We’re back for the New Year with new takes on the week in Politics.

January 25, 2018

Annabelle Lee, Toby Manhire and Ben Thomas return for the first Gone By Lunchtime of 2018, guest starring a real life baby who reveals all about her encounters with a pregnant Jacinda Ardern. 

Your friendly GBLT content providers return to swelter in an obscenely overheated “studio” to splutter out a word or two on the announcement that Jacinda Ardern will produce a brand new human being in the middle of the year, and the prospects of Winston Peters babysitting the nation.

Also: Ardern’s plans to spend five days at Waitangi, the state of te reo, the revamped “progressive” TPP, employment law reform, whether Bill English wants to be leader of the National Party, the Green co-leader race, and the biggest story of the week: why did Ben quit Twitter?

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The Spinoff presents SUPERPOD 2017

December 19, 2017

To punish you all for being naughty this year, The Spinoff made an unholy mash-up of four of its podcasts.

Join Leonie Hayden, Toby Manhire, Annabelle Lee, Ben Thomas, Duncan Greive, Alex Casey, Michele A’Court and Henry Oliver as they discuss the biggest events of 2017 (and Married At First Sight) in a grotesque rat-king of piping hot takes.

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A completely comprehensive dissection of 2017

December 18, 2017

Jacinda Ardern! Bill English! Metiria Turei! Winston Peters! Those are the names of some people who were in the political news this year. Ben Thomas! Annabelle Lee! Toby Manhire! Those are the names of some people who in the last GBLT of 2017 talk about the people above, and conclusively decide how they got on.

May also contain: emotional tribute to Leighton Smith and awkward exposé of a non-disclosed participant in politician's clutches.

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The first day back at the office blues (feat Paddles content)

November 8, 2017

Annabelle Lee, Ben Thomas, Toby Manhire and the land's favourite baby podcaster discuss an embarrassing start for the new government in parliament, Winston Peters' legal blizzard, the state of the National Party "monster" opposition, and Paddles the cat.

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Politics podcast: A whole new government edition

October 20, 2017

The Gone By Lunchtime team chews over the new government, what it means for Labour, NZ First, the Greens and where it leaves National – and how we got there. Guest starring an exciting new podcasting talent.

With a showmanship to put Dominic Bowden to shame, Winston Peters yesterday took the fate of the next government to the wire, revealing in the deep afternoon (in the evening) that New Zealand First would support Labour over National, and crowning Jacinda Ardern as the next prime minister.

Toby Manhire, Annabelle Lee, Ben Thomas and a very special three-week old guest recap the events, and weigh up the implications for Ardern's Labour Party, Peters' NZ First and the supporting Green Party led by James Shaw.

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A post-election special feat. some more predictions

September 26, 2017

The 2017 election took place on Saturday but in reality it may never end. It's all around us, it's in us, it is us. The Gone By Lunchtime team* react in the appropriate way by dissecting it and making more definitely correct predictions of the future.

*Toby Manhire is currently away in an undisclosed location being indoctrinated by a foreign power, so The Spinoff editor Duncan Greive joins Ben Thomas and Annabelle Lee to discuss the small matter of the 2017 election. They farewell the Māori party, discuss the weird situation where all four main parties were plausible winners on the night and lay their predictions down for the next government...

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Our 100% correct predictions for election 2017

September 21, 2017

Has the Jacindaphoria evaporated? Who won the last debate? Are National's attack lines defensible? What happened to NZ First? Who will win the election? The Gone By Lunchtime team fearlessly answer these questions with definitive and irrefutable opinions.

We're leaving together. But still it's farewell. And maybe we'll come back, To earth, who can tell? I guess there is no one to blame, We're leaving ground (leaving ground). Will things ever be the same again?

It's the final countdown, and Ben Thomas, Annabelle Lee and Toby Manhire meet again, in the politics podcast that was around long before every fucker was doing a politics podcast, to chew the juicy fat of an extraordinary campaign. Listen as they debate the legitimacy of Steven Joyce's tactics. Gasp as they probe Bill English's eyelines. Weep as they quite literally carve open their hearts and let the truth spill out.

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SPECIAL EPISODE: The 1st Spinoff Great Election Debate

September 13, 2017

DEBATE SPECIAL: Relive the historic first ever Spinoff Great Debate, featuring Paula Bennett, Kelvin Davis, Marama Davidson, Shane Jones, Marama Fox, David Seymour & Gareth Morgan, with Toby Manhire, Leonie Hayden and Simon Wilson

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A dramatic and devastating podcast with 10 days to go

September 13, 2017

The Spinoff presents its exclusive poll of the opinions of Annabelle Lee, Ben Thomas and Toby Manhire as New Zealanders flock to vote in chilled out Election 2017.

Toby Manhire welcomes Annabelle Lee of The Hui, Ben Thomas of Exceltium, and the spirit of Newstalk ZB legend Leighton Smith into the penultimate Gone By Lunchtime pod before voting day.

On the agenda: the gobsmacking Newshub poll, whether National's campaign is working after all, Labour's tax pickle, the Greens' encounter with catastrophe, and the fortunes of the Māori Party. Also Gareth Morgan revs past on a motorbike, probably.

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Fire in the debate disco, fiscal holes and child poverty surprises

September 5, 2017

Annabelle Lee, Ben Thomas and Toby Manhire weigh up the first big Bill English v Jacinda Ardern clashes, the shock National target on child poverty, the claims of a massive hole in Labour's numbers and the poll convulsions. 

Advance voting opens on Monday, and election day is less than three weeks away. Burning hot with debate fever, the Spinoff Gone By Lunchtimers take stock.

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