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TVNZ confirms revised Debate schedule for the 2020 General Election

26th August 2020

Revised Debate dates: 


TVNZ’s Debate line-up and moderators remain the same, with broadcast dates shifting by a month to align with the General Election. 

  • The first live Leaders’ Debate takes place between Jacinda Ardern and Judith Collins on 22 September at 7pm on TVNZ 1. This will be moderated by John Campbell. 
  • The Young Voters Debate in association with the University of Auckland takes place on 28 September. This debate will be moderated by Jack Tame and streamed via and 1 NEWS social channels. 
  • The Multi-Party Debate will take place on 8 October at 7pm on TVNZ 1. This Debate will be moderated by Jessica Mutch McKay 
  • The final Leaders’ Debate airs on 15 October at 7pm on TVNZ 1. This Debate will also be moderated by Jessica Mutch McKay. 





Several 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton polls will be released during this period, giving viewers insight into where voters are leaning. 


Election night coverage and additional programming: 

There is no change to TVNZ’s 1 NEWS Vote 20 Election Night Special. This will be hosted in studio by John Campbell, Hilary Barry and Simon Dallow, with the 1 NEWS political team led by Jessica Mutch McKay crossing live from party bases.  

Supporting programming from 1 NEWS, Te Karere, Q+A, Marae, Tagata Pasifika, Sunday and Re: also remains unchanged. 

As advised, Debates and Election night coverage on TVNZ 1 will carry closed captions provided by TVNZ’s accessibility partner, Able. In partnership with Deaf Aotearoa’s iSign interpreting service, a New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) interpreted version of the three televised debates will be broadcast live on Kordia channel 200.