Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Celebs Debate Hot Topic

North Shore Libraries/Massey University Celebrity Debate

Michele A’Court

Gary McCormick

Every year just after solstice the North Shore Libraries Foundation puts on its Sunday best to entertain the North Shore community with the Great Celebrity Debate.

For this year's eleventh annual debate, to be held on Sunday June 23, the Foundation has joined with Massey University, itself in the midst of celebrating 75 years of educating New Zealanders, to present a debate pregnant with meaning in election year.

"That Politics is the Most Honourable Profession" is the moot point for the Affirmative Team which, by tradition, is led by Gary McCormick. Michele A'Court traditionally defends as leader of the Negative Team.

And as befits the moot, the debate will be chaired by one who has an insider's view as well as the benefit of hindsight into the degree of politics' honourableness. The chair is Professor Marilyn Waring, former MP and infamous goader of a PM into an early election. She is now engaged in the exceedingly honourable and respectable profession of teaching and researching Public Policy at Massey University Albany.

The Minister for Lots of Things, including the environment and broadcasting, Hon Marian Hobbs, and TV and radio funny man and Massey University Master of Arts almnus, Jon Bridges will support Mr McCormick in his attempt to sway the audience into believing that yes, politicians are indeed engaged in the most honourable of professions. Those assisting Ms A'Court to persuade them otherwise are PC (political commentator) Chris Trotter and actor and director Michael Hurst, who comes equipped with his own international Fan Club.

As always the debate will be big on wit and short on seriousness. The audience and adjudicator Richard Bright are, however, promised a few grains of truth when it comes time to separate the wheat from the chaff and the sheep from the goats ( a clever allusion to Massey University's bucolic beginnings and reminder that the occasion of the 11th Great Celebrity Debate is also one to mark Massey's 75th year).

The Great Celebrity Debate will be held at 5.30pm on Sunday, June 23 in the Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna. Tickets are $25 and available by phoning 488 3133, or visiting the Bruce Mason Centre Box Office or any Post Shop.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Bridges’ ‘Meth Crooks’ Leadership Failure

Back in June, Bridges publicly accepted that Housing NZ had got it wrong, and that the National government had acted upon bad advice.

Now, you’d think this admission would create a broad bi-partisan basis for compensation to those families who had been unfairly evicted, at considerable cost and emotional distress. Some people had lost their possessions in trying to meet the expense of the upheaval.

Not everyone felt so compassionate. More>>


Multimedia & Transcript: Acting PM's Press Conference

Winston Peters, Acting Prime Minister while Jacinda Ardern is in New York for the UN Leaders' Week, held a short press conference Monday after chairing this week's cabinet meeting. More>>

General Assembly: Ardern Rejects Trump Call For War On Drugs

New Zealand will not be signing the United States' document calling for global action on the war on drugs, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. Ms Ardern is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly this week, along with about 140 other world leaders. More>>


Pay Equity: Cabinet Funds Deal For Oranga Tamariki Social Workers

The Minister said that an agreement in principle has been reached between Oranga Tamariki and the PSA on a settlement worth $114.6m over five years. More>>


Hunting v Pest Control: Tahr Control Needed To Protect Alpine Habitats

A cull of introduced Himalayan tahr browsing conservation land in Kā Tiritiri o Te Moana/ the Southern Alps is needed to protect special alpine plants and their habitats, Conservation Minister, Eugenie Sage said. More>>


Protest At Sea: Judge Discharges Greenpeace Activists

The judge today discharged Norman and Howell without conviction, saying the cumulative consequences of a conviction would be out of proportion to what was “low level” offending off the Wairarapa coast in April 2017. More>>


No Reshuffle: Meka Whaitiri Removed As A Minister

Meka Whaitiri will be removed as a Minister with immediate effect... The decision was made after receiving a report into an incident that occurred on 27 August in Gisborne, involving Meka Whaitiri and one of her staff. More>>





InfoPages News Channels