Peter Dunne

Herald editorial calls out Winston

Yesterday’s Herald editorial calls time on Winston’s usual political chicanery.

Winston Peters sounds worried, as well he might be. His party has risen in our poll this week but Colin Craig’s Conservative Party remains poised near the threshold. If the Conservatives gain another percentage point or two they will offer National an option to Mr Peters, should National need another supporting party to return to office. John Key would clearly prefer to deal with almost anyone else.

The 8 per cent or so of voters who are planning to put Mr Peters back in Parliament are probably his perennial admirers and impervious to a public appeal, but here is one. Spare the country, please, another round of Mr Peters’ phony post-election routine. We have all seen it before. He makes everyone wait while he plays out a negotiation for no purpose beyond the pleasure he finds in it.

He thinks he is keeping people guessing but it has become tediously obvious what he will do in the end. If the result next Saturday night leaves him in a pivotal position there is no doubt he will put the winning party in power; he would not dare do otherwise.

The only uncertainty is the number of days or weeks he will want to delay the inevitable. New Zealand’s government should not be put at the disposal of somebody like this. Only his supporters can do something about it.

Winston likes the theatre…there are only two shows he won’t perform…a dogs show and no show.

They ought to consider that Mr Peters is nearly 70. It is well past time to retire him.

He has been in and out of Parliament since 1978, longer than any other MP. He has never come to terms with changes to the economy 30 years ago and at this election he is reaching further back to recall the protected prosperity of the 1950s.

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Meet your anti-Semitists [UPDATED]

UPDATE:  The name of Sean Fitzpatrick has been removed from the list below.  Please read this article to understand why.

boikotThe NBR reports on New Zealand MPs and candidates that want to boycott Israel

United Future leader Peter Dunne and Act candidate Sean Fitzpatrick are among those who have signed a pledge for the “Call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions” movement.

Green MPs Kevin Hague and Kennedy Graham have also signed the pledge that “require[s] the New Zealand Superannuation Fund to divest our taxpayer dollars from companies which profit from Israel’s occupation of the West Bank.”

The pledge lists several companies that allegedly profit from the conflict, including Boeing, United Technologies, Caterpillar and Israel Chemicals.

That’s just gob smacking.  How about oil?  I’m sure they all use a lot of fuel.  How about food?  I’m sure they all have to eat?   This is ridiculously selective and completely stupid.

Worse, it is nothing but ugly anti-Semitism   Read more »

What is David Cunliffe’s route to Victory?

The polls are still looking sick for David Cunliffe. He hasn’t managed to get Labour out of the twenties, let alone getting them back to the level that David Shearer had before the Labour caucus gave him the arse.

Cunliffe is holding onto the hope that he can cobble together a coalition of the Greens, New Zealand First, Internet Mana and the Maori Party. Maybe with Peter Dunne involved too as everyone knows Peter doesn’t really care who as long as he is minister.

Cunliffe’s route to victory is a hydra. 

Credit:  SonovaMin

Credit: SonovaMin

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Labour’s decline continues in latest poll

The NZ Herald/Digipoll is out and Labour’s election continues to slide away with continued dismal poll ratings.

Labour replaced David Shearer for much better poll ratings than these.

National 50.7 (up 0.7)
Labour 24.1 (down 1.1)
Greens 11.4 (down 2.3)
NZ First 5 (up 0.7)
Maori Party 1 (up 0.3)
Internet Mana 3.4 (up 1.3)
Conservatives 3.3 (up 0.7)
Act 0.3 (down 0.3)
United Future 0.2 (down 0.2)   Read more »

Helen’s photoshop fairy has been back I see

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And now for the movie star version:   Read more »

Guest Post: Don’t forget the big picture this election

A reader emails his thoughts on the election.


Elections seem to bring with them plenty of sideshows stories.

This year is no different.

Who is David Cunliffe going to apologise to next?
What story is Winston going to make up?
Who is going to offer the biggest election year bribe?
Are the Conservatives getting a deal?
And then of course, Kim Dot Com is one giant sideshow.

Amidst all of this, one thing needs to be remembered. The big picture.

This election is critical for stable government.

A Labour-Greens-Internet-Mana-NZ First government would be a disaster for this country. The worst in many decades.

I am not even a National Party supporter, but agree that John Key must remain Prime Minister.   Read more »

Is Wiremu Curtis a terrorist, fanatical dreamer or a genuine man of peace?

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The full video is available here: TVNZ Ondemand

Recently TVNZ’s Sunday program screened an article on Wiremu Curtis a former Black Power member, also known as ‘Haroon’. Haroon who insisted he was going to the Middle East to get an ‘education’ was allegedly stopped at the airport by SIS agents, and according to Haroon allegedly shown papers that show he had in what he describes in his own words “weapons of mass destructions.”

Now I’m going to be honest, I didn’t actually watch the program when it screened at the time, but after having my attention drawn to it from other sources prompted me to watch it and analyse it a little closer. Immediately things struck me as a bit odd, such as his comment that the SIS showed him papers proving he had “weapons of mass destructions.” It is all well and good asserting these types of comments in the public domain, as the SIS will never publicly comment on operational matters.   Read more »

Is pride keeping Peter Dunne from doing the decent thing? Or is it something more sinister?

I’ve covered the issue of legal highs versus natural marijuana many times.  And I’ve also shown how medical marijuana isn’t just some sneaky back door for people to justify the use of what continues to be an illegal drug, but it is at times the only substance to bring relief to very painful or distressed lives.

Yet our champion of the legal high, Peter Dunne, keeps wanting nothing to do with the idea.

Debate over medical cannabis has been hijacked by “nuisance” campaigners who are making it harder for people with serious diseases, says Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne.

The Government has come under renewed pressure to conduct trials on medicinal cannabis products, while New South Wales Premier Mike Baird said last week he was in support of NSW becoming the first Australian state to legalise medicinal cannabis for terminally ill patients.

Dunne believed there was only a small number of cases where people were “genuinely ill” and that many who lobbied him on the subject were secretly hoping to legalise weed for recreational use.

“There are a lot of people leaping on the bandwagon because they see it as a way of achieving another objective, which has nothing to do with medical cannabis,” he said. “They’re a nuisance. Sadly what they’re doing is muddying the waters for those who may have a genuine case.”

The comments have drawn criticism from parents of children with rare diseases who say Dunne has deflected responsibility on the issue.

You have to wonder where his head is at.   When you look someone in the eye that is in excruciating pain every hour of their lives, and tell them that they can’t have low medical quantities of THC as pain relief, because it will open the door for others to abuse it, what sort of objectives do you have as a minister?

Is all just about money and law an order?   Read more »

List spots signal potential deals

Claire Trevett observes that National’s list spots reveal the intention behind National’s potential deals.

National has sent a clear signal it will do a deal in the Ohariu and Epsom electorates by ranking its candidates in those electorates in high list places.

The highest ranked non-MP is Brett Hudson, National’s new candidate in Ohariu. Ohariu is currently held by United Future leader Peter Dunne, one of the National Government’s support partners.

Prime Minister John Key is expected to announce next week whether he will guide National voters in Ohariu and Epsom to give their electorate votes to Mr Dunne and Act’s David Seymour in those electorates to try to ensure National has support partner options.

Mr Hudson is the only non-MP who is ranked above some sitting MPs, at 39th place on the list and on current polling is a certainty to get into Parliament.

Epsom candidate Paul Goldsmith is ranked at 30 – nine slots above his 2011 ranking.

Mr Key is also expected to decide whether to cut a similar deal in East Coast Bays.

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Loving parents break the law

What is your child was in so much pain, or so much distress, that conventional medicine has no answers?  What if, just a touch of cannabis all but solves those problems?

As a parent, what would you do?

Josh Fagan reports

Parents are giving their children cannabis to treat serious diseases, and they’re resorting to growing their own plants or importing them illegally from overseas.

At least three New Zealand customers order liquid cannabis products from Mulaways Medicinal Cannabis in Kempsie, about 400km north of Sydney in rural New South Wales.

The cannabis tincture has been credited with providing relief for children with terminal illnesses and has sparked renewed debate over clinical trials of medicinal marijuana.

Mulaways founder Tony Bower said three New Zealanders were on a mailing list of about 150 customers. Other Kiwis flew to Australia to source the drug and dozens more were added each week to a bulging waiting list, he said.

But the supply of liquid cannabis could dry up altogether if Bower is sent to prison. He is due to appear in court in October charged with cultivating cannabis and breaching a good behaviour bond he was placed on after a six-week stint in jail in mid-2013.

He said he felt a “duty” to keep growing the plants and supplying the product to children, even if it meant going back to prison. “It’s crossed my mind to stop and pack up but these are sick kids. What else can I do?”

Bower said the delivery of the drug to New Zealand was particularly risky – not only for him but for the customers who ordered it. The maximum penalty for importation of liquid cannabis – considered a class B drug in New Zealand – is 14 years in jail. Possession or use offences carry a maximum three-month jail term and/or a $500 fine.

“To tell you the truth, that’s why I don’t [send] as much to New Zealand,” Bower said. “It’s hard because you’ve got people who risk getting their children taken off them.”

When you have to decide between helping your child, and not breaking the law, the choice for many parents is very simple.   Read more »