Two TVNZ7 debates

Frontpage (which makes Agenda) has two debates coming up on TVNZ7:

The Swing Seats debates will be in two seats that could be crucial to the outcome of the election- Epsom and the Maori seat of Ikaroa- Rawhiti.

The Maori seat of Ikaroa–Rawhiti, which encompasses most of the East Coast of the North Island will be one of the most hotly contested seats in this election.

Cabinet Minister Parekura Horomia will go head to head with the Maori Party’s Derek Fox.

This debate will be broadcast in front of a live audience in Gisborne on October the 16th

The second debate is taking place in Epsom on October the 23rd where the colourful ACT leader Rodney Hide will be joined by National MP Richard Worth, Green Party MP Keith Locke and Labour’s Kate Sutton.

Hide needs to win this seat again to stay in parliament.

Both programmes will be LIVE-streamed on the TVNZ webite  (key word : SWING SEATS) and will be available on TVNZ ondemand after they have screened.

They will be produced by the team that makes TV One’s “ Agenda” programme and will be fronted by Agenda co-host and TV One reporter Rawdon Christie wth support from Wallace Chapman, presenter of TVNZ7’s “Back Benches” programme.

Christie with support from TVNZ7’s “Back Benches” presenter, Wallace Chapman, will give the candidates in these “swing seats” a chance to tell the audience and viewers why they have the best policies for their constituents.

To join in the debate as part of the audience, people can write or send an email to the show’s producers explaining who they are and what question they would like to ask the candidates.

Emails can be sent to
and letters sent to :
Front Page,
P.O Box 90361

The blogmobile has been invited to cover the Ikaroa-Rawhiti debate in Gisborne, so we’ll live blog it also.