The Vote

TheVoteSince The Vote has been dumped for 2014 it is completely unsurprising that the experts on the panel for this month include two comedians from TV3’s Jono and Ben at Ten.  I’m not sure if the reason they’re on the show is because they’re young enough, without actually being teenagers, to qualify as having an authoritative voice on the subject or because the show they appear on, which could loosely fall into the current affairs category, rates nearly double what The Vote usually does and their presence may draw across their fans.


Today’s world is full of opportunities for Kiwi teens, but with opportunities come risks.  Two New Zealanders – Lorde and Lydia Ko – have topped Time Magazine’s 2013 list of the world’s most influential teenagers.  But back home, the Roast Busters story has called into question whether our teens are really coping with the pressures of modern life.

This month, two teams led by Duncan Garner and Guyon Espiner will argue the moot ‘Teenagers have never had it so good’ in TV3’s national debate programme The Vote, screening at 8.30pm next Wednesday night.  Broadcaster and lawyer, Linda Clark is again the referee, charged with keeping the debaters in line and on topic. Continue reading »

VoteThis is bound to be a heated debate with two very passionate groups of people.  I expect there’ll be a whole heap of yelling each other down.  At the end of it, mining will go ahead anyway.

New Zealand faces a stark choice on its path to prosperity. Do we protect our 100% Pure brand and ride the wave of a global clean-tech revolution? Or do we back a growing energy industry that will create jobs, raise wages and keep some of our best and brightest from seeking a better life across the Tasman? Is it clean, green or black gold?

On November 6, The Vote asks whether New Zealand needs to ‘drill baby drill!’ Two teams led by Duncan Garner and Guyon Espiner will argue the moot ‘New Zealand needs more mining’ in TV3’s national debate programme, screening at 8.30pm Wednesday 6 November.  Broadcaster and lawyer, Linda Clark is referee, charged with keeping the debaters in line and on topic. Continue reading »

TheVoteThe Vote, the monthly “competitive current affairs” program that runs every four weeks as part of Third Degree, has been given the chop.

With dismal ratings and sensational themes, the only people surprised at the axe being swung at TV3’s The Vote were those involved in making it.

With Third Degree returning in 2014, this will mean there will be an additional 10 episodes of current affairs dedicated to local stories.

TheVoteThe topic for the next episode of TV3’s The Vote is out and the moot is “Are New Zealanders losing their trust in the Police”?

Two days ago statistics were released that revealed the New Zealand crime rate was at an all time low.  3rd Degree has spent a lot of time focusing on cases that are more than 2 decades old and while there may or may not be be cases to answer there, the idiots that have drawn ire more recently have actually been caught and bought to justice.  The Kim Dotcom and Tuhoe cases were exceptional and certainly not the norm and most of us would never be found in similar circumstances.

I’d say Guyon has this one in the bag.

The police are our thin blue line – keeping us safe and enforcing the law. But do we still have confidence that they’re on our side and playing fair? This month, The Vote asks whether New Zealanders are losing faith in the police force. Continue reading »

TheVoteAs someone who has been openly critical of TV3’s 3rd Degree and The Vote, it was somewhat nice to see that last night’s approach was a little different.  Having people vote on either the government or opposition position on the reported housing crisis (aka first home buyers should be able to afford to buy houses in up-market suburbs) was a much better way to do it, however the results are still unscientific and meaningless.

It was, however, the highest rating episode of The Vote to date and the second highest episode other than debut if you don’t include the David Bain episode.

Viewers voted that the Opposition offers the best solutions to New Zealand’s housing crisis during national debate programme The Vote, which screened tonight on TV3.

This month, The Vote tackled housing, asking “How do we fix New Zealand’s housing crisis?” with a special multi-party debate. Duncan Garner led the Government team, featuring Sam Lotu-Iiga (National) Peter Dunne (United Future) and John Banks (ACT).   Guyon Espiner led the Opposition team, with Labour’s Phil Twyford, New Zealand First’s Winston Peters, and Metiria Turei representing The Green Party. Continue reading »

TheVoteHousing affordability is the latest issue to be tackled by TV3’s The Vote and this time the panels are made up entirely of politicians making it look almost like a prime time version of Back Benches.

Is the Kiwi dream of owning your own home on the way out? Or is there a way to make housing more affordable? Do we need to ban foreign buyers, let our cities sprawl or do more to help first-home buyers onto the property ladder?

This month, The Vote tackles housing, asking “How do we fix New Zealand’s housing crisis?”  In a piece of television history, the people answering that question are the political powerbrokers, in the first primetime multi-party debate to be held outside an election campaign, screening on Wednesday 11 September, at 8.30pm on TV3.

Just over a year from the 2014 General Election, and as the Labour party prepares to select its next leader, Kiwis will get their best chance to compare Government and Opposition approaches to the housing crisis.  In a departure from its usual format, The Vote will be divided into three parts, each covering a key area of the housing debate: foreign ownership, first home buyers and the housing shortage.

The Vote: Housing Special will give Kiwis a rare insight into the Government’s plans, and the alternatives offered by Opposition parties.  The coin toss has determined Duncan Garner will lead the Government team, with Sam Lotu-Iiga representing National, Peter Dunne speaking for United Future and John Banks for ACT.  Guyon Espiner will lead the Opposition team, with Labour’s Phil Twyford, New Zealand First’s Winston Peters, and Metiria Turei representing The Green Party.  Continue reading »

There are some days when a publicists job must suck.  Having been a little unkind in my review of TV3’s The Vote, both Duncan Garner and Guyon Espiner took to twitter to respond. Guyon has always come across to me as a reasoned man who is able to put forward his argument.  Take this for example:

Guyon’s point may be entirely valid if the actual questions they were debating were serious and lacking in sensationalism.  Should we ditch the royals?  The false dichotomy of whether it is poverty or parenting that is the problem for our kids?  Let’s decriminalise soft drugs and of course, is Auckland sucking the life out of the country?

Duncan Garner, however, ironically engages his own hands to call me a fraud.


Well done Duncan.  All class.

TheVote3rd Degree and their monthly ridiculously described “competitive current affairs” show The Vote is painful viewing.  The initial concept of debating the big issues for New Zealand sounded promising but in reality it’s become nothing more than ranting about what are effectively non-issues.  Couple that with the fact that there is no call to action to enforce any real change, The Vote amounts to nothing more than a load of hot air.

I was appalled when it was announced that the latest debate was going to be on whether or not Auckland is sucking the life out of New Zealand.  Even more so when their panel included a comedian and an actor.  While Urzila Carlson and Oliver Driver may have valuable input, with respect, they are hardly the credible voices you’d want if you were actually having a serious debate.

The results of their ridiculous and unscientific poll were highly unsurprising.  In the studio, 80% of the audience thought Auckland wasn’t sucking the life out of the country.  Clearly the audience wasn’t weighted with out-of-towners.  The overall result from their unscientific poll was the exact opposite though with 73% of voters saying the life of the country was being sucked out of it by our largest city.  Again, hardly surprising.

The least this show could do would be to conduct some real research and then debate the results. Continue reading »

auckland-cityDoes New Zealand need Auckland to keep growing, and growing fast – or are Auckland’s gains at the expense of the country and economy as a whole?

Tonight Kiwis voted YES to the moot ‘Auckland is sucking the life out of New Zealand’ during national debate programme The Vote, which screened on TV3. Continue reading »