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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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Focus on Politics for 20 October 2017

10/20/2017
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The wait, at last, is over - after 26 days, the public has finally learned who will lead the next government - the Labour Party's leader Jacinda Ardern. On Thursday evening, Winston Peters announced New Zealand First will go into coalition with Labour. The Greens, meanwhile, will support Labour on confidence and supply.

Duration: 00:15:47


Focus on Politics for 13 October 2017

10/13/2017
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It's been three weeks since New Zealand went to the polls, a week since the final election result was announced and the writ has been returned, but there is still no Government in sight. New Zealand First, which holds the balance of power, has been in talks all week with both National and Labour as it tries to decide who to form a Government with. Our Deputy Political Editor, Chris Bramwell, has been on stakeout all week at Parliament.

Duration: 00:16:01


More results analysis from Colin James

10/7/2017
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Political journalist Colin James

Duration: 00:01:08


The final result puts two newcomers in Parliament

10/7/2017
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National's Nicola Willis and Maureen Pugh have both lost their seats. However, Labour's Angie Warren-Clark and and human rights lawyer and Green candidate Golriz Ghahraman will now be coming to Parliament as list MPs.

Duration: 00:05:12


James Shaw hopes for a three-way coalition

10/7/2017
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In the final result, the Green Party picked up an extra seat, to take its total up from seven on election night, to eight.

Duration: 00:03:43


Ardern says the final results strengthen Labour's mandate

10/7/2017
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Labour leader Jacinda Ardern says the final election results give her party a strengthened mandate to continue with coalition negotiations.

Duration: 00:03:22


Focus on Politics for 6 October 2017

10/6/2017
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Perhaps the biggest upset of the election was the Maori Party's exit from Parliament as voters abandoned the party for Labour. In a shock few saw coming, co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell lost his 12-year hold on the Waiariki seat. The days since have been cause for reflection - what went wrong? Is the movement over - or can the party rebuild? Our political reporter Craig McCulloch was in Rotorua with Maori Party supporters as the results came in.

Duration: 00:15:59


Focus on Politics for 29 September 2017

9/29/2017
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The election may be over, but there is no sign of a new Government just yet. All four parties involved in the coalition talks are getting their negotiating teams ready and figuring out where and what they are prepared to compromise on. Our Deputy Political Editor, Chris Bramwell, wraps up the week.

Duration: 00:15:41


Focus on Politics for 22 September 2017

9/22/2017
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The day before the polls close in New Zealand, RNZs Poll of Polls shows National widening its lead over Labour, but when you add in the Greens they are pretty much even. While we've heard a lot about the race and the campaigns of the political parties, this week we talk to our team of reporters about what's it like to cover one of these campaigns, out on the road.

Duration: 00:15:39


Focus on Politics for 15 September 2017

9/15/2017
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The election is rapidly approaching and it's still anyone's game. National and Labour are neck and neck in the countdown to September 23rd and there's still plenty happening on the campaign trail.

Duration: 00:15:58


Focus on Politics for 8 September 2017

9/8/2017
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New Zealand is another week closer to the September 23rd election, and the race could not be tighter. National and Labour are neck in neck in RNZ Polls of Polls and the rest of the political parties are now in a fight for their own survival. Here's our political editor Jane Patterson and the RNZ political team on the campaign so far.

Duration: 00:16:17


Focus on Politics for 1 September 2017

9/1/2017
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Another week on the campaign trail and another big story. The New Zealand First leader is claiming he's the victim of a National Party leak, after personal information about his superannuation payment made it into the public arena - just weeks out from the point those two parties may well be in post election talks. And party leaders have been busy rolling out some big policies, as they continue to visit towns and cities around New Zealand, including tertiary education and paid parental...

Duration: 00:16:02


Focus on Politics for 25 August 2017

8/25/2017
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The shocks just keep coming in this election campaign - the latest political leader to fall on their sword is the United Future leader and government ally, Peter Dunne. The other big news of the week was the opening of the government books ahead of the September 23rd election, which revealed a two-billion-dollar windfall for political parties, but one that comes with a catch. With our political editor, Jane Patterson.

Duration: 00:16:17


Focus on Politics for 18 August 2017

8/18/2017
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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

8/11/2017
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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

8/4/2017
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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

7/28/2017
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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

7/21/2017
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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

7/14/2017
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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

7/14/2017
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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

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