Peter Dunne

Peter Dunne must be so proud, fake cannabis is more dangerous than the real stuff

I really dislike Peter Dunne, for his pomposity, for his arrogance and for his dopey lawmaking.

Synthetic cannabis has caused a cluster of cases of near-unconsciousness and in one person seizures, says an emergency doctor who is now warning the public of the drugs’ risks.

Seventeen patients suffering the ill effects of using synthetic cannabis were brought to Waitakere Hospital’s emergency department over a period of five days this month. Brought in by family, friends or ambulance, they had to be monitored for several hours until the effects of the drug started wearing off.

“Many of these patients had low levels of consciousness and were near comatose, while one patient experienced seizures,” says Dr Kate Allan, associate clinical director of emergency care at the Waitemata District Health Board.

“The more typical presentations for synthetic cannabinoid use are high blood pressure, palpitations and negative effects on the mind, including anxiety and hallucinations.”    Read more »

Dunne v Smith. With two bumbling idiots, it’s hard to know who to root for

I’m torn, in a battle of the idiots these two are fairly evenly placed.

Richard Harman at Politik reports:

Environment Minister Nick Smith is not commenting on a lengthy blog post from United Future Leader Peter Dunne accusing him of having an “all or nothing” approach to Resource Management Act reform.

Mr Smith has consistently told POLITIK that he expects to have a Reform Bill in the House before the end of the year.

But to pass that Bill he will need support from ACT and the Maori Party at the very least.

If he can’t get support from the Maori Party — and they have yet to confirm their full support – then he would need Mr Dunne.

(In May the Maori Party told POLITIK they supported 95% of the proposed changes.)

But it appears that Mr Dunne has been left out of Mr Smith’s briefings on the Bill which has clearly angered him.

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Peter ‘The Jandal’ Dunne flip flops on Cannabis


Peter Dunne just over a week ago was ridiculing changing the law regarding cannabis, his rationale was there was no market for it.

This week, after sniffing the changing winds on cannabis reform he is now a staunch advocate for changes.

Trials for medical marijuana should be encouraged despite “prejudice” from the medical profession, Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne says.

The debate over medical marijuana has sparked up after the Australian government announced a licensing scheme to allow the cultivation of cannabis for medical trial purposes this month.

And Mr Dunne says New Zealand was “highly likely” to follow suit if the trial products were approved.   Read more »

No market for it eh?

Peter Dunne reckons there is no market for medicinal cannabis.

He might well be right given the very few products that currently exist. But as something becomes legal that was once illegal it opens up all sorts of now legal product testing and creation.

Cannabis could help the body accept foreign organs during transplant operations, scientists have discovered.

The active ingredient in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, may help delay the rejection of incompatible organs.

It may, therefore, prove useful as an anti-rejection therapy, particularly in situations where transplanted organs may not be a perfect match.

However, researchers at the University of South Carolina, School of Medicine, do not advise transplant patients self-medicate with cannabis, and added people should only take the drug in compliance with all local, state and federal laws.

Dr Mitzi Nagarkatti, one of the researchers on the study, said: ‘We are excited to demonstrate for the first time, that cannabinoid receptors play an important role in the prolongation of rejection of a foreign graft by suppressing immune response in the recipient.

‘This opens up a new area of research that would lead to better approaches to prevent transplant rejection, as well as to treat other inflammatory diseases.’   Read more »

Dunne doesn’t want medical marijuana introduced because… the market isn’t big enough?

Peter Dunne has become an embarrassment.

He is now claiming that medical marijuana should not be introduced because there isn’t much of a market for it.

The use of medicinal cannabis in Australia is a step closer, with new laws being drawn up to allow the drug to be grown legally.

It’s being called a game changer for those with severe illness and it’s also raised the question – if Australia are doing it, should we?

Former union boss Helen Kelly is terminally ill with lung cancer. She has tumours in her hips, spine and brain and takes cannabis oil before she goes to bed to ease the pain.

“They hurt,” she says. “They hurt at night, and when I lie down I feel the aching and the cannabis oil works. It’s amazing.”

She is pleading with the Government to do more to help people like her.   Read more »

Don’t stop at under-secretaries…make the OIA apply to ALL of parliament

Peter Dunne has caused the government to lose another vote in parliament.

He really is a self-important tosspot. There is only a small number of times he is going to be allowed to get away with all this carry on.

The government has lost a vote in parliament, and a bill to bring ACT leader David Seymour under the Official Information Act has passed its first reading.

Mr Seymour is parliamentary under-secretary to the minister of education and is exempt from the OIA, as under-secretaries always have been.

Labour thinks he should be subject to the provisions of the OIA, and brought a member’s bill to parliament to change the law.

Government MPs opposed it. But United Future leader Peter Dunne backed it and on Wednesday night the bill passed its first reading by 61 votes to 60.

Labour MP Adrian Rurawhe drafted the bill and said the exemption was an anomaly.   Read more »

I need a lie down: Helen Kelly and I agree on something


Politics and my personal feelings about unions aside, people are people, and Helen Kelly’s been dealt the card with cancer on it.   It’s not my/our way to rejoice in seeing people suffer just because they come from the wrong side of politics.

Outgoing CTU president Helen Kelly is going to ask Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne for an exemption to use cannabis oil as part of her treatment for cancer.

Ms Kelly told TV3’s The Nation program on Saturday that her cancer was progressing despite the chemotherapy and a new immunotherapy drug. Read more »

Dunne prefers cuddling criminals to cuddling pandas

Peter Dunne is really becoming rather unctuous these days after Steve Joyce’s inept campaign in Northland handed the government’s majority to him.

He seems to prefer cuddling criminals in detention centres than cuddling pandas.

Peter Dunne has taken a swipe at the Government for being more interested in pandas than helping New Zealanders in Australian deportation centres.

The Minister of Internal Affairs has criticised National’s response to the growing number of Kiwis hit by Australia’s tough new immigration policy as inadequate and subservient.

But this morning he linked the issue to news that the Defence Minister, Gerry Brownlee, was personally delivering a proposal to bring giant pandas to New Zealand to a breeding facility in China.

“Um, chasing pandas while New Zealanders languish in Australian detention centres???” he tweeted.

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Wherefore art thou, RMA reform?


It’s been held up since the Northland by-election in March, which robbed the government of a vote.

Before the by-election it could have got the bill through with just ACT’s support, but now it needs either United Future or the Maori Party for a majority.

Peter Dunne and the Maori Party have problems with the extensive reforms the government wanted to bring in, meaning the government’s had to negotiate. Read more »


National, controls 50% of the votes, is beholden to one man for the last 1%

The Maori Party often votes against the Government, and Dunne is in the middle, usually predictable but occasionally digging in.

The latest reforms to the Resource Management Act are in limbo while Dunne waits for a draft bill to be produced.

Environment Minister Nick Smith may have problems producing a draft bill yet because he doesn’t know what parts of it Dunne will oppose.

Dunne is opposing National on another measure – its plans to delay having a fully elected regional council in Canterbury from next year until 2019 – and National will need the Maori Party to pass it.

On a lot of issues, the numbers are finely balanced. That includes issues that probably will not be tested in a vote.

It is sobering to think that right now, there would not be enough parliamentary support to send training troops to Iraq – although a vote wasn’t required to do so.

And there would be enough parliamentary support to get rid of section 70 of the Social Welfare Act, which requires the elderly to forfeit overseas annuities and retirement funds by the amount of New Zealand superannuation they are getting.

If such a measure were to pass in a private member’s bill, Finance Minister Bill English would veto it, as he has promised to do on Sue Moroney’s bill to extend paid parental leave to six months.

It is in the area of private members’ bills that the support parties, and Dunne in particular, can affect the gains of the Opposition.

He supported Moroney’s bill which, despite being headed to a dead end, will give Labour opportunities to campaign on the issue for months. Read more »