21 Nov 2017

The Panel with Clarke Gayford and Sandy Hodge (Part 1)

From The Panel, 4:03 pm on 21 November 2017

Team New Zealand has unveiled its new monohull design for the 2012 America's cup. It comes This comes as the government and Auckland council continue to debate where the bases for the regatta will be placed on the city's crowded waterfront. It's still unclear whether a controversial expansion of the port will go ahead and, if it doesn't, what the alternative will be. We ask the panellists what they'd like to see happen. Countdown supermarket is restricting the the sale of Lindauer's new Sparkling Grape Juice to people with ID and only during the store's alcohol-dealing hours. Despite the bottle being labelled as "alcohol-free" the supermarket released a statement saying it doesn't want to "normalise" a product that looks like alcohol. Dr Nicki Jackson, Executive Director of the Alcohol Healthwatch, believes countdown needs to go a step further and make sure the product is placed alongside wine and beer, and not in aisles where kids may see it. Andrew Little, the minister responsible for Pike River, says manned re-entry to the mine is a dangerous task and won't be attempted til at least 2019, if ever. The government still believes it's possible to go back into the mine and see if there are any human remains of the 29 men that were killed ine the blast of 2010. The panellists weigh in on whether this effort is showing support for the families or if it will actually eventuate. The associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter held a meeting with the ministry, police and NZTA focusing on how they'll tackle road fatalities. Officials will outline a plan for the government to implement which is expected to be announced later this year. Yesterday we asked the panellists and listeners for their opinions on the issues, today we discuss the reaction.

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