18 Nov 2016

The Day In Parliament for 18 November 2016 - morning edition

From In Parliament, 5:45 am on 18 November 2016

Parliament adjourns for a week, back on Tuesday 29 November, for a final three-week sitting period. Leader of the House, Gerry Brownlee, non-committal on prospect of urgency to pass emergency legislation in the wake of the Kaikoura earthquake. Then, as Civil Defence Minister, Gerry Brownlee, explains the significance of Sunday night's Kaikoura earthquake being upgraded from magnitude 7.5 to 7.8. Building and Housing Minister, Nick Smith, faces questions about the quality of Wellington buildings. He also faces questions about the possibility of recovering the 29 bodies still in the Pike River Coal mine six years after the mine exploded. Beehive springs a leak? Former Transport Secretary, Martin Matthews, recommended for appointment as the next auditor-general. House acknowledges Pacific Parliamentary Forum with special debate