Paddy Gower Has Issues unveils Eli Matthewson, Karen O'Leary and Courtney Dawson as show co-hosts

Patrick Gower will be joined on his new current affairs show by some of Aotearoa's top comedy names, Warner Bros. Discovery ANZ has announced.

The upcoming series will see Gower along with leading Newshub reporters tackle serious issues such as our poor literacy rates, gender and cancer outcomes. 

However, there will be a lighter side to Paddy Gower Has Issues it's been announced 

Wellington Paranormal star Karen O'Leary, 7 Days star Eli Matthewson and Māori TV star Courtney Dawson will all join Gower as co-hosts.

The one-hour weekly series, due to premiere on Three and ThreeNow in May, will be filmed in front of a live audience and will feature extended investigations into major issues facing New Zealanders.

A statement announcing the details of Gower's co-hosts promised the series will be "modern and important current affairs as New Zealand has never seen it".

As a self-titled "community investigator", O'Leary will travel the country to "fix the everyday issues facing people and communities in Aotearoa".

Matthewson and Dawson will "bring fast-paced laughs about the global and local issues of the week", Warner Bros. Discovery said in a release.

In November last year it was revealed the show would be an expansion of long-form current affairs, fronted by Three's former National Correspondent Gower.

"Paddy Gower Has Issues will offer a fresh take on current affairs, brought to life with Gower's trademark edge and will appeal to digital and linear audiences," the company said at the time.

Gower said he was extremely excited about the new show.

"I cannot lie, this is a big and proud moment for me," he said.

"I know that Kiwis want this from us - they tell me every day. Together with my fellow Newshub journos, we'll present the big stories and issues facing Aotearoa New Zealand, creatively and with an all new energy."