The 1 NEWS Vote17 team is delivering comprehensive coverage of this year's General Election. Drawing upon their breadth of knowledge and resources, the country's most trusted news team will also deliver an extensive line-up of coverage.

No matter where you are, keep up with all things Vote17. 

Election Night coverage:

The 1 NEWS Vote17 Election Night Special airs Saturday 23 September from 7pm on TVNZ 1 &

The election night special will be fronted by Seven Sharp’s Mike Hosking with Breakfast’s Hilary Barry, 1 NEWS at Six’s Simon Dallow and Wendy Petrie, 1 NEWS political editor Corin Dann and Sunday’s Jehan Casinader. The team will go live to reporters and party bases across the country and present authoritative coverage and insightful analysis of the results as they come in.

Live debates:

Mike Hosking will moderate the three televised Leaders Debates on TVNZ 1 and Jack Tame will host the Young Voters Debate in the lead up to polling day. The debates will be live streamed on 1 NEWS NOW, Facebook, YouTube and Re: and simulcast on Newstalk ZB.

The live debates schedule is as follows:

  • The first live leaders debate takes place between Bill English and Jacinda Ardern on Thursday 31 August at 7pm on TVNZ 1. It will be the first time voters see the leaders of the country’s biggest parties going head-to-head in an hour long primetime debate.
  • On Friday 8 September at 7pm on TVNZ 1, 1 NEWS’ 90 minute multi-party debate brings together the potential coalition partners of the major parties.
  • The 1 NEWS Young Voters Debate is a 90 minute special focusing on youth issues in association with Auckland University. It will be live on DUKE and live streamed online on Thursday 14 September from 7.30pm.
  • Then on Wednesday 20 September from 7pm to 8pm on TVNZ 1, it’s the final leaders debate between English and Ardern. 

Post Election coverage:

As the nation wakes up the morning after the Election, Tagata PasifikaQ + A and Marae will bring viewers up to speed on overnight developments and feature live studio interviews with key players from across the political spectrum. These specials air Sunday 24 September from 7.30am on TVNZ 1 &

Tagata Pasifika:

Starting at 7.30am, a half hour live Tagata Pasifika special will interview the country’s new and returning Pacific MPs.

Q + A: 

From 8am, a two hour Q + A special will talk to the Election’s big winners and losers. Presenters Corin Dann, Jessica Mutch and Greg Boyed will analyse who has the numbers to form the next Government, what it will look like and what they are likely to do.


Then from 10am, Marae will have all seven successful Maori seat MPs live on the show. Presented by Miriama Kamo and Scotty Morrison, Marae forms a critical part of TVNZ's election coverage with its focus on the issues that matter to Maori examined through a Maori lens.


TVNZ's news voice for young New Zealanders is publishing 18 videos in the 18 days before the Election that look at youth issues through the lens of a first time voter. Re:’s  Election series is supported by Massey University. 

Check out Re: here.

Vote Compass

1 NEWS has brought back Vote Compass in the lead up to the General Election.

Vote Compass gives voters a clear picture of how their views line up with the policies of the political parties. 

1 NEWS has developed Vote Compass in collaboration with leading New Zealand academics and Vox Pop Labs. The voter engagement initiative is presented in partnership with the Electoral Commission and Auckland University.

You can use Vote Compass here.