On Q+A this Sunday morning we have an exclusive interview with the man tipped to be Pakistan’s next Prime Minister – cricket legend Imran Khan.

In a frank interview with Guyon Espiner, Khan talks about his ambitions, the crooks that run Pakistan, America’s drones, the failed war against terrorists and his very personal and candid account of having to face death.



Last election it was the three strikes law. What will ACT’s law and order policy be this time?

Paul Holmes previews Don Brash’s big law and order speech with the ACT leader. Do we need to get even tougher on crime? Or have we tipped too far already?



And then one of the most hotly contested debates this election, Social Welfare.

So before the politicians start campaigning, Guyon Espiner talks to Peter Hughes, the outgoing head of the Ministry of Social Development. Named public sector boss of the year two years running and the man who does the hard work of helping struggling Kiwis find work, we’ll talk about the difficulties of getting people off welfare and what needs to change.



Joining Dr Claire Robinson on the panel this week are political strategist John Pagani and former ACT MP Stephen Franks.

9am Sundays on TV ONE

On Q+A this week: The Spirit Level has been one of the most influential political books of the past decade, even if strictly speaking it’s not about politics. Its thesis: That the gap between rich and poor is making us sicker, sadder and more violent. So with inequality set to become a major election issue, we speak to the author of The Spirit Level, Prof. Richard Wilkinson. Will reducing inequality reduce our other social problems? Or is it more complicated than that? And does such intervention risk stifling entrepreneurship, creativity and individual freedoms?

Then, tens of thousands of tourists will touchdown in New Zealand over the next few weeks, expecting a 100% pure experience. What will they make of our polluted lakes and rivers? Is the farming that drives our economy now putting our prosperity in jeopardy? Is it time to ask more of our farmers? We’ll debate the issue with Federated Farmers President Bruce Wills and Environmental Scientist Mike Joy.

On the panel this week, Political Analyst Dr Claire Robinson is joined by Chief Executive of the Waipareira Trust and former Cabinet minister John Tamihere and Business New Zealand CEO Phil O’Reilly.

Q+A, 9-10am Sundays on TV ONE.  Repeats at 9.10pm Sundays, 10.10am and 2.10pm Mondays on TVNZ 7.


This week on Q+A

9am Sundays on TV ONE

This week on Q+A, the price of milk, the high dollar and the future of emissions trading.

As milk price rises and calls for action grow louder, Guyon Espiner speaks with the two decision-makers at the heart of the issue – Fonterra Chief executive Andrew Ferrier and the Agriculture Minister David Carter. Why has the price leapt so high in the past three years? Who has the power to act? And what can be done for Kiwi families? Also, with the dollar around post-float highs, how tenuous is life for our exporters and what should the government do to help, if anything? And with Fonterra this week questioning agriculture’s planned inclusion in the Emissions Trading Scheme, is a government u-turn imminent?

And later, millionaire businessman Colin Craig has formed a new party to challenge ACT and National for the right wing vote. What are his ambitions? What does he stand for? And who’s standing with him? He’ll speak with Paul Holmes live in the studio.

Joining Dr Jon Johansson on the panel are NZ Food & Grocery Council CEO and former National MP Katherine Rich and former Labour and Progressive party strategist and columnist John Pagani.

Q+A, 9-10am Sundays on TV ONE.  Repeats at 9.10pm Sundays, 10.10am and 2.10pm Mondays on TVNZ 7

9am Sundays on TV ONE

Q+A features leading scientists Robert, Lord Winston and Sir Peter Gluckman on protecting our most vulnerable children this Sunday.

Following the government’s controversial green paper this week, we’ll ask what can be done in those early years and what science can teach us?  Then, the politics. Labour is pushing a child-centred policy, so what solutions can deputy leader Annette King offer?

Paul Holmes looks at the battle for the presidency of the Maori Women’s Welfare League that’s gone all the way to court. Destiny Church leader and presidential candidate Hannah Tamaki talks about her aspirations and the controversy that’s dogged her campaign.

Joining Dr Jon Johansson on the panel are Maxim Institute Chief Executive Greg Fleming and former Human Rights Commissioner and academic Ella Henry.

Q+A, 9-10am Sundays on TV ONE.  Repeats at 9.10pm Sundays, 10.10am and 2.10pm Mondays on TVNZ 7.

TV ONE will have extended live coverage of the Te Tai Tokerau by-election on Sunday morning.

Q+A will have interviews and political analysis of the result between 9-10am with Guyon Espiner, Paul Holmes and Dr Jon Johansson. 

Marae Investigates will follow with a live broadcast.  Between 10-10:30am, Scotty Morrison and Jodi Ihaka will bring a Maori perspective of the by-election in Te Tai Tokerau – the northern most Maori electorate.

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

Finance Minister Bill English in his last TV interview before the Budget. With a potential AMI bailout putting more pressure on the government accounts, what can we expect come May? What does this mean for the planned state asset sales? And where does he draw the line between necessities and ‘nice to haves’?

Paul Holmes talks to new police commissioner Peter Marshall, who started in the job this week. Under strict instructions to reform the police and reconnect HQ with the cops on the beat, what changes does he have planned? Can he overhaul its culture in just three years?  

Joining Dr Jon Johansson on our expert panel this weekend are two leaders with their fingers on the pulse of economy: Council of Trade Unions President Helen Kelly and Mainfreight CEO Don Braid.

Q + A is broadcast live 9-10am Sunday on TV ONE and repeated at 9.10pm on Sunday nights and 10.10am and 2.10pm on Mondays on TVNZ 7. 

(TVNZ 7 screens on Freeview Channel 7 and Sky TV Channel 77). 

Q+A kicks off with an exclusive interview with Australian foreign minister Kevin Rudd.

Weeks ago Rudd was leading international calls to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya, so we talk to him about the unfolding conflict there and how it all might end. Has the West got its approach right in relation to Libya and other countries in the Middle East facing popular uprisings? And what’s the state of NZ-Australia relations?

Later, in a tale of two cities, Paul Holmes interviews the mayors of Auckland and Christchurch, Len Brown and Bob Parker. Our two largest cities are facing fresh starts, so what’s planned and how will they pay for their mayoral visions? Is it all hot air? And are some tough choices ahead?

Joining Dr Jon Johansson on the panel will be the Rt. Hon. Sir Don McKinnon, former Commonwealth Secretary-General and Chair of Auckland’s Regional Facilities organisation, and Unite union leader and newspaper columnist Matt McCarten.

Q + A is broadcast live 9-10am Sunday on TV ONE and repeated at 9.10pm on Sunday nights and 10.10am and 2.10pm on Mondays on TVNZ 7. 

Paul Holmes and Guyon Espiner return to co-host TVNZ’s flagship political programme in this crucial election year along with Victoria University’s Dr Jon Johansson who will lead the panel of expert political analysts. 

The new series of Q+A kicks off with a feature interview at 9am this Sunday with Prime Minister, John Key, looking at our new world after the earthquakes.

We have a television exclusive with renowned author, film-maker and political campaigner Tariq Ali, about the jasmine revolutions in the Middle-East, what has sparked them and what’s likely to emerge to replace the dictatorships.  Tariq is visiting NZ and will be live in the Q+A studio on Sunday morning.

Q+A returns to its usual slot – LIVE on TV ONE 9-10am Sundays.

Highly regarded current affairs programmes Q+A and The Nation will return to New Zealand television screens next year, with funding from NZ On Air.

The funding agency announced today it will continue supporting the two programmes through its special Platinum Fund.

NZ On Air chief executive Jane Wrightson said TVNZ will receive $798,000 to produce 38 episodes of Q+A. Front Page Ltd will receive $972,000 to produce 36 episodes of The Nation for TV3.

“Both series provide an important point of difference for television current affairs,” Ms Wrightson said. “Public funding allows such programmes to exist outside the demands of commercial prime time. Each programme provides a special opportunity for thoughtful interviews with leading news makers, accompanied by insightful analysis.”

Each programme aims to be the first and the best with stories that matter. That competitive spirit creates great results for New Zealand viewers.

“The producers of Q+A say that their programme aims to be the country’s political show of record,” said Ms Wrightson. “The makers of The Nation are aiming to build on the success of their inaugural year and, alongside political stories, will extend into longer-form interviews and taped items to provide even more context for the stories they are covering,” she said.

NZ On Air’s Platinum Fund supports high quality television programmes that have something important to say about New Zealand and cannot be made without public funding. The Fund was created in 2009 and this is the second year these programmes have received support.