First question time of the 52nd Government

The first Oral Questions (question time) of the new Government.

Oral Questions – 9 November 2017

Questions to Ministers

  1. Rt Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: What will the specific measurable targets be, if any, that she will used to hold her Government to account?
  2. TAMATI COFFEY to the Minister of Housing and Urban Development: What is the latest estimate of shortfall in housing and how has he responded to it?
  3. Hon STEVEN JOYCE to the Minister of Finance: Can he confirm it is his intention as Minister of Finance to ensure core Crown expenses do not exceed $81.9 billion in 2017/18, $86.1 billion in 2018/19, $88.2 billion in 2019/20, $91.8 billion in 2020/21, and $96.1 billion in 2021/22, as specified in the Labour Party’s pre-election Fiscal Plan?
  4. DARROCH BALL to the Minister for Regional Economic Development: What advice has he received on the benefits of the Regional Development (Provincial Growth) Fund?
  5. Hon NIKKI KAYE to the Minister of Education: Will he be repealing the legislation that covers partnership schools within the next six months and how many schools does he expect to close or be converted to another type of school?
  6. Hon JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister of Transport: On what date is the Board of Inquiry due to deliver its draft decision on the East-West Link Road of National Significance?
  7. JO LUXTON to the Minister of Education: What is the Government doing to reduce the cost of fees and provide more assistance with living costs for tertiary students?
  8. Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Minister for Regional Economic Development: How successful will his new $1 billion annual Regional Development (Provincial Growth) Fund be?
  9. JAN LOGIE to the Minister of Conservation: What action is she taking to restore the Department of Conservation’s advocacy role to protect our wildlife and its habitats, and why?
  10. Hon GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister for Land Information: Does she stand by all of the Government’s policies in relation to her portfolio?
  11. RAYMOND HUO to the Minister of Justice: What announcement has he made recently on Teina Pora’s compensation for wrongful conviction and imprisonment?
  12. Hon NATHAN GUY to the Minister of Agriculture: Does he stand by all of his Government’s policies in relation to the primary sector?


  1. The Speaker (Trevor Mallard) needs to work on his Te Reo a bit. Reading of whatever he opened proceedings with this afternoon was not very tidy.

    • Corky

       /  November 9, 2017

      He has no excuses. He’s visited many Marae and heard basic Maori greetings spoken time and again. He has Maori in his political party to help out if needed with translations.

      This again points to my contention Maori are just a necessary evil for Labour gaining the baubles of office.

      This crap Labour spout about ‘ inclusiveness,’ is just that- crap.

      • duperez

         /  November 9, 2017

        I was often surprised at the lack of facility of the previous Speaker with Te Reo. Given that I am surprised that so soon any shortcomings of the new Speaker are highlighted.

        I am not surprised at the tone of the vitriol in the final comments.

        • Corky

           /  November 9, 2017

          The previous speaker was a Tory. Remember? They are for the rich. They are racist. They give Maori nothing. They all live in leafy suburbs and drink cognac. They spend all their time working out how to shaft the poor.

          Seems like good excuses for a Tory to be incompetent and non interested in speaking Te Reo.

          Tell me. What’s Trevors excuse?

          .”I am not surprised at the tone of the vitriol in the final comments.”

          I despise hypocrites. That said, if Maori are dumb enough to go crawling back to their
          slave master…then they deserve all the floggings coming their way.

          • Gezza

             /  November 9, 2017

            Some people just can’t can’t get the hang of pronouncing other languages than English. Had a few of them in my College French & Latin classes. Hell, some Prime Ministers can’t even get the hang of pronouncing English properly. John Key akshilly couldn’t, forex ample. Jacinda Arden carn deetha.

            Whose risponsibillidy is it to fix this problim? Hopefully it will be wuniv Jacinda’s pryorrideez?

  2. Gezza

     /  November 9, 2017

    Cool – thanks PG. Got the teev on now! 👍🏼

  3. Excellent start by the Speaker. He started by clearly stating how he wanted Oral Questions to run. During the first question (and supplementaries) he awarded two further supplementary questions to the Opposition in response to interjections from the Government benches.

  4. Conspiratoor

     /  November 9, 2017

    I can’t explain it but I feel the need to go outside and yell ‘YEEHA’!!!

  5. Gezza

     /  November 9, 2017

    Beehive Letters: