Political Showdown: Green MP Golriz Ghahraman v National MP Simeon Brown

Political Showdown puts politicians from different sides of the House together, getting them to test each other on the big questions of the week.

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

In Round Three, National's Simeon Brown took on the Green Party's Golriz Ghahraman

The questions asked this week:

Education Minister Chris Hipkins says reading and maths skills have fallen since they were introduced, but National says confusion will reign. Source: 1 NEWS

Do you think the scrapping of National standards will benefit children? 

Mr English had some advice for Jacinda Ardern, saying a constructive relationship with Australia was crucial for Kiwis in the country. Source: Breakfast

Is Jacinda Ardern continuing to bring up the 150 Manus Island refugee offer interfering in Australian politics?

The petition has been signed by more than 4,000 people. Source: 1 NEWS

Should companies be able to take New Zealand water without being taxed? Why or why not?

Did the previous government do enough to combat loan sharks and should the new government do more?

The National Party leaders says the government’s upcoming mini-budget will reveal a 'lack of money remaining'. Source: Breakfast

Do you agree with Bill English saying the upcoming mini-budget won't leave much for police pay rises or increased funding for NGOs?

It will be a conscience vote for both National and Labour MPs. Source: 1 NEWS

How will you vote on voluntary euthanasia? 

What is your favourite word or phrase in Te Reo Maori?

What would you be doing if you were not in parliament?

Political Showdown puts politicians from different sides of the House together, getting them to ask each other the big questions of the week. Source: 1 NEWS

Round Two:

1 NEWS gave the big questions to the politicians to battle it out, and they even found a few things they agreed on! Source: 1 NEWS

Round One:



'It's actually killing people' - Loneliness in elderly equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes per day

Age Concern Canterbury warns that chronic loneliness among New Zealand's elderly may lead to other health complications for them.

In a world firstm more than 70,000 people, with an average age of 83, have been surveyed for a study on aging by the University of Otago, Christchurch.

Age Concern chief executive Simon Templeton, speaking today on TVNZ 1's Breakfast, said chronic loneliness can be more harmful than it sounds and it could have negative health effects.

"We know there's an increase in cardiovascular risk, there's an increase in stroke, and of course the mental health impacts as well - so depression, anxiety," Mr Templeton said.

"One study showed that loneliness in older people is equivalent to their health of smoking 15 cigarettes per day - and we know how bad cigarette smoking is - so similar outcomes.

University of Otago research surveyed more than 70,000 people. Source: 1 NEWS

"It's actually killing people."

Mr Templeton said it is society's issue to deal with and that people can help by getting to know their neighbours.

"What we suggest people do is get to know their neighbours ... it's a great time to perhaps knock on the door."

CEO Simon Templeton says people need to get to know their neighbours to help fight the problem. Source: Breakfast

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Main highway at Warkworth closed after crash

A crash last night has forced the closure of State Highway One in both directions at Warkworth, north of Auckland.

The sole occupant of a car sustained minor injuries in the single car crash at 11.30pm.

A power pole has been damaged and diversion are likely to remain in place for much of the morning.

Northbound traffic is being diverted off State Highway 1 at Hill Street, while southbound traffic is being diverted at Woodcocks Road.

Those travelling through the area should consider using State Highway 16. 

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Police car generic. Source: 1 NEWS