2 May 2019

The Panel with Paula Penfold and Morgan Godfery (Part 1)

From The Panel, 4:03 pm on 2 May 2019

The New Zealand Maori Council has called-out the Hobson's Pledge Group because he says no one else has. The Council's executive director Matthew Tukaki said that Hobson's Pledge was "a divisive group of haters". Hobson's Pledge spokesperson Don Brash is seeking legal advice saying claims of racism were "outrageously stupid ". Lawyer Graeme Edgeler says Mr Brash could be thinking of a defamation case. New Zealand's major media outlets have agreed on how the coverage of the trial of the Christchurch Mosque gunman should be covered. Is it still the right thing to limit the use of his name? Treating drugs as a health centred issue and away from a punitive apprach has been at the heart of the Governments Misuse of Drugs Amendment Bill. It's a shift away from the War on Drugs approach to a health focused one, says the Drug Foundations Ross Bell. The Salvation Army's Lynette Hutson says their addiction services are already at capacity but they are hopeful that they can strengthen both the existing services and develop new approaches to that will respond to family and community needs at an earlier stage.