The Pulse

The Pulse
  • Presenter(s):
    Chris Eichbaum
  • Show Times:
    Wednesday 12.00 -12.30pm
  • TV Broadcast Times:
    Wednesday 12.00 -12.30pm
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The Pulse

Programme Information

The Pulse is a programme about current affairs – by which we mean what’s happening in our community, in Aotearoa/New Zealand, and the world at large. The style is conversational, but that doesn’t mean steering clear of the controversial. It may be about politics because ‘politics’ matters and now more than ever. But ‘The Pulse’ won’t be about promoting a particular view on matters. It may involve taking an ‘editorial position’ from time to time, but that will be made clear. At times it will mean being the pebble in someone’s shoe.

It will be about what’s making the news, and who’s making the news and why. There will be interviews, commentary, and there will be music. And it will try and have a ‘town hall’ flavour to it – so listeners will be invited to put their ideas and suggestions into the mix.

About me

Kia ora koutou. I’m Chris Eichbaum, a Masterton resident and another one of those life-style block dwellers. I’m an Adjunct Professor in the School of Government at Victoria University (which means I’m not longer on the payroll but continue the association). My passion in life is teaching, and I’ve taught on and undertaken research on aspects of NZ politics for a number of years. But I’ve also stepped into the practical world of politics and public policy with two extended periods working in the Beehive for Prime Ministers and Ministers. And I’ve been a public servant. I’m strong in the belief that politics matters and that it can (and should) be a force for good. And I’m very strong in the belief that public (that’s you and me) participation in politics is vital – as is what I refer to as ‘civics’ – understanding how the system works, and what we can do to influence how it works, and how it impacts on us, our families and whanau, our economy and our society. I have views of my own, but the ‘Pulse’ is not simply a platform for me – it’s a platform for conversations and ideas.

Video / TV

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