Auckland’s Unitary Plan is revealed. But what does it mean for Auckland’s housing issues?
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The average house price in Auckland is now in excess of $1,000,000 and in that environment what does affordable housing mean? In excess of $650,000 apparently.  This is still way out of reach for the majority of Kiwis and the impact of that is an ever downward spiral of and exodus of people seeking their […]

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Democracy in action: calling for new party leaders
Damian-Light

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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The Tension between central and local government carries on
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One hundred and forty years ago, in 1876, New Zealand abolished provincial government. From 1852, New Zealand had been governed through six Provincial Councils, similar to the Australian states of today, with the central government in Wellington having a much lesser role. However, while provincial government was abolished all those years ago in favour of […]

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Good people looking forward to the future
Damian-Light

Over the past 18 months the UnitedFuture has been on a journey of rediscovery. This has involved engaging members through surveys and focus groups in a way that we’ve never done before. It was challenging at times but we distilled what we believed in and what makes us unique. We’re the party that is looking […]

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Give young people a chance
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Young people are being excluded from economic life by a combination of joblessness and barriers to the creation of start-ups. But, unleashing the energy, entrepreneurial spirit and technological genius of our youth is not just a moral imperative, but an economic necessity! We are at a crisis point in relation to our young people. According […]

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Auckland update: we’re fighting the local election
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The branch meeting held in Auckland held on 3 July began with remembering our colleague Ken Smith who had died since the previous meeting.  Ken was a stalwart of the party and had been active for many years, especially at election times.  He will be sorely missed. The team reviewed an updated policy document created by […]

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Calling for a National Housing Summit
Peter Dunne

I have always seen UnitedFuture as a party of ideas and practical solutions. While others play politics, our unrelenting focus has been on trying to promote real solutions to the issues of the day, in line with our principles, and always looking ahead to the New Zealand of the future. So it is with the […]

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UnitedFuture calls for a National Housing Conference

UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne is calling for a National Housing Conference to develop real solutions to the country’s housing problems. The debate has seen far too much sniping between the major parties, while far too few meaningful solutions have been proposed. UnitedFuture believes the fundamental goal should be to ensure a family that earns a […]

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