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This weekend on The Nation… a flagship policy under fire? 3News Political Editor Patrick Gower asks Education Minister Hekia Parata if her $359 million super teacher and principals policy will be derailed by opposition from the sector and whether public confidence can be restored in Kohanga Reo after the Serious Fraud Office investigation.

Conservative Party leader Colin Craig joins us to talk about deals, strategies and whether he’s hitting a wall with his efforts to win over National. Continue reading »


This weekend on The Nation… the verdict is in and John Banks is guilty of filing a false electoral return. So what’s next for his party and electorate? We’ll talk to three contenders for the Epsom seat: ACT’s David Seymour, Labour’s Michael Wood and the Green Party’s Julie Anne Genter.

Then, are the regions in trouble? Or are they waiting to be unleashed? Lisa Owen will interview the Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce about which provinces are lagging behind and how we can spread the wealth and population beyond the big cities.

And Auckland Mayor Len Brown will talk about whether public space and car parks could be sold off to help fund his rail link – the top priority of his 30-year blueprint for the country’s largest city.

We’ll discuss all this and more with our panel: 3News political reporter Tova O’Brien, Generation Zero Auckland director Dr Sudhvir Singh, and journalist and former Act MP Deborah Coddington.

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This week on The Nation… as housing issues again dominate the headlines, we ask: is the New Zealand quarter acre dream dead? And how many affordable houses are being built in Auckland? Our reporter Lucy Warhurst takes a look at the overheated housing market and the efforts to cool it down. Then Lisa Owen interviews Housing Minister Nick Smith about the progress of the housing accords, and get Labour’s take from its spokesperson Phil Twyford. Continue reading »


On The Nation this weekend… Their 2009 book spurred a global debate about inequality, and now they’re in New Zealand to spread the word. We’ll talk exclusively to The Spirit Level authors Prof. Richard Wilkinson and Prof. Kate Pickett about what should be done to close the gap between rich and poor.

Our reporter Torben Akel gets to the bottom of competing claims about inequality in New Zealand – is the gap growing or shrinking? – and Labour’s Sue Moroney and the Conservative Party leader Colin Craig will debate if inequality matters and how to fix the problem. Continue reading »


On The Nation this weekend…. The Budget: balanced and responsible, or an election year bribe? We’ll have analysis from all angles and look at the direction it’s taking New Zealand, with Lisa Owen interviewing Finance Minister Bill English and 3News Political Editor Patrick Gower speaking to Labour leader David Cunliffe. Continue reading »

Linda Clark is one of the country’s most experienced and most astute political commentators.

In her work to date as a commentator for TV3, Linda has withdrawn from situations or made a public declaration where a potential conflict of interest exists with her work as a lawyer.

Last year, Linda acted as moderator for TV3 debate programme The Vote, and she has also been one of many commentators on The Nation. Continue reading »


TV3 will have comprehensive coverage of the 2014 Budget, with expert analysis of the consequences for New Zealand business, the impact on ordinary Kiwis – and what this means for the General Election.

Special coverage begins this weekend, with The Nation. TV3’s influential political programme will hold the first multi-party debate of this election year, ahead of Thursday’s Budget. The economic spokespeople from the six smaller parliamentary parties will debate the economic direction of the country and the ‘hip-pocket issues’ that matter most to voters. Continue reading »


On The Nation this weekend… he made an error of judgment, and now he’s headed to the back benches. Former Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson will front up about the phone call he made to police top brass about Donghua Liu.

New Zealand is third most obese nation in the world – so is it time to tax sugary drinks? Will it work? Our reporter Lucy Warhurst talks to the new group of public health experts who are taking their fight to Parliament and hear from industry insiders. Continue reading »

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On The Nation this weekend… we’ll examine the fallout from the departure of Shane Jones, and take a look at the priorities of the man who will replace him in Parliament, Kelvin Davis. Continue reading »

the-nation-logoHost Lisa Owen will talk to Antarctic experts Chuck Kennicutt and Gary Wilson ahead of a first-of-its-kind scientific conference on the future of the continent.

Then we’ll hear from Greens co-leader Metiria Turei about the party’s new call for greater ministerial accountability, fundraising and the future of the testy Labour-Greens relationship.

And is Labour’s stance on moral issues pushing its Pacific Island voters to National? Our reporter Torben Akel heads to New Zealand’s own Bible belt to find out. Continue reading »