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.

You can read the print version of this podcast at thespinoff.co.nz - as ever a thousand thanks to our sponsors Flick - click through from any Politics post on the Spinoff and you can snag a sweet, sweet deal.

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. 


Breaking Astoria in Curran affairs

March 28, 2018

Bookended by revelations of sexual assault at a Young Labour summer camp and calls for broadcasting minister Clare Curran's resignation over a curious meeting with RNZ head of news Carol Hirschfeld, March has presented easily the steepest challenges for the new prime minister yet.

Discussing all this, along with the government's big house-building announcement for the Unitec site, turbulence from NZ First, the Green leadership and also other things, are a record high five podders. Spinoff editor Toby Manhire is joined by Exceltium's Ben Thomas, and three editorial executives from the best television programme in New Zealand, The Hui: Annabelle Lee, Waimihia Rose and special guest star Mihingarangi Forbes.


Dawn of the age of Simon Bridges, king of the National Party

February 28, 2018

The GBLT quartet chew over all the leadership changes.

Coruscating analysis of the new leader of New Zealand's biggest parliamentary party. Hot'n'smoky takes. Terrible but melodic puns. All that and more in a new audio content presentation from Annabelle Lee, Ben Thomas, Toby Manhire and a mostly cross Waimihia Rose.