Our award-winning podcast assesses the opening stanza of the Luxon-led government.
After the long, serene political gap as coalition talks went on, politics has roared back with plenty of shouting and not so much rizz.
Toby Manhire, Ben Thomas and Annabelle Lee-Mather assess the early exchanges, including Winston Peters’ thunder-stealing, a refreshed 100-day plan that turned the policy bonfire of 2023 into an inferno, and protests across the country taking issue with what some see as a regressive, anti-Māori agenda. What can Christopher Luxon do to avoid that setting the tone for the term?
Plus: parliament returns, Gaza is debated, and the new coalition faces flak over quitting the smokefree goals.