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Party People

12 EpisodesProduced by RNZWebsite

NEW SEASON. Rowdier than the debating chamber at question time, Party People places a Māori lens on politics, politicians and their parties. Public Interest Journalism funded through NZOA.

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Season 2 | Bonus Episode - National Party bust up: 26th November 2021

November 25th, 2021


Burning down the house! In this special episode, Party People delves into the National Party leadership bust up and discuss the possible contenders.

Season 2 | Episode 3: 23rd November 2021 - Party People

November 23rd, 2021


101 days into lockdown our Party People share their views on the latest covid developments, the National Party leadership and the wāhine Māori taking a run at the Wellington Mayoralty. 

Season 2 | Episode 2: 16th November 2021 - Party People

November 16th, 2021


Tau, Shane and Mihingarangi debate the latest political polls, delta decisions and housing intensification.

Season 2 | Episode 1: 9th November 2021 - Party People

November 9th, 2021


Party People returns with a deep dive into the government’s Delta response and Mihingarangi, Tau and Shane dip their toes into the Three Waters reform.

Season 1 | Episode 7: Te Whakatau - The People have spoken

October 27th, 2020


Our Haati Paati People - Shane Te Pou and Tau Henare, join Mihi Forbes to discuss the election results, some were hotter than Pohutu geyser in …

Season 1 | Episode 6: Ngā Matapae - Final Predictions

October 15th, 2020


Our Haati Paati People - Shane Te Pou and Tau Henare, join Mihi Forbes and give us some great Māori political insights in the run up to the …

Season 1 | Episode 5: Ngā Tūru o te Wiki - Māori standing in General Seats

October 9th, 2020


It's the final week before voting closes -  Our Party People look at Māori candidates who aren't standing in the seven Māori seats, there are a range of clever and competent Māori candidates running across the …

Season 1 | Episode 4: Debates, Polls, Te Tūru o te Wiki - Te Tai Tonga

October 2nd, 2020


Te Tai Tonga is Aotearoa's biggest electorate, it spans several islands, Te Wai Pounamu, Rēkohu and Wharekauri, with a side order of Wellington and a chunk of Lower Hutt. Join the party and listen.

Season 1 | Episode 3: Debates and Te Turu o te Wiki - Waiariki and Ikaroa Rāwhiti

September 27th, 2020


Election campaigning is now in full swing, our Party People tell us who they thought did well in the political debates this week, including who they …

Season 1 | Episode 2: Te Tūru o te Wiki - Te Tai Tokerau - 20th September 2020 - Party People

September 20th, 2020


Ko te wiki o te reo Māori - it's Māori language week - our Party People discuss how important reo Māori is to their whānau, and the government's …

Season 1 | Episode 1: Te Tūru o te Wiki - Tāmaki Makaurau - 13th September 2020 - Party People

September 13th, 2020


It’s been called the Covid Election – delayed by coronavirus, with the country fighting a deadly pandemic, making radical changes to how we live our lives, adjusting our tikanga on the fly to cope to keep …

Trailer: Introducing Party People - Listen on

September 10th, 2020


Political battle lines have been drawn, former MP Tau Henare and political commentator Shane Te Pou have dug in for the campaign. Listen to the …

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