Focus On Politics
Focus on Politics for 25 July 201407/25/14
New Zealand First is relishing an opportunity to potentially be a kingmaker following September's general election.
Focus on Politics for 18 July 2014
Christchurch and its surrounding towns are slowly starting to be rebuilt after the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. Our political editor Brent Edwards has been in Christchurch to find out whether the rebuild debate will dominate the election...
Focus on Politics for Friday 11 July 2014
Young people are increasingly boycotting the ballot box and staying home on election day.
Focus on Politics for 4 July 2014
Liz Banas looks at the fiasco of a Malaysian diplomat being able to flee the country without facing up to sex charges.
Focus on Politics for 27 June 2014
The two major parties are holding their annual conferences over the next week as they prepare for the election campaign just weeks away.
Focus on Politics for 20 June 2014
This week the Labour Party announced the details of its compulsory KiwiSaver policy. But that is not what dominated the news. Instead Labour's leader David Cunliffe had to spend the week defending himself after it was revealed he had written a letter...
Focus on Politics for 13 June 2014
The Green Party has put climate change back on centre stage for the coming election campaign after announcing it would introduce a carbon tax to help reduce CO2 emissions.
Focus on Politics for 6 June 2014
While the court case against the ACT Party MP John Banks is finally at an end, the matter is likely to dominate political debate for weeks to come as he remains a Member of Parliament.
Focus on Politics for 30 May 2014
The contest for votes on the left is heating up with the announcement this week of an alliance between the Mana and Internet parties and the reappearance of former Alliance Party MP Laila Harre.
Focus on Politics for 23 May 2014
Youth unemployment has decreased since the last election but that still leaves 75 thousand young people in New Zealand who are not doing any kind of work, training or education.
Focus on Politics for 16 May 2014
After six years of running deficits the Government is poised to run a budget surplus in the next financial year. As well, in his sixth Budget the Finance Minister, Bill English, has found the money to provide more support for struggling families,...
Focus on Politics for 9 May 2014
Two months after questions were first raised about the Justice Minister, Judith Collins', involvement with export company Oravida she cannot shake off accusations she has a conflict of interest.
Focus on Politics for 2 May 2014
After a 27-year parliamentary career the National Party MP, Maurice Williamson, has resigned as a government minister. His crime was to ring the police about their investigation into domestic violence allegations against businessman Donghua Liu. The...
Focus on Politics for 24 April 2014
The announcement from the Labour MP Shane Jones that he will quit Parliament has thrown up another stumbling block to Labour's chances of winning the September election. It's not so much the loss of an individual MP, but the questions it's raised...
Focus on Politics for 17 April 2014
After years sitting on the outside the Green Party believes this year could be its time to make it into government. But the National Party has warned that any government involving the Greens would lurch to the extreme Left. The Prime Minister, John...
Focus on Politics for 11 April 2014
Is it a clever political ploy or just an example of two parties airing their dirty laundry? The Green Party approached Labour this week and pitched the idea of them campaigning under a banner of a 'Labour Greens', or even a 'Green Labour' government....
Focus on Politics for 4 April 2014
There are fewer than six months to go to the general election and in recent opinion polls the Labour Party has been struggling to lift its support much above 30 percent.
Focus on Politics for 28 March 2014
Political parties are readying themselves for the election, but none are directly, or openly wooing the so-called Christian vote, not even the Conservatives.
Focus on Politics for 21 March 2014
The Education Minister has once again found herself at the centre of a political storm, after allegations relating to the Kohanga Trust Board's commercial arm, have ended up with the Serious Fraud Office.
Focus on Politics for 14 March 2014
This week the Prime Minister announced the election date and his plan for a referendum on the New Zealand flag.
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