Podcast

RNZ: The Panel

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

Episodes

  • Who are we now?

    Mar 20 2019

    One of the questions that a lot of us are asking ourselves after the mosque killings is: who are we now as a nation? On the day this happened Jacinda Ardern what's become a catch-cry "This is not who we are". Our Panelists Fatumata Bah and Peter Fa'afiu tell us who they think we are.

  • People fired for watching mosque shooting video

    Mar 20 2019

    At least one person has been fired for watching the video of the Christchurch mosque shootings, while others have been dismissed for sharing it with workmates. Cyber Research is a company which monitors internal computer use for around 50 workplaces and also says many of those companies monitored had three to five employees look up the video at work. Chrictchurch employment lawyer Kathryn Dalziel says there are proper processes to go through to fire someone.

  • Petitions inspired by attacks gain momentum

    Mar 20 2019

    Friday's Christchurch mosque shootings has seen the launch of activisim on several fronts. A petition calling for a ban of semi-automatic weapons is doing the rounds and there's a campaign to put a moratorium on gun shop advertising. Josh Jacobsen who is co-ordinating the information around the petitions. He served nine years in the Defence Force, so knows his guns.

  • Warning of measels becoming endemic in NZ

    Mar 20 2019

    Health experts warn the latest outbreak of measles could once again make the virus endemic, if not enough is done to prevent its spread. There are now 30 cases of measles in the Canterbury region and 49 nationwide. In 2017 New Zealand was free of endemic measles, meanig any news cases were brought in from overseas. Michael Baker of the University of Otago explains how we ended up back in this position and what the answer is to combating the disease.

  • How muslims are represented in media

    Mar 20 2019

    Australian journalist Rashna Farrukh left the mainstream media after having enough of how muslims were portrayed and hearing the inflammatory rhetoric from the likes of the nationalist One Nation Party. She describes what impression Australians are getting of the Christchurch's mosque attacks from their media.

  • The Global UN Migration Compact

    Mar 20 2019

    Just what IS The Global UN Migration Compact which has angered the far right across Europe especially, and also the alledged Christchurch mosque gunman. National Party leader Simon Bridges warned last year that his party won't support a UN agreement on immigration. Murdoch Stephens who led a campaign to raise New Zealand's refugee quota explains what the Compact is all about

  • Why burial protocols are so important in Islam

    Mar 20 2019

    The first funeral for two victims of the mosque shootings took place this morning in Christchurch. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of father and son Khaled and Hamza Mustafa. Some in the Muslim community have been distressed by the delays in the release of the victims bodies, which breaks with the tradition of burial within 24 hours. We discuss the cultural and religious funeral practices in our Panelists' communities.

  • Parliament's Arabic prayer

    Mar 20 2019

    As our nation faces questions around who we are in light of the atrocity committed at the two mosques in Christchurch, the New Zealand Parliament demonstrated inclusivity in its session yesterday. The Speaker Trevor Mallard invited an interfaith group of religious leaders on to Parliament's floor. What is the broader message from this gesture?

  • The Panel with Fatumata Bah and Peter Faa'fiu (Part 2)

    Mar 20 2019

    Health experts warn the latest outbreak of measles could once again make the virus endemic, if not enough is done to prevent its spread. There are now 30 cases of measles in the Canterbury region and 49 nationwide. In 2017 New Zealand was free of endemic measles, meanig any news cases were brought in from overseas. Michael Baker of the University of Otago explains how we ended up back in this position and what the answer is to combating the disease. Friday's Christchurch mosque shootings has see...more

  • The Panel with Fatumata Bah and Peter Faa'fiu (Part 1)

    Mar 20 2019

    As our nation faces questions around who we are in light of the atrocity committed at the two mosques in Christchurch, the New Zealand Parliament demonstrated inclusivity in its session yesterday. The Speaker Trevor Mallard invited an interfaith group of religious leaders on to Parliament's floor. What is the broader message from this gesture? The first funeral for two victims of the mosque shootings took place this morning in Christchurch. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of father ...more

  • Dunedin City Councillor Marie Laufiso on the mosque shootings

    Mar 20 2019

    Tears flowed at an emotional Dunedin City Council meeting as aroha was expressed for the Muslim Community and a vow was made to tackle racism head on. City councillor Marie Laufiso was at the meeting and tells us about it's purpose.

  • Story of the Day and I've been thinking for 20 March 2019

    Mar 20 2019

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

  • The place of the mosque in the community

    Mar 19 2019

    A new mosque has opened in Nelson. It's doors are open to anyone. What part will it play in the community? We talk to the president if the Nelson Islamic Cultural Society Moayid Sherif.

  • Finding forgiveness

    Mar 19 2019

    There have been some incredible personal stories from those caught in the mosque attacks. Heroism and forgiveness. What does it atke to forgive? When is the right time?

  • Gun owners handover semi automatics

    Mar 19 2019

    Many gun owners are reflecting on their need to have semi-automatic weapons in their possession after last Friday's mosque shootings. John Hart is one of those who's responded to the call to give up semi-automatics. He's a farmer from Wairarapa, who also ran for the Green Party in 2017. So why's a responsible gun-owner like him giving up his gun?

  • World is watching NZ gun reform

    Mar 19 2019

    It's not just not just New Zealanders waiting to see what Parliament does next in our move towrds gun law reforms. The rest of the world is watching to see what we do. Al Gillespie of Waikato University talks about why New Zealand's response is of interest to the international community.

  • Stopping violent content online

    Mar 19 2019

    The role that social media played in the spread of a video of the Christchurch attacks has become a prime focus of the analyis of the event. Questions are being raised about the willingness of the big tech companies to face their responsibilities in the online world. Alistair Knott of the University of Otago presents some possible strategies for identifying and road-blocking violent content.

  • NZ Security dropped the ball on white extremists

    Mar 19 2019

    An inquiry into the agencies associated with New Zealand's national intelligence is to get underway. White supremacist groups have sprung up in the West with many responsible for killings around the world. Investigative reporter David Fisher says these activities on and off line should have sounded warning bells here, ahead of the Christchurch mosque attacks.

  • Dame Anne Salmond on NZ's racist underbelly

    Mar 19 2019

    The Panelists confront the uncomfortable possibility that New Zealand is a racist country. Respected historian and writer Dame Anne Salmond says New Zealanders need to look racism directly in the eye and stop pretending its not there. She says the idea of white supremacy is part of who we are and is based on on arrogance, and ignorance. She urges us to name it for what it is, challenge it when we see it and "replace it with better ways of being Kiwi".

  • The Panel with Bernard Hickey and Tayyaba Khan (Part 2)

    Mar 19 2019

    It's not just not just New Zealanders waiting to see what Parliament does next in our move towrds gun law reforms. The rest of the world is watching to see what we do. Al Gillespie of Waikato University talks about why New Zealand's response is of interest to the international community. Many gun owners are reflecting on their need to have semi-automatic weapons in their possession after last Friday's mosque shootings. John Hart is one of those who's responded to the call to give up semi-automat...more

  • The Panel with Bernard Hickey and Tayyaba Khan (Part 1)

    Mar 19 2019

    The Panelists confront the uncomfortable possibility that New Zealand is a racist country. Respected historian and writer Dame Anne Salmond says New Zealanders need to look racism directly in the eye and stop pretending its not there. She says the idea of white supremacy is part of who we are and is based on on arrogance, and ignorance. She urges us to name it for what it is, challenge it when we see it and "replace it with better ways of being Kiwi". An inquiry into the agencies associated with...more

  • Pre- Panel and I've been thinking for 19 March 2019

    Mar 19 2019

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

  • Paul Walsh's Avondale mural tribute

    Mar 19 2019

    Artist Paul Walsh has painted a tribute to Naeem Rashid, one of the 50 victims of last Friday's attacks in Christchurch. The piece is in a car park in the Auckland suburb of Avondale. Mr Walsh says the green and black background represents Pakistan and New Zealand united in mourning. He explains why he painted the mural.

  • Back to school today for the children of Christchurch

    Mar 18 2019

    It was back to school today for the children of Christchurch...and we're going to talk to Blair Dravitski, the principal of Linwood Avenue Primary.

  • Hamilton mosque opens doors for community

    Mar 18 2019

    Police have told reporters in Christchurch that they aim to have all mosques in the city open by this Friday. They've been closed since the attacks on two mosques. In Hamilton, that city's Mosque held a community open day yesterday afternoon. The Waikato Muslim Association's Dr Asad Mohsin explains why the've opedn their arms to the community.

  • Social media's place in spreading mosque killing video

    Mar 18 2019

    The role that the tech giants played in the proliferation of the chilling self-streamed footage of the alleged gunman Brenton Tarrant's attack has been a talking point. The mass killing was live streamed on Facebook, announced on 8chan commented about on Reddit. Is it time tech companies were really called to task? Andrew Cushen of InternetNZ says it's hard to know what to do next.

  • I will keep watch while you pray

    Mar 18 2019

    A man who stood outside a Manchester mosque after the shooting of 50 people at mosques in New Zealand said he wanted to "respond with friendship". Andrew Graystone was pictured with a placard saying: "You are my friends. I will keep watch while you pray." He tells us what promped his simple act of solidarity.

  • Name change for Crusaders rugby?

    Mar 18 2019

    The Canterbury Crusaders rugby team is considering a name change. Apparently, they've thought about getting rid of "Crusaders" before because of the connotations. Religious studies expert Dr Peter Lineham explains what the crusades were and why they still affect Muslim people so deeply.

  • Givealittle exceeds $5m for Mosque victims

    Mar 18 2019

    Over $5m has been raised on a Givealittle page for the victims of the Christchurch mosque killings. All that money comes form nearly 70-thousand donors. So thank you New Zealand - and those of you from around the world who've contributed. It was set up by Victim Support and they say the money is being ring-fenced and is not for their regular operating costs. The Panelists talk about the things that really mean something after a tragedy.

  • Gun control

    Mar 18 2019

    The mass killing in Christchurch has put the spotlight on New Zealand gun laws, particularly around the availability of semi automatic weapons. Marie Russell of the University of Otago has done extensive research on gun control and explains how gun ownership isn't a right. She says it's a privilege.

  • The Panel with Gary McCormick and Raf Manji (Part 2)

    Mar 18 2019

    A man who stood outside a Manchester mosque after the shooting of 50 people at mosques in New Zealand said he wanted to "respond with friendship". Andrew Graystone was pictured with a placard saying: "You are my friends. I will keep watch while you pray." He tells us what promped his simple act of solidarity. The role that the tech giants played in the proliferation of the chilling self-streamed footage of the alleged gunman Brenton Tarrant's attack has been a talking point. The mass killing was...more

  • The Panel with Gary McCormick and Raf Manji (Part 1)

    Mar 18 2019

    The massace in Chch has put the spotlight on NZ gun laws - particularly around the availability of semi automatic weapons. Over $5m has been raised on a Givealittle page for the victims of the Christchurch mosque killings. All that money comes form nearly 70-thousand donors. So thank you New Zealand - and those of you from around the world who've contributed. It was set up by Victim Support and they say the money is being ring-fenced and is not for their regular operating costs. The Panelists ta...more

  • Panelists share their experiences of mosque attack

    Mar 18 2019

    Gary McCormick and Raf Manji are both Christchurch residents. They share their reaction to having Muslims in two mosques slaughtered while they prayed. The organiser of Christchurch's Students' Uniting In Love vigil this afternoon explains why the event is important for school students. Okirano Tilaia is the head boy at Cashmere High School and says only light can dispel darkness.

  • Free speech for anti-vaxxer

    Mar 14 2019

    An Australian anti-vaxxer is coming to give a workshop in Auckland later this year. Given the measles outbreak in Canterbury at the moment, is this the kind of rhetoric we want in New Zealand? The panel discusses.

  • Twelve thousand cigarette butts cleaned in 10 days

    Mar 14 2019

    A New Plymouth woman cleaned up more than 12,000 cigarette butts in just 10 days ... small actions CAN make a big difference.

  • Pharmac funding under the microscope

    Mar 14 2019

    Breast cancer patients told MPs yesterday they are forced to turn to GiveALittle in order to pay for life-extending drugs. One of those women, academic Dr Hilary Chung, joins us to explain a bit more about the problems they face. If you'd like to donate to Hilary's page, you can find it here.

  • Question of the Day

    Mar 14 2019

    What's your favourite TV theme music?

  • Michael Jackson apparel

    Mar 14 2019

    Cotton On staff 'told not to sell Michael Jackson apparel.

  • Climate change utterly transforming insurance game

    Mar 14 2019

    There's an inherent tension between economic progress and preserving the environment, and two stories from today aptly demonstrated that tension. Plus, the insurance industry is having to adapt to climate change - and it could transform the industry forever.

  • Unions want urgent review of aged care staffing

    Mar 14 2019

    A new report claims rest home residents are dying because they're not getting enough care, and the nurses union is calling for new and better standards of aged-care staffing. David Wait from the NZ Nurses Organisation joins us to explain more.

  • Polyfest getting into full swing

    Mar 14 2019

    Today is day two of Polyfest, the world's biggest Pacific Island dance festival, at the Manukau Super Bowl. RNZ producer Sara Vui-Talitu joins us from the festival.

  • The Panel with Alexia Russell and Rajorshi Chakraborti (Part 2)

    Mar 14 2019

    What's your favourite TV theme music? Breast cancer patients told MPs yesterday they are forced to turn to GiveALittle in order to pay for life-extending drugs. One of those women, academic Dr Hilary Chung, joins us to explain a bit more about the problems they face. A New Plymouth woman cleaned up more than 12,000 cigarette butts in just 10 days ... small actions CAN make a big difference. An Australian anti-vaxxer is coming to give a workshop in Auckland later this year. Given the measles outb...more

  • The Panel with Alexia Russell and Rajorshi Chakraborti (Part 1)

    Mar 14 2019

    Today is day two of Polyfest, the world's biggest Pacific Island dance festival, at the Manukau Super Bowl. RNZ producer Sara Vui-Talitu joins us from the festival. A new report claims rest home residents are dying because they're not getting enough care, and the nurses union is calling for new and better standards of aged-care staffing. David Wait from the NZ Nurses Organisation joins us to explain more. There's an inherent tension between economic progress and preserving the environment, and t...more

  • Story of the Day and I've been thinking for 14 March 2019

    Mar 14 2019

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

  • Advantages of a sugar tax

    Mar 13 2019

    The Californian city of Berkely has seen a 50 percent decrease in sugary drink consumption since introducing a sugar tax - should we do the same? Plus, grown adults in NZ are pulling out their own teeth because they can't afford to go to the dentist. Bill O'Connor from the Dentists' Association joins us with his thoughts.

  • Should we lower the voting age to 16?

    Mar 13 2019

    Canterbury University politics lecturer Bronwyn Hayward wants NZ to lower the voting age to 16 - something championed by, among others, former Green MP Sue Bradford. The Panel weighs in with their thoughts.

  • Question of the Day

    Mar 13 2019

    What's your ultimate fantasy breakfast spread?

  • The kids are alright - and they're rising up

    Mar 13 2019

    Around the country, high school students are planning to take a day off school to protest perceived inaction from governments with regard to climate change. Children's Commissioner Andrew Becroft joins us too explain why they're right to take a stand.

  • Bitter pill to swallow for departing Vodafone workers

    Mar 13 2019

    Vodafone is undergoing a sweeping restructure, and now wants some of the staff who'll lose their jobs to help train up their replacements - who are mainly based offshore, in India.

  • Theresa May suffers another defeat as no-deal Brexit looms

    Mar 13 2019

    Theresa May suffered a devastating defeat overnight as her Brexit plan was rejected by a majority of 149. With the UK's divorce from Europe due to come in force in just 17 days, law professor Al Gillespie joins us to explain a bit about the possible implications and repercussions.

  • The Panel with Victoria Stewart and Mike Smith (Part 2)

    Mar 13 2019

    What's your ultimate fantasy breakfast spread? Canterbury University politics lecturer Bronwyn Hayward wants NZ to lower the voting age to 16 - something championed by, among others, former Green MP Sue Bradford. The Panel weighs in with their thoughts. The Californian city of Berkely has seen a 50 percent decrease in sugary drink consumption since introducing a sugar tax - should we do the same? Plus, grown adults in NZ are pulling out their own teeth because they can't afford to go to the dent...more

  • The Panel with Victoria Stewart and Mike Smith (Part 1)

    Mar 13 2019

    Theresa May suffered a devastating defeat overnight as her Brexit plan was rejected by a majority of 149. With the UK's divorce from Europe due to come in force in just 17 days, law professor Al Gillespie joins us to explain a bit about the possible implications and repercussions. Vodafone is undergoing a sweeping restructure, and now wants some of the staff who'll lose their jobs to help train up their replacements - who are mainly based offshore, in India. Around the country, high school stude...more

  • Story of the Day and I've been thinking for 13 March 2019

    Mar 13 2019

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

  • Throwing cheese at babies?

    Mar 12 2019

    Cheese! It's delicious , yes , but it's also a vital part of a new internet meme sensation which is ....... Parents, filming themselves throwing slices of processed cheese at their babies

  • Extra-curriculars tiring out parents

    Mar 12 2019

    The list of some children's after-school activities causes the mind to boggle: jiu-jitsu, water polo, gymnastics, language classes, music practice ... and that's having a big effect on some parents.

  • National wants bottle deposit scheme return

    Mar 12 2019

    National wants to include a container deposit scheme to help minimize waste and improve recycling - and the Product Stewardship Council says these kinds of schemes are increase recycling rates by up to 90 percent. A no-brainer? The Panel weighs in.

  • Uber introduces a new tipping function

    Mar 12 2019

    A nice way to show appreciation, or a cynical ploy to avoid paying drivers more?

  • What driving habit grinds your gears the most?

    Mar 12 2019

    What driving habit grinds your gears the most?

  • Michael Jackson documentary highlights uncomfortable truths about male abuse

    Mar 12 2019

    Leaving Neverland has divided viewers, but last night's final episode detailed some of the realities of being a male survivor of sexual abuse.

  • Cullen Group owned by Eric Watson has been found liable

    Mar 12 2019

    The Cullen Group owned by Eric Watson has been found liable for more than 110-million-dollars in tax liability and related earnings in the High Court in Auckland - the culmination of a long-running legal dispute with Inland Revenue.

  • The Panel with Ella Henry and Dean Hall (Part 2)

    Mar 12 2019

    What driving habit grinds your gears the most? Uber introduces a new tipping function - a nice way to show appreciation, or a cynical ploy to avoid paying drivers more? National wants to include a container deposit scheme to help minimize waste and improve recycling - and the Product Stewardship Council says these kinds of schemes are increase recycling rates by up to 90 percent. A no-brainer? The Panel weighs in. The list of some children's after-school activities causes the mind to boggle: jiu...more

  • The Panel with Ella Henry and Dean Hall (Part 1)

    Mar 12 2019

    Richard Jeffrey from male sex abuse survivor group MOSAIC joins The Panel to talk through some of the issues raised in the final episode of Leaving Neverland, including why male survivors of sexual abuse are far less likely to disclose that abuse.

  • Story of the Day and I've been thinking for 12 March 2019

    Mar 12 2019

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

  • Do we really relish chopping down tall poppies?

    Mar 11 2019

    Kiwis like tall poppies, but dislike dicks.

  • Does the Gambling Act need an update?

    Mar 11 2019

    Sky City wants to launch a new, Europe-based online casino later this year, using legislative loopholes to target Kiwi punters without many, if any, regulations. Paula Snowden from the Problem Gambling Foundation joins us with her reaction to the proposal.

  • Taking the nuclear option

    Mar 11 2019

    Stuff columnist Damian Grant says it's time for the government to reconsider its stance on using nuclear energy, saying it's the only affordable, scaleable, less destructive alternative to fossil fuels. Professor James Renwick joins us with his thoughts on the issue.

  • Question of the Day

    Mar 11 2019

    Would you miss cash if it left for good ? when was the LAST time you used cash.

  • How green is green enough for the Greens?

    Mar 11 2019

    National leader Simon Bridges says the Green Party lacks teeth when it comes to effecting serious environmental change ... our panellists weigh in with their thoughts.

  • Time to stop private companies from taking water?

    Mar 11 2019

    Around 2,000 people turned out in Christchurch over the wekeend to protest Environment Canterbury's decision to grant permits to extract and sell more than 1.5 billion litres of water a year from two bores. Aotearoa Water Action spokesperson Peter Richardson was one of them, and joins us to outline the issues he sees with the decision.

  • MJ documentary grips Kiwis

    Mar 11 2019

    More than 700,000 people tuned into the first of the two-part documentary Finding Neverland, in which James Safechuck and Wade Robson detail the sexual abuse they allege they suffered at the pop star's hands. It's a heavy watch - so what did our panellists make of it?

  • The Panel with Janet Wilson and Damian Christie (Part 2)

    Mar 11 2019

    Would you miss cash if it left for good ? when was the LAST time you used cash? Stuff columnist Damian Grant says it's time for the government to reconsider its stance on using nuclear energy, saying it's the only affordable, scaleable, less destructive alternative to fossil fuels. Professor James Renwick joins us with his thoughts on the issue. Sky City wants to launch a new, Europe-based online casino later this year, using legislative loopholes to target Kiwi punters without many, if any, reg...more

  • The Panel with Janet Wilson and Damian Christie (Part 1)

    Mar 11 2019

    More than 700,000 people tuned into the first of the two-part documentary Finding Neverland, in which James Safechuck and Wade Robson detail the sexual abuse they allege they suffered at the pop star's hands. It's a heavy watch - so what did our panellists make of it? Around 2,000 people turned out in Christchurch over the wekeend to protest Environment Canterbury's decision to grant permits to extract and sell more than 1.5 billion litres of water a year from two bores. Aotearoa Water Action sp...more

  • Story of the Day and I've been thinking for 11 March 2019

    Mar 11 2019

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

  • Long term effects of #metoo

    Mar 08 2019

    Ruth Money and Julia Whaipooti reflect on the #metoo movement on International Women's Day.

  • Tips for a happy marriage

    Mar 08 2019

    A 34 year-old Texan has offered up some tips for a happy relationship on a blog he shares with his wife. His post went viral, being loved and ridiculed by all and sundry. It received 40,000 retweets. One of his tips was that no one should ever hear anything bad about your spouse from you. Is this unhealthy bottling up of frustration or being respectful to your partner?

  • Labour backtracks on China expert select committee appearance

    Mar 08 2019

    Labour MPs have backtracked on barring China expert Anne-Marie Brady from speaking at a select committe on foreign interference. The justice select chair Raymond Huo has had a rethink overnight after pushback from National MPs. Ms Brady is an international authority on the issue, having written extensively on China's alleged influence, and interference in New Zealand politics. Political commentator Michael Reddell talks about the change of heart.

  • Only 6 countries have workplace gender equality laws

    Mar 08 2019

    Only six countries in the world give women and men equal legal work rights. And according to the World Bank's "women, business and the law" 2019 report New Zealand isn't one of them. The World Bank has been looking at which countries have equality enshrined in law, so if women want to truly be on an equal footing with men in the workplace, best they move to Belgium, Denmark, France, Latvia, Luxembourg or Sweden.

  • Question of the Day

    Mar 08 2019

    Which woman from history do you think deserves more recognition than she got?

  • Harriet Morrison founder of NZ's first trade union for women

    Mar 08 2019

    Harriet Morrison was a trade unionist and suffragist who formed the first union for women in the 1880's - it was the Tailoresses Union. Caitlin Lynch has made a documentary about her to mark International Women's Day. Caitlin talks about this remarkable woman.

  • Women unloved and financially insecure

    Mar 08 2019

    The Double Denim creative agency wanted to know what makes New Zealand women really tick. So they carried out a survey and their findings were sobering. Women don't feel respected, valued, or even seen. Angela Meyer talks about their research including how many women feel financially vulnerable.

  • Life with chronic pain

    Mar 08 2019

    There are calls for New Zealand to have a national pain strategy. A report for the Faculty of Pain Medicine in the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists says we have just 22 full-time chronic pain specialists and that the country needs 4-times that number. Author Stephanie de Montalk has lived with chronic pain for years and wrote a book about it, How Does it Hurt? She shares her experience and what she believes needs to be done for those who are suffering.

  • Otago academic on Michael Jackson

    Mar 08 2019

    The already controversial documentary about Michael Jackson Leaving Neverland screens in New Zealand this Sunday. Two men accuse the tarnished King of Pop of sexually assaulting them when they were children. This has led to both local commercial radio networks putting Jackson's music on ice. The University of Otago's Ian Chapman says he wouldn't want to not include the music of the likes of Michael Jackson or Gary Glitter in his contemporary music classes. Dr Chapman says acknowledge the elephan...more

  • The Panel with Julia Whaipooti and Ruth Money (Part 2)

    Mar 08 2019

    Harriet Morrison was a trade unionist and suffragist who formed the first union for women in the 1880's - it was the Tailoresses Union. Caitlin Lynch has made a documentary about her to mark International Women's Day. Caitlin talks about this remarkable woman. Which woman from history do you think deserves more recognition than she got? Only six countries in the world give women and men equal legal work rights. And according to the World Bank's "women, business and the law" 2019 report New Zeala...more

  • The Panel with Julia Whaipooti and Ruth Money (Part 1)

    Mar 08 2019

    The already controversial documentary about Michael Jackson Leaving Neverland screens in New Zealand this Sunday. Two men accuse the tarnished King of Pop of sexually assaulting them when they were children. This has led to both local commerical radio networks putting Jackon's music on ice. The University of Otago's Ian Chapman says he wouldn't want to not include the music of the likes of Michael Jackson or Gary Glitter in his contemporary music classes. Dr Chapman says acknowledge the elephant...more

  • Story of the Day and I've been thinking for 8 March 2019

    Mar 08 2019

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

  • First Maori Barbie doll

    Mar 07 2019

    Sports presenter and journalist Melodie Robinson has become the first New Zealander to have a Barbie doll made in her likeness.

  • Travel bloggers and stupid stunts

    Mar 07 2019

    A couple who are travel bloggers has come under fire for posting a picture of themselves hanging out of a moving train in Sri Lanka. It racked up 40,000 likes but many people criticized them. More than 250 people worldwide have died while taking selfies between October 2011 and November 2017.

  • Deep sea destruction

    Mar 07 2019

    New research highlights the damage the fishing industry is doing by bottom trawling. The researchers which are led by NIWA say the destructrion of the seabed wildlife is akin to destruction of the kauri fotrests - and that it looks to be irreversible. Journalist Michael Field wrote a book a few years back called The Catch. He gives his take on this latest research.

  • Acts of kindness

    Mar 07 2019

    A teenage boy in the US saved for two years to buy his friend an electric wheelchair after watching him struggle with his hand push wheelchair in school hallways. We love a heartwarming story about kindness.

  • Question of the Day

    Mar 07 2019

    What act of kindness small or large has happened to you?

  • Vegan for babies

    Mar 07 2019

    Veganism is growing all over the western world with the UK having around 3.5 million people who only eat plant-based foods. The vegan diet is becoming a personal health choice and also an environmental one. However, some dieticians are concerned that babies and children aren't getting the adequate nutrients they need from a vegan diet.

  • Do we need a postal service?

    Mar 07 2019

    It'll now cost you $1.30 to post a standard letter. But maybe not many of us will be worried as personal letters only make up 1 per cent of all items sent. NZ Post delivers about 400 million mail items a year - most of that is business mail. Is it just time to put the postal service out of its misery?

  • Push against anti-vaxxers

    Mar 07 2019

    A huge new study of more than half a million children found no link between the measles, mumps and rubella vacination and autism. Despite this, the author of the discredited study Andrew Wakfields, continues to peddle and promote his film Vaxxed, which has made more than $1.2m at the box office. Vaccinologist Helen Petousis-Harris explains why the anti-vaxxer movemtn is so powerful.

  • The Panel with Jock Anderson and Niki Bezzant (Part 2)

    Mar 07 2019

    A teenage boy in the US saved for two years to buy his friend an electric wheelchair after watching him struggle with his hand push wheelchair in school hallways. We love a heartwarming story about kindness. What act of kindness small or large has happened to you? New research highlights the damage the fishing industry is doing by bottom trawling. The researchers which are led by NIWA say the destruction of the seabed wildlife is akin to destruction of the kauri forests - and that it looks to be...more

  • The Panel with Jock Anderson and Niki Bezzant (Part 1)

    Mar 07 2019

    A huge new study of more than half a million children found no link between the measles, mumps and rubella vacination and autism. Despite this, the author of the discredited study Andrew Wakfields, continues to peddle and promote his film Vaxxed, which has made more than $1.2m at the box office. Vaccinologist Helen Petousis-Harris explains why the anti-vaxxer movemtn is so powerful. It'll now cost you $1.30 to post a standard letter. But maybe not many of us will be worried as personal letters o...more

  • Story of the Day and I've been thinking for 7 March 2019

    Mar 07 2019

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

  • Hillary Clinton rules out 2020 run

    Mar 06 2019

    Hillary Clinton has confirmed she won't run in the 2020 US election. She promises to stick around though and 'speak up for what she believes'.

  • Trans people in sports

    Mar 06 2019

    An Interesting piece written recently on the issue of transgender sporting participation. Tennis legend and activist for LGBT rights Martina Navritalova waded into the debate, saying the rules could be manipulated.

  • Dental care in New Zealand

    Mar 06 2019

    We spoke last week about the high cost of dental care in New Zealand and now the NZ Medical Association has lent their weight to the call for more affordable dental care.

  • M misstep in Mataura

    Mar 06 2019

    A proposed sign to the entrance of entrance of Mataura is causing consternation. Council officials have decided to scrap the proposed red and black M, after people brought up that it has connotations of the mongrel mob.

  • Mount Maunganui voted best beach

    Mar 06 2019

    Mount Maunganui has been voted New Zealand's best beach, in the TripAdvisor 2019 Travellers' Choice Awards, for the sixth time in a row. Four Bay of Plenty beaches are in the top ten, including Papamoa and Ohope.

  • A day in the life of a teacher

    Mar 06 2019

    In a piece in the Herald, teacher Alex Le Long explains her day - and it is so much more than just teaching. "I have been a mum, an aunty, and a sister to some students. I have had to be a doctor, a seamstress, and a counsellor".

  • Glass milk bottles make a comeback

    Mar 06 2019

    The classic glass milk bottle is making somewhat of a comeback with some dairy farmers deciding to use them instead of plastic. There's a lot public demand to go back to the old way, particularly because it reduces waste. .

  • Mixed view on students' climate change protest

    Mar 06 2019

    New Zealand politicians are debating whether children should have a day off school to protest climate change. Kiwi students plan to walk off the classroom on March 15.

  • The Panel with Lizzie Marvelly and David Farrar (Part 2)

    Mar 06 2019

    What do YOU think is New Zealand's best beach? Mount Maunganui has been voted New Zealand's best beach, in the TripAdvisor 2019 Travellers' Choice Awards, for the sixth time in a row. Four Bay of Plenty beaches are in the top ten, including Papamoa and Ohope. We ask the panelists what they think is our best beach. A proposed sign to the entrance of entrance of Mataura is causing consternation. Council officials have decided to srap the proposed red and black M, after people brought up that it ha...more

  • The Panel with Lizzie Marvelly and David Farrar (Part 1)

    Mar 06 2019

    New Zealand politicians are debating whether children should have a day off school to protest climate change. Last month thousands of UK school students "went on strike" as part of a global action on cliamte change. The British Prime Minister responded they were wasting valuable lesson time. Kiwi students plan to walk off the classroom on March 15. The panelists give their view. The classic glass milk bottle is making somewhat of a comeback with some dairy farmers decididing to use them instead ...more

  • Story of the Day and I've been thinking for 6 March 2019

    Mar 06 2019

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

  • Second-hand uniforms online

    Mar 05 2019

    A former Macleans College student is in a stoush with the school over the selling of second-hand uniforms online. Jayson Fong reckons the uniforms are too expensive and he wanted to give students a better deal.

  • Crack down on scalpers

    Mar 05 2019

    New measures have been announced to tackle ticket scalpers. The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said it was "blatantly unfair" to consumers and announced a review into ticket reselling.

  • The trouble with buying off plans

    Mar 05 2019

    A high end apartment project that has been dogged by delay after delay, and developer Auckland Trotting Club is now pleading with buyers to give it until next year to finish it.

  • Losing Luke Perry and Keith Flint

    Mar 05 2019

    The entertainment world has lost two stars today. Actor Luke Perry, best known for his role as Dylan in Beverly Hills 90210, died of a stroke at the age of 52. And Musician Keith Flint, lead singer of The Prodigy, at age 49.

  • Question of the Day

    Mar 05 2019

    Who was your childhood celebrity crush?

  • Tarot reader denied eftpos machine

    Mar 05 2019

    A Tarot reader has been denied the use of a mobile eftpos machine for her business. Helena Bethune has banked with Kiwibank since 2012. Is it fair she is being denied a way for her customers to pay?

  • Reducing plastic waste at festivals

    Mar 05 2019

    Glastonbury festival has banned plastic bottles in a bid to stem the huge amount of waste that is left at the gig. It's become almost as famous for its trash than its music, and organisers say it's well overdue to address the problem.

  • What to do about the kiwi jihadi?

    Mar 05 2019

    A Kiwi man who joined ISIS, Mark John Taylor is being held in a Kurdish prison in Syria after defecting from the terrorist group. New Zealand can't strip him of his citizenship but it is understood that Kurdish authorities want to be rid of him.

  • The Panel with Cindy Mitchener and Garry Moore (Part 2)

    Mar 05 2019

    Who was your childhood celebrity crush? The entertainment world has lost two beloved stars today. Actor Luke Perry, best known for his role as Dylan in Beverly Hills 90210, died of a stroke at the age of 52. And Musician Keith Flint, lead singer of The Prodigy, is reported to have taken his own life, at age 49. The panelists discuss why we're so affected when famous people die. A high end apartment project that has been dogged by delay after delay, and developer Auckland Trotting Club is now ple...more

  • The Panel with Cindy Mitchener and Garry Moore (Part 1)

    Mar 05 2019

    A Kiwi man who joined ISIS, Mark John Taylor is being held in a Kurdish prison in Syria after defeating from the terrorist group. New Zealand can't strip him of his citizenship but it is understood that Kurdish authorites want to be rid of him. Professor Alexander Gillespie, and expert in International Law discusses what the best course of action would be for New Zealand officials. Glastonbury festival has banned plastic bottles in a bid to stem the huge amount of waste that is left at the gig. ...more

  • Story of the day for 5 March 2019

    Mar 05 2019

    Wearing makeup is now a matter of personal choice for Virgin Atlantic's female cabin crew.

  • Pre-Panel for 5 March 2019

    Mar 05 2019

    Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel.

  • Yay or nay: hyphenated surnames

    Mar 04 2019

    Alex Liddington-Cox writes in Essential Baby that his child will be taking their mother's surname, because of the hell of a having a double-barrelled name.

  • Fresh allegations against The King of Pop

    Mar 04 2019

    Michael Jackson won't be on BBC radio 2 airwaves, it's been reported, in the wake of fresh child sex abuse allegations against the late pop singer.

  • Disconnect between Pacific kids and parents

    Mar 04 2019

    In an article Emeline Afeaki-Mafile'o says the biggest struggle for Pacific kids in New Zealand is understanding their parents. She believes there is a cultural disconnect between them.

  • CEOs: High pay, high stress

    Mar 04 2019

    Former Australian Westpac boss David Morgan says the pressure chief executives deal with accounts for their high pay. In a new biography Morgan says CEOs are "ridiculously over paid" but he says the strain on them is huge.

  • Question of the Day

    Mar 04 2019

    What's your worst work anxiety dream? (and what job do you do).

  • No smoking on beaches

    Mar 04 2019

    Wellington beaches may soon be smoke and vape-free if city councillors pass a proposed plan to ban smoking along the coast. It's part of the council's commitment to having no more than 5 percent of people smoking by 2025.

  • Workers needed for tourism sector

    Mar 04 2019

    It's an industry that earns $39 billion a year but the tourism industry is finding it hard employ workers. MBIE is predicting a 27 percent increase in the number of jobs in the tourism sector in New Zealand in the next 3 years.

  • Greens call for electoral reform

    Mar 04 2019

    The Green Party has introduced a bill to tackle several aspects of electoral reform. Part of it proposes reducing the proportion of votes a party has to win to get into Parliament to 4 percent.

  • The Panel with James Nokise and Jennie Moreton (Part 2)

    Mar 04 2019

    Former Australian Westpac boss David Morgan says the pressure chief executives deal with accounts for their high pay. In a new biography Morgan says CEOs are "ridiculously over paid" but he says the strain on them is huge and it's something that isn't openly discussed. The panelists weigh in on what they make of the issue. In an article Emeline Afeaki-Mafile'o says the niggest struggle for Pacific kids in New Zealand is understanding their parents. She believes there is a cultural disconnect bet...more

  • The Panel with James Nokise and Jennie Moreton (Part 1)

    Mar 04 2019

    The Green Party has introduced a bill to tackle several aspects of electoral reform. Part of it proposing banning foreign donations to political parties, but it also looks at reducing the proportion of votes a party has to win to get into Parliament to 4 percent. We ask Former United Future leader Peter Dunne whether he believes we have the MMP threshold right. It's an industry that earns $39 billion a year but the tourism industry is finding it hard employ workers. MBIE is predicting a 27 perce...more

  • Story of the day for 4 March 2019

    Mar 04 2019

    A statue of David Beckham has been unveiled outside the LA Galaxy's home stadium.

  • Pre-Panel for 4 March 2019

    Mar 04 2019

    Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel.

  • Being lonely

    Mar 01 2019

    Every month 650,000 people aged over 15 in New Zealand feel lonely at some point. Of those 243,000 feel lonely all of the time. In a time when we are so connected with social media why are we disconnected withe eachother in real life? Nigel Pizzini is a Counsellor Educator at Unitec and has been a counselor for 20 years he talks about what loneliness actually is and whther the UK solution of appointing a Minister for Loneliness is part of the solution.

  • The Momo hoax

    Mar 01 2019

    Just a note for people with kids listening...we're going to talk about the Momo hoax..and you might prefer them not to.

  • Dental health declining because of cost

    Mar 01 2019

    A visit to the dentist for a checkup, xray, filling and clean could cost you $645. A root canal, excluding restoration, could hit you in the pocket to the tune of $1155. The cost of dental care is becoming a top political issue. Dr Jonathan Broadbent of the University of Otago Dental School.

  • Song repetition drives you crazy

    Mar 01 2019

    Exposing workers to the same music over and over and over again is bad for their health. Jessica Grahn a neuroscientist was quote as saying that it can be pretty debilitating when someone else has the control of our sonic environment

  • Question of the Day

    Mar 01 2019

    What song on high rotate would drive you crazy?

  • High school kids strike over climate change

    Mar 01 2019

    Secondary school pupils will be making their voices heard over climate change on 15th March. Is it really ok for kids to takes off from their lessons like this? Sophie Handford, the eighteen-year-old New Zealand coordinator of School Strike 4 Climate tells us why the strike is so important.

  • Build to rent option for NZ

    Mar 01 2019

    A new report by real estate specialist CBRE says the build-to-rent model is well established in the UK and US but in its infancy here. The Colliers web site it says the build-to-rent sector is poised to gain momentum in 2019. Is this the answer to New Zealand's housing crisis prayers? We ask the editor of the Building guide Mark Graham.

  • CHCH Police to be armed indefinitely

    Mar 01 2019

    Christchurch frontline Police officers are to carry pistols in their holsters until they find a suspect in this week's shooting. Police bosses say officers need security but is this an overreaction? Kevin Clements of the University of Otago is a strong advocate for gun control and explains where this could lead to.

  • The Panel with Mamari Stephens and Martin Cocker (Part 2)

    Mar 01 2019

    What song on high rotate would drive you crazy? Exposing workers to the same music over and over and over again is bad for their health. Jessica Grahn a neuroscientist was quote as saying that it can be pretty debilitating when someone else has the control of our sonic environment. A visit to the dentist for a checkup, xray, filling and clean could cost you $645. A root canal, excluding restoration, could hit you in the pocket to the tune of $1155. The cost of dental care is becoming a top polit...more

  • The Panel with Mamari Stephens and Martin Cocker (Part 1)

    Mar 01 2019

    Christchurch frontline Police officers are to carry pistols in their holsters until they find a suspect in this week's shooting. Police bosses say officers need security but is this an overreaction? Kevin Clements of the University of Otago is a strong advocate for gun control and explains where this could lead to. A new report by real estate specialist CBRE says the build-to-rent model is well established in the UK and US but in its infancy here. The Colliers web site it says the build-to-rent ...more

  • Story of the day for 1 March 2019

    Mar 01 2019

    Poetry today, because a 10 year old pupil in the UK has written a poem about being dyslexic that has gone viral after their teacher posted it on social media.

  • Pre-Panel for 1 March 2019

    Mar 01 2019

    Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel.

  • Unforgiving world of Facebook group comments

    Feb 28 2019

    Beware the vitriolic,unforgiving world of Facebook group comments. Fights start between members, factions are formed and all too frequently defamatory comments are posted. Russell Brown the founder of Public Address explains how he's moderated the site and how the temperament of commenters has changed over the years.

  • Call for Mainzeal directors to be pursued for personal assets

    Feb 28 2019

    One of the creditors who's lost over $1 million in the Mainzeal company failure wants high-profile director and former PM Jenny Shipley to relinquish her knighthood and all four directors to be pursued for personal assets. Subcontractors seem to carry the risk in the construction industry and Associate professor Alex Sims of the University of Auckland is recommending a US-style bond system for investors in construction projects.

  • What makes collectors tick?

    Feb 28 2019

    This morning 6000 LPs, 800 CDs and 6000 45 records sold for $806 on TradeMe. Mayb it was a retailer who bought them? Maybe it was a collector? Music journalist Simon Sweetman is a collector himself and explains the thrill of the buy.

  • Question of the Day

    Feb 28 2019

    Stamps, dried leaves, vinyl...have you ever collected anything?

  • Kiwibuild news not getting any better

    Feb 28 2019

    KiwiBuild's 10-year goal remains at 100,000 houses but so far, it's contracted just over a tenth of that. Figures released to RNZ reveal that so far 10,355 KiwiBuild properties have been confirmed within the 10-year target.How worried and disappointed should we be?

  • Costly lowering of speed limit

    Feb 28 2019

    A plan to slash speed limits on hundreds of urban and rural roads in Auckland will cost ratepayers $24 million. It's a proposal that includes a blanket 30 km/hr speed limit in the CBD as well as widespread reductions elsewhere. Residents in the rural areas of Franklin and Rodney aren't happy.

  • Nobel Prize for Trump and Kim?

    Feb 28 2019

    Do you think Donald Trump is a contender for a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts with North Korea? The Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has submitted a nomination for Trump. The propaganda machine to get the prize for Kim Jong Un has been in overdrive in North Korea according to western reporting.

  • Racist conman cheat

    Feb 28 2019

    Words like "explosive" are being used to describe the address to the US Congress by President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer. Michael Cohen has made his second appearance after making a plea deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller who's investigating Mr Trumps ties with Russian businesses. Mr Cohen is facing a 3-year prison sentence after being caught out lying in his first Congressional hearing. Law professor Andrew Geddis compares the Congress hearing to a New Zealand select comittee a...more

  • The Panel with Paula Penfold and Thomas Pryor (Part 2)

    Feb 28 2019

    Stamps, dried leaves, vinyl...have you ever collected anything? This morning 6000 LPs, 800 CDs and 6000 45 records sold for $806 on TradeMe. Mayb it was a retailer who bought them? Maybe it was a collector? Music journalist Simon Sweetman is a collector himself and explains the thrill of the buy. One of the creditors who's lost over $1 million in the Mainzeal company failure wants high-profile director and former PM Jenny Shipley to relinquish her knighthood and all four directors to be pursued ...more

  • The Panel with Paula Penfold and Thomas Pryor (Part 1)

    Feb 28 2019

    Words like "explosive" are being used to describe the address to the US Congress by President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer. Michael Cohen has made his second appearance after making a plea deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller who's investigating Mr Trumps ties with Russian businesses. Mr Cohen is facing a 3-year prison sentence after being caught out lying in his first Congressional hearing. Law professor Andrew Geddis compares the Congress hearing to a New Zealand select comittee a...more

  • Story of the day for 28 February 2019

    Feb 28 2019

    I think there's an issue we haven't talked about very much, in the interest of balance - flat earthers.

  • Pre-Panel for 28 February 2019

    Feb 28 2019

    Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel.

  • TV and film content pirating down

    Feb 27 2019

    It looks like sharing burned CDs with your mates is a thing of the past. About half of the 1000 people who took part in a study into pirating had ripped-off TV and film content at some point in the past, but only about 10 per cent of those who took part in the research still pirate today. It seems to prove the point that people are more than willing to pay if what they want is available.

  • Sunglasses brand name deemed offensive

    Feb 27 2019

    The companies office says the brand 'Happy To Sit On Your Face' sunglasses is offensive. The Christchurch-based owner of the brand says she'll keep the name despite not being able to register it.

  • Mobility car park vigilantes

    Feb 27 2019

    A couple in New Plymouth had an abusive note slapped on their car which was parked in a mobility car park. Catherine Campbell is in renal failure, and undergoes dialysis on a regular basis.She doesn't use a wheelchair or have a walking stick, but she still has the right to a mobility parking permit. Mrs Campbell wants the policing of mobility parks to be left to security.

  • Ultrasonic pest control

    Feb 27 2019

    Ultrasonic pest control issues a high-pitched sound that's meant to deter birds and pests.Not only are there unknown health consequences for children, there are civil liberties worries as these devices are used to drive teenagers away from some areas. Human Rights lawyer Michael Bott explains how the devices infringe on human rights. He also answers the question "what rights to privacy do children have?"

  • Question of the Day

    Feb 27 2019

    Where in NZ would you love to move to and why?

  • Moving cities to get ahead

    Feb 27 2019

    South Island towns are trying to lure Aucklanders away from traffic congestion, parking woes and high house prices. A marketing campaign is inviting Aucklanders to Geraldine, Pleasant Point and Temuka. And Timaru where the median house price is $350,000.

  • Hospital parking rates

    Feb 27 2019

    Increased car parking rates are taking their toll on visitors to Auckland's Middlemore Hospital.The fees were hiked by 10 per cent last month by at the car park that's managed by Secure Parking and owned by ACC. What is fair when it comes to paying for hospital parking?

  • John Tamihere Labour Party rejection

    Feb 27 2019

    Long-running Labour Party member and former Labour MP John Tamihere has been given the cold shoulder by his party. The powers that be sent back his $100 membership fee and didn't renew it. Political commentator Bryce Edwards talks about the rules around party membership and how much Mr Tamihere's running for mayor of Auckland has to do with his rejection.

  • Capital Gains Tax and the farm

    Feb 27 2019

    The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she wants to know all the facts about the effects on farmers and small businesses before making a call on implementing a Capital Gains Tax on farms. Panelists Andrew Hoggard is the President of Federated Farmers. He tells us exactly what his organisation thinks of a proposed CGT

  • Another Nelson fire

    Feb 27 2019

    Another fire has broken out in the Nelson region. The Moutere fire is covering seven hectares and is being fought by three helicopters and two more are on the way. People in homes and businesses on a stretch of Moutere Highway - between Old Coach Road and Maisey Road - have been advised by Police to leave the area. Today's fire came hours after the State of Civil Defence Emergency for the Tasman district fire expired.

  • The Panel with Andrew Hoggard and Penny Ashton (Part 2)

    Feb 27 2019

    Where in NZ would you love to move to and why? South Island towns are trying to lure Aucklanders away from traffic congestion, parking woes and high house prices. A marketing campaign is inviting Aucklanders to Geraldine, Pleasant Point and Temuka. And Timaru where the median house price is $350,000. Ultrasonic pest control issues a high-pitched sound that's meant to deter birds and pests.Not only are there unknown health consequences for children, there are civil liberties worries as these devi...more

  • The Panel with Andrew Hoggard and Penny Ashton (Part 1)

    Feb 27 2019

    Another fire has broken out in the Nelson region. The Moutere fire is covering seven hectares and is being fought by three helicopters and two more are on the way. People in homes and businesses on a stretch of Moutere Highway - between Old Coach Road and Maisey Road - have been advised by Police to leave the area. Today's fire came hours after the State of Civil Defence Emergency for the Tasman district fire expired.The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she wants to know all the facts about th...more

  • Story of the day for 27 February 2019

    Feb 27 2019

    A celebrated statue is making its way from Christchurch to the capital but not all Wellingtonians are entirely delighted with the idea

  • Pre-Panel for 27 February 2019

    Feb 27 2019

    Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel.

  • Skypath is facing an uncertain future

    Feb 26 2019

    Auckland's Skypath is facing an uncertain future due to disagreements about the Intellectual Property of the design and the cost to purchase those rights.

  • Junior Rugby: Prioritising participation over success?

    Feb 26 2019

    The North Harbour Rugby Union has canceled its junior rugby programme to give more attention to put more resources into sustatining participation with the sport. The decision has reignited the time old 'participation versus excellence' debate.

  • Is the end nigh for fireworks?

    Feb 26 2019

    The overwhelming majority of submissions to Auckland council support a ban on the private sale and use of fireworks ... are the times a-changin' when it comes to these loud, proud contraptions?

  • Breakdancing at the Olympics?

    Feb 26 2019

    The organisers of the 2024 Paris Olympics want breakdancing to be introduced into competition - the panellists weigh in with their own suggestions for new Olympic events

  • Cardinal George Pell guilty of child sex abuse

    Feb 26 2019

    Cardinal George Pell - the third most senior catholic in the world has been found guilty of historical child sexual abuse. The verdict is being celebrated by groups in Australia who have been pushing for the Catholic Church to stop protecting abusers.

  • Question of the Day

    Feb 26 2019

    What would you remove from the Olympics, and what would you replace it with?

  • One in three NZ kids "struggling to live a happy life"

    Feb 26 2019

    A new report by Oranga Tamariki and the Office of the Children's Commissioner has been released - one which actually compiles the opinions of children themselves. And the results are jarring, with more than a third saying they face problems like racism, poverty and bullying. Donna Provoost from the Commissioner's Office joins us to talk through the findings.

  • Gender self-ID bill pushed back

    Feb 26 2019

    A bill which would allow people to change their sex on their birth certificate has been deferred, with authorities citing inadequate public consultation.

  • Mainzeal directors ordered to pay $36 million

    Feb 26 2019

    The directors of the failed construction company have been ordered to pay the company's creditors $36 million.

  • The Panel with Mai Chen and John Pulu (Part 2)

    Feb 26 2019

    What would you remove from the Olympics, and what woudl you replace it with? Cardinal George Pell - the third most senior catholic in the world has been found guilty of historical child sexual abuse. The verdict is being celebrated by groups in Australia who have been pushing for the Catholic Church to stop protecting abusers. The organisers of the 2024 Paris Olympics want breakdancing to be introduced into competition - the panellists weigh in with their own suggestions for new Olympic events. ...more

  • The Panel with Mai Chen and John Pulu (Part 1)

    Feb 26 2019

    The directors of the failed construction company Mainzeal, who include former prime minister Jenny Shipley, have been ordered to pay the company's creditors $36 million. Business journalist and co-host of RNZ/Newsroom's Two Cents' Worth podcast Nikki Mandow joins us to explain what it all means. A bill which would allow people to change their sex on their birth certificate has been deferred, with authorities citing inadequate public consultation. A new report by Oranga Tamariki and the Office of...more

  • Story of the day for 26 February 2019

    Feb 26 2019

    Green Book wins Best Picture Oscar so Why has there been controversy over the win? What are the specific criticisms of the film?

  • Pre-Panel for 26 February 2019

    Feb 26 2019

    Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics and our panellists share what they've been thinking

  • Lime scooter ban leaves Auckland feeling empty

    Feb 25 2019

    Lime scooters have been pulled from the streets of Auckland and Dunedin - our panellists weigh in on whether they'll be missed in the short-term.

  • Oscars 2019

    Feb 25 2019

    It's the biggest night of the year for Hollywood - the Oscars are being handed out...Joining us for a wee roundup of the goings-on so far is RNZ's Max Towle.

  • Why do bike lanes rile us up so much?

    Feb 25 2019

    A team of researchers from Auckland University has been looking at why cycle lanes stir up such anger in New Zealand. One of them, Alistair Woodward, joins us to talk us through the findings.

  • Is food-shaming going too far?

    Feb 25 2019

    A new study suggests cheese is nearly as bad as meat when it comes to the environmental footprint of what we eat.

  • Question of the Day

    Feb 25 2019

    Without using its name - describe your favourite film in six words or fewer?

  • "Entitled" millenials who won't work for free

    Feb 25 2019

    The chief executive of Muffin Break is bemoaning the fact that millennials don't want to do unpaid work experience or internships. Is there an air of entitlement among today's young people?

  • Sustainable NZ party spectre hangs over Blue-green conference

    Feb 25 2019

    National held its 21st annual Blue Greens forum over the weekend, but the prospect of a new, centrist, environmentally-focussed party hung over the event. Would such a party held diversify our parliament, or leave the main players with an excuse to not be as strong as they should be when it comes to environmental policies?

  • Proposed rental standards under the microscope

    Feb 25 2019

    Landlords have two and a half years to comply with new rental standards introduced by the government, including a requirement that every home has a heater able to heat the living room up to 18 degrees, and an extractor fan in the kitchen and bathroom. Andrew Eagles from the Green Building Council joins us with his reaction.

  • The Panel with Amanda Millar and Matt Nippert (Part 2)

    Feb 25 2019

    Without using its name - describe your favourite film in six words or fewer. A new study suggests cheese is nearly as bad as meat when it comes to the environmental footprint of what we eat. A team of researchers from Auckland University has been looking at why cycle lanes stir up such anger in New Zealand. One of them, Alistair Woodward, joins us to talk us through the findings. It's the biggest night of the year for Hollywood - the Oscars are being handed out. Joining us for a wee roundup of t...more

  • The Panel with Amanda Millar and Matt Nippert (Part 1)

    Feb 25 2019

    Landlords have two and a half years to comply with new rental standards introduced by the government, including a requirement that every home has a heater able to heat the living room up to 18 degrees, and an extractor fan in the kitchen and bathroom. Andrew Eagles from the Green Building Council joins us with his reaction . National held its 21st annual Blue Greens forum over the weekend, but the prospect of a new, centrist, environmentally-focussed party hung over the event. Would such a party...more

  • Story of the day for 25 February 2019

    Feb 25 2019

    This is the story of a 12 year old from Selinsgrove, Arizona with a helluva good attitude as a journalist.

  • Pre-Panel for 25 February 2019

    Feb 25 2019

    Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel.

  • Southland cat ban

    Feb 22 2019

    A Southland cat lover says the local council has kept mum about changes to cat rules in the region. Proposed new rules will require all cats in Omaui to be neutered and registered within 6 months and it would see a ban on new cats in the area.

  • Swedish outcry over sex robots

    Feb 22 2019

    Sweden's National Organisation for Women's Shelters is calling for sex robots to be banned. They say they dehumanise women, they encourage men to treat women's bodies as objects and unlike real women they are not programmed with the ability to say 'no'.

  • Lime scooters ordered off Auckland streets

    Feb 22 2019

    The Auckland Council order  Lime Scooters off the streets after safety concerns. Several people have been shot over the handlebars because of random braking.RNZ's Tom Furley is at the Auckland Council reports on the latest.

  • Santa Parade backed by Auckland Councillors

    Feb 22 2019

    The Santa Parade won't be going down without a fight. It's got at least one councillor on its side - Cathy Casey says the $45k doled out by ATEEDS is nothing compared to what they fork-out for the Americas Cup. Does ATEED need to provide more for ratepayers and their children?

  • Oscars and the best movies

    Feb 22 2019

    There's a theme going around about the Academy Awards this year. Observations made about how it's not the best movies that actually win the Oscars. Why is this? We ask entertainment reporter Kate Rodger if that's just perception.

  • Question of the Day

    Feb 22 2019

    What is the kiwi way of life?

  • Well-being Budget

    Feb 22 2019

    It's literally the cost of living. A new model introduced here as part of the government's Well Being Budget includes the value of a "statistical life". It's $4.7m. It's monetizing aspects of life that haven't traditionally been viewed in this way before. Like how much being lonely will cost society and how making a new friend is worth $592.

  • Engaging with voters via referendums

    Feb 22 2019

    An opinion piece by the founder of Better Democracy NZ Steve Baron is urging for greater use of referndum as a political tool. The theory is that voters will engage more in the democratic process if it's issue-by-issue.

  • Kiwi way of life and the CGT

    Feb 22 2019

    The Tax Working Group has delivered its recommendations to the government with a Capital Gains Tax rising to the fore. It's suggested a CGT rate of 33 per cent .In the UK it's 28 per cent, in France 36.2 per cent and in Denmark 42 per cent. While the nation's been digesting what a CHT means the National Party leader Simon Bridges is proclaiming this as the end of the kiwi way of life. Just what is that?

  • Te matatini

    Feb 22 2019

    Shannon Haunui-Thompson is at te matatini and talks about what kapa haka does for te reo, groups using the stage for delivering political messages and how Wellington is welcoming the kapa haka groups from all over the country.

  • The Panel with Jacquie Nairn and Hayden Donnnell (Part 2)

    Feb 22 2019

    What is the kiwiw way of life? There's a theme going around about the Academy Awards this year. Observations made about how it's not the best movies that actually win the Oscars. Why is this? We ask entertainment reporter Kate Rodger if that's just perception. The Santa Parade won't be going down without a fight. It's got at least one councillor on its side - Cathy Casey says the $45k doled out by ATEEDS is nothing compared to what they fork-out for the Americas Cup. Does ATEED need to provide m...more

  • The Panel with Jacquie Nairn and Hayden Donnnell (Part 1)

    Feb 22 2019

    Shannon Haunui-Thompson is at te matatini and talks about what kapa haka does for te reo, groups using the stage for delivering political messages and how Wellington is welcoming the kapa haka groups from all over the country. The Tax Working Group has delivered its recommendations to the government with a Capital Gains Tax rising to the fore. It's suggested a CGT rate of 33 per cent .In the UK it's 28 per cent, in France 36.2 per cent and in Denmark 42 per cent. While the nation's been digestin...more

  • Story of the day for 22 February 2019

    Feb 22 2019

    Censorship - banned books in New Zealand.

  • Pre-Panel and I've been thinking for 22 February 2019

    Feb 22 2019

    A preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. Ovarian Cancer awareness month.

  • Google mic in security alarm

    Feb 21 2019

    The Nest security alarm system has a microphone in it. Although you probably wouldn't know that because it's not stated on the gadget's specifications. It's a Google product and the company says it never meant to keep the listening devices a secret. UK privacy campaign group Big Brother Watch says it's deceptive and it's normalising the disturbing notion of tech giants constant listening within the privacy of our homes.

  • Students shunning alcohol

    Feb 21 2019

    Thirty-six per cent of 16-24 year-olds in full-time education in the UK are not touching booze. They're joining teetotal clubs and opting for alcohol-free accomodation. High levels of debt and the pressure to do well means that students are going out less. Will alchol go completely out of fashion one day?

  • Merivale Retirement Village displaced residents

    Feb 21 2019

    Displaced residents of Merivale Retirement village in Christchurch were told that they need to move out by April 1. A new facility that has replaced the earthquake damaged one won't have enough beds for everyone. The CEO of Age Concern Canterbury Simon Templeton talks about what measures are in place to look after these vulnerable elderly people.

  • Rangitoto College mufti rules

    Feb 21 2019

    Some Rangitoto College year 13 girls are upset they're being told to dress more modestly.Students and parents are accusing the school of encouraging "rape culture".A senior staff member from the school is said to have told Year 13 girls that what they're wearing is proving a distraction to their male teachers. Western Springs College which is also in Auckland has been mufti since the 1980s their principal Ivan Davis talks about their attitude to dress code.

  • Question of the Day

    Feb 21 2019

    What was the most radical thing you did at school?

  • SKY TV and the fear factor in news

    Feb 21 2019

    SKY subscribers are set for a price hike on April 1. It's an increase of 1.9%. This comes as a new offering comes into the market in the form of Spark Sport. Is there a hint of desperation in the world of pay TV? Is the bell tolling for SKY? Peter Thompson of Victoria University can provide some insight on this and how violence and humour drive TV news.

  • Capital Gains Tax

    Feb 21 2019

    The Tax Working Group has today announced its recommendations. The least surprising thing is the long-anticipated Capital Gains Tax - which is the tax on the profit from the sale of an asset. The assets the Working Group want included are holiday homes, land, most shares and business assets, including goodwill. Tax barrister Mark Keating explains a few things.

  • The Panel with Lynda Hallinan and John Barnett (Part 2)

    Feb 21 2019

    Fear and humour increasingly drive the TV news. What was the most radical thing you did at school? Some Rangitoto College year 13 girls are upset they're being told to dress more modestly.Students and parents are accusing the school of encouraging "rape culture".A senior staff member from the school is said to have told Year 13 girls that what they're wearing is proving a distraction to their male teachers. Western Springs College which is also in Auckland has been mufti since the 1980s their pr...more

  • The Panel with Lynda Hallinan and John Barnett (Part 1)

    Feb 21 2019

    The Tax Working Group has today announced its recommendations. The least surprising thing is the long-anticipated Capital Gains Tax - which is the tax on the profit from the sale of an asset. The assets the Working Group want included are holiday homes, land, most shares and business assets, including goodwill. SKY subscribers are set for a price hike on April 1. It's an increase of 1.9%. This comes as a new offering comes into the market in the form of Spark Sport. Is there a hint of desperatio...more

  • Story of the day for 21 February 2019

    Feb 21 2019

    In the case of Karl Lagerfeld, the recently deceased Chanel creative director, that has taken a slightly tragicomic turn with news that Choupette, his seven-year-old pet cat, may inherit some of his £150m fortune.

  • Pre-Panel & I've been thinking for 21 February 2019

    Feb 21 2019

    Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. What the Panelists Lynda Hallinan and John Barnett have been thinking about.

  • Perks we do and don't want

    Feb 20 2019

    Workplace perks include things like a well-stocked beer fridge, gym memberships, free snacks and meditation rooms. Companies have them mostly, in the name of staff retention. But how much do people actually want or value these things?

  • Fizz free South Auckland events

    Feb 20 2019

    More Council-run events in South Aucland are to go "fizz-free". One of Mangere's most popular summer events the Portage Crossing had no sugary drinks on site, instead offering free water. Food stalls and vendors had to agree to not sell sugary drinks or high fat foods.

  • Salvation Army shopping truck

    Feb 20 2019

    The Salvation Army has laucnhed a shopping truck in South Auckland. It's in a bid to curb the predatory lending industry. The Good Truck offers honest financial advice and quality goods sold without interest. But there are still unethical operators of shopping trucks charging horrendous interest. Jessica Wilson of Consumer NZ updates us on the latest laws.

  • Wet wipes major sewage pipe blockers

    Feb 20 2019

    The horrible truth about wet wipes. Watercare in Auckland says baby wipes are the major cause of blockages in the sewage system. An estimated 53 million wet wipes are fished out of the Mangere waste processing plant each year. Many of the wet wipes manufacturers claim they're flushable. Consumer NZ's Jessica Wilson explains how they can get away with these claims.

  • Question of the Day

    Feb 20 2019

    What's been your most disappointing concert?

  • Ticket scalping

    Feb 20 2019

    New laws are expected to target ticket scalpers if Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi gets approval. The Commerce Comission had tried to get an injunction to force ticketing site Viagogo to change the way it operated but failed.

  • Julian Savea in France

    Feb 20 2019

    Since joining French club Toulon rugby star Julian Savea has scored just one try in 10 matches. Toulon's owner Mourad Boudjellal wants him out. What's exactly happened to the former All Black?

  • Social housing waiting list tops 10k

    Feb 20 2019

    The waiting list for public housing cracked the 10,000 mark by the end of 2018. That's 73 per cent more than a year ago, and over three times the number waiting at the end of 2015. This seems unbelieveable. Ministry of Housing and Urban Development officials blame higher rents, greater awareness of public housing, and a slowdown in the rate of people exiting public housing for the increase.

  • Racist text from would-be landlord

    Feb 20 2019

    Reremai Cameron is a student at Waikato University's Tauranga campus who was completely shocked at a text exchange with a prospective landlord, based on her name. This person basically said if you're Maori, don't think you can have multitudes of friends and family bunking down. Not only does it reek of racism, it raises issues on what a landlord can and can't interfere with in a tennant's home.

  • Economic fall-out from oil & gas ban

    Feb 20 2019

    New figures from the N.Z.I.E.R show a ban on the exploration of oil and gas could cost the country up to $30b by 2050. Then there's the knock-on effects to other industries and businesses. Economist Cameron Bagrie says the government shouldn't didh out the hits without dishing out the opportunities.

  • The Panel with Fa'afete Taito and Catherine Robertson (Part 2)

    Feb 20 2019

    New laws are expected to target ticket scalpers if Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi gets approval. The Commerce Comission had tried to get an injunction to force ticketing site Viagogo to change the way it operated but failed. What's been your most disappointing concert? The horrible truth about wet wipes. Watercare in Auckland says baby wipes are the major cause of blockages in the sewage system. An estimated 53 million wet wipes are fished out of the Mangere waste processing plant each ye...more

  • The Panel with Fa'afete Taito and Catherine Robertson (Part 1)

    Feb 20 2019

    New figures from the N.Z.I.E.R show a ban on the exploration of oil and gas could cost the country up to $30b by 2050. Then there's the knock-on effects to other industries and businesses. Economist Cameron Bagrie says the government shouldn't didh out the hits without dishing out the opportunities. Reremai Cameron is a student at Waikato University's Tauranga campus who was completely shocked at a text exchange with a prospective landlord, based on her name. This person basically said if you're...more

  • Story of the day for 20 February 2019

    Feb 20 2019

    Te Matatini is arriving in full force in Wellington and new intel has appeared on the extinct apex predator Haast's Eagle.

  • Pre-Panel for 20 February 2019

    Feb 20 2019

    Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel.