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A weekly analysis of significant political issues.

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Focus on Politics for 18 August 2017

8/17/2017
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Trans-Tasman relations have been strained at times but the controversy surrounding the Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and his links to New Zealand put the relationship clearly in the spotlight.

Duration: 00:16:12


Focus on Politics for 11 August 2017

8/10/2017
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The Green Party's campaign slogan "Great Together" is now painfully ironic given its tumultuous week, with two MPs leaving and then its co-leader Metiria Turei resigning.

Duration: 00:15:44


Focus on Politics for 4 August 2017

8/3/2017
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The tired old adage - a week is a long time in politics - has proven itself to be more than apt this week. In that time Labour has completely changed its leadership and campaign, and the Greens have had their own dramas. Our Deputy Political Editor, Chris Bramwell takes a look back at what's been a tumultuous week for the opposition.

Duration: 00:15:14


Focus on Politics for 28 July 2017

7/27/2017
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The prospect of the Greens co-leader Metiria Turei being under investigation for benefit has raised questions about her place in a potential Labour Greens government. All political parties are busy positioning themselves ahead of the election, given more focus this week by the Prime Minister's nod to National's support partners in the key seats of Ohariu and Epsom. But on the other side of the aisle, the Labour leader has come under pressure to say whether Mrs Turei would have a place in...

Duration: 00:15:40


Focus on Politics for 21 July 2017

7/20/2017
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As the election draws nearer opposition parties are busy trying to carve their own path, while also presenting a picture of a stable, credible alternative government. However, nothing is straightforward, and the possible combinations of a Labour-led government could look quite different, depending on the number of seats each party ends up with after polling day. Here's our political reporter Mei Heron.

Duration: 00:15:24


Focus on Politics for 14 July 2017

7/13/2017
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The Prime Minister wants to stick with National's current support partners if the party is in a position to lead the Government for a fourth term. But is that healthy and would it work for another three years? And what about New Zealand First? Despite his loyalty to United Future, ACT and the Maori Party, Bill English is still keeping the door open to Winston Peters. Our political reporter, Demelza Leslie, takes the pulse of the current governing relationship.

Duration: 00:15:35


Focus on Politics for 14 July 2017

7/13/2017
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The Prime Minister wants to stick with National's current support partners if the party is in a position to lead the Government for a fourth term. But is that healthy and would it work for another three years? And what about New Zealand First? Despite his loyalty to United Future, ACT and the Maori Party, Bill English is still keeping the door open to Winston Peters. Our political reporter, Demelza Leslie, takes the pulse of the current governing relationship.

Duration: 00:15:35


Focus on Politics for 7 July 2017

7/6/2017
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After several months a report into petrol prices has confirmed what many suspected, that people in Wellington and the South Island are paying more than the rest of the country for their fuel. But will anything change? Our Deputy Political Editor, Chris Bramwell, reports.

Duration: 00:15:06


Focus on Politics for 30 June 2017

6/29/2017
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The Government's been in court this week over the way it has set New Zealand's climate targets. Hamilton law student Sarah Thomson is taking legal action against the Minister for Climate Change Issues - the first case of its kind in the country. Here's our political reporter Mei Heron.

Duration: 00:15:55


Focus on Politics for 23 June 2017

6/22/2017
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It's been an unexpectedly messy week for the National Party this week in the lead up to its election year conference, and the first real test of Bill English's leadership. The party clearly thought the controversy around its Clutha-Southland MP, Todd Barclay, was over and done with last year - but it rose its head again on Tuesday morning and just over 24 hours later the 27-year-old's political career was over.

Duration: 00:15:20


Focus on Politics for 16 June 2017

6/15/2017
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Immigration continues to be hot election year topic, and Labour has poured fuel on the fire with its new immigration policy. The leader Andrew Little says New Zealand is not prepared for the thousands of new migrants and it's time to "take a breather". Political editor Jane Patterson reports.

Duration: 00:15:50


Focus on Politics for 9 June 2017

6/8/2017
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The controversial voluntary euthanasia debate took another twist this week after a member's bill legalising the right to die was pulled from the ballot. The legislation in the name of the ACT party leader, David Seymour, would allow people with a terminal illness or grievous, incurable medical condition to end their own lives. The matter is a political hot-potato - with previous attempts to debate the issue being knocked back - and now all MPs will have to deal with it leading into...

Duration: 00:15:14


Focus on Politics for 2 June 2017

6/1/2017
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An investigation is underway into whether the Auditor General Martin Matthews is fit to continue in that role.

Duration: 00:15:28


Focus on Politics for 26 May 2017

5/25/2017
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The Finance Minister, Steven Joyce, has delivered his first budget, clearly aimed at helping National win September's election. It includes a lift for lower income families through changes to Working for Families and the accommodation supplement and also includes a rise in some tax thresholds But the package doesn't come into effect until April next year, making it an election year sweetener.

Duration: 00:15:24


Focus on Politics for 19 May 2017

5/18/2017
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The trans-Tasman bond is again being tested with the rights of New Zealanders living in Australia being stripped further. Australia tightened its visa rules last month making it harder for people to gain citizenship. And this month it announced the fees New Zealand students pay will effectively triple from next year. Our political reporter Mei Heron looks at the relationship between the two countries.

Duration: 00:15:00


Focus on Politics for 12 May 2017

5/11/2017
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Debate about charter schools and what would happen to them under a Labour government has flared up after comments made by its list candidate and Maori campaign manager Willie Jackson. Labour has a long standing policy to repeal the legislation that allows charter schools to operate, but there's discussion within Labour about what should be done with those seen as doing a good job. This has coincided with a Labour Party bill being drawn from the ballot, prohibiting charter schools from...

Duration: 00:15:41


Focus on Politics for 5 May 2017

5/4/2017
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Low and middle income families should expect to receive some financial relief in this month's Budget. The finance minister Steven Joyce is putting the final touches on his first budget and as our political reporter, Demelza Leslie, explains, changes to Working for Families and income tax thresholds appear to be on the cards.

Duration: 00:15:33


Focus on Politics for 28 April 2017

4/27/2017
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The controversial Te Ture Whenua Maori Bill would make major changes to the way Maori control and develop their land, as well as removing some of the discretion of the Maori Land Court. The legislation is on track to be passed before the September election, but it still has its detractors.

Duration: 00:15:08


Focus on Politics for 21 April 2017

4/20/2017
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Global trade now looks very different for New Zealand, with the withdrawal of the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, and the imminent departure of Britain from the European Union. And talks for the upgrade of New Zealand's free trade deal with China start on Tuesday (April 25th), eight years after the agreement was first struck. Our political editor, Jane Patterson, asked the Trade Minister Todd McClay about New Zealand's priorities for the upgrade.

Duration: 00:15:39


Focus on Politics for 7 April 2017

4/6/2017
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Parliamentary hearings on the thorny topic of voluntary euthanasia wrapped up this week. The select committee is now tasked with distilling the thousands of submissions and coming up with recommendations. Here's our Deputy Political Editor, Chris Bramwell.

Duration: 00:15:57

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