Our commentators make sense of the week in politics
Political commentators Mills & Thomas22/08/2021 Duration: 21min
Stephen, Ben and Kathryn talk about whether the health system is anywhere near prepared to cope with the Delta strain, 18 months since pandemic surfaced here, and the scramble to get more New Zealanders vaccinated and tested. They also discuss Sir Michael Cullen's legacy.
Political commentators Jones & Thomas15/08/2021 Duration: 22min
Neale and Ben discuss the government's plan to gradually re-open the borders, the power outages last week the the fall out from that, and what will New Zealand take to the next global climate change meeting in Glasgow? Neale Jones was Chief of Staff to Labour Leader Jacinda Ardern, and prior to that was Chief of Staff to Andrew Little. He is the director of Capital Government Relations. Ben Thomas is a PR consultant and a former National Government press secretary.
Politics: Nats unity challenged by gay conversion vote08/08/2021 Duration: 31min
Neale and Brigitte join Kathryn to look at the National Party's annual conference at the weekend, with Peter Goodfellow retaining his job as president and the Young Nats turning on the party over its bulk vote against the proposed ban on gay conversion therapy. Where does this leave Judith Collins' desire for unity in the party? An announcement on the 'road map' out of Covid is due this week - how much is riding on this? And is the government backpedaling on the cycling bridge - was it ever a real prospect? Neale Jones was Chief of Staff to Labour Leader Jacinda Ardern, and prior to that was Chief of Staff to Andrew Little. He is the director of Capital Government Relations. Brigitte Morten is a director with public and commercial law firm Franks & Ogilvie and a former senior ministerial advisor for the previous National-led government.