December Newsletter – Core themes for 2016 and beyond and a Christmas message

December – Our Core Focus Areas for 2016 and beyond & a Christmas message After a successful AGM last month, the party has determined to focus on three key themes, which we believe will strongly resonate with voters. These are substantial areas of concern, that affect our future, and that UnitedFuture can bring our innovative, practical approach to solving. THE […]

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The challenges of collaboration

Within the wider social sector in Ministry’s like Health, Justice, Education and Social Services, the catch cry is for moving away from the traditional ‘silo’ approach to service provision, towards a more joined up and collaborative approach to meeting the needs of our most vulnerable families and individuals. This is good news As someone involved […]

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Our 2015 AGM was all about change – and change there is!

We held our Annual General Meeting on Saturday 28 November which was well attended and very positive. Many remarked that it was the most discussion that we’ve had at an AGM for some time. While there was the usual AGM formalities, we spent more time engaged in lively discussion and debate. During the day: we […]

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We end the year on a positive note

UnitedFuture’s recent AGM turned into a lively discussion about the Party, its direction and its policies, all of which bode well for us as we head into 2016. While progress this year has not been spectacular or indeed obvious all the time, most commentators in their end of year summaries have reported more favourably about […]

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In a hot room that was in full blast of the sun

It is always meaningful to assess where one is and intends to go. Our 2015 AGM did exactly that. In a hot room that was in full blast of the sun, we navigated the where we are now, and what we ought to do from here. The one thing that emerged by 3pm, (with much […]

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Dunne Speaks: Jihad Brides??

10 December 2015 So, according to the Security Intelligence Service, increasing numbers of young New Zealand women are off to Syria to become what have been called “jihadi brides.” Well, actually, there are not that many. Of the thousands of foreign fighters in Syria, and assumed to be fighting for ISIL, it is understood that […]

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Dunne Speaks: Time to stop barbarism in the Southern Ocean

The announcement that Japan intends to resume scientific whaling, as it prefers to call blatant slaughter, in the Southern Ocean this season received surprisingly scant attention last week. There were the ritualistic expressions of outrage, the perfunctory Government statement of concern, and the muted calls to dispatch a naval vessel to the region to “sort […]

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