Dunne Speaks: The Rise of the Uber Economy
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Last week’s flurry about whether Uber was complying with the law and should be shut down if it was not missed the point entirely. Of course, Uber should comply with the law of the land – that is a given for any business operating here – but that was not really the issue. The bigger […]

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“CURATE’S EGG” SECURITY LEGISLATION FAR FROM IDEAL
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UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne says the Government’s new security legislation is the proverbial Curate’s Egg, good in parts, but a missed opportunity overall. “I support the stricter and more transparent arrangements for the issue and review of surveillance warrants, and the application of the Privacy Principles of the Privacy Act to the intelligence legislation. “But […]

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Taking Action FASD Speech
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Launch of Taking Action on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: 2016-2019. Parliament Buildings, Wellington 5.00pm  Tuesday 16 August 2016   Good evening.   It is a privilege to be here tonight for this important event, launching Taking Action on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: 2016-2019.   I would like to start by thanking you all for joining […]

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August Newsletter – a singleminded focus on our nation’s children
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UnitedFuture is embracing the recently launched Covenant for Children. We recognise that governments must deliver a better deal for future generations, starting with today’s children. This is a mission that will continue to be our key focus as a party. Ensuring that, no matter their origins or circumstances, every child has the chance to get the best start in […]

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New New Zealanders Deserve a Better Deal
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Many of the 60,000 new New Zealanders each year deserve a better deal. Numbers of them are forced to live in difficult circumstances; they are unable to fend for themselves, and no-one speaks up for them. Some are abused, others are assaulted or otherwise degraded. All are potentially vulnerable and we need to do better for […]

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Democracy in action: calling for new party leaders
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We’re fast approaching the local body elections and our thoughts are turning to who we want to lead our cities and regions. At the same time, we’re looking to our own leadership – last week we called for nominations for the board and party president. We’ve got three vacancies on the board and for the […]

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Voting in your local election is more important than ever
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Since coming to power in 2008, the current government has almost obsessively tinkered with the Acts that provide the legislative direction to Local Government. To date, successive amendment bills (by my reckoning about 11) have progressively limited the scope of Councils’ work, reduced the requirements to consult with our ratepayers, changed the basis for Councils […]

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Embracing a Covenant for Children
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Last week, a group led by Judge Carolyn and Sir Mark Solomon launched a Covenant for Children, to focus on ensuring that every child in New Zealand is treasured and respected, and has the opportunity to enjoy a good life. About 60,000 children are born in New Zealand each year, and nearly a quarter of […]

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UNITEDFUTURE SUPPORTS CHILDREN’S COVENANT
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 UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne has given his support to the Children’s Covenant launched today by Aotearoa New Zealand MMXVII. The Covenant recognises that children should be at the centre of all-policy making, and that all children should be protected from violence, abuse and neglect, and are entitled to a decent standard of living. “The Children’s […]

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