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Guyon Espiner, Lisa Owen and Tim Watkin guide you through the maze of politics to Election 2017, with frank and forthright discussion.
||CleanCoalition negotiations, THAT press conference & the supermarket dash||In our 13th Caucus, it's negotiation time. So we look at Winston Peters' post-election posturing, 'constitutional conventions' and what New Zealand First needs from the next three years. Plus, we unpack the election results and what they mean for||27 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to win elections & influence things||In our 12th Caucus, we make the big calls two days from E-Day. What are the scenarios that could lead to forming a government, a last look at the polls & debates, & our highs and lows from the campaign||20 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTax attacks & the price of Winston||In this week's Caucus, Lisa Owen, Tim Watkin and Guyon Espiner discuss the fallout from Labour's sudden tax u-turn, the volatility of polls and the cost and bottom-lines of Winston Peters||13 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe truth hole, debates in the dock & what a government looks like||In the 10th episode of Caucus, the podcast team discuss why both National and Labour seem to be having trouble with their sums, and why it's time to ask the minor parties what they really want.||6 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhere's Winston: Super stuff-ups & inside the leaders debates||In our ninth Caucus, it's all about Winston - his Super spin, bottom lines and how he chooses coalition partners. But it's also about the scrap for the family vote and what it's really like behind the scenes at a leaders debate||30 8 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEverybody was PREFU fighting...||This week, Lisa, Tim and Guyon on how PREFU has changed the campaign, how Dunne's departure may signal a changing of the generations, and how the minor parties want to change the conversation.||23 8 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAus Wars, The Empire Taxes Back & The Return of the Parker||This week, National starts its fight back as Bill English goes to boot camp, Jacinda Ardern negotiates her first international stoush and Grant Robertson opens the door to a Capital Gains Tax.||16 8 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Metiria Turei saved the Labour Party||In this week's Caucus, the team discuss the Green Party strategy that may have (inadvertently) saved Labour. Was it OK to put Metiria Turei under such scrutiny? What next for the Greens?||9 8 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Jacinda Effect: What’s really changed?||In this week's Caucus, it's all about Jacinda. Labour's late leadership change has turned Election 17 on its head. But can Labour seize the moment and how will other parties respond?||2 8 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDirty(ish) deals, the nerdy truth about immigration & poverty… & more Metiria||In the fourth episode of Caucus, Guyon Espiner, Lisa Owen and Tim Watkin discuss Bill English's Epsom and Ohariu urges, whether the Greens are losing control, the link between New Zealand First's vote and immigration, plus the Perry incomes report||26 7 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTax & spend, Māori seats and the confessions of a co-leader||In our third Caucus, Labour's fiscals, Winston's growing spending tab, who wants the Māori seats, what a Green Party voter looks like and whether it's OK for Metiria Turei to have deceived WINZ (oh, and the Greens' actual family policy!).||19 7 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFighting for families and the Greens' secondary explosive device||In our second Caucus meeting, we talk about Barry Coates being "nuanced when he should have been unequivocal" on coalition agreements, as well as the battle over National and Labour's families packages.||12 7 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCoalition building and bashing||In the first episode of Caucus, the team discuss who's making nice with whom, the return of Shane Jones, a Greens apology, Todd Barclay implications and Māori Party-Labour fisticuffs.||6 7 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
I'm pretty vested politically which often leaves me suspicious of the motivations of political commentators. It seems very strange to be so interested in politics without holding a political position. But I found myself really enjoyed this show for precisely that reason. It wasn't the standard model of a moderator setting up a argument between left wing / progressive and a right wing / conservative. All three were informed, objective and without agendas. A enjoyable and thoughtful listen.
Short, sharp and serious analysis
Just the thing NZ needs leading up to an election. Great job RNZ!
So great to have a weekly NZ politics podcast