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Guyon Espiner, Lisa Owen, Tim Watkin and Scott Campbell guide you through the maze of politics to Election 2020, with frank and forthright discussion.
Oct 21, 2020
Explaining The Red Tide: Kiwis hug Jacinda back as Labour breaks records
The crew open their envelopes and reveal their picks, as they make sense of Labour's govern-alone victory, National's much-needed rebuild, the return of te Pati Maori and the Greens' delight in the face of powerlessness
Oct 14, 2020
Wealth, weight, winners and the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard
Two days out, we hear surprise calls on wealth taxes and obesity and the Caucus crew debate the seats to watch, highs and lows, winners and losers. And we put our picks in an envelope.
Oct 7, 2020
Collins & Peters on thin ice as Ardern finds her feet
The New Zealand First Foundation in court, Judith Collins pays a price on Ponsonby Rd, Jacinda Ardern finds some form & a chance for Te Pati Maori.
Sep 30, 2020
Collins goes vote plucking, while Peters makes 'last stand'
Caucus rates a fired-up leaders' debate as Collins looks to bring voters 'home', while Winston Peters rages as he's 'exonerated'.
Sep 23, 2020
Sending out the political assassins as National shoots itself in the foot
With eight days, 18 hours, two minutes and 10 seconds until voting starts, party leaders are calling up hit-jobs as they scrap for their political lives. Plus, the debate debacles, ACT's rise and National's steady run of own goals.
Sep 16, 2020
Gulliver's Election... and is Labour angling to govern alone?
Welcome to the recession, with giant debt, spending and unemployment that make previous campaigns look like Lilliput. How are New Zealand First are trying to recover & does Labour really want to govern alone?
Sep 9, 2020
Timid tax, debating debates and say hello to Kinder Collins
Labour's tax policy is tentative, but is it also 'right for right now'? And is it negotiable? Judith Collins' policy releases point to less Crusher, more Kinder. Plus, how to mess up TV debates and the Matariki mood.
Sep 2, 2020
The naughty prefect and the 'single source of truth'
Greens leader James Shaw has been under the cosh for his Green School decision, but what's going on behind the scenes and will it cost votes? Social media rears it's sulky head, vaccination lies and debate over 'the single source of truth'. Plus, is Winston Peters in cabinet or not?
Aug 26, 2020
Lockdown let-downs, leg-ups & two swing seats
As Auckland struggles through a "tricky" extended lockdown, who are the political winners & losers? We debate covid fatigue, who's won from the wage subsidies (hint: not women) and two up-for-grabs electorates - Ōhāriu and Whanganui.
Aug 19, 2020
Test fail: Is Labour bordering on trouble?
Parties try to look tough as border policies are rolled out, Labour fails its testing test and what are the implications of delaying the election?
Aug 12, 2020
'Didn't that escalate quickly?'
What impact will the return of Covid in the community have on Election 2020? Plus Gerry Brownlee's conspiracies, Labour's Ardern-astic launch, and Merv & Mellow in Auckland Central
Aug 5, 2020
This election is brought to you by the letter C
Caucus returns for Election 2020 talking about the state of the parties, Covid debt and problems with our political culture.
Jul 20, 2020
We're Coming Back
The election's getting close and that can only mean one thing… Caucus is coming back. Presented by Guyon Espiner, Lisa Owen, Tim Watkin and Scott Campbell.
Sep 27, 2017
Coalition 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 the parties.
Sep 20, 2017
How 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
Sep 13, 2017
Tax 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
Sep 6, 2017
The 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.
Aug 30, 2017
Where'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
Aug 23, 2017
Everybody 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.
Aug 16, 2017
Aus 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.
Aug 9, 2017
How 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?
Aug 2, 2017
The 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?
Jul 26, 2017
Dirty(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.
Jul 19, 2017
Tax & 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!).
Jul 12, 2017
Fighting 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.
Jul 6, 2017
Coalition 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.