12 Dec 2017

The Panel with Catherine Robertson and Finlay Macdonald (Pt2)

From The Panel, 4:05 pm on 12 December 2017

Emails are being tracked not just by corporations, now personal users are tracking their electronic messages to see when and where they are opened. Meanwhile China exerts its influence worldwide by infiltrating social media. And in India laid off tech workers and turning to their cellphones for counselling. The panellists weigh in on the ever-expaning cyberlife. What the panellists Catherine Robertson and Finlay Macdonald want to talk about. A drink driver managed to sell his car before police could confiscate it. A judge then ordered the Subaru to be seized from its new owners, without making an order for them to be reimbursed for it. We ask traffic and criminal lawyer Steve Cullen about whether this case seems a harsh on the new owners and how they might recoup their loss. Yesterady's story about the managing director of Briscoes, Rod Duke, fighting Auckland Council to be able to land his helicopter whenever he wants didn't go over well with listeners. Many were unhapy at Mr Duke's request, siding with his new neighbours and the council. We ask today's panellists whether they agree. Rates in Auckland is somewhat of a lottery this year, with 33,000 homes paying more and 19,000 paying less. Otara has seen a steady hike. Meanwhile down south, Dunedin has managed to reduce its debt and get it's affairs in order, so the city's officials have announced a nearly $900 million plan that would see rates increases and the selling of assets.

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