The Day In Parliament Friday 9 December 2016 - morning edition
The Leader of the House, Gerry Brownlee, says the House will start the long summer break next Wednesday at the end of the Adjournment Debate. Hinaya Ahu reports on the Local Government and Environment Committee's consideration of a petition requesting that "swimmable" be made the minimum standard for fresh water and TVNZ's annual financial review by the Commerce Committee. MPs take a break from speculating about John Key's successor as National Party leader and Prime Minister to pass the Hurunui/Kaikoura Earthquakes Recovery Bill through all its remaining stages. The bill was back in the debating chamber after spending almost a week with the Local Government and Environment Committee whose chairman, Scott Simpson, related how government MPs on the committee heard of Mister Key's resignation announcement. National's Kaikoura MP, Stuart Smith, reports on aspects of his electorate's recovery from the 7.8 magnitude quake.