23 Jan 2019

The Panel with Julia Hartley Moore and Guy Williams (Part 1)

From The Panel, 4:01 pm on 23 January 2019

Topics - Wellington is the most expensive in the country to rent, Trade Me says. Rents are up 5.8 percent to an all time high of a median $565. Auckland remains high and the National median has also risen. We talk to Kate Day from Renters United about what this means for renters, particularly students. Former National MP Jami-Lee Ross has spoken out about his ordeal last year in a Facebook page entilted "Leaving bitterness and hatred behind". In it he apologises to everybody he hurt last year and promises to continue on in parliament as Botany's MP. We ask the panelists what they made of the post and what they think about Mr Ross coming back to parliament. Sales of poetry is soaring. The Guardian attributes the popularity of poetry to a rise in passion for politics, especially amongst teenage and millennials. Slaes hit an all-time high in the UK last year. Unity Books' Marian Castree says the boom is also being seen in New Zelaand and local poets are profitting. She tells us why it's seeing a resurgence.