TV Highlights


This weekend on The Nation… Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Bill English on whether the Government is going to reach its much-heralded surplus this year despite being buffeted by global economic headwinds, whether he believes the findings of the Inspector-General’s SIS report, and what he makes of Cameron Slater.

Then the chair of the Glenn Inquiry, Bill Wilson, talks to Lisa Owen about the newly released People’s Blueprint, what’s needed to fix our domestic violence statistics, and whether the recommendations will ever see the light of day.

And the Maori Party’s new co-leader Marama Fox… where has she sprung from and what are her ambitions? We sent our reporter Lucy Warhurst to find out.

We’ll discuss all this and more with our panel: PR consultant Scott Campbell, Dirty Politics author Nicky Hager, and columnist Toby Manhire.

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


This weekend on The Nation… Laila Harre breaks her post-election silence… the veteran activist of the left fronts up on the future of the Internet Party, her own leadership, and what’s next for her.

Then, Lisa Owen talks to the new Labour leader Andrew Little about the policies he wants to throw out and how he’s going to rebuild the party. Continue reading »


Political Editor Corin Dann interviews Prime Minister John Key at the G20 Summit in Brisbane.

Are first homebuyers being squeezed out of the market by housing investors? Is it time for new restrictions on property speculation? Susan Wood debates the issue with property investor Olly Newland and Hive News publisher Bernard Hickey. Continue reading »


This weekend on The Nation… As the Government seeks to change the laws around foreign fighters and warrantless surveillance, Chris Finlayson gives his first sit down interview as the Minister responsible for New Zealand’s intelligence services. How worried should we be about the 80 people on the watch list? Why does the SIS need the power to spy for 48 hours without a warrant? And are our rights being eroded?

Then counterinsurgency expert and senior adviser to the US military David Kilcullen joins us from Canberra to discuss the rapid rise of Islamic State, if the West has chosen the right way to fight it, and whether New Zealanders are at risk. Continue reading »


Political reporter Heather du Plessis-Allan interviews Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee on threats at home and our contribution to the war against the Islamic State

Heather also speaks to Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff on safety and security, and from China, Minister Tim Groser on trade

Susan Wood is with the panel – Dr Bryce Edwards, Stephen Franks and Marianne Elliott.

Q+A screens Sundays at 9am on TV One.


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 »