Peter Dunne

Peter Dunne’s prophecy comes true already

Just two short weeks ago, Peter Dunne made a prophecy, “Another clean-out of Parliament on the way.”? Did he expect his prophecy to be fulfilled so soon? Quote.

With the average tenure for MPs just a little over six years, and with a large number of current senior MPs set to depart, former minister Peter Dunne asks if we should be concerned about a lack of continuity and depth of experience in our Parliament.

The first anniversary of the 2017 election clocked over recently. That also set the clock ticking for about a quarter of our MPs who will be entering the final two years of their Parliamentary careers. Some will be thinking about retiring, while for others electoral defeat is looming, predictable for some, but unexpected for others.

At the 2014 election, 22 sitting MPs stood down, while another eight were defeated, a turnover of one-quarter of the House overall. In 2017, another 22 MPs stood down, and 12 lost their seats, meaning that just over half of Parliament had been turned over in just two elections.

Given that the average tenure over the long term for MPs is a little over six years, this turnover is not surprising, and puts the lie somewhat to those who disparage MPs for being in office too long. End of quote.

No wonder we are always ‘training’ numpties, with this sort of turnover. In any other organisation, this would be called a toxic work environment. Quote. Read more »


Peter Dunne’s “racist” outrage

Leaflets distributed around Wellington’s northern suburbs are full of “disgraceful, despicable racist bigotry”, and should be thrown in the bin, MP Peter Dunne says.

Pamphlets promoting a campaign named Rolling Thunder were distributed to homes in Dunne’s Ohariu electorate this week, bearing the slogans “no special representation of part-Maoris in local government” and “end the stranglehold that one minority group has over the culture and life of the nation”.

Dunne said it was the second pamphlet about Treaty of Waitangi issues that had been dropped in letterboxes in his electorate in recent days.

“I acknowledge the right to free speech,” he said. “But I am nonetheless outraged that this type of nasty, racist drivel is being circulated by some anonymous group.

Here we go again. ?It is not racist to want one law to apply to all citizens. ? We have an apartheid system in New Zealand with separate parliamentary rules, separate education and the dawn of separate law enforcement. ? It is valid to want that to be removed and have one law to apply to a New Zealand citizen without taking into account if their race is Maori or not.

Similarly, it is a valid position to feel that too many of a certain kind of immigrant is being allowed to settle here. ?To take it to the extreme, how about we let in four million Syrians? ?Would it be “racist” to want New Zealand to have a more balanced immigration policy? ?Of course not.

These are valid issues of concern to people in New Zealand, and for Peter Dunne to label these people as racists is intellectually lazy.


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Dunne tries for relevance on the Superannuation ‘debate’

It’s almost like watching your grandpa get out of a chair to show you he can still do Rock n Roll (he can’t), but you admire the effort rather than the performance. ? Peter Dunne had absolutely no interest in the topic, but now jumps up and does something similar to dancing?as he attempts to find relevance for UnitedFuture.

UnitedFuture leader, Hon Peter Dunne, is calling upon the Government to introduce UnitedFuture?s Flexi-Super policy as well as make KiwiSaver compulsory, to ensure the sustainability of the New Zealand Superannuation scheme into the long term.

“Flexi Super lets people choose when they want to take up superannuation – without being told by the government when they should or should not retire.

“At the moment there is no choice but to continue working until the age of 65 to receive New Zealand Superannuation,” said Mr Dunne.

“That is not an option that suits everyone, particularly those who have physically demanding jobs. Read more »

OMG, what can’t Peter Dunne do?

Yesterday?we saw Peter Dunne taking credit for delivering more money to his local schools, even though it was really a National policy announcement. ?Looks like he has?a taste for it now. ?Claiming National party policy announcements as his own:

UnitedFuture leader, Hon Peter Dunne is welcoming today?s announcement on new freshwater standards that endorses UnitedFuture?s environmental vision.

“At its core, UnitedFuture is about ensuring a better future for all New Zealand.

“That means we need to be looking out for future generations while ensuring New Zealanders today can have maximum enjoyment of our unique environment,” said Mr Dunne.

“I am pleased to see the Minister for the Environment taking a step towards helping secure that vision, not only by ensuring that our water ways are future-proofed for all New Zealander?s, but also engaging constructively with UnitedFuture?s policy to push for sensible and practical steps to clean up our water ways.

“Last year, UnitedFuture released an environmental package that outlined six steps for future-proofing New Zealand?s environment so that it could be enjoyed by current and future generations with a focus on riparian planting to help secure our water ways as part of that package. Read more »

Wonder no more: National want Peter Dunne returned as MP for Ohariu

With all the recent speculation about Peter Dunne’s political future, one of the unknowns remained National’s position on Dunne retaining his seat. ? ?Yesterday we got clarity on the issue.

Around $1.1 million will be invested to build two new classrooms at Raroa Normal Intermediate School in Wellington, Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced today.

“The school has an increasing roll so we?re investing in extra classrooms to expand capacity,” says Ms Kaye.

“These new teaching spaces will be modular buildings, which means they meet standards of modern, permanent structures but have the added advantage of being more adaptable.

“This is part of a third round of investments in new classrooms under Budget 2016, which provides $882.5 million for school property, including new classrooms nationwide to meet roll growth,” says Ms Kaye.

And that presser was immediately followed by ? Read more »

Sorry Peter, but it’s going to be too little, too late, to save your sorry political arse

A list of approved cannabis-based prescription medications that meet New Zealand’s strict requirements has been sent to medical and pharmaceutical groups around New Zealand.

The list was promised by Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne earlier this month when he relaxed rules around prescription of medicinal cannabis products.

Mr Dunne said more products are becoming available as overseas companies meet stringent Good Manufacturing Process guidelines but for now the list remains short.

It includes Sativex, used to treat spasticity in people with multiple sclerosis, at a cost of around $1200 a month.

“Unfortunately, Sativex, the one pharmaceutical-grade product that is available in New Zealand continues to be extortionately priced as big pharma continues to ignore the building resentment, both local and global, to the attitudes these companies take to the sick and vulnerable,” he said. Read more »

Done with Dunne

Guest post

Ohariu is one of the key electorate this year. With the deal done by the Greens, Labour sees this as a massive opportunity to take out one of National?s support partners, be it only 1 seat.

Are they right in having this expectation?

At first glance, Labour has a right to be excited. Their electoral candidate vote has grown since 2002. In 2014 the Labour candidate received 34% of the vote compared to Dunne?s 36%. National at the same time has dropped over the last 3 elections, however, this is mainly due to the deal that National have with Dunne. In 2014 the National candidate only received 16% of the vote. The Green candidate vote has remained steady at 7% since 2008.

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Hooton on the dirty deal in Ohariu

Matthew Hooton writes about the dirty deal between the Greens and Labour in Ohariu:

Don?t be fooled by the Greens? declarations of undying fidelity to their memorandum of understanding with Labour: Their decision not to stand a candidate against Peter Dunne in Ohariu is entirely self-interested.

Mr Dunne?s hold on Ohariu remains important, mainly because his so-called United Future Party, which won 6.7% of the vote a political generation ago in 2002, is now little more than a legal fiction. Although it can apparently still meet the Electoral Act?s test of having 500 financial members to remain a registered political party, United Future received just 5286 party votes nationwide at the last election, less than half that of the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party and barely a seventh of those won by Kim Dotcom and Hone Harawira?s outfit. Even in its stronghold of Mr Dunne?s Ohariu electorate, United Future managed a mere 273 party votes, just 15 more than Mr Dotcom and Mr Harawira?s bizarre coalition. ? Read more »

Tell them they’re dreamin’, says Dunne

It’s safe to say ACT will retain Epsom because it’s the oldest deal around and the voters have shown they know the rules of the game.

Ohariu is much more interesting and less certain.

The popular media perception is that O’Connor has been given an easy ride into parliament.

That’s based on the calculation that Dunne’s vote in 2014 was 13,569 while the combined vote of the Labour and Greens candidates was 15,623.

It’s assumed, probably correctly, that if there’s no Green candidate the party’s supporters will back Labour’s man.

But it’s not that simple, because there was a National Party candidate in the field in 2014.

Brett Hudson won 6120 votes, although in theory National’s supporters should have given their ticks to Dunne.

Dunne describes reports about his imminent demise as “wildly inaccurate, ridiculously sensational and devoid of any factual basis”.

I love how a report of his imminent demise can be “wildly inaccurate”. ?It is either correct, or not correct. ?This blog knows that Peter Dunne isn’t the sort of person to face up to reality, preferring to hide away and hoping the problems will just go away. Read more »


Ohariu, this is your Captain speaking

The Ohariu electorate has been very much in the news in recent days. There has been the usual amount of breathless hype and exaggeration from political commentators about what they think is going on. Most of it has been wildly inaccurate, ridiculously sensational, and so devoid of any factual basis that it could not even be described as “alternative” facts.

So, leaving aside as largely irrelevant the argument about whether the Greens and Labour have done a deal in the electorate (of course, it is a deal – to claim otherwise is as ignorant as it churlish, but describing it as “dirty” is simply puerile), and in the absence of much informed comment, here are some basic facts about Ohariu.

At the last election, just under 54% of Ohariu voters voted for either the UnitedFuture or National Party electorate candidates, with around 37% supporting the UnitedFuture candidate. About 42% supported either the Green or Labour candidates. On the party votes side, just over 51% of voters supported National and UnitedFuture, with about 38% backing Labour and the Greens. Read more »