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Goff and Key to go head to head

Published: 3:08PM Thursday October 13, 2011 Source: ONE News

  • Election 2011
    Election 2011
  • John Key and Phil Goff (Source: ONE News)
    John Key and Phil Goff - Source: ONE News

The first of the live election debates on TV ONE will be held tonight.

There will be three 90-minute debates in the lead up to polling day on November 26, with each one also being live streamed on

ONE News will from 7pm tonight host the first televised debate of the campaign between National leader John Key and Labour leader Phil Goff.

The leaders of the minor parties will be placed under the spotlight on Wednesday, November 16 ahead of another debate between Key and Goff on Wednesday, November 23.

Close Up's Mark Sainsbury will host each debate and will be joined by political scientists Dr Jon Johansson and Dr Claire Robinson.

ONE News Political Editor Guyon Espiner will act as moderator, while a media panel led by Te Karere Editor Shane Taurima will also be given time to ask questions.

Each debate will begin at 7pm and will be held in front of an audience. The audience members will be invited by TVNZ and will not be representatives of political parties.

Viewers can be part of the action by sending in video questions for the leaders, voting in a text poll or posting comments on TVNZ's social network sites .