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The Panel features a range of panellists from across the opinion spectrum, together with expert phone guests.

The Panel features a range of panellists from across the opinion spectrum, together with expert phone guests.


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The Panel features a range of panellists from across the opinion spectrum, together with expert phone guests.




The Panel with Jo McCarroll and Ed Amon (Part 2)

The government is set to pull financial support for a nationwide mental health and wellbeing campaign which was developed to help people cope with the strain of the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdowns. We hear from Mental Health Foundation CEO Shaun Robinson, who says the decision to stop funding 'doesn't make sense'. According to a new survey coming out of Australia, women still continue to carry the load when it comes to unpaid work, Professor Marilyn Waring joins the show to discuss. Sir...


The Panel with Jo McCarroll and Ed Amon (Part 1)

Opposition leader Judith Collins has said the National Party is focused on the growing number of gang members, would bring back Armed Response Teams. Dr Jarrod Gilbert, the Director of Criminal Justice at the University of Canterbury and the author of Patched: The History of Gangs in New Zealand, joins the show to discuss; The Reserve Bank has announced it will hold the official cash rate (OCR) at a record low 0.25 percent, economist at Infometrics Brad Olsen joins the show to discuss; In...


What panellists have been thinking

What panellists Jo McCarroll and Ed Amon have been thinking.


Dear Panel

Panellists Ed Amon and Jo McCarroll answer listeners' everyday problems.


The Panel with Pax Assadi and Julia Hartley Moore (Part 2)

NZ Herald columnist Sasha Borissenko recently penned an opinion piece on buying an apartment and surviving to tell the tale. Why are there so many hoops to jump through when buying property?; Melissa Vining and her late husband Blair shone a light on the need for better cancer care in Southland when Blair was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer in 2018, now the Winton community has raised $50,000 towards the Southland Charity Hospital build; a lot of us don't carry cash to use at roadside...


The Panel with Pax Assadi and Julia Hartley Moore (Part 1)

Child poverty has improved overall since 2018 according to annual figures released today but Maori and Pacific children continue to be worst affected across the board, Children's Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft joins The Panel to discuss; Professor Michael Lueck from AUT has co-authored an opinion piece saying that while reform is needed for freedom camping laws, foreign tourists aren't the only problem; tea drinkers across the globe were outraged last year when an American mother shared...


The Pre-Panel with Pax Assadi and Julia Hartley Moore

Story of the Day with Caitlin Cherry, and the panellists share what they've been thinking.


The Panel with Ali Jones and Gary McCormick (Part 2)

There has been a huge loss of built heritage since the 2011 quakes, we hear from Dame Anna Crighton who has worked tirelessly to save some of the city's notable buildings; hundreds of high school students living on rural roads are being stopped from using school buses under a 117-year-old law; Wallace talks to the co-founder of The Cookie Project, and we hear from Graeme Haddon the co-founder a social enterprise that employs Kiwis with disabilities to make delicious cookies.


The Panel with Ali Jones and Gary McCormick (Part 1)

On the 10th anniversary of the devastating 2011 Christchurch quake we hear the first-hand story from Zara Potts, who describes how the brick cafe she was in caved in around her; we hear from Dr Caroline Bell on how the earthquakes impacted the mental health of Cantabrians and how things are looking a decade later; and our panellists share their own memories from that day.


What the panellists have been thinking

What panellists Ali Jones and Gary McCormick have been thinking.


Auckland returns to Alert Level 1 from midnight

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirms Auckland will join the rest of the country at alert level one from midnight tonight. Masks and face coverings will continue to be mandatory on public transport in alert level one and two nationwide.


The Panel with David Slack and Jennie Moreton (Part 2)

We hear from a Kiwi living in El Paso, Texas, about the massive storm that has resulted in no power for days; Facebook has banned 18 million Australians from viewing news on its platform and banned Australian news content - could it happen here?; We catch up with New Zealand broadcast legend Ray Woolf; and we delve into the diverse careers our current 120 parliamentarians.


The Panel with David Slack and Jennie Moreton (Part 1)

The country's biggest ever vaccination programme gets underway tomorrow, but the Ministry of Health's online vaccination register won't be ready; a new study has revealed that a quarter of renters have moved from their homes because they were forced to by their landlords; and we dive deeper into yesterday's topic of game meats and why possum isn't on the menu.


What panellists have been thinking

What panellists David Slack and Jennie Moreton have been thinking.


NASA's science rover Perseverance lands on Mars

NASA's science rover Perseverance, the most advanced astrobiology laboratory ever sent to another world, streaked through the Martian atmosphere and landed safely on the floor of a vast crater, its first stop on a search for traces of ancient microbial life on the Red Planet.


The Panel with Andrew Hoggard and Penny Ashton (Part 2)

A new research project will study the ongoing impact of "quake brain" on people's memory and other cognitive functions a decade after the Canterbury earthquakes; a Masterton print business that can't find a way to recycle its plastic waste has highlighted a national problem; a programme offering free period products for all school students is to be rolled out nationwide from June; and why don't we eat possum?


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

We are days away from the country's largest ever mass vaccination programme, but research has found 24 percent of Kiwis are unlikely to have a Covid-19 vaccine if offered; the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment has outlined how tourism can be more sustainable in a new report released today; and Wellington preschoolers may lose free swimming as the council debates whether or not to reintroduce pool entry fees for under fives.


What panellists have been thinking

What panellists Andrew Hoggard and Penny Ashton have been thinking.


Story Of The Day

The Panellists get together to help find the owners of a peacock found wandering around in the Wellington suburb of Newlands.


Is a tank top too revealing for high school?

Wellington Girls' College has apologised to a student who was sent home for wearing high-waisted pants and a tank top to school on Friday. Seventeen-year-old Lauren Hardie was told at the time her outfit was inappropriate and that it put male teachers in a vulnerable position. The principal now says the school acted hastily, and never should have made the comment about male staff.