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A New Zealand politics podcast hosted by The Spinoff's Toby Manhire with Annabelle Lee-Mather and Ben Thomas.

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    • 4.7 • 325 Ratings

A New Zealand politics podcast hosted by The Spinoff's Toby Manhire with Annabelle Lee-Mather and Ben Thomas.

    The Weet-Bix coalition

    The Weet-Bix coalition

    Christopher Luxon has scaled his Big Rock candy mountain and today the new National, Act and NZ First coalition has its ministers sworn in at Government House. Toby Manhire, Ben Thomas and Annabelle Lee-Mather rattle through the two coalition deals and ask: Who scored the big wins? Will there be further changes when the books are opened and a mini-budget published? What is the message to Māori? And what can we learn from the dynamics at play between Luxon, Winston Peters and David Seymour?
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    • 34 min
    Big rock energy and coalition talks

    Big rock energy and coalition talks

    The special votes have confirmed a "worst case scenario" mélange à trois comprising National, Act and NZ First. Toby Manhire, Annabelle Lee-Mather and Ben Thomas assess the state of coalition talks. What are the, as Christopher Luxon's puts it, "big rocks", "additive things" and "things we've got variance in"? Plus: Te Pāti Māori triples its caucus, Chris Hipkins faces a leadership vote, and our predictions on when the new government will be announced.
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    • 51 min
    Post-election special: back on one track or other

    Post-election special: back on one track or other

    National has won the election, but what kind of victory is it? Will a coalition with Act be enough, or is Winston Peters’ phone about to ring? Annabelle Lee-Mather, Ben Thomas and Toby Manhire sift through the results the morning after, sizing up Christopher Luxon’s achievement, the Labour plunge and the future for the Greens, NZ First and Te Pāti Māori. It was a night that produced some big surprises, in Auckland seats and across the Māori seats. Plus: what next for a wounded Labour, what kind of government would a National-Act coalition mean, and the task ahead for Prime Minister Christopher Luxon.
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    • 54 min
    Election night special: a debrief

    Election night special: a debrief

    After months of living and breathing this year’s election campaign Gone By Lunchtime’s Toby Manhire, The Spinoff editor Madeleine Chapman and The Bulletin editor Anna Rawhiti-Connell join together to discuss the events of election day. Toby arrives fresh from a whirlwind tour of various party events while Mad and Anna emerge from an evening spent devouring election coverage and reporting on results.
    Go here to watch this episode on YouTube, where it broadcast as a livestream on election night.
    Keep an eye on this feed later today (Sunday 15th October) for a morning-after-the-night-before deep dive with Toby, Annabelle and Ben.
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    • 31 min
    Panic at the Briscoes

    Panic at the Briscoes

    In the last pre-election pod, Annabelle Lee-Mather, Ben Thomas and Toby Manhire comb through the final polls and take stock after a hectic final few days in which panicked-looking National has gone really negative - on a government led by them. Meanwhile, Labour might have inched back up, but is it enough to give them even a distant hope? Plus: Thoughts on Act, the Greens and Te Pāti Māori, and a not entirely fond farewell to the campaign of 2023.
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    • 51 min
    Chris Hipkins is relentlessly positive

    Chris Hipkins is relentlessly positive

    The Labour leader has Covid-19, which means a campaign rejig and a protracted squabble with Christopher Luxon about who is quitting the Press debate and who isn’t. Meanwhile, Winston Peters has gone into bombastic overdrive, parts of the campaign have gotten ugly, and a clutch of new polls indicate tight races in Auckland Central, Tāmaki, and Hauraki Waikato. Toby Manhire, Annabelle Lee-Mather and Ben Thomas take the pulse. Plus: Christopher Luxon has declined to be interviewed by The Spinoff or on the pod. We extend again a warm invitation to the man who could be prime minister in a few weeks.
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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
325 Ratings

325 Ratings

Simon Drought ,

Simon Drought

While irreverent at times, this podcast does what others fail - taking a critical look at the Nz political landscape.

DougNewZealand ,

Marama Davidson is crazy

How can you say shes done a good job?

I’d vote greens again if she wasn’t in it

Investor_NZ ,

Too much bicultural focus, not enough multicultural

For a multicultural nation (and increasingly ethnically diverse), I find the podcast lacking in any attempt to discuss or address ethnic communities’ perspectives or concerns. Great that Annabelle provides a Māori voice/perspective, if only similar respect and weight given to ethnic communities’ views.

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