Peter Dunne

Can this hair thing get any more surreal? Thanks to Peter Dunne it can

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United Future leader Peter Dunne said having your hair pulled was no laughing matter.

“I had the occasion last year of being at a function when someone grabbed a full handful of my hair and yanked it because they were convinced I was wearing a wig,” he said.

He said it was painful and they were wrong.

Mr Dunne said in any situation where a person’s personal space was invaded and they took take offence, it was entirely appropriate for the offender to apologise.

I’m not even going to comment.  I’ll just leave that as it stands.

 

– RNZ

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Here is another budget saving worth looking at

I don’t agree with much of what Peter Dunne says, and I find him a pompous tosspot at the best of times.

But he has questioned some womble positions being advertised and sledges out the Taxpayers’ Union at the same time.

UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne is querying five new staff positions recently advertised by the Parliamentary Service.

The Parliamentary Service is currently advertising for:

– An Organisational Development Manager to join the People and Culture Leadership team

– A Senior Organisational Development Advisor

– A Senior Learning and Development Advisor to build people and organisational capability

– A Talent Manager for the People and Culture Leadership team

– A People and Culture Services Manager.    Read more »

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The absurdity of legal highs legislation

Peter Dunne doubts legal highs will ever be back, because he considers the tests required to prove it safe to be too onerous.

The godfather of New Zealand’s legal highs industry says he’s just two to three years away from putting the highs back on shelves.

The onus is on manufacturers to prove they’re safe, and Mr Bowden says it’s something he’s working on in his Auckland lab. He believes he can come up with a non-addictive, harmless drug.

“We are working with leading academics around the world to develop alternatives to the more dangerous drugs – your methamphetamine, alcohol, heroin,” says Bowden.

But Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne doubts Mr Bowden’s claims.

“The fact that we are not able to test or use animal testing to be part of the process means that it’s likely to be many, many years before a testing regime, which proves the products are robust enough, to prove the products are low-risk enough, can be out in place,” says Mr Dunne.

Exactly how many years will it take? He’s not sure.

In the mean time, the black market is going bananas…

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I can’t believe Andrew Little still has not spoken to Winston Peters

Unbelievably, since Andrew Little has become Leader of the Opposition, he has barely spoken to Winston Peters and even more unbelievably he hasn’t het met him since Steve Joyce’s Northland debacle.

Claire Trevett highlights the bizarre situation.

The member of Parliament-elect for Northland, Winston Raymond Peters, returned to the House this week, a Phoenix rising, a man transformed.

Strangely, the result has quite gone to Labour’s head. It is acting as if it won the byelection. For the past two days, Labour MPs have strutted in and asked a number of Northland-related questions in Parliament.

Leader Andrew Little and other Labour MPs dedicated their general debate speeches to rubbing National’s nose in the dog poos that was its campaign. Little has also talked about working more with Peters to build a united, strong Opposition. Labour seems to think sending its voters Peters’ way has bought it coalition insurance, a strong comrade-in-arms.

Little best invest in a long spoon before he starts attempting to spoon Peters.

Labour voters did help Peters but at least 9000 of his 15,400 votes did not come from Labour.

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RMA reforms dead in water after Steve Joyce’s Northland debacle

The first consequence of Steve Joyce’s disastrous campaign in Northland is that the RMA reforms that National promised at the election are now dead in the water.

Prime Minister John Key says Government will have to “rip up” its Resource Management Act reforms after National’s by-election defeat in Northland.

Speaking to Radio New Zealand this morning, Mr Key said that there now no chance of getting majority support for changes to the Act’s core principles.

“With the RMA, there’s just no question that you’ve got to rip up what we’ve got now, go back to the drawing board and have another go,” he said.   Read more »

The Bully Brigade, Ctd – Latest round of bullying exposed

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Over the past few months a series of posts have exposed significant issues of bullying within the New Zealand Fire Service. And the problems go right to the top of the Fire Service.

Now while the bosses think that there’s nothing to worry about, they’re in for a rude shock as information continues to flow into the tip-line.

It now appears that Brad ‘the Munter’ Mosby and his sidekick Tim “the Tool” Evans have actively been working towards disbanding the Kaiapoi Volunteer Fire Brigade, a brigade which has operated for over 146 years. Kaiapoi is one of the oldest Brigades in New Zealand. Read more »

Medicinal Cannabis – Of course the data is limited, that’s what happens when you ban something for decades

Peter Dunne is whining that data is limited on the effectiveness of medicinal cannabis.

Let me tell you this, there is more evidence on medicinal cannabis than there has ever been on synthetics…and parliamentarians rushed to try and ban those substances on flimsy evidence which amounted to not much more than some outrage outside corner stores.

A government investigation into the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes has found little evidence to support a wider review.

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne called on the Ministry of Health to provide a report, amid growing domestic and international pressure to legalise the drug’s use among certain patients.

The report said although some research had found evidence was accumulating to show cannabinoids might be useful to treat some ailments, overall, data was limited.

“To date, clinical trials of unprocessed or partially-processed cannabis products have suffered from limited participant numbers and lack of data on long term effects.

“Results can’t be compared across trials because they have used different products in different patient groups,” the ministry said.

A 2013 review of trials on adults with HIV or AIDS concluded evidence for the effectiveness and safety of medicinal cannabis was lacking.

But the report cited “recent developments” in Australia toward allowing the use of medicinal cannabis.

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A sensible first step, MinHealth to investigate medicinal cannabis

The Ministry of Health is set to look into the health benefits of medicinal cannabis.

An investigation into the use of cannabis for medical purposes has been carried out by the Ministry of Health.

Growing numbers of jurisdictions allow cannabis for medical use and the Government has come under pressure to re-examine its use here.

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne, who oversaw New Zealand’s innovative regulations on so-called legal highs, asked officials to look into the issue.

“My office receives regular correspondence seeking legislative change … cannabis, I am told, is apparently the panacea for a plethora of ailments, some of which, sadly, are painfully debilitating,” Mr Dunne said.

“For those suffering from such ailments I have enormous sympathy … the evidence [supplied by officials], however, has been underwhelming.”

There is a problem in assessing cannabis.   Read more »

The farce for the North

Does Winston Peters really care for the North?

The short answer is no. New Zealand First hasn’t stood a candidate in the north since the 2005 election…10 years of not caring.

Rodney Hide also explains why it is that Winston is just playing the political charlatan once again.

The mischief in me wants Winston Peters to win Northland. The upset would be huge. National would lose a seat to New Zealand First.

Peter Dunne would be emboldened by National needing him and Act to pass legislation. Dunne says he would revisit his Supply and Confidence agreement with National – a deal made when his position was less propitious.

It would be a big hit on the Government. Peters would take one of National’s safest seats. National’s election night outright-win would be reduced to two votes short. The smallest tail would wag the biggest dog.

A Peters win would destabilise the Government and power up a Wellington electorate MP. Ohariu would benefit – not Northland. On winning Northland, Peters would resign as a list MP to clear the way for the next candidate on New Zealand First’s list. That candidate is Ria Bond … from Invercargill.

That’s right. In choosing Peters, Northland voters would be electing an MP from Invercargill.

Those in the Far North would elect a candidate from the deep south.

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Winston is not a details man

Winston Peters has launched his Northland by-election campaign by telling voters he’s offering them “a chance in a lifetime”.

The NZ First leader’s message at a street corner meeting was that if they back him he’ll be a strong advocate for a region that’s been neglected by successive governments.

“Northland ranks very high on social deprivation that that’s an absolute indictment of National’s woeful treatment of this region,” he told a street corner crowd in Wellsford today.

Mr Peters says that between now and March 28 he’ll cover the electorate from top to bottom in his “Force for the North” campaign bus.

The seat is vacant because National’s Mike Sabin resigned last month, citing personal reasons.

It’s been a safe National seat for decades but Mr Peters says he can win it by focusing on the way the region has been neglected.

And he’s targeting National voters by pointing out the government won’t change if he takes the seat, while the region will benefit from the strong message he’ll take to Wellington.
Mr Peters is up against candidates from National, Labour and ACT, as well as a handful of independents and four representing parties that aren’t in parliament.

He’s already up there with his big bus.  Just a small problem.   Read more »