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Oral Questions – 21 September 2021

Originally published: 21 September 2021
Last updated: 21 September 2021

Questions to Ministers

Dr DUNCAN WEBB to the Minister of Finance: What do the latest reports on New Zealand’s GDP show about the strength of the New Zealand economy, and how does this support the response to the Delta COVID outbreak?

Hon JUDITH COLLINS to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all of her Government’s statements and actions?

DAVID SEYMOUR to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her statement, “We’re in lockdown because we do not have enough New Zealanders currently vaccinated to stop an outbreak that would devastate our community”?

Hon MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement, “Ministers have decided to use the greater fiscal headroom to top up the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund by an extra $7 billion”; if so, does that indicate that the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund would not have been topped up had that fiscal headroom not been apparent?

GINNY ANDERSEN to the Minister of Police: What recent reports has she seen regarding Police’s efforts to disrupt organised crime?

TEANAU TUIONO to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Does she stand by her statement that “We’re acutely aware of the environmental risks associated with deep-sea mining”; if so, why did New Zealand abstain on a motion supporting “Protection of deep-ocean ecosystems and biodiversity through a moratorium on seabed mining” at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature last week?

CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister for COVID-19 Response: What percentage of the eligible population in New Zealand had received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as at 7 August 2021, and what modelling, if any, has he seen relating to how the level of vaccination coverage could affect the severity of COVID-19 restrictions?

IBRAHIM OMER to the Associate Minister of Research, Science and Innovation: What recent announcements has she made about helping New Zealand’s COVID-19 response and preparedness for future pandemics?

Dr JAMES McDOWALL to the Minister of Immigration: What communications, if any, has he received from Afghan translators who live in New Zealand about bringing their families to New Zealand, and what actions is he taking as a result?

BARBARA EDMONDS to the Minister for Women: What support is the Government providing for women and girls adversely affected by COVID-19?

Hon SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Corrections: Is he confident that the Department of Corrections’ policies are keeping New Zealanders safe from COVID-19; if so, why?

ANGELA ROBERTS to the Minister of Conservation: What recent announcements has she made regarding Jobs for Nature projects in Otago and Southland?

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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