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Oral Questions – 21 June 2022

Originally published: 21 June 2022

Questions to Ministers

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

CHRISTOPHER LUXON to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all of her Government’s statements and actions?

DEBBIE NGAREWA-PACKER to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she agree with the widespread concerns about the Oversight of Oranga Tamariki System and Children and Young People’s Commission Bill, including from Hāpai Te Hauora, who said that it will “not only stagnate any attempts to pursue better outcomes for tamariki and whānau engaged with Oranga Tamariki but may even perpetuate the harms and dysfunction of the current Oranga Tamariki system at disproportionate and irreparable rates”?

NICOLA WILLIS to the Minister of Finance: Has he seen a report published by Westpac today stating, “Confidence among New Zealand households has plummeted, dropping to its lowest levels since we began surveying consumers back in 1988”, and does he believe that the Government’s economic management approach is contributing to New Zealanders’ growing pessimism about the economy?

GREG O’CONNOR to the Minister for Building and Construction: What action is the Government taking to address the shortage of plasterboard in New Zealand?

JAN LOGIE to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she agree with the widespread concerns about the Oversight of Oranga Tamariki System and Children and Young People’s Commission Bill, including from Voyce Whakarongo Mai, who said, “The Government has not listened to a single recommendation from young people with lived experience … These young people have been effectively silenced, and the new systems outlined by the Bill is designed to further muffle and weaken their voices”?

GINNY ANDERSEN to the Minister of Police: What recent briefing has he received on the Police portfolio?

DAVID SEYMOUR to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her statement, “A lot of the advice we’re receiving is that if we are not careful, we’re not targeted, we can make inflation worse”; if so, can she explain whether her Government has followed this advice?

Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his statement that the health system as a whole is “coping”, and what then is the current national percentage of people being seen in emergency departments within six hours?

MARJA LUBECK to the Associate Minister of Education (School Operations): What recent announcements has the Government made about supporting attendance and engagement at school?

Hon PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Justice: What are her priorities for the Justice portfolio?

SHANAN HALBERT to the Minister for COVID-19 Response: What recent announcements has she made about reconnecting New Zealanders to the world?

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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