Focus On Politics
Focus on Politics for 12 September 201409/12/14
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...
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...
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