Politics panel: Paula Bennett and Annette King

  • 26/02/2016
Paula Bennett and Annette King (Paul Henry)
Paula Bennett and Annette King (Paul Henry)

Labour’s deputy leader Annette King and State Services minister Paula Bennett joined Paul Henry to discuss the week in politics.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE:

The Family Violence Death Review Committee report is urging agencies to take more responsibility for the safety of victims of family violence.

There have been more 300 family violence deaths over a 10 year period in NZ, and Kiwi women have a higher rate of partner violence than 14 other OECD countries.

TRUMP:

Donald Trump has built a powerful lead in national polls and knocked several opponents out of the 2016 presidential race.

After four contests in individual states, he’s now the undisputed front-runner.

PERSONAL SECURITY:

A 41-year-old man has pleaded guilty to assault for throwing muck over Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee after the memorial service for the fifth anniversary of the Christchurch earthquake.

Mr Brownlee had an ice cream container filled with what he described as "pretty mucky stuff" tipped over his head.

It comes after Steven Joyce had a sex toy thrown at him at Waitangi, but the woman who threw it was not charged.

So are we too casual when it comes to taking care of our politicians?

ELEPHANTS:

Auckland Zoo has confirmed the baby elephant gifted to New Zealand in Sri Lanka this week will be joining its elephants Burma and Anjalee.

The zoo said it was delighted to welcome a second elephant from Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka.

Five-year-old Nandi will be the final elephant to come from the orphanage and will increase Auckland Zoo's growing elephant family to three. 

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