Volunteers honoured for decades of hard work

On Saturday 26 September, eleven North Wellington residents were awarded the North Wellington Volunteer Service Award at an Awards Dinner at the Johnsonville Community Centre. The Chairman of the Organising Committee, Hon Peter Dunne advised the 80 family and friends who had gathered to celebrate, that the eleven recipients represented over  176 years of voluntary…

No progress on Resource Management Act changes

UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne says he has had no substantive discussions with the Government since June regarding changes to the Resource Management Act. “At that time, I advised the Government that it should issue an exposure draft of its proposed changes, so that their full detail and implications could be properly assessed. “The Prime Minister subsequently…

A positive first step on refugees

UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne says today’s announcement that New Zealand will accept an additional 750 refugees over the next two and a half years is a positive first step. “While this move will show New Zealand is prepared to play some role in alleviating the current crisis in Europe, it should not be at the…

Government has got Refugee Stance Wrong

UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne says the Government has ”got it wrong” on the refugee issue. He says there is a strong case, which he supports, for lifting New Zealand’s annual refugee quota to at least 1,000 persons, and that consideration should be given to an emergency response to the mounting refugee numbers in Europe. “New…