Hard News by Russell Brown


Orcon IRL at Golden Dawn: The Election One (Updated with runsheet)

Kia ora! We're staging one of our Orcon IRL talk events at Golden Dawn from 4pm to 7pm on Sunday, August 13 – and, as it says in the title above, it's about New Zealand's impending general election.

I'll be hosting as ever, along with 95bFM talents Ximena Smith and Jogai Bhatt. Here's the stream:

And here's the runsheet:

3.30: Doors.

4.00: Stream starts. Go to this page on 95bFM for the streaming links.

4.15: How we used to campaign: a video reel of election advertising and coverage from the 1960s to 2014. This will be on the stream and at the venue.

 4.30: RUSSELL, XIMENA and JOGAI say hi.

4.35: First-time candidates. Chloe Swarbrick, Kiri Allan, Stephen Berry – with JOGAI.

4.55: BREAK

5.05: Tracey Martin, Geoff Simmons, Louisa Wall - with XIMENA

5.25: BREAK

5.35: The Journalists. Matt Nippert, Susan Strongman and Keith Ng - with RUSSELL.

5.55: BREAK

6.00: James Shaw 1 + 1 with RUSSELL

6.20: Straight into the final panel. RUSSELL, XIMENA AND JOGAI on stage with all MPs and candidates, answering audience questions and more. Stream-watchers can submit questions using the #OrconIRL hashtag (include the word "QUESTION" in your tweet.)

7pm: ENDS


Much has happened since I started lining up our guests, but I can tell you today that we will be welcoming Green party co-leader James Shaw, New Zealand First's Tracey Martin, Manurewa MP Louisa Wall, and three first-time aspirants to office –  Labour's East Coast candidate Kiri Allan, the Green Party's Chloe Swarbrick, and The Opportunities Party deputy leader and Wellington Central candidate Geoff Simmons. There will also be a panel of journalists: Susan StrongmanKeith Ng and Matt Nippert punditing on political punditry.

We were originally also to be welcoming Jacinda Ardern, but her diary was wiped last week when she became Labour leader. And I'm still chasing a particular National Party candidate, who I think will be joining us. It's been a little difficult wrangling Nats, tbh.

So keep an ear to 95bFM and an eye on this page over the next few days. Of course, the venue isn't a big one and you might just want to trust us and get  in on your RSVP now.

If you do miss out, or you're not in Auckland, be assured that you'll be able to catch it all live on 95bFM's HD stream. On the internet.

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