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Dunne Speaks: It's All About The Volunteers

Wednesday, 22 June 2022, 9:43 am | Peter Dunne

While much of the focus this week has understandably been on our forthcoming inaugural Matariki Day, it is also National Volunteer Week. This is the time we recognise the contribution volunteers make to so many aspects of our communities. In many ways, ... More >>

Labour And National Both "Window Dressing" On Policing

Wednesday, 15 June 2022, 9:07 am | Peter Dunne

National has dismissed Chris Hipkins’ appointment as Minister of Police as “window dressing for the public.” According to its Police spokesperson, Mark Mitchell, National considers Hipkins’ appointment owes more to the fact he is the government’s ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: The Days Of The Independent Republic Of PHARMAC Are Far From Over

Thursday, 9 June 2022, 9:00 am | Peter Dunne

When he announced the government’s response to the recent independent review of PHARMAC Health Minister Andrew Little boldly declared that “the days of the independent republic of PHARMAC are over.” His words were warmly welcomed by many patient advocacy ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Smugness A Risk For Luxon

Wednesday, 1 June 2022, 10:05 am | Peter Dunne

Time may well prove Christopher Luxon right in his boast that National will form the next government because of Labour’s handling of the cost-of-living crisis. But it is far too premature, and borders on smugness, for him to make that claim ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Robertson's Budget Gamble On Treasury

Friday, 20 May 2022, 11:02 am | Peter Dunne

The popular test of the success or failure of Grant Robertson’s fifth Budget will be its impact on the soaring cost of living. In today’s climate little else matters. Because governments come and governments go – about every six to seven years on ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Words Matter, Prime Minister

Wednesday, 11 May 2022, 9:38 am | Peter Dunne

Words matter, especially when uttered by politicians. History is littered with examples of careless or injudicious words uttered by politicians coming back to haunt them, often at the most awkward of times. During the 1987 election campaign, when electoral ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: New Zealanders' Ongoing Quest For Security

Thursday, 5 May 2022, 10:07 am | Peter Dunne

In many ways, the essential story of New Zealand over the last hundred years or so has been our search for security. Whether it be security from want, or unemployment, homelessness, or cultural alienation, it has always been a constant theme which has ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Labour Relying On More Of The Same To Beat Recession

Thursday, 28 April 2022, 10:08 am | Peter Dunne

With inflation worsening, mortgage interest rates rising, and businesses facing increasing shortages of goods and raw materials, many will be looking to next month’s Budget for relief. Economists, business commentators and non-government political ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: It's Pass The Parcel Time On Inflation

Wednesday, 20 April 2022, 10:10 am | Peter Dunne

An elaborate but ultimately irrelevant game of pass the parcel is being played out at present about who is responsible for inflation rocketing to a 30-year high, with home mortgage rates and other lending costs set to do likewise. According to the ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Is Our Independent Foreign Policy Coming To An End?

Wednesday, 13 April 2022, 9:26 am | Peter Dunne

Recent events raise the question of whether New Zealand’s self-proclaimed independent foreign policy is slowly but surely being whittled away in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. First there was the so-called autonomous sanctions legislation ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Time To Look Again At Flexisuper

Thursday, 7 April 2022, 9:46 am | Peter Dunne

The call by Te Pāti Māori co-leader Rawiri Waititi to pay Māori a pension from the age of 57 should not be dismissed out of hand. He is right to draw attention to the fact that on average Māori die earlier, and therefore have less time to enjoy ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: $1.9 Billion Spend On Mental Health Produces No Results

Wednesday, 23 March 2022, 9:34 am | Peter Dunne

According to Mental Health and Wellness Commission statistics, one in ten New Zealanders made use of the website in 2020/21. At the same time, just over 191,000 people (3.7% of the population) accessed mental health services directly ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: National's New Finance Spokesperson

Thursday, 17 March 2022, 9:04 am | Peter Dunne

In our system of government, the Prime Minister is often described as “primus inter pares”, the first among equals, or the chair of the board when it comes to leading Cabinet and the wider team of government MPs. The Minister of Finance, correspondingly, ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: The Right To Vote Is Absolute

Wednesday, 9 March 2022, 8:37 am | Peter Dunne

The most basic and cherished right in a free society is the right to vote. Wars have been fought over it, and people have given their lives and endured other indignities in defence of the right to cast a vote for whom they choose at election time. It ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Not With A Bang, But A Whimper

Thursday, 3 March 2022, 8:29 am | Peter Dunne

I was reminded recently of T.S. Eliot’s famous lines at the end of his classic poem, “The Waste Land”: “This is the way world ends. Not with a bang but a whimper.” The occasion was the government’s latest announcements bringing forward ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Time To Tone Down The Covid19 Rhetoric

Thursday, 24 February 2022, 9:10 am | Peter Dunne

The surreal occupation of Parliament's grounds and environs and the increasingly objectionable behaviour of at least some of the protesters is understandably dominating the news cycles at present. Whatever else it is doing, it is distracting attention ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: The Ever-so Earnest Commissioner Of Police

Wednesday, 16 February 2022, 10:36 am | Peter Dunne

In the early years of the twentieth century United States President Theodore Roosevelt described his approach to foreign policy as “speak softly and carry a big stick.” He stood, he said, for “the exercise of intelligent forethought and of decisive ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Andrew Little's Refreshing Honesty

Thursday, 10 February 2022, 9:26 am | Peter Dunne

At first glance, Andrew Little’s admission that he does not know when the country will move to the orange traffic light system, or even what it will take to make such a move, seems utterly disingenuous. After all, he is the Minister of Health, and ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: So Far, So Good For Luxon

Thursday, 3 February 2022, 8:38 am | Peter Dunne

Christopher Luxon can feel well pleased with how things have gone since he picked up the previously poisoned chalice of leader of the National Party just over nine weeks ago. For the first time since going into Opposition more than four years ago ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Changing The Process Of Government By Stealth

Friday, 28 January 2022, 9:47 am | Peter Dunne

In a column some months ago I drew attention to the way the role of the Director-General of Health has changed during the pandemic. I expressed concern that the position has been allowed to expand well beyond the traditional role of the chief executive ... More >>