Blighty ripples, immigration debate, and Sir Knight Sir John Sir Key

June 13, 2017

The Gone By Lunchtime team returns, with more hot takes than a jalapeno thief.

In the latest medium-intensity-hitting Spinoff politics podcast, Toby Manhire is joined by Annabelle Lee of The Hui and Ben Thomas of Exceltium to sigh, pontificate and radio-jingle on a range of subjects including a dramatic UK election and what it means for New Zealand, Labour's freshly unveiled immigration policy, the knighting of former PM John Key, the budget (yes, it's been a while) and what's up with Ngapuhi and the crown.

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Eminem, Winston, Willie Jackson, Winston, Brownlee boosting and Winston

May 10, 2017

Gone By Lunchtime stumbles on a new theme tune to accompany Annabelle Lee, Ben Thomas and Toby Manhire's sleepy reflections on weird court rumbles, Māori places on the Labour Party list, Gerry Brownlee's clumsy start as foreign minister, and Winston Peters bursting out of the electoral traps.

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W-Town: an important new podcast about a troubled man stuck in the south

April 13, 2017

In this overdue and mildly anticipated podcast, we traverse the vast savannah of topical political happenings. Bill English's pizza? Yes. The Greens and that magazine cover? We have that. The Little-Hagaman defamation brouhaha. Yes. The Hit and Run non-inquiry. Yup. The already sizzling election battleground in the Maori seats? Also yes, we have that. Renewed calls for an inquiry into abuse in state care? That is another thing we have. A desperate attempt to parrot world-famous podcast S-Town and mysterious hot cross bun scoffing noises? Afraid so.

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Bill’s big super bang-bang, the rise of Jacinda and timeless Winstonian truths

March 6, 2017

In the historic first ever Spinoff Gone By Lunchtime podcast since the arrival of LifeDirect as sponsor of the politics section, we discuss a range of important topical issues, before eventually making it to politics.

On the agenda:

• Bill English announcing a change in superannuation qualifying age a mere 23 years from now;

• the political management of that change;

• calls for an inquiry into abuse in state care;

• Jacinda Ardern's Mt Albert triumph and rise to Labour deputy, the departure of Annette King and the leadership of • Andrew Little (including that kaupapa Māori thing);

• whether the best thing to be in the Green Party today is an old bloke; and

• Are the stars aligning for a storming year for Winston Peters and NZ First?

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Episode 12: How Donald Trump saved Waitangi Day for all New Zealand

February 6, 2017

With a hiss and a roar and an ear-splitting primal scream, the political year is under way.

Annabelle Lee and Ben Thomas join Toby Manhire to chew over the prime minister's Waitangi decision, the $10k Te Tii charge to media and the hotly anticipated Trump-English dog-and-bone. They debate the first couple of months of Bill English's prime ministership and his perceived sluggishness over the Trump visa ban, and weigh up the surprise announcement that Willie Jackson is to be a high-placing Labour list candidate.

Plus: Is Ben Thomas the Liam Gallagher of Gone By Lunchtime? You decide.

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Emergency politics podcast: in DC, Ben Thomas watches Donald Trump become actual president

January 22, 2017

In this special edition of Gone By Lunchtime, we patch in Ben Thomas from Washington DC, where he's been rubbing shoulders among the crowds on Inauguration Day and the manifestly bigger crowds at the Women's March.

It is done: Donald J Trump is the real, actual president of the world's most powerful country. Ben Thomas, PR guy from Exceltium and Gone By Lunchtime regular, had a silver ticket for his spot on the Capitol and was there to breathe it all in. Toby Manhire Skypes him up to hear about the occasion, the speech, the record-setting balderdash of press guy Sean Spicer, and more.

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Episode 10: The Gone By Lunchtime Christmas Party 2016

December 14, 2016

An old year, a new prime minister and a very tired world. Toby Manhire, Annabelle Lee and Ben Thomas bedeck themslves with boughs of holly and size up the winners and losers of the year 2016, and what to expect in the next one.

Ho, ho, ho, really, when you think about it.

Ben and Annabelle sit on Santa's knee and tell him what they make of Bill English so far, struggle to remember the previous PM's name and survey precisely everything that happened in politics in 2016. That covered, they move fearlessly on to what 2017 holds for Winston Peters, Marama Fox, Andrew Little and the rest.

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Emergency podcast! John Key is gone at lunchtime!

December 5, 2016

A gaggle of shell-shocked geese, in the form of Toby Manhire, Ben Thomas and Hayden Donnell, splutter hot-take spittle all over the mid-price microphones in the Spinoff podcast studio. Guest starring Annabelle Thomas and José Barbosa.

John Key, the prime minister of New Zealand, has announced his resignation. He's done. He's had it. He's out. An urgently convened podcast chews over the reasons for his departure, the legacy he'll leave, and who the bejesus is going to come next.

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Episode 8 Farewell to Parata and Cunliffe, hello to PM-for-a-day Bennett

November 2, 2016

Annabelle Lee and Ben Thomas brave the Spinoff stairwell of doom to join Toby Manhire for another Gone By Lunchtime, the hi-energy Zumba workout of political podcasting.

The Spinoff political podcast trio abandon all good sense and attempt to analyse the auditor-general's report into the Saudi sheep farrago and what it means for Murray McCully even before it is published. They fearlessly assess the legacies of exiting MPs Hekia Parata and David Cunliffe, they recall that day last month when Paula Bennett was running the country and the future leadership of the National Party, they ruminate on Mt Roskill byelection "bribes" and they share every thought they can summon about the Max Key scandal.

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Episode 7: mayoral thrills, byelection spills and Aaron Smith’s cublicles

October 11, 2016

In the Spinoff's monthly politics recap, Annabelle Lee and Ben Thomas join Toby Manhire for a power-walk through the topical rain forest.

If you're interested in hearing what Toby, Ben and Annabelle have to say about the local elections, the excitements of Phil Goff, someone called Tana winning the Porirua mayoralty, voter turnout, a byelection in Mt Roskill, the 20th birthday of MMP, the Hobson's Pledge thing, Marama Davidson's Mediterranean cruise or John Key's analysis of Aaron Smith's toilet fucking, then this is the podcast for you.

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