Parliament today – first Question Time of the year

After the first day or parliament for the year yesterday featured the prime Minister’s statement followed by replies from other party leaders and MPs, today things swing to normal business with the first Question Time (oral questions). No doubt various people will be trying to make an early impact.

That will be followed by a no confidence motion that is more political theatre than anything.

Order of Business:



Select committee reports

Introduction of bills

Oral questions

Debate on Prime Minister’s statement

That this House express its confidence in the coalition Government and commends its programme for 2019 as set out in the extensive Prime Minister’s Statement.
(Debate adjourned 12 February 2019)

Amendment reads as follows: That all the words after “That” be deleted and replaced with “this House has no confidence in the Labour-led Government because in its ambition to be measured on its vague intentions it is proving itself completely incapable of delivering good outcomes for New Zealanders.” (Hon Simon Bridges)

Speeches 10 minutes
Whole debate 9 hours 18 minutes remaining

Other Government orders of the day

Today’s questions:

Oral Questions – 13 February 2019

  1. Dr DEBORAH RUSSELL to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making on implementing its economic plan?
  2. Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Has New Zealand’s relationship with China deteriorated under her Government?
  3. Hon PAULA BENNETT to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her Government’s statements, policies, and actions?
  4. CLAYTON MITCHELL to the Minister of Internal Affairs: What recent reports has she received regarding Fire and Emergency New Zealand’s response to the Nelson Tasman fires?
  5. Hon AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: Is it his view that the current tax take in New Zealand is sufficient; if so, does he agree that income tax thresholds should be adjusted over time to keep up with inflation?
  6. Hon JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister of Housing and Urban Development: What changes are being considered to the KiwiBuild programme to, in his words, “make KiwiBuild a stronger incentive for developers and how we can make it work better for first home buyers” and “provide a package of assistance to developers that will be enough of an incentive to get them to commit to serious volumes of affordable housing”?
  7. JAN TINETTI to the Minister of Education: Has he released any proposals to strengthen and grow trades training and other vocational education?
  8. Hon PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Transport: Is he committed to building light rail from the city to the airport in Auckland and if so, when will work begin?
  9. Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Education: Does he stand by all of his statements and actions around tertiary education and vocational education reforms?
  10. JAMIE STRANGE to the Minister for Trade and Export Growth: How much money has been spent on the Saudi sheep farm in the desert also known as the Saudi agri-hub, and have any steps been taken to stop more money being spent?
  11. DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister for Social Development: How much did the Government transfer in social security and welfare payments according to the Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand for the Year Ended 30 June 2018 on a per household basis?
  12. Hon JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Tourism: What was the date he first found out about the need to postpone the China-New Zealand Year of Tourism opening ceremony?
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  1. Gezza

     /  13th February 2019

    Spent the morning out & about with ma & got most of today’s business out of the way by 12.30 pm. It’s too hot & windy to be doing anything outside at the moment. I blame the Greens. Might as well lie down on the sofa & have a butchers at Question Time, on in a few minutes. See if I can stay awake thru all of it.

    • Duker

       /  13th February 2019

      Let wind run through your hair instead..or may the sand beneath your feet..anything but watching nonsense on afternoon TV.

      • Gezza

         /  13th February 2019

        Congratulations. You passed another test with flying colours. ⭐️

        Never even heard the end of Jacinda’s answers to Question 2; straight off into the land of Nod until 4.30 pm. I blame my sofa and getting up at 4.30 am today to do paperwerk.

        This was kind of fun. Hipkins always looks like a schoolboy to me. Seeing the lad argue wiv an exasperated teacher always brings a smile.

  2. High Flying Duck

     /  13th February 2019

    At least he hasn’t lost his sense of humour:

    • Blazer

       /  13th February 2019

      introduce him as …dishonourable…next time and see if he…laughs.😁

      • duperez

         /  13th February 2019

        “Some members of Parliament, and other New Zealanders, have the title of “The Honourable” (abbreviated to “The Hon”) or “The Right Honourable” (abbreviated to “The Rt Hon”). Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II grants these titles to individuals in selected offices as recognition of their service.”

        John Banks is entitled to be called the “Honourable” despite a number of examples of behaviour of questionable honour over quite a number of years. Ross is only less deserving on grounds of longevity if Banks is the model.

  3. Interesting to see Q3 from Paula; about the referendum on ‘LEGALISING MARIJUANA’ (slang name).. its called ‘Fear-mongering’ Paula & you are likely not fooling anyone ! :/

    It was good to hear Jacinda reply by using its correct name: Cannabis (with emphasis). Confirming that ‘Yes the question is being formulated & Yes the public will be kept updated on its progress ASAP’ (paraphrased)

    enuf sed 🙂

  4. Zedd

     /  13th February 2019

    Q10 was interesting; $4mil paid to a Saudi business (by prev. Natl Govt).. for what ??
    I think it was ‘a bribe’ by the sound of it !?

    Also Sheep were transported on Singapore airlines (in 1st class ? 😀 ) at NZ tax-payer expenses. Is anyone (McCully) being held to account.. it does not sound like it


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