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Dunne Speaks: Spare A Thought For The Candidates And Party Workers

Thursday, 15 October 2020, 8:57 am | Peter Dunne

It is probably just as well that the All Blacks are playing the Wallabies in the second Bledisloe Cup test of the year in Auckland on Sunday. For many, that will be a welcome shift from the election campaign that is now rapidly drawing to its ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Early Voting Is OK, If You Know Who To Vote For

Thursday, 8 October 2020, 8:55 am | Peter Dunne

Early voting is now open which is great for the 80% or so of the population whose vote does not change from one election to the next. They can go out and vote at their convenience without having to wait for election day. But for those who are yet even ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: It's An Election, Not A Coronation

Thursday, 1 October 2020, 9:59 am | Peter Dunne

As this year's election campaign got underway the Prime Minister described it as the "Covid19" election. Her subliminal hope was obviously that voters would take the opportunity to reward the government – and the Labour Party in particular ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: The Election Campaign Just Grinds Slowly On And On

Thursday, 24 September 2020, 8:44 am | Peter Dunne

With just over three weeks until the General Election, the release of the first major pre-election opinion poll this week confirmed what was already being reported about this year’s campaign. Although the gap between Labour and National has narrowed ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Another Twyford Muck-Up Looming

Friday, 18 September 2020, 10:14 am | Peter Dunne

The government’s proposed National Policy Statement on Urban Development is a typical concoction from Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford. Its ambition that local councils “take a long-term strategic approach to the growth of their cities” ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Tedious Start To Election Campaign

Thursday, 10 September 2020, 9:25 am | Peter Dunne

We are only a few days into the election campaign second time around, but already some things have become clear about the campaigns likely to be waged by the various parties. For Labour, the plan is straightforward and basic. As the lead party of ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: It's A Yes From Me

Thursday, 3 September 2020, 9:23 am | Peter Dunne

I will be voting “Yes” in the recreational cannabis reform referendum next month, simply because I believe the current law is not working, and that cannabis should be treated as a health issue, not a legal one, and regulated as such. This intention ... More >>

Dunne Speaks A Week Is A Long Time ...

Thursday, 20 August 2020, 10:16 am | Peter Dunne

During difficult political times in the 1960s former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson observed ruefully that “a week is a long time in politics”. Our Prime Minister could be forgiven for thinking similar thoughts at the moment, as she reflects ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Lockdowns, Here We Go Again

Thursday, 13 August 2020, 9:11 am | Peter Dunne

The return to lockdowns is devastating news, on a variety of fronts. From the health perspective there must now be the deep worry that despite all the steps taken during the earlier lockdowns and the border restrictions and quarantines, there is community ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Will Labour's "No Policy" Campaign Work?

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 8:44 am | Peter Dunne

Cynical and disconcerting as his comments may appear to be, Labour and advertising guru Sir Bob Harvey is probably correct when he says that Labour does not need to campaign to win this year’s election. By taking the position that managing the ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Leave Kiwisaver Alone

Thursday, 30 July 2020, 8:48 am | Peter Dunne

On the face of it, National’s new policy of allowing people to withdraw up to $20,000 from their Kiwisaver accounts to put towards a new busines venture looks attractive, especially as the daunting task of recovery from the economic ravages ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: The52nd Parliament Is Hurtling Towards An Inglorious End

Thursday, 23 July 2020, 9:03 am | Peter Dunne

The 52nd Parliament is hurtling towards an inglorious end. It will finish in just over two weeks and will be dissolved shortly thereafter on August 12 in preparation for the September 19 general election. It has been a dramatic term – dominated ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: It's Time For Matariki Day

Thursday, 16 July 2020, 10:41 am | Peter Dunne

The period of Matariki, the celebration of the Māori New Year, which began earlier this week, is being celebrated increasingly as an important national event. While many other countries have their own form of New Year celebrations, Matariki is uniquely ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: An Own Goal To Beat Most Own Goals

Thursday, 9 July 2020, 9:01 am | Peter Dunne

There can be few more spectacular political own goals than that just scored against the National Party by first-term Clutha-Southland MP, Hamish Walker this week. The consequences for Walker personally, and his eminence grise, Michelle Boag, have been ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: The Scott Watson Case Goes Back To Court

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 9:59 am | Peter Dunne

Over 20 years after the event, the Scott Watson murder case continues to attract public attention. Last week’s decision by the Governor-General to refer the case back to the Court of Appeal is but the latest step in this long saga. The Watson ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: No To User-pays Covid19 Quarantines

Friday, 26 June 2020, 1:55 pm | Peter Dunne

New Zealand’s collective smugness at apparently beating Covid19 earlier than most took quite a hit when new cases started to appear at the very time separate questions were arising about the efficacy of current border control and quarantine practices. ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: The Old Merry-go-round In The Corner Gets Rolled Out Again

Thursday, 18 June 2020, 8:32 am | Peter Dunne

In a distant corner of the national fairground sits an old piece of equipment that has been around for years, but only gets turned on every decade or so. It never quite manages to do all the things it was supposed to, and so, in frustration, it is closed ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: A No-brainer For The Police

Thursday, 11 June 2020, 9:03 am | Peter Dunne

The Police decision to abandon its Armed Response Teams trial was a no-brainer. The concept was never going to work or be acceptable to a sufficient section of the community to make it viable. Indeed, the only mystery is that it took the Police ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Mixed Messages And The Return To Reality

Thursday, 4 June 2020, 9:33 am | Peter Dunne

Universal public compliance has been one of the major reasons why New Zealand has apparently been so successful in curbing the spread of the Covid19 virus. Fundamentally, people complied with the restrictions imposed during Alert Levels 4 and 3 because ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Polls Show Grim Reality

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 9:14 am | Peter Dunne

Recent public opinion polls are revealing some very interesting, if somewhat contradictory, insights into New Zealanders’ current thinking about the Covid19 crisis and the national response. The most recent 1News Colmar Brunton poll reported that 92% of ... More >>