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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
September 6, 2016
What will Annabelle Lee do when she sees the Labour leader nude on a rug? How will elitist lickspittle Ben Thomas insult Winston Peters? How much fake cocaine will Toby Manhire snort? All these questions answered in a new Gone By Lunchtime.
The Spinoff's unrivalled monthly politics podcast returns with a deep audio dive into the pool of truth. Joining Toby Manhire are journo-turned-political-adviser-turned-PR-flak Ben Thomas and Annabelle Lee, the boss of everyone at the country's leading current affairs television programme, The Hui.
On the agenda: sushi, Winston Peters, cocaine, Andrew Little on a rug, runaway Labour staff, runaway Kevin Hague, Winston Peters, the Maori King and Labour, Tuku Morgan, Winston Peters, John Key descending on the UN, Winston Peters and Winston Peters.
August 3, 2016
Parliament may be enjoying the longest recess of all time but the Spinoff's Gone By Lunchtime podcast is 100% sitting, friends. Joining Toby Manhire in the futuristic audio-pod are Annabelle Lee and Ben Thomas
Among the fat being chewed: Auckland Unitary Plan adventure (but only briefly; if you like that sort of thing, there's more UP-podding here), the Māori Party utu-treachery-treason over Helen Clark's bid for the UN top job, the prospects of Māori-Mana Party unity breaking out, Todd McClay's apology to the PM over steel and kiwifruit and that so-called "trade war" with China, Saudi sheep, (non) legal threats and Murray McCully, and the David Bain (non) compensation.
June 28, 2016
By Jove, it's only the hotly anticipated return of Gone By Lunchtime, the Spinoff's epoch-defining politics pod with Annabelle Lee, Ben Thomas and Toby Manhire
The Gone By Lunchtime podcast team has been roused from its slumber to fearlessly tackle the big political topics of the day/week/month/etc.
Equipped with nothing but Lemsip, ginger beer, some decidedly odd tasting strawberry champagne flavoured Tim Tams and their cold-addled wit, Spinoff politics editor Toby Manhire, The Hui producer Annabelle Lee and Exceltium man Ben Thomas talk Brexit, Winston Peters, Paula Bennett under pressure over housing, Te Puea Marae, Simon Bridges, Hone Harawira's return, the Shewan review of trust laws, and the Lindauer paintings on shower curtains.
May 27, 2016
Going off like a frog in a sock, the third edition of the Spinoff politics pod, featuring Annabelle Lee and Ben Thomas with Toby Manhire
A brand new Gone By Lunchtime is here – unless you’re reading this some time in the future, in which case it will no longer be brand new. On the slate: John Key, the Panama Papers, and a U-turn on reviewing foreign trusts; the continuing struggles of NZ Labour Party as it approaches its 100th birthday; and Helen Clark’s campaign to become the secretary general of the United Nations: not as universally popular in New Zealand as some seem to think.
All that, along with ruminations on the craft beer scene and songs about special rapporteurs and changing nappies, on Gone By Lunchtime.