NZ Herald Deputy Political Editor Derek Cheng and Senior Political Reporter Thomas Coughlan cover off the biggest political news in New Zealand, going behind the headlines and giving the inside perspective direct from the Beehive.
Episode 9: Analysing National's implosion - where did Judith go wrong and what's next?
In an emergency episode of On the Tiles, Thomas Coughlan is joined by Newstalk ZB's Jason Walls to analyse a chaotic 24 hours for the National Party. What was Judith Collins thinking in demoting Simon Bridges, and was this a 'bridge too far' after other shows of strength? What does this mean for National's already beleaguered board? Who will replace Collins as leader and what will her legacy be? And which National MP emerged on top from this mess?
Episode 8: Simon Bridges talks Covid, capitalism, climate change and conversion therapy
In this week's episode, Thomas has a one-on-one chat with National Party MP and former leader Simon Bridges. They discuss Bridges' new book, why he thinks the country should do more on climate change, personalities trumping ideology, his stance on conversion therapy, and why he isn't a big fan of capitalism. Plus, Bridges reflects on the state of the Covid response, the Facebook post that brought him down, and whether he wants to go again as leader.
Episode 7: Facing the anti-lockdown protest at Parliament and Labour's drop in the polls
In today's episode, senior political reporter Thomas Coughlan is joined by Newsroom political editor Jo Moir and Australian Associated Press NZ correspondent Ben McKay to discuss the anti-vax protest that descended on Parliament on Tuesday and what it was like on the ground. They also dissect the latest polls that show a drop in support for the Government, and wade through the muddy circumstances of the contentious Three Waters debate.
Episode 6: Economy panel takes a look at the Government's books
This week Thomas is holding down the fort for a special look at the country's books and how the economy is faring after a year of Covid-19. Our panel, made up of guests Interest.co.nz journalist Jenée Tibshraeny and former economic advisor to Labour and CTU economist Craig Renney, discuss the Crown's accounts, debt, inflation, interest rates, and what's next for New Zealand's economic future.
Episode 5: National's Chris Bishop talks Covid, vaccinations and poll numbers
In today's episode, political reporters and dumpling enthusiasts Derek and Thomas are joined by National Party Covid-19 spokesperson Chris Bishop to discuss the ongoing outbreak in Auckland, what National would do differently - and how their strategy has changed in the wake of Delta and the latest research. Plus, they discuss the latest political polls and why National is still languishing behind Labour.
Episode 4: Is the elimination strategy 'goneburger'? Analysing the mixed messages with mixed metaphors
As New Zealand continues to tackle the Delta outbreak of Covid-19, Derek and Thomas are joined by Newsroom's Jo Moir to discuss the Government's change in strategy and the confusion over elimination versus eradication - aided by a deep dive through the Beehive transcripts. They also discuss vaccine mandates and how other parties have responded to the latest developments.