web analytics

Interview the leaders VI: United Future

Written By: - Date published: 4:47 pm, April 28th, 2008 - 19 comments
Categories: interview, united future - Tags: , , , , , , ,


Thanks to ACT leader Rodney Hide for participating in our ‘Interview the leaders’ series this morning. Our next leader is the Maori Party’s Tariana Turia.

The general question remains:

Of which of your achievements in politics are you most proud?

For the two other questions we’ve gone with Higherstandard’s question:

Can you envisage a NZ when there is no need for Maori seats in parliamanent ?

and Daveo’s question:

Having an ethnic-based party makes a lot of sense when faced with a dominant settler majority often hostile to indigenous rights, but how do you intend to address the fundamental economic and class contradictions inherent in drawing support from both powerful Maori business interests and the large Maori working class?

While we haven’t been able to cover everything you asked we have emailed Turia a link to the questions post so she can have a look at your issues. We’re expecting to post her answers next Monday.

In the meantime, our next leader is the United Future’s Peter Dunne. You can place your questions for him in the comments section of this post. Reminder: tough but fair.

19 comments on “Interview the leaders VI: United Future ”

  1. Santi 1

    Question for Mr. Dunne:

    Could you please list the achievements of the Children’s Commission?

    Please be precise and offer tangible examples of what New Zealand families have gained over the past few years as a result of the Commission’s existence?

  2. Gooner 2

    Peter, who cuts your hair?

  3. Wayne 3

    Your values seem to be more in line with National’s than Labour’s. Why have you supported Labour rather than National over the last two terms?

  4. Felix 4

    Hmm, awkward.

    This thread’s been open all evening with only one serious question being raised for Mr Dunne – and it’s about his hair.

    I guess no-one from Ohariu visits the Standard.

  5. r0b 5

    (1) Given your record of supporting the EFB up to the final reading, then voting against it, how can United Future ever again be trusted to act with the courage of its convictions?

    (2) Social indicators over the last 18 years (9 years of National government, 9 years of Labour led government) conclusively show that the Labour has been better for families. How then can a family friendly party like UF contemplate supporting a National government after the next election?

    (3) Can you work in a formal coalition with the Greens or the Maori party? If not, why not?

  6. AncientGeek 6

    Your values seem to be more in line with National’s than Labour’s.

    Hey I can answer that. Probably the same reason I do. I’m distinctly center or even right of centre most of the time.

    But National has never had any imagination. They just keep saying tax-cuts and pulling out social issues of little consequence + the immigration, crime, and racism cards all of the time. They have screwed up in government far too often for me to give them another chance to do so.

    At least Labour has a track record of getting quite a lot right in government even when they do it with the very grudging approval of their left. They show imagination even when they don’t really want to.

    I liked the “Definition of Terms used” Richard Hurst used on NZ right wing Leftie. Apart from the “Anti- the Electoral Finance Act” – I’ve been involved in ground-level politics too long to agree with that.

  7. spanner 7

    Peter Dunne -why the increase in family breakdown and fatherlessness?
    What is the family commission doing about it?

  8. Ari 8

    Felix- I’m from Ohariu, (sigh) but my moments of agreeing with Dunne are rare- restricted to isolated incidents usually based around the fact that he’s pro-human rights, at least when it doesn’t involve acknowledging white male privilege.

    My question would be: Why do you support the removal of the Maori seats when there is effectively a referendum on them every term, as Maori can decide which electoral role they are members of?

  9. Sam Dixon 9

    whoo, not many serious questions for the Dunner.

    How about:

    You regularly call for cross-party concensus on issues, the latest being the Electoral Finance Act, broadband, and the Emissions Trading Scheme. Isn’t democracy about parties presenting different policy choices and the people having the chance to decide which they prefer?

  10. higherstandard 10

    The recently released Medicines NZ covers highlights a number of issues regarding pharmaceutical supply in NZ.

    Do you believe it will do anything to address the following.

    1 . delays that are being experienced with medicine registrations via Medsafe (delays of more than two years are not uncommon).

    2. PHARMAC’s continued blockade against funding new pharmaceuticals. While PHARMAC do an admirable job in keeping the prices down of available pharmaceuticals, clinicians in NZ have poor access to medicines which are commonly available overseas. As an anecdotal case in point bicalutamide for Prostate Cancer has been registered in NZ for many years but never funded – it was given a high priority by PHARMAC’s clinIcal advisors in May last year as it was less expensive and superior to the currently available alternative however it remains unfunded and my patients continue having to take an inferior medicine or pay for bicalutamide – this situation is patently absurd.

  11. Matthew Pilott 11

    What policy will your priority if you form part of the government after the 2008 election?

    What are potential dealbrakers to United Future joining a coalition with the other parties likely to be represented in the House after the election?

    (cap – matthew’s arrested – I hope that doesn’t prove to be strangely precient)

  12. George 12

    Mr Dunne

    Why were you so grumpy before the last election?

  13. Peter – how do you define “common sense” and how does one recognise it?

  14. WendyC 14

    Why do you continue to support a Government that has banned me from smacking my kids?

  15. Macky 15

    Do you support free primary healthcare (GP visits)? Would this require a nationalised primary healthcare provider(s)?

  16. Ted 16

    United Future has just released a pretty comprehensive health policy. When it comes to post-election negotiations, are concessions on health policy a high priority for United Future?

    Would you consider taking the post of Speaker in a future Government?

    Do you believe the modern Labour party is significantly different from the one you were part of when you first stood as a Labour candidate?

    Do you believe there is a clear preference amongst United Future voters as to which party you should support after the election?

    Which MP from a party other than your own do you find your views most closely align with?

  17. Peak Oil Conspiracy 17


    This is a great question:

    Which MP from a party other than your own do you find your views most closely align with?

    I would suggest modifying the wording slightly, to elicit more information:

    Which MP from a party other than your own do you find your views most closely align with; and why?

  18. George 18

    How many votes do you think the Gordon Copeland Party and the taito Field Party may take from United Future at the election?

Links to post

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Tokelau Language Week reminds us to stay united and strong
    Staying strong in the face of challenges and being true to our heritage and languages are key to preserving our cultural identity and wellbeing, is the focus of the 2020 Tokelau Language Week. Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio, says this year’s theme, ‘Apoapo tau foe, i nā tāfea ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • NZ announces a third P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    The Government has deployed a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea, announced Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark. “New Zealand has long supported ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Pacific trade and development agreement a reality
    Pacific regional trade and development agreement PACER Plus will enter into force in 60 days now that the required eight countries have ratified it. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker welcomed the announcement that the Cook Islands is the eighth nation to ratify this landmark agreement. “The agreement represents ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Securing a pipeline of teachers
    The Government is changing its approach to teacher recruitment as COVID-19 travel restrictions continue, by boosting a range of initiatives to get more Kiwis into teaching. “When we came into Government, we were faced with a teacher supply crisis,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “Over the past three years, we ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Border exceptions for a small number of international students with visas
    The Government has established a new category that will allow 250 international PhD and postgraduate students to enter New Zealand and continue their studies, in the latest set of border exceptions. “The health, safety and wellbeing of people in New Zealand remains the Government’s top priority. Tight border restrictions remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • First COVID-19 vaccine purchase agreement signed
    The Government has signed an agreement to purchase 1.5 million COVID-19 vaccines – enough for 750,000 people – from Pfizer and BioNTech, subject to the vaccine successfully completing all clinical trials and passing regulatory approvals in New Zealand, say Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods and Health Minister Chris Hipkins. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • International statement – End-to-end encryption and public safety
    We, the undersigned, support strong encryption, which plays a crucial role in protecting personal data, privacy, intellectual property, trade secrets and cyber security.  It also serves a vital purpose in repressive states to protect journalists, human rights defenders and other vulnerable people, as stated in the 2017 resolution of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Ministry of Defence Biodefence Assessment released
    The Ministry of Defence has today released a Defence Assessment examining Defence’s role across the spectrum of biological hazards and threats facing New Zealand. Biodefence: Preparing for a New Era of Biological Hazards and Threats looks at how the NZDF supports other agencies’ biodefence activities, and considers the context of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Approaches to Economic Challenges: Confronting Planetary Emergencies: OECD 9 October 2020
    New Approaches to Economic Challenges: Confronting Planetary Emergencies: OECD 9 October 2020 Hon David Parker’s response following Thomas Piketty and Esther Duflo. Good morning, good afternoon, and good evening, wherever in the world you might be. I first acknowledge the excellent thought provoking speeches of Thomas Piketty and Esther ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Kaipara Moana restoration takes next step
    A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed today at Waihāua Marae between the Crown, local iwi and councils to protect, restore and enhance the mauri of Kaipara Moana in Northland. Environment Minister David Parker signed the document on behalf of the Crown along with representatives from Ngā Maunga Whakahī, Ngāti ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand and Uruguay unite on reducing livestock production emissions
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor and Uruguayan Minister of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries Carlos María Uriarte have welcomed the launch of a three-year project that will underpin sustainable livestock production in Uruguay, Argentina, and Costa Rica.  The project called ‘Innovation for pasture management’ is led by Uruguay’s National Institute of Agricultural ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • 3100 jobs created through marae upgrades
    Hundreds of marae throughout the country will be upgraded through investments from the Provincial Growth Fund’s refocused post COVID-19 funding to create jobs and put money into the pockets of local tradespeople and businesses, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta have announced. “A total ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Health volunteers recognised in annual awards
    Health Minister Chris Hipkins has announced 9 teams and 14 individuals are the recipients of this year’s Minister of Health Volunteer Awards.  “The health volunteer awards celebrate and recognise the thousands of dedicated health sector volunteers who give many hours of their time to help other New Zealanders,” Mr Hipkins ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Community COVID-19 Fund supports Pacific recovery
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio says a total of 264 groups and individuals have successfully applied for the Pacific Aotearoa Community COVID-19 Recovery Fund, that will support Pacific communities drive their own COVID-19 recovery strategies, initiatives, and actions. “I am keen to see this Fund support Pacific ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Community benefits from Māori apprenticeships
    Up to 50 Māori apprentices in Wellington will receive paid training to build houses for their local communities, thanks to a $2.75 million investment from the Māori Trades and Training Fund, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “This funding will enable Ngāti Toa Rangatira Incorporated to provide its Ngā Kaimahi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Training fund supports Māori jobseekers
    Rapidly growing sectors will benefit from a $990,000 Māori Trades and Training Fund investment which will see Wellington jobseekers supported into work, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “This funding will enable Sapphire Consultants Ltd. to help up to 45 Māori jobseekers into paid training initiatives over two years through ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago