22 Mar 2019

The Panel with Morgan Godfery and Katie Pickles (Part 1)

From The Panel, 4:03 pm on 22 March 2019

The whole country has spent time this afternoon honouring those who died in the Christchurch mosque attacks. We hear what the Panelists did to mark the occasion. As we heard about what was going on one week ago today, we here on the Afternoons programmes, frantically got hold of the deputy mayor of Christchurch Andrew Turner and he joins us again today. The Prime Minister of New Zealand has been at the heart of the response to last week's attacks. The Panelists discuss her leadership and her unhesitating expression of solidarity for the Muslim community. Political commentator Richard Harmon provides his analysis. Jacinda Ardern did not hestitate to call for a reform of the country's gun laws, promising that the new laws will be in place by the 11th of April. How realistic is the time frame? Al Gillespie of Waikato University says the PM's decision to reclassify, and then ban, semi-automatics makes good sense. He says it's a brave step and will be good not only in making New Zealand a safer place,it will also play well to the international audience which is watching how we respond.