Everyone is competing for your eyeballs this election and it’s hard to know where to direct them and when. We’ve compiled your guide to leaders’ debates, election night coverage and the morning-after walk-of-shame. These are available to view or listen to by the public on broadcast television, radio or streamed live via the miracle of the internet.
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Election Aotearoa Leaders Debate
Māori Television launches its first debate from the Manukau Institute of Technology. Oriini Kaipara and Heta Gardiner lead the debate with Kelvin Davis (Labour), Te Ururoa Flavell (Māori Party), James Shaw (Greens), Gareth Morgan (Opportunities Party) and Hone Harawira (Mana) and a chance of Winston. They’ll also be revealing the results of their viewer poll, the first one out the gate on the Māori seats.
Back Benches Auckland
23 August, 9.35pm, Prime Television
Wallace and Charlotte are heading up to the big smoke to talk about Auckland transport and the cost of lattes. Get amongst the crowd at Britomart Country Club from 5.00pm with Kelvin Davis (Labour), Judith Collins (National), Julie-Anne Genter (Greens) and Shane Taurima (Māori Party) or just watch it on telly with a Milo later.
More Than a Pretty Face – 4 women under 40 talk politics
The Ace Lady Network and The Spinoff present a night of discussion at City Gallery in Wellington with four women in politics under 40 years of age—Jacinda Ardern (Labour), Julie-Anne Genter (Greens), Holly Walker (former Green MP) and Nicola Willis (National), chaired by Megan Whelan. Get tickets.
Massey University & Stuff present The Opportunity Gap Debate
23 August, 11.45am, stream live at Stuff.co.nz
Stuff political editor Tracy Watkins is joined by Fletcher Tabuteau (NZ First), Michael Wood (Labour), James Shaw (Greens), Brett Hudson (National) and Geoff Simmons (Opportunities Party) to answer questions crowdsourced from Stuff readers. Tickets still available to devour lunch at the Mac’s Function Centre, Wellington, while you devour delicious politics.
The Nation Leaders Debate
26 August, 9.25am, Three, 7:00pm RadioLIVE
Lisa Owen will be grilling James Shaw (Greens), David Seymour (Act), Marama Fox (Māori Party), Gareth Morgan (Opportunities Party) and Hone Harawira (Mana) on the big issues this election: housing, water, immigration and the effect the parties’ policies will have on your back pocket. She will be joined by Patrick Gower and a panel of political experts.
Debate on public health
29 August, 5.30pm, stream live on Facebook
Julie-Anne Genter (Green), Ria Bond (NZ First), David Clark (Labour) and Geoff Simmons (Opportunities Party) debate policies on issues affecting the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders, from drinking water to healthy housing and everything in between. Hosted at Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision in Wellington, entry by koha. Sign up to the Facebook event to attend.
TVNZ Leaders Debates
31 August,7.00pm, TVNZ1 National’s Bill English and Labour’s Jacinda Ardern
8 September,7.00pm, TVNZ1 Potential coalition leaders
20 September,7.00pm, TVNZ1 National’s Bill English and Labour’s Jacinda Ardern
In a move that has met with no opposition whatsoever, popular and unbiased broadcaster Mike Hosking will host all three TVNZ leaders’ debates.
THREE Leaders Debate
4 September, 8.30pm, Three
Labour’s Jacinda Ardern and National’s Bill English go head to head in front of a live audience of undecided voters at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau, hosted by popular and unbiased broadcaster Paddy Gower.
The Spinoff Great Debate
6 September, 7.00pm, stream live on The Spinoff Facebook page
Join The Spinoff team and an all-star line-up including Paula Bennett, Kelvin Davis, Marama Davidson, Shane Jones, David Seymour, Marama Fox and Gareth Morgan in the greatest debate of them all. Asking the questions will be Toby Manhire, Leonie Hayden and Simon Wilson.
The Press Leaders’ Debate
7 September, 6.00pm, stream live at www.press.co.nz
One of the most anticipated debates of the season, The Press editor-in-chief Joanna Norris will moderate along with Stuff political editor Tracy Watkins in a debate between (you guessed it) National Party’s Bill English and Labour leader Jacinda Ardern at the La Vida Centre in Upper Riccarton. Go in the ballot to win tickets.
TVNZ Young Voters Debate
14 September, 7.30pm, DUKE and stream live at 1 NEWS NOW
Hosted by Jack Tame, this debate will focus on youth issues specifically.
RNZ’s election night coverage will be presented on a whopping seven different platforms as well as being projected onto the moon. John Campbell will be presenting from his Checkpoint studio in central Auckland with RNZ’s Political Editor Jane Patterson and Māori Affairs reporter Mihingarangi Forbes, and Guyon Espiner will be joined by a team of six expert commentators at the University of Auckland’s state of the art television studio in Shortland Street.
Join hosts Morgan Avery and Ben Gracewood for NZ’s most independent and lowest budget election results show, with up-to-the-minute results, probably ill-informed blustering and their World Famous* Cupcake Parliament data visualisations.
1 NEWS Vote 17 Election Night Special
23 September, 7.00pm, TVNZ 1 & TVNZ.co.nz
This election night special will be fronted by Seven Sharp’s Mike Hosking and Breakfast’s Hilary Barry, 1 NEWS at Six’s Simon Dallow and Wendy Petrie, 1 NEWS political editor Corin Dann and Sunday’s Jehan Casinader. Will feature “new state of the art graphics and studio tech” and give viewers their first look at 1 NEWS’ new augmented reality studio.
23 September, 7.00pm, Three, ThreeNow.co.nz and on RadioLIVE
Hosted by Duncan Garner, who will be joined by Newshub political editor Patrick Gower, The Nation host Lisa Owen and a hologram of Tupac.
Māori Television’s Election Aotearoa
Oriini Kaipara, Matai Smith and Heta Gardiner will be crossing to reporters across the country, and in the studio former Māori Party leader Dame Tariana Turia and former Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu chairman Sir Mark Solomon will be joined by seasoned broadcasters to dissect the incoming results. A second studio youth panel with anchor Kawe Roes will canvass social media.
Māori Television The Morning After special
24 September, 8.00am, Māori Television
RNZ National’s post-election coverage
24 September, 9.00am, RNZ Nation, stream live rnz.co.nz
Morning Report presenter Susie Ferguson and Nine To Noon host Kathryn Ryan join forces for a 2 hour special.
The Hui post-election night 60-minute special
24 September, 9.00am, Three
The Nation post-election show
24 September, 10.00am, Three
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