Wednesday May 23, 2018
Peter Dunne honoured with NZ Order of Merit
inbrief news Tech week marked by sharing Kathleen wright, co-ordinator at SubUrban Co-Working, above the Mobil service station in Johnsonville Road, says they are celebrating that his week is Tech Week by encouraging folks who are working alone - at home, in cafes, libraries or maybe in a single-person office, to come in and join them for free until Friday May 25. She says all you need to do is book your space by contacting them on www.suburban.org.nz/tech-week/ “And on your co-working days bring your laptop, your phone and your lunch. We eat together at 12.30 pm every day,” she says.
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ABOVE: The CNZM insignia Peter now wears. LEFT: The Honourable Peter Dunne, CNZM, with the Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy. PHOTO: Supplied By Glenise Dreaver
The former MP for Ohariu, Peter Dunne, has formally received the high honour of Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, following the announcement in the New Year’s Honours List on December 30. His insignia of office was presented by the Governor General, Dame Patsy Reddy in a ceremony held at Government House on Tuesday May 15. For Peter it was a special family occasion, with his wife Jennifer, one of their two sons, their daughter-in-law and grandchild and his sister
all able to attend the newer, smaller investiture, now part of a four-day programme. The former United Future leader, Peter retired from politics ahead of the September election and holds the record for the longest-serving continuous MP. His service to the Ohariu electorate covers 33 years, over 11 consecutive terms. He was first elected to Parliament as the Labour Party candidate in 1984 and served in multiple ministerial portfolio roles during his 14 years in the fourth and fifth Labour governments, and also in coalition with the fourth and fifth National governments.
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After resigning from the Labour Party in 1994 Peter joined the United New Zealand Party, later becoming leader of the United Future New Zealand Party when his United Party merged with Future New Zealand in 2000. He remained in that role until he retired. He says the most notable achievement of his years in government was when, as Minster of Internal affairs, he managed the amalgamation of the rural and urban fire services. “That had been on the books since 1948 and no minister had ever been able to achieve it until then.”
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Another notable success was, he said, as Associate Minister of Health, when he played a significant role in delivering the 2015-2020 National Drug Policy. There were other notable achievements, one in treaty settlements, with a 25-year agreement with iwi leaders being achieved, and in tax reforms as Minister of Revenue. The introduction of Kiwi Saver was also a high point he says. Now he’s watching progress of the new government “from a distance”. What does he think? “It’s about what I expected.”
The Onslow College environmental group is organising their third annual Vegetarian and Vegan food fair. Fifty per cent of their profits will go to Generation Zero, Forest and Bird and the SPCA charities, with the students voting for how much goes to what charity on the day. The rest of the profits are put towards their next environmental project. It will be held on Friday May 25 at lunch time (1.15 pm to 2.10pm) in the school hall.
Call for new pyjamas Wellington Regional Children’s Hospital sees a significant increase in the number of children who are admitted to hospital in winter, many arriving without pyjamas. The hospital’s community nurses also visit children at home, many without a warm pair of pyjamas to wear at night. Warm pyjamas can help prevent hospital admissions. Pyjamas must be new to prevent cross-infection and can be dropped off at the reception areas of Wellington Hospital, Kenepuru Hospital, and Kapiti Health Centre. Or, posted to Wellington Hospitals’ Foundation, Wellington Hospital Private Bag 7902, Wellington 6242. Or make a donation online at whf. org.nz/donate/ and Hospi will buy a pair on your behalf!
Independent Herald 23-05-18