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In they go! Image: Tina Tiller
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PoliticsDecember 21, 2020

Our experts pick 12 things to go in the Spinoff Aotearoa 2020 time capsule

In they go! Image: Tina Tiller
In they go! Image: Tina Tiller

An extra question for our esteemed politics watchers this year: what would they add to the Spinoff time capsule, our mechanism to literally encapsulate (and bury) the year 2020.

Read more from our political year in review here.

Some hand sanitiser – it’ll probably still be good to use when they crack the box open again. 

 – Alex Braae

A sourdough starter.

– Linda Clark


– Bronwyn Hayward

The Roxy Music t-shirt Simon Bridges wore when he rehabilitated his political career by walking around with a baby yak.

– Liam Hehir

Locks of hair from Siouxsie Wiles, Ashley Bloomfield and Jemma Geoghegan plaited together to symbolise the mix of clear communication, firm decision-making and hard science that steered us through Covid-19.

– Andrew Geddis

One of Winston Peter’s pinstripe suits. That being said, he might be back? Maybe? Do we ever count him out?

– Lara Greaves

The statue of Captain John Hamilton that was removed from Civic Square in June, as a reminder that in 2020 we had many public monuments to murderers and colonisers but also in 2020 they started coming down.

– Leonie Hayden

A bar of Whittaker’s chocolate (with something to keep it fresh). It’s how we got through.

– Stephen Jacobi

A bottle of hand sanitiser.

– Annabelle Lee-Mather

What would we like to receive in a time capsule from 1920? Nothing comes to mind. What should we leave for 2120? A canister of our air, so they can smell what it was like before the wildfires and geoengineering?

– Danyl Mclauchlan

The word “pivot”.

– Laura O’Connell Rapira

A 12 pack of 3-ply and Sourdough starter.

– Trish Sherson

Keep going!