10 Year Passports: Back by Public Demand!

10-year passports: Back by public demand Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne has today welcomed New Zealand’s return to 10-year adult passports. Legislation necessary to effect this change, a change driven by public demand, was passed into law on 20 October and enables the Passports Office to start issuing 10-year adult passports to applicants from today. […]

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UnitedFuture bold, not bland

UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne says the Party should be recognised for its boldness, not derided as bland. Speaking at UnitedFuture’s Annual General meeting in Auckland today, Mr Dunne said that being in the liberal, modern centre ground of politics today “was bold and challenging.” “It is bold, not bland, to fight for compassion over intolerance. […]

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Dunne Speaks: The challenge of government

Later this week I will join current and former Labour MPs to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the election of one of New Zealand’s most reforming and innovative governments – the first Labour Government under Michael Joseph Savage. No doubt there will be much reminiscing and catching up with former colleagues, particularly those from the equally […]

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Dunne Speaks: Challenges to Privacy in the Digital Era

In the wake of last weekend’s horrific terrorist attacks in Paris many are asking fresh questions about what new steps can be taken to curb outrages committed by Daesh extremists and their like. Western intelligence agencies have already warned these types of attacks are likely to become more commonplace, and, as if to reinforce their […]

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November Newsletter – Key Themes & Innovative Policy Solutions

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. At the AGM we’ll be debating the key themes and innovative policy solutions that will form the core of our […]

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What are your priorities for New Zealand’s future?

One of the most interesting trends I have picked up is centred on the word ‘governance’. I noted it when viewing the results the Canadian elections recently. In New Zealand, body corporates are demanding more accountability after poor performance in governing, accounting and general practice have been exposed (Body corporates back call for regulation – NZ […]

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UnitedFuture’s vision for New Zealand sets it apart from National & Labour

One thing that sets aside UnitedFuture from the National and Labour parties is our vision. Both the major parties are focused on a similar view of the world, based around the “Kiwi Dream”. The problem is that for both the Kiwi Dream is static – focusing on how to make the New Zealand of today […]

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Dunne Speaks: On Christmas Island

Somewhere along the way this week the plot got well and truly lost. Uproar in Parliament, walk-outs, protests and people shouting at and over each other may be all good theatre, a modern form of gladiators in the arena if you like, but after it is over, the fact remains, nothing has changed as a […]

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No need for green energy bill

UnitedFuture did not support Green MP, Gareth Hughes’ energy Bill because it is unnecessary said UnitedFuture Leader Peter Dunne. “It is unnecessary because over 80 per cent (in 2014) of New Zealand’s electricity is already generated from renewable sources. Increasing solar power generation would not make a huge difference environmentally as it would displace other […]

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Dunne Speaks: The RMA and Reform

National’s plans to ask the Productivity Commission to take a “blue skies” look at rules and legislation that may impede housing development are at one level logical and unobjectionable. But – and this is a very big but – the timing of this announcement causes considerable alarm and suspicion. It comes at the very time […]

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