Focus on Politics
6:35 PM. Paris may be thousands of kilometres from New Zealand, but will the fall-out from last weekend's terror attacks reach these shores?The attacks have strengthened political resolve around the world to work more closely against the threat of terrorism. Our political editor, Jane Patterson, takes a look at whether there will be any direct changes to New Zealand laws, or way of life.
6:36 PM. There have been extraordinary scenes at Parliament this week, stemming from the debate over the treatment of New Zealanders being detained by Australian authorities on Christmas Island. During question time the Prime Minister accused the opposition of backing sex offenders and rapists - that would culminate in several women MPs revealing past sexual assaults and abuse, in an attempt to force an apology from John Key. Here's our political editor Jane Patterson.
6:35 PM. When it comes to sport, particularly rugby, New Zealand politicians seem keen to get on the bandwagon and associate themselves with victory. But is there a line and when is it crossed? Our political reporter, Amelia Langford, takes a closer look at sport and nationalism.
6:35 PM. New Zealand made history by becoming the first country to give women the vote but is it still breaking new ground in 2015?
6:35 PM. Australia remains steadfast on its policy to deport about a thousand New Zealanders, despite a meeting between the two Prime Ministers where that issue was top of the agenda.
6:36 PM. After talking it up for years, the National-led Government was finally able to announce this week that it had got the books back into surplus. Our political reporter, Chris Bramwell, looks at the numbers and the politics around National's self-imposed target.
6:35 PM. After years of wrangling the largest regional trade deal in the world, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, was finally settled this week. Our political reporter, Chris Bramwell, takes a look what the deal means for New Zealand and what the next steps will be.
6:36 PM. Since late last year there has been a huge increase in the number of New Zealanders being held in Australian detention centres, and this week it was revealed that one prisoner died while awaiting deportation back to New Zealand. Our political reporter, Chris Bramwell, considers whether the situation could strain relations between New Zealand and Australia.
6:34 PM. The father of a family who failed to claim refugee status based on climate change, was this week deported from New Zealand. But his case raised the broader question of, as the changing climate takes an increasing toll on low-lying islands in the Pacific, should New Zealand be doing more to help its neighbours? Our political reporter, Chris Bramwell, investigates.
6:35 PM. In just two months time New Zealanders will be voting on four alternative flag designs which could possibly replace the country's current flag.
6:36 PM. After weeks of public and political pressure, the Government on Monday announced it would take an emergency quota of Syrian refugees.
6:38 PM. Numerous petitions, canvassing such diverse topics as banning shark cage diving to cannabis reform, are presented to Parliament every year for MPs to consider, but very few lead to law changes. So, are they a worthwhile use of MPs' time? Our political reporter, Amelia Langford, takes a look at the role of the petition in New Zealand's democratic process.
6:34 PM. Turmoil on the international stock markets this past week, with underlying fears of slowing growth in China, has raised questions about the resilience of the New Zealand economy.
6:35 PM. The workplace safety legislation that was supposed to be a response to the Pike River deaths has ended up the subject of ridicule, mainly because of how various industries have been categorised according to risk.
6:44 PM. This week the Government finally pulled the plug on its ailing coal company Solid Energy.
6:35 PM. New Zealand First has held its first annual conference since last year's general election, and its leader Winston Peter's win in the Northland by-election in March.