Political Showdown: The Budget, employment law and $1b education hole – Willow-Jean Prime v Chris Penk

Political Showdown puts politicians from different sides of the House together, to test each other face-to-face on the big questions of the week - and on Budget day 2018 there's a lot to debate. 

National's Helensville MP Chris Penk went up against Labour list MP Willow-Jean Prime this round.

Questions asked this week:

Labour says National left a $1 billion hole in education, but National say Labour made wild campaign promises. Who's right?

What will the changes to the Employment Bill do to New Zealanders?

Budget 2018 is tomorrow. What are you hoping or expecting to come out of it?

Should New Zealand be working with China in the Pacific region, rather than competing?

Is the waka-jumping bill problematic?

Would the Domestic Violence Leave Bill have an adverse impact on small to medium sized businesses?

The MPs battle out the biggest topics of the week. Source: 1 NEWS

The MPs battle out the biggest topics of the week. Source: 1 NEWS

The MPs battle out the biggest topics from this week.

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National’s Chris Penk of Helensville went up against Labour’s Willow-Jean Prime.

Christchurch firewood retailers warn of 'cowboys' selling wet wood that doesn't burn

Christchurch firewood sellers are warning consumers to be wary after numerous complaints of people being sold wet, unburnable firewood.

City Firewood manager Robbie Harris told The Press demand is increasing for wood now, but that backyard sellers are in some cases selling low quality wood for prices similar to those asked for professionally-dried wood.

"They are advertising on social media that their wood is dry, or ready to burn, or ready next week, except that it is not," Mr Harris said.

"Unfortunately, we get lots of people coming in who have been conned by these people.

"Surprisingly this wood isn't even cheap, it's often comparable, or even more expensive than our wood."

Firewood needs to be dried for some time - often months - if left in open air after it is cut, and needs to be kept protected from rain throughout that time.

Professional firewood retailers often use an industrial kiln set up to dry firewood.

Wet wood produces much less heat than dry wood when burned, and causes much more smoke, as well as soot buildup in the chimney.


Three men charged over Auckland Prison assault

Three men have been charged following an alleged assault at Auckland Prison on May 11.

The men, aged 20, 26 and 37, have been charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

They are due to appear in North Shore District Court on June 7 via video link.  

The alleged assault occurred on May 11. Source: Breakfast