Larry’s Back!!! (Cam on The Cauldron at 16:00 on Newstalk ZB)

I am on The Cauldron again at 1600.

Join Larry Williams, Josie Pagani, Barry Soper and some guy called Cam Slater on The Cauldron.

Topics today may include:

1)  Most recent political poll results

2) Colin Craig’s “bottom line”: Binding Citizen Initiated Referenda

3) The fallout of Cunliffe’s holiday

4) NZ First policy announcements; GST and Law and Order

5) Kim Dotcom’s promised political “nuclear bomb”

6) Independent Police Complaints Authority clears police over Dotcom spying

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The Huddle


I was on the Huddle last night with Larry Williams and Bill Ralston.

Our topics were:

Law Commission/ Joint Liability report.

Some relief could be coming the way of local councils and their legal liabilities in matters such as leaky building syndrome.

The Law Commission is recommending modifications to joint liability laws that would effectively cap their liabilities in building negligence claims.

Under the proposals, caps would be set at 300 thousand dollars for a single dwelling, 150 thousand dollars per unit for residences in a multi-unit complex, and a three million dollar cap per multi-unit developments.

The recommendations will have to be considered by the Government.

Home Owners and Buyers Association president John Gray says that will leave consumers in the dark. He says leaky homes are still being built, and when the building industry comes under pressure to build more homes the same problems are likely to be repeated. He says there should be a mandatory insurance-backed warranty behind the auditing process of local authorities, so it never reaches court.

Local Government New Zealand president Lawrence Yule says the proposals would still see councils facing a disproportionate share of the costs, and the risks. He says if the Government wants councils to make the building consent process faster and cheaper, it needs to reduce the risks that councils face.   Read more »

The Cauldron at 1600

I am on The Cauldron again at 1600.

Join Larry Williams, Josie Pagani, Jordan Williams and me on The Cauldron.

Here are our starters:

1) Lui – Donghua Lui whose links to the National Party led to a minister’s resignation, also made a secret $15,000 donation to Labour.

2) Owen Glenn Report

3) Epsom – Looks pretty clear that National will do a deal with Act on Epsom

4) The Internet Mana Party is campaigning against coat tailing

5) Iraq – The government isn’t ruling out the possibility of standing by the US if military intervention is required in Iraq – but the PM is saying — a request unlikely and its not a place where NZ wants to be.

6) Team NZ – There’s doubt from some as to whether Team New Zealand delivers enough return, to justify government investment. The team is now chasing sponsors to back its next challenge, but has warned it might not stay afloat past the end of the month without a government cash injection.

7) McCready & police – Serial litigant Graeme McCready plans to take police to court for not acting on John Banks.


Cam on Cam

You can listen online via iHeartRadio  or tune in though usual methods.


The Cauldron at 1600

I am on The Cauldron again at 1600.

This week there is no Pam Corkery…I know you are all probably cheering on the inside.

Join Larry Williams, Josie Pagani, Barry Soper and me on The Cauldron.

Here are our starters:

John Banks guilty verdict/resignation

Coat tailing

The latest Roy Morgan poll

Greens carbon tax policy


PPTA , Banks & Charter schools

America’s Cup and the taxpayer

You can listen online via iHeartRadio or tune in though usual methods.


The Huddle


There was no Cauldron this week because of the holiday but there was a Huddle on last night with me and Josie Pagani.

Our topics included:

  • Labour not ruling out Internet Mana Party
  • Green’s carbon tax/climate change policy

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The Huddle at 1740


There was no Cauldron this week because of the holiday but there is a Huddle on tonight with me and Josie Pagani.

Our topics include:

  • Labour not ruling out Internet Mana Party
  • Green’s carbon tax/climate change policy
  • And the US dealing with terrorists to return deserters

You can listen online via iHeartRadio or through usual methods.

I will post the audio in the morning for those who miss it.


The Cauldron at 1600


Listen in to Larry Williams Drive show this afternoon at 1600 for the Cauldron.

On air will be Josie Pagani, Barry Soper, Pan Corkery and me, along with our host Larry Williams.

Our topics are likely to include:

- Wash up of budget
- Migrants -Labour and NZ First intention to cap numbers
- Dotcom split – future, Internet Party, Mana
- Stuff poll on Key and Cunliffe
- Problem Gambling Foundation taking Ministry Health to court
- Catholic Church and gays !

You can tune in using normal methods or listen online via iHeart Radio.



The Cauldron at 1600


For those that missed it last week, I am part of a new show for election year called The Cauldron.

It is a work in progress and will expand to additional time on air along with increased political coverage from myself for NewstalkZB, especially as election year ramps up.

The show kicks off at 4pm as the start to Larry Williams Drive.

The Cauldron is:

Cam Slater
Josie Pagani
Barry Soper
Pam Corkery

with host Larry Williams.

Join us at 4pm, who knows what we will be talking about during the hour but with all those personalities you can be sure there will be fireworks.


Yesterday’s papers, are newspapers dead yet?

They might not be dead yet but they are flapping around like a snapper on the pier…gasping for air and relevance.

Even their owners know this and are prepared to say it out loud.

APN is focusing on radio because it does not consider newspapers a growth asset, shareholders were told at the media company’s annual meeting today.

APN owns The New Zealand Herald and radio stations NewstalkZB, Classic Hits, Radio Sport and ZM as well as popular Australian station KIIS.

APN chairman Peter Cosgrove said the company was discussing collaboration and partnerships with other publishing businesses.

Although not perceived as a growth asset, we will continue to manage our newspapers with diligence and dedication,” he said.

“We will explore all options with other industry players in a range of areas, including printing and distribution, to further reduce costs and extend their lives.

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Something new, have a listen at 4pm


This afternoon at the start of Larry Williams’ Drive show on NewstalkZb will be something new.

I am participating in a new panel format with Barry Soper, Pam Corkery, Josie Pagani and me in studio with Larry Williams.

We will be covering political stories of the past and coming weeks, plus topics of interest.

The format is likely to change and develop as we progress towards the election.

Anyway, dear readers, this has been in the pipeline for sometime and today is the start.

Expect to hear more from me on NewtalkZB for the next 6 months.

Have a listen. Tune in or listen online via iHeartRadio.

I hope you enjoy it.