Focus On Politics
Focus on Politics for 24 October 201410/24/14
The Government's plans for the coming term have been laid out as MPs return to Parliament following last month's general election. But while it's back in action, it's going about its business under increased security after a shootout in the Canadian...
Focus on Politics for 17 October 2014
After a ten-year campaign New Zealand has won a non-permanent position on the the United Nations Security Council for 2015-16.
Focus on Politics for 10 October 2014
The Government's Ministers are now sworn in and the 51st Parliament will kick off in just over a week.
Focus on Politics for 3 October 2014
This week the Prime Minister, John Key, has quietly gone about putting his government together while the Labour Party continues to focus on its leadership woes.
Political Editor Brent Edwards
From our Auckland studio, Brent wraps up the days announcement and reactions.
Sue Moroney is a senior Labour MP, who resigned as the party's senior whip on Tuesday. She spoke to Jane Patterson.
Senior Labour MP Grant Robertson
The senior Labour MP and former deputy leader Grant Robertson was defeated by David Cunliffe in the last leadership contest. He told Jane Patterson he will contest the leadership.
David Cunliffe has officially resigned as Labour leader.
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Labour Leader David Cunliffe has resigned.
Focus on Politics for 26 September 2014
Saturday night's election result has resulted in the John Key-led government being re-installed and the Labour Party plunged into crisis.
Focus on Politics for 19 September 2014
From tonight party leaders can only wait until the vote is counted tomorrow night. In the last week there have been revelations about spying and speculation about what a post-election goverment might look like.
Focus on Politics for 12 September 2014
This week the Child Poverty Action Group released its report calling on all political parties to take a range of steps in education, health and income support to help the country's poorest children.
Focus on Politics for 5 September 2014
Arguments about tax policy gained momentum this week as political parties focused more strongly on policy differences. National is promising to release broad details about its tax cut plans next Monday but faces criticism there is not enough money for...
Focus on Politics for 29 August 2014
While the disclosures in Nicky Hager's book Dirty Politics continue to cast a shadow over the election campaign, this week there was more focus on policy.
Focus on Politics for 22 August 2014
More than a week on from the release of Nicky Hager's book Dirty Politics, the Prime Minister, John Key, is still having to deal with its consequences.
Focus on Politics for 15 August 2014
Investigative writer Nicky Hager's book Dirty Politics has been immediately denounced by the Prime Minister as being full of baseless accusations that do not stack up. But email and facebook exchanges included in the book do add weight to its...
Focus on Politics for 8 August 2014
Land sales to foreigners has again reared its head as a political issue just weeks out from the September the 20th election.
Focus on Politics for 1 August 2014
This week the Prime Minister announced which parties will get National Party help this election. He gave the nod to National supporters to vote for the United Future's Peter Dunne, in Ohariu and ACT candidate David Seymour in Epsom. But he dashed any...
Focus on Politics for 25 July 2014
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...
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