Dunne Speaks: UNGASS 2016

This week I have been attending the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Drugs (UNGASS), the first such meeting since 1998, and the first major international review of drug policy since 1998. A great deal has changed in that time. The advent of more than 600 new psychoactive substances alone is evidence of that.…

Focusing on the positive news amongst all the negative media reporting

Brussels Attacked, UNAOIL Corruption, Panama Papers, Brexit Referendum, Refugees Returned to Turkey, Da’esh selling Middle Eastern antiquities online, all these and more are negative news in a world slowly going mad. But what about the positive stuff? Here are some: The recent Intelligence Review has produced good recommendations including merging the three main Intelligence agencies, GCSB, SIS and the Prime Minister’s…

The furore over drug policy

I have had one or two fractious media interviews of late on aspects of New Zealand’s drug policy. I am not especially proud of that, because my normal demeanour is much more considered and self-disciplined. My plea in mitigation is that my contrariness has been a reflection of my frustration that, for various reasons, the…

March Newsletter – seeking passionate people

Are you passionate about one of our core objectives and want to make a difference? Then we need your help. UnitedFuture has now completed its top to toe review. From what we stand for (www.unitednz.co.nz/our-principles), to our three core objectives (www.unitednz.co.nz/why-give-us-your-vote) and the policy solutions to achieve them (www.unitednz.co.nz/policy), the party is now ready to…