The Nation

the-nation-logoThis morning, Patrick Gower interviewed Finance Minister Bill English on TV3’s The Nation at 9:30am. The program is repeated at 10am on Sundays.

Finance Minister Bill English confident Government books will reach a “paper-thin” surplus in 2014/15

English reveals Treasury investigated banning overseas buyers from the housing market but says the Government doesn’t intend to institute a ban

He says more Kiwis likely to get wage increases with an improving economy that’s growing at probably more than 3 % Continue reading »

the-nation-logoOn TV3’s The Nation this morning, Lisa Owen interviewed Mana party leader Hone Harawira ahead of today’s AGM in Rotorua.

Mana leader Hone Harawira says only exploring options with Kim Dotcom’s Internet Party

Harawira: “There’s whole range of areas in which we stand in common with the Internet Party as we do with the Greens, as we also do with Labour”

Stresses Mana won’t work with the Maori Party because he wants to get rid of National and the Maori Party has “made it clear they’re prepared to work with anybody” Continue reading »

the-nation-logoOn The Nation this weekend… Lisa Owen will speak with Hone Harawira from the Mana Party conference in Rotorua about Kim Dotcom, election year strategy and some of their more controversial policies.

Then 3News political editor Paddy Gower talks to Finance Minister Bill English in his last major pre-Budget interview and asks him if the Government is still on track to record a surplus, what kind of Budget sweeteners he’s looking at and whether the improving economy is filtering down to the pockets of ordinary Kiwis. Continue reading »

tim_watkinFormer Q+A, 3rd Degree and The Vote and now The Nation executive producer, Tim Watkin has taken exception with David Farrar’s commentary on yesterday’s Countdown interviews.  Farrar writes

On the original allegations against Countdown, I’ve praised Shane Jones for the work he did in exposing their allegedly ugly tactics of asking for retrospective payments from suppliers. I don’t think such a practice (if it happens) should be condoned.

But yesterday, it turned into almost a smear campaign against Countdown. They were accused on TV3 of everything from threatening a select committee, to bullying competitors also, to bullying Councils to shock horror selling Lotto tickets.  I think a line has been crossed, and we are now just seeing a degree of mindless bashing.

On his Pundit website, Watkin produces another lengthy retort with an open letter: Continue reading »

THE NATION_Patrick Gower and Shane Jones_01Continuing on the coverage of Progressive Enterprises and Countdown supermarkets, Patrick Gower talks to Labour’s Shane Jones on The Nation.

Shane Jones says Parliament’s Commerce Select Committee has been subject to “threatening behaviour” from Countdown’s lawyers

Gower: We are aware that a letter exists

Jones: There is a letter around….I challenge you to follow up and you’ll find further evidence that when this Aussie-owned supermarket feels it’s backed in a corner, it comes out and uses every device available. Continue reading »

THE NATION_Lisa Owen and Patrick Gower_03The Nation took on Progressive Enterprises this morning with an interview with The Mad Butcher’s Michael Morton and Local Government New Zealand president Lawrence Yule.

Morton makes new claims that his suppliers are being pressured by Countdown (who is a direct competitor).

Owen: But you’re concerned that your supply chain’s being squeezed by Progressive aren’t you?

Morton: Yes I am, it is my belief that that is happening, yes. Continue reading »

nation_logoMediaworks has nabbed Lisa Owen off TVNZ to host their weekly current affairs programme The Nation which kicks off its 2014 season tomorrow.

TV3 has appointed senior journalist Lisa Owen as host of the network’s influential political programme The Nation.  Lisa leaves TVNZ to take up her new role, and will also file stories for 3 News.

Director of News and Current Affairs, Mark Jennings says:  “Lisa is straight shooting and hardworking.  She is a skilled interviewer and a tireless investigator who consistently breaks stories.  She has shown leadership in the TVNZ newsroom and is known for mentoring younger reporters. Continue reading »

rachel_smalleyWhenever I read the words “candid interview” I wonder if that means the reporter was just having a friendly chat and then all of a sudden a comment became newsworthy and a story was born.  This is the case with a story this morning where Rachel Smalley is said to “blast ‘Ken and Barbie’ TV”.

“I didn’t feel that there was any desire to invest in women in senior primetime roles and I knew I couldn’t keep doing those hours. So I was at a real crossroads. I was frustrated.

“I didn’t feel either programme had the support of senior management, the top levels of management of MediaWorks, so there was only so far I could take both programmes.”

She was realistic about the amount of resources and marketing that could be pumped into non-primetime shows. “But that didn’t help the programmes I was on.” Continue reading »

rachel_smalleyAfter Mediaworks decided to bring The Nation in house at the end of last year, it appears as though locking down Rachel Smalley as host for the show hasn’t eventuated as she’s now joined the hosting team for TV One’s Q+A.

TVNZ’s successful Q+A programme will return in 2014 with a strong line up for election year.

Rachel Smalley joins the presenting team alongside host Susan Wood, TVNZ political editor Corin Dann and deputy political editor Michael Parkin. As part of the News and Current Affairs team at TVNZ, Rachel will also have the opportunity to file stories for Sunday on TV ONE.

Q+A is New Zealand’s leading political programme, featuring an hour of live newsmaker interviews and political debate. The show will continue to be run by executive producer Maryanne Ahern who is joined by producer Claire Silvester. Continue reading »

Guyon Espiner resigned from his role on TV3’s 3rd Degree and passed on a job hosting a revamped The Nation in 2014 to take up the role as co-host on Radio New Zealand’s Morning Report.

Espiner will begin the role in April.

The announcement will bring changes to 3rd Degree which was regularly panned for its bromance of Espiner/Garner which failed to fire in the ratings in 2013.   Continue reading »