Toby Manhire

Toby Manhire is senior editor at the Spinoff. He also writes columns for the NZ Herald and with other people called Toby for RNZ.

Shane Jones joins Winston Peters and NZ First: genius or jeopardy?

He was plucked in 2014 from the Labour caucus by National's Murray McCully and made Pacific ambassador. Now, sporting a "Put New Zealand First Again" cap, the ego has landed in Camp Winston, becoming leader-in-waiting. Toby Manhire asks whether Shane Jones' reinvention is a brilliant idea or a disaster in the making.