Politics podcast: Good-time tax chats with your pals

March 7, 2019

Annabelle Lee, Ben Thomas and Toby Manhire send their lifeboats into the great capital gains tax minestrone ocean.

Michael Cullen's Tax Working Group report has been published, sending the nation into untold capital gains tax convulsions. The Gone By Lunchtime panel piles in. How is Jacinda Ardern faring in making the case? What case even is she making? Is Simon Bridges suddenly good? What is the Kiwi way of life and are you living it?

Once we've solved all that, it's on to the Golriz Ghahraman bill that seeks to change electoral law, including a threshold cut to 4%, and more high-level discourse about the Year of Delivery &c.

Politics podcast: Ardern promises delivery, Bridges prays for deliverance

February 13, 2019

The Gone By Lunchtime peloton roars into 2019.

Just as you’re wondering whether it’s too late to say Happy new year to people, Annabelle Lee, Toby Manhire and Ben Thomas wish you a happy new year with a return to the Gone-pod.

On the agenda: A hell-poll for National sees Judith Collins casting a shadow over Simon Bridges, Jacinda Ardern begins the “year of delivery” with trips to Davos and Waitangi, KiwiBuild targets take the form of a house of cards, and relations with China go frosty. Like and subscribe, friends, like and subscribe.

Politics pod: Unchained Mallardry, MAGA Barry, ILG damned and the stars of 2018

December 7, 2018

In the last politics podcast of the year, Annabelle Lee, Ben Thomas and Toby Manhire rub their weary eyes and stick out their stockings.

Trevor Mallard has hogged headlines in recent days: first after his commissioning of an inquiry into bullying and harassment at parliament and then over allegations of bias from Simon Bridges. We get into all of that, the Maggie Barry controversy, the wash-up from the Iain Lees-Galloway Sroubek farrago and more. Oh, and we nominate the big winners of the NZ political year. Happy new year!

Politics podcast: Will the Jami-Lee Ross saga leave lasting damage?

November 8, 2018

Toby Manhire is joined by iconic duo Annabelle Lee and Ben Thomas to rake the leaves of the JLR saga – and the mini-crises confronting the government, too.

The overlord of all successful television in New Zealand, Annabelle Lee, restores equilibrium to the Gone By Lunchtime universe by sitting down with Ben Thomas and Toby Manhire to discuss the Jami-Lee Ross fallout and whether Simon Bridges can survive it, Jacinda Ardern's first Labour Party conference as leader, the pressure on immigration minister Iain Lees-Galloway and the scrap around Phil Twyford's KiwiBuild scheme. Includes sealed section featuring interminable chin-stroking about the US elections.


Emergency podcast: Jami-Lee Ross declares war on Simon Bridges

October 16, 2018

Ben Thomas and Toby Manhire assess an extraordinary 24 hours in NZ politics, as a relatively unspectacular expenses leak transmogrifies into the biggest Jami-Lee-based farce since A Fish Called Wanda. Guest starring Sam Brooks with a critique of Ross's incredible dramatic monologue as he quits parliament.

Gone By Lunch Time Special: Jacinda in the studio

October 14, 2018

Kia ora tatou, my name is Toby Manhire and this is Gone By Lunchtime Extra, a special marking the first anniversary of that white smoke moment when Winston Peters appointed Jacinda Ardern the pope of New Zealand.

And as luck would have it our guest star on this podcast special is Jacinda Ardern, prime minister of New Zealand, who pope in to the Gone By Lunchtime studio on Wednesday morning.

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I started by asking the PM to cast her mind back to a year ago, the final days of coalition negotiations

Politics podcast: Jacindamania, one year on

October 5, 2018

Team Gone By Lunchtime gathers to discuss the important political issues of the day.

Politics podcast: did Bridges’ spadework turn a little leak into a big hole?

August 29, 2018

Team Gone By Lunchtime gathers to discuss the important political issues of the day, from Clare Curran getting the boot to Party of Five.

Politics podcast: Breaking news, the prime minister had a baby

July 27, 2018

Gone By Lunchtime is not dead, it's just been sleeping. Toby Manhire, Annabelle Lee and Ben Thomas reunify in an emotional podcast

Politics podcast: waka jumping, fuel taxing and rumour mongering

May 11, 2018

Back once again with the renegade bluster, the Gone By Lunchtime team climb many flights of stairs in the cause of NZ political discourse.