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Oral Questions – 13 May 2021

Originally published: 13 May 2021
Last updated: 13 May 2021

Questions to Ministers

SHANAN HALBERT to the Minister for COVID-19 Response: What progress has been made on the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccination programme?

Hon EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for the Environment: Will the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management be updated to include a bottom line for dissolved inorganic nitrogen before becoming part of the National Planning Framework through the resource management system reform?

Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister for Children: Does he stand by his statement that “The report from the Waitangi Tribunal aligns very closely with the direction I have given Oranga Tamariki”; if so, what, if any, are the outcome measures for success for that direction?

TERISA NGOBI to the Minister for Disability Issues: What recent announcements has she made about supporting New Zealand Sign Language?

TONI SEVERIN to the Minister of Corrections: Will he set a target for reducing the number of corrections staff that are assaulted in corrections facilities; if not, why not?

ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister of Revenue: Has he seen reports that tax relief has been included in Australia’s Budget, delivered yesterday; if so, can hard-working New Zealanders expect similar tax relief in Budget 2021?

ANNA LORCK to the Minister of Internal Affairs: What progress has she seen on the New Zealand Libraries Partnership Programme?

MATT DOOCEY to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm that as of 16 April none of the $25 million fund for tertiary student mental health support announced 10 months ago had been spent on front-line mental health services, and no additional students have accessed mental health services as a result of this funding?

IBRAHIM OMER to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: How is the recent increase in the minimum wage helping working New Zealanders?

ERICA STANFORD to the Minister of Immigration: Does he stand by all his statements and actions?

JAMIE STRANGE to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: What recent announcements has he made about reducing merchant service fees for New Zealand businesses and consumers?

TEANAU TUIONO to the Minister of Agriculture: What actions, if any, will the Government take in response to the findings in its Our land 2021 report that intensive agriculture and urban expansion can degrade the quality and health of soil and increase pollution in freshwater and marine environments?

Answers to these questions are delivered from 2pm (New Zealand time) on the day of tabling. The answers can be accessed in text form, once Hansard is finalised, by clicking here.

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