The Panel with Steve McCabe and Tainui Stephens (Part 1)
Topics - Andrew Little has had his first full day as leader. He's wasted no time getting stuck in to the Prime Minister saying behind John Key's "appearance of a happy-go-lucky chappy" is the "vilest, nastiest smear machine we have ever seen in New Zealand politics." Auckland Council is hunting hard to ways to defray its debt servicing, and the latest losers are early birds, people who take advantage of 1000 cheap inner-city carparks early in the morning. The AA says this is a "kick in the teeth" for motorists, paying $4 a day extra. Glamorous leasehold properties down on the Auckland wharves, on Princes Wharf, Shed 22, are now facing a 157 per cent ground-rent hike from this weekend. Apartment owner Kristina Anderson pays $8015 a year in ground rent; from Saturday it'll be $20,500. Auckland Museum's "retiring" the live animals it has on display, because of welfare concerns.