The telecommunications company will offer the tournament live or on-demand via an app, which won't be limited to its own customers.
"It is with acute embarrassment we are back here," said Richard Griffin.
Speaking on TVNZ1's Breakfast today Mr Bridges said: "I think what's so concerning is the cover up. It's taken parliament, effectively opposition, [to] tease this out."
Originally Ms Hirschfeld said the meeting was accidental, but the texts released today tell a different story.
Brendan O'Carroll says he thought the city "was going to blow up any minute", before admitting he was in awe at the way the city had recovered from its earthquakes.
"I have just experienced distant intimations of Orwell from across the Tasman," Charles Wooley said.
Presenter and radio host Jeremy Wells will front Seven Sharp with Hilary Barry when the programme returns to TVNZ1 at 7pm this coming Monday.
Both TVNZ and Maori Television say they have yet to discuss which broadcaster would provide the service.