Amid lockdown fatigue in Tamaki Makaurau, business pain and three Covid cases in Waikato all eyes are on today's big decision over Auckland's alert level. Ben, Shane and Kathryn also look at AUKUS, the security arrangement that New Zealand is not part of, and more rumblings about the National Party leadership.
Shane Te Pou is a former candidate, campaign manager and executive member of the Labour Party, and a former union official. He is no longer a member of any political party. He is a Director and HR Manager for IT Company Mega.
Ben Thomas is a PR consultant and a former National Government press secretary.