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Do Tory Whanau's problems warrant a resignation - or a wider debate?

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Wellington Mayor Tory Whanau has admitted to having a drinking problem.  

This comes after two incidents in which she has been seen visibly intoxicated in public spaces.  

Some councillors are now also calling Whanau’s resignation, with some questioning whether she can do the big job required of her. 

It also comes in the broader context of former Labour politician Kiri Allan, who blew over the legal limit after being involved in a car crash. That incident would ultimately come at the cost of her job in the Labour Government.  

But do these incidents actually point to something bigger? Does tell us something about the strain young politicians face when placed under constant public scrutiny? And how can the first-time MPs being sworn in this week prepare for the pressure coming their way?   
Today on The Front Page, NZ Herald senior reporter Georgina Campbell digs into the latest scandal to rock New Zealand politics.  

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