TV Highlights

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On The Nation this weekend… Is there a housing crisis, and what should we do about it? National and Labour housing spokespeople Nick Smith and Phil Twyford go head-to-head on affordability, foreign ownership and capital gains taxes.

And with the fallout over Dirty Politics causing movement in the polls, we talk to New Zealand First leader Winston Peters and Conservative Party leader Colin Craig about what happens now they’re inching closer to five percent. Continue reading »

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Tonight, Prime Minster John Key and Labour Leader David Cunliffe go head to head in the first leaders debate of the election.

Feel free to discuss the debate in the comments section below.

The Leaders Debate: TV One, 7pm

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Housing affordability is one of the big election issues and Political Editor Corin Dann will host the first TV debate on Sunday. Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith and Labour’s Phil Twyford go head to head.

The latest on the ‘dirty politics’ saga – with Kiwiblog Editor David Farrar and former Labour Party President Mike Williams. Dr Maria Bargh is our political scientist. Continue reading »

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On The Nation this weekend… What matters more: the environment or economic growth? National’s environment spokesperson Amy Adams debates water standards, dairy farming and the Resource Management Act with Green Party co-leader Russel Norman.

We delve more into dirty politics and ask whether Labour and the Greens can come up with a coherent economic plan.

We’ll discuss all this and more with our panel: 3News political editor Patrick Gower, Fairfax political reporter Andrea Vance, and the New Zealand Herald’s investigative journalist David Fisher.

The Nation on TV3, 9.30am Saturdays and 10am Sundays.

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The National Party and ‘Dirty Politics’ – Susan Wood interviews author Nicky Hager and blogger Cameron Slater.

A debate between Social Development Minister Paula Bennett and Labour’s Jacinda Ardern. Are we doing enough to help struggling families? How big is our child poverty problem? With Political Editor Corin Dann. Continue reading »

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On The Nation this weekend…. The fallout from what’s being dubbed the first grenade of the campaign. We’ll talk to Dirty Politics author Nicky Hager and WhaleOil blogger Cameron Slater, and discuss the state of New Zealand politics with former Labour leader Phil Goff and Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei. Continue reading »

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The results of our Q+A Colmar Brunton snap poll in the Epsom Electorate – who’s taken the lead? Do voters like the deal between National and ACT?

For the first time, all the leading candidates for Epsom line up for a debate, hosted by Rachel Smalley – National’s Paul Goldsmith, ACT’s David Seymour, Labour’s Michael Wood, Green’s Julie Anne Genter and Conservative’s Christine Rankin. Continue reading »

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On The Nation this weekend…. the first multi-party debate of the election campaign, featuring the leaders of all six smaller parties represented in the last Parliament.

Metiria Turei (Green Party), Winston Peters (New Zealand First), Peter Dunne (United Future), Te Ururoa Flavell (Maori Party), Jamie Whyte (ACT), and Hone Harawira (Mana Party) will join host Lisa Owen to debate the decisive issues of the campaign, including foreign ownership, housing, and unemployment. And then there’s the deals – who’s in, who’s out, and can they all get along? Continue reading »

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Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully on the conflict in Gaza, our bid for a UN Security Council seat, and the latest on the Malaysian diplomat case. He’s interviewed by Deputy Political Editor Michael Parkin.

Michael also talks to Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson and former UN worker, David Shearer.

Susan Wood quizzes Professor Paul Dalziel on wellbeing economics – a new way to measure success and quality of life.

Our panel this week: Dr Claire Robinson, David Farrar and Robert Reid.

Q+A screens at 9:00am Sunday on TV One

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On The Nation this weekend…. How can we make New Zealand richer? Are cows and roads the answer, or does the path to wealth lie in the garages of our small time entrepreneurs? How do we grow the regions and where will the jobs come from? Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Labour’s spokesperson Grant Robertson go head to head with their visions for the country’s future.

As the final sitting of the 50th Parliament comes to an end, Torben Akel takes a look back at the highs and lows of the term and Lucy Warhurst talks to the image consultants and branding experts about how the parties are looking as they enter the campaign. Hashtags and red scarves anyone? Continue reading »