TV Highlights

1. Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer speaks to Political Editor Corin Dann about the deepening crisis in Iraq.

2. Climate Change Minister Tim Groser: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is pushing back against President Obama’s call for more global action on climate change – where does NZ stand?

3. Out and about with Conservative Party leader Colin Craig as he ponders where to stand in this election.

4. Susan Wood interviews NZ entrepreneur Victoria Ransom. A multi-millionaire after selling her start up to Google, Ransom talks about life as a Google executive, the future for social media, and our online privacy.

Our panel: Dr Maria Bargh, Stephen Franks, Helen Kelly.

*Please note earlier time of 8.30am this week, adjusted for TV ONE’s FIFA World Cup coverage.

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This weekend on The Nation… a flagship policy under fire? 3News Political Editor Patrick Gower asks Education Minister Hekia Parata if her $359 million super teacher and principals policy will be derailed by opposition from the sector and whether public confidence can be restored in Kohanga Reo after the Serious Fraud Office investigation.

Conservative Party leader Colin Craig joins us to talk about deals, strategies and whether he’s hitting a wall with his efforts to win over National. Continue reading »

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Is it goodbye to John Banks, and to the ACT party?

Deputy Political Editor Michael Parkin interviews ACT campaign director Richard Prebble and National’s campaign director Steven Joyce. We’ll also be asking Mr Joyce about the Government’s latest Regional Economic Activity Report. Continue reading »

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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 »