Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully sits down live with Political Editor Guyon Espiner to discuss the politics of the Pacific. What’s the government plan to deal with fugitive military commander Lt. Col. Tevita Mara? Can we manage the tensions between Fiji and Tonga? And is the tough line with Fiji working or will ‘rugby diplomacy’ crack the Bainimarama regime? All that and the Rugby World Cup.

Plus, we cross to Canberra to speak with Lt. Col. Mara as he lobbies Australia and New Zealand for support as he seeks to expose the Bainimarama regime. Is he an agent for change in Fiji or merely a disgruntled coup leader? And what does he want from the NZ government?

And later, the Tai Tokerau by-election. Two weeks out from polling day, Paul Holmes has the first interview with Kelvin Davis of Labour and Hone Harawira of Mana as they campaign for the vacant northern Maori seat. Harawira has gambled everything on this by-election and Davis is hoping to stop the Mana Party before it even gets started. Davis and Harawira are live. (The Maori Party has declined our invitation).

With Dr Jon Johansson on the panel are National Urban Maori Authority Chair and broadcaster Willie Jackson and former National Party President and businesswoman. Michelle Boag.

Q+A, 9-10am Sundays on TV ONE

Broadcasting Minister Jonathan Coleman today announced details of the analogue switch-off set to begin in October next year.

The switch to fully digital TV will take place in four phases, beginning in the Hawke’s Bay and West Coast on Sunday September 20, 2012.

The other three phases will be: 

* Rest of the South Island at 2am on Sunday April 28, 2013

* Lower North Island, Taranaki and Gisborne at 2am on Sunday September 29, 2013

* Rest of the North Island at 2am on Sunday December 1, 2013. 

The switch to digital TV will require households to use a set-top box through Freeview, Sky or TelstraClear to receive the signal.

”I’m encouraging those who are not to plan and prepare now,” Coleman said. 

”We’re planning for the start of a fully digital TV age where New Zealanders can enjoy better pictures and sound, more choice and benefits such as onscreen television guides.” 

Source: Stuff

In the lead-up to this month’s Tai Tokerau by-election, Maori Television’s flagship current affairs show NATIVE AFFAIRS is hosting a live debate on Monday night.

The invitation-only debate takes place at the Northland College hall at Kaikohe from 8.30 to 9.30pm and broadcasts live and exclusive on Maori Television.

The NATIVE AFFAIRS debate features three main candidates contesting the Tai Tokerau seat at the 25 June by-election – Mana Party’s Hone Harawira, Labour’s Kelvin Davis and Maori Party’s Solomon Tipene with Native Affairs anchor Julian Wilcox chairing the forum.

“Monday’s debate is an opportunity for the three main candidates contesting the seat to present their views to constituents so people can make an informed decision before going to the polls,” says Mr Wilcox

“We invite Tai Tokerau voters to watch this NATIVE AFFAIRS live broadcast on Monday night.”

Producer Colin McRae says the event features a live invitational audience – each candidate was given an equal number of invites to send to supporters.

In addition to the live debate NATIVE AFFAIRS announces the results of the next NATIVE AFFAIRS political poll.

Mr McRae says the poll asks participants about their preferred candidate for the Tai Tokerau electorate and their preferred party vote were there to be a general election now.

Tai Tokerau candidates’ debate LIVE on NATIVE AFFAIRS on Monday 13 June, 8.30-9.30PM

They say that the third time is the charm. Cycle three of New Zealand’s Next Top Model promises to be just as charming, dramatic, entertaining and full of surprises as ever! New Zealand’s Next Top Model returns with a brand new series on Friday, June 10 th at 7:30pm on 3.

An exhaustive nationwide search for would-be models saw over 100 individuals make the Top Model short list. This number was then whittled down to 33 finalists – who will all be competing, in a rigorous screening process, for a place in the prestigious Top Model house.

To heat things up right from the start, the 33 hopefuls will be put to the test in the sub-tropical locale of the Bay of Islands. No doubt there will be only one thing on their mind – to emulate Danielle Hayes and become the successor of the title, New Zealand’s Next Top Model. Few can forget Danielle’s heart-warming journey last year, as she went from shy tomboy to a confident and selfassured young woman, right before the audience’s eyes. “Watching Danielle’s transformation last year was a pleasure, and also the first step in our professional relationship,” says New Zealand’s Next Top Model host Sara Tetro. “Danielle has continued to develop as a model and has gone from strength to strength.”

“The level of talent at this year’s auditions was unprecedented,” Tetro continues. “We are certainly going to have our work cut out for us this cycle – the determination of the people auditioning has become fiercer with every cycle.” Sara Tetro will be joined by regular judges, photographer Chris Sisarich and international fashion model Colin Mathura-Jeffree, for cycle three of New Zealand’s Next Top Model. Each week the judging panel will be joined by a special guest judge, an expert within a certain area of the fashion industry.

What will be in store for the model hopefuls this year? Once again, there will be a host of challenges and tutorials for them to partake in, which will lead them closer to their dream of becoming a top model. Who will come into their own and find unknown talents? Who will have their dreams dashed?

Find out when New Zealand’s Next Top Model returns with its third cycle on Friday, June 10 th at 7:30pm on 3.

Freeview

Most watched

  1. One News: 710,230 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Shortland Street: 634,720 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. Coronation Street: 521,660 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Police Ten 7: 513,620 (TV2, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  5. Close Up: 483,930 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)

Most watched evening (7.30pm – 11pm)

  1. Coronation Street: 521,660 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  2. Police Ten 7: 513,620 (TV2, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  3. Rescue 1: 477,350 (TV2, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Lorraine Kelly’s Big Fat Chall: 364,720 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:35pm)
  5. Bones: 308,960 (TV3, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)

Most watched daytime (9am – 5pm)

  1. ONE News Midday: 121,540 (TV ONE, 12:00pm – 12:30pm)
  2. Emmerdale: 116,090 (TV ONE, 12:30pm – 1:30pm)
  3. Come Dine With Me Australia: 112,150 (TV ONE, 1:30pm – 2:00pm)
  4. H20 Just add water: 96,790 (TV2, 4:00pm – 4:30pm)
  5. The Erin Simpson Show: 95,070 (TV2, 4:30pm – 5:00pm)

Most watched on TV ONE

  1. One News: 710,230 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Coronation Street: 521,660 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  3. Close Up: 483,930 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. Lorraine Kelly’s Big Fat Chall: 364,720 (8:30pm – 9:35pm)
  5. The World’s Strictest Parents: 232,020 (9:35pm – 10:45pm)

Most watched on TV2

  1. Shortland Street: 634,720 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. Police Ten 7: 513,620 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  3. Rescue 1: 477,350 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  4. 20/20: 283,890 (9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  5. F.R.I.E.N.D.S: 261,850 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)

Most watched on TV3

  1. 3 News: 365,170 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Bones: 308,960 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  3. Home and Away: 274,900 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)
  4. Campbell Live: 249,330 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. Big: 210,660 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)

Most watched on FOUR

  1. The Simpsons: 102,670 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. Misfits: 95,860 (9:30pm – 10:35pm)
  3. The Good Guys: 68,740 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  4. The Cleveland Show: 68,410 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  5. American Dad: 60,140 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)

Most watched on PRIME

  1. Prime Evening News: 128,050 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)
  2. Intl Netball: 118,170 (9:45pm – 11:05pm)
  3. Intl Netball Pre Game: 98,790 (9:35pm – 9:45pm)
  4. Doctor Who: 91,660 (8:35pm – 9:35pm)
  5. Mythbusters: 77,770 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)

Most watched on Maori TV

  1. Hunting Aotearoa: 67,640 (9:30pm – 10:00pm)
  2. Hyundai Code: 45,430 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)

Most watched on the BOX

  1. Law & Order Criminal Intent: 23,880 (9:30pm – 10:30pm)

Most watched on SKY Sport 1

  1. Intl Netball: 142,000 (7:40pm – 9:05pm)
  2. Intl Netball Post Game: 57,840 (9:05pm – 9:25pm)
  3. Intl Netball Pre Game: 48,850 (7:00pm – 7:40pm)

Head to head

  • Breakfast (6:30am – 6:55am): 86,070
  • Breakfast (7:00am – 7:55am): 141,350
  • Breakfast (8:00am – 9:00am): 123,780
  • 3 News Firstline (6:30am – 7:00am): 38,110
  • 3 News Firstline (7:00am – 8:00am): 28,930
  • AMP Business (6:00am – 6:30am): 52,390
  • ONE News Midday (12:00pm – 12:30pm): 121,540
  • 3 News at 12 (12:00pm – 12:30pm): 34,770
  • One News (6:00pm – 7:00pm): 710,230
  • 3 News (6:00pm – 7:00pm): 365,170
  • Close Up (7:00pm – 7:30pm): 483,930
  • Campbell Live (7:00pm – 7:30pm): 249,330
  • Tonight (10:45pm – 11:15pm): 123,660
  • Nightline (10:25pm – 11:00pm): 116,660

Biggest increases (previous week)

  1. 20/20: TV2 283890 – up from 248190 (9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  2. America’s Funniest HV: TV2 164220 – up from 131860 (5:00pm – 5:30pm)
  3. The Jeremy Kyle Show: TV2 71370 – up from 41640 (12:30pm – 1:30pm)
  4. AMP Business: TV ONE 52390 – up from 22870 (6:00am – 6:30am)
  5. One News: TV ONE 710230 – up from 686830 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)

Biggest decreases (previous week)

  1. Project Runway: TV3 127600 – down from 211600 (9:30pm – 10:25pm)
  2. The Erin Simpson Show: TV2 53670 – down from 108870 (3:30pm – 3:30pm)
  3. Prime Evening News: PRIME 128050 – down from 182460 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)
  4. Spongebob Squarepants: TV2 63300 – down from 116910 (3:35pm – 4:00pm)
  5. Police Ten 7: TV2 513620 – down from 566280 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)

New

  1. Big: TV3 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  2. Intl Netball Pre Game: PRIME (9:35pm – 9:45pm)
  3. Intl Netball: PRIME (9:45pm – 11:05pm)

Channel Share (All Day)

  • TV ONE: 27.9%
  • SKY Network: 26.8%
  • TV2: 18.5%
  • TV3: 13.8%
  • PRIME: 4.4%
  • FOUR: 4.3%
  • Other TV Channels: 2%
  • Maori TV: 0.9%

Source: Nielsen Television Audience Measurement, All 5+

House to add cast members

House creator David Shore has confirmed that at least one new female cast member will join the series for the upcoming eighth season to replace departing actress Lisa Edelstein.

Huffman confirms new series

Desperate Housewives actress Felicity Huffman announced at the Monte Carlo Television Festival this week that she is developing a couple of new TV series alongside her husband, William H. Macy, and the TNT network.

Schneider pilot to be re-shot

CBS is reportedly planning to reshoot a comedy pilot featuring Rob Schneider that was first announced last year. The network is still considering picking up the pilot, despite no series order coming during last month’s Upfronts.

Shatner to guest on Pysch

William Shatner has landed a guest role on comedy series Psych. The actor, whose $#*! My Dad Says was recently cancelled, will play a con man on the series.

Max Keiser is the host of Keiser Report on RT. He certainly is a passionate man.

Production Shed.TV’s Kaitangata Twitch has won Best Dramatic Presentation at this year’s Sir Julius Vogel Awards.

A thrilling New Zealand mystery drama, Kaitangata Twitch is based on the novel by internationally renowned author Margaret Mahy about 13 year old, Meredith, and her connection to a mysterious island, Kaitangata, where a young girl vanished fifty years previously. 

The Sir Julius Vogel Awards [named after the NZ Prime Minister who in 1889 wrote what was probably the first full length Science Fiction novel by a Kiwi, Anno Domini 2000 - A Woman's Destiny] are fan-based, with voting taking place prior to and during the National Science Fiction convention each year.  

Members of the convention and/or SFFANZ (Science Fiction, Fantasy and fandom in New Zealand) chose from the science fiction, fantasy or horror genres for works including novels, short stories, art and moving image.  

Kaitangata Twitch shared the title with prime-time drama This Is Not My Life.  Comments director Yvonne Mackay, who directed all thirteen half-hour episodes:  “It is a credit to the people that invested in Kaitangata Twitch, Margaret Mahy’s creativity and good name and the high quality production values on this family show, that we could hold our own with a big budget adult series.  It is a pity however that in these times, so little money is available to make this type of quality drama for children.”

Kaitangata Twitch has already received Platinum, the top award, at the Houston World Fest; was a finalist at the esteemed Prix Jeunesse festival in Germany and for Best Non-Animated or Mixed Series category at the Kidscreen Awards in New York.  

It was also nominated for eight Qantas Film & Television Awards in New Zealand, winning three – Best Actor for George Henare; Best Production Design (Gary Mackay) and Best Sound Design (Steve Finnigan, James Hayday & Tom Miskin).

Maori Television screened the series last year and will run it again in July on Saturday evenings.  The DVD will also be available in August through Madman who will release it in Australia towards the end of the year.

The latest Margaret Mahy projects in development by ProductionShed.Tv include a ghost and technology tween drama series and a DVD for the family home market of Mahy reading some of her favourite magical poems and stories.

(From a press release)

Think back to 2005. A highly eligible young Prince William arrived in New Zealand for an 11-day tour. George W Bush was inaugurated for his second term as President. Kate Moss was dropped from several major fashion labels after a drugs scandal. And the cheerfully trashy West family first hit our TV screens.

When it all started the Wests were a one-family crime wave with a proud tradition in thievery, larceny and petty crime.  But then patriarch Wolfgang West was sentenced to four years in jail, and his wife Cheryl decided that the family were cleaning up their act and going straight. 

Each instalment is a movie-length celebration of all things West as we follow matriarch Cheryl, determined to save her brood from following in their father’s fingerprints; eldest son Jethro, an ambitious lawyer-to-be with a few secrets; Jethro’s twin Van (identical except in the brains department) who only wants to be like his dad; 18-year-old Pascalle, who wants to be Rachel Hunter; 15-year-old movie buff Loretta, who is blackmailing her teacher; and Grandpa Ted, who may have Alzheimer’s – unless he’s just playing it up to annoy people.

Then there’s Detective Sergeant Wayne Judd, the West family nemesis; the Hongs, a wealthy Asian who may or may not have Triad connections; Caroline Darling, Loretta’s deputy principal, who has been having an affair with Jethro since he was a 15-year-old student; Munter, Van’s best mate and partner in crime; and Wolf himself, who does not intend to take his wife’s sudden wave of righteousness lying down.

Created by James Griffin and Rachel Lang, OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE stars Robyn Malcolm as Cheryl West, Grant Bowler as her husband Wolf, Antony Starr as twin brothers Van and Jethro West, Siobhan Marshall as Pascalle, Antonia Prebble as Loretta and Frank Whitten as Grandpa West.

Over six seasons, 108 hours and more than 60 awards, Outrageous Fortune has become the most successful drama series on New Zealand television. The West family, their friends and associates laughed, cried, loved, drank and swore their way into the hearts of audiences at home and around the world.

Don’t miss the movie-length episodes of OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE, Saturday 11 June, 8.30pm.

Smash-hit crime series TOUGH NUTS will return bigger and better than ever for a second season on Thursday, June 30 at 7.30pm NZST, exclusive to Crime & Investigation Network.

Best-selling crime author Tara Moss is back to host eight brand new episodes, which will continue to lift the lid off Australia’s criminal underworld and expose the real story behind what made and shaped the most notorious figures in Australian criminal history.

TOUGH NUTS 2 combines compelling interviews with psychologists, police detectives, investigative journalists and associates of the criminals profiled – and brings the characters to life in cinematic-style dramatised scenes.

Each episode delves deeply in to the psyche of these terrifying crims, offering a revealing and often shocking insight in the lives of some of this country’s most vicious underworld identities.

The 8 x 1 hour episodes profile the following criminals: Nikolai Radev, Stan Smith, Ray Denning, Tilly Devine, Jockey Smith, Stewart John Regan, Dino Dibra and George Freeman.

Episode One, premiering on Thursday, June 30 at 7:30pm NZST, profiles Nikolai ‘The Russian’ Radev, a key player in Melbourne’s gangland wars – and a former Bulgarian wrestler who invaded the lives of his extortion victims and terrorised them until they met his demands.

Through extensive research and never-before-seen interviews, Tough Nuts will provide a detailed account of Radev’s terror tactics from several of his victims, including businessman Sedat Ceylan, who was lured to a hotel room in Melbourne and viciously tortured by Radev and his thugs for hours on end.

Tough Nuts also reveals that Radev murdered his neighbour in order to steal his identity, and enable him to continue his crime spree in someone else’s name.

And for the first time on television, former police detective and member of Victorian Police’s Organised Crime Squad, Ben Archbold, tells of his terrifying confrontation with Radev.

Radev’s rampant and brutal crime spree eventually made him a marked man and he was deemed too dangerous to be allowed to live. Radev was executed in broad daylight on April 15, 2003 at the behest of drug lord Carl Williams, with Williams’ devoted assassin, Andrew ‘Benji’ Veniamin, firing the fatal shots.

Featuring dramatised scenes of some of the most revealing and violent moments in Radev’s life, TOUGH NUTS 2 will finally expose the full story behind the man considered to be one of the most abhorrent criminals in Australian underworld history.

TOUGH NUTS 2 is produced by Bryan Cockerill at The Full Box and is exclusive to Crime & Investigation Network.