On the Tiles

On the Tiles

Each Friday, NZ Herald Deputy Political Editor 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. And join us every month for a Local Edition episode with Georgina Campbell, looking at the biggest concerns from a local government level. You can find more politics news at nzherald.co.nz/politics/

Episodes

April 18, 2024 29 mins

Councils across the country are grappling with an infrastructure deficit and sky-high rates -but what options are available to them to fund and finance these projects, and how much involvement should central Government have in bailing them out? 

This week, Georgina is joined by New Zealand Infrastructure Commission general manager of strategy Geoff Cooper to discuss the extent of the problem, the questions we need to ask ourselves...

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In a first for On the Tiles, Thomas and Georgina have teamed up for a chat with Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk about his early wins in the portfolio, and a special focus on earthquake risk for buildings and if the Government, and country, needs to change its approach to risk. 

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David Seymour sat down with On the Tiles to talk about his new Reglation Ministry and how the Government handled its first 100 days.

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Grant Robertson has this week left politics, after nearly three decades at the Beehive - first as an advisor to Margaret Hobbs and Helen Clark, before serving as the Wellington Central MP and later Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister.

In an exit interview with Thomas, he reflects on his early career, entering as a MP, twice running for the Labour Party leadership, and goes deep in his reflections on his decisions made durin...

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Barbara Edmonds made history last month when she was named Labour's first ever female finance spokesperson. Stepping into Grant Robertson's shoes, Edmonds has a challenge over the next three years to sell Labour's vision on finance, after years of back and forth on new taxes.

She talks to Thomas about going up against the coalition Government, wealth tax versus capital gains tax, and Labour's record on finance.

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We've made it through the first 100 days of the coalition government - so which ministers have performed well and what policies have stood out? How much money does the country have left? And was Christopher Luxon's living allowance debacle a worrying sign?

Today, Thomas recaps the first 100 days with NZ Herald Wellington business editor Jenee Tibshraeny and Newstalk ZB political editor Jason Walls. 

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Wellington has been divided over the City Council's secret Reading Cinema deal.

The building was closed in early 2019 after an earthquake risk was discovered and it has since become a symbol of the tired state of Courtenay Pl. The council has been working on a $32 million deal behind closed doors but details were leaked late last year, sparking a debate over whether it was appropriate for a cash-strapped council to be funding Read...

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The Government has announced their plans to repeal and replace Labour's Three Waters plans. Georgina is joined by Hamilton Mayor Paula Southgate and Lower Hutt Mayor Campbell Barry to discuss their reactions to the changes, why they want more answers on the Government's plans, and the huge cost likely coming for ratepayers.

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Parliament next week is set to kick-off a marathon four week sitting period, which comes as the coalition government looks to get through the final parts of its 100-day plan - including some pretty big legislation around crime and justice. 

Thomas is joined by Newstalk ZB political editor Jason Walls to discuss what's left of that 100 day target, how Labour is performing in Opposition so far, and PM Christopher Luxon's Waitangi sp...

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In the second instalment of our series on the Treaty of Waitangi / Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the Government's plans, Thomas is joined by University of Auckland sociologist Elizabeth Rata to discuss her views on the Treaty, where it sits as a legal document, and how principles play into this. 

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On the Tiles is back for 2024, and we're kicking off with the story set to dominate over the next year. As the Government prepares to have a debate on the principles of Treaty of Waitangi, Thomas talks with Victoria University of Wellington professor Dr Luke Fitzmaurice-Brown (Te Aupōuri) to discuss what the principles are, the differences between the Treaty and Te Tiriti, and what the consequences of this debate could be. 

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For the last episode of the year, Thomas is joined by NZH Wellington business editor Jenée Tibshraeny and economist Brad Olsen to discuss this week's mini-budget and what it revealed about the state of the economy, and how the National-led government will need to respond. 

New episodes return on January 26th.

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In this special bonus episode, Georgina Campbell runs through the big takeaways from Nicola Willis' 'mini budget' and the Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update. 

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While this may have been the year of Election 2023, there was plenty to digest from local politics around the country. 

From extreme weather in the north and east, to blurred lines between private and public life in the capital, and then perhaps the most attention a southern council has received in decades, there has been a lot going on over the last 12 months. 

To discuss who performed the best, who sullied their mayoral chains,...

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This week, Thomas is joined by former RNZ political editor Jane Patterson as she leaves the Press Gallery. They discuss high and lowlights from her two decades spent at the heart of politics, and discuss how the relationship between media and politicians has changed over that time. 

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After 40 days, New Zealand has a new government. National, Act and NZ First have signed their agreements to form the country's first-ever three-party coalition government. 

So who's deputy Prime Minister, who are the new Ministers, and what are the policy priorities? And NZ Herald politics editor Claire Trevett joins for her analysis on how this will all work.

Host: Hamish Fletcher
Producer: Ethan Sills 

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Thomas Coughlan talks to NZ Herald Wellington Business Editor, Jenée Tibshraeny, and former economics editor Brian Fallow about the challenges Minister of Finance Nicola Willis will have to deal with now she has her hands on the government's books.

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NZ Herald Deputy Political Editor Thomas Coughlan and Newstalk ZB Political Editor Jason Walls are back to discuss the seemingly never-ending wait for a government to be formed.

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Wellington has been home to plenty of drama recently, and Wellington City councillors are about to vote on whether to consult with the public on selling its 34% share in the airport.

NZME's Wellington Head of News, Katrina Bennett, and Newstalk ZB Wellington Breakfast Newsreader and News Director, Max Toll talk to Georgina Campbell about Code of Conduct complaints, claims of a financial crisis, big cuts being proposed, and a left-...

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After three weeks, the final vote count is in, and while some parties have lost seats, others are enjoying their largest caucuses ever. So who's on top and who's having to swallow their campaigning words? NZ Herald political editor Claire Trevett joins to give us the latest.

Host: Hamish Fletcher
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