20 Aug 2018

The Panel with Catherine Robertson and Peter Fa'afiu (Part 1)

From The Panel, 4:03 pm on 20 August 2018

Government freezes MPs pay amid multiple pay negotiations with educators, police. The government says it's upping the number of Police in Northland by 25 per cent. The announcement comes ahead of the start of the Minister of Justice Andrew Littles' Summit on Criminal Justice. Meanwhile the country's ethnic communities have their own concerns about how crime is affecting them. The chair of the Auckland Council's Ethnic Peoples Advisory Panel Sunil Kaushal talks about how crime against ethnic minorities is growing. When is an industry standard not an industry standard? When it comes to steel mesh used in the building industry it would seem. The resilience of steel mesh used to reinforce concrete in New Zealand buildings is being questioned as several several distributors are handed fines. The Home Owners and Buyers Association president John Gray says they have major concerns about the integrity of testing. Will The Opportunities Party fare better in the next election under the leadership of Geoff Simmons? Or is he just lipstick on a pig? The Party had deregistered but its new leader says there was lot of will from supporters to keep going. Many motorists are riled by it but cyclists riding two abreast are safer because they can be seen.