Friday 9 March 201812:00 PM - 1:30 PMAdd to calendar

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Naming RightsSponsorPaddy Gower

NEW DATE - After a rocky start due to weather conditions we now have a new date! Please just let us know if you are now unable to attend.

Meet Patrick Gower, Newshub’s National Correspondent, a new role where he will concentrate on breaking and covering stories of national significance. In Patrick’s words it means “getting out and about with real Kiwis doing stories about real issues”.

He was previously the Political Editor, spending ten years in the Parliamentary Press Gallery covering four different Prime Ministers and three different Governments. He moderated the Newshub leader’s debate between Jacinda Ardern and Bill English, questioned Donald Trump multiple times during the US Election and has covered stories in places as varied as Afghanistan, Iraq and Kiribati.

Patrick has been a journalist for 20 years, starting as the night shift reporter at the New Zealand Herald. He has unique insight into how the government works and New Zealand’s place in the world. He also has plenty of unique yarns and unique wit too! 

Patrick will speak to the Chamber in the first week of his new role. He’ll talk about how why he changed jobs and what his new role means. He’ll also give his take on the state of politics now and where it might go. And he will make some predictions about what he thinks will happen with our politicians in Nelson.


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