TV3 has cancelled a debate between leaders of political parties in Parliament after Helen Clark and John Key refused to share the platform with minor party leaders.
A TV3 spokesman told NZPA the separate head-to-head debate between Miss Clark and Mr Key was now "under active consideration".
In a statement TV3 said the National and Labour leaders' position made broadcasting the 90-minute debate inviable and it would not be going ahead.
It had been scheduled for October 9.
Minor parties have reacted angrily.
Keeping Stock suggests that the fact the minor parties have "reacted angrily" is symptomatic of everything that is wrong with MMP. Let's get real here. Either Helen Clark or John Key is going to be the Prime Minister after the election, and that's where the attention should be focused. By all means, set up a debate with just the minor party leaders, but Clark vs Key is where this election will be won or lost.