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Dunne Speaks: Time for the full story on Pike River

Wednesday, 21 June 2017, 8:26 am | Peter Dunne

Like most New Zealanders, I was shocked that November weekend in 2010 when the reality struck that 29 men had perished in the Pike River Mine. My initial reaction was like that of so many people – that everything possible should be done to retrieve their ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: The Value of Young MPs

Thursday, 8 June 2017, 10:01 am | Peter Dunne

Over the years, a media myth of my intractable negativity towards the Greens has developed. While I have been properly critical of the Greens at times, and may regret some of my harsher criticisms in the cooler light of day, I have nonetheless worked ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Dark, grim Labour stands alone and forlorn

Thursday, 1 June 2017, 9:01 am | Peter Dunne

For most of my time in politics I have belonged to liberal democratic UnitedFuture (or the United Party as it was previously known). Prior to that, however, I spent more than 22 years as a member of the Labour Party – possibly a longer time in ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: What to do about fresh water exports?

Wednesday, 24 May 2017, 8:43 am | Peter Dunne

According to media reports, 20 billion litres of pristine New Zealand water are going to be exported over the next fifteen years, with not one cent in royalties being paid here. More >>

Dunne Speaks: Where to now for drug policy?

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 11:29 am | Peter Dunne

DUNNE SPEAKS Recently, the Police, with significant sponsorship from the Ministry of Health, hosted a major Australasian conference on alcohol and drug policy. It attracted an impressive collection of international speakers, including Michael Botticelli ... More >>

Dunne Speaks - Mental Health

Thursday, 11 May 2017, 9:05 am | Peter Dunne

Mental health ranks as one of New Zealand’s major health issues. While there have been many innovations and improvements over the years, we still have some intractable and serious problems we must get on top of. We have one of the highest youth suicide ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: The new disenfranchised Silent Majority

Thursday, 4 May 2017, 9:26 am | Peter Dunne

Richard Nixon coined the phrase “the silent majority” to describe the body of Americans he saw as supporting his unpopular policies in Vietnam, while there was protest and unrest in the streets all around. Nixon’s “silent majority” were ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Labour's Looming Train Wreck

Thursday, 27 April 2017, 8:22 am | Peter Dunne

For those who follow British politics, the prospect of the coming General Election turning into a major train wreck for the British Labour Party looms large. Barely a day passes without another set of contradictory views or comments emerging from ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: The headlong rush from the centre

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 8:58 am | Peter Dunne

The formerly cherished and hallowed centre ground of politics seems to have lost its sheen. That special space in our political spectrum that every political leader since Holyoake has sought to capture and occupy suddenly seems barren and forlorn. ... More >>

Do we still have free speech in New Zealand?

Wednesday, 12 April 2017, 9:16 am | Peter Dunne

How free should speech be in New Zealand today? This issue has been in the news recently for a number of reasons. Just last week a group of prominent academics called for restrictions on what they termed hate speech against sexual and ethnic minorities. ... More >>

How to raise $75m to upgrade the Conservation estate

Wednesday, 5 April 2017, 10:00 am | Peter Dunne

We have always prided ourselves that New Zealand is the land of the great outdoors. Our grand mountains, pristine forests, rivers and fresh waterways confirm that. More >>

The excruciating search for truth after Hit and Run

Thursday, 30 March 2017, 9:20 am | Peter Dunne

The search for truth in the wake of the publication of the book, Hit and Run, has been simply excruciating. More >>

Dunne Speaks: National's real resource management agenda

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 8:46 am | Peter Dunne

A constant in politics over the last couple of decades has been the National Party’s dislike and distrust of local communities making their own decisions about their own futures. National really does believe the Beehive knows best, despite a lot of ... More >>

All Aboard the Superannuation Merry-Go-Round Once More

Thursday, 9 March 2017, 9:32 am | Peter Dunne

From the mid 1980s until the late 1990s the one certainty about superannuation policy in New Zealand was its uncertainty. Every government played around with it, to the detriment not just of superannuitants of the time, but also of those approaching ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Who will speak up for the Environment?

Thursday, 2 March 2017, 9:02 am | Peter Dunne

New Zealanders care strongly about their environment. That is evident from general conversations, and even the most casual perusal of the stories produced by major news outlets. Environment issues always feature prominently and usually sympathetically. ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: What next for civil defence?

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 11:14 am | Peter Dunne

The 6th anniversary this week of Christchurch’s devastating earthquake, and the horrific fires that have been fringing the city in recent days are timely reminders of the vulnerability we have to natural disasters. One extraordinary constant at ... More >>

Dunne speaks: A few facts about Ohariu

Thursday, 16 February 2017, 11:46 am | Peter Dunne

The Ohariu electorate has been very much in the news in recent days. There has been the usual amount of breathless hype and exaggeration from political commentators about what they think is going on. Most of it has been wildly inaccurate, ridiculously ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Better access to Cannabis Based Medicines

Thursday, 9 February 2017, 9:56 am | Peter Dunne

Earlier this week I announced that applications to prescribe non pharmaceutical grade cannabis based medicinal products would no longer require my approval as Associate Minister of Health. I further announced that I would be advising medical authorities ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Fulminating Against Trump Goes Only So Far

Thursday, 2 February 2017, 9:42 am | Peter Dunne

Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States, wisely observed that eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. It is a point that the world should perhaps have pondered more when candidate, and now forty-fifth President, Donald Trump pledged ... More >>

Dunne Speaks - Congratulations Mr President

Wednesday, 25 January 2017, 9:08 am | Peter Dunne

Congratulations Donald Trump! I do not support anything you stand for, and certainly would not have voted for you, had I been an American citizen eligible to vote last year. Nor do I think you will be a good President for the United States or the world. ... More >>



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