Guyon Espiner

Guyon Espiner is a political journalist and presenter of Radio NZ's Morning Report.

Politics
May 25, 2019

Life in the long shadow of Pharmac

Guyon Espiner reveals how lung cancer patients are buying cut-price drugs from India, as other New Zealanders fundraise, petition and apply for clinical trials to access medications Pharmac won't fund.

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Media
May 1, 2019

Guyon Espiner: These are the things I won’t apologise for

Lying in hospital last September I had one of those moments. What do I really want to be doing with my career?

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Politics
Apr 17, 2019

Simon Bridges is out of luck, and National is running out of reasons to keep him

The question is: could another National MP do better, writes Guyon Espiner

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Society
Mar 17, 2019

A plague has blown into Christchurch. Or was it here all along?

Christchurch seemed like a place where nothing happened, writes Guyon Espiner for RNZ. Now, an offshore horror has wormed its way in – or perhaps it was here all along. 

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Politics
Mar 13, 2019

Shaney Bill Williams plays offside in attack on journalist

Shane Jones has compared himself to one of NZ's top sportsmen and launched a bizarre 'bunny boiler' slur on a journalist

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Politics
Feb 27, 2019

Labour is buckling on capital gains tax. So much for transformational.

It's our job to be fair, went the old ad campaign from the IRD. It's my job to be kind, goes the on brand message from the Prime Minister. So we're heading for a kinder and fairer tax system then? Guyon Espiner, writing for RNZ, is skeptical.

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Politics
Feb 13, 2019

The polling circus is entertaining, but not what matters most in 2019

For a government promising "a year of delivery", Ardern's team has begun in something of a defensive crouch, writes Guyon Espiner for RNZ

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Politics
Dec 19, 2018

Rottweiler Guyon Espiner turns into a cuddly puppy, praises politicians

Espiner reviews the year, and lays out the challenges for the parties in 2019

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Politics
Nov 28, 2018

New Zealand wants to be a ‘bridge’ to China? Careful we don’t get walked over

When it comes to tension between the US and China, National and Labour are on the same side – the fence. Guyon Espiner examines a foreign policy that tries to have it both ways. 

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Politics
Nov 14, 2018

The National Party has a big problem. And it’s not the leader

The opposition's problem is not Simon Bridges' performance, it's not the party losing faith and it's not even a fallen MP raising merry hell

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Politics
Oct 31, 2018

Housing crisis reality overshadows Labour’s KiwiBuild dream

A striking indication of where the Ardern-led government's focus lies.

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Politics
Oct 17, 2018

Is there any way for Simon Bridges to escape this political bonfire?

To have a hope of surviving the fallout from Jami-Lee Ross’s extraordinary attacks, a lot of things have to go right for the National leader

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Politics
Sep 5, 2018

Not yet a crisis, but Ardern needs to regain momentum, clarity and cohesion

The PM faces a cluster of challenges from her coalition partner and her own party. As she heads for Nauru, Ardern needs to figure out what's gone missing.

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Politics
Aug 22, 2018

Bold goals on cutting prison numbers. But where’s the coherent strategy?

If Andrew Little had forgotten how hard it will be to liberalise the criminal justice system, two colleagues reminded him on the very night he began his task

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Politics
Aug 9, 2018

The Ardern government and business are playing a high stakes game of chicken

Business is saying move over, you're on the wrong side of the road. The government is refusing to budge. Who is going to capitulate first?

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Politics
Jul 25, 2018

The Greens are trailing in NZ First’s shadow, and crunch time is coming

The difference between the New Zealand First vote and the Green vote at the election? Less than one percentage point. The leverage value for New Zealand First in those 25,000 extra votes? Priceless

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Society
Jul 13, 2018

Why the new Defence purchases deserve close scrutiny

Monday's announcement that the government would be spending billions on surveillance planes was in stark contrast to the nurses' placards, writes Guyon Espiner.

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Politics
Jun 27, 2018

The many, many problems with the foreign buyer ban

The government says new data suggesting foreign buyers have a much larger role in the housing market than previously thought is “a vindication” of its foreign buyer ban. But that doesn't mean the ban makes any sense.

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Politics
Jun 13, 2018

Classic Winston: the deputy deploys his favourite political weapons

In just one day the number two in the government has deployed three of the weapons that have sustained him in politics over four decades, writes Guyon Espiner. 

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Society
Jun 1, 2018

Labour’s Kiwibuild project: talking big, thinking small

Labour's inexplicable timidity risks turning the much-vaunted KiwiBuild policy into a damp squib, argues Guyon Espiner for RNZ.

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Politics
May 18, 2018

Grant Robertson just delivered National’s tenth budget

He was eager to burnish his fiscal responsibility credentials on his first outing. In doing so he has conjured up a neoliberal triumph

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Ātea
May 3, 2018

Where are Labour’s policies for Māori?

Māori voters overwhelmingly put their trust in Labour at the 2017 general election, so why are they missing from their policies? RNZ's Guyon Espiner investigates.

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Politics
Apr 18, 2018

Guyon Espiner: What is Winston Peters’ foreign policy, anyway?

To outsiders New Zealand foreign policy must look like a riddle wrapped in a mystery, perhaps clear only to the enigmatic deputy prime minister and New Zealand First leader Winston Peters.

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Sep 13, 2017

My te reo Māori journey: Guyon Espiner

This Te Wiki o Te Reo we’re sharing the stories of New Zealanders who have challenged themselves to learn te reo Māori. Today: RNZ Morning Report host Guyon Espiner writes about fighting the ‘whitelash’.

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Politics
May 5, 2017

‘I have no regrets. Never look back’ – Helen Clark on nine years as prime minister (WATCH)

In the fifth and final part of The 9th Floor, Guyon Espiner talks to Helen Clark about her three terms in power as she sought to draw a line under Rogernomics, unleash new social reforms and rethink New Zealand's place in the world.

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Politics
Apr 28, 2017

‘Look at the language: men are bold, women are vindictive’ – ex-PM Jenny Shipley on depictions of politicians (WATCH)

In the fourth extended interviews with former PMS, Jenny Shipley mounts a robust defence of the welfare reforms she oversaw, assesses the strengths and weaknesses of Winston Peters, and points to sexism in political commentary.

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