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Focus on Politics for 20 November 2015

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.

Focus on Politics for 13 November 2015

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.

Focus on Politics for 6 November 2015

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.

Focus on Politics for 30 October 2015

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?

Focus on Politics for 23 October 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.

Focus on the Government Books

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.

A closer look at the TPP

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.

Focus on Politics for 2 October 2015

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.

Focus on Politics for 25 September 2015

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.

Focus on Politics for 18 September 2015

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.

Focus on Politics for 11 September 2015

6:36 PM. After weeks of public and political pressure, the Government on Monday announced it would take an emergency quota of Syrian refugees.

Focus on Politics for 4 September 2015

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.

Focus on Politics for 28 August 2015

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.

Focus on Politics for 21 August 2015

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.

Focus on Politics for 14 August 2015

6:44 PM. This week the Government finally pulled the plug on its ailing coal company Solid Energy.

Focus on Politics for 7 August 2015

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.

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