Peter Dunne

Time for some good old Key pragmatism: ditch the RMA reform until 2018

The Government’s plan to modernise the Resource Management Act appeared yesterday to be have hit the wall.

Meetings at Parliament next week to sign off revisions to the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill — which amends the RMA —have had to be cancelled.

Labour says that’s because the Cabinet cannot agree on what the changes should be.

The meetings were additional ones for the Local Government and Environment Committee which was to have considered an officials’ report on changes to the original RLA Bill.

This is a highly contentious piece of legislation which seeks to implement iwi participation agreements and strips back the notification and appeal process for resource consents.

It also establishes new “collaborative planning processes” but the Committee has heard a lengthy parade of objections to various bits of the Bill.

It was promoted with much fanfare in the first place last November by Environment Minister Nick Smith who said the 180 page Bill was about reducing the bureaucracy “that gets in the way of creating jobs, building houses, and good environmental management.”

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Is anyone else done with Dunne?

I’m over Peter Dunne, the man is a grandstanding bouffant tosspot.

Now he is whining about snooping on MPs when there was none.

An MP who had fallen victim to Parliamentary Service’s snooping before was “shocked” by revelations it was up to its old tricks.

UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne had his email conversations with then-Fairfax journalist Andrea Vance wrongly handed over to a ministerial inquiry by Parliamentary Service in 2013.

The then-head of Parliamentary Service, Geoff Thorn, resigned amid the fallout.

Dunne had already quit as a minister prior to the ministerial inquiry after refusing to hand over his emails for an investigation into the leaking of a Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) report.

Dunne said he was “shocked” and “outraged” to hear Parliamentary Service was defending its computer security that is screening and blocking MPs emails if they contain words like “sensitive” or “classified”.

The Privileges Committee made “very clear statements about the privacy of MPs communications” at the time of the ministerial inquiry into why Dunne’s emails were handed over, he said.

“They appear to have fallen on deaf ears as far as the Parliamentary Service is concerned.”

Peter Dunne wasn’t a victim, he fell for the glad eye of Andrea Vance. He let his little head do his thinking.  Read more »

By the time that useless appendage Dunne can take the high road, things are getting seriously poor

The government and John Key need to take a serious look at the management of the house.

It has been a fiasco that has enabled that pontificating prat Peter Dunne to claim the high ground.

The two-day, 17-hour debate under urgency on the government’s housing bill was a $700,000 waste of money, United Future leader Peter Dunne says.

The debate ended late on Wednesday night when the bill was passed, after Labour and the Greens had used nearly all of it to talk about their own policies.

They were able to effectively hijack the bill because it was omnibus legislation, which meant they could put up amendments to add new parts to it.

All their amendments were defeated.   Read more »

Winston’s dance card is filling up – everyone wants to take him home

Winston Peters is the man of the moment, especially since Colin Craig is going down in a blaze of ignominy.

Prime Minister John Key has signalled he’ll announce before next year’s election that he’s prepared to work with NZ First to form a government if he has to.

Mr Key ruled out working with NZ First leader Winston Peters before the 2008 and 2011 elections, but changed his attitude before the 2014 election.

He didn’t need to work with Mr Peters post-election in 2014 because he had enough support elsewhere to form a government.   Read more »

Peter Dunne is grandstanding over yet another bill

Facing the likelihood of a Labour/Greens electorate deal against him in Ohariu at the next election, United Future leader Peter Dunne has taken to living dangerously.

Yesterday morning he climbed into key National allies, the Auckland Employers and Manufacturers’ Association (EMA) and Business NZ over their objections to the the Minimum Wage (Contractors Remuneration) Amendment Bill.

The purpose of this Bill is to amend the Minimum Wage Act 1983 to extend its provisions to apply to payments under a contract for services that are remunerated at below the minimum wage.

The EMA says the bill interferes with the principle of freedom to contract and would create barriers to businesses’ ability to engage contractors and add indirect compliance costs.

Dunne put out an issue of his “Dunne Speaks” yesterday morning saying: the Bill was “a relatively innocuous Labour Party Bill to give more protection to contract workers in vulnerable situations. The Bill has been making its way through Parliament over recent months, with barely a ripple, but suddenly, the employers have noticed it, and they do not like it, so like the militant unions of old they have pushed the outrage button.”

You could hardly blame the Government and others for thinking this meant Dunne opposed the Bill.

Apparently not.

Late yesterday afternoon, Dunne’s office said .he could no longer support The Minimum Wage (Contractor Remuneration) Amendment Bill “because of ongoing concerns with the Bill as drafted as well as receiving undertakings from the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety to address those concerns.”

Dunne is sucking up to Labour and flip flopping.  He’s unreliable and a grandstanding bouffant.

His word isn’t his bond, and for that alone, he will find his future becoming turbulent.

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Minor parties

It is the time of the electoral cycle when the smallest of Parliament’s parties start to have existential crises. These are real crises for Act and United Future, given they look into the abyss of extinction every three years.

There is precious little oxygen in the rarefied atmosphere inhabited by Government support parties. If evidence was needed it came this week when Dunne tried to remind people of his existence by issuing a press statement setting out the three policy themes he would be focusing on in the lead-up to the 2017 election. The themes were: an economy that provides fairness, choice and opportunity; establishing core environmental bottom lines; and embracing and celebrating a modern, multi-cultural New ZZZZZzzzzzzzzzz.

It was effectively a campaign launch. It fell with the impact of a feather.

It is a tricky time for the leaders of the two parties. Act and United Future are dependent on either wooing 5 per cent of voters to get into Parliament or on keeping a grip on an electorate seat.

Neither has come close to the 5 per cent mark for some time and nor are they likely to. In both cases, the electorate seat deal is the only option.

Both Dunne and Seymour are all but guaranteed to be back in the next parliament, and their existential crisis is but a media mirage. It is clear that neither is likely to get 5% for United Future or ACT. So, the only risky thing is that their sugar daddy, National, is going to drop support.  Read more »

I’m not sure a torrent of abuse as a tactic is going to help Labour

I’ve been watching Rino Tirikatane going full retard on Twitter for quite sometime. Ever since Trevor Mallard dialled it back it seems there have been competing interests inside Labour to see who could be the nastiest and most abusive politician on Twitter. Sue Moroney had a good crack at it and now it seems Rino Tirikatane is trying the wrest the crown of nasty off her.

For a man who was selected only because his old man died and he had the right surname it is somewhat flawed policy.

After five years as the Invisible Man’s doppelganger, Te Tai Tonga MP Rino Tirikatene has finally broken out.

The trigger was the Budget tax on smoking. His chosen dance floor was Twitter. In person, Tirikatene is a shambling, genial, diffident character. It was akin to watching the Incredible Hulk hulk out.

He started by saying the Maori Party “are slowly turning Aotearoa into a kuia state”. On and on he went, using the hashtag #kuiastate (Nanny State) for each tweet.

He was only goaded further when Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox pointed out that Labour was in fact voting for this “kuia state” measure.

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The inevitable veto: Bill will not allow Labour to sabotage his budget


Labour’s 26 weeks paid parental leave Bill looks destined to fail, with the Finance Minister confirming the Government will use its financial veto.

MP Sue Moroney’s Bill narrowly passed its second reading in the House last month 61-60, with the help of Peter Dunne, and will go to committee stage this week.

But it won’t go further than a third reading. Read more »

For once the cries of racism are real

Winston Peters has labelled National’s pandering to Maori interests as racism, and he is dead right.

NZ First leader Winston Peters has labelled the National Party “racists” over their drafting and support of controversial Resource Management Act reform.

“They’re supporting racist legislation and I’m proving it by the number of references in this legislation,” he said.

Peters made a submission to a Parliament select committee on Thursday, telling MPs his party would fully support RMA reforms on the condition “separatist and race-based proposed laws, starting with the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill” were removed.

“Sir Bob Jones had to fork out $4500 for a resource consent and a cultural impact assessment, after consulting with 13 iwi, all because a reinstated window looked over a designated heritage site in Auckland.

“Can any MP tell the public where the 13 iwi have come from?” Peters said.

“National has already altered the RMA to transform iwi into consenting authorities.”

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All this talk of gifting seats to Labour is nonsense and wishful thinking

The Labour-Greens deal has been hammered as a meaningless piece of political theatre, and deservedly so because it achieves nothing. It could achieve something though, if the Greens stop being vote stealers and not run candidates in marginal seats where Labour has a chance of winning. Andrew Little should take a look at the Herald suggestions but not too seriously, and negotiate a deal to see Labour win seats because there is no Green candidate.

 Labour’s leader, Andrew Little, was quick to reserve his party’s options post-election, saying the agreement would end on election day. Is it a non-aggression pact for the election? It could be, they say. They might consider not contesting some seats to give a candidate from one or the other a better chance of winning. But that has not been decided either. Will it mean joint policies? Possibly.

The three seats where the Green candidate gifts the seat to National are Auckland Central, Ohariu & Christchurch Central.

Auckland Central  Nikki Kaye has a margin of 600 over Jacinda Adern. Denise Roche, the Green candidate, won 2080 votes. Those votes going to Labour could have seen a relatively comfortable victory to Jacinda.

Ohariu  Peter Dunne has a margin of 710 over the highly rated Ginny Andersen. The Green candidate, Tane Woodley, got 2764 votes.

Christchurch Central  This is a little harder for Labour to win as Nicky Wagner has a majority of 2420 thanks to exceptional work in the electorate over a long period of time, but she was running against a drip, Tony Milne from Labour, and David Moorehouse from the Greens won 2800 votes. Like Ginny Andersen, the Labour candidate, Duncan Web, is extremely highly rated by people outside the Labour Party, mainly for doing the Lords work fighting EQC, so he would have a good chance if the Greens did not run a candidate.   Read more »