TV Highlights


This weekend on The Nation… New Zealand has been elected to the United Nations Security Council, but what happens next? Lisa Owen interviews Foreign Minister Murray McCully from New York about our goals for reform, what America wants from us in the fight against Islamic State, and what victory against the jihadists looks like.

Then, in the first New Zealand television interview about her new book, the former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard talks about leadership spills, being a woman at the top, and the terror threat to Australia and New Zealand.

And with Prime Minister John Key laying out the timeline for the flag referendum this week, we debate the pros and cons with the Returned and Services Association president BJ Clark and tech innovator Ian Taylor. Plus, we have some of the best alternative flags in the studio.

We’ll discuss all this and more with our panel: freelance journalist Jon Stephenson, constitutional lawyer Mai Chen, and public relations consultant Trish Sherson.

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


We look at what role New Zealand might play in the US-led effort against Islamic State. Deputy Political Editor Michael Parkin interviews Prime Minister John Key about this critical decision, plus what National has in store on the domestic front.

The Government’s signalled it wants to bring in tougher laws for New Zealanders who become foreign fighters. Susan Wood interviews David Malet, a senior lecturer in International Relations at the University of Melbourne and author of Foreign Fighters. Continue reading »


This weekend on The Nation… Prime Minister John Key gives his first long-form interview after being sworn in for a third term. We’ll ask about his new focus on housing and child poverty, and whether New Zealand boots will end up on the ground in Iraq or Syria.

Then, with a week until the United Nations vote on New Zealand’s bid for a Security Council seat, what’s the inside word on our chances? Lisa Owen talks to international affairs analyst Jeffrey Laurenti from New York.

Labour MP and former UN staffer David Shearer gives us his perspective on the vote and the Labour leadership race. And then there were three….the would-be Labour leader, MP Andrew Little, shares his vision for the party.

And with a star rating system for food about to hit the supermarket shelves, Lucy Warhurst investigates whether it will work.

We’ll discuss all this and more with our panel: Metro editor Simon Wilson, PR consultant Matthew Hooton, and former Green MP Dr Sue Bradford.

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

Can the South Sydney Rabbitohs break their Premiership drought with their first win since 1971 tonight?


Deputy political editor Michael Parkin talks to Hone Harawira and Andrew Little about their political futures in the wake of the special vote results.

With international dairy prices on the decline, Susan Wood interviews Federated Farmers West Coast provincial president Katie Milne about what it means for farmers, and the economy. Continue reading »


This weekend on The Nation… the ink is drying on John Key’s support deals, but what will they achieve? Lisa Owen talks to Act’s David Seymour, United Future leader Peter Dunne and Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell about their new jobs and what’s in store for the next three years.

Then Labour MP Andrew Little fronts up with his prescription for Labour’s rebuild. And, if he stays in Parliament, could he be a dark horse entry in the leadership race? Continue reading »


David Cunliffe resigned as leader of the Labour party on Saturday; but he still wants the top job.

He confirmed he will seek a fresh mandate by throwing his hat in the ring for a leadership primary and he hopes to take on Prime Minister John Key in the 2017 election. Continue reading »


The folks from Ferndale hit the topics of Fiji this week as our favourite drama heads to the islands. Continue reading »


This weekend on The Nation… Labour’s had its worst election result in 92 years, so what happens next? We’ll talk to former Labour president Jim Anderton, CTU president Helen Kelly, and tech entrepreneur and past donor Selwyn Pellett about the party’s future direction and the leadership.

Then, with an unprecedented majority, our reporter Torben Akel examines what’s at the top of National’s to-do list during its third term. Continue reading »