United Future

Dunne tries for relevance on the Superannuation ‘debate’

It’s almost like watching your grandpa get out of a chair to show you he can still do Rock n Roll (he can’t), but you admire the effort rather than the performance. ? Peter Dunne had absolutely no interest in the topic, but now jumps up and does something similar to dancing?as he attempts to find relevance for UnitedFuture.

UnitedFuture leader, Hon Peter Dunne, is calling upon the Government to introduce UnitedFuture?s Flexi-Super policy as well as make KiwiSaver compulsory, to ensure the sustainability of the New Zealand Superannuation scheme into the long term.

“Flexi Super lets people choose when they want to take up superannuation – without being told by the government when they should or should not retire.

“At the moment there is no choice but to continue working until the age of 65 to receive New Zealand Superannuation,” said Mr Dunne.

“That is not an option that suits everyone, particularly those who have physically demanding jobs. Read more »

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 »

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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United Future on Immigration and New Zealand?s Refugee quota

I contacted National, Labour, Act, The Maori Party, NZ First, the Greens, the Opportunities Party, the Conservatives and United Future to ask them all three questions. The third party to respond to my questions was United Future. My questions and Peter Dunne’s answers are published in full and un-edited.

 

Question:

The perception of many of our readers is that left-of-centre political parties prefer immigrants from low socio-economic countries who are highly dependent on the state and poorly educated because immigrants like that will naturally vote for the left-of-centre parties who allowed them in. Which immigrants get priority under your party’s policy and why?

Answer:

UnitedFuture?s immigration policy is one that recognises the value that immigration holds for New Zealand, as highlighted in several recent pieces of research.

Our policy is designed to build upon the benefits New Zealand currently gains from immigration by introducing more space for business in skills-shortage areas to sponsor workers into the country.? That allows a direct matching of vacancy to worker without having too much bureaucracy in the middle.

Further, we would prioritise immediate family members and allow a fast-track option for new migrants who both have the majority of their family in the country and who demonstrate an ability to take care of them.

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David Seymour calls Labours bill against Charter Schools “Ground Hog day”

Last week the Labour Party brought yet another bill to the House to try to undermine New Zealand Charter schools (Partnership Schools .) Act Party leader David Seymour called the bill ” Ground Hog day,” referring to a film of that name where a man finds himself caught in a time loop and forced to relive the same day over and over again. Poor David had to defend Partnership schools from yet another attack bill from the Labour Party who appear to be forced to do the biddings of their Union masters over and over and over again. As with previous attempts, Labour’s attack was neutralised. Act, National, United Future and the Maori Party voted against it and it was defeated 63-57.

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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 »

Prissy Precious Peter actually is a ‘childish, foolish moron’

Peter Dunne hasn’t really been taken seriously since falling for the glad eye of a female reporter.

In fact he has become a political joke, with his grandstanding and preciousness. He is more of a liability to the government now than an asset.

His latest act of preciousness is hanging up on a talk show host.

United Future leader Peter Dunne has clashed with a radio host in a fiery on-air interview, being labelled a “childish moron” after abruptly hanging up.

Sparks flew during Dunne’s interview with Newstalk ZB Christchurch host Chris Lynch about “jihadi brides” on Friday morning.

Prime Minister John Key on Tuesday said?New Zealand women were known to have taken part in “weddings” before heading to Islamic State (Isis) stronghold Syria, which pointed to the fact they were going as jihadi brides.

Key’s remarks came after SIS director Rebecca Kitteridge told Parliament’s intelligence and security committee there had been a rise in the number of young New Zealand women heading to Iraq and Syria.

However, Dunne has questioned the claims, saying the allegations could be aimed at “softening up” the public before an independent review into spy agencies is released. ? 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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Rob Salmond attempts to polish a turd

turd-polish

Rob Salmond has a go at Phil Quin for saying Labour is dead set useless and has gone nowhere under Andrew Little.

Is the Labour Party pessimistic, or optimistic? Does it oppose change or embrace it? Is the movement marching forward or standing still? Answering these questions is important, because it helps us understand the engine room of the next government.

Or are they just dreamin?. As arts, lifestyle, fitness and travel blogger and noted cat lover David Farrar points out,

Nine years ago in September 2006, National as opposition were at 44% and Labour at 39%. And that wasn?t Key ? that was Brash.

So in Labour?s third term they trailed the major opposition party by 5%, while in National?s third term the Government leads by 22%.

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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 »