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Dunne Speaks: 25 Years Of MMP - And The Government Wants To Make It Harder For Small Parties

Thursday, 14 October 2021, 8:55 am | Peter Dunne

This week marks the 25th anniversary of the New Zealand’s first MMP election. Over the last quarter century, the MMP electoral system has led to our Parliament becoming more socially and ethnically diverse, more gender balanced, and to a wider ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Where Has Pharmac Gone?

Thursday, 7 October 2021, 8:04 am | Peter Dunne

As debate has intensified over the last year or so about the procurement of New Zealand’s Covid19 vaccines I have become increasingly puzzled by the apparent absence of Pharmac from the process. Pharmac is, after all, the government’s specialist ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Labour's High Water Mark

Thursday, 30 September 2021, 9:24 am | Peter Dunne

If I were still a member of the Labour Party I would be feeling a little concerned after this week’s Colmar Brunton public opinion poll. Not because the poll suggested Labour is going to lose office any time soon – it did not – nor because it showed ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Don't Get Too Excited By The "ute" Tax Delay

Thursday, 23 September 2021, 8:30 am | Peter Dunne

This week’s announcement that the introduction of the government’s proposed “ute” tax is being delayed by three months until 1 April next year will have been welcomed in many quarters. Those who joined the recent Groundswell protests ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Proud to call Aotearoa home

Thursday, 16 September 2021, 8:41 am | Peter Dunne

Te Paati Māori continues to provide a breath of fresh air in the political space, otherwise thoroughly choked by Covid19. Its call this week this week for a referendum on changing the country’s name to Aotearoa by 2026 is timely and a welcome diversion ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: When MBIE calls the tune ...

Thursday, 9 September 2021, 8:31 am | Peter Dunne

I began my working career, straight out of university, in the old Department of Trade and Industry, in the division that looked after import licensing. In those days, any business wishing to import goods had to first obtain an import licence from the ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Is Three Waters dead in the water?

Thursday, 2 September 2021, 8:28 am | Peter Dunne

The government’s plan to overhaul the regulatory and supply arrangements for drinking water, wastewater and stormwater – the so-called Three Waters Plan – looks to be close to dead in the water. More >>

Dunne Speaks: Covid19 focus should be on the most vulnerable

Thursday, 26 August 2021, 9:11 am | Peter Dunne

A certainty during the daily propaganda sessions that have returned since the latest Level 4 lockdown began has been the plethora of statistics released by the Director-General of Health. From the number of new cases, the clusters to which they belong, the places ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: What About The Latest International Covid19 Evidence?

Thursday, 12 August 2021, 9:28 am | Peter Dunne

The most consistent aspect of the government’s response to Covid19 has been that at no point throughout the global pandemic so far has it ever acknowledged that there is merit in any of the responses other countries have adopted. The strong implication ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Time To Revamp MIQ

Thursday, 5 August 2021, 8:17 am | Peter Dunne

The monolithic Managed Isolation and Quarantine System (MIQ) is rapidly becoming a huge millstone around the government's neck. Moreover, it could yet become a lasting metaphor for the bureaucratic inertia that seems to have replaced the government's ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: The Steadily Eroding Sands Of Credibility

Thursday, 29 July 2021, 8:31 am | Peter Dunne

The ever-shifting sands of the Covid19 vaccination programme are increasingly eroding the credibility of this government. In January the Prime Minister proclaimed that 2021 would be the “Year of the vaccine” – much the same way as she had promised ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: What Has Happened To Tolerance?

Thursday, 22 July 2021, 8:55 am | Peter Dunne

An unpleasant aspect of our current national character has come to light in recent times. When it comes right down to it, no matter what our pretences to the contrary, tolerance for a different point of view, or approach to things, is not a commodity ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: The Unwelcome Game -Changer

Thursday, 15 July 2021, 8:57 am | Peter Dunne

The British Medical Association calls it “irresponsible”. The British scientific community’s “overwhelming view” is to move “slowly” and the country’s Opposition thinks it is a “fatalistic” move. Meanwhile the Chambers of Commerce ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Donald Rumsfeld And Covid19

Thursday, 8 July 2021, 9:03 am | Peter Dunne

Former United States Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld famously observed that, “there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Things Are Already Getting "hairy"!

Thursday, 1 July 2021, 9:13 am | Peter Dunne

Chris Hipkins’ admission that things could get “a bit hairy” if Covid19 vaccine supplies do not arrive as planned in early July could be applied to all aspects of the government’s Covid19 response. In stark contrast to its approach during the ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Cheers Volunteers!

Wednesday, 23 June 2021, 4:20 pm | Peter Dunne

This week has been National Volunteers Week, the annual opportunity to celebrate the contribution volunteers make to our society. New Zealanders are great volunteers. Throughout our country volunteers make their presence felt constantly. They are the ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Ministry Of Health Needs Better Day-to-day Leadership

Thursday, 17 June 2021, 9:04 am | Peter Dunne

Over the last year there has been a series of official criticisms of the performance of the Ministry of Health. While some relate specifically to Covid19, others reflect upon the wider role of the Ministry. Nevertheless, the breadth of the criticisms ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Short-sighted Immigration Policy Putting Businesses At Risk

Thursday, 3 June 2021, 8:54 am | Peter Dunne

The recent story that the Cashmere Lounge, a popular, high quality local restaurant in my neighbourhood may be forced to close for at least a few weeks highlights a serious issue. In this instance, the restaurant’s head chef is going on parental ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: The Danger Of Trusting Superficial Media

Thursday, 27 May 2021, 8:06 am | Peter Dunne

The unravelling of Britain’s Royal Family being brought about by the continuing revelations from Prince Harry about his upbringing and the way the “firm” reacted to his new wife and son continue to attract attention around the world. It seems ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: The Curate's Egg Budget

Thursday, 20 May 2021, 4:22 pm | Peter Dunne

As he brought this year’s Budget together Finance Minister Grant Robertson would have been mindful of three factors. First, the Budget should set out significant steps towards reducing inequality, child poverty especially. This, after all, had ... More >>