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Three former PMs attend book launch at Te Papa

Press Release – Bridget Williams Books
Three former Prime Ministers are to attend a Te Papa event marking the publication of The 9th Floor.

The event will be held on Friday to mark the publication of The 9th Floor: Conversations with five New Zealand Prime Ministers.

The event will be attended by three former Prime Ministers, Jim Bolger, Helen Clark and Geoffrey Palmer. They will speak in conversation with authors Guyon Espiner and Tim Watkin about the 9th Floor project and the experience of reflecting upon their time as Prime Minister.

The book will be launched at Te Marae on Level 4 of Te Papa, Wellington, on Friday 8 September, 6.00 for a 6.30pm start.

About the Book

Geoffrey Palmer, Mike Moore, Jim Bolger, Jenny Shipley and Helen Clark were in power during one of the most tumultuous periods in New Zealand’s political history. The 9th Floor: Conversations with five New Zealand Prime Ministers captures the key moments of their time in power. These leaders share a rare view of the country and, with the benefit of hindsight, we get their personal reflections on what happened and why, and how they made decisions that still influence our lives today.

The 9th Floor is based on Radio New Zealand‘s landmark podcast series of the same name and the book incorporates transcripts and illustrations, with some additional material not previously included in the popular broadcasts.

Introduced by journalists Guyon Espiner and Tim Watkin, these interviews give an intimate insight into the workings of government from five people who have lived it.

About the Authors

Guyon Espiner has worked in print, television and radio for more than twenty years, including fourteen years covering Parliament, mostly for Television New Zealand, where he was political editor. After two years with TV3 he switched to radio, becoming co-host of RNZ’s Morning Report. Espiner continues to write political profiles for the Listener magazine.

Tim Watkin has worked in journalism for over two decades, including at the New Zealand Herald, as deputy editor for the Listener, and more recently as a producer for TVNZ’s Q+A and TV3’s The Vote and The Nation. He has written for the Guardian and the Washington Post, blogs at Pundit.co.nzand is currently executive producer for podcasts and series at RNZ.

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