Dunne Speaks: Westpac’s Strike Against Personal Privacy

The uproar Westpac Bank has understandably caused by releasing personal details regarding Nicky Hager to the Police highlights once more the fragility of public protections in the age of increasing datafication. No matter how it is explained, it is clear Westpac obviously overstepped the mark and will now have to deal with the wrath of […]

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Ohariu’s New Youth MP: Cameron Wright

United Future leader and Ōhariu electorate MP, Hon. Peter Dunne, has selected Cameron Wright (17) to be the electorate’s representative at Youth Parliament 2016. On the selection, Mr Dunne, said: “Cameron is already involved in our community and brings passion, enthusiasm and knowledge to the role. It is going to be great working with him […]

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Dunne Speaks: Members Bills

Last week I voted for two Labour Members’ Bills and against one Government Bill. Both the Labour Bills and the Government Bill proceeded, and the sun still rose the following morning. But to hear some people, you would have thought the end of the world was nigh. What right had I to vote that way, […]

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October Newsletter – Ready for Lift Off

Our 2015 AGM is all about change – and we need you there The board has been busy working on party rejuvenation, including better defining who we are as a party and what we stand for. The AGM will be a critical stage; we’re dedicating a section of the AGM to talk through how we’ve […]

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The conscience of good government

Written by Peter Dunne, UnitedFuture Party Leader Bill English said recently that UnitedFuture was generally very reliable and approachable to work with, but that on matters we felt strongly about we could be “difficult and pressing”. In short, he said, we were exactly what a good government support partner should be. I think he summed […]

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Passports Extended to 10 Years

10 year passports available in time for Christmas holidays Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today welcomed the passage of the Passports Amendment Bill (No 2), which will enable adult New Zealanders to be issued with a passport that is valid for 10 years instead of the existing five year validity period. The new 10-year passport […]

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Dunne Speaks: Taking Emotion Out Of The Medical Cannabis Debate

The developing campaign around medicinal cannabis has eerie overtones of last year’s row about psychoactive substances, where reason and logic quickly gave way to lowest common denominator decision-making, equivalent to mob rule. So, with eternal optimism that informed debate will always prevail, but tempered by an uneasy fear that once more common sense may be […]

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Our 2015 AGM is all about change – and we need you there

Written by Damian Light, UnitedFuture Party Secretary The board has been busy working on party rejuvenation, including better defining who we are as a party and what we stand for. The AGM will be a critical stage; we’re dedicating a section of the AGM to talk through how we’ve reached this point as well as […]

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Thinking about our grandchildren

Written by Judy Turner, UnitedFuture Deputy Party Leader Over the last 18 months I have been part of a team, delegated to pull together a new District Plan for our District. It has given me the chance to consider first-hand, the impact of the Resource Management Act (RMA) on the way we use our finite […]

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The Architecture of Responsibility

Written by Quentin Todd, UnitedFuture Board of Management Member There has to come a time when we must understand  all policy reviews must face the harsh reality of the future. I emphasis the word future because lately I hear politicians making strange noises about what might be the “best” solution for their review outcome. The […]

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