Launch of name and identity of Archive Exhibition Project
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Launch of name and identity of Archive Exhibition Project He Tohu National Library, Wellington 10.00am Wednesday 10 August 2016 Tēnā koutou katoa I would like to acknowledge and welcome all guests here today, to celebrate this important milestone in our journey to launch an exciting new exhibition of three of our treasured taonga that shape […]

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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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Dunne Speaks: Will John Key prove to be a progressive moderate?
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Within sixteen months New Zealand will have its next General Election. Prime Minister John Key will be seeking to equal Keith Holyoake’s record of four straight election victories. Opposition Leader Andrew Little’s goal will be more modest – he will be seeking to break the mould of his three predecessors and just win an election. […]

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Dunne Speaks – New Zealand’s Weak & Cowardly Foreign Policy
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New Zealand is generally well regarded in the international community. That is probably one of the biggest things going for former Prime Minister Helen Clark (aside for the moment from her considerable and formidable personal skills and talents) in her bid to become the next United Nations’ Secretary-General. She comes from a country which is […]

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July newsletter – a better deal for future generations
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UnitedFuture voters believe we must deliver a better deal for future generations of New Zealanders This month’s newsletter clearly reinforces UnitedFuture’s focus on implementing smart policy today that will ensure future generations of New Zealanders (that’s our children and grandchildren) will have the opportunity to thrive. The world is changing more quickly than ever, with […]

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Preventive heath care improves outcomes and saves money
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As someone who is coming to the end of her first term as an elected member of the Bay of Plenty Health Board and seeking a second term, I thought I might spend a few words on this very important portfolio. Firstly I think that our health system performs reasonably well but could and should […]

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Good people looking forward to the future
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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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Dunne Speaks – Post Truth Politics and the Housing Debate
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There has been much comment recently that we have entered a “post truth” era of politics, where politicians not only no longer tell the truth, but worse, have given up any pretense of doing so. According to this line of argument, what matters most with voters is the impression that a politician’s comment leaves, rather […]

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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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