for the Protection of Children

The committee will next meet on 29 July to further consider the international treaty examinations currently before it.

Government Administration

The committee met on 21 July to consider the petition of Nathan James Ngatai and 1,050 others, the Rugby World Cup 2011 (Empowering) Bill, and the Governor-General Bill. The committee is inviting submissions on the Governor-General Bill, which seeks to update and simplify the financial arrangements for the support of the Governor-General. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 13 August.

The committee will next meet on 28 July at the Hotel Grand Chancellor on the corner of Ascot and Kirkbride Roads in Auckland, and at Parliament Buildings in Wellington to hear submissions on the Rugby World Cup 2011 (Empowering) Bill.

Health

The committee met on 21 July to hear evidence on the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Amendment Bill, the report from the Controller and Auditor-General on Effectiveness of arrangements to check the standard of services provided by rest homes, and the inquiry into improving New Zealand’s environment to support innovation through clinical trial. It also heard evidence on its briefing on mental health services for prisoners.

The committee will next meet on 28 July to hear evidence on the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Amendment Bill, and the inquiry into improving New Zealand’s environment to support innovation through clinical trial. It will also consider the inquiry into how to improve completion rates of childhood immunisation, and the petition of Jennifer Maree Hooper.

Law and Order

The committee met on 21 July to hear evidence on the Electoral (Disqualification of Convicted Prisoners) Amendment Bill, and consider the Courts and Criminal Matters Bill.

The committee will next meet on 28 July to continue hearing evidence on the Electoral (Disqualification of Convicted Prisoners) Amendment Bill.

Local Government and Environment

The committee met on 22 July to hear evidence on the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill, and to consider the Franklin District Council (Contribution to Funding of Museums) Amendment Bill.

It will next meet on 29 July to hear further evidence on the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill, and to consider the Franklin District Council (Contribution to Funding of Museums) Amendment Bill and two petitions relating to the use of 1080.

Māori Affairs

The committee met on 21 July to consider the inquiry into the tobacco industry in Aotearoa and the consequences of tobacco use for Māori. The committee also met on 22 July in Auckland to hear evidence on the inquiry into the operation of the Maori Community Development Act 1962 and related issues.

The committee will next meet on 28 July to hear further evidence on the inquiry into the operation of the Maori Community Development Act 1962 and related issues. This hearing will be open to the public.

Primary Production

The committee met on 22 July to hear evidence on its briefing on the Ballance farm environment awards.

The committee will next meet on 29 July to consider the Food Bill.

Regulations Review

The committee met on 22 July to consider recently promulgated statutory regulations, regulation-making powers in several bills, and the complaint regarding the New Zealand (Mandatory Fortification of Bread with Folic Acid) Amendment Food Standard 2009.

The committee will next meet on 29 July to consider recently promulgated statutory and deemed regulations, the complaint regarding the New Zealand (Mandatory Fortification of Bread with Folic Acid) Amendment Food Standard 2009, and the complaint regarding three notices issued by the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board on 25 March 2009.

Social Services

The committee met on 21 July to hear evidence on its briefing on the whānau ora service delivery approach, and the petition of Timothy Sean Kirshaw Rooke. The committee also considered the Social Assistance (Future Focus) Bill and its inquiry into the identification, rehabilitation, and care and protection of child offenders.

The committee will next meet on 28 July to consider the Social Assistance (Future Focus) Bill and the inquiry into the identification, rehabilitation, and care and protection of child offenders.

Transport and Industrial Relations

The committee met on 29 July to consider and deliberate on the two following petitions. Its reports have now been presented to the House:

The first was from Jonathan Mark Rutherford requesting that the House of Representatives note that 2,814 people have signed a petition asking that all measures possible be taken to save and subsidise the 360 Discovery Ferry Service between Auckland and Coromandel Town.

The second was from Jack Thomas Wells requesting that the House of Representatives ensure that signage is established north and south of Whangamata to clearly show a loop route via the Whangamata town centre from State Highway 25 back to State Highway 25.

The committee will next meet on 29 July to hear evidence from the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions on the Employment Relations (Rest Breaks and Meal Breaks) Amendment Bill. The committee will further consider the petition of Hon Phil Goff requesting the House note that approximately 2,560 signatures have been collected calling on the Government to take firm action to ensure residents of Onehunga are not further disadvantaged by the completion of State Highway 20 across Onehunga Bay. The committee will also consider the report from the Controller and Auditor-General on the Civil Aviation Authority’s progress with improving certification and surveillance.

Closing dates for submissions

Committees are receiving submissions on the following items with the closing date shown:

Education and Science Committee

  • Education Amendment Bill (No 2) (6 August 2010)

Government Administration Committee

  • Governor-General Bill (13 August 2010)

Local Government and Environment Committee

  • Hamilton City Council (Parana Park) Land Vesting Bill (30 July 2010)
  • Southland District Council (Stewart Island/Rakiura Visitor Levy) Empowering Bill (30 July 2010)

Submissions to all select committees can be made online

General

Compiled in the Select Committee Office, Office of the Clerk, 23 Jul 2010