29 Oct 2013

The Panel with John Bishop and Catherine Robertson (Part 1)

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 4:07 pm on 29 October 2013

Topics - The Labour Party conference in Christchurch this weekend looks set to approve a remit that will require its list to "fairly represent" gay and lesbian people among candidates. At present, the constitution says there must be no barriers to nominees on the grounds of sexual orientation or marital status. A piece of public art depicting a historic strike on Auckland's waterfront 100 years ago has been removed to avoid upsetting the descendants of dock workers. The work in question is a two-dimensional black silhouette shows a baton-wielding "strike-breaker", one of the rural Aucklanders employed to disrupt protesting wharfies in 1913. Massey's Cossacks they were sometimes called around the country as they resisted union action. A significant proportion of Aucklanders appear to prefer more urban sprawl to higher buildings, regardless of Mayor Len Brown's vision for a compact city.