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Oral Questions – 29 September 2021

Originally published: 29 September 2021

Questions to Ministers

Hon JUDITH COLLINS to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her Government’s plan to reopen our borders, and by when will the almost 25,000 people who missed out on MIQ spaces yesterday be able to come home?

Hon EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for the Environment: Does he stand by his statement that “we as a Government decided that we needed to introduce strict rules to stop the further loss of wetlands”; if so, does he intend for the changes now proposed to the National Environmental Standards for Freshwater to make it easier to consent activities such as quarrying, mining, and landfills within or near a wetland?

GREG O’CONNOR to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the resilience of the New Zealand economy to the impacts of COVID-19?

DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister of Justice: What consultation, if any, and with whom, did the Government take on the commercial tenancy measures announced on 28 September 2021?

Dr TRACEY McLELLAN to the Minister for COVID-19 Response: What recent progress has been made on New Zealand’s COVID-19 vaccine programme across regions?

Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Health: Why, as at 6 September 2021, did our public hospitals only have 327 resourced ICU beds, when there were 358 ICU beds and ICU-capable beds available at the end of April 2020?

WILLOW-JEAN PRIME to the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage: What recent announcement has she made about support for the arts and culture sector?

CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister for COVID-19 Response: Does he stand by all of the Government’s statements and actions responding to COVID-19?

GLEN BENNETT to the Minister of Health: What recent announcements has he made on support for youth mental wellbeing?

KAREN CHHOUR to the Minister for Children: Is ‘the wellbeing and best interests of the child or young person’ the first and paramount consideration of Oranga Tamariki, and does he believe that Oranga Tamariki has placed the wellbeing of the child before all other considerations in its actions?

NICOLA WILLIS to the Minister of Immigration: Does he stand by his statement that he is “confident that the border exception is meeting the needs in terms of the flow of critical health workers in”; if so, how many of the critical health workers who have been able to come into New Zealand since the border closed in March 2020 were intensive care nurses?

Dr EMILY HENDERSON to the Minister of Local Government: What feedback has she received in relation to the Three Waters Reform Programme?

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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