TV Highlights

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This weekend on The Nation… the verdict is in and John Banks is guilty of filing a false electoral return. So what’s next for his party and electorate? We’ll talk to three contenders for the Epsom seat: ACT’s David Seymour, Labour’s Michael Wood and the Green Party’s Julie Anne Genter.

Then, are the regions in trouble? Or are they waiting to be unleashed? Lisa Owen will interview the Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce about which provinces are lagging behind and how we can spread the wealth and population beyond the big cities.

And Auckland Mayor Len Brown will talk about whether public space and car parks could be sold off to help fund his rail link – the top priority of his 30-year blueprint for the country’s largest city.

We’ll discuss all this and more with our panel: 3News political reporter Tova O’Brien, Generation Zero Auckland director Dr Sudhvir Singh, and journalist and former Act MP Deborah Coddington.

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

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This week on The Nation… as housing issues again dominate the headlines, we ask: is the New Zealand quarter acre dream dead? And how many affordable houses are being built in Auckland? Our reporter Lucy Warhurst takes a look at the overheated housing market and the efforts to cool it down. Then Lisa Owen interviews Housing Minister Nick Smith about the progress of the housing accords, and get Labour’s take from its spokesperson Phil Twyford. Continue reading »

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Have we got immigration right? Where are the skilled workers? Are too many migrants settling in Auckland? Rachel Smalley asks Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse.

Reporter Dita De Boni investigates why so many of us don’t vote. Who are the so-called missing million, and what would get them to the polls? Then if they did vote – would it change the election? Continue reading »

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On The Nation this weekend… Their 2009 book spurred a global debate about inequality, and now they’re in New Zealand to spread the word. We’ll talk exclusively to The Spirit Level authors Prof. Richard Wilkinson and Prof. Kate Pickett about what should be done to close the gap between rich and poor.

Our reporter Torben Akel gets to the bottom of competing claims about inequality in New Zealand – is the gap growing or shrinking? – and Labour’s Sue Moroney and the Conservative Party leader Colin Craig will debate if inequality matters and how to fix the problem. Continue reading »

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This week, someone’s life will change forever as the Top Two finalists compete one last time from the NOKIA Theatre L.A. in downtown Los Angeles, during the AMERICAN IDOL XIII two-night finale starting TONIGHT at 7.30pm on Prime.

On the final show of the season, some of today’s hottest artists, including Lady Antebellum, Aloe Blacc, KISS, John Legend, Demi Lovato, Jason Mraz, Jennifer Nettles, Paramore, Phillip Phillips and Darius Rucker are set to perform before the winner is announced Thursday, May 22 on Prime. Continue reading »

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On The Nation this weekend…. The Budget: balanced and responsible, or an election year bribe? We’ll have analysis from all angles and look at the direction it’s taking New Zealand, with Lisa Owen interviewing Finance Minister Bill English and 3News Political Editor Patrick Gower speaking to Labour leader David Cunliffe. Continue reading »

heroes_castHeroes shall be reborn, with an event miniseries from creator Tim Kring.

NBC in the USA has ordered 13 episodes of a new standalone arc titled Heroes Reborn, with all storyline and character details currently being kept under wraps. The miniseries will air sometime in 2015, preceded by a web series that will introduce the characters and new storylines.

If they want to bring back some of the stars, here is where they are now – Continue reading »

kim-dotcom-60-minutesThe interview by the American 60 Minutes program that outraged Kim Dotcom aired last night on Prime.  The New Zealand team invited Kim Dotcom on to respond.  He declined.

With the upcoming launch of his political party and his new album that he’s flogging I would have thought he would have jumped at the chance to get some publicity.

The interview airs again tonight at 7:30pm on Prime.