TV Highlights


This weekend on The Nation… Who’s got the best ideas to lead the Labour Party? And how should the party go about rebuilding and reconnecting with ordinary New Zealanders after its worst loss in decades?

We head to the bellwether seat of Hamilton West for our Labour leadership debate in front of a live theatre audience. Andrew Little, Nanaia Mahuta, David Parker and Grant Robertson will debate what went wrong, where to from here, how they might lead as Prime Minister, and what they stand for. Continue reading »

Thanks to the All Black’s major sponsor, the game between them and the USA Eagles at Soldier Field in Chicago is being streamed live around the world. All you need is Hola.


Rachel Smalley interviews new Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett. The government is planning major changes for Social Housing … but do the plans also include the end of Housing NZ?

Susan Wood with the New Zealand doctor who is heading to Sierra Leone to help fight the Ebola epidemic … how fearful should Kiwis be?

And from Chicago, rugby fan and Saatchi & Saatchi Global CEO Kevin Roberts on how the All Blacks are taking on America.

Our panel: Dr Jennifer Curtin, Tau Henare and Campbell Roberts.


This weekend on The Nation… Is the state house sell off privatisation by stealth? And who’s at the front of the queue to buy? 3News political editor Patrick Gower talks to the new social housing minister Paula Bennett in her first sit down interview in the role.

And, with the midterm elections looming in the United States, we talk to New Zealand’s ambassador Mike Moore and the Kiwi corporate high flyer and advisor to Mitt Romney in his 2012 campaign, Chris Liddell. Continue reading »

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Choice TV’s new local series, Cook the Books is a show that celebrates cookbooks and their famous authors (starting Thursday 30 October, at 8.30pm on Choice TV).

Hosted by broadcaster Carly Flynn, Cook the Books gives viewers a chance to meet New Zealand’s own celebrity chefs, writers and culinary stars, and see what popular cookbooks are currently available.

Some cookbooks are beautiful to look at; others contain stories as well as recipes; some contain exotic recipes; while others feature simple meals that can be made at home in just a few minutes. Whatever the style, and whatever the motivation for buying them, Kiwis’ are passionate consumers of cookbooks, with many titles sitting on the national best-seller list for months, sometimes years.

Filmed at Auckland’s popular cookbook specialist store in Grey Lynn, also named Cook the Books, this new series promises to be an entertaining and informative half-hour exploring the world of cook books with the chefs, cooks and the foodies who write them. Continue reading »


Is your job future proof? The way we work is rapidly changing but is New Zealand keeping up? Are we producing the right kind of skilled workers? Should we be worried that our universities are slipping down the global rankings? Political Editor Corin Dann asks the Minister in charge, Steven Joyce.

Also, Susan Wood asks Kiwi tech entrepreneur Derek Handley about his vision for a new way to do business plus his forecast for the next mega trend.

And reporter Roihana Nuri reports from the Labour stronghold of South Auckland – what kind of leader do they want?

Our panel: Dr Claire Robinson, Matthew Hooton and Robert Reid.

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


This weekend on The Nation… with dairy prices falling, China growing its agriculture sector, and the environmental costs piling up, we ask the Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings if New Zealand is too dependent on milk powder and if we’ve almost reached ‘peak cow’.

Then, with the latest round of Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations taking place in Australia, our reporter Torben Akel takes a look at the pros and cons of the agreement for New Zealand and the likelihood of striking a deal at all.

And Tribal Huk gang president Jamie Pink runs a sandwiches in schools programme and thinks everyone should get involved in helping hungry children. We’ll ask him what drove him to start the programme and what he thinks the government should do about child poverty.

We’ll discuss all this and more with our panel: Hive News founder Bernard Hickey, Council of Trade Unions president Helen Kelly and former Act MP and Medicines New Zealand chair Heather Roy.

The Nation screens Saturdays at 9:00am and 10am Sundays on TV3.


New to Choice TV, Get Growing brings local gardening to Kiwi screens with the third series of this popular programme at 7.30pm on Fridays (Freeview 12/ SKY 026).

Whether a serious or hobby gardener, Get Growing brings Kiwi gardens to life with a colourful mix of friendly encouragement, practical advice and how to, along with innovative ideas and fresh inspiration that is right on season.

Hosted by gardening personality, writer and public speaker Lynda Hallinan, this new series of Get Growing follows Lynda, who has moved out of the city, to a 17-hectare lifestyle block at Hunua, just south of Auckland. Continue reading »


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 »