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Warcast #9: Real-life mayor Phil Goff on *that* headline + how to fix the housing crisis

Mayor Phil Goff joins Millennial wastrel Hayden Donnell and Metro editor-at-large Simon Wilson to talk about the housing crisis, council culture, *that* headline, and whether we should jail all Boomers.

Warcast #8: Chlöe Swarbrick and Richard Hills tell all about our shitty voting system

Two of the best young election candidates in Auckland join Hayden Donnell to talk cycle helmets, our terrible voting system, and election intrigue on the North Shore.

Warcast #7: Jacinda Ardern, Leonie Hayden, and a rant about Mike Lee

Why did we endorse Not Mike Lee? We explain our controversial decision and talk housing, elections and potential mayors with a pair of all-star guests.

Warcast #6: Generation Zero expose the good and terrible council candidates

In fits of democratic exhilaration, Gen Zero and the Auckland war bunker celebrate the start of the Auckland local elections, and explain their imperious plans to tell you how to vote.

Warcast #5: Julie Anne Genter and Matt Blog fix Auckland transport

Trains! Expressways! Parking! The Greens' transport expert and Matt Lowrie, Transport Blog's super genius join us in the pod. Plus: we get David Farrier on the phone to apologise for last week's debacle

Warcast #4: real-life cabinet minister Nikki Kaye and shock council superhero Bill Cashmore

Polling expertise from David Farrir and insightful chats on the mayoral race, the council budget and tensions between the government and Super City. All that and more on the latest War for Auckland podcast.

Warcast #3: Unitary Plan hero Penny Hulse reveals all about urban density, shock rift with Len

In the third Earth-shattering installment of the Spinoff’s recently renamed Warcast, we talk to Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse about the Unitary Plan, the Auckland mayoral candidates, and why she got upset with Mayor Len Brown.

Who is Bill Cashmore, Auckland’s new deputy mayor?

The King of Clevedon, the Franklin guvnor: Bill Cashmore is to be Goff's No 2 at Auckland Council. The National-Party-supporting councillor popped into Spinoff HQ a few weeks back. Here's what he told us.

The War for Auckland is over! Here’s who won what…

You won’t believe who’s won the Auckland mayoralty race (you will), and all the other outcomes of interest.

Spin Cycle: The Spinoff’s best recent letters and feedback

Readers' responses on Māui and Moana, millennials and Mike Lee – and one powerful first-person essay.

Spin Cycle: Comment and feedback, week of 29 August 2016

Last week's best letters, comments and complaints.

Exclusive: new Spinoff/SSI poll shows Phil Goff with huge lead in Auckland mayoral race

A survey commissioned for the Spinoff's War for Auckland pop-up site puts the Labour MP well in front of his nearest rival, Vic Crone, just weeks out from voting. But many remain undecided.

‘Strap them on and get a bit braver’ – Penny Hulse’s advice to would-be Mayor Phil Goff

Deputy mayor and Unitary Plan hero Penny Hulse has told the Spinoff she is 'vaguely uninspired' by the candidates for the Auckland mayoralty, saying she's waiting to hear some 'genuine vision'.

Ultimate power ranks! Auckland’s staggeringly competent and outlandishly incompetent local politicians

Who smashes their opponents with the biggest plan amendments? Who has the most insanely sensible policy platforms? We power ranked all Auckland's councillors ahead of this week's Unitary Plan hearings.