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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.

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Explaining The Red Tide: Kiwis hug Jacinda back as Labour breaks records

October 22nd, 2020


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

Wealth, weight, winners and the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard

October 15th, 2020


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.

Collins & Peters on thin ice as Ardern finds her feet

October 8th, 2020


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 …

Collins goes vote plucking, while Peters makes 'last stand'

October 1st, 2020


Caucus rates a fired-up leaders' debate as Collins looks to bring voters 'home', while Winston Peters rages as he's 'exonerated'.

Sending out the political assassins as National shoots itself in the foot

September 24th, 2020


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 …

Gulliver's Election... and is Labour angling to govern alone?

September 17th, 2020


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?

Timid tax, debating debates and say hello to Kinder Collins

September 10th, 2020


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, …

The naughty prefect and the 'single source of truth'

September 3rd, 2020


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 …

Lockdown let-downs, leg-ups & two swing seats

August 27th, 2020


As Auckland struggles through a "tricky" extended lockdown, who are the political winners & losers? We debate covid fatigue, who's won from the …

Test fail: Is Labour bordering on trouble?

August 20th, 2020


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?

'Didn't that escalate quickly?'

August 13th, 2020


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

This election is brought to you by the letter C

August 6th, 2020


Caucus returns for Election 2020 talking about the state of the parties, Covid debt and problems with our political culture.

We're Coming Back

July 21st, 2020


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.

Coalition negotiations, THAT press conference & the supermarket dash

September 27th, 2017


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 …

How to win elections & influence things

September 20th, 2017


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 …

Tax attacks & the price of Winston

September 14th, 2017


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 …

The truth hole, debates in the dock & what a government looks like

September 6th, 2017


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.

Where's Winston: Super stuff-ups & inside the leaders debates

August 30th, 2017


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 …

Everybody was PREFU fighting...

August 24th, 2017


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.

Aus Wars, The Empire Taxes Back & The Return of the Parker

August 17th, 2017


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.

How Metiria Turei saved the Labour Party

August 9th, 2017


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? 

The Jacinda Effect: What’s really changed?

August 2nd, 2017


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?

Dirty(ish) deals, the nerdy truth about immigration & poverty… & more Metiria

July 26th, 2017


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 …

Tax & spend, Māori seats and the confessions of a co-leader

July 19th, 2017


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' …

Fighting for families and the Greens' secondary explosive device

July 12th, 2017


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 …

Coalition building and bashing

July 6th, 2017


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 …

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