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Gone By Lunchtime

A New Zealand politics podcast hosted by The Spinoff's Toby Manhire with Annabelle Lee-Mather and Ben Thomas. See for privacy and opt-out information.

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Dec 1 • 37:54

In a Gone By Lunchtime exclusive the identity of the new National Party leader can finally be revealed. Who is Christopher Luxon, what kind of job does he have in front of him now, how has he performed in his first 24 hours as leader of the opposition, is Nicola Willis a good choice as deputy, will we see any signs of Luxonmania at the polls – and what now for Judith Colli...

Who wants to lead the National Party next?

Nov 25 • 51:12

Judith Collins is out as leader of the opposition after a spectacularly messy 24 hours of politics. But who’ll replace her? And what about all the other quite important things this saga has overshadowed? The Gone By Lunchtime team assembles for an emergency edition of the podcast....

Ordinary Kiwi Christmas

Nov 16 • 59:10

Gone By Lunchtime is back in the socially distanced studio this week and the vibe is roughly akin to a Peter Sinclair hosted TVNZ panel show from the 1970s. Topics of conversation include the changes to borders, restrictions, mandates, numbers (both vaccine and poll), Kiwi Christmas and how Annabelle’s house is being reclaimed by local pigeons....

Traffic lights

Oct 26 • 52:19

Podathon 2021

Oct 12 • 46:09

Annabelle, Ben and Toby spend 24 hours Zorbing the length of the country in the cause of vaccination and political commentary. On the agenda: what comes after elimination, the vaccine rollout, and MMP at 25....

Every Covid plan reviewed

Sep 29 • 38:07

New Zealand’s main opposition parties (and Sir John Key) have released their master plans for what to do about Covid-19 in the past week. Toby, Annabelle and Ben weigh them up in this late night lockdown edition of Gone By Lunchtime. Also: vaccination rates, MIQ, air-fryers....

The unofficial epidemic response committee

Sep 15 • 52:10

Annabelle, Ben and Toby set their Zoom backgrounds to Wānaka, take on the role of the official opposition, and ask how long Judith Collins can survive – all while defeating delta with nothing but celery and refried beans....

Judith's Wednesday wobbly and David's terrible tweet

Sep 8 • 47:52

From deep within the level four fortress, Toby, Annabelle and Ben discuss a terrorist attack in Auckland, what's next in the Covid response, and Judith Collins losing the plot. Plus: wtf was David Seymour thinking?...

Another late night lockdown extravaganza

Aug 25 • 35:19

The Gone By Lunchtime team enters the second week of lockdown with another late night Zoom edition of the pod. In this episode: vaccines, tests, case numbers, locations of interest, elimination strategy, the border, The Croods....

Lullabies for the team of five million

Aug 19 • 39:10

Less than 24 hours into level four, the Gone By Lunchtime team assembles over Zoom for one of their famed late night lockdown pods. On this episode: the inevitable return of Covid in the community, the Skegg report, vaccine hesitancy, Afghanistan, Winston Peters and a snub from Simon Bridges....

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