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Gone by Lunchtime (Image: Tina Tiller)
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PoliticsOctober 15, 2023

Gone By Lunchtime election special: Back on track, but which track exactly?

Gone by Lunchtime (Image: Tina Tiller)
Gone by Lunchtime (Image: Tina Tiller)

Ben, Annabelle and Toby pore over the night before, and take a punt at the big questions of tomorrow.

It was mojo central at Shed 10 last night as the National Party welcomed Christopher Luxon, their leader and the next prime minister of New Zealand. But just what kind of victory is it? Will a coalition with Act be enough, or is Winston Peters’ phone about to burn a hole in his pocket?

In a special morning-after episode of The Spinoff’s politics podcast Gone By Lunchtime, Annabelle Lee-Mather, Ben Thomas and Toby Manhire sift through the results of an election night that sprung up plenty of surprises. On the agenda:

  • How major is the achievement for Luxon and National?
  • If NZ First is brought into the tent, what might be offered to Winston Peters?
  • Just what sort of government would a National-Act coalition be?
  • How bleak are these results for Labour, and should Chris Hipkins be persuaded to stay on?
  • What on earth happened in the Māori seats? How did Te Pāti Māori manage to win four seats, including, most incredibly, Te Tai Tonga?
  • What does a record vote mean for the Greens and their leadership as they move into unalloyed opposition?
  • How could special votes impact the composition of parliament, and the number of seats within it?
  • What kind of prime minister will Christopher Luxon be?

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