Election 08

TV ONE’s coverage of the New Zealand election on Saturday night was a winner for the national broadcaster.

The Election night special, hosted by Mark Sainsbury, reached 1.9 million New Zealanders during the course of the night, with an average audience of over half a million people throughout the programme.

This represented more than double the audience watching TV3 – with TV ONE rating 12.9 and TV3 rating 6.2.

* All ratings data sourced from AGB Nielsen Media Research (AP5+)

Maori Television caps off its comprehensive coverage of the 2008 General Election – from a Maori perspective – with a two-hour post-election special, KOWHIRINGA, live from Parliament tonight, Monday November 10, at 8.00 PM.

Presenters Julian Wilcox and Wena Harawira, and the team of reporters from weekly current affairs show NATIVE AFFAIRS and daily news programme TE KAEA, will examine the weekend’s winners and losers, talk to the key players, and canvas a panel of experts for in-depth analysis of results as well as surveying the scene ahead.

The swing which brought National into power on Saturday resulted in the party getting six Maori MPs into Parliament while Labour’s defeat saw its Maori numbers reduced from eight to six.

Among the Maori politicians from National appearing on KOWHIRINGA will be re-elected list MP Georgina Te Heuheu and lawyer Simon Bridges, who defeated long-serving NZ First MP Winston Peters in Tauranga.

Labour lost three Maori MPs – Mahara Okeroa, Dave Hereora and Louisa Wall – but has one new Maori MP in its team, Kelvin Davis, who will be appearing in tonight’s post-election special.

Also confirmed for KOWHIRINGA is the only Maori MP in the Green Party, Metiria Turei, as well as members of the Maori Party caucus who may play a support role in the new National-led Government.

Prime Minister-elect John Key is due to meet the Maori Party leadership on Tuesday to discuss how the parties can work together, after which they will consult with their membership before making a decision.

The Maori Party has four re-elected MPs – co-leaders Dr Pita Sharples and Tariana Turia as well as Harawira and Te Ururoa Flavell – and one new MP with the election of Rahui Katene in Te Tai Tonga.

A post-election special from a Maori perspective, KOWHIRINGA – live from Parliament on Maori Television tonight, Monday November 10, at 8.00 PM.

So who won last night in the election coverage on TV?

TV ONE’s election night special had an overall rating of 12.9% with 39.3% audience share. TV3’s Decision 08 had an overall rating of 6.2% with an 18.2% audience share.

Peak audience on TV ONE was 17.9% at about 10:30pm and 11:30pm on TV3 with 8.4%.

What did you think of the election night coverage? Which channel was the winner for you and why?

Looks fantastic from where I’m sitting. Why don’t they make this their regular news set?

Today’s New Zealand election is being covered on a multitude of channels from 7pm – take your pick from TV ONE, TV3, TVNZ6 and TVNZ7 (although TVNZ7 will just be simulcasting TV ONE from 9:10pm). At 8pm Maori Television’s coverage starts and Triangle has an election special from 11pm.

If you’re not into politics, TV2 has the ironically named Fear Factor and Mission Impossible. And if you can’t sleep once the results are announced, TV3 has Matthew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon in the movie Election.

The final Leaders Debate is on tonight on TV One at 7:00pm between Prime Minister Helen Clark and John Key.

Who do you think won? Has tonight’s debate helped you decide who you will vote for?

If you’re wondering where you can follow the 2008 United States Presidential Election in New Zealand, here is a list of channels with coverage:

TV One – Coverage from 12:30pm – 5:30pm
Prime – Fox News Election Coverage from 3:35pm to 5:30pm and then from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Triangle From 11am
Sky News – All Day Coverage
CNN – All Day Coverage
Fox News – All Day Coverage
BBC – All Day Coverage

Whatever the outcome of this election, history will be made. Who do you think will win? Barrack Obama or John McCain? And by what margin?

Which coverage will you be watching?

Wednesday 5 November, 7pm

TVNZ, New Zealand’s public broadcaster, will present a final LIVE televised election debate, with Helen Clark and John Key, just three days out from the election.

The ONE News Election 08 Leaders Debate: The Decider, on Wednesday 5 November at 7pm, will be moderated by Mark Sainsbury, with three of New Zealand’s leading political journalists asking additional questions.

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Election Special – ONE HOUR SPECIAL BROADCAST
Wednesday / November 5th 2008

On the night of the US elections – The Daily Shows’ Jon Stewart will be working with Stephen Colbert to present a one-hour combined live Election special. This one hour special will screen in New Zealand the following evening – on Wednesday, November 5th at 10.30pm on C4, following Breaking Bad.

Sunday 26 October 2008 at 8.30 pm on SKY News NZ (Channel 90) Replay on PRIME at 10.45 pm

This week’s programme, hosted by Bill Ralston, will feature National Party Leader, John Key MP. The CAMPAIGN 08 panel comprises political journalists, Audrey Young (NZ Herald), Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB/PRIME) and Colin Espiner (The Press).

CAMPAIGN 08 is a live ‘Meet the Press’ style programme where, in the run up to this year’s election, party leaders are questioned on their policies and performance by some of the country’s top political journalists, editors and broadcasters.

Using the Campaign 08 website, www.campaign08.co.nz viewers can lodge questions for the leaders, rate their performance and register a vote for the party they support.