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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 >>

Dunne Speaks: National's Leadership Battle

Thursday, 21 May 2020, 9:04 am | Peter Dunne

Anyone who doubted that Simon Bridges is a hardened fighter got their answer with his response this week to the leadership rumblings within the National Party. For a leader whose judgement and decisiveness had been questioned on a number of occasions ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Where's The Plan, Grant?

Friday, 15 May 2020, 10:19 am | Peter Dunne

I saw 33 Budgets and many other financial statements introduced during my years in Parliament. Each had their own drama attached to them – some much more than others. The 1984 “Rogernomics” Budget of Sir Roger Douglas and Ruth Richardson’s ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: No Time to Cut Corners

Thursday, 7 May 2020, 8:37 am | Peter Dunne

New Zealand has been on a remarkable roller coaster ride over the last couple of months as it has first confronted and now flattened the Covid-19 curve. But now, as the ride is starting to perhaps become a little smoother, some cracks in the basic ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: What's In A Word?

Thursday, 30 April 2020, 9:12 am | Peter Dunne

What’s in a word? Well, not a lot it would seem, if New Zealand’s experience dealing with Covid-19 is any guide. Words now seem apparently to have no definitive meaning, but rather mean that just what those uttering them imagined them to mean ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Welcome Back Parliament!

Thursday, 23 April 2020, 9:00 am | Peter Dunne

The welcome and overdue resumption of Parliament next week will be another step-up in our Covid-19 response. The days of virtual one-party government we have endured in recent weeks will be at an end, and Ministers (even the long absent Minister of ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: National At The Crossroads?

Thursday, 16 April 2020, 9:00 am | Peter Dunne

A leading pollster suggested earlier this week that the National Party may be best placed to win this year's election if it just stays quiet and lets the government wear all the criticism for the inevitable rising unemployment, business failures ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Lockdown Bad News For Small Parties

Thursday, 9 April 2020, 8:43 am | Peter Dunne

As the government starts to work on how it can move the country on at some point from its current Alert Level-4 status, the other political parties will be starting to think about how they can re-enter the fray and normal political debate can resume. ... More >>

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 >>