2017 Election Watching Guide

Often you can access these on other platforms I haven’t listed, but I considered these the most convenient. Obviously, you can watch any of the telly shows online too.


Event Where Time
More Than A Pretty Face The Spinoff Facebook 24 August, 6pm
Jacinda Ardern (Labour), Julie-Anne Genter (Greens), Holly Walker (former Green MP), & Nicolla Willis (National).
The Nation (Minor) Leaders Debate Three 26 August, 9:25am
A debate between James Shaw (Greens), Marama Fox (Māori), Gareth Morgan (TOP), David Seymour (ACT), and Hone Harawira (Mana), moderated by Lisa Owen
Election Forum on Public Health Public Health Association Facebook 29 August, 5:30pm
Julie-Anne Genter (Greens), Geoff Simmons (TOP), David Clark (Labour), and Ria Bond (NZ First) debate health issues.
ASB Great Finance Debate Newshub Facebook 30 August, 7pm
Grant Robertson (Labour), Steven Joyce (National), James Shaw (Greens), and David Seymour (ACT) debate finances.
Back Benches Prime 30 August, 9:30pm
The panel discuss National’s idea for parents to track their children’s achievement online, Wellington’s Warrant of Fitness for rental homes, and drug reform after Peter Dunne’s resignation.

Panel is Denise Roche (Greens), Chris Hipkins (Labour), Chris Bishop (National), and Peter Dunne (previously United Future).

Leaders Debate (Bill vs Jacinda) TVNZ1 31 August, 7pm
Leaders Debate (Bill vs Jacinda) Three 4 September, 8:30pm
The Spinoff Great Debate The Spinoff Facebook 6 September, 7pm
Kelvin Davis (Labour – Deputy Leader), Marama Davidson (Greens), David Seymour (Act), Shane Jones (NZ First), Paula Bennett (National – Deputy Leader), Gareth Morgan (TOP – Leader), and someone from the Māori Party go head to head.
Leaders Debate (Bill vs Jacinda) Press.co.nz 7 September, 6pm
Potential Coalition Partners Debate TVNZ 1 8 September, 7pm
Young Voters Debate DUKE 14 September, 7:30pm
Moderated by Jack Tame, focussing on youth issues.
Kiwi Fair Go Debate thedailyblog.co.nz 18 September, 8pm
Moderated by Martyn Bradbury, candidates from EVERY party (except National and ACT) go head to head.

  • Tracey Martin (NZF)
  • Metiria Turei (Greens)
  • Marama Fox (Māori)
  • Suzie Dawson (Internet)
  • Hone Harawira (MANA)
  • Clyde Graf (Ban 1080)
  • Leighton Baker (Conservative)
  • Gareth Morgan (TOP)
  • Chris Leitch (Dems for Social Credit)
  • Maki Herbert (ALCP)
  • Iain Lees-Galloway (Labour)
  • Ben Rickard (United Future)
Face the Classroom TVNZ1 18 September, 8pm

19 September, 8pm

In this two-part special party leaders face a class full of young students, answering their tough questions
Leaders Debate (Bill vs Jacinda) TVNZ1 20 September, 7pm

Election Night

Event Where Time
RNZ Election17 Everywhere RNZ. 23 September, 5pm
John Campbell will be presenting from his Auckland studio with RNZ’s Jane Patterson and Māori Affairs reporter Mihingarangi Forbes, and Guyon Espiner will be joined by a panel of six expert commentators.
1 NEWS Vote 17 Election Night Special TVNZ1 23 September, 7pm
Fronted by Hilary Barry, Mike Hosking, Simon Dallow, Wendy Petrie, Corin Dann, and Jehan Casinader. Will feature “new state of the art graphics and studio tech” and the first look at their new augmented reality studio.
Three’s Decision17 Three 23 September, 7pm
Fronted by Duncan garner, Lisa Owen, and Patrick “Explosive” Gower.
Māori TV’s Election Aotearoa Māori TV 23 September, 7pm
Oriini Kaipara, Matai Smith and Heta Gardiner will be joined by reporters all over the country. In the studio, former Māori Party leader Dame Tariana Turia and former Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu chairman Sir Mark Solomon amongst others will be commenting on the incoming results.
Discourse Votes YouTube 23 September, 7pm
Morgan Avery and Ben Gracewood present the most independent and lowest budget results show.

Post Election

Event Where Time
Māori TV The Morning After Special Māori TV 24 September, 8am
RNZ National’s post-election coverage RNZ National/RNZ.co.nz 24 September, 9am
Susie Ferguson and Kathryn Ryan team up for a two hour post-election special.
The Hui post-election special Three 24 September, 9am
The Nation post-election special Three 24 September, 10am

The Spinoff was an excellent source for this.

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