20 Dec 2019

The Panel with Ruwani Perera and Nick Leggett (Part 2)

From The Panel, 4:05 pm on 20 December 2019

There has been a big push for making Christmas as eco-friendly as possible, with online blogs suggesting plenty of ways to reduce waste over the silly season, including getting gifts that are second-hand, homemade or even re-gifting your old unwanted presents to your loved ones. Any tips for The Panel for an environmentally friendly Xmas? Those who haven't yet handed in their guns are fast approaching the deadline for amnesty - that ends tomorrow and police have sworn to crack down hard on those holding onto prohibited firearms. The buyback scheme was put in place 6 months ago following gun law reforms in the wake of the Christchurch mosque attacks. Law professor Al Gillespie joins the discussion. Do you have a favourite politician of the year...who were you most impressed by? One commentator in the New Zealand Herald picks David Seymour for negotiating through successfully one of the most fraught bits of legislation, the End of Life Choice Bill, giving people with a terminal illness the option of requesting assisted dying. Editor of political website Pundit Tim Watkin joins the discussion. A satrical holiday special depicting Jesus as a closeted homosexual has come underfire in Brazil, with millions of people signing a petition for its removal from Netflix. Kiwi paster Ross Smith, from the pentecostal Celebration Church in Wellington, has also criticised the film, calling it "blasphemous". He also says Christians are often unfairly victimised, because they are "soft targets".