On the Tiles

On the Tiles

Each Friday, NZ Herald Senior Political Reporter Thomas Coughlan covers off the biggest political news in New Zealand, going behind the headlines and giving the inside perspective direct from the Beehive, featuring interviews with politicians, press gallery reporters and economic and political experts. You can find more politics news at nzherald.co.nz/politics/

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September 23, 2022 39 min

Housing has been a hot topic in New Zealand for years, but things have heated up in recent weeks as house prices have dropped, highlighting just how high prices have gone, and making many wonder how low they could go.

The uncertainty around the local housing market has been such a hot topic, the new Housing Technical Working Group made up of members from the Reserve Bank, Treasury and Ministry for Housing and Urban Development has ...

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On the fourth episode of On the Tiles - Local Edition, Georgina Campbell updates on some major polls concerning the races in Wellington and Christchurch, while Auckland sees a big change in its race. She then speaks with NZ Herald political reporter Michael Neilson about the Māori wards that have been introduced this year, and NZME Taupō editor Daniel Hutchinson to discuss the race that's seen Mayor and Deputy Mayor go head to ...

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On the third episode of On the Tiles - Local Edition, Georgina Campbell updates on what's happened on the campaign trail this week, and points out a common problem with mayoral promises before elections. She then speaks with NZ Herald's Simon Wilson to explain what rates are and why promises to cut them are damaging for councils, and talks to Otago Daily Times Queenstown Burea Chief Tracey Roxburgh about the race for Queens...

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On this week's episode, Thomas is joined by former NZ political reporter Henry Cooke to discuss the new UK Prime Minister, Liz Truss, after her appointment to the role earlier this week. They discuss the long leadership challenge leading here, the challenges facing Truss, and Cooke shares his experiences with the cost of living crisis hitting the UK.

The episode was recorded prior to the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, and Thoma...

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On the second episode of On the Tiles - Local Edition, Georgina Campbell gives highlights on how some of the major mayoral campaigns are going, before talking to National's housing spokesman Chris Bishop to discuss the housing crisis. It's a contentious topic that could influence many voters, including in Rotorua and its newly dubbed 'MSD Mile' - but Local Democracy Reporter Felix Desmarais explains why mayoral prom...

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It's a new month and a new season, and many politicians will be hoping to shake off the drama that dominated August.

On this week's episode, Thomas is joined by Newstalk ZB deputy political editor Jason Walls to discuss the biggest stories to hit politics in the last month, from the Sam Uffindell scandal that kickstarted things, to the KiwiSaver GST changes that sparked 24 hours of chaos for Labour. 

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On the first episode of On the Tiles - Local Edition, Georgina Campbell runs through the biggest stories in local elections over the last week, before taking a deep dive with Thomas Coughlan on Three Waters and if council candidates can stop or change things, and chats to Local Democracy Reporter Susan Botting about the race in Whangarei and why Northland is due for some big changes post the election. 

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Local elections are getting underway soon, and the New Zealand Herald are to help you make informed choices. For the next six weeks, join NZ Herald Wellington issues reporter Georgina Campbell as she takes you through the biggest races and issues happening in local elections this year. First episode out August 30th. 

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James Shaw is best known to many as the Climate Change Minister and the co-leader of the Green Party - but he can't use that title at the moment, after a vote from Green Party delegates saw the position opened up. While Shaw is the only candidate going for the position, it has surprised many outside of the Greens.

In his first long-form interview about the challenge, James Shaw joins Thomas to discuss what happened and how he f...

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The idea of Act returning to having a double-digit caucus in Parliament seemed unlikely only a few years ago - but current polling is showing that not only will it likely repeat next year, but that Act will be in a position to form a coalition with National.

So why is the party doing so well, particularly when minor parties have struggled in recent decades? And what would Act want should National need them to govern?

Act leader Dav...

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The National Party is heading to Christchurch this weekend for the party's annual conference, which will by the first for leader Christopher Luxon after replacing Judith Collins last year. The conference will be a major one for National after several years of tension and changing leaders, with a new party president also due to be elected.

Will this conference be a quiet show of solidarity, or will it be remembered for all the w...

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The Reserve Bank is rarely out of the headlines, but the spotlight on the country's central bank has burned brighter than normal during the Covid-19 pandemic. A report out this week has criticised the bank's monetary policy, particularly the money printing, during the pandemic. It has led to National joining calls for an independent review into the review.

This week, Thomas is joined by NZ Herald Wellington Business Editor ...

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Now that politicians have been able to leave the country to grow diplomatic connections for quite a while, what have they been doing?

In recent times Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been on trips to Singapore, Japan, the US, Spain, Belgium, the UK, Fiji, and twice to Australia. International jet setting still has its issues, with many of the travelling press gallery catching Covid-19 while covering the Pacific Islands Forum

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This week, the Government announced a Cabinet reshuffle, set off by the retirements of Kris Faafoi and Trevor Mallard, and changing the Police Minister portfolio away from Poto Williams. Putting quibbles over the "minor" reshuffle, as it was flagged, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that a bigger reshuffle is set to come next year to gear up for the election.

Today, Thomas is joined by Hayden Munro, former Labour staffer ...

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The final results in the Australian federal election have been tallied, given Anthony Albanese and his Labor Party a majority government. But what are the priorities for the new Australian government, what lessons can the ousted Coalition learn, and what does the seismic shift in Aussie politics mean for New Zealand?

Australian Associated Press New Zealand correspondent Ben McKay joins Thomas to discuss the big takeaways from the e...

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In the wake of the $6 billion, 2170 + page Budget revealed on Thursday, this week Thomas is joined by Wellington business editor Jenee Tibshraeny and Newstalk ZB chief political report Jason Walls to dissect the finer details announced by Finance Minister Grant Robertson. 

What policy did Treasury recommend against? What will this mean for house prices and inflation? What policy are the key shareholders not in support of? And i...

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There's just under a week to go until Finance Minister Grant Robertson unveils his fifth Budget. To discuss what they hope to see next week, and what they hope doesn't get included, Thomas chats with economists Craig Renney and Eric Cramption.

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Labour MP Rachel Brooking has the unusual distinction of having reviewed the RMA and its replacement twice in the space of two years.
She was appointed to the Government's review of the RMA in Labour's first term. She later became a candidate and an MP for Labour. She's now on the Environment Committee, where she's involved in scrutinising the new RMA legislation.
This week, she speaks to Thomas Coughlan on On The Til...

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Easter celebrates the resurrection - and a politician who has been resurrected more times than most is former National leader Judith Collins. In an almost biblical career, she's been demoted, re-promoted, and eventually elevated to the party leadership - a job she described as "hell" and lost in a brutal no-confidence vote.

In an exclusive, long-form interview with Thomas Coughlan, Collins elaborates on why she never wa...

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Nicola Willis had an interesting road to Parliament - after spending over a decade as a staffer to different members of the National Party, she very nearly got into Parliament in 2017 before the final results saw her just miss out. Coming in a few months later off the back of several resignations, Willis has skyrocketed to the top, becoming Deputy Leader at the end of 2021 - and now holding the prime finance portfolio her once boss...

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