Patrick Gower, Tova O'Brien & Duncan Garner
Patrick Gower, Tova O'Brien & Duncan Garner

Tova O'Brien, Duncan Garner and Patrick Gower to front Newshub Decision 2020 coverage on Three

Elections 27/08/2020

TOVA O’BRIEN, DUNCAN GARNER AND PATRICK GOWER TO FRONT NEWSHUB DECISION 2020 COVERAGE ON THREE

Tova O’Brien, Duncan Garner and Patrick Gower will host Newshub’s Decision 2020 live election night coverage on Three. In the lead-up to the election, Newshub will also host a head-to-head leaders debate and two special programmes on the referendum questions.

The trio of current and former Political Editors have over 35 years of political reporting experience and have covered 17 New Zealand elections between them. They will be joined by an expert panel on election night. 

Newshub Political Editor Tova O’Brien says: “The saying used to go that a week is a long time in politics, in 2020 a minute became a lifetime. There are so many edge-of-seat, must-watch variables - Jacinda vs Judith, the political fate of Winston, minor parties teetering on extinction, the rise of ACT, Covid-19 rearing its head and beating at our borders, policy debate for unprecedented times, too many battleground electorates and issues to count.”

Newshub National Correspondent Patrick Gower will host the Newshub Decision 2020 Leaders Debate between Jacinda Ardern and Judith Collins in front of a live audience at 7:30PM on Wednesday, September 30th. Patrick Gower says:

Our leaders debate will be for everybody.  It is about the future of New Zealand and who gets to lead us there.  I will be standing in the middle on behalf of the ordinary Kiwi.

Gower will also host two one-hour specials on euthanasia and recreational cannabis to help Kiwis make informed choices on the two other big questions we’re being asked to vote on this year. These programmes will feature experts from both sides and will explore the issues and moral conundrums they present.

Newshub Decision 2020 The Cannabis Question will air Wednesday, October 7th at 8:30PM and Newshub Decision 2020 The Euthanasia Question will air Wednesday, October 14th at 8.30PM. 

“The referendum questions make this election even more unique and we are giving them the coverage they deserve so that people can make an informed choice,” Gower says.

Newshub will also have up to the minute coverage of every moment of the election campaign on Newshub Live at 6PM, The AM Show, The Project, Newshub Nation and online at newshub.co.nz

Tova O’Brien says: “If 2020 is anything to go by, this is going to be the most unpredictable, exciting, high-stakes, important, volatile, whiplash-inducing election campaign in a generation. We’ll be there every step of the way, talking about the things that matter to you and helping you make sense of the maelstrom.”

The AM Show’s Duncan Garner said: “Newshub traditionally has the best leaders debate, the more searching interviews and the superior coverage stands out - and we always have more fun. We were encouraged, grateful and bloody delighted last time when record numbers of kiwis tuned in to our election night coverage and debates. It showed that you trust us. That's why being with the best team is crucial for me and you.”

THREE’S DECISION 2020 COVERAGE SUMMARY

ELECTION NIGHT

17 October, 7.00PM:  Newshub Decision 2020 Election Night, hosted in studio by Tova O’Brien, Duncan Garner and Patrick Gower. Newshub journalists will cross live from multiple locations around the country.  Live on Three, ThreeNow, Newshub’s Facebook page and YouTube account.

DEBATES
30 September, 7.30PM: Newshub Decision 2020 Leaders Debate with Jacinda Ardern and Judith Collins, hosted by Patrick Gower and post-debate analysis by Tova O’Brien with guest panellists. Live on Three, ThreeNow, Newshub’s Facebook page and YouTube account. Simulcast on Magic Talk. 

19 September, 9.30AM: Newshub Nation presents Battlegrounds - a special programme dedicated to some of the most hotly-contested electorates in the country, featuring a debate between the key Northland Candidates, on location in the Bay of Islands.

03 October, 9.30AM: Newshub Nation presents Powerbrokers, its multi-party leaders’ debate  featuring the Green Party’s Marama Davidson , the ACT Party’s David Seymour, and John Tamihere from The Maori Party. 

Three’s The Hui will also be running debates centred on the seven Māori seats between 15 September - 11 October, hosted by award winning Māori journalist Mihingarangi Forbes.

REFERENDUM QUESTIONS

07 October, 8.30PM: Newshub Decision 2020 The Cannabis Question, moderated by Patrick Gower. Live on Three, ThreeNow, Newshub’s Facebook page and YouTube account.

14 October, 8.30PM: Newshub Decision 2020 The Euthanasia Question, moderated by Patrick Gower. Live on Three, ThreeNow, Newshub’s Facebook page and YouTube account.

THE MORNING AFTER

18 October, 10.00AM: as the country wakes to make sense of its election result, Newshub Nation presents its live, extended 90-minute post-election special, hosted by Simon Shepherd and Tova O’Brien.

Three’s The Hui will also deliver an hour long post election special from 9.00AM, 18 October.