Back Benches

9:10pm Wednesday, November 11 on TVNZ 7

TVNZ 7’s lively political show is marking Spotlight On The Economy with an economy special which will lay bare the economic aims from the government representatives themselves.

Filmed live in the Backbencher pub across the street from Parliament, host, Wallace Chapman, will moderate the discussion from the floor of the pub, and probe a number of the key finance spokespeople, as well as the patrons, on topics which affect the everyday person.

“Back Benches will be talking with the economic experts that are really in the know about the economy – your typical punter down at the pub,” says Chapman.

Chapman hopes to liven up this discussion with the ministers and mavericks while rubbing shoulders with the spectators.

“There’s nothing like a bunch of MPs and a live audience all gathered around a pint to get things stirred up, which is just what we’re going to do for our Spotlight on the Economy special!”

On the show will be a panel of MPs weighing in on the political aspects of the story, and special guests in the audience who are members of the business community. John Key says we are out of the recession, but what does that mean? How do we begin to rebuild our economy? Build salaries? Improve businesses?

On a brighter note, the show will also look at the success stories during the recession and what they can teach us.

TVNZ 7’s lively political show is marking Spotlight On The Economy with a special which will lay bare the economic aims from the government representatives themselves.

Confirmed as panellists for Wednesday night are ACT MP Sir Roger Douglas, Green Party Co-Leader Russell Norman, Labour MP David Cunliffe, and National MP Aaron Gilmore.

Tune in as Wallace Chapman and the Back Benches Panel, accompanied by special guests, debate the future of New Zealand’s economy. Up for discussion on the night is unemployment – now at 6.5% how do we create jobs for the 150,000 kiwis out of work?

Charles Finny (Wellington Chamber of Commerce) will be probed on the role of businesses, while the Back Benches panel will talk about the role Government can and will play. Special guests include, Fonterra’s Global Trade Managing Director Kelvin Wickham and, Eco Store’s CEO & Founder Malcolm Rands.

Plus, what can we learn from New Zealand businesses that have been successful despite the recession.

Chapman hopes to liven up this discussion with the ministers and mavericks while rubbing shoulders with the spectators.

“There’s nothing like a bunch of MPs and a live audience all gathered around a pint to get things stirred up, which is just what we’re going to do for our Spotlight on the Economy special,” says Chapman.

This episode of Back Benches will screen live this Wednesday 11 November at 9.10pm on TVNZ 7. The show will also be available on line after the show has aired at www.tvnz.co.nz/backbenches

TVNZ 7 is available on Freeview Channel 7 and SKY Channel 97.

In Monday night’s Back Benches: The Super City Special, several of the MPs weighed in on who they think should be the new Super City Mayor.  When asked by Wallace Chapman who they would endorse for the Super City Mayor, each of the panellists certainly had something to say.

As an MP for Northland, National’s John Carter said it’s not his place to endorse.  But other MPs were not so reluctant.

“I endorse someone who’s had the experience. Someone who understands the makeup of the Auckland people. And that’s got to be Len Brown,” said Dr Pita Sharples, co-leader of the Maori Party.

Labour MP and spokesman for Auckland issues, Phil Twyford, was reluctant at first.

“I don’t think it’s for politicians in Wellington to be telling Aucklanders who they should vote for. John Key did that when he endorsed John Banks,” said Twyford.

But when pressed, Twyford offered his opinion. “On a personal level, I’ve met Len Brown. I’ve seen him at work and I think Len Brown’s the man”

There was no hesitation for Sue Bradford, “No question, Len Brown.”

However, ACT Co-Leader and Minister of Local Government, Rodney Hide, would not be swayed. When asked who he was going to endorse for Super Mayor said, “none of them!”

If you missed this episode of Back Benches, a repeat screening is scheduled for this evening at 9.10pm on TVNZ 7.  The show is also available at www.tvnz.co.nz/backbenches.

TVNZ 7 is available on Freeview Channel 7 and SKY Channel 97.

Panel Confirmed for Back Benches Super City Special     
Monday 14 September, 9.10pm

Back Benches is back in Auckland, filming live from the Northern Steamship bar on Monday 14 September, this time providing insight into the issues surrounding the Super City and how it will impact Auckland.

Confirmed as panellists are Rodney Hide (ACT), Pita Sharples (Maori Party), Sue Bradford (Green Party), John Carter (National) and Phil Twyford (Labour).

Auckland is at a crossroads, and the city is critical to New Zealand’s future. The Super City plan will be one of the most significant changes in how the city is managed, but will it help solve Auckland’s problems and put Auckland on a path to prosperity?

Topics up for discussion are the Maori seats, what the city is going to look like under the proposed changes, the submissions, and the power of the Super Mayor.

With most of the Mayors also confirmed to attend on the evening this should make for a lively debate.

“I’ve got to say I’m excited to be hosting the Super City special!” says host, Wallace Chapman. “I was born at National Women’s in Greenlane, raised in Manurewa, flatted in Mt Eden and Ponsonby, and now a proud ratepayer in Waterview – so I’m a thoroughbred Jafa.”

“To me there’s no better city, so to do an hour long show dedicated to the subject, well, it’s a blast. And I’m thrilled with the star lineup of guests we’ve managed to pull together.”

Watch it live, or come along to the Northern Steamship Bar and join in! Anyone who attended the Back Benches Mt Albert by-election special, live from the Neighbourhood bar, will know that these specials are exciting, energetic events so you’ll need to get in early [7.30pm] to secure your spot.

Please note this Monday 9.10pm time differs from Back Benches’ normal slot, but will replay at the usual Wednesday 9.10pm.

9:10pm Monday, September 14 on TVNZ 7

Filming live from the Northern Steamship bar in Auckland on Monday 14 September, this Back Benches special will provide insight into the issues surrounding the Super City and how it will impact Auckland.

Auckland is at a crossroads, and the city is critical to New Zealand’s future. The Super City plan will be one of the most significant changes in how the city is managed, but will it help solve Auckland’s problems and put it on a path to prosperity?

Topics up for discussion are the Maori seats, what the city is going to look like under the proposed changes, the submissions, and the power of the Super Mayor.

Rodney Hide, the ‘Super City King’ will be there to make the case that this is the solution that Auckland has been waiting for. Also confirmed as panellists are Sue Bradford (Green Party) and John Carter (National).

Watch it live, or come down to the Northern Steamship Bar and join in! Please note this Monday 9.10pm time differs from Back Benches’ normal slot, but will replay at the usual Wednesday 9.10pm.

If you have missed an episode, check your guide for extra opportunities to view. Full episodes of Back Benches will also be available free online after the show has aired on TVNZ 7. Go to tvnz.co.nz/backbenches and click the ‘watch episode’ button.

Back Benches is back in Auckland, filming live from the Northern Steamship bar on Monday 14 September, this time providing insight into the issues surrounding the Super City and how it will impact Auckland.

Confirmed as panellists are Rodney Hide (ACT), Pita Sharples (Maori Party), Sue Bradford (Green Party), John Carter (National) and Phil Twyford (Labour).

Auckland is at a crossroads, and the city is critical to New Zealand’s future. The Super City plan will be one of the most significant changes in how the city is managed, but will it help solve Auckland’s problems and put Auckland on a path to prosperity?

Topics up for discussion are the Maori seats, what the city is going to look like under the proposed changes, the submissions, and the power of the Super Mayor.

With most of the Mayors also confirmed to attend on the evening this should make for a lively debate.

“I’ve got to say I’m excited to be hosting the Super City special!” says host, Wallace Chapman. “I was born at National Women’s in Greenlane, raised in Manurewa, flatted in Mt Eden and Ponsonby, and now a proud ratepayer in Waterview – so I’m a thoroughbred Jafa.”

“To me there’s no better city, so to do an hour long show dedicated to the subject, well, it’s a blast. And I’m thrilled with the star lineup of guests we’ve managed to pull together.”

Watch it live, or come along to the Northern Steamship Bar and join in! Anyone who attended the Back Benches Mt Albert by-election special, live from the Neighbourhood bar, will know that these specials are exciting, energetic events so you’ll need to get in early [7.30pm] to secure your spot.

Please note this Monday 9.10pm time differs from Back Benches’ normal slot, but will replay at the usual Wednesday 9.10pm.

If you have missed an episode, check your guide for extra opportunities to view. Full episodes of Back Benches will also be available free online after the show has aired on TVNZ 7. Go to tvnz.co.nz/backbenches and click the ‘watch episode’ button.

What do you get when you put a panel of politicians, a LIVE audience, and host Wallace Chapman in a pub? The perfect brew for TVNZ 7’s lively political show Back Benches. The hour-long show demystifies the world of New Zealand politics – making it accessible and fun.

Focussing on a topic which polarises opinion and excites debate in the South Island city, the show will delve into the world of boy racing and car enthusiasts. Usually filmed at the Backbenches pub in Wellington, Wallace and the team are on the road for the show on Wednesday August 12th, to film live from the iconic Dux de Lux in Christchurch. This is only the second time Back Benches has been on the road, which excites Producer, Caroline Hall Bruner:

“Back Benches is all about ‘politics for the people—pub style’ and this year we wanted to hit the road and take the show to the people in the North and South Islands.”

Who are these boy racers? Are they unfairly tagged as hoons? Are they just car enthusiasts or society’s menace? And will fines and car crushing even begin to solve the problem? Back Benches tackles all of these issues, plus we take a look at the youth drinking culture in Christchurch. Confirmed on the panel are Green Co-Leader Metiria Turei, Labour MP Clayton Cosgrove, National MP Nicky Wagner and Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker. Back Benches welcomes the Christchurch public to turn out in full force on the night for the live debate, with a recommendation to get in early. “We’re really excited about this special,” says Bruner. “It’s only our second time on the road and our first in the South Island. We went to Auckland in June to do a Mt Albert By-Election Special and it was packed with people passionate about the election. We think that a Boy Racer Special in Christchurch will ignite that same passion.” Back Benches screens live every Wednesday at 9.10pm on TVNZ 7. TVNZ 7 is available on Freeview channel 7 and SKY channel 97.

Fair Go presenter Kevin Milne is battling a benign brain tumour and has taken sick leave.  He may need surgery to protect his eyesight and brain.

Dane Moeke’s winning performance on Maori Television’s Homai Te Pakipaki last month, singing Whitney Houston’s “I will always love you” has been watched on YouTube more than 7000 times.

Shortland Street‘s Michael Galvin (Doctor Chris Warner) is on stage for the first time in more than a decade in his self-penned black comedy play Station to Station.  Galvin has taken a few weeks off Shortland Street for the play. The play also stars Outrageous Fortune‘s Antonia Prebble (Loretta West).

Gordon Ramsey‘s profits have dropped by 87% and has narrowly avoided bankruptcy.  However, he still earned nearly $30 million from TV, live shows and books.

Scribe has pitched a TV show with two networks said to be interested.

Hugh Sundae
aka Hugh Hughes is rumoured to be presenting on 20/20

Deborah Hill Cone rips apart Aussie show Packed to the Rafters – she criticises the “comfort viewing” show for its “wholesome ordinary people”.  She says it’s a “bog-standard drama about a bland baby-boomer couple”, “deeply pedestrian”, “not even very realistic” and “not twisted enough”. 

America’s Next Top Model judge Nigel Barker wanted $25,000 to appear on Telethon – even though it is a charity event. 

Confirmed for the Telethon are:

Martin Henderson
Ada Nicodemou (Leah on Home and Away)
Bernard Curry (Hugo on Home and away)
Carly Flynn
Miriama Smith
Will Hall (Kip on Shortland Street)

Celebrities have recorded a new version of the Telethon anthem “Thank you very much for your kind donation” – with OpShop’s Jason Kerrison and Donald Reid behind the music. 

The spelling of the word “orthopaedic” has come into question after the finale of Wheel of Fortune.  The show said there was no “a” in the word, despite being the spelling that medical professionals use or British spelling conventions.  Americans do not have the “a” in it.  The show’s makers say the spelling was not wrong and didn’t affect the outcome of the show. 

Stars in their Eyes winner Mandy Pickering (32) says she wanted to do things out of her comfort zone this year. 

“I never thoughts for a second I’d get to the final, let alone win it.  I wasn’t even 100% sure I could sing.  I hadn’t really sung in public before as an adult.”

Pickering and her husband and sons are off to live in Tonga for three weeks to live the simple life. 

Amber Peebles shares a week in her social diary which includes boxing classes, interviewing Early Birds, shooting MTV News and travelling to Sydney to film for four days. 

Laura and Hosanna from New Zealand’s Next Top Model were on the catwalk for Trelise Cooper. 

Paul Holmes comments on the John Campbell medal thief interview and believes that Campbell never met the thief, but was handed a recorded interview via lawyers and filmed him asking the questions but doesn’t want to admit he doesn’t know the name of the thief as it would harm his reputation as a journalist. 

The media continues its obsession with celebrity tweets and prints tweets from TV personalities such as John Campbell, Carol Hirshfeld, James Coleman, Susan Wood, Clarke Gayford and Mike Hosking.  Speaking of Mike, Spy asks if he’s being hypocritical for talking about what his daughters are up to on Twitter after taking New Idea to court over paparazzi photos of his twins in 2003. 

Back Benches host Wallace Chapman (40) is interviewed in Sunday magazine.  Writer Rose Hoare is full of compliments for him: “incredibly generous with his praise” and “so enthusiastic”.  His father was a Fijian Methodist Minister, he wrote ads at bFM for five years, hosted breakfast at bFM for a year, does afternoons at Kiwi FM and is on Good Morning’s political panel.  Chapman had Gaucher’s Disease – a deficiency in an enzyme which breaks down fat that can collect in organs and bones.  He spent five years using a walking stick in pain until treatment became available.  His mobility is still limited and he can’t walk long distances, can’t travel for long periods or live overseas for lack of access to medicine.  He has fortnightly transfusions. 

There’s an article on just how bad TV is for your health –  from obesity, violence, eating disorders, higher cholesterol, unfitness, attention deficit disorders and lower academic performance.  The article says an average 6 year old in New Zealand has already spent more than one full year watching TV.  Is that right?  They watch an average of 4 hours a day?  The writer, Olive James says public health officials should be mounting a public-health campaign to persuade us to watch less TV. 

Who is advertising?

Packed to the Rafters (TV ONE)
Rocked the Nation’s 100 New Zealand Pop Culture Stories (C4)
Skins (C4)

Bain

Man – what a massive mess.

Five dead, fifteen odd years, millions and millions of dollars.
What appears clear is that even though Bain is now legally cleared – public opinion is still divided.
It may end up being NZ’s OJ Simpson case – where, although a jury acquitted the defendant of murder, other legal entities like the Coroner may yet decide he is culpable for the deaths.
Quite a fascinating verdict and something that may have been as much about police methods and process as about who was responsible for the deaths.
As many people have pointed out – Not Guilty does not necessarily mean innocent. There is still a long way to go to prove innocence to a level where compensation will be granted. David Bain will have to prove it was not him – and there is a pretty big difference between reasonable doubt over guilt and certainty over innocence.

Student Media

Craccum has reliably popped out with a controversial issue – and a Wellington student Journalist, Jackson James Wood is standing in the Mt Albert by-election and fronting the most interesting campaign by far.
Craccum’s issue pretends to have found a copy of the long-running Auckland University Student publication from the 1970s in their archives. A publication from a much freer and more liberal time. They then run this ‘found’ issue – complete with old joke ads, political jokes and, oh, yeah, a wee bit of explicit nudity, including a lady touching a special and tremendously private spot.
It is pretty tame compared with properly objectionable material – and the point the editors were trying to make was something about something I’m sure, although not really sure what, I guess I should have asked him when I met him last night – -but I didn’t as we all know that the real point was to shock a little and get people talking and noticing them.
And that is cool with me. Student media ought to be a bit shocking and ill-advised from time to time as that shows life – intelligent or otherwise – and a bit of full-on nudity is probably preferable to defamation or recipes for how to make ‘P’ being printed – both of which have happened there before. It wasn’t particularly degrading or nasty, but I doubt the editors will be sending that issue to their mum’s either.
They may be in a spot of bother though as a rule in the AUSA rule book – -the student organisation that owns the mag specifically outlaws Craccum being used for pornography. And while it isn’t Hustler – – it certainly is a series of shots of the entire works.

Jackson James Wood is at the rather more inspired and well-thought-out side of provocative debate. His campaign for Mt Albert has been genius. It has consisted mainly of press releases from Wellington. Because – as he was quick to point out he has had little to nothing to do with Mt Albert.
His releases can be found here:
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=45546274944

And his magic campaign video here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Fz9nUU69W8&fmt=18&rel=0

Newsreader mistakes and the Streisand effect.

The Streisand Effect is a name given to the way censorship is rejected on the internet. It refers to a case from 2003 when a little known website that published coastal shots of California happened to take and display a picture of Streisand’s coastal mansion. Her lawyers then tried to heavy the site into taking it down – even though it was legally shot from public space. They threatened to sue them for 50 million American Dollars or something extraordinary.

Anyway – this threat meant that hundreds of thousands more people ended up seeing this picture than they otherwise would have as bloggers alerted people to it and hosted it on their sites.

This opposite outcome to that wished for by the heavying parties happens often on the interweb – often enough for this effect to have it’s own Wikipedia with a whole bunch of examples.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streisand_effect

Anywho – I mention this as we appear to have a case of that here in New Zealand.

On the day of the Bain verdict during the 4:30 News broadcast a live cross occurred between the studio and Wendy Petrie. At the conclusion of her cross the director did not switch back to the studio promptly. As a result the viewers got to see Petrie celebrate her successful cross with a turn of the head, what looks like a YUSSSS and a wee fist punch. For some reason she was wearing fingerless gloves. Maybe the cold, maybe fashion – I couldn’t tell.
What is important is that this was then places on youtube and received the best bit of 30,000 hits before TVNZ decided to try to take it down according to a Stuff story.
Predictably the Streisand Effect kicked in. Bloggers started pointing out it was taken down and then rehosted the clipi at different video sites. Newspapers wrote stories about it – http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv/2484837/Wendy-Petrie-fist-pump-video-removed and now even we are talking about it.
So there we go – concept of the day – The Streisand Effect.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M35WAmfPK68&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Estuff%2Eco%2Enz%2Fentertainment%2Ftv%2F2484837%2FWendy%2DPetrie%2Dfist%2Dpump%2Dvideo%2Dremoved&feature=player_embedded

And lastly – -Backbenches – the TVNZ7 show hosted by Wallace Chapman makes a special appearance in Auckland tonight. It will be filmed at the Neighbourhood Bar in Kingsland and is a special show on the Mt Albert By-election – with the leading candidates as panellists. And if you’re interested – head on down – it should be a blast. Get down there about 8pm to get a seat and be early for the action. The show goes out live on TVNZ 7 just after 9 – or catch it on their website:
tvnz.co.nz/backbenches.