Parliament opens for the year today

Parliament resumes on 12 February 2019

The first sitting day of the year is a bit different from other days.

There‘s no Question Time on the first sitting day of the year. Instead, at 2pm, the Prime Minister makes a statement to the House. This statement reviews public affairs and outlines the Government’s intentions for the year ahead.

The statement is followed by a debate that can last for up to 13 hours, often stretching over several sitting days. The debate on the Prime Minister’s statement is taken ahead of all other Government business.

You can watch the Prime Minister’s Statement and all the other happenings in the House on Parliament TV or listen to Parliament on RNZ.

This week in Parliament is a brief overview of anticipated business and events to be conducted by the House and Select Committees in the coming week.

The Order Paper is similar to an agenda, listing all the business before the House that sitting day. The order of business can change until the final order paper is published at 10:30am on the sitting day.

The Select Committee Schedule of meetings lists all committee business being conducted for the week. Business items displaying an asterisk indicate meetings that are open to the public. The meeting schedule is subject to changes at short notice.

New member of Parliament

Agnes Loheni will be sworn in as the newest member of Parliament tomorrow shortly after 2pm.

She is replacing Chris Finlayson as next on the National Party list.

NZ Herald:  Meet Parliament’s new MP: Agnes Loheni, National Party list MP

Incoming MP Agnes Loheni will take her values of hard work, the importance of family, and a strong Christian faith to Parliament next month as National’s first woman MP of Pacific Island descent.

It will be a proud moment for Loheni, who grew up in a state house – with up to 15 family members in three bedrooms – on McGehan Close, the “dead end” street that epitomised hopelessness for former party leader Sir John Key.

She went on to graduate with an engineering degree from Auckland University, and had a two-year OE based in London before starting a family business that became a trailblazer in contemporary Pasifika fashion.

Through it all, she has been grounded in a close-knit family and Christian values that see her opposed to euthanasia and abortion law reform. She is also against legalising recreational cannabis, but is open to cannabis for medicinal purposes.

The House has approved the sitting calendar for 2019:

February 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, and 21;
March 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, and 21;
April 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, and 30;
May 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, and 30;
June 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, and 27;
July 23, 24, 25, 30, and 31;
August 1, 6, 7, 8, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, and 29;
September 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, and 26;
October 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, and 24;
November 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, and 21;
December 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, and 19.

The House must sit for around 90 days in the year, with the first day being no later than the last Tuesday in February.

(Thanks for the details Gezza)

 

Provisional Order Paper for Tuesday, 12 February 2019 [PDF 463k]

45 Comments

  1. Duker

     /  February 12, 2019

    MP Agnes Loheni will take her values of hard work, the importance of family, and a strong Christian faith to Parliament next month “”
    All very nice and good ..but didnt Sarah Dowie , Jami-lee Ross all have similar ‘national party values’™ when they arrived in parliament ?

    • Mother

       /  February 13, 2019

      No they did not Duker.

      Are you deliberately blurring the lines of ‘family values’ (which most tom, dick and harry’s possess) with Christianity?

      Mrs Loheni states she has a Christian faith. Neither Mr Ross nor Ms Dowie do that.

      It is known that Mr Bridges was raised by Baptists parents. Has he ever stated publicly His trust in Jesus Christ?

      People like Mrs Loheni are the kind we need in politics. A bold statement, considering she has not yet proven her worth as an MP. The boldness of this statement is in correlation to the lack of political will, according to our values, which we suffer.

  2. Gezza

     /  February 12, 2019

    Parliament TV – Channel 31 (here) on Freeview

    No Question Time today.

    2 pm: Prime Minister’s statement, followed by debate on the Prime Minister’s statement.

    Might have a watch & see how they go.

    • Gezza

       /  February 12, 2019

      Trev read the prayer in Te Reo. Agnes is coming forward to take the Oath of Allegiance.

      • Gezza

         /  February 12, 2019

        Handshake and general applause.

        • Gezza

           /  February 12, 2019

          Ministerial Statement on the Nelson fires by Jacinda. Summary of the nature, extent and current situation. Thanks to all involved in helping deal with the fire and the impact and to the local residence for their community spirit and patience. Thanks to Mayors, friends and family who have opened their homes to those needing temporary housing and looking after, including thanks to several Marae for their manaakitanga. Thanks to SPCA and Emergency Agencies, MPI, Civil Defence, Red Cross, Defence Force etc. Mention of support options and agencies.

          Followed by Simon thanking the PM for the update and echoing all her sentiments and similar remarks and thanks to those aforementioned. Strongest praise goes to all those various firefighting agencies involved in fighting the fires – listed. Response has been well-led by the new FENZ. Encourages ongoing vigiliance until we get decent rains. Wishes all involved continuing success.

          PM Statement now.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  February 12, 2019

            I can’t see much point in only reading the prayer in Maori. How PC and precious.

            • Gezza

               /  February 12, 2019

              He read in some Pasifika languages last year too. Maybe even some others if it was a special day for some country or other. It gets said that often in English and is dishonoured immediately as a matter of routine as soon as Question Time starts so it doesn’t mean much to me but it probably means a lot to those who come from the countries concerned. Good regular electioneering for Labour.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  February 12, 2019

              That’s all it is,. It would be courteous to also have it in English which is the lingua franca.

  3. Gezza

     /  February 12, 2019

    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gives Statement to Parliament

    Summary here. Reported as past-tense, but still being delivered. 2.16 pm

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12203095

  4. duperez

     /  February 12, 2019

    Does yelling and screaming save one from drowning?

    • Gezza

       /  February 12, 2019

      Hard to say. So far I’ve only heard two of them doing it. Jacinda and Simon. They both still have their heads above water.

  5. Zedd

     /  February 12, 2019

    I just had to press the mute button.. on the SIMON B; one man stand up routine. Perhaps someone should remind him, that they just hit ‘rock bottom’ under his ‘leadership’ (long may it last) 😀

    Another one who thinks ‘the Right have a RIGHT to rule’ even if they were ‘asleep at the wheel’ for 9 looooong years under the last mob ! :/ 😦

    • Gezza

       /  February 12, 2019

      Winston now. He can’t shout very well for long. Sounds like from what the Speaker just said and Winston just had some fun with, Simon’s make some cock up in drafting the no confidence amendment he was supposed to put to the House after Simon’s no confidence speech – or whatever the amendment he was referring to.

      Winston’s blthering and blathering a lot, as usual.

      • Gezza

         /  February 12, 2019

        Reckons he’s wasting his time … I agree. Thinking he’s wasting mine too.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  February 12, 2019

          He’s blethering as well as blithering and blathering, and if he could blother and bluther, he’d be doing that, too.

        • Zedd

           /  February 12, 2019

          Winnie is just enjoying being in a Govt. that obviously appreciates, NZF being in it

          btw; James Shaw (Grn) also poked fun at the thought/proposal of them ‘getting a better deal with Natl’ 😀 😀

          • Gezza

             /  February 12, 2019

            I bet there are a few times already where they haven’t exactly appreciated him being in it – but yep he knows he’s better off with them than anyone else. They are much more malleable.

            • Zedd

               /  February 12, 2019

              ‘They are much more malleable.’ sez Gezza

              OR they know that Jacinda & Co. will give them a fairer go.. rather than a few crumbs, that fall off the ‘Top table’.
              Just ask Mr seymour, who only exists, at ‘the pleasure’ of his All powerful Over-Lords 😀 :/

            • Gezza

               /  February 12, 2019

              Jacinda & Grant & David Parker know that they HAVE to give Winston plenty of licence or she wouldn’t even be fronting for this coalition, Zedd. It’s that simple.

    • Zedd

       /  February 13, 2019

      11 downticks only.. likely from those ‘learned Tories’ who are still ‘in denial’ about LOSING the election ?! 😀

  6. Gezza

     /  February 12, 2019

    James whathisname now. I’ve missed a lot; he started by mistakenly referring to Simon Bridges’ “speak” instead of speech & never noticed. He’s probably nervous. He just said something about Simon being towed somewhere by unicorns. I might see if he’s saying anything worth listening to, but he’s not impressing me.

    JAG looks quite nice, sitting behind him, I thought. Nodding a lot, looking around & up to the gallery quite a bit .

    • Gezza

       /  February 12, 2019

      *Shaw – sorry. Senior moment probably.

      • Gezza

         /  February 12, 2019

        Wants to put a price on pollution and waste, make people pay more for plastic etc I think.

        • Gezza

           /  February 12, 2019

          There seems to be nobody there in National’s seats, and not all that many in the other parties’ seats either.

          David Seymour now.

          • Duker

             /  February 12, 2019

            You really need to get a life..

            • Gezza

               /  February 12, 2019

              I’ve got one. I love having the spare time to do whatever I want. Sometimes that means just wasting time. Like you just did.

          • duperez

             /  February 12, 2019

            I saw a moment of Seymour about taxing and he used the word ‘madness’ about taxing something. I was out of the room earlier but heard James Shaw using some woman as an example of not being able to save for a house deposit.

            Shaw didn’t use this example: (Paraphrased) A woman a few years back said she would’ve earned a lot more in Auckland if she were a house. The example was an unoccupied house on the North Shore, no mansion, which had made two to three times what she made in a year and it was not taxable. So she gets out of bed goes to work and earns far less than a house the owner of which made something like $189,000 in a year.

            Of course David Seymour would think it would be crazy to tax the owner on the gains thinking that she/he would spend the money to buy more houses to rent to people. Who get up everyday to go to work to pay taxes. Seymour might be surprised to know that there are probably some who think that there is a madness about the scenario.

            • Gezza

               /  February 12, 2019

              Good to get it all over with. I was only really interested to see what Bridges was like after Newshubs hit job yesterday and have been sitting here playing my guitar mostly for the rest of it. I’ve got some new ideas I’m trying to put together into some coherent musical piece to record.

  7. Gezza

     /  February 12, 2019

    They seem to post Parliamentary debates and questions on Viemo before YouTube these days.

    Here’s Simon’s address in reply speech if anyone wants to see how depressed he doesn’t seem to be in the least.

    The rest of the addresses were pretty boring. I was mainly interested in his.

    • Gezza

       /  February 12, 2019

      That first frame’s not doing him any favours though 😀

      • Corky

         /  February 12, 2019

        Paula looking fine, Gezza. She does the facials at the right time but doesn’t have a lot of passion. Does she know the talking head next to her is a dead man squawking?

  8. Zedd

     /  February 12, 2019

    I watched Judith condemning ‘Kiwibuild’ & attacking the 47 houses ONLY that have been built. She then quoted 35,000 houses (?) reportedly built in the ‘public sector’ during the same time..

    The question I put to her: ‘how many of those 35k houses, went to low-income families & how many went to wealthy property speculators ?’

    The idea of Kiwibuild is to at least attempt to provide houses to families, that are struggling to get off the ‘rental express’. For 9 looooong years they did F-all to address this & even made it worse by selling off state houses & allowing/promoting Akld to become ‘millionaires row’ !

    I expected better from a ‘potential leader’ of the party.. its 2019 not 1979

    • Zedd

       /  February 12, 2019

      oops typo: …35,000 houses (?) reportedly built in the ‘public sector’ during the same time..

      s/be .. built in ‘PRIVATE sector’

    • Duker

       /  February 12, 2019

      How many builders did J Collins approach the Ministry on behalf about becoming part of kwiwbuild?

      • High Flying Duck

         /  February 12, 2019

        You sound like advocating on behalf constituents is a bad thing? Should she tell them to go away because she believes the policy is wrong headed? Or work with the current reality?

    • High Flying Duck

       /  February 12, 2019

      You mean the “poor families” with a deposit for a $650,000 new build home?
      What first home buyer can afford a new build?
      It is a stupid polilcy with no clear target market or stake holder group to appeal to. The implementation has been terrible.
      It offers less than nothing to low-income families, and really not much to anyone else as there are so few Kiwibuild houses built for the (very) few who want to buy one.

  9. Newshub versus Bridges again.

    • duperez

       /  February 12, 2019

      No worries for Peters, they’ll get him back by leaking his private information to the public. Being in the position to do it will make it an easy and quick trick. Oh, hang on a minute, Paula and co. aren’t in the position to do that any more. 🙃

    • sunny

       /  February 12, 2019

      Newshub completely jumps the. The newshub headline about Simon being stressed and nervous, even if it was quoting Peters was biased and misleading. Simons speech by comparison was much stronger and based on attacking the issues and delivery. Newshub needs to publish Simons speech roasting the govt for balance and let the people(not the journos) decide.

      • Gezza

         /  February 12, 2019

        That was a pretty good performance from Bridges today. He was on top of his subject matter, quite witty, and spoke well. I was really surprised. Their polling must be very good. Given that Newshub seem to be someone’s attack dogs on Bridges now I’m very suspicious of that poll.

    • Duker

       /  February 12, 2019

      Lewis Holden is a former National candidate for Rimutaka….. who was Keys front man for Change the Flag ‘who said the result would be closer than expected? hahahaha 43% wasnt ‘close’
      N national party toady