Peter Dunne

OMG, what can’t Peter Dunne do?

Yesterday we saw Peter Dunne taking credit for delivering more money to his local schools, even though it was really a National policy announcement.  Looks like he has a taste for it now.  Claiming National party policy announcements as his own:

UnitedFuture leader, Hon Peter Dunne is welcoming today’s announcement on new freshwater standards that endorses UnitedFuture’s environmental vision.

“At its core, UnitedFuture is about ensuring a better future for all New Zealand.

“That means we need to be looking out for future generations while ensuring New Zealanders today can have maximum enjoyment of our unique environment,” said Mr Dunne.

“I am pleased to see the Minister for the Environment taking a step towards helping secure that vision, not only by ensuring that our water ways are future-proofed for all New Zealander’s, but also engaging constructively with UnitedFuture’s policy to push for sensible and practical steps to clean up our water ways.

“Last year, UnitedFuture released an environmental package that outlined six steps for future-proofing New Zealand’s environment so that it could be enjoyed by current and future generations with a focus on riparian planting to help secure our water ways as part of that package. Read more »

Wonder no more: National want Peter Dunne returned as MP for Ohariu

With all the recent speculation about Peter Dunne’s political future, one of the unknowns remained National’s position on Dunne retaining his seat.    Yesterday we got clarity on the issue.

Around $1.1 million will be invested to build two new classrooms at Raroa Normal Intermediate School in Wellington, Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced today.

“The school has an increasing roll so we’re investing in extra classrooms to expand capacity,” says Ms Kaye.

“These new teaching spaces will be modular buildings, which means they meet standards of modern, permanent structures but have the added advantage of being more adaptable.

“This is part of a third round of investments in new classrooms under Budget 2016, which provides $882.5 million for school property, including new classrooms nationwide to meet roll growth,” says Ms Kaye.

And that presser was immediately followed by   Read more »

Sorry Peter, but it’s going to be too little, too late, to save your sorry political arse

A list of approved cannabis-based prescription medications that meet New Zealand’s strict requirements has been sent to medical and pharmaceutical groups around New Zealand.

The list was promised by Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne earlier this month when he relaxed rules around prescription of medicinal cannabis products.

Mr Dunne said more products are becoming available as overseas companies meet stringent Good Manufacturing Process guidelines but for now the list remains short.

It includes Sativex, used to treat spasticity in people with multiple sclerosis, at a cost of around $1200 a month.

“Unfortunately, Sativex, the one pharmaceutical-grade product that is available in New Zealand continues to be extortionately priced as big pharma continues to ignore the building resentment, both local and global, to the attitudes these companies take to the sick and vulnerable,” he said. Read more »

Done with Dunne

Guest post

Ohariu is one of the key electorate this year. With the deal done by the Greens, Labour sees this as a massive opportunity to take out one of National’s support partners, be it only 1 seat.

Are they right in having this expectation?

At first glance, Labour has a right to be excited. Their electoral candidate vote has grown since 2002. In 2014 the Labour candidate received 34% of the vote compared to Dunne’s 36%. National at the same time has dropped over the last 3 elections, however, this is mainly due to the deal that National have with Dunne. In 2014 the National candidate only received 16% of the vote. The Green candidate vote has remained steady at 7% since 2008.

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Hooton on the dirty deal in Ohariu

Matthew Hooton writes about the dirty deal between the Greens and Labour in Ohariu:

Don’t be fooled by the Greens’ declarations of undying fidelity to their memorandum of understanding with Labour: Their decision not to stand a candidate against Peter Dunne in Ohariu is entirely self-interested.

Mr Dunne’s hold on Ohariu remains important, mainly because his so-called United Future Party, which won 6.7% of the vote a political generation ago in 2002, is now little more than a legal fiction. Although it can apparently still meet the Electoral Act’s test of having 500 financial members to remain a registered political party, United Future received just 5286 party votes nationwide at the last election, less than half that of the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party and barely a seventh of those won by Kim Dotcom and Hone Harawira’s outfit. Even in its stronghold of Mr Dunne’s Ohariu electorate, United Future managed a mere 273 party votes, just 15 more than Mr Dotcom and Mr Harawira’s bizarre coalition.   Read more »

Tell them they’re dreamin’, says Dunne

It’s safe to say ACT will retain Epsom because it’s the oldest deal around and the voters have shown they know the rules of the game.

Ohariu is much more interesting and less certain.

The popular media perception is that O’Connor has been given an easy ride into parliament.

That’s based on the calculation that Dunne’s vote in 2014 was 13,569 while the combined vote of the Labour and Greens candidates was 15,623.

It’s assumed, probably correctly, that if there’s no Green candidate the party’s supporters will back Labour’s man.

But it’s not that simple, because there was a National Party candidate in the field in 2014.

Brett Hudson won 6120 votes, although in theory National’s supporters should have given their ticks to Dunne.

Dunne describes reports about his imminent demise as “wildly inaccurate, ridiculously sensational and devoid of any factual basis”.

I love how a report of his imminent demise can be “wildly inaccurate”.  It is either correct, or not correct.  This blog knows that Peter Dunne isn’t the sort of person to face up to reality, preferring to hide away and hoping the problems will just go away. Read more »

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Ohariu, this is your Captain speaking

The Ohariu electorate has been very much in the news in recent days. There has been the usual amount of breathless hype and exaggeration from political commentators about what they think is going on. Most of it has been wildly inaccurate, ridiculously sensational, and so devoid of any factual basis that it could not even be described as “alternative” facts.

So, leaving aside as largely irrelevant the argument about whether the Greens and Labour have done a deal in the electorate (of course, it is a deal – to claim otherwise is as ignorant as it churlish, but describing it as “dirty” is simply puerile), and in the absence of much informed comment, here are some basic facts about Ohariu.

At the last election, just under 54% of Ohariu voters voted for either the UnitedFuture or National Party electorate candidates, with around 37% supporting the UnitedFuture candidate. About 42% supported either the Green or Labour candidates. On the party votes side, just over 51% of voters supported National and UnitedFuture, with about 38% backing Labour and the Greens. Read more »

Looks like Ohariu is going to become the ‘hit and run’ campaign of 2017

Peter Dunne has got his y-fronts in a bunch over Greg O’Conner and has done a ‘hit and run’ attack on him.

NBR reports:

United Future MP Peter Dunne has come out swinging at the more determined efforts to unseat him from his Ohariu electorate,  saying Labour’s nomination of former Police Association president Greg O’Connor as its candidate, and the Greens not standing, improves his chances.

Mr O’Connor is “Andrew Little’s pet,” Mr Dunne says.

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Greens attack Nats and Act for rort in Epsom now donkey deep in Ohariu

There is a reason I call them hippycrites.

The Green Party won’t run a candidate in the Wellington seat of Ohariu because of it’s deal with Labour to change the government in September.

Labour at the weekend announced former long-standing Police Association president Greg O’Connor would be their candidate to challenging incumbent, United Future leader Peter Dunne. Read more »

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Peter Dunne is facing possible jail time

In principle, anyway.  This is why

Peter Dunne is facing possible jail time after he admitted being a party to the illegal importation of cannabis based medicine Elixinol.

The fact Peter Dunne broke the law proves that medical cannabis needs to be produced in New Zealand, Mt Albert candidate Abe Gray said..

“Lawyer Sue Grey, along with top government scientists, are taking the Minister of Health and Minister of Customs to court to argue it is illegal to prevent New Zealand hemp growers extracting CBD medicines,” he said.

“Today’s reforms around medical cannabis do nothing to resolve the catch-22 situation where the government and Ministry of Health have to break the law to allow access to US-made medical cannabis products, which are prohibited under federal law.”

The same reason was recently used to justify deporting US tourist and film-maker Michell Stein. Read more »