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…

Dunne Speaks: So is NZTA above the law?

The news that NZTA staff had racked up 8,500 speeding infringements over a nine month period was bad enough, but the subsequent comment from the chief executive that probably no more than 50 staff were involved turned bad enough into sheer farce. On the basis of his admission, that is around 170 offences per individual,…

Dunne Speaks: On prison violence

Much of the debate around the events at Auckland Remand Prison have centred on the fact it is run by the international giant, Serco. There has been the attendant implication that had the prison being state-run none of this would have occurred and all would have been sweetness and light. And some have tried to…