Funding the Health Service

One of the more pointless but recurring debates, no matter which government is in office, relates to the level of spending on the public health system. Currently, Labour says there have been $1.7 billion of health cutbacks over the last five years, which National counters by pointing out that health spending has gone up by…

United Future Backs Free Trade

United Future supports free trade and the opportunities agreements like the TPPA and all the other Free Trade Agreements successive New Zealand governments have made over the last 50 years or so because they create opportunities for manufacturers and exporters to sell their products overseas and create jobs and wealth for New Zealanders in return.…

What it means to be New Zealand

Welcome to 2016! May the year ahead fulfil your dreams and aspirations. 2016 has begun with New Zealand continuing to tiptoe – always seemingly reluctantly and certainly gingerly – around the issues of its identity and future. The upcoming vote on the flag is the obvious current example. Changing our national ensign to represent something…

Dunne Speaks: Jihad Brides??

10 December 2015 So, according to the Security Intelligence Service, increasing numbers of young New Zealand women are off to Syria to become what have been called “jihadi brides.” Well, actually, there are not that many. Of the thousands of foreign fighters in Syria, and assumed to be fighting for ISIL, it is understood that…