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New Zealand should embrace immigration, not rebuke it – Dunne

UnitedFuture leader, Hon Peter Dunne, is calling for more tolerance in the current immigration debate.   “I want to make our position clear, UnitedFuture is a party that embraces diversity, celebrates our multi-cultural heritage and believes that immigration and support for our migrant community will always be an important part of our national fabric.  …


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Dunne Speaks: The Dance of the Seven Veils is Over

The dance of the seven veils on United States Navy ship visits finally ended this week with the revelation that USS Samson, a guided missile destroyer, would represent the United States at the 75th anniversary celebrations of the Royal New Zealand Navy in November. But like the conclusion of most such dances, the final revelation…


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Dunne Speaks: Migration & Police – Bad Policy but Good Politics

Most of us are either shaking our heads in disbelief or laughing in amazement at the ongoing train wreck that is the American Presidential Election campaign. The hype, the hyperbole, the sleaze and the vitriol, let alone the virtual disregard for anything approaching the truth, are at a level we have never seen before. And…


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Dunne Urges Multi-Party Support For Housing Summit

UnitedFuture leader, Hon Peter Dunne, welcomes the recommendation of the multi-party inquiry into homelessness to have a national strategy on homelessness. The political party review, presented in Parliament today recommended a range of policy initiatives including calling for a national strategy for reducing homelessness. “This is precisely why I have been calling for a housing…


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What’s in a word?

Our world is built on words. Big words, little words, everyday words. Some words are acceptable, others are not. (This week, the British media published the list of English swear words in order of their unacceptability. One or two surprises along the way, maybe, but no real shocks at the top end.) Whatever the words,…


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Time For Action On A Child Poverty Act – Dunne

“UnitedFuture Leader, Hon Peter Dunne, is today calling on the Government to embrace a comprehensive child poverty strategy that contains codified measures and targets under a national child poverty eradication strategy. “It is an undeniable truth that there are children living in hardship in New Zealand,” said Mr Dunne. “I have faith that all parties…


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Who wants to be a millionaire (Auckland Housing Edition) – Dunne

It is the issues of homelessness and building houses for new-entrants into the market that need to be the focus of any housing policy says UnitedFuture leader, Peter Dunne.    “The classic television quiz show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” plays on the desire of people to want to enrich themselves and join a…


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Super Gold Card needs to be catapulted into the future – Dunne

UnitedFuture Leader, Peter Dunne, has announced this weekend UnitedFuture’s plan for upgrading the Super Gold Card so it better meets the needs of those who use it. The policy, called ‘Super-Me” was announced at UnitedFuture’s Annual General Meeting this weekend and blends elements of the Government’s Real-Me services with the currently existing Super Gold Card.…


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UNITEDFUTURE SUPPORTS RAISING YOUTH COURT AGE

UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne is supporting the Children’s Commissioner’s call to raise the Youth Court age to 18. Judge Becroft and more than 30 other organisations working with young people have recently called on the Government to lift the age from 17 to 18. “The Youth Court has worked successfully in New Zealand, and we…


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Time To Drive Into A Zero Carbon Future – Dunne

UnitedFuture leader, Hon Peter Dunne, has congratulated Staglands Wildlife Reserve for establishing their own electric car charging station as part of Drive Electric Week. Mr Dunne, who recently announced UnitedFuture’s own electric vehicle policy, attended the opening of the charging station yesterday and test drove a Nissan Leaf. “It is undebatable that electric vehicles are…