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Should we buy back the electricity network and run it as a not for profit public utility ?

When I asked this question of the political parties Mana, NZ First, Alliance and Democrats for Social Credit all said we should.

Should we remove GST from food? When I asked the political parties that question in my recent survey, Mana, Maori Party , Alliance, Conservative Party , Democrats for Social Credit said Yes.

Minimum Wage or Living Wage? What's the difference. The adult  Minimum Wage rate by law is $14.25 per hour.

The Living Wage , calculated by the Family Centre Social Policy Research Unit in Feb 2013, is  $18.40 an hour.

Do you think the government should help create  low interest loans  to allow families to build or buy affordable healthy housing?

In Sweden I visited a state school where a doctor visits  twice a week and there is a school nurse on site everyday to look after the 300 children who attend.

Some people want to reduce the subjects young people study  to the so called STEM subjects of Science Maths Engineering and Technology .

In my survey I asked all political parties if in principle they would support making  free 24 hour medical care  available to all children and young people up to the age of 18.

Why feed every child at school for free?

I know that many of you will have seen this story already and I've certainly written about it before.

Answer = about 60 years.

This is a frame from a lunch scene I filmed in a school in Espoo Finland for the documentary I am working on about Education.

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Who is Bryan Bruce?

Bryan Bruce is an award winning documentary maker, and best selling author. Born in Scotland in 1948, his family emigrated to New Zealand in 1956. He grew up in Christchurch and attended the University of Canterbury where he graduated with an M.A.[1] in Sociology and Philosophy and Christchurch Teacher’s College where he earned a Diploma in Teaching.

Bryan is best known for his work on 'The Investigator' documentary series, 'Inside Child Poverty' and 'Mind The Gap'.