Folks, The Working Group (NHS best weekly political podcast NOT funded by NZ on Air) are now into our season of live debates around NZ as part of our attempt at providing more democracy this election.

Last week we had a roaring debate in Northland, the week before that a rambunctious Party Debate, the week before that Ilam and the week before that Napier.

This week something very special. TVNZ are hosting their first leaders debate at 7pm, and we will be watching it live at the Backbenchers Pub and at 9pm we will go live with a panel of pundits to debate who won and lost the first debate.

Backbenchers is the sacred home of pub politics in NZ ever since Wallace Chapman hosted Backbenchers for TVNZ7 from there.

Tonights panel of pundits to analyse the first ever leaders debate

Dr Bryce Edwards – Victoria University

Fran O’Sullivan – NZME Business 

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Simon Wilson – NZ Herald Columnist 

Jordan Williams – Taxpayers’ Union

Damien Grant – Stuff Columnist 

Register your attendance here. because this will sell out!

It’s $10 on the door or watch live for free on Facebook, YouTube,, The Daily Blog or Juice TV Channel 200 Freeview and posted up afterwards on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Rova & YouTube 

That’s 7 live debates across NZ with unique polling live-streamed and simulcast on prime-time TV and now live streamed on the front page of the NZ Herald.

NO other news network is even close to doing what we are attempting this election, and all done without one red cent from NZ on Air!

It will be politics done differently.

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