25 Mar 2019

The Panel with Paula Penfold and Fete Taito (Part 2)

From The Panel, 4:05 pm on 25 March 2019

Have you ever had to pay for things that work SHOULD cover? A woman who had been working for just over a month at an Auckland bar, was asked to pay $888 to cover the costs of on-the-job waitressing training when she resigned. The business director of the establishment, Johnny Barr, believes it's legal and fair. We ask Chloe King from Raise the Bar, an organisation that calls for better conditions for hospitality workers, if really is legal and we ask the panelists if they think it is fair. There are calls for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to get the Nobel Peace Prize for her response to the Christchurch terror attack. Nearly 20,000 people have signed two petitions and some news websites have done polls about whether Ms Ardern is a worthy participant. The panelists discuss whether leaders should be given awards for essentially doing their jobs. One of the largest protests in British history happened over the weekend. A crowd estimated at over one million people took to the streets to demand a fresh referendum on Brexit. MPs are considering holding votes on alternative options to Theresa May's Brexit deal - including a possible second referendum. Meanwhile there are reports the Prime Minister could be ousted. We get the panelists thoughts. Alongside the tremendous grief being felt in the wake of the Christchurch terror attack, much discussion has turned to the wider theme of race in New Zealand. The panelists discuss the uncomfortable questions we may need to ask of ourselves and of the country as a whole. We also look at how we have these conversations without causing more division.