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New Zealand politics was a gentler art in the pre-Muldoon early 70s when superstar English TV interviewer David Frost made the first of two series down under. Here, he talks to Prime Minister Norman Kirk, and opposition leader Jack Marshall. Kirk is assured and statesmanlike (an act that proves hard for Marshall — or NZ politics since — to follow) as he discusses topics ranging from supporting beneficiaries, to opposing French nuclear testing. ‘Big Norm’ purposefully talks about being in the job for another 25 years. Tragically, he died in office 13 months later.

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 David Frost
 Kevan Moore
 Des Monaghan

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Comments (11)

 Doug

Doug

Thank you

 Mega

Mega

I am in awe of what we lost. Look at the demeanour of John Key, who slurs the left like it is his favourite past time.

 Allan

Allan

The contrast between Kirk and Key on spying couldn't be greater. This is the difference between a statesman and an opportunist banker.

 Michael Gibson

Michael Gibson

That was great viewing. What a long way we've fallen since 1973.

 Laurence Summers

Laurence Summers

RIP David Frost - God Bless You

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Quotes

He was Everywhere and Everything and All Things to All Men on All Channels. But hold on. What was that on the shoulders of his dark slightly rumpled suit? Around the collar? It couldn’t be. But yes, it was. Dandruff. 
The political mountain flew to Auckland to enter the presence of television’s Mohammed. And glowed and glowed and glowed. It was his finest hour on the box.