SKY News NZ budget coverage details

SKY News New Zealand will bring you LIVE coverage of the 2011 NZ budget as it’s released at 2.00pm this afternoon.

Minister of Finance Bill English will deliver his Budget speech from Parliament which is expected to focus on three main areas.

· Building faster economic growth around higher national savings

· Setting a credible path back to surplus and repaying debt

· Rebuilding Christchurch over the next few years.

Political Editor Barry Soper will join us from 4.00pm for update bulletins at the top of each hour. At 5.30pm NZ Prime News will bring you comprehensive analysis of the budget as Eric Young is joined by Bill English live.

2011 NZ Budget Live: Today, 2.00pm, SKY News New Zealand
NZ Prime News : Today, 5.30pm, SKY News New Zealand

Go inside Christchurch’s red zone on TV One

While all other media were kept outside the red zone when the earthquake hit Christchurch on February 22, 2011, one camera had the extraordinary opportunity to document from inside the cordoned off area. TV ONE’s local documentary, 5 Days In The Red Zone follows the Rural Drink Drive Team from Alexandra, who were called into Christchurch after the earthquake.

Camerawoman Pip Walls was with the Rural Drink Drive team, filming for a new TV2 police programme. When the squad were called to Christchurch, the decision was made for her to go with them and to film whatever she could.

Sergeant Bruce Martin and two of his constables, Patrick Greaney and Mark Wellstead are at the centre of this story of the team’s five day deployment. What emerges is a unique view of the disaster – of the new population of Christchurch’s central city: rescue crews, emergency services and military.

Walls had been filming with the squad on and off for four months, in which time she had built up a strong relationship of trust. The result is extraordinarily candid, behind-the-scenes access inside the operation – from late night debriefs in motel rooms to coverage of search and rescue within the red zone.

They occupy a broken world that once belonged to the thousands who worked and lived in the central city. These rural officers hoped they would be saving lives and rescuing people, but what they discover is an eerie place full of strangeness, sadness, bizarre moments and the challenge of dealing with the dead, not the living.

5 Days In The Red Zone, TV One Wednesday 25 May, 9.30pm

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Lady Gaga among guests on ‘Late Show’ next week on Prime

Upcoming guests on the “Late Show with David Letterman” on Prime:

19/05 Actor Martin Short; actress Melissa McCarthy from the CBS comedy series “Mike & Molly”; musical guest Tinie Tempah

20/05 Talk show host Keith Olbermann; actress Julie Bowen; musical guest Ben Harper

23/05 Talk show host Kelly Ripa; actress Jennifer Lawrence; a performance from the Broadway musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”

24/05 Actor Tracy Morgan; comedian Jake Johannsen; musicial guests The Airborne Toxic Event

25/05 Musician Lady Gaga

26/05 Actor Ewan McGregor; new “CBS Evening News” Anchor and Managing Editor Scott Pelley; musical guest Brad Paisley

27/05 Piedmont Bird Callers; actor Kevin Bacon; musical guests Augustana

30/05 Actor Ray Romano; musical guests Arctic Monkeys

The Late Show with David Letterman screens on Prime TV around 11.30pm weeknights.