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Bob McCoskrie.
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All voting will be free for tomorrow’s episode of TV3 national debate programme The Vote, which will debate the topic: ‘Our kids: The problem’s not poverty, it’s parenting.’ (Screening Wednesday 19 June, 8.30pm on TV3.)

Each month The Vote invites viewers to have their say on a different topic at, via Twitter @TheVoteNZ, Facebook at The Vote NZ and by texting ‘Yes’ or ‘No’. The most popular way to vote is via text, which usually has a cost of 20 cents per text, but for tomorrow’s episode there will be no charge for texts sent to a special voting shortcode 3665.

"Poverty is at the heart of the debate, and we want to ensure there are no barriers to people having their say, regardless of how much money they have," says Senior Producer Tim Watkin.

"The Vote already has the cheapest text-voting on television, but for this debate, we wanted to remove all cost to our viewers. I’d like to thank 2degrees, Vodafone and Telecom who are all waiving their fees for the text-voting process."

Tomorrow’s debate will see Guyon Espiner lead a team comprised of Christine Rankin, Bob McCoskrie and Hannah Tamaki, to argue the problem is parents, not poverty. Duncan Garner will be joined by Celia Lashlie, Dr Russell Wills and Hone Harawira, arguing that the problem is poverty, rather than parenting. Broadcaster and lawyer, Linda Clark is again referee, charged with keeping the debaters in line and on topic.

The most important opinions are those of the audience watching at home as they follow the arguments, and have their say via social media, text and online voting.

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