Hon. Peter Dunne, born in Christchurch in 1954, graduated from the University of Canterbury in 1977 with a Master of Arts degree with Honours in Political Science, and has also studied business administration at Massey University.
He has been an MP since 1984, holding the north-west Wellington seats of Ōhāriu; Onslow; and Ōhāriu -Belmont.
Mr Dunne has led the UnitedFuture Party since October 1996.
He has been appointed Minister of Internal Affairs, Associate Minister of Health and Associate Minister of Conservation since January 2014 and he was Minister of Revenue, both part of the National/UnitedFuture Coalition Government. He has previously served as Minister of Regional Development; Associate Minister for the Environment and Associate Minister of Justice in the Palmer and Moore Labour Governments.
He has written two books: "Home is Where My Heart Is", published in 2002, and "In the Centre of Things", published in 2005.
There was an extraordinary irony the day Parliament debated the special report commissioned by the cross-party GLOBE New Zealand groups was debated in Parliament recently. The country was being battered...