Housing Policy Should Target Families, not just graduates Need  – Dunne

Policies that make it easier to secure home ownership need to cater for families looking to guarantee home security, UnitedFuture leader, Hon Peter Dunne says.  “Home ownership is a concern for many people as they struggle to save for a home deposit, but we need to be focusing on young families and giving them a […]

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Rational, Not Reactionary, Immigration Policies Needed – Dunne

 23 November 2016 Rational, Not Reactionary, Immigration Policies Needed – Dunne   The need for additional construction workers post-Kaikoura and yesterday’s release of the Treasury’s Long-Term Fiscal Update underscores the need for UnitedFuture’s rational approach to immigration policy. “UnitedFuture remains the only party in New Zealand that is not promoting major change to our immigration […]

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November Newsletter – Trump or Treat?

I’m scared. Fear was a major election strategy for the Donald Trump campaign, and it worked. However, unlike the fear of immigrants, terrorism, criminal Mexicans or Muslims, I’m fearful of the intolerance, blame and anger towards “others” that the US election stoked, and that certain political leaders here are also fostering. I’m fearful of the world my […]

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Future Generations Must Be Considered In Resource Management Legislation

The smoke-and-mirrors job on Resource Management Act reform is letting down our future generations, says UnitedFuture Leader Hon Peter Dunne. “This is a Bill rushed from Select Committee back to the House just to be rushed back into Select Committee on the basis of political bargaining meaning that there is limited time to review or […]

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Two Earthquakes In A Week!

New Zealand has had to deal with two earthquakes in the last week – at almost opposite ends of the globe. First was the unexpected election of Donald Trump as the next President of the United States, and the second was the massive earthquake that tumbled many people in central New Zealand and the Upper […]

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Economic Performance Flies in the Face of Immigration Opponents – Dunne

New data showing unemployment dropping to the lowest levels since 2008 and in a month of higher-than-average immigration figures backs UnitedFuture’s call for a more sensible discussion on the impact of immigration on New Zealand society.   “Too often we have heard calls for big changes to our immigration system on the basis that immigration […]

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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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October Newsletter – local elections + returning hope & trust to politics

Hope and trust. Two words not many New Zealanders would associate with politics today. More likely cynicism and apathy. This was nowhere more evident than in the record low voter turnout for the recent local elections (although UnitedFuture aligned candidates still polled around 25,000 votes). And there would perhaps be some even less flattering words associated with politicians themselves. […]

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Local elections raise profile for UnitedFuture

Local elections are over and for the first time we ran candidates under the UnitedFuture banner. On average our candidates gained 3% of the vote (in one case as high as 5%), which shows there is support for UnitedFuture and our candidates. A party vote at this level during the general election means three or […]

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