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Dunne Speaks: Covid 19 - We Were Warned

Thursday, 2 April 2020, 9:49 am | Peter Dunne

A recurring theme in contemporary literature is of the plague that appears suddenly from nowhere and takes hold of the world, destroying or severely damaging life in the process. In 2003 acclaimed author Margaret Atwood’s novel Oryx and Crake was ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: The Last Thing We Need Right Now Is Overly Zealous Officials

Thursday, 26 March 2020, 9:12 am | Peter Dunne

The enormity of the government's task in defining the scope of the national lockdown has been highlighted by the confusion over what constitute essential services to be permitted to remain open. After to-ing and fro-ing on whether the likes of The ... More >>

Dunne Speaks - The Fear Of Fear Itself

Thursday, 19 March 2020, 8:59 am | Peter Dunne

“This is pre-eminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly. Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions in our country today. This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Nothing Much Has Changed Since March 15

Thursday, 12 March 2020, 9:11 am | Peter Dunne

The first anniversary this coming weekend of the brutal, tragic Christchurch mosque slayings will be a difficult and bitterly sad occasion for so many people – the families of the victims, obviously, but also the recovery and medical teams involved, ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Racism Still The Core Of New Zealand First's Message

Thursday, 5 March 2020, 8:24 am | Peter Dunne

There should be little surprise at Shane Jones’ latest racist outburst against Indians living in New Zealand. The typically florid, bombastic, pompous comments were, by his own admission, aimed not at the Indian community, nor the vast majority ... More >>

Future Of Newlands Volunteer Fire Brigade

Friday, 28 February 2020, 10:18 am | Peter Dunne

Ahead of the forthcoming public meeting on Monday 2 March regarding the Newlands Volunteer Fire Brigade former Ohariu MP Hon Peter Dunne is extending his best wishes to all those involved in the current campaign to keep the station open. "Although ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Does Mayor Foster Need To Follow Harry Truman?

Thursday, 27 February 2020, 8:43 am | Peter Dunne

In a tough battle for re-election as President of the United States in 1948, which many predicted him to lose, Harry Truman decided the best way to defend his record was to attack those preventing him from fulfilling his agenda. So, he took to lambasting ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Cannabis Referendum Looking Shaky

Thursday, 20 February 2020, 9:32 am | Peter Dunne

Recent opinion polls have suggested the recreational cannabis referendum later this year might not succeed. While there is a still a flood of water to move under the bridge before the referendum, there are nonetheless some early warning signs that ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Unacceptably Weak Leadership

Thursday, 13 February 2020, 9:21 am | Peter Dunne

The Labour part of this government is extremely weak when it comes to dealing with difficult situations. They are simply letting their bureaucrats and coalition partners run rings around them, more and more often. After over two years in office, they ... More >>

Dunne speaks: Electoral Financing Rules Not Working

Thursday, 6 February 2020, 9:47 am | Peter Dunne

A perennial undercurrent of recent general election campaigns has been the issue of party fundraising. With the emerging controversies this year over the shadowy role of the New Zealand First Foundation and the Serious Fraud Office’s decision ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Rising Hate Speech and Ethnic Slurs

Thursday, 30 January 2020, 8:49 am | Peter Dunne

The unfortunate chapter of errors surrounding New Zealand’s non-attendance at the recent 5th World Holocaust Forum ranges from the bizarre and unbelievable, through to the downright sinister. The only constant is that as the various explanations ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Turia is Right on Whanau Ora

Thursday, 23 January 2020, 8:38 am | Peter Dunne

When a Minister dismisses the criticisms of a high-powered group of citizens as just “political” one knows immediately the criticisms being made both have more substance than that and are probably pretty accurate. So it is with the case of Whanau Ora ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Cannabis-based medicines edge a step nearer

Thursday, 19 December 2019, 8:47 am | Peter Dunne

The new just announced regulatory scheme for cannabis based medicines is generally positive. But the government may be significantly underestimating the demand for licenses, raising the spectre of an underfunded industry regulator. More >>

Dunne Speaks: The Corbyn Spectre and New Zealand

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 9:49 am | Peter Dunne

Britain votes today in an election brought on by the ongoing failure of the House of Commons to approve any of the Brexit deals put before it over the last couple of years by successive Prime Ministers, Theresa May and now Boris Johnson. Mr Johnson ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Cannabis Leguislation A Mixed Bag So Far

Thursday, 5 December 2019, 8:27 am | Peter Dunne

There is an element of the proverbial curate’s egg in the government’s proposed recreational cannabis regime. It is good in parts, and not so good in others, but overall leaves a somewhat underdone impression. More >>

Dunne Speaks: Where has National's compassionate face gone?

Thursday, 28 November 2019, 8:38 am | Peter Dunne

What do the Ombudsman, the Human Rights Commission, and the Official Information Act all have in common? Two things in essence – first, each of them is a progressive measure designed to protect the rights of individual citizens from intrusion of one ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Leopards Do Not Change Their Spots

Thursday, 21 November 2019, 8:45 am | Peter Dunne

When the current coalition government was formed, there was some comment that this was perhaps New Zealand First's last chance at political redemption. The party's two previous stints in government had failed to last three years. The 1996-98 coalition ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: How sustainable is Sustainable New Zealand?

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 8:55 am | Peter Dunne

The newly launched Sustainable New Zealand Party’s first and biggest challenge is to prove that it is in fact sustainable, and not just another flash in the new party pan. More >>

Dunne Speaks: No jab, no pay - no way

Thursday, 7 November 2019, 8:55 am | Peter Dunne

The current “no jab, no pay” debate is provoking strong public reactions, for and against the idea. National Party leader Simon Bridges says his party is promoting removing benefit payments from parents who refuse to vaccinate their children as ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: National's Tried & True Formula On Show Again

Thursday, 31 October 2019, 8:28 am | Peter Dunne

Spare a brief thought for the National Party. If being the Leader of the Opposition is the worst job in politics, then being the party of Opposition is the worst state to be in. No matter how inept the government in office, the Opposition is always ... More >>



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