What have Amnesty International and the Family Violence Review Committee Have In Common?

Two reports caught my eye this week. First was the Amnesty International Report on Human Rights in New Zealand, and the second was the report of the Family Violence Review Committee on the state of domestic violence in New Zealand. Amnesty International was critical of a number of aspects of human rights in New Zealand, […]

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Push or be pushed?

For me personally, February is a time to refocus; I am concerned about a number of issues, but I need to clarify for myself what is most important right now, aside of course, the referendum for the next New Zealand flag.  As a foreign policy watcher, I have notice a number of ‘pushes’: Syrian Civil […]

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UnitedFuture calls for review of the Clean Slate Act

TIME TO REVIEW CLEAN SLATE ACT UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne is supporting calls to review the Clean Slate Act 2004, saying it is too rigid in practice, and leaving too many people having old criminal records. Mr Dunne says that the Clean Slate Act was designed to allow minor convictions to be wiped from a […]

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Let’s build a better Auckland together

UnitedFuture Auckland’s campaign proposals have many supporters, it’s just that they may not realise it yet. At the time the Council rate was set, many commentators observed that the rating system is unfair. UnitedFuture Auckland believes the rating system needs reforming. But this week the stories are about public transport and its infrastructure. In last week’s NZ Herald […]

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The days of politics as usual are well and truly over

Parliament resumed sitting this week. We have seen the same old speeches, the same old policies. Nothing seems to have changed, nothing is new. Just more politics as usual.  As our name implies, UnitedFuture looks to a new style of politics and political engagement. Of course, as a responsible government partner, we have to play […]

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Funding the Health Service

One of the more pointless but recurring debates, no matter which government is in office, relates to the level of spending on the public health system. Currently, Labour says there have been $1.7 billion of health cutbacks over the last five years, which National counters by pointing out that health spending has gone up by […]

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We can and should do more for refugees

New Zealand has a long history of tolerance and understanding.  Indeed, we go even further than that with the recognition that our society should respect a diverse range of cultures and peoples as we act as a positive international citizen. Against that backdrop, there is a global refugee crisis.  Conflicts across the Middle East and […]

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I agree with Labour on the TPP…

I agree with the Labour Party on the TPP. Well, some of what it is saying anyway. Actually, to be more accurate, some of what Andrew Little is saying, because everyone else in his Caucus seems to be trying to cover all sides of the argument, all of the time. No, I agree with Andrew […]

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