7 Sep 2018

The Panel with Ali Jones and Damian Chistie (Part 2)

From The Panel, 4:05 pm on 7 September 2018

Hollywood star Burt Reynolds has died of a heart attack at age 82. The Oscar nominee is best known for his roles in Smokey and The Bandit, Boogie NIghts and Deliverance. We ask the panelists what their favourite Reynolds movie or TV show was. An Australian academic has sparked debate about whether she was being precious, or calling out sexism, when she pulled up airline Qantas for calling her "Miss" instead of "Doctor". Many have been supporting her, telling similar stories while others say she needs to get over herself. The panelists weigh in on the debate. What the Panelists Ali Jones and Damian Chistie want to talk about. The High court has upheld the decision to strip Family First of charitable status. The group's objectives include opposing abortion, euthanasia, and same sex mariage as well as advoacting for the traditional family set up. It's the second time it has been stripped of its charitable status. The Judge found the group's only purpose was to promote its views. The panelists tell us what they think. An international expert has been brought in by Greater Wellington regional council to help with the capital's troubled bus network. During a meeting with residents last night apologies and solutions were offered by officials over the problem. More bus routes are also being considered, but some locals are calling for more buses on the roads to help with the long delays. Greater Wellington's council chair Chris Laidlaw answers some of our questions about the issues. The average price of fuel has reached a record 30-year high, and is set to continue rising. Barrel prices and the weak kiwi dollar is being blamed for the rise, some are paying $2.50 a litre. An investigation into fuel prices was announced at the end of last year but it is on hold while the Commerce Amendment Bill goes through parliament, we ask the panelists if they think more needs to be done about it. The Green Party is calling for a plaque to commemorate the New Zealand Wars to be added to Parliament. There are 33 other plaques in Parliament but none in honour of the armed battles here in the mid 1800s between Maori and the New Zealand Government. We ask the panelists if they agree.