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On The Nation this weekend…. The fallout from what’s being dubbed the first grenade of the campaign. We’ll talk to Dirty Politics author Nicky Hager and WhaleOil blogger Cameron Slater, and discuss the state of New Zealand politics with former Labour leader Phil Goff and Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei. Continue reading »


On The Nation this weekend…. the first multi-party debate of the election campaign, featuring the leaders of all six smaller parties represented in the last Parliament.

Metiria Turei (Green Party), Winston Peters (New Zealand First), Peter Dunne (United Future), Te Ururoa Flavell (Maori Party), Jamie Whyte (ACT), and Hone Harawira (Mana Party) will join host Lisa Owen to debate the decisive issues of the campaign, including foreign ownership, housing, and unemployment. And then there’s the deals – who’s in, who’s out, and can they all get along? Continue reading »


On The Nation this weekend…. How can we make New Zealand richer? Are cows and roads the answer, or does the path to wealth lie in the garages of our small time entrepreneurs? How do we grow the regions and where will the jobs come from? Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Labour’s spokesperson Grant Robertson go head to head with their visions for the country’s future.

As the final sitting of the 50th Parliament comes to an end, Torben Akel takes a look back at the highs and lows of the term and Lucy Warhurst talks to the image consultants and branding experts about how the parties are looking as they enter the campaign. Hashtags and red scarves anyone? Continue reading »


On The Nation this weekend…. With the Maori seats primed to play a pivotal role this election, Torben Akel reports from the key battlegrounds and meets the top contenders. Then the Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell and Mana Party leader Hone Harawira will face off in their first ever television debate. They’ll discuss coalition deals and how to best bring about real gains for Maori. Continue reading »

the-nation-logoOn The Nation this weekend… New Zealand First has just turned 21, but what next for the party? 3News political editor Patrick Gower interviews Winston Peters live from the New Zealand First conference in Auckland.

With the announcement on National’s electorate deals imminent, our reporter Lucy Warhurst goes to three possible “deal seats.” What can locals in Epsom, Ohariu and East Coast Bays tell us about the seats? And where will National place its bets? Continue reading »


On The Nation this weekend…. A new report on incomes shows child poverty has dropped – but is it enough? What’s required to really help kids in need? Social Development Minister Paula Bennett fronts up on inequality and family violence.

Then as it tries to balance environmental concerns with jobs, Labour energy spokesperson David Shearer reveals his party’s new policy on offshore drilling. Continue reading »


New Zealand political programmes on TV will soon be accessible to the Deaf and hard of hearing community. Able is pleased to announce that from Wednesday 23rd July, it will be providing closed captions for TV ONE’s Q+A, TV3’s 3rd Degree and the repeat (post-live) broadcast on TV3 of The Nation.

Able was established in November 2013 with transfer of the captioning and audio description services out of TVNZ. Able is fully funded by NZ On Air to provide access services for television and currently provides more than 250 hours of captioned content every week across TV ONE, TV2, TV3 and FOUR.

The decision to begin captioning political programmes is timely with the election in September. Continue reading »


This weekend on The Nation… With Labour lagging in the polls, what is its plan to win back voters? 3News political editor Patrick Gower speaks to Labour leader David Cunliffe live from the party’s congress in Wellington.

Then the Minister of Maori Affairs, Pita Sharples, talks to Lisa Owen about his achievements in Parliament, the future of the Maori Party, and its relationship with National. Continue reading »


This weekend we present an exclusive poll result: ‘Should National do a deal with Colin Craig’s Conservative Party?’

Do voters support an arrangements? And what do National Party voters in particular think? Continue reading »


This weekend on The Nation… John Key’s gone to Washington, but what has he achieved? 3News Political Editor Patrick Gower sits down with the Prime Minister for his first TV interview after meeting President Obama. Then the Democrat congressman and co-chair of the Congressional Friends of New Zealand caucus, Rick Larsen, discusses Iraq, drones and trade.

Labour leader David Cunliffe joins Lisa Owen to talk about his horror week, that letter, and the implications for his leadership. Continue reading »