RNZ: Caucus

13 EpisodesProduced by RNZ

Guyon Espiner, Lisa Owen and Tim Watkin guide you through the maze of politics to Election 2017, with frank and forthright discussion.

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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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