Despite popular belief, it's not actually a criminal offence to have an opinion that is widely disliked or regarded to be offensive.

The New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 has the following to say regarding freedom of expression:

'Everyone has the right to freedom of expression, including the freedom to seek, receive, and impart information and opinions of any kind in any form.'

Chances are you'll find yourself in a situation someday where you disagree with somebody about something. After all people can say some pretty stupid stuff, right?

So how do you cope in this situation without becoming angry, a keyboard warrior or just an a-grade a-hole? Tim and the panel discuss.

TV personality, radio DJ and absolute punisher, Jeremy Wells

Lauded for his deadpan delivery, TV personality and radio DJ Jeremy Wells joins the panel this week. Wells first appeared on television beside the likes of Mikey Havoc in the late 90s before moving on to host seven seasons of Eating Media Lunch. He currently co-hosts the Radio Hauraki breakfast show alongside Matt Heath. 

Actress, comedian and writer, Madeleine Sami

Madeleine Sami also joins this week's panel. Sami is an award-winning actress, comedian, writer and musician, having performed here and abroad.  She has worked on several New Zealand shows such as Shortland Street, Outrageous Fortune and 7 Days. Sami also wrote and starred in the comedy series Super City, which was directed by Taika Waititi.

The Spinoff's senior editor and journalist, Toby Manhire

Senior editor at the Spinoff and journalist, Toby Manhire, rounds off this week's panel. Manhire's career prior to the Spinoff saw him writing columns for the New Zealand Herald and RNZ. He also spent the decade between 2000 and 2010 working for the Guardian in England. Manhire also made Bryce Edwards Top 100 tweeters to follow in this election list back in 2014.

You can check out his twitter page here.


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