Peter Dunne

John Key said what?

Hard to believe I know, but the supposed bastion of conservatism in New Zealand and the greatest ever Prime Minister has announced he is “joined at the hip” with none other than Len Brown.

“Key also repeated his claim that the Auckland housing market was not in crisis, and said he and mayor Len Brown were “joined at the hip” in working to tackle supply issues.”

On top of that he is backing down on changes to the Resource Management Act.

The Prime Minister has signalled key parts of the RMA reform which would address housing shortages will not go ahead, but repeated his claim there is no crisis in Auckland.

John Key made the admission while delivering his post-Budget speech, which was marred by a violent protest outside the Auckland venue earlier in the afternoon.

The Government has been leaning on its support partners to to give greater weight to economic development, including housing, in sections six and seven of the Resource Management Act.

But Key conceded it was now “very unlikely” that would happen.   Read more »

Mr Legal High’s company goes into liquidation – where’s all the money?

Matt Bowden has put his company, Stargate Operations, into liquidation and has been locked out of his lab where he made synthetic cannabis.

Mr Bowden made millions as the godfather of party pills and legal highs in New Zealand. But ever since the Government banned them, his business has struggled.

“I cannot afford to pay my bills; I cannot afford to pay my technical staff; I cannot afford to pay the team members working with me. I have had to put the company into liquidation, which is really horrible because there [are] people I would like to pay money to. I just can’t do that.”

As the godfather of party pills and legal highs, the 43-year-old made a lot of money. He was flashy and flamboyant, never more so than when performing as his rock alter-ego, Starboy. Read more »

Dunne shameless in the face of hard facts

The minister behind the disappearance of synthetic cannabis from Kiwi shop shelves says he’s not surprised by new research showing the ban halved the number of users seeking medical treatment.

But Peter Dunne, who drove 2013’s Psychoactive Substances Act through Parliament, is concerned the study’s findings may be clouded by smokers lying about their cannabis use, claiming to be under the influence of synthetic products that were then legal, like Kronic.

The Psychoactive Substances Act dramatically reduced the number of ‘legal highs’ on shop shelves by requiring manufacturers to prove their product was safe to use before they could sell it. It also cut the number of outlets able to sell the products, from thousands to about 100.

In 2014, a Bill passed under urgency banned the remaining products the 2013 Act failed to catch.

But despite its limitations, the 2013 Act had a huge impact on mental health – at least in Dunedin, where the study was carried out. Read more »

Organ donor veto review is underway

The government is conducting a review into the law surrounding organ donations and looking at removing the veto of the donor’s family.

This is a sensible review being conducted by Peter Dunne.

The Government is looking at whether families should continue to have the right to overrule the wishes of organ donors.

Currently whilst people can indicate on their drivers licence that they want to be an organ donor, families can overrule the decision.

Organ donor campaigners say the veto is one reason that New Zealand has one of the lowest organ donor rates in the world, although they say it’s very hard to tell just how many deceased organ donations are overruled. There were just 46 deceased organ donations last year.

The Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne says he and the Health Minister Jonathan Coleman have launched a review to see if there are ways to lift New Zealand’s poor rate of organ donation.

He says one of the things that will be looked at is the veto rule and whether it is appropriate. He says there are strong arguments for and against it.

He says there is also an argument about the weight that should be placed on the veto, and working out whether it’s the donors wish to donate or the families wish which is paramount in the end.

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Peter Dunne is a blithering idiot

Peter Dunne is suddenly going to hold a review of unsafe and illegal gun use in the outdoors due to two idiots self-terminating through stupidity shooting themselves in accidents.

Two fatal incidents at the weekend have sparked a review of unsafe and illegal gun use in the outdoors.

Associate Conservation Minister Peter Dunne has begun the process of initiating the review, which will seek to establish what the problems are, where responsibility might lie, and what could be done to reduce the risks of death and injury due to improper gun use.

A 21-year-old hunter died on Sunday after his gun went off while he was climbing over a fence near Ohakune, shooting him in the chest.

James Ross Bucko Johnston, a 15-year-old from Whakatane, died while duck shooting in the eastern Bay of Plenty on Sunday morning.

Dunne urged the hunting community to keep gun safety at the forefront of their minds, as the country had again been reminded that without following best practice and taking the utmost care, firearms could kill.

“Unfortunately there seems to be an increasing frequency of firearm incidents causing injury or death,” Dunne said.

“The worst aspect is that these incidents are largely preventable.”

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Peter Dunne requires higher standards for medical marijuana compared to legal highs

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New Zealanders increasingly favour legalising the medical use of marijuana, a ONE News Colmar Brunton poll shows.

Support has grown more than 10% since ONE News last tested the question 12 years ago but very few voters think it should be decriminalised completely.

New Zealand is generally a testbed for social policy change.  Voting, legalising homosexuality, gay marriage.  But when it comes to medical marijuana, we’re as reluctant as ever.  Why is this?   Read more »

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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