United Future New Zealand, usually known as United Future, is a registered New Zealand political party. With the formation of the 50th New Zealand Parliament after the 2011 election, it has a single member of the Parliament of New Zealand – party leader Peter Dunne, an electorate MP – and it has signed a confidence and supply agreement with the National Party, making it, along with ACT and the Maori Party, a support partner to the minority National government.
Leader: Peter Dunne
President: Robin Gunston
Political Ideology: Centrist
Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for inviting me to speak at your conference.
I am delighted to be here today with members of United Future New Zealand.
I want to acknowledge my hard-working and effective ministerial colleague – and Leader of United Future – the Honourable Peter Dunne.
Peter, it’s great to be working alongside you.
Over the past three years, I have been privileged to lead this stable, National-led Government, with three strong support partners: ACT, the Maori Party, and, of course, United Future.
National forged an agreement with these parties because ...
United Future's named seven more candidates for this year's election.
Kiwirail supervisor Damian Light is to stand for North Shore, anti 1080 campaigner and convicted bank robber Clyde Graf will run for Coromandel, and fishing guide Alan Simmons will contest Taupo.
Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand chief executive Sultan Eusoff is to run in Palmerston North, while Rob Eaddy, a former chief of staff for former Prime Minister Jim Bolger is standing in Hutt South.
Meanwhile, Vanessa Roberts has been named as the party's candidate in Ilam and Ian Gaskin will contest the seat ...
Wellington, Dec 15 NZPA - New Zealand's poor ranking in relation to primary school bullying in an international league table is a reflection of a "culture of brutality", United Future leader Peter Dunne says.The comparison comes in the Trends In International Mathematics And Science Study (TIMSS), where New Zealand was ranked second worst among 37 countries when it comes bullying in primary schools.Almost three-quarters of about 5000 New Zealand year five students said they had been bullied in the past month.The same study, which was released last week, also found that overall New Zealand ...
UnitedFuture a Parliamentary Party again UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne has welcomed Mr Speaker’s decision to renew UnitedFuture’s recognition as a Parliamentary Party, effective today.
“This is great news and brings to an end what has been a difficult ten weeks for the Party, and means we can get on with business as usual, without unnecessary distraction.
“I want to thank all those party volunteers who worked so hard to secure our re-registration, and commit to them to them that we will now focus fully on the challenge of preparing fully for the 2014 election.
“UnitedFuture came to Parliament seeking to play a constructive role in Government and today’s decision not only bring s to an end a difficult period for the Party, but also enables to take up our constructive role once again,” he says.
WHERE IS THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION? UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne is challenging the Electoral Commission to become involved in the case Whangarei Council worker, Jan Walters-Gleeson.
Ms Walters-Gleeson has been dismissed by the Council for signing the nomination form of a Mayoral candidate.
Mr Dunne says her dismissal appears to be a gross breach of her rights as a citizen to participate freely and fairly in the electoral process.
“I am surprised we have heard nothing so far from the Electoral Commission, given its oversight role of electoral processes, about the infringement of Ms Walters-Gleeson’s rights as an elector.
“The Commission has shown itself in the recent past to be punctilious to the point of rigidity in its application of electoral rules, and I would expect it to be no less diligent in upholding Ms Walters-Gleeson’s rights,” he says.
UnitedFuture to be re-registered this week Some ten weeks since it requested the Electoral Commission to de-register it, as it could not comply with existing EC rules, UnitedFuture has today been advised by the Commission that it will be re-registered this Thursday, August 15th.
“This has been a complex and long process for the party” said Party President, Robin Gunston, “which has required a lot of effort from the Board throughout this time of uncertainty. We have greatly appreciated the increased public support for our principles and values which have boosted our membership numbers- they have shown that our MMP democracy needs a Party like us at the centre of NZ politics.”
“We have appreciated the efforts made by the staff of the Electoral Commission to expedite the process, and will now be examining the learning lessons not only for the Party’s governance and management in the future but also of the legal framework under which the Electoral Commission derives its powers.” Mr Gunston said.
DoC REPORT ON RUATANIWHA DAM SHOULD BE MADE PUBLIC
UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne is calling for the release of DOC’s currently secret report critical of the Ruataniwha Dam proposal.
Mr Dunne says there is a great deal of interest in Hawkes Bay and elsewhere about the Ruataniwha proposal, and that all relevant information should be in the public arena.
“There is a great deal of concern amongst recreational and environmental groups in Hawkes Bay with whom I have spoken recently about this proposal and the way it is being advanced.
“They are especially about its impacts on the flows and fishery of the Tukituki river.
“On the other hand, I also know of strong support for Ruataniwha from a water storage perspective from bodies like Federated Farmers,” he says.
Mr Dunne says the Ruataniwha decision will have implications for water management regimes across the country.
“That is why it is so important that the right decision be made, based on all the evidence available, including DOC’s reported concerns about the