Leaders: Jacinda Ardern (J), Chris Luxon (C)
Interviewer: John Campbell (JC)
JC: Haere Mai and welcome to tonight’s leaders debate.
I’m John Campbell, presenter and investigative reporter who has had the privilege to cover so many of this country’s heart-rending and tragic stories over the years.
My ability to connect on an intimate level with my subjects, in my view, makes me ideally suited to host tonight’s debate, in which one of our greatest leaders of all time, if not the greatest, spars politically with the new-kid-on-the-block to see who will capture the hearts and minds of our wonderful, wonderful, small but beautifully formed island nation of Aotearoa.
In the studio we are joined by members of the public who hold a wide spectrum of political views. To ensure we fairly represent all opinions but exclude extremism, which could cause distress to you at home, all members of our audience voluntarily underwent a psychometric assessment to reveal their true political leanings. Extreme centre and centre-right participants were politely declined so we have a mainstream, well balanced and diverse left wing audience to challenge both our leaders.