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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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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A busy month for UnitedFuture – with plenty of results to show for it

Congratulations to all the UnitedFuture and UnitedFuture aligned candidates who contested the recent local body elections. Overall, we polled about 25,000 votes, which is extremely encouraging. Special mention must go to former MP and deputy leader, Judy Turner, who, as Deputy Mayor, topped the poll for the Whakatane District Council and Lee Carter who was […]

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2016 AGM Report & Auckland Campaign Update

This year for the first time the Party AGM was held on the North Shore in Auckland in the Northcote electorate of Damian Light. Members & new supporters from all over NZ gathered to hear the Party Leader give his leader’s address. Then during his President’s address, retiring President Damian Light confirmed the key points […]

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The Politics of Hope

Around 2002, when I first was elected to Parliament with Hon Peter Dunne, a book came to the attention of our caucus, called The Politics of Hope by Jonathon Sacks. It was a book that captured our thinking and helped clarify the principles that underpin United Future. I remember Peter Dunne recommending it to people […]

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September Newsletter – AGM headlines, local elections & policy announcements

UnitedFuture’s 2016 AGM embraces localism and announces innovative new policies, in line with our vision and key themes for the 2017 election. This year’s AGM coincided with the lead up to local elections, with the party standing candidates across Auckland, as well as for Environment Canterbury. Localism has been a consistent message from UnitedFuture, we […]

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Post 2016 AGM Report

This year for the first time the Party AGM was held on the North Shore in Auckland, in the Northcote electorate of Damian Light. Members & new supporters from all over NZ gathered to hear party leader Peter Dunne give his leader’s address. Then during his President’s address, retiring President Damian Light confirmed the key […]

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ECAN candidate outlines fresh water science-based campaign strategy

I am presently seeking election to Environment Canterbury, principally to put into the public domain of Canterbury New Zealand, also nationally, and globally as a matter of new science, a new way to manage fresh water resources. This will be in unity with the land, so that everyone can live together with every living thing […]

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When Smaller is Better

I recently attended the annual Local Government Conference in Dunedin. A speaker that caught my attention was Jason Krupp who is a Research Fellow at The New Zealand Initiative, who has an extensive background in business journalism both here and abroad. Jason has given considerable thought to what the ideal size and structure of local […]

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