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Oral Questions – 5 August 2021

Originally published: 5 August 2021

Questions to Ministers

RICARDO MENÉNDEZ MARCH to the Minister of Housing: Does she agree with the Prime Minister that the Government is “pulling every lever we have available to us” on housing; if so, will she extend the Income Related Rent subsidy to people who live in council housing?

Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Health: How many patients are overdue for their first specialist assessment, and for receiving treatment, within the target time frames of four months?

ARENA WILLIAMS to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he seen on the New Zealand economy?

BROOKE VAN VELDEN to the Minister of Health: What were the grounds for Google billionaire Larry Page being allowed entry to New Zealand while the borders were closed?

ANAHILA KANONGATA’A-SUISUIKI to the Associate Minister of Education (Pacific Peoples): What recent announcement has the Government made supporting Pacific people in education following the Dawn Raids Government apology?

ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his recent statement that the highest inflation increase in a decade was just a “problem of growth”?

ANGELA ROBERTS to the Minister of Education: What new action is the Government taking to support schools to provide learning environments for their students that are “warm, dry and fit for purpose”?

DAMIEN SMITH to the Minister of Finance: Is the Government concerned about the gap in average weekly income between New Zealanders and Australians; if so, what actions, if any, is the Government taking to reduce the gap?

Hon MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister of Transport: Does a separate structure for walking and cycling alongside the Auckland Harbour Bridge remain the Government’s preferred option for the Northern Pathway; if not, why not?

Dr TRACEY McLELLAN to the Minister of Health: What recent milestones have been passed in regards to the mental health workforce?

MATT DOOCEY to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm that 19 months since the Government announced $16.3 million to help 100 people transition from mental health in-patient units to community housing, only three people have been helped at a cost of $1.8 million, and that monthly bed occupancy for mental health in-patient facilities across New Zealand has increased from 80.21 percent in May 2020 to 91.42 percent in May 2021?

NAISI CHEN to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: What recent reports has he seen about the supermarket industry and the cost of groceries?

 Questions to Members

MELISSA LEE to the Chair of the Economic Development, Science and Innovation Committee: What public statements has the chair made, if any, on behalf of the committee regarding the Economic Development, Science and Innovation Committee’s Inquiry into the Review of the Radio New Zealand Charter?

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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