Oral Questions - 21 September 2016 (1)

Questions to Ministers

  1. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Is it correct that the household debt-to-income ratio is now 165 percent, and does he agree with Westpac senior economist Satish Ranchhod’s comment in response to this record high level, “you can’t continue to grow an economy just using debt, there needs to be more to prop up activity”?

  2. SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Finance: What impact is New Zealand’s growing economy having on trends in GDP per capita?

  3. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers; if so, why?

  4. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he stand by his statement that the evidence about overseas buyers impacting the New Zealand housing market is “diddly-squat”?

  5. JAMES SHAW to the Minister for the Environment: Will he call in Nova Energy’s application to build a new gas-burning power plant, as a matter of national significance under the Resource Management Act 1991?

  6. MAUREEN PUGH to the Minister for Economic Development: What recent announcements has the Government made about economic development on the West Coast?

  7. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: What is the official measure, and number, of children living in homelessness and poverty in New Zealand?

  8. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Justice: How will the Evidence Amendment Bill passed last night help vulnerable victims through the court process?

  9. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister for the Environment: Does the Environmental Protection Authority have sufficient funding to reassess the use of hazardous substances that it has agreed should be reassessed as a potential risk to people and the environment?

  10. JONO NAYLOR to the Minister for Land Information: How is overseas investment benefiting New Zealand and contributing to growing the economy?

  11. KELVIN DAVIS to the Minister for Primary Industries: Why were bag limits for recreational fishers reduced when the Ministry for Primary Industries has ignored thousands of tonnes of fish being dumped by the commercial sector for years?

  12. CLAYTON MITCHELL to the Minister of Conservation: What analysis has been carried out in relation to the costs involved in making New Zealand predator-free by 2050 and maintaining this status?

Questions to Members

  1. METIRIA TUREI to the Member in charge of the Public Works (Prohibition of Compulsory Acquisition of Māori Land) Amendment Bill: He aha ia i tuhi hukihuki ai i te Public Works (Prohibition of Compulsory Acquisition of Māori Land) Amendment Bill?

    Translation: Why has she drafted the Public Works (Prohibition of Compulsory Acquisition of Māori Land) Amendment Bill?

  2. METIRIA TUREI to the Member in charge of the Public Works (Prohibition of Compulsory Acquisition of Māori Land) Amendment Bill: He aha ngā whakamōhio tautoko kua whiwhi i a mō te Taku pātai ki Te Mema nōna te haepapa mō te Public Works (Prohibition of Compulsory Acquisition of Māori Land) Amendment Bill?

    Translation: What indications of support has she received for the Public Works (Prohibition of Compulsory Acquisition of Māori Land) Amendment Bill?