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. You can find more politics news at nzherald.co.nz/politics/


February 2, 2023 36 min

Auckland has faced devastating flooding over the last week, but as much attention has been on the response of Mayor Wayne Brown as it has been on the damage. Senior NZ Herald writer David Fisher this week added to the discourse after revealing messages Brown sent tennis colleagues that criticised the media. Fisher joins Georgina Campbell this week to discuss Brown's response to the floods, his leaked messages, and why his respo...

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It has been a hectic and surprising start to the political in New Zealand since Jacinda Ardern's shock resignation as Prime Minister last week. A new PM has already been sworn in, with Chris Hipkins and deputy Carmel Sepuloni now leading the charge for the party to remain in power in October's election.

This week, Thomas is joined by Newstalk ZB political editor Jason Walls to recap their shock at the resignation, what Arde...

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In a shock announcement, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said that she will be stepping down on February 7th. 
This means she will not be standing again as leader of the Labour party, and will not contest the next election. 
Thomas is on the ground in Napier this week covering the Labour and National Party caucuses and was able to share his initial thoughts on the news with The Front Page's Damien Venuto. More analysis - plus...

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Parliament has wrapped for the year and our politicians are on their summer breaks, and it will likely be the only respite they get before the election campaigning gets underway in 2023. 

For the final episode of the year, Thomas is joined by Henry Cooke, author of the Museum Street newsletter to discuss the winners and losers of politics in 2022, and turn an eye towards 2023 and which MPs may go, which may get promoted, and the bi...

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If you’ve struggled to catch your bus on time in recent weeks, you are not alone. A shortage of 800 bus drivers across the country has led to a national public transport crisis, and prompted the chairs of Auckland Transport, Environment Canterbury, and Greater Wellington Regional Council to write to Transport and Immigration Minister Michael Wood urging a review.

This week, Georgina is joined by Greater Wellington Regional Council ...

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The year is nearly over but that's not slowing things down at the Beehive. In a return to the panel discussion, Thomas is joined this week by NZ Herald Wellington business editor Jenee Tibshraeny and Newsroom political editor Jo Moir to discuss the last week in politics, including the ongoing Three Waters debates, Jacinda Ardern's end of year interviews, potential political retirements, the TVNZ-RNZ merger, and how the coun...

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A report into the shady world of political donations has found that many donors enjoy access to politicians in exchange for the money they give to political parties.

Money for Something, a report by Max Rashbrooke and Lisa Marriott into political donations, spoke to eight donors about their reasons for donating to political parties. Donors were granted anonymity in the report, allowing them to speak frankly about what they expected...

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It has been six weeks since Wayne Brown won the Auckland mayoralty, and he has dominated local government headlines since then. He has come in with promises and pledges to shake up the Super City, and has taken aim at the council-controlled organisations, while facing a difficult financial situation. 

In the new monthly edition of On the Tiles: Local Edition, Georgina Campbell talks to NZ Herald Auckland reporter Bernard Orsman, wh...

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Most of us would have noticed that the price of everything has gone up. Interest rates, mortgages and inflation are making headlines daily. The Reserve Bank has been in the spotlight for much of this, with opposition MPs and some commentators blaming the central bank for some of the issues we've seen, and a recent monetary policy review on their policies under Covid has added to that criticism. 

To discuss this, Thomas is joine...

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This weekend will see Labour Party members, MPs and minister - as well as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern - gather in Auckland for the party's annual conference. It has the scene of many dramatic political events in the past, but as the party looks to try and stay in power next year, will it be a quieter affair or 

Thomas is joined by former Labour Party minister, MP and President, Ruth Dyson, to discuss what the conferences are ...

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The votes have been counted across the country, and many cities in New Zealand will have new mayors running things this week. For the final episode of On the Tiles: Local Edition, Georgina Campbell is joined by Thomas Coughlan, Simon Wilson and Michael Sergel to dissect the results in the major cities and what the shakeups mean for them, as well as how things turned out for the country's smaller centres. 

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Thomas Coughlan introduces a guest podcast from Bernard Hickey's The Kākā. Just before local body elections close Hickey speaks to NZ Herald senior writer Simon Wilson about the potential makeup of the new council and the attributes of mayoralty contenders Efeso Collins and Wayne Brown.

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On the sixth episode of On The Tiles - Local Edition, Georgina Campbell has updates on low voter turnout, drama in Auckland's race, and the abuse at debates in Wellington. Newstalk ZB's Pierre Nixon joins the podcast to chat about former National MP Nick Smith's return to politics. Georgina also speaks to Local Government New Zealand President Stuart Crosby about public transport and how councils can get on top of bus c...

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On the fifth episode of On the Tiles - Local Edition, Georgina Campbell has updates on the race in Auckland, Christchurch mayoral candidates are being reminded of the requirements of the job, and pushback from candidates on Three Waters.

Newstalk ZB's Georgia O'Connor-Harding also pops on the pod to discuss one of the hottest contests happening: Invercargill.

Georgia also speaks to Dr Mona Krewel, the director of Victoria U...

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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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