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Coalition Grinds Out First Six Months

Thursday, 6 June 2024, 8:23 am | Peter Dunne

Until now, the coalition government had been working on the budget set by the previous government for the 2023/24 Budget. That is why so much of the new government’s activity has focused on the obliteration of the previous government’s record and ... More >>

Dunne's Weekly: Nicola Willis Gives Voters The Money, Not The Bag

Thursday, 30 May 2024, 4:55 pm | Peter Dunne

Notwithstanding all the usual pre-Budget media hype it is worth remembering that Budgets seldom defeat governments. More >>

Dunne's Weekly: The Dysfunctional Wellington City Council Plumbs New Depths

Thursday, 23 May 2024, 8:35 am | Peter Dunne

As the city of Tauranga prepares to elect a new Mayor and Council after three and a half years being run by government-appointed Commissioners, the case for replacing the Wellington City Council with Commissioners strengthens. More >>

Dunne's Weekly: Wannabe Labour MPs Making The Running

Thursday, 16 May 2024, 8:40 am | Peter Dunne

Political parties have long memories when it comes to electoral failures, especially if that failure contributed to the defeat of a government. More >>

Dunne's Weekly: Beware The All-Knowing Controller And Auditor-General

Thursday, 9 May 2024, 8:02 am | Peter Dunne

According to the legislation, the role of the Controller and Auditor-General is to make sure that public sector organisations are spending public resources well and making good decisions. That is as it should be and consistent with what might be ... More >>

Dunne's Weekly: MPs Unusually Quiet On Pay Rise

Thursday, 2 May 2024, 8:21 am | Peter Dunne

This week’s announcement of pay raises of around 2.8% backdated to last October could hardly have come at a worse time, with the economy on the brink of recession, massive cutbacks in public expenditure, public sector redundancies and rising unemployment. More >>

Dunne's Weekly: Luxon Gets Out His Butcher's Knife - Briefly

Thursday, 25 April 2024, 8:08 am | Peter Dunne

The Prime Minister may have flashed his butcher’s knife and laid down Ministers Lee and Simmonds for his life this week, but the wider context strongly suggests that he, like other New Zealand Prime Ministers before him, still has some way to ... More >>

Dunne's Weekly: Newshub And TVNZ Tip Of Media Iceberg

Thursday, 18 April 2024, 8:32 am | Peter Dunne

When the interests of those students today and those contemplating future careers in journalism and media production are taken into account, the need to make journalism nimbler and more relevant to today’s environment becomes overwhelming. More >>

April 10 Is A Dramatic Day In New Zealand’s History

Thursday, 11 April 2024, 8:48 am | Peter Dunne

On April 10, 1919, the preliminary results of a referendum showed that New Zealanders had narrowly voted for prohibition by a majority of around 13,000 votes. However, when the votes of soldiers still overseas after World War I were later added in, ... More >>

Dunne's Weekly: Taiwan Earthquake A Wake-Up Call For New Zealand

Monday, 8 April 2024, 5:43 pm | Peter Dunne

Taiwan and New Zealand are two small island states with much in common. Both are vibrant, independent democracies, living in the shadow of an overbearing neighbour. (Admittedly, Taiwan’s overbearing neighbour has far more aggressive tendencies ... More >>

Dunne's Weekly: Media Dance On Peters' String

Thursday, 21 March 2024, 9:30 am | Peter Dunne

Nearly three decades after the introduction of MMP and multiparty governments there should be a greater level of understanding about their finer points than often appears to be the case. The reaction to the despicable outburst from the Deputy Prime Minister ... More >>

Dunne's Weekly: Bailing Out Ski Fields Or Media Companies?

Friday, 15 March 2024, 9:01 am | Peter Dunne

This week’s government bailout – the fifth in the last eighteen months – of the financially troubled Ruapehu Alpine Lifts company would have pleased many in the central North Island ski industry. The government’s stated rationale for the ... More >>

Dunne's Weekly: The Capital City Is Slowly Dying

Thursday, 7 March 2024, 9:48 am | Peter Dunne

Earlier this week, Wellington’s newspaper, The Post, launched a “conversation” inviting public responses about how Wellington could move on from the problems currently besetting it. The responses published so far show a level of fondness for the city, ... More >>

Dunne's Weekly: Unseemly Rush Shows Need To Review Role Of Waitangi Tribunal

Thursday, 29 February 2024, 9:12 am | Peter Dunne

The rush to push legislation through Parliament under Urgency to abolish the Māori Health Authority, Te Aka Whai Ora, has been unseemly. No matter that the Authority’s abolition was an election commitment of all three government coalition partners, ... More >>

Dunne's Weekly: National's Benefit Changes All About Politics

Thursday, 22 February 2024, 9:31 am | Peter Dunne

Here we go again. Another National-led government, and another round of cracking down on beneficiaries. That was the reaction of the parties of the left to the coalition government's announcement it was returning to applying sanctions to beneficiaries ... More >>

Dunne's Weekly: Traffic Management, Stop-go Signs And Aviation Security

Wednesday, 14 February 2024, 9:18 am | Peter Dunne

There was a hole in a quiet road near me recently. It was about three metres long. A repair crew came to fix it. That crew consisted of six people - a digger operator, someone directing the digger's movements, two stop-go sign holders and their two ... More >>

Dunne's Weekly: Get The Kids Going Back To School

Thursday, 8 February 2024, 9:39 am | Peter Dunne

The debate about the Treaty of Waitangi is running away from the government because ACT is on a mission about its Treaty Principles Bill. Nothing, it seems, is likely to deter it from proceeding, with every attack or criticism appearing to provide ... More >>

Dunne's Weekly: James Shaw's Unchallengeable Legacy

Thursday, 1 February 2024, 8:52 am | Peter Dunne

If success in politics is measured by practical achievements rather than the volume of noise made, James Shaw has been the Greens’ most successful politician yet. His unchallengeable legacy will be the zero-carbon legislation. Shaw knew that the ... More >>

Dunne's Weekly: When Ideological Fervour Overtakes Purpose And Focus

Thursday, 25 January 2024, 10:22 am | Peter Dunne

Purpose and focus in a government are virtues, until they are taken over by an all-compassing zeal that allows no deviation. Governments with clear agendas usually succeed, whereas those more inclined to drift along with the flow look leaderless and directionless. ... More >>

Dunne's Weekly: Meagher Hits The Mark

Friday, 8 December 2023, 9:56 am | Peter Dunne

New National MP James Meagher broke the long-standing convention that Maiden Speeches should be non-controversial. His speech not only raised a few eyebrows but also would have struck some raw nerves. Meagher described himself as a "walking contradiction" ... More >>





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