Podcast

RNZ: The Panel

The Panel features a range of panellists from across the opinion spectrum, together with expert phone guests.

Episodes

  • Taking toast to new height

    Jul 19 2019

    The latest culinary craze in Japan is to perfect the art of making toast. In Japan it's made from shokupan - which is a soft, white loaf. Mitsubishi has brought out a $400 toaster..well it's more thahn a toaster - it's a bread oven...it toasts a singel slice of bread at a time, sealing it inside a metal box and toasting it with two hot plates. Meanwhile, if you prefer eating out, Centre the Bakery, in Tokyo's upmarket Ginza district, provides a range of toasters that diners can choose from and u...more

  • Measles immunity gap

    Jul 19 2019

    There's a generation of New Zealanders who fall into the so-called measles immunity gap. They're people in their teens to mid-30s. This is the age group who are more likely than other demographics not to have been vaccinated. The National Measles Elimination Verification Committee met in May last year and they recommended a national programme around immunisation. No that hasn't happened. Unless you count a $35, 000 awareness campaign. Dr Helen Petousis-Harris says what's needed is a comprehensiv...more

  • State house unfit for disabled 19 year-old

    Jul 19 2019

    We thought we'd touch on this item that aired on Checkpoint last night. Born at just 25 weeks Hami has spastic quadriplegia cerebal palsy - he suffers seizures, he cant speak and he is blind and is utterly dependent on caregibvers and family.

  • Fake Tape Face

    Jul 19 2019

    The Boy With Tape On His Face, known more recently, as Tape Face has upset some fans. They think they've been duped after it came to light that it wasn't the original Tape Face performing in Las Vegas, rather someone akin to a franchisee.

  • Question of the Day: Can't sleep?

    Jul 19 2019

    The British Government may be looking at giving guidance on required sleep each night. A leaked draft of a UK public health green paper due to be published by the Health Secretary Matt Hancock shows the Government is likely to recommend daily hours of sleep because of growing evidence of the health impacts of lack of sleep. The panellists tell us whether they think this is a good idea for health and how many hours they sleep.

  • Mega firearms store in Christchurch

    Jul 19 2019

    New Zealand's most famous firearms retailer has opened up a mega store in Christchurch. It's the third Gun City store to open so far this year and a fourth is expected later in the year. David Tipple who owns Gun City is unapologetic about opening the new outlet in Sockburn which is a retail store and a warehouse, despite the sensitivities of Christchurch people following the massive loss of life in the mosque shootings.

  • Cost of living in NZ

    Jul 19 2019

    A survey by the Council of Trade Unions found 41 per cent of the more than 1000 respondents said their income was not keeping up with the cost of living and they feel they're becoming worse off. Yet, wage inflation is running at 2 per cent compared to an annual lift of 1.7 per cent in the Consumer Price Index. However, those who are worse off are those who don't own their own homes. Economist Brad Olsen unpackages some of the details.

  • Police breathalyzing in homes

    Jul 19 2019

    A Dunedin barrister says Police are over-stepping the mark by entering people's houses to breathalyze them.Marie Taylor-Cyphers says some of the Police evidential paperwork even says the tests were conducted on the roadside, when they weren't. It seems that Police believe they have the right to enter private property, gain entry to homes and then carry out breath tests. Human Rights and Privacy lawyer Michael Bott says the law is clear - Police aren't allowed to do this.

  • The Panel with Sally Wenley and Jerome Chandrahasen (Part 2)

    Jul 19 2019

    The British Government may be looking at giving guidance on required sleep each night. A leaked draft of a UK public health green paper due to be published by the Health Secretary Matt Hancock shows the Government is likely to recommend daily hours of sleep because of growing evidence of the health impacts of lack of sleep. The panellists tell us whether they think this is a good idea for health and how many hours they sleep. The Boy With Tape On His Face, known more recently, as Tape Face has u...more

  • The Panel with Sally Wenley and Jerome Chandrahasen (Part 1)

    Jul 19 2019

    A Dunedin barrister says Police are over-stepping the mark by entering people's houses to breathalyze them.Marie Taylor-Cyphers says some of the Police evidential paperwork even says the tests were conducted on the roadside, when they weren't. It seems that Police believe they have the right to enter private property, gain entry to homes and then carry out breath tests. Human Rights and Privacy lawyer Michael Bott says the law is clear - Police aren't allowed to do this. A survey by the Council ...more

  • I've been thinking for 19 July 2019

    Jul 19 2019

    What the Panelists Sally Wenley and Jerome Chandrahasen want to talk about..

  • Story of the Day for 19 July 2019

    Jul 19 2019

    The world-famous Australian lamington is over a century old.

  • Gender-neutral school uniform

    Jul 18 2019

    Schools in Wales now have a gender-neutral policy and some are calling for the same, here. Already many primary schoolshave this and the Ministry of Education leave it up to individual school boards to make decisons around uniform. Should uniforms be dictated from the government or left up to individual schools?

  • Supporting Women In Sport Basin Reserve

    Jul 18 2019

    Fancy going to watch a cricket match at the Supporting Women In Sport Basin Reserve? The naming rights of the iconic Wellington sportsground is up for grabs and a crowdfunding campaign is underway to name it the Sporting Women in Sport Basin Reserve.

  • Youth MP experiences Parliament's Lions Den

    Jul 18 2019

    Deputy Speaker and National MP Anne Tolley reprimanded 17 year-old Youth MP Lily Dorrance for reading from her notes, in the middle of a speech about youth suicide and mental health. She was shown no mercy by the Deputy Speaker. Should she have been?

  • Where is the most creative city you've been to?

    Jul 18 2019

    Question of the Day: Where is the most creative city you've been to? What made it creative?

  • No impeachment for Trump's race-based tweet

    Jul 18 2019

    The US president won't be impeached for sending what's considered to be a racist Tweet. The House of Representatives voted against the accusation that he had brought "ridicule, disgrace and disrepute" to his office. But 95 Democrats signaled their support for impeachment, while 137 opposed it. It's highlighted the rifts among Democrats about how to deal with Donald Trump. Democrat's Speaker Nancy Pelosi says you have to give him credit, calling him a great distractor.

  • Improving roads to save lives

    Jul 18 2019

    The government has released details of its Road to Zero Strategy, for public consultation. It aims to cut road deaths by 40 per cent in the next 10 years. This involves improving infrastructure of roads, making it easier for councils to change speed limits, setting safety standards for imported cars, and having more police and more visible speed cameras. Matt Lowrie of Greater Auckland talks about if this is the right approach to cutting the road toll.

  • Matata coastal calamity

    Jul 18 2019

    The residents of Matata have been told their area is too high risk to stay on there. In 2005 an intense storm above the hills of the coastal settlement destroyed 27 homes. Since then, the Whatakatne Distrcict Council investigated engineering options but, expert advice said there was no viable engineering solutions. What do the people do now?

  • The Panel with Ruwani Perera and Simon Wilson (Part 2)

    Jul 18 2019

    Topics - Question Of The Day: Where is the most creative city you've been to? What made it creative? Deputy Speaker and National MP Anne Tolley reprimanded 17 year-old Youth MP Lily Dorrance for reading from her notes, in the middle of a speech about youth suicide and mental health. She was shown no mercy by the Deputy Speaker. Should she have been? Fancy going to watch a cricket match at the Supporting Women In Sport Basin Reserve? The naming rights of the iconic Wellington sportsground is up f...more

  • The Panel with Ruwani Perera and Simon Wilson (Part 1)

    Jul 18 2019

    Topics - The residents of Matata have been told their area is too high risk to stay on there. In 2005 an intense storm above the hills of the coastal settlement destroyed 27 homes. Since then, the Whatakatne Distrcict Council investigated engineering options but, expert advice said there was no viable engineering solutions. What do the people do now? The residents of Matata have been told their area is too high risk to stay on there. In 2005 an intense storm above the hills of the coastal settle...more

  • Story of the Day and I’ve been thinking for 18 July 2019

    Jul 18 2019

    An introduction to our panellist and the topics for the day plus our panelists share their thoughts on something they've been thinking about.

  • Too early for Love Island

    Jul 17 2019

    Love Island, a UK reality TV show, is screening at 5pm on New Zealand screens.

  • Emojis in the workplace

    Jul 17 2019

    A survey of more than 2000 Kiwis has found nearly of third said their perception of people changed when they used emojis at work.

  • Te reo Māori: compulsory in schools?

    Jul 17 2019

    Kelvin Davis has come out in favour of compulsory Te Reo Māori in schools. It's a break from Labour and the Prime Minister's position on the issue - who have stayed away from the word "compulsory"

  • Question of the Day for 17 July 2019

    Jul 17 2019

    Good boss, bad boss - what have been your experiences?

  • Do you hate your boss?

    Jul 17 2019

    An article from the Harvard business review caught our attention, it's all about our relationships with our bosses, and why employees leave.

  • Wellington bus users being "ripped off"

    Jul 17 2019

    It has been a year since the Wellington Bus Network was re-designed and it's fair to say it's caused a huge upheaval for commuters in the capital.

  • Legal action against the Government over climate change

    Jul 17 2019

    Iwi leader Mike Smith is suing the Government over its inaction on climate change. He says he wanted to see in the ICCC report a target to halve greenhouse has emission in the next decade.

  • Agriculture and the ETS

    Jul 17 2019

    It's been called a climate change policy breakthrough. Agriculture looks set to join the Emissions Trading Scheme, but under cosy deal that will see them pay 5 percent of emissions costs from 2025.

  • The Panel with Julia Whaipooti and Ben Thomas (Part 2)

    Jul 17 2019

    An article from the Harvard business review caught our attention, it's all about our relationships with our bosses, and why employees leave. In the states, studies show half of all Americans have quit jobs because of their bosses. We ask the panellists what makes a good oss and a bad one. Good boss, bad boss - what have been your experiences? Kelvin Davis has come out in favour of compulsory Te Reo Maori in schools. It's a break from Labour and the Prime Minister's position on the issue - who ha...more

  • The Panel with Julia Whaipooti and Ben Thomas (Part 1)

    Jul 17 2019

    It's been called a climate change policy breakthrough. Agriculture looks set to join the Emissions Trading Scheme, but under cosy deal that will see them pay 5 percent of emissions costs from 2025. We ask Dave Frame, Professor of Climate Change at Victoria University of Wellington, about whether this is the right way to address the problem. Iwi leader Mike Smith is suing the Government over its inaction on climate change. He says he wanted to see in the ICCC report a target to halve greenhouse h...more

  • I've been thinking for 17 July 2019

    Jul 17 2019

    What the Panelists Julia Whaipooti and Ben Thomas have been thinking about.

  • Story of the Day for 17 July 2019

    Jul 17 2019

    This story is everything good - animals and snuggling up in front of a movie.

  • Voting age: should it be lowered?

    Jul 16 2019

    Youth MPs are preparing for Aotearoa's ninth Youth Parliament but many of the young people chosen for the programme can't even vote yet. Which brings up the issue of the voting age - should it be lowered?

  • The slippery slope of debt

    Jul 16 2019

    An 18-year-old has opened up about her enormous debt, saying she never should have been given the opportunity to rack it up.

  • Anti-manspreading chair

    Jul 16 2019

    A student has invented a chair to bring an end to a serious issue - manspreading. The British woman built a chair with a wedge that narrows toward the front, forcing men to sit with their knees together.

  • To play or not to play

    Jul 16 2019

    A playground in Tauranga has been closed because of complaints form parents about safety. An opinion piece in The Herald today argues this is evidence that we're wrapping our kids in cotton wool.

  • Question of the Day

    Jul 16 2019

    If you could invent something for everyday use, what would it be?

  • NZ and Aus: Do we need to save the relationship?

    Jul 16 2019

    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will meet her Australian counterpart Scott Morrison for the first time since his re-election. Back in February Ardern branded Australia Family rather than friends...

  • Dunedin loses 'steepest street' title

    Jul 16 2019

    Dunedin has lost its status as the home of the worlds steepest street. Baldwin street has held the record for many years but has had the honour snatched away by a street in Wales.

  • Updating old health and safety rules

    Jul 16 2019

    Workplace Relations and safety Minister Ian Lees Galloway has launched a 3 month consultation period on regulations aimed at improving health and safety.

  • The Panel with Janet Wilson and Selwyn Manning (Part 2)

    Jul 16 2019

    Anti-manspreading chair;Question of the Day;To play or not to play;The slippery slope of debt;Voting age: should it be lowered?

  • The Panel with Janet Wilson and Selwyn Manning (Part 1)

    Jul 16 2019

    Updating old health and safety rules;Dunedin loses 'steepest street' title;NZ and Aus: Do we need to save the relationship?

  • Story of the Day 16 July 2019

    Jul 16 2019

    Over half a million people pledge to raid Area 51. We've all wondered whether aliens are real, but now some people are taking it to a whole new level.

  • I've been thinking for 16 July 2019

    Jul 16 2019

    What the Panelists Janet Wilson and Selwyn Manning have been thinking about.

  • Trump attack on congresswomen

    Jul 15 2019

    President Trump has been accused of racism over a tweet suggesting Democratic congresswomen "go back" to where they came from.

  • No rugby league for Taranaki girl

    Jul 15 2019

    Another case of a girl wanting to play sport and being told she can't. This time the rules say it's too dangerous.

  • Education system 'failing Māori'

    Jul 15 2019

    The education system is broken and failing Maōri students, a principal says. Keri Milne-Ihimaera says Maōri students are very capable but mainstream education isn't catering to them.

  • Climate change is giving us anxiety, depression

    Jul 15 2019

    The headlines have been coming thick and fast about climate change, and none of it very good. That's causing concern for some Kiwis.

  • Question of the Day

    Jul 15 2019

    Did you and the family stay up to watch the cricket? How are you faring today?

  • Banksy might be back

    Jul 15 2019

    It is understood that John Banks is seriously considering another crack at the Auckland Mayoralty. Banks was Mayor of Auckland City but lost to Len Brown in 2010.

  • Gun buyback begins

    Jul 15 2019

    Nearly 400 people handed in 542 guns in the gun buyback scheme over the weekend. The total compensation amounted to just over $1 million.

  • Reflecting on the Cricket World Cup Final

    Jul 15 2019

    The Black Caps lost to England in the Cricket World Cup final. New Zealand gave it their all but were denied the win after a tied game and Super Over.

  • The Panel with Emma Espiner and Thomas Pryor (Part 2)

    Jul 15 2019

    The headlines have been coming thick and fast about climate change, and none of it very good. That's causing concern for some Kiwis. New Zealand Psychological society says some are experiencing depression, anxiety and hopelessness over the issue, other don't want to have kids because of the threat. We talk to Auckland University Te Wananga o Waipapa Maori Pacific studies co-head Dr Jemaima Tiatia-Seath about her upcoming research into the problem. The education system is broken and failing Maori...more

  • The Panel with Emma Espiner and Thomas Pryor (Part 1)

    Jul 15 2019

    The Black Caps lost to England in the Cricket World Cup final. New Zealand gave it their all but were denied the win after a tied game and Super Over. By all accounts one of the most extraordinary finals ever seen. We get reaction from our Cricket Commentator Zoe George. Nearly 400 people handed in 542 guns in the gun buyback scheme over the weekend. The total compensation amounted to just over $1 million. There's is no gun registry though, so it is difficult to say whether the number of guns ha...more

  • I've been thinking 15 July 2019

    Jul 15 2019

    What the Panelists Emma Espiner and Thomas Pryor have been thinking about.

  • Story of the Day 15 July 2019

    Jul 15 2019

    Story of the Day for Monday for 15 July 2019.

  • Metallica write kids book

    Jul 12 2019

    Madonna's done it, so has Fergie (of the royal family, not the Black Eyed Peas) and even David Walliams. Now Metallica's got onboard and has written a childrens' book. The ABCs of Metallica is due out in November.The proceeds go to their charity "All Within My Hands".

  • Too many straights in gay bars

    Jul 12 2019

    Are there too many straight men going to gay bars, and is that a problem?

  • Cannabis licensing

    Jul 12 2019

    People who were hoping to start a small business growing medicinal cannabis may be disappointed beause the license cost is beyond their means.The layout would cost up to $16,800 for the first year and license renewal around $11-$13, 000. The Drug Foundation's Ross Bell says the upside is that it would eliminate the "gold rush" effect.

  • No need for so much laundering

    Jul 12 2019

    There's such a thing as too clean and it's bad for the environment. A British writer wore the same t-shirt for five days to see if she could handle not washing her clothes as often as she was used to. It was an experiment with the aim of helping the environment.

  • Question of the day 12 July 2019

    Jul 12 2019

    Red tape is taking the fun out of kids innovation and play. Bullrush isn't the only victim to a wrapping them in cotton wool mentality. The latest is a bike track in Christchurch that a group of boys spent months building in a huge unused part of red zone land. It has been leveled after being deemed a hazard.

  • Co-living: a new approach to renting

    Jul 12 2019

    People are seeking out new ways of living, one of these is co-living.There's a new initiative in Auckland that offers hostel-like accomodation for adults. The Coh opens later in the month, on Symonds St in the CBD. It's a three-story complex, with 22 bedrooms, four bathrooms, with laundry facilities on each floor. It has a living room, cinema room and rumpus room. You'll get all this and a car park-sized bedroom for $360 a week.

  • Black Caps Cricket World Cup final

    Jul 12 2019

    The Black Caps are into the Cricket World Cup Final. It'll be one of the country's most exciting sporting moments but, you won't be able to go down to your local to watch it on Sunday because the time frame is too short to obtain a special license.

  • Retirement villages confusing contracts

    Jul 12 2019

    The Commission for Financial Capability has taken aim at what they say are confusing retirement village contracts. The Commission says that residents often ended up paying anywhere from $20 - $100 extra unexpected and unaffordable fees daily fees. John Collyns of the Retirement Villages Association agrees there needs to be greater transparency.

  • The Panel with David Slack and Lynda Hallinan (Part 2)

    Jul 12 2019

    Topics - Red tape is taking the fun out of kids innovation and play. Bullrush isn't the only victim to a wrapping them in cotton wool mentality. The latest is a bike track in Christchurch that a group of boys spent months building in a huge unused part of red zone land. It has been leveled after being deemed a hazard. People who were hoping to start a small business growing medicinal cannabis may be disappointed beause the license cost is beyond their means.The layout would cost up to $16,800 fo...more

  • The Panel with David Slack and Lynda Hallinan (Part 1)

    Jul 12 2019

    Topics - The Commission for Financial Capability has taken aim at what they say are confusing retirement village contracts. The Commission says that residents often ended up paying anywhere from $20 - $100 extra unexpected and unaffordable fees daily fees. John Collyns of the Retirement Villages Association agrees there needs to be greater transparency. The Black Caps are into the Cricket World Cup Final. It'll be one of the country's most exciting sporting moments but, you won't be able to go d...more

  • I've been thinking 12 July 2019

    Jul 12 2019

    What the Panelists David Slack and Lynda Hallinan have been thinking about.

  • Story of the Day 12 July 2019

    Jul 12 2019

    Story of the Day 12 July 2019.

  • Stop commenting on looks on social media

    Jul 11 2019

    Writer Angela Barnett wants people to stop commenting on others' looks on social media. Maybe keep your nastiness to yourself but, what's wrong with compliments?

  • Opposition to anniversary of Cpt Cook's arrival

    Jul 11 2019

    An online petition to stop the replica of Captain James Cook ship the Endeavour coming to our shores for Tuia 250 has garnered nearly 2000 signatures. The re-enactment of Cook's journey is to mark the 250th anniversay of his arrival in Aotearoa. Opponents say the reenactment is the most unnecessary and hurtful part of the whole event.

  • NGO social services losing workers because of salary

    Jul 11 2019

    Non-government organisations are struggling from a lack of social workers because they can't compete with government agencies on the salary front. At the end of last year, Oranga Tamariki social workers got an average pay increase of about 30 percent. Brenda Pilott of Social Service Providers Aotearoa says the average salary for an NGO social worker is about $52,000 and the mid-point of the Oranga Tamariki pay scale is $83,000. She talks about what needs to happen.

  • Orewa's plague of mobility scooters

    Jul 11 2019

    There are concerns in the beach town of Orewa that mobility scooters are becoming a menance and taking over the footpaths. Forget about e-scooters, mobility scooters can go up to 49 kph and there are no speed limits on them.

  • Question of the Day:What horror frightened you the most?

    Jul 11 2019

    There's yet another Scream movie. It's Scream:Resurrection. What horror film frightened you the most?

  • New approach to boost number women in leadership

    Jul 11 2019

    An Australian experimental economist, Lata Gangadharan, who was in New Zealand recently, is calling for an opt-out approach to leadership. She says rather than putting the onus on women to create change, how about we debias the organisations they work for?

  • Why doesn't the goverment spend the $5BN surplus?

    Jul 11 2019

    The government has a $5BN surplus, so why doesn't it spend it on infrastructure or welfare? Economist Tim Hazeldine explains why a surplus is a sacred cow that no-one seems to want to touch.

  • Suicide rate at 10-year high

    Jul 11 2019

    New Zealand had the highest number of suicides in 10 years in 2016. Ministry of Health figures show 553 people died by suicide in 2016 and young people aged 15-24 years had the highest rate of suicide with 16.8 per 100,000. The statistics for Maori men is especially grim at nearly 32 per 100,000, more than twice that of the non-Maori men. Michael Naera of the Mental Health Foundation discusses this tragedy and possible ways to help prevent these deaths.

  • The Panel with Irene Gardiner and Shane Te Pou (Part 2)

    Jul 11 2019

    Scary movies: Question of the Day:What horror frightened you the most?Orewa's plague of mobility scooters;NGO social services losing workers because of salary;Opposition to anniversary of Cpt Cook's arrival;Stop commenting on looks on social media.

  • The Panel with Irene Gardiner and Shane Te Pou (Part 1)

    Jul 11 2019

    Suicide rate at 10-year high;Why doesn't the goverment spend the $5BN surplus?New approach to boost number women in leadership.

  • I've been thinking for 11 July 2019

    Jul 11 2019

    What the Panelists Irene Gardiner and Shane te Pou have been thinking about.

  • Story of the Day - Cricket with Zoe George

    Jul 11 2019

    Zoe George reviews the cricket.

  • The Queen tipped to hand over power to Charles in two years

    Jul 10 2019

    Now the Queen might be doing the unimaginable. Handing over power to her boy Charles!

  • Fake news about famous deaths

    Jul 10 2019

    It's a thing. Fake social media and news stories about disaster befalling the famous. And people believe it.

  • Dangers of trampoline parks

    Jul 10 2019

    The school holidays are here and the kids might be heading to a trampoline park. But there are some pretty serious injuries to be had. A biomechanical engineer from the US says the designs of trampoline parks can create a "hazardous transfer of energy". We get University of Auckland physicist Richard Easther to explain exactly what this means.

  • CHCH mayor chooses not to know mosque shooter's name

    Jul 10 2019

    Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel is in Britain this week opening a new branch of the Christchurch Foundation, raising money for the victims of the March 15 mosque attacks. One of the interesting things the mayor said in an interview with The Guardian was " I don't even know his name". She says that, more than not using it, she's forgotten it.

  • NZers knowledge of Asia has grown

    Jul 10 2019

    New research from the Asia New Zealand Foundation has found increased travel, entertainment and personal connections means New Zealanders understand the region better than ever before. It's a self assesment but seems to show a clear change in our perception of Asia. In 2013 30 per cent of New Zealanders said they knew at least a fair amount about Asia. Now it's almost half. Simon Draper of the Asia New Zealand Foundation explains how this increase in knowledge has come about and what it indicate...more

  • End of the line for the VW Beetle

    Jul 10 2019

    Question of the Day: What's your most memorable car experience? The last Volkswagon Beetle has rolled off the production line in Mexico. It's had a few incarnations, the latest began in 2011 and there was an earlier rebirth in 1997. The car that became an icon of the hippie generation originated in late-1930s Nazi Germany and became the world's most popular car. Twenty-one-and-a-half million Beetles have been sold worldwide.

  • Kakapo baby boom has sad side

    Jul 10 2019

    New Zealand is in the midst of far and away the best kakapo breeding season ever. The total adult population of these endangered birds is just 142. But this season 86 chicks have hatched the next best season was 34. It was an outstanding success and then the birds started catching aspergillosis. RNZ's Alison Ballance talks about what's going on with these beautiful birds.

  • GPs prescribing cannabis

    Jul 10 2019

    The government has today released a set of proposed regulations for medicinal cannabis - around cultivation and around standards for medicinal products. Under the proposed new regulatory scheme patients suffering from chronic pain could be prescribed medicinal cannabis at the discretion of the prescriber. Dr Richard Metlicott of the Royal College of General Practitioners talks about the sticking points for GPs and the ideal ways to prescribe.

  • Crisis point for infrastructure

    Jul 10 2019

    New Zealand's infrastructure is at crisis point. Tjis is the analysis of the Prime Minister's own Business Advisory Council, headed by outgoing Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon. This is not news to Stephen Selwood of Infrastructure NZ. He discusses how we prioritize roads, or airports, or rail? And if it's time to partnership with overseas companies to get the work done.

  • The Panel with Ali Jones and Shamubeel Eaqub (Part 2)

    Jul 10 2019

    Question of the Day: What's your most memorable car experience? The last Volkswagon Beetle has rolled off the production line in Mexico. It's had a few incarnations, the latest began in 2011 and there was an earlier rebirth in 1997. The car that became an icon of the hippie generation originated in late-1930s Nazi Germany and became the world's most popular car. Twenty-one-and-a-half million Beetles have been sold worldwide. Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel is in Britain this week opening a new...more

  • The Panel with Ali Jones and Shamubeel Eaqub (Part 1)

    Jul 10 2019

    New Zealand's infrastructure is at crisis point. Tjis is the analysis of the Prime Minister's own Business Advisory Council, headed by outgoing Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon. This is not news to Stephen Selwood of Infrastructure NZ. He discusses how we prioritize roads, or airports, or rail? And if it's time to partnership with overseas companies to get the work done. The government has today released a set of proposed regulations for medicinal cannabis - around cultivation a...more

  • I've been thinking for 10 July 2019

    Jul 10 2019

    What the Panelists Ali Jones and Shamubeel Eaqub have been thinking about.

  • Story of the Day for 10 July 2019

    Jul 10 2019

    There's recently been a bit of publicity around school balls in NZ - Kerikeri High School banned plunging necklines, revealing splits and anything other than ankle-length dresses at the ball.

  • NZ Rugby selection: do they need to install a moral compass?

    Jul 09 2019

    New Zealand Rugby has a list of socially oriented "character assessment values" when it comes to selecting players. Things like work ethic, competitiveness, resilience, coachability, and motivation in rugby. A study by the University of Otago says overseas academics also recommend focusing on values such as compassion, fairness, and integrity. The study's co-author Tania Cassidy discusses what we should expect from players off the field.

  • CHCH bridge designs scrapped

    Jul 09 2019

    A design for a new pedestrian bridge in Christchurch is calling into question the respect New Zealand has for its artists, after a design competition was scrapped and the council instead went for a government-funded design. Artist Graham Bennet says Christchurch has ended up with a concrete slab.

  • Matariki as a public holiday

    Jul 09 2019

    How about Matariki as a public holiday? And the Question of the Day is: If you could invent a public holiday what would it be to commemorate.

  • Compulsory voting

    Jul 09 2019

    The Auckland Council has done a pre-election survey which gauges awareness and attitudes of potential voters. Overall, 52.2 per cent of those canvassed supported compulsory voting. Many of those are young people. Otago University law professor Andrew Geddis talks about whether compulsory voting will fly.

  • Let down by absence of a Race Relations Commissioner

    Jul 09 2019

    New Zealand hasn't had a Race Relations Commissioner for over a year.The first attempt to replace Susan Devoy apparently didn't produce enough quality candidates, so the position was readvertised. The Commission did get someone but, they turned the job down. In the meantime, one of the unsuccessful candidates challenged the readvertisement process in Court. The New Zealand Federation of Multicultural Councils national president Pancha Narayanan says this has led to "an absence of a moderating ef...more

  • Subsidies for EVs

    Jul 09 2019

    The government has announced new subsidies for electric and hybrid vehicles up to $8000 off new or near-new vehicles arriving in the country. But there's stick as well as carrot, with a $3000 fee added onto the import of vehicles with the highest greenhouse gas emissions. This will come into effect in 2021. Road Safety advocate Clive Matthew-Wilson looks at the pros and cons.

  • The Panel with Lizzie Marvelly and Gary McCormick (Part 2)

    Jul 09 2019

    How about Matariki as a public holiday? And the Question of the Day is: If you could invent a public holiday what would it be to commemorate. A design for a new pedestrian bridge in Christchurch is calling into question the respect New Zealand has for its artists, after a design competition was scrapped and the council instead went for a government-funded design. Artist Graham Bennet says Christchurch has ended up with a concrete slab. New Zealand Rugby has a list of socially orientated "charact...more

  • The Panel with Lizzie Marvelly and Gary McCormick (Part 1)

    Jul 09 2019

    The government has announced new subsidies for electric and hybrid vehicles up to $8000 off new or near-new vehicles arriving in the country. But there's stick as well as carrot, with a $3000 fee added onto the import of vehicles with the highest greenhouse gas emissions. This will come into effect in 2021. Road Safety advocate Clive Matthew-Wilson looks at the pros and cons. New Zealand hasn't had a Race Relations Commissioner for over a year.The first attempt to replace Susan Devoy apparently ...more

  • I've been thinking for 9 July 2019

    Jul 09 2019

    What the Panelists Lizzie Marvelly and Gary McCormick have been thinking about.

  • Story of the Day for 9 July 2019

    Jul 09 2019

    We just had to talk about the young daredevil who scaled The Shard, in London. It's the highest structure in western europe - 305 metres tall... Anyway, 19 year-old George King freeclimbed up the Shard - no harness, no rope.

  • Managers need to learn how to manage millennials

    Jul 08 2019

    Company director Bruce Cotterill has written a piece on how managers need to learn how to lead this generation in the workplace. He says millennials are natural communicators, when most of their bosses are not. They are caring and have an innate sense of fairness. They care about gender equality, diversity, tolerance, employee safety and wellbeing, and executive behaviour. They have been brought up in an environment where they have been encouraged to ask questions.

  • E-books disappearing even if you've bought them

    Jul 08 2019

    When is something you buy not really something you own? When it's an e-book. Microsoft is closing its ebooks store later this month and when it does all the books you've bought will cease to work. It's all because of copyright laws, but it's giving you some warning so you can finish reading them before they disappear from your virtual library. And you get a refund.

  • Beauty pageant organisers try to gag outspoken contestant

    Jul 08 2019

    In Tonga there's a hulabaloo over the Miss Heilala beuty pageant. Over the weekend the outgoing Miss Heilala, Kolo Funganitao, used her farewell speech to lambast the organisers for not protecting her from bullying, lying and backstabbing. The twist is that reporters say as she was giving her controversial speech, Tonga's Deputy Prime Minister Semisi Sika got the DJ to play loud music to drown out Kalo and her mic was eventually cut.

  • No alcohol beer sold to underaged people

    Jul 08 2019

    Online retailer Mighty Ape is selling Asahi Dry Zero, a non-alcoholic beer from Japan, with no age restrictions. It quotes Auckland Council Manager of Alcohol Licensing Peter Knight as saying any beer with less than 1.15 per cent alcohol content is considered alcohol-free and therefore can be sold to anyone regardless of age. Is it as bad as the outlawed Spacemen cigarettes?

  • Question of the Day for 8 July 2019

    Jul 08 2019

    If you became mayor what's one bylaw you'd enact?

  • Multi-level marketing schemes: rip-off or opportunity?

    Jul 08 2019

    Multi-level marketing schemes are growing in popularity in New Zealand. Odds on you've seem one on your social media feed. In a nutshell a company sells you a whole lot of product, and you then sell that product off, make a killing and then you retire at the age of 35. Theoretically. Journalist Tes Nichol tells us about what she's discivered about multi-level marketing schemes.

  • Northland Maori shun local politics

    Jul 08 2019

    Northland Maori want greater representation in local government. Nearly half of the population in the Far North is Maori but many feel they're shut out from local politics, and this results in disengagement from local politics. The chair of Northland iwi Te Rarawa, Haami Piripi tells us what it would take for Maori to trust local government processes.

  • Food insecurity in NZ

    Jul 08 2019

    Food insecurity is now a term that can be applied to many New Zealand families. A new report from the Ministry of Health says many parents are stressed and anxious about providing food. Almost one in five kiwi kids living in households where they could not afford to eat properly, ran out of food or had to rely on charities. Helen Robinson from the Auckland City Mission explains what's she's seeing.

  • The Panel with Verity Johnson and Scott Campbell (Part 2)

    Jul 08 2019

    If you became mayor what's one bylaw you'd enact? Online retailer Mighty Ape is selling Asahi Dry Zero, a non-alcoholic beer from Japan, with no age restrictions. It quotes Auckland Council Manager of Alcohol Licensing Peter Knight as saying any beer with less than 1.15 per cent alcohol content is considered alcohol-free and therefore can be sold to anyone regardless of age. Is it as bad as the outlawed Spacemen cigarettes? In Tonga there's a hulabaloo over the Miss Heilala beuty pageant. Over t...more

  • The Panel with Verity Johnson and Scott Campbell (Part 1)

    Jul 08 2019

    Food insecurity is now a term that can be applied to many New Zealand families. A new report from the Ministry of Health says many parents are stressed and anxious about providing food. Almost one in five kiwi kids living in households where they could not afford to eat properly, ran out of food or had to rely on charities. Helen Robinson from the Auckland City Mission explains what's she's seeing. Northland Maori want greater representation in local government. Nearly half of the population in ...more

  • I've been thinking for 8 July 2019

    Jul 08 2019

    What the Panelists Verity Johnson and Scott Campbell have been thinking about.

  • Story of the Day for 8 July 2019

    Jul 08 2019

    Idris Elba. The man who could be Bond. He's a real life hero. The actor rushed to the aid of a woman who suffered a seizure while he was on stage on Manchester.

  • Banning phones in the office

    Jul 05 2019

    Most of us take our phones everywhere. Often they're part of our work, a tool as important as a pen. But some organisation are looking at banning phones to boost productivity.

  • Black Ferns playing conditions

    Jul 05 2019

    Our World Champion Black Ferns are currently playing in a US tournament where players have to change in a tent on the field, and use portable toilets.

  • Why won't the SFO won't prosecute Nigel Murray?

    Jul 05 2019

    There's been an outcry over the decision to not prosecute former Waikato DHB head Nigel Murray. Dr Murray resigned in 2017 shortly before an investigation found he spent more than $120,000 on unjustified travel and accommodation.

  • No parking on berms

    Jul 05 2019

    If you park on a narrow street with two wheels up on the berm, a new proposal could enable councils to hit you with a $40 fine. It is technically illegal to park on berms, but it's not enforceable.

  • Question of the Day 5 July 2019

    Jul 05 2019

    What magazine did you love growing up? Why?

  • Goodbye Mad magazine

    Jul 05 2019

    The seminal American MAD magazine is to cease regular publication. Older listeners will react by going what? Me worry?

  • Call for compulsory vaccinations

    Jul 05 2019

    Some are calling for compulsory vaccinations In New Zealand as the measles outbreak continues. Laws introduced in California have seen the number of children without vaccines fall dramatically.

  • New laws show extent of family violence

    Jul 05 2019

    Police file an average of 33 strangulation charges before the court every week. Just one statistic that highlights the shocking stage of family violence in New Zealand.

  • The Panel with Penny Ashton and Bernard Hickey (Part 2)

    Jul 05 2019

    What magazine did you love growing up? Why? If you park on a narrow street with two wheels up on the berm, a new proposal could enable councils to hit you with a $40 fine. It is technically illegal to park on berms, but because there are not enough 'no parking' signs, there are many places where it's not enforceable. The panellists weigh in on the issue. There's been an outcry over the deccision to not prosecute fromer Waikato DHB head Nigel Murray. Dr Murray resigned in 2017 shortly before an i...more

  • The Panel with Penny Ashton and Bernard Hickey (Part 1)

    Jul 05 2019

    Police file an average of 33 strangulation charges before the court every week. Just one statistic that highlights the shocking stage of family violence in New Zealand. These stats have come to light since the new strangulation offence was introduced last December. We speak to Jane Drumm from domestic violence charity Shine about the new laws. Some are calling for compulsory vaccinations In New Zealand as the measles outbreak continues. Laws introduced in California have seen the number of child...more

  • I've been thinking for 5 July 2019

    Jul 05 2019

    What the Panellists Penny Ashton and Bernard Hickey have been thinking.

  • Story of the Day for 5 July 2019

    Jul 05 2019

    An extreme marriage proposal has gone viral. A man faked a kidnapping before proposing. Ali Ventura asks why extreme proposals are popular.

  • Tanks and Trump

    Jul 04 2019

    Officers, and even some Defense Department personnel, are worried President Trump's "Salute to America" will politicize the armed forces, on a day that has traditionally been about nonpartisan independence.

  • Bed tax, and more, needed

    Jul 04 2019

    Local councils need help to deal with the increasing tourism, the productivity commission says. It delivered a long list of recommendations in a draft of its review of the finances of local councils.

  • Digital tombstones

    Jul 04 2019

    A slightly morbid investigation by RNZ's Max Towle today about the dead on the social media site. Within 50 years, the dead are predicted to outnumber the living on Facebook.

  • Question of the Day for 4 July 2019

    Jul 04 2019

    Do you talk to your plants to help them grow? What are your green thumb tips?

  • Plants remain unconscious

    Jul 04 2019

    Biologists are having to squash the idea that plants are conscious. Research from more than a decade claims that plants have intentions, feelings and even consciousness.

  • Little vs Google

    Jul 04 2019

    Andrew Little has slammed Google for its breaking of suppression order in the Grace Millane murder case. It named her alleged killer in an email of its trends in December.

  • Locals fight developers

    Jul 04 2019

    One of those great David and Goliath stories from the regions. A Cromwell man refuses to be bribed by developers. Rex Edgar has been offered $1 million for his land on the outskirts of the Central Otago township.

  • Where's the confidence?

    Jul 04 2019

    Business confidence has tumbled, with outlooks at ten year lows, the worst since the Global Financial Crisis. Recent figures suggest our GDP growth is slowing, despite the Prime Minister's assertion we are tracking well.

  • The Panel with Clare de Lore and Chris Gallavin (Part 2)

    Jul 04 2019

    Biologists are having to squash the idea that plants are conscious. Research from more than a decade claims that plants have intentions, feelinsg and even consciousness. Traditional biologists have snapped over the claims, hoping to reassure veryone that they are demonstrably false. The panellists share their plant stories. Do you talk to your plants to help them grow? What are your green thumb tips? Speaking of tech giants, a slightly morbid investigation by RNZ's Max Towle today about the dead...more

  • The Panel with Clare de Lore and Chris Gallavin (Part 1)

    Jul 04 2019

    Business confidence has tumbled, with outlooks at ten year lows, the worst since the Global Financial Crisis. Recent figures suggest our GDP growth is slowing, depsite the Prime Minister's assertion we are tracking well. Economic journalist Bernard Hickey explains why he thinks the Government needs to act now. One of those great David and Goliath stories from the regions. A Cromwell man refuses to be bribed by developers. Rex Edgar has been offered $1 million for his land on the outskirts of the...more

  • I've been thinking for 4 July 2019

    Jul 04 2019

    What the Panellists Clare de Lore and Chris Gallavin have been thinking.

  • Story of the Day for 4 July 2019

    Jul 04 2019

    A case of confusion for many who heard the line up of the Jeddah World Fest with month. The concert is being held in Saudi Arabia and the headline act is Nicki Minaj. Ali Ventura explains why some are baffled.

  • Online "polls" on news sites worrying

    Jul 03 2019

    Online polls on news sites have been getting attention on social media here in New Zealand. The problem seems to be reducing a nuanced and serious issue into a yes or no question for readers to click on.

  • Cartoonist canned

    Jul 03 2019

    The artist who drew an anti-Trump cartoon has been fired. The cartoon showed the President looking down at the bodies of Oscar Ramirez and his young daughter Angie, who drowned crossing the Rio Grande.

  • Airport lounges: overrated?

    Jul 03 2019

    Air New Zealand is looking at plans to curb access to its Koru lounge because its getting overcrowded. Today a piece in Stuff considering whether lounges are really worth it.

  • St James in limbo

    Jul 03 2019

    The historic St James theatre is in danger of indefinite mothballing because work has stalled on it. Funding woes means it's sitting abandoned. It used to be a jewel in the crown of Downtown Auckland but now it languishes.

  • Question of the Day

    Jul 03 2019

    What has your hospital experience been like?

  • Wimbledon's dress debacle

    Jul 03 2019

    It seems there is little end to the criticism women receive for wearing clothes - particularly if they are famous athletes. Wimbledon is often a hot spot for these comments, due to the strict dress code for tennis.

  • Are these big productions worth it?

    Jul 03 2019

    New Zealand has been confirmed, by industry sources, as the primary location for a massive new TV series on Lord of the Rings. It is being produced by Amazon and it was a toss up between here and Scotland.

  • DHBs in trouble

    Jul 03 2019

    In the space of a few years District Health Boards have gone from one or two experiencing financial problems, to almost all being in deficit.

  • The Panel with Nadine Higgins and Peter Elliott (Part 2)

    Jul 03 2019

    Question of the Day; St James in limbo; Online "polls" on news sites worrying; Cartoonist canned; ANZ threatens to leave us.

  • The Panel with Nadine Higgins and Peter Elliott (Part 1)

    Jul 03 2019

    DHBs in trouble; Are these big productions worth it?; Wimbledon's dress debacle; Airport lounges: overrated?

  • I've been thinking for 3 July 2019

    Jul 03 2019

    What the Panellists Peter Elliott and Nadine Higgins have been thinking

  • Story of the Day for 3 July 2019

    Jul 03 2019

    It's a trope that never gets old in romcoms and tv shows - platonic friendship blossoming into great romantic love. But real life isn't a movie and declaring your love for a friend can be disastrous.

  • Wealthy call for wealth tax

    Jul 02 2019

    Some of America's richest people are urging US presidential candidates to back a wealth tax on the super-rich to improve inequality and climate change.

  • Woman with moko kauae refused entry

    Jul 02 2019

    A woman who was refused entry into a bar because of her moko kauae has been apologised to and asked to educate staff on the matter. Atawhai Tuki shared her story on social media.

  • Pacific youth and "social" gambling

    Jul 02 2019

    A new report from AUT University and the MOH has found that more than 1 in 3 Pacifica Youth reported gambling daily, making gambling as common as tobacco among some.

  • Rude cafe - beat up or misunderstood?

    Jul 02 2019

    Police called into a Canterbury cafe, one that has been called New Zealand's rudest, to explain customer service to the owners. It has the lowest rating on trip advisor but is it all a beat up? Are they simply brisk and busy?

  • Question of the Day for 2 July 2019

    Jul 02 2019

    What's your favourite comfort food to make this time of year?

  • The psychology behind comfort food

    Jul 02 2019

    It's a cold night and you've got a hearty stew on the stove, what could be better? Why do we turn to comforting, heavy dishes during the colder months - is it purely for warmth?

  • Should we introduce higher fines for texting and driving?

    Jul 02 2019

    New laws have been introduced in Queensland Australia, so drivers can now be fined a grand for using their phones while driving. If drivers are caught a second time they could lose their licence.

  • Sports injuries surge for younger kids

    Jul 02 2019

    Sporting injuries for under-14s have surged. Since 2008 Injuries are up 60 percent in this age group, much higher growth than any other age. ACC believes it could be because young people are specialising at an earlier age.

  • Youth court now dealing with 17 year olds

    Jul 02 2019

    Among the many changes in law that took place yesterday July 1st was changes to the Youth Justice system. As of yesterday the youth court will now consider offending by 17-year-olds.

  • The Panel with Paula Penfold and Fete Taito (Part 2)

    Jul 02 2019

    It's a cold night and you've got a hearty stew on the stove, what could be better? Why do we turn to comforting, heavy dishes during the colder months - is it purely for warmth? Well research in The Conversation has found there's a bit more to it. The panellists discuss whether they turn to carbs and sugar when they're cold, and why they do it. What's your favourite comfort food to make this time of year? A new report from AUT University and the MOH has found that more than 1 in 3 Pacifica Youth...more

  • The Panel with Paula Penfold and Fete Taito (Part 1)

    Jul 02 2019

    Among the many changes in law that took place yesterday July 1st was changes to the Youth Justice system. As of yesterday the youth court will now consider offending by 17-year-olds. The Youth Court previously dealth with offennding by people age 14-16. We ask the panellists what they make of the change. Sporting injuries for under-14s have surged. Since 2008 Injuries are up 60 percent in this age group, much higher growth than any other age. ACC believes it could be because young people are spe...more

  • I've been thinking for 2 July 2019

    Jul 02 2019

    What the Panellists Paula Penfold and Fete Taito have been thinking.

  • Story of the Day for 2 July 2019

    Jul 02 2019

    How to influence people - well at least how to win an argument, according to psychological research. Ali Ventura shares tips from an article in The Guardian.

  • Hell Pizza's fakeout

    Jul 01 2019

    Hell Pizza is facing heat - and perhaps even legal woes - over its gimmick to serve fake meat without telling customers.

  • MPI's handling of Kauri dieback 'appalling'

    Jul 01 2019

    A new report has slammed MPI's handling of kauri dieback as "appalling". The Environment Select Committee report called the agency slow to act in its response to the threat.

  • New minister, new plan?

    Jul 01 2019

    The new housing minister won't confirm targets for kiwibuild - so the 100,000 houses may not be the key phrase anymore.

  • Question of the Day 1 July 2019

    Jul 01 2019

    What plastic product would you NEXT like to see banned?

  • Leaders meet in the DMZ

    Jul 01 2019

    Donald Trump has become the first sitting US President to set foot in North Korea, meeting Kim Jong Un in the demilitarized zone.

  • Millions to go to plastic waste projects

    Jul 01 2019

    On a related topic the Government will spend $40 million on crowd-sourcing ideas to reduce the amount of plastic waste. The money will be used in invest in projects that tackle the problem of waste.

  • Plastic bag ban in force

    Jul 01 2019

    The single use plastic ban comes into effect today. The ban will affect everyone from markets and retailers, supermarkets and department stores.

  • The Panel with Sharon Brettkelly and Michelle Boag (Part 2)

    Jul 01 2019

    What plastic product would you NEXT like to see banned? The new housing minister won't confirm targets for kiwibuild - so the 100,000 houses may not be the key phrase anymore. Megan Woods became Minister of Housing - leaving Phil Twyford will deal with Urban Development - last week. The Panellists discuss waht needs ot be done with the portfolio. A new report has slammed MPI's handling of kauri dieback as "appalling". The Environment Select Committee report called the agency slow to act in its r...more

  • The Panel with Sharon Brettkelly and Michelle Boag (Part 1)

    Jul 01 2019

    The single use plastic ban comes into effect today. The ban will affect everyone from markets and retailers, supermarkets and department stores. The panellists discuss the move and whether they're already using recyclable bags. On a related topic the Government will spend $40 million on crowd-sourcing ideas to reduce the amount of plastic waste. The money will be used in invest in projects that tackle the problem of waste and will come from the Provincial Growth Fund. We speak to Simonne Eldridg...more

  • I've been thinking for 1 July 2019

    Jul 01 2019

    What the Panellists Sharon Brettkelly and Michelle Boag have been thinking.

  • Story of the Day for 1 July 2019

    Jul 01 2019

    A wrap of the Glastonbury festival for those who have never and probably will never find the chance to go to it.

  • Radio station hands out coal

    Jun 28 2019

    A Dunedin radio station's copped slack for giving our free coal, just days after the city declared a climate emergency. The stunt by The Hits has been likened to giving our cartons of cigarettes.

  • Women's football is having a major moment

    Jun 28 2019

    The World Cup has prompted an unprecedented explosion in interest in women's football and audience viewing records are being shattered.

  • Democratic candidates debate

    Jun 28 2019

    The first debate of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary took place last night, hosting ten candidates on stage - another 11 debated today.

  • Question of the Day for 28 June 2019

    Jun 28 2019

    What is the best ever kitchen gadget or utensil?

  • The best thing to have in your kitchen

    Jun 28 2019

    A good meal is made with a great gadget. With an unlimited budget you could drops thousands on the kitchen on your dreams, but sometimes all that is needed is a sharp knife.

  • Porn in schools

    Jun 28 2019

    The Ministry of Education has revealed 300,000 searches for pornographic material were blocked on school networks in one month. School sites are blocking material and safeguards are working.

  • Less freedom in freedom camping

    Jun 28 2019

    Residents across the country, in some of our tourist areas, are tired of seeing packed camp sites, or over packed camps sites. And now Auckland Mayor Phil Goff wants the Government to fundamentally change the law.

  • Households need to reduce greenhouse gases

    Jun 28 2019

    A concerning picture is emerging with our greenhouse gas emissions. They've flat lined over the last 10 years and our households emissions have been steadily increasing bucking world wide trends.

  • The Panel with Lynda Hallinan and Guy Williams (Part 2)

    Jun 28 2019

    A good meal is made with a great gadget. With an unlimited budget you could drops thousands on the kitchen on your dreams, but sometimes all that is needed is a sharp knife. And often bashed up, overused, cheap equipment is what we turn to. The panellists tell us what they can't live without in their kitchen. What is the best ever kitchen gadget or utensil? The first debate of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary took place last night, hosting ten candidates on stage - another 11 debated tod...more

  • The Panel with Lynda Hallinan and Guy Williams (Part 1)

    Jun 28 2019

    A concerning picture is emerging with our greenhouse gas emmissions. They've flat lined over the last 10 years and our households emissions have been steadily increasing bucking world wide trends. Our love for the car is the key driver behind our households greenhouse gas emissions rising a hefty 20 percent in the 10 years to 2017. We talk to Professor James Renwick from Victoria University about what we can do to reduce the numbers. Residents across the country, in some of our tourist areas, ar...more

  • I've been thinking for 28 June 2019

    Jun 28 2019

    What the Panellists Lynda Hallinan and Guy Williams have been thinking.

  • Story of the Day for 28 June 2019

    Jun 28 2019

    Is winking still OK or does it leave people out? Ali Ventura looks at why it can be exclusionary.

  • Beg travelling: the entitled ask for donations

    Jun 27 2019

    There's a new trend in travelling involving sites like GoFundMe. The website - which facilitates charitable donations to the needy - is being used by the not-so-needy to pay for holidays and travel aboard.

  • Survey on cycle lanes

    Jun 27 2019

    The Automobile Association has released a survey saying more than half of Auckland oppose new cycle lanes. However the survey has had a bit of backlash as it was only 700 AA members.

  • Question of the Day for 27 June 2019

    Jun 27 2019

    What would you change in the home you're renting, if you could?

  • Renters less satisfied with homes

    Jun 27 2019

    Renters are less likely to be happy with their housing than those who own their homes, Stats NZ has found.

  • Makhlouf's "clumsy response" to breach

    Jun 27 2019

    A State Services Commission Report has slammed outgoing Secretary Treasury Gabriel Makhlouf's handling of the budget data breach.

  • Emotional second reading of End of Life Choice bill

    Jun 27 2019

    It was an often emotional debating session in the house last night as MPs debated the second reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. 70 MPs vote in favour of the Bill, while 50 were opposed.

  • Cabinet reshuffle - changes to housing

    Jun 27 2019

    The Prime Minister has announced her first major Cabinet reshuffle, focusing on housing. Jacinda Ardern has decided on a trio of ministers led by Megan Woods to take over the portfolio.

  • The Panel with Leonie Freeman and Michael Moynahan (Par

    Jun 27 2019

    Renters are less likely to be happy with their housing than those who own their homes, Stats NZ has found. It's part of the broader General Social Survey 2018 where Kiwis were asked a range of wellbeing questions, about their satisfaction with their homes, how affordable it is and if they have issues with dampness and mould. Renters United spokesperson Kate Day explains why. What would you change in the home you're renting, if you could? The Autombile Association has released a survey saying mor...more

  • The Panel with Leonie Freeman and Michael Moynahan (Part 1)

    Jun 27 2019

    The Prime Minister has announced her first major Cabinet reshuffle, focusing on housing. Jacinda Ardern has decided on a trio of ministers led by Megan Woods to take over the portfolio. Kris Faafoi will take on social housing while Phil Twyford keeps Urban Development and picks up Economic Development. A State Services Commission Report has slammed outgoing Secretary Treasury Gabriel Makhlouf's handling of the budget data breach. The report released today says that Mr Makhlouf did not act resona...more

  • I've been thinking for 27 June 2019

    Jun 27 2019

    What the Panellists Leonie Freeman and Michael Moynahan have been thinking

  • Story of the Day for 27 June 2019

    Jun 27 2019

    Politicians try to seem relatable - why do they have such trouble doing it? Ali Ventura has some examples.

  • Folau: New fundraiser, more controversy

    Jun 26 2019

    A new fundraising page for Israel Folau has raised more than $1.8 million to fight his unfair dismissal case. That figure doesn't include the $100,000 the Australian Christian Lobby pledged to the fundraiser it is hosting on its website.

  • Question of the Day for 26 June 2019

    Jun 26 2019

    Would you support a move to a four year parliamentary term? Why or why not?

  • Longer parliamentary terms and more MPs suggested

    Jun 26 2019

    A report has suggested that longer parliamentary terms would enable the Government to better look at issues long term, and avoid what some call the "short term-ism" that can afflict policy making.

  • Sexual identity part of new stats survey

    Jun 26 2019

    Wellbeing data for people of different sexual identities has been collected for the first time, in an effort to better understand the wellbeing of New Zealanders of different sexual identities.

  • Does the smoking in cars bill need work?

    Jun 26 2019

    The bill banning smoking cars with children has passed its first reading but has immediately faced criticism form the opposition. National says the bill needs major work as it does little to discourage smokers.

  • Primary principals reject offer

    Jun 26 2019

    Primary School Principals have rejected the government's latest pay offer, despite primary school teachers accepting it. The deal would leave principals at smaller schools earning less than senior teachers at larger schools.

  • The Panel with Rodney Hide and Ali Mau (Part 2)

    Jun 26 2019

    A report has suggested that longer parliamentary terms would enable the Government to better look at issues long term, and avoid what some call the "short term-ism" that can afflict policy making. The report out called "Foresight, insight and oversight - enhancing long term governance through better parliamentary scrutiny", looks at the quality of long term decision making. Also suggested was an increase of MPs from 120 to 150. Co-author of the study Jonathan Boston explains the reasons behind t...more

  • The Panel with Rodney Hide and Ali Mau (Part 1)

    Jun 26 2019

    First Primary School Principals have rejected the government's latest pay offer, despite primary school teachers accepting it. The deal would see most teachers pay go up by 18 percent over three years but would have left principals at smaller schools earning less than senior teachers at larger schools. The panellist give their views on the situation. The bill banning smoking cars with children has passed its first reading but has immeidately faced criticism form the opposition. National says the...more

  • I've been thinking for 26 June 2019

    Jun 26 2019

    What the Panellists Rodney Hide and Ali Mau have been thinking.

  • Story of the Day for 26 June 2019

    Jun 26 2019

    A new product is causing controversy online, makeup for your entire body. What's the message this sends to people? Ali Ventura discusses the arguments.

  • Lime scooter death

    Jun 25 2019

    A person has died while riding a Lime e-scooter in Auckland last night. Lime Scooters confirmed they have been in contact with police and the 59-year-old victim's family.

  • Kiwibuild not guaranteed next year

    Jun 25 2019

    The Prime Minsiter has said there will be a Government building programme next year but she can't guarantee that Kiwibuild will be a part of it.

  • School ball: who gets to go?

    Jun 25 2019

    There have been concern from parents and those in the community about some schools not allowing students to go until any outstanding fees or donations are paid up.

  • Question of the Day for 25 June 2019

    Jun 25 2019

    What is your favourite superhero film? Why?

  • 30 years of Batman films

    Jun 25 2019

    The big screen Batman turns 30 and so its a good time to celebrate some of those Batpeople that have come and gone ever since Gotham City's favourite son graced the big screen in Tim Burtons noir version of Batman.

  • Gender-reveal cakes to be a thing of the past

    Jun 25 2019

    The gender-reveal cake gained traction in 2009 with reality TV stars and everyday couples cutting open cakes dyed pink or blue - which apparently denotes sexuality. But no more! The gimmick is waning.

  • Holding the banks to account

    Jun 25 2019

    The government will introduce a bank deposit guarantee scheme, to give customers better protection if their bank was to go under. It is part of the review of the Reserve Bank Act.

  • Call for fair pay agreements

    Jun 25 2019

    The Council of Trade Unions released a report this morning calling on the Government to honour a pre-election promise to introduce fair pay agreements.

  • Two National MPs to retire

    Jun 25 2019

    Senior National MP Amy Adams will retire from politics at the 2020 election. Just 45 minutes later, a second National MP, Alastair Scott, also announced he'd also be retiring at the election.

  • The Panel with Russell Brown and Alexia Russell (Part 2)

    Jun 25 2019

    The big screen Batman turns 30 and so its a good time to celebrate some of those Batpeople that have come and gone ever since Gotham City's favourite son graced the big screen in Tim Burtons noir version of Batman. We ask the panellists who their favourite on screen Batman was. What is your favourite superhero film? Why? Yesterday we talked about what kids are wearing to their school ball, but today let's talk about the ball again, this time about who gets to go. There have been posts on twitter...more

  • The Panel with Russell Brown and Alexia Russell (Part 1)

    Jun 25 2019

    Senior National MP Amy Adams will retire from politics at the 2020 election. The Selwyn MP has decided to step down form her spokesperson roles in the meantime. Just 45 minutes later, a second National MP, Alastair Scott, also announced he'd also be retiring at the election. The Council of Trade Unions released a report this morning calling on the Government to honour a pre-election promise to introduce fair pay agreements. Supporters say an across industry agreement will halt a so-called "race ...more

  • I've been thinking for 25 June 2019

    Jun 25 2019

    What the Panellists Russell Brown and Alexia Russell have been thinking.

  • Story of the Day for 25 June 2019

    Jun 25 2019

    People are more honest than expected, according to a study about what happens when people find wallets.

  • NZ: Come for the scenery, stay for the peace

    Jun 24 2019

    We've been ranked the second most peaceful country in the world. The Global Peace Index report measures "the peacefulness" of 163 countries. Iceland took the top spot unsurprisingly.

  • Inclusive school ball dress code

    Jun 24 2019

    Over the years, there have been stories about what these teenagers can or cannot wear to their school ball but one school in Kerikeri has decided to let the students decide the dress code. And it's surprising.

  • HIV campaign: eye-catching for a reason

    Jun 24 2019

    A new safe sex billboard has caused some consternation from some who have seen it. The billboards are the latest in the Ending HIV campaign from the Aids Foundation.

  • Question of the Day for 24 June 2019

    Jun 24 2019

    What were your favourite fireworks growing up?

  • Fireworks ban could be on the way

    Jun 24 2019

    Fireworks in the backyard with the kids be a thing of the past, if Auckland council gets its way. It is pushing for a private fireworks ban. We ask the panellists whether they think it's time fireworks were a once-a-year tradition.

  • Tenants and cleaning: what's required?

    Jun 24 2019

    A tenant has won a case against her property manager for withholding the bond of the rental because carpets hadn't been cleaned.

  • Israel Folau's fundraising shut down

    Jun 24 2019

    Top Aussie netballer Liz Ellis has hit out at Netball Australia and Netball South Australia for backing Maria Folau, who is backing her husband Israel Folau and his goal to raise $3 million to pay for his legal action against Rugby Australia.

  • The bizarre case of the Christopher Luxon ad

    Jun 24 2019

    An advertisement appeared in the paper and online over the weekend has caused a stir, with many unsure of what it means. We try and explain what the idea was behind  #National2020.

  • The Panel with Thomas Pryor and Cindy Mitchener (Part 2)

    Jun 24 2019

    Fireworks in the backyard with the kids be a thing of the past, if Auckland council gets its way. It is pushing for a private fireworks ban. We ask the panellists whetehr they think it's time fireworks were a once-a-year tradition. What were your favourite fireworks growing up? A new safe sex billboard has caused some consternation from some who have seen it. The billboards are the latest in the Ending HIV campaign from the Aids Foundation. But it seems some who think it's has gone too far are p...more

  • The Panel with Thomas Pryor and Cindy Mitchener (Part 1)

    Jun 24 2019

    An advertisement appeared in the paper and online over the weekend has caused a stir, with many unsure of what it means. It was a take on a classic Dick Frizell print, and the ad showed John Key's face morphing into that of outgoing Air NZ CEO Christopher Luxon and it included the hashtags Luxon2020 and National2020. Many say it could be breaking electoral law. We ask Brand Expert Professor Claire Robinson what it was trying to achieve. Top Aussie netballer Liz Ellis has hit out at Netball Austr...more

  • I've been thinking for 24 June 2019

    Jun 24 2019

    What the Panellists Thomas Pryor and Cindy Mitchener have been thinking.

  • Story of the Day for 24 June 2019

    Jun 24 2019

    More fake news. Ali Ventura looks at the study about bone growths which led to a flurry of stories about teens growing "horns" because of their cellphones. How did they interpret it so wrong?