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Focus on Politics

RNZ New Zealand

A weekly analysis of significant political issues.

A weekly analysis of significant political issues.

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Wellington, United States

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A weekly analysis of significant political issues.

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English

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Episodes

Hate speech debate gets mired in politics

7/23/2021
In today's Focus on Politics podcast, Political Reporter Anneke Smith explores how the conversation on hate speech shifted - from an effort to curb terrorism to a political bunfight - and what the minorities the law change aims to protect want to happen next.

Duration:00:16:00

Focus on Politics: NZ’s not-so-healthy homes

7/16/2021
The Government is feeling the heat from those left in the cold. RNZ political reporter Charlie Dreaver takes stock of New Zealand's not-so-healthy homes and the standards meant to improve them.

Duration:00:15:53

Focus on Politics: OT back under-fire

7/9/2021
Leaked footage of a young person being manhandled at an Oranga Tamariki care and protection unit has put the agency back under the microscope. RNZ political reporter Katie Scotcher examines the events that followed.

Duration:00:16:00

Focus on Politics: Goodbye Muller

7/2/2021
The National Party is back in the headlines for all the wrong reasons, with revelations former leader Todd Muller was pressured to retire after being dobbed in for anonymously criticising a colleague. RNZ Political Editor Jane Patterson breaks down the latest in a long list of problems for the opposition.

Duration:00:16:14

Focus on Politics: Defence under Labour

6/25/2021
In Focus on Politics, RNZ political editor Jane Patterson digs into Labour's plan for the Defence Force, now it is unshackled from last term's coalition constraints.

Duration:00:16:01

Focus on Politics: Stage Four

6/18/2021
This week brought some more clarity to the country's Covid-19 vaccine programme as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern revealed the first details of the wider roll-out to the general population. RNZ deputy political editor Craig McCulloch takes a look at the Government's plans for "Stage Four".

Duration:00:16:00

Focus on Politics: Nurse Strike

6/11/2021
About 30,000 nurses, midwives and other health workers have been on a seven-hour strike after nurses voted to go ahead with a strike having rejected a revised pay offer from district health boards.

Duration:00:15:56

Focus on Politics: ScoMo in Town

6/4/2021
Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison made use of the Trans-Tasman travel bubble, flying into Queenstown for a sit-down meeting with NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern - one of her first since the Covid-19 pandemic.

Duration:00:16:17

Focus on Politics: Samoa in Turmoil

5/28/2021
Samoa is in the grips of a constitutional crisis: a bitter power struggle between two competing governments and two political heavyweights. Both sides are claiming power and accusing the other of a coup. RNZ deputy political editor Craig McCulloch breaks down the turmoil in a country not used to instability.

Duration:00:16:00

Focus on Politics: Budget 2021

5/21/2021
Beneficiaries will reap the rewards of this year's Budget with a welfare boost billed as the "biggest in a generation".

Duration:00:16:02

Focus on Politics: Race Relations

5/14/2021
Race relations have been a flash point for conflict and reconciliation in NZ politics over the years. National leader Judith Collins reignited the fire this week with her speech to party faithful. RNZ Political Editor Jane Patterson has this week's Focus on Politics. RNZ Political Editor Jane Patterson

Duration:00:16:00

Focus on Politics: The China Question

5/7/2021
RNZ Political Editor Jane Patterson asks: how is New Zealand's relationship with China?

Duration:00:15:59

Focus on Politics: Emergency Housing

4/30/2021
RNZ Political Editor Jane Patterson takes a deep look into the state of emergency housing across the country.

Duration:00:16:00

Focus on Politics: DHBs on the Scrap Heap

4/23/2021
Health Minister Andrew Little this week announced an extraordinary overhaul of the health system, scrapping all 20 DHBs and putting a new entity in their place. RNZ health correspondent Rowan Quinn digs into the detail of the announcement no one saw coming.

Duration:00:16:00

Focus on Politics the bubble and the border

4/9/2021
The government has placed a temporary ban on all travel from India - leaving Kiwis there stranded, unable to come home. In the same week it has begun to ease border measures, announcing it is now safe for the Trans-Tasman bubble to open.

Duration:00:16:00

Govt targets speculators in housing affordability package

3/26/2021
The Government has announced a raft of measures to try and tackle the housing affordability crisis, to tilt the market towards first home buyers and increase supply. But not everyone is convinced it will be enough to help stop runaway house prices.

Duration:00:16:03

Focus on Politics for 19 March 2021

3/19/2021
In Focus on politics, looks at the latest trans Tasman tensions

Duration:00:16:00

Focus on Politics for 12 March 2021 - Vaccine Rollout

3/12/2021
In Focus on politics, we look at the details of the government's Covid-19 vaccine rollout plan.

Duration:00:16:00

Focus on Politics for 5 March 2021

3/5/2021
In Focus on politics, is the government being tough enough on Covid rule breakers?

Duration:00:16:01

Focus on Politics for 26 February 2021

2/25/2021
In Focus on politics, we look at what immigration might look like post Covid.

Duration:00:16:01