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This is a list of episodes from the New Zealand political show Back Benches, which aired on the now-defunct channel TVNZ 7.

The date listed is the date (Wednesday) that the episode was filmed and aired live for the first time. Each episode was aired again on the subsequent Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Series One (2008)[edit]

ACT bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading | Green bgcolor=Template:The Kiwi Party/meta/shading | Kiwi bgcolor=Template:Libertarianz/meta/shading | Libertarianz bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading | Labour bgcolor=Template:Māori Party/meta/shading|Māori bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading | National bgcolor=Template:New Zealand First/meta/shading|NZ First bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Progressive Party/meta/shading | Progressive bgcolor=Template:United Future New Zealand/meta/shading | United Future
# Date Members of panel Issues and topics discussed
1 2 April 2008 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Louisa Wall bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Maurice Williamson bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Jacqui Dean bgcolor=Template:Māori Party/meta/shading|Hone Harawira
2 9 April 2008 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Moana Mackey bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Chester Borrows bgcolor=Template:New Zealand First/meta/shading|Ron Mark bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Sue Bradford Free Trade Agreement with China
3 16 April 2008 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Louisa Wall bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Tau Henare bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Keith Locke bgcolor=Template:United Future New Zealand/meta/shading|Judy Turner Asset sales
4 23 April 2008 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Darren Hughes bgcolor=Template:New Zealand First/meta/shading|Doug Woolerton bgcolor=Template:Māori Party/meta/shading|Hone Harawira bgcolor=Template:United Future New Zealand/meta/shading|Judy Turner Mike Williams; factory closures; the junior doctors strike
5 30 April 2008 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Jacqui Dean bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Dr Russel Norman bgcolor=Template:Māori Party/meta/shading|Te Ururoa Flavell Rodney Hide Food prices; Anzac day trading; inconsistent asset sales
6 7 May 2008 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Moana Mackey bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Chester Borrows bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Sue Kedgley Rodney Hide Railway purchase; petrol taxes; New Zealand music month; eco-efficiency
7 14 May 2008 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Jacqui Dean bgcolor=Template:New Zealand First/meta/shading|Doug Woolerton bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Sue Bradford bgcolor=Template:Māori Party/meta/shading|Hone Harawira Methamphetamine
8 21 May 2008 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Charles Chauvel bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Sandra Goudie bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Sue Kedgley bgcolor=Template:Māori Party/meta/shading|Hone Harawira Budget; leadership; rising cost of petrol
9 28 May 2008 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Louisa Wall bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Chester Borrows bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Keith Locke Rodney Hide Tax cuts; power cuts; the Government's apology to Vietnam veterans; hoodies; Epsom and Richard Worth
10 4 June 2008 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Jill Pettis bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Paula Bennett bgcolor=Template:New Zealand First/meta/shading|Dail Jones bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Dr Russel Norman Polls; leadership; food
11 11 June 2008 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Charles Chauvel bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Chris Auchinvole bgcolor=Template:United Future New Zealand/meta/shading|Judy Turner bgcolor=Template:The Kiwi Party/meta/shading|Gordon Copeland Rising costs of petrol and power; Auckland as capital city; Nándor Tánczos
12 18 June 2008 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Judith Tizard bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Chris Tremain bgcolor=Template:New Zealand First/meta/shading|Ron Mark bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Keith Locke Violence; arming police; driving while using a cell phone; Peter Dunne
13 25 June 2008 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Lynne Pillay bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Eric Roy bgcolor=Template:New Zealand First/meta/shading|Doug Woolerton bgcolor=Template:Māori Party/meta/shading|Hone Harawira Gang violence; designer babies; the publics' distrust of politicians
14 2 July 2008 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|David Bennett bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Doug Woolerton bgcolor=Template:Māori Party/meta/shading|Te Ururoa Flavell Heather Roy Flexible work hours; Zimbabwe cricket boycott; kids playing sport
15 9 July 2008 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Darien Fenton bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Sandra Goudie bgcolor=Template:United Future New Zealand/meta/shading|Peter Dunne Rodney Hide Leadership; truckers protest; law and order; National's employment policy; Rodney and Lockwood Smith
16 16 July 2008 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Sue Moroney bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Chris Tremain bgcolor=Template:New Zealand First/meta/shading|Ron Mark bgcolor=Template:United Future New Zealand/meta/shading|Judy Turner 3am bar closures; harsher penalties for hit and runs
17 23 July 2008 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Shane Jones bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Maurice Williamson bgcolor=Template:Māori Party/meta/shading|Hone Harawira Maori Language Week; counting calories; meningococcal vaccines; Winston Peters; Shane Jones' office
18 30 July 2008 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Russell Fairbrother bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Paula Bennett bgcolor=Template:New Zealand First/meta/shading|Dail Jones bgcolor=Template:The Kiwi Party/meta/shading|Gordon Copeland Winston Peters saga; Condoleezza Rice
19 6 August 2008 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Clayton Cosgrove bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Sue Kedgley Rodney Hide Secret tapes; mixed-member proportional (MMP) representation voting system; an extra petrol tax for Aucklanders; Tariana Turia's office
20 13 August 2008 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Steve Maharey bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Dr Russel Norman bgcolor=Template:United Future New Zealand/meta/shading|Judy Turner Heather Roy Olympics; National's welfare policy; funding Herceptin
21 20 August 2008 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Charles Chauvel bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Chester Borrows bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Sue Bradford Olympics; climate change; eco bulbs; the Privileges Committee hearing; Steve Maharey's office
22 27 August 2008 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Annette King bgcolor=Template:New Zealand First/meta/shading|Doug Woolerton bgcolor=Template:Māori Party/meta/shading|Hone Harawira Emissions trading scheme; road tolls; cost of food
23 3 September 2008 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Lesley Soper bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Metiria Turei bgcolor=Template:Māori Party/meta/shading|Hone Harawira bgcolor=Template:United Future New Zealand/meta/shading|Peter Dunne Winston Peters saga; John Key; emissions trading scheme.
24 10 September 2008 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|George Hawkins bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Keith Locke bgcolor=Template:United Future New Zealand/meta/shading|Judy Turner bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Progressive Party/meta/shading|Jim Anderton Families Commission; leaked National policy; Winston Peters saga
25 17 September 2008 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Charles Chauvel bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Jeanette Fitzsimons bgcolor=Template:United Future New Zealand/meta/shading|Peter Dunne Election '08; gangs
26 24 September 2008 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Luamanuvao Winnie Laban bgcolor=Template:New Zealand First/meta/shading|Ron Mark bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Dr Russel Norman bgcolor=Template:The Kiwi Party/meta/shading|Gordon Copeland Privileges Committee findings; free trade deal with USA
27 1 October 2008 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Grant Robertson bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Stephen Franks bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Sue Kedgley Heather Roy Candidates for Wellington Central; tax; economics
28 8 October 2008 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Hamish McDouall bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Nikki Kaye bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Kevin Hague bgcolor=Template:Māori Party/meta/shading|Derek Fox Tax; the economy; life sentences;[note 1]
29 15 October 2008 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Charles Chauvel bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Progressive Party/meta/shading|Josephine Pagani[note 2] Rodney Hide John Key and Helen Clark; universal student allowance; showering
30 22 October 2008 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand First/meta/shading|Doug Woolerton bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Sue Bradford bgcolor=Template:United Future New Zealand/meta/shading|Judy Turner bgcolor=Template:The Kiwi Party/meta/shading|Gordon Copeland Anti-smacking policy; coalition building; the financial crisis
31 29 October 2008 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Phil Twyford bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Paul Quinn bgcolor=Template:Māori Party/meta/shading|Angeline Greensill bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Progressive Party/meta/shading|Matt Robson mixed-member proportional (MMP) representation; US election; Peter Dunne's hair[note 3]
32 5 November 2008 David Slack bgcolor=Template:Libertarianz/meta/shading|Peter Cresswell Martyn Bradbury Jessica Hassell New US President; New Zealand election[note 4]
8 November 2008 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Stephen Franks bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Sue Kedgley Heather Roy bgcolor=Template:United Future New Zealand/meta/shading|Vaughan Smith Election Night Special[note 5]
Change of Government after general election
33 12 November 2008 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Nikki Kaye bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Charles Chauvel bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Keith Locke David Garrett Coalition talks; the economy
34 19 November 2008 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Alex Mitchell bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Jacinda Ardern bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Gareth Hughes bgcolor=Template:Māori Party/meta/shading|Kimo Winiata New Cabinet; whether alcohol companies should sponsor sports teams; NCEA[note 6]
35 26 November 2008 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Simon Bridges bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Grant Robertson bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Metiria Turei John Boscawen Public spending; Christmas spirit; White Ribbon Day
36 3 December 2008 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Amy Adams bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Kelvin Davis bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Dr Kennedy Graham Sir Roger Douglas Eco bulbs; Hanover Finance's function in Fiji; Rodney Hide and city councils
37 10 December 2008 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Louise Upston bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Stuart Nash bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Keith Locke Banks; pre-Christmas sales; Official Cash Rate
38 17 December 2008 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Chester Borrows bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Moana Mackey bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Sue Bradford Rodney Hide 90 day "hire-and-fire" bill; the Bruce Emery case; maiden speeches
  1. At the time of the filming and airing of episode 28, none of the panel guests were current MPs, but potential MPs. Kevin Hague became a list MP, and Nikki Kaye became the MP for the electorate of Auckland Central.
  2. Josephine Pagani was not an MP, but was ranked 3rd on the Progressive Party list at the 2008 election. She did not enter parliament as Progressive Party only gained 0.91% of the popular vote
  3. At the time of the filming and airing of episode 31, none of the panel guests were current MPs, but potential MPs. Phil Twyford and Paul Quinn became list MPs
  4. David Slack is a commentator, author and speech writer; Martyn Bradbury and Jessica Hassell are bloggers
  5. The panel guests of the Election Night Special were not all MPs, but candidates for the Wellington Central electorate seat. Sue Kedgley and Heather Roy were re-elected as list MPs, and Grant Robertson (not on panel) won Wellington Central.
  6. Alex Mitchell was President of the Young Nats; Gareth Hughes stood as the Green Party's candidate in the Ōhariu electorate; Kimo Winiata was president of the Young Māori Party, and is the son of Māori Party president Whatarangi Winiata

Recess (2008/09)[edit]

# Date Issues and topics discussed
1 24 December 2008 Law and order; the environment; the economy
2 31 December 2008 US election; financial crisis; China
3 7 January 2009
4 14 January 2009 Big issues of 2008; election campaigns
5 21 January 2009 Law and order; the environment; the economy
6 28 January 2009 International issues – global financial crisis; Chinese milk scandal.

Series Two (2009)[edit]

ACT bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading | Green bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading | Labour bgcolor=Template:Māori Party/meta/shading|Māori bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading | National bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Progressive Party/meta/shading | Progressive bgcolor=Template:United Future New Zealand/meta/shading | United Future
# Date Members of panel Issues and topics discussed
1 4 February 2009 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Chester Borrows Fran Mold [note 1] Local events; vigilantes in South Auckland; protests; legislation banning gangs
2 11 February 2009
3 18 February 2009 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Chris Tremain bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Grant Robertson bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Catherine Delahunty David Garrett Fisher & Paykel; boot camps; junk food
4 25 February 2009 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Chris Hipkins bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Dr Russel Norman Heather Roy bgcolor=Template:United Future New Zealand/meta/shading|Peter Dunne First 100 days of new government; auditor-general's report on Department of Corrections; New Zealand Māori rugby team touring South Africa
25 February 2009 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Trevor Mallard bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Sue Bradford Charles Finny Phil O'Reilly [note 2] Job Summit Special
5 4 March 2009 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|David Bennett bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Darren Hughes bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Metiria Turei Rodney Hide Reactions and ideas of 2008 Job Summit; KiwiRail; schoolchildren and violence
6 11 March 2009 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Nikki Kaye bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Claire Curran bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Keith Locke bgcolor=Template:Māori Party/meta/shading|Te Ururoa Flavell
7 18 March 2009 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Aaron Gilmore bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Shane Jones bgcolor=Template:Māori Party/meta/shading|Rahui Katene School safety; road funding; Auckland supercity
8 25 March 2009 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Stephen Franks[note 3] bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Dr Michael Cullen bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Jeanette Fitzsimons Sir Roger Douglas
9 1 April 2009 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Amy Adams bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Clayton Cosgrove bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Sue Kedgley David Garrett
10 8 April 2009 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Todd McClay bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Steve Chadwick bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Sue Bradford John Boscawen Auckland supercity; 'Easter Trading Laws Special'
11 15 April 2009 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Hekia Parata bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Phil Twyford bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Dr Russel Norman Heather Roy Mt Albert and the by-election; Auckland supercity; Fiji
12 22 April 2009 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Michael Woodhouse bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Luamanuvao Winnie Laban bgcolor=Template:United Future New Zealand/meta/shading|Peter Dunne Anzac Day; Afghanistan war
13 29 April 2009 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Chester Borrows bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Jo Goodhew bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Dr Rajen Prasad bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Progressive Party/meta/shading|Jim Anderton Flu strain H1N1 (swine flu); airport security; potty mouths in the South
14 3 May 2009 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Simon Bridges bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Stuart Nash bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Keith Locke bgcolor=Template:Māori Party/meta/shading|Hone Harawira Mt Albert by-election; Fiji; the line between public and private life for MPs
15 13 May 2009 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Louise Upston bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Charles Chauvel bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Catherine Delahunty David Garrett Supercity legislation; gun control; New Zealand pop anthems
16 20 May 2009 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Aaron Gilmore bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Grant Robertson bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Sue Kedgley bgcolor=Template:United Future New Zealand/meta/shading|Peter Dunne Animal treatment; changes to justice system; Christine Rankin
17 27 May 2009 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Chris Auchinvole bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Lianne Dalziel bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Kevin Hague bgcolor=Template:Māori Party/meta/shading|Te Ururoa Flavell Budget; boyracers; Kiwis' honesty
18 3 June 2009 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Chris Tremain bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Annette King bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Metiria Turei Sir Roger Douglas MP expenses; budget fallout; cell-phone ban
19 10 June 2009 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Melissa Lee bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|David Shearer bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Dr Russel Norman John Boscawen bgcolor=Template:United Future New Zealand/meta/shading|Judy Turner Mt Albert By-Election Special[note 4]
20 17 June 2009 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Katrina Shanks bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Jacinda Ardern bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Dr Kennedy Graham Flu strain H1N1 (swine flu); corporal punishment ("anti-smacking") referendum; sex education
21 24 June 2009 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Paul Quinn bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Carmel Sepuloni bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Sue Bradford Prison containers; court backlogs; Matariki as a public holiday
Episodes become up to 50 minutes long as standard
22 1 July 2009 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Simon Bridges[note 5] bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Clayton Cosgrove bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Metiria Turei / Kevin Hague[note 6] Rodney Hide bgcolor=Template:Māori Party/meta/shading|Te Ururoa Flavell Pay equity; crime; tipping and tourism; Michael Jackson; MPs' expenses; tipping; electric cars
23 8 July 2009 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Hekia Parata bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Trevor Mallard bgcolor=Template:United Future New Zealand/meta/shading|Peter Dunne Foreshore and seabed controversy and Winston Peters; smoking
24 15 July 2009 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Alex Mitchell bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Patrick Leyland bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Zachary Dorner Peter McCaffrey bgcolor=Template:Māori Party/meta/shading|Haimoana Gardiner Student loans; binge drinking; pimping for Olympic sport fundraising[note 7]
25 22 July 2009 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Louise Upston bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Stuart Nash bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Keith Locke bgcolor=Template:Māori Party/meta/shading|Rahui Katene Prisoner amnesty; annual leave and holidays; folic acid in bread
26 29 July 2009 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Hekia Parata bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Jacqui Dean bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Brendon Burns bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Sue Kedgley Greenhouse gas emissions; Māori Language Week and racism; happiness
27 5 August 2009 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Todd McClay bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Carol Beaumont bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Metiria Turei David Garrett Youth unemployment; MPs' expenses; youth drinking culture
28 12 August 2009 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Nicky Wagner bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Clayton Cosgrove bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Metiria Turei Bob Shearing[note 8] Boy Racers Special[note 9]
29 19 August 2009 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Nikki Kaye bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Grant Robertson bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Kevin Hague Travel and currency of Australia and New Zealand; possible restructuring of Health system; Housing; dogs
30 26 August 2009 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|David Bennett bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Brendon Burns bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Catherine Delahunty Sir Roger Douglas Results and aftermath of smacking referendum; Māori seats on the Auckland supercity; gay adoption
31 2 September 2009 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Katrina Shanks bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Paul Quinn bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Chris Hipkins bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Dr Russel Norman Whanganui gang insignia ban; smacking referendum; Kashin the elephant's death; emissions trading scheme
32 9 September 2009 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Cam Calder bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|David Parker bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Sue Kedgley bgcolor=Template:Māori Party/meta/shading|Rahui Katene MMP referendum; night classes cut; mining on Department of Conservation land
33 14 September 2009[note 10] bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Phil Twyford bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|John Carter bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Sue Bradford Rodney Hide bgcolor=Template:Māori Party/meta/shading|Dr Pita Sharples Auckland Supercity Special[note 11]
34 23 September 2009 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Damien O'Connor bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Keith Locke John Boscawen Inquiry into smoking; Wanganui's 'h' debate; John Key's visit to the United States
35 30 September 2009 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|John Hayes bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Charles Chauvel bgcolor=Template:United Future New Zealand/meta/shading|Peter Dunne Paid parental leave; New Zealand as a republic
36 7 October 2009 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Aaron Gilmore bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Paul Quinn bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Chris Hipkins bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Trevor Mallard Rugby world cup broadcasting rights and Māori Television's possible subsidy; school donations; Samoan tsunami and Civil Defence's readiness for a natural disaster; Tua versus Cameron: "Fight of the Century"
37 14 October 2009 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|David Bennett bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Darren Hughes bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Jeanette Fitzsimons David Garrett Emissions trading scheme; methamphetamine; Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize
38 21 October 2009 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Chris Auchinvole bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Maryan Street bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Catherine Delahunty Sir Roger Douglas ACC; smoking in public
39 28 October 2009
40 4 November 2009
41 11 November 2009
42 18 November 2009
43 25 November 2009
44 2 December 2009 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Chris Carter bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Sue Kedgley Emissions trading scheme; 2025 taskforce
45 9 December 2009 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Simon Bridges bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Carmel Sepuloni bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Kevin Hague Heather Roy Drink driving; dairy farming in New Zealand
46 16 December 2009 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Chris Tremain bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Shane Jones bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Metiria Turei Rodney Hide Christmas Show: 'best' and 'worst' of 2009
  1. Francesca Mold was a political editor for TVNZ
  2. Charles Finny was the Chairperson of the Wellington Chamber of commerce, while Phil O'Reilly was the Chief Executive of Business New Zealand
  3. Stephen Franks is not a current MP – he stood in for Chester Borrows
  4. The Mt Albert By-Election Special was filmed at the 'Neighbourhood Brew Bar' in Mt Albert. The five candidates on panel were of the parties with seats standing candidates
  5. Gerry Brownlee was scheduled to appear on the panel for episode 22, but was caught busy on 'an idea'
  6. Turei and Hague shared the Greens slot because Turei had to speak in the House to a private member's bill
  7. Episode 24 featured members of the youth wings of the political parties
  8. Bob Shearing was a Christchurch City Councillor
  9. The Boy Racers Special was held at the 'Dux de Lux' bar in Christchurch
  10. The Auckland Supercity Special was held on a Monday, but was replayed later in the week at the standard times
  11. The Auckland Supervity Special was held at the 'Northern Steamship' bar in Auckland

Summer Tour (2009/10)[edit]

# Date Location Members of panel Issues and topics discussed
1 23 December 2009 Russell bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Kelvin Davis bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|David Clendon Di Maxwell[note 1] The recession's effect on small towns; New Zealand's portrayal as a clean, green country
2 30 December 2009 Waipu Cove, Mangawhai bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Shane Jones bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Keith Locke Mark Farnsworth[note 2] Law and order; issues of 2009
3 6 January 2010 Smitty's Sports Bar and Grill, Whitianga bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|David Bennett bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Carol Beaumont bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Catherine Delahunty 1080; mining
4 13 January 2010 CornerStone Pub, Tauranga bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Simon Bridges bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Todd McClay bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Jacinda Ardern Economy and budget of 2010
5 20 January 2010 The Works Café and Winery, Gisborne bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Moana Mackey bgcolor=Template:Māori Party/meta/shading|Derek Fox[note 3] Meng Foon Foreshore and seabed controversy
6 26 January 2010 The Gintrap, Napier bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Craig Foss bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Chris Tremain bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Parekura Horomia bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Stuart Nash Heather Roy National primary education standards; economy of 2010
  1. Maxwell was a councillor for the Far North District Council
  2. Farnsworth was a councillor for the Northland Regional Council
  3. Fox has not been an MP, but has been a candidate in general elections

Series Three (2010)[edit]

# Date Members of panel Issues and topics discussed
1 17 February 2010 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Hekia Parata bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Clayton Cosgrove bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Metiria Turei John Boscawen New Zealand flag; tax system and raising GST; New Zealand's sexiest politician
2 24 February 2010 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Louise Upston bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Damien O'Connor bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Sue Kedgley Mining; New Zealand Police
3 3 March 2010 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Katrina Shanks bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Trevor Mallard bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Gareth Hughes bgcolor=Template:United Future New Zealand/meta/shading|Peter Dunne MPs' expenses; driving age
4 10 March 2010 bgcolor=Template:New Zealand National Party/meta/shading|Paul Quinn bgcolor=Template:New Zealand Labour Party/meta/shading|Grant Robertson bgcolor=Template:Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/meta/shading|Dr Russel Norman Wellington Phoenix FC; Destiny Church

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