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Pass The Parcel On Transmission Gully

Thursday, 16 December 2021, 9:03 am | Peter Dunne

An elaborate game of pass the parcel is underway in Wellington about who is responsible for the failure to have the new Transmission Gully Motorway, originally intended for completion in April 2020, and then five projected dates after that, finally open ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Question Time Is Anything But

Thursday, 9 December 2021, 8:52 am | Peter Dunne

The focus placed on the first couple of Question Time exchanges between the new leader of the National Party and the Prime Minister will have seemed excessive to many but the most seasoned Parliamentary observers. Most people, especially those ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Can ACT's Dream Run Continue?

Thursday, 2 December 2021, 8:29 am | Peter Dunne

By most reckonings the ACT Party has had a very successful political year. Not only has its expanded Parliamentary team settled in well to its work, without controversy or scandal, but its leader has gained in community respect, and the party’s support, ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Marama Davidson's Criticisms Hardly A Surprise

Thursday, 25 November 2021, 8:50 am | Peter Dunne

Last week, Greens co-leader and government Minister Marama Davidson spoke out against the government over the pace of its climate change response. Her remarks took some commentators by surprise, both because of their bluntness, but also because as a ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Vaccine Pass An Inevitable Necessary Evil

Thursday, 18 November 2021, 8:27 am | Peter Dunne

New Zealanders generally are very protective of their personal privacy. They do not like officialdom to know any more about them than is absolutely necessary and have traditionally been sceptical of attempts by governments trying to gather more ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Bridges' Return?

Thursday, 11 November 2021, 8:36 am | Peter Dunne

As political proclamations go, it was neither the boldest nor the most inspiring, but, in the circumstances, probably one of the more realistic of recent times. Judith Collins’ assertion that she would be still leader of the National Party next year ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: James Shaw's Trip To Glasgow

Thursday, 4 November 2021, 8:55 am | Peter Dunne

As the world’s great and good descend on Glasgow for the COP26 Conference there has been criticism of Climate Change Minister James Shaw’s decision to attend on behalf of New Zealand. Some have highlighted what they see as the hypocrisy of calling ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Words Count Minister

Thursday, 28 October 2021, 8:30 am | Peter Dunne

Just three weeks ago the Minister of Local Government received the interim report of the Future for Local Government Review which the government had earlier commissioned. Predictably, she welcomed the report the way Ministers usually do, with the standard ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Labour Snookers National Again

Thursday, 21 October 2021, 10:42 am | Peter Dunne

The Labour-led Government must be rubbing its hands with glee after the announcement earlier this week of its housing deal with the National Party. In one fell swoop it has effectively both taken increasing housing availability and affordability – ... More >>

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 >>