Gone By Lunchtime

The Spinoff

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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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145 episodes

Around the poll campfire

Ben, Annabelle and Toby huddle around the new TVNZ/Kantar numbers to warm their frostbitten fingers. What does it mean for the year to election day, who will be happiest, and, for the first time ever in political punditry they ask: Can Winston Peters be written off? Plus: Is Christopher Luxon onto a winner on tax attack, was the Sam Uffindell report sufficiently transparent, and is the Public Service Commissioner’s investigation into potential Nanaia Mahuta conflicts necessary – or even overdue? * Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

41m
Sep 28
Charles III, king of Aotearoa

On their 18th hour queuing outside Westminster Hall, Toby Manhire, Annabelle Lee-Mather and Ben Thomas pause to discuss the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the accession of KC3 and what it means for Aotearoa and the national appetite for going republic. * Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

36m
Sep 15
King Charles III special

No, KC3 is not on the pod, but we have the next best thing: Otago University professor and royal correspondent Andrew Geddis, in conversation with Toby Manhire following the death of Queen Elizabeth after 70 years on the throne. What is the monarch’s role in New Zealand’s political apparatus? Can the head of state intervene in our stuff? And what might the accession of Charles mean for the republican cause? * Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

30m
Sep 09
The cost of living cudgel and political chocolate

The "squeezed middle" payment was meant to be a political circuit breaker, but it's left the government on the defensive. Annabelle Lee-Mather, Ben Thomas and Toby Manhire speak on what went wrong and the demands for an apology - does the scramble to explain adding GST on KiwiSaver fees just add to a sense that they're not in control of the story? Plus: Slán leat to Trevor Mallard and kia ora to new speaker Adrian Rurawhe, the potential for Brian Tamaki's new Freedom NZ political project, and Marama Davidson gets grief for use of the C-word (chocolate). * Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

45m
Aug 30
Chris Finlayson on the rule of law and the fear of winning

In a special episode to mark the publication of his book Yes, Minister, the former National cabinet minister talks to Toby Manhire about the Key years, the state of the National Party, the colleagues he’d admired and those he loathed. He reflects on his role in building and promoting principles of Crown-Māori co-governance, his time as attorney general, and why he lived in terror of winning an electorate seat. Plus, Finlayson on: __ __ * Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

54m
Aug 18
Gaurav Sharma and Sam Uffindell, suspended

Two junior MPs, one new and the other very new, have become the centre of political attention in the last 10 days. Both have been suspended from their party caucus. Ben Thomas, Annabelle Lee-Mather and Toby Manhire examine the allegations by Labour's Sharma, the extraordinary way it played out and Jacinda Ardern's response. And what of National's Uffindell? Should he be punished for an assault more than 20 years ago, has he atoned and how did Christopher Luxon deal with it? Plus: what do the cases together tell us about the culture in the parties and the strange workplace of parliament? * Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

43m
Aug 17
Auckland mayoral election special, with the doyen of Super City journalism Todd Niall

Our biggest city is gearing up for its fifth Super City election, and the golden-voiced Todd Niall – formerly of RNZ and now senior Auckland reporter for Stuff – has seen them all. He joins Toby Manhire to discuss the leading contenders for the office some call the country’s second most important elected role, including Efeso Collins, Leo Molloy, Viv Beck and Wayne Brown, who have recent been joined by two unexpected candidates: John Palino (of Florida) and Lisa Lewis (of Hamilton). Plus: How does 2022 compare with previous campaigns? Why are turnout numbers so risible? And what can a mayor actually hope to achieve? – – * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

50m
Aug 10
James versus Ron for Greens co-leader

The Green Party AGM voted to make James Shaw reapply for his job, but so far his only challenger is Ron, aka Re-open Nominations. Toby, Annabelle and Ben ask what it means for the party. Plus: Thousands of people around the world have been given $350 they don’t deserve by the NZ government – is this a big cock-up or a big beat-up? Is enough being done to close the gaping loophole exposed in political donations law? And a comprehensive history of Ben Thomas’s political career. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

47m
Aug 04
UK politics special: The Boris Johnson implosion

Guardian journalist Richard Adams joins Toby Manhire to recount the scandals and fabrications of "a government run by journalists" and assess the contest for a new Conservative leader and prime minister. Also: the state of the Labour opposition, and what Christopher Luxon and New Zealand can learn from the English education system. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

51m
Jul 19
Andrea Vance on Blue Blood: The Inside Story of the National Party in Crisis

The hell years of National since John Key's departure are revisited in jaw-dropping detail in Andrea Vance's new book. In a special edition of Gone By Lunchtime, she talks to Toby Manhire about the revelations, and whether Christopher Luxon can consign the bad times to history. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

55m
Jul 17
Relentlessly negative and around the world

The Rats are back: Annabelle Lee-Mather and Ben Thomas have been released from isolation and there’s a lot to catch up on. With Toby Manhire, they discuss the surging winter COVID wave, the new measures and the health system; what Jacinda Ardern achieved at Nato, the EU and in Australia; and Christopher Luxon’s own trip abroad and his response on abortion and policy as MP Simon O’Connor cheers the Roe v Wade overturn. And there’s more: Te Pāti Māori’s AGM and the petition on Te Matatini funding, plus Act’s conference and David Seymour’s demands for the first 100 days of a National-Act government. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

55m
Jul 14
Strike raptor Gib board taskforce

Is a plasterboard shortage turning into a political crisis? Annabelle Lee-Mather, Ben Thomas and Toby Manhire unholster the tape measure. Plus: Who were the winners and losers in Tauranga’s byelection, Jacinda Ardern heads to Europe to speak at Nato, all the ups, downs and sleights of hand in a “minor” cabinet reshuffle, and the legacy of Trevor Mallard. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

51m
Jun 22
Gareth Hughes on Jeanette Fitzsimons and the future of the Greens

In this bonus episode, Toby Manhire talks to former Green MP Gareth Hughes about his new book on Jeanette Fitzsimons, a giant of green politics in New Zealand. They talk about her role in the Values, as co-leader of the Greens and within the Alliance in the formative years of MMP. Plus: what does he make of the Green Party in 2022? * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

41m
Jun 14
The president, the Pacific and a platinum jubilee

Ben Thomas, Annabelle Lee-Mather and Toby Manhire dress head to toe in union jacks to assess Jacinda Ardern's US visit and the furious Chinese response to her joint statement with Joe Biden on the Pacific. Plus: the prime minister returns to sobering domestic polls, a word for Queen Elizabeth, and the prospects of a King Charles. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

47m
Jun 09
The squeezed muddle

In a globetrotting edition of our politics podcast, Toby, Annabelle and Ben look at the Australian election and its meaning for New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern's trip to the United States, and how much hinges on a meeting with Joe Biden. Plus: A look back at last week's budget and the so-called "squeezed middle", electoral reform, and the NZ on Air funded Chlöe Swarbrick doco. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

46m
May 25
Budget 2022: Reaction special

Toby Manhire (Gone By Lunchtime; Auckland studio) and Bernard Hickey (When The Facts Change; parliament studio) join forces for a budget reaction crossover special. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

24m
May 19
Chewing the budget pastry

Will Grant Robertson pull a cost of living rabbit out of the hat? Toby Manhire, Annabelle Lee-Mather and Ben Thomas talk budget day, the big emissions reduction plan, Te Pāti Māori and an early burst of coalition negotiations. Plus: can Jacinda Ardern forgive Trevor Mallard's trespasses, and what is the speaker playing at? * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

48m
May 11
Australia election special: Albo v Scomo

In this bonus extra pop-up edition of GBL, Toby Manhire calls AAP NZ correspondent Ben McKay, currently watching the campaign from Tasmania, for the latest on the race. Can Anthony Albanese’s Labor dethrone Scott Morrison’s Coalition? Will the ‘teal wave’ crash ashore? How does Australia’s electoral system work? And just how different is Australia’s media and political culture to Aotearoa’s? * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

38m
May 04
Christopher Luxon and the giant melancholy kiwifruit

Five months in, how is the new National leader faring? Annabelle Lee-Mather, Ben Thomas and Toby Manhire give their verdicts. Plus: the Rotorua representation bill, grounded kiwis and existential kiwifruit garnish Ardern’s trip abroad. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

45m
Apr 29
Aotearoa joins the war in Europe

As NZ dispatches a 1969 Herc, 59 personnel and “lethal aid” cash to support Ukraine, how big a shift is it in our contribution? Plus: will fair pay agreements be this government’s biggest achievement? What is Ashley Bloomfield’s legacy? What is Louisa Wall up to? And a word on Moana Jackson. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

53m
Apr 13
Is it the beginning of the end of the Covid response?

Vaccine mandates, passes and other restrictions are all on the way out. But our Covid numbers are worse than they've ever been. Leading pundit-podiologists Annabelle, Ben and Toby do the maths. Plus: David Seymour and Act call for a referendum on Māori co-governance, Louisa Wall quits parliament, and a Solomon Islands defence deal with China causes alarm. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

47m
Mar 30
Simon Bridges on his shock exit from politics

The morning after announcing he's quitting politics, former National leader and self-proclaimed “regular dickhead” Simon Bridges joins Gone By Lunchtime in a candid conversation to explain the decision and his future plans – and reflect on the people "who exploded on me". Gone By Lunchtime wouldn’t exist without support from The Spinoff Members. Find out how to join at members.thespinoff.co.nz http://members.thespinoff.co.nz * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

50m
Mar 16
What next for the parliament occupation?

Annabelle and Toby are joined by The Spinoff’s political editor Justin Giovannetti to talk about the latest from the parliamentary occupation and the government's response. Did Jacinda Ardern get it right? Was Chris Luxon right to diagnose a New Zealand divided? And should the action be called “an anti-mandate protest” or is it something else? Also: the dramatic wave of omicron washing across the country, Ashley Bloomfield’s mea culpa on a big overestimation of PCR test lab capacity and the New Zealand response to Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

54m
Mar 02
The parliament protest and Trevor's iPod

As the anti-mandate occupation of parliament grounds enters its ninth day, Toby, Annabelle and Ben ask: just who are the protesters? Have the police got the response right? What about Trevor Mallard? And is it a good idea to engage? Plus: The latest from the Auckland mayoral race. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

43m
Feb 16
Opening up

Annabelle, Ben and Toby celebrate their sixth year of close pod contact. Jacinda Ardern's opening up speech, reviewed. The Bellis saga, assessed. RATs, digested. The polls, examined. And Ben's Covid test result, revealed. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

45m
Feb 03
Summer reissue: The end of the Collins era

Gone By Lunchtime is taking a short break over summer. We'll be back with new episodes soon, but until then here's one of our favourites from 2021. From November: Judith Collins is out as leader of the opposition after a spectacularly messy 24 hours of politics. But who’ll replace her? The Gone By Lunchtime team assembles for an emergency edition of the podcast. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

52m
Jan 25
Summer reissue: Podathon 2021

Gone By Lunchtime is taking a short break over summer. We'll be back with new episodes soon, but until then here's one of our favourites from 2021. From October: Annabelle, Ben and Toby spend 24 hours Zorbing the length of the country in the cause of vaccination and political commentary. On the agenda: what comes after elimination, the vaccine rollout, and MMP at 25. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

48m
Jan 11
Summer reissue: The stuck ship era

Gone By Lunchtime is taking a short break over summer. We'll be back with new episodes soon, but until then here's one of our favourites from 2021. From March: Join Toby Manhire, Annabelle Lee-Mather and Ben Thomas as they discuss Labour’s now week-old housing package, the National caucus's fluoride vote, Christopher Luxon, travel bubbles, Police 10-7 and more. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

43m
Dec 28, 2021
The Spinoff presents SUPERPOD 2021

Hosted by GONE BY LUNCHTIME https://thespinoff.co.nz/podcast-series/gone-by-lunchtime’s Toby Manhire and featuring representatives from THE REAL POD https://thespinoff.co.nz/podcast-series/the-real-pod, THE FOLD https://thespinoff.co.nz/podcast-series/the-fold/, NĒ? https://thespinoff.co.nz/atea/ne/28-10-2021/aue-its-a-new-te-ao-maori-podcast-from-the-spinoff/ and DIETARY REQUIREMENTS https://thespinoff.co.nz/podcast-series/dietary-requirements, SUPERPOD 2021 is the crossover podcast event we’ve been waiting all year for. Join us as we relive the highs and lows and heroes and villains of the longest, shortest year in living memory. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 3m
Dec 21, 2021
The great 2021 Gone By Lunchtime Christmas quiz

As the sun sets on 2021, Toby, Annabelle and Ben are joined by a cast of very special guests with a crop of hard-boiled good-time questions for the inaugural Gone By Lunchtime Christmas quiz https://thespinoff.co.nz/politics/14-12-2021/the-great-2021-gone-by-lunchtime-christmas-quiz-blowout. Gone By Lunchtime wouldn’t exist without support from The Spinoff Members. Find out how to join at members.thespinoff.co.nz http://members.thespinoff.co.nz * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

45m
Dec 14, 2021