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  • Episode 4 : Is a Degree Worth the Financial Hardship?

    This week on Banter, Tim Batt and the panel are discussing the value of tertiary education.

    Are university fees too much for too little return? Do employers value a degree? Could the time it takes to get a degree be better spent?

    No question is too big or too small. Send your questions and feedback to us on Facebook and Twitter using #BanterTVNZ.

    The Panel:

    You could say this week's panel are qualified to talk about benefits and pitfalls of tertiary education (cue groans). Here's what Google had to say about our panelists:

    23-year-old Chloe Swarbrick sprung into the limelight during the 2016 Auckland mayoral election.

    Swarbrick recieved a large amount of attention due to the significant difference in age between herself and her senior candidates. After placing an impressive third in the election, Swarbrick joined the Green Party and is running as a candidate in this year's general election.

    Before entering the fray of New Zealand politics Swarbrick studied at the University of Auckland, gaining a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and a Bachelor of Laws.

    Alice Snedden is no stranger to the world of entertainment.

    As a writer, comedian and improviser, her credits range from some of New Zealand's top comedy shows to her weekly appearances in the Basement Theatre's improv show, SNORT. She also co-hosted the Survivor New Zealand companion show Little Survivor.

    Snedden trained and performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York, but before she left for the big smoke she studied to be a lawyer. Get ready for some belly laughs from this panelist.

    Armed with sharp wit and a wicked sense of humour, Robbie Nicol is the third member of tonight's panel. Hailed as the 'Kiwi John Oliver', Nicol shot to internet fame in the webseries White Man Behind a Desk.

    The low-fi, political satire series saw Nicol sit behind a desk in his bedroom-come-studio and deliver monologues explaining some of the tougher to grasp political issues facing Kiwis. Nicol is charismatic, passionate and has a fantastic way of making tough topics easy to digest.

    Prior to the series Nicol spent three years at the University of Auckland studying Politics. You can sample White Man Behind a Desk here

    You can watch Banter Tuesdays at 8.30pm on Freeview 13 and Sky 23. You can also live stream it here and on Facebook.

    Chloe Swarbrick
    Alice Snedden co-hosting Little Survivor alongside Breakfast's Matt McLean
    Robbie Nicol in his show White Man Behind A Desk

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