Nigel Latta and John Camp­bell team up


Nigel Latta will team up with jour­nal­ist John Camp­bell for a show that ex­am­ines what New Zealand will look like in 20 years.

The pair will host live panel show What Next?, which ex­am­ines what New Zealan­ders want for the coun­try’s fu­ture, and whether we’re on track to achieve those goals.

The show prom­ises to use re­search from Univer­sity of Auck­land’s psy­chol­ogy depart­ment, as well as the re­sults of a soon-to-bere­leased sur­vey.

Latta and Camp­bell will be joined by a panel of Ki­wis who are pas­sion­ate about pre­par­ing for what’s ahead.

They in­clude so­cial en­trepreneur Derek Han­d­ley, McGuin­ness In­sti­tute chief ex­ec­u­tive Wendy McGuin­ness, in­dige­nous so­cial en­trepreneur Shay Wright, tech in­no­va­tor Frances Val­in­tine, and Tu Maia co­founder Sacha McMeek­ing.

The show will be broad­cast live on mul­ti­ple plat­forms over five con­sec­u­tive nights, and view­ers will be able to ask the hosts and pan­el­lists ques­tions and com­mu­ni­cate their views on­line.

The show marks Camp­bell’s re­turn to a ma­jor free-to-air tele­vi­sion net­work after his cur­rent af­fairs show, Camp­bell Live, was con­tro­ver­sially axed in 2015.

He now hosts Ra­dio New Zea- land’s long-run­ning week­night cur­rent af­fairs show Check­point and has taken it to a new au­di­ence through stream­ing on Face­book, YouTube, Free­view Chan­nel 50 and on Face TV on Sky.

This time Camp­bell’s work­ing for the com­pe­ti­tion, with What Next? set to air on TVNZ 1 and TVNZ’s web site.

‘‘To achieve the fu­ture we want, we need to make de­ci­sions that will cre­ate a coun­try we’re proud to pass down to the peo­ple who fol­low us.

‘‘This is a dis­cus­sion with New Zealan­ders for New Zealan­ders and I’m de­lighted to be a part of it,’’ he said.

Latta’s back­ground is as a clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist and host of pop­u­lar shows about par­ent­ing.

In re­cent years he’s be­come known for mak­ing doc­u­men­taries that in­ves­ti­gate im­por­tant so­cial and po­lit­i­cal is­sues, like The Hard Stuff with Nigel Latta.

He said What Next? was about telling politi­cians to build the fu­ture peo­ple want.

‘‘What if in­stead of wait­ing for politi­cians to tell us how the fu­ture should be, we told them?

‘‘What if in­stead of us vot­ing for their com­pet­ing vi­sions, they had to build ours?’’

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