Why are Kiwi pubs running out of Guinness?

In every city in the world you'll find the essential Irish Pub.

It'll have a few clover flags, some Pogues on the stereo and most importantly of all a tap serving up big dark glasses of Guinness.

However, TVNZ1's Seven Sharp has discovered that in the past couple of weeks New Zealand's Guinness stocks have dried up to the point many Irish bars around the country have had to serve Kilkenny instead.

Reporter Lucas de Jong was sent along to find out more about the great Guinness shortage of 2018.

Seven Sharp has discovered that in the past couple of weeks, Guinness stocks have dried up to the point some Irish bars have had to serve something else. Source: Seven Sharp



Brash speech protesters speak out' -'Ideas are a thing of the past'

The protesters who interrupted Dr Don Brash's free speech debate at Auckland University last night have explained their actions.

Speaking to TVNZ1's Seven Sharp, members of the New University group say they don't regret their move.

"Universities are places to teach the next generation of thinkers and Don Brash's ideas on Māori, on the treaty and of what New Zealand is are a thing of the past," one of the protesters said.

Last night Dr Brash was about to start his first speech on how PC culture is damaging free speech in New Zealand when a woman with a megaphone began yelling at him, surrounded by supporters holding flags and banners.

"We stand against racism, Don Brash represents hate," she said as some people booed her from the other side of the auditorium.

Dr Brash then managed to speak as the cacophony died down.

Tamati Rimene-Sproat went in search of those who disrupted Dr Brash’s Auckland Uni speech. Source: Seven Sharp

"They don't want to debate the issues they just want to shout us down, PC culture shuts down free speech," Dr Brash said.

Hate speech is not free speech the protesters shouted back, once again interrupting proceedings as they also yelled "Don Brash go home."

Dr Brash supporters then chanted his name until he was allowed to speak.

Tamati Rimene-Sproat went in search of those who disrupted Dr Brash’s Auckland Uni speech. Source: Seven Sharp

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Simon Bridges says left has attacked free speech after Don Brash shut out of Massey University

Simon Bridges says the left has attacked free speech after Dr Don Brash had a speech cancelled at Palmerston North's Massey University.

Mr Bridges was himself addressing students at Massey University in Palmerston North about the controversy today.

"We have seen a real attack on free speech from some on the left recently, first on some Canadian speakers and now on Don Brash," he told reporters outside the university.

The National Party leader hoped that the Vice Chancellor Jan Thomas would reconsider her decision to stop Dr Brash speaking there.

"Vice Chancellor Jan Thomas has got this badly wrong and she needs to rethink her decision and ask Don Brash to come and speak here."

He also had a message for the Government on the issue.

"The Government needs to have a real position on this, they can't cop out and sit on the sidelines, they fund the universities of New Zealand and should be standing up for free speech as well," Mr Bridges said.

Dr Brash, a former National leader and Reserve Bank governor, was due to speak to the university's Politics Society in Palmerston North two days ago, but Ms Thomas cancelled the event citing safety concerns.

Ms Thomas said the decision came at a time of heightened tension over free speech and hate speech prompted by the visit of Canadian alt-right speakers Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux to New Zealand.

Brash said their actions just helped to prove his case. Source: 1 NEWS

Last night protesters attempted to shout down Dr Brash while he spoke at a free speech debate at Auckland University.

Mr Bridges was addressing students at Massey University in Palmerston North about the controversy today. Source: 1 NEWS