27 Feb 2019

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

From The Panel, 4:03 pm on 27 February 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 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. 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. 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?