Focus on Politics
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Focus on Politics for 7 March 2014 ( 16′ 37″ )
18:38 After being officially appointed as the new ACT leader, Jamie Whyte is now being heralded as the saviour of the party that's struggling to even register in political polls.
Focus on Politics for 28 February 2014 ( 17′ 11″ )
18:38 It's election year and political parties have already begun rolling out policies to win the support of voters. But what role will leadership play in the election? National's John Key is determined to hold on to the Prime Ministership and Labour leader David Cunliffe is equally determined to prise it off him. Our political editor Brent Edwards talks to both leaders.
Focus on Politics for 21 February 2014 ( 16′ 38″ )
18:40 Disagreement about how to reduce poverty and inequality is looming as one of the big debates of election year.
Focus on Politics for 14 February 2014 ( 16′ 7″ )
18:38 Legislation to introduce plain packaging of tobacco products passed its first reading in Parliament this week with almost unanimous support.
Focus on Politics for 7 February 2014 ( 17′ 36″ )
18:37 Politicians converging on Waitangi Marae this year were given a relatively easy run, with a noisy but respectful protest, and a few fish dropped at the Prime Minister's feet. History was made though - with women allowed to speak on the marae for the first time, 15 years after the former Labour Party leader Helen Clark was refused permission to speak.
Focus on Politics for 31 January 2014 ( 17′ 18″ )
18:37 This week was the time for David Cunliffe to put his mark on the Labour Party just months after taking over the leadership from David Shearer.
Focus on Politics for 24 January 2014 ( 17′ 59″ )
18:38 Election year has well and truly started - with the Prime Minister revealing which parties National would be willing to work with post-election, and the unveiling of a significant new education initiative. Our parliamentary chief reporter Jane Patterson takes a detailed look at both announcements.
Focus on Politics for 20 December 2013 ( 16′ 25″ )
18:37 The Government released its Budget Policy Statement and half year economic and fiscal update this week. It is continuing to forecast a budget surplus for 2014-15 and now plans to start paying back public debt a year earlier than expected.
Focus on Politics for 13 December 2013 ( 16′ 24″ )
18:38 After 18 months and at a cost of more than half-a-million dollars an inquiry into the leaking of Cabinet papers about the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade restructuring could not find definitive evidence of who was responsible.
Focus on Politics for 6 December 2013 ( 17′ 38″ )
18:35 The country's top spies appeared before the Intelligence and Security Committee this week to answer questions about the Security Intelligence Service and the Government Communications Security Bureau.
Focus on Politics for 29 November 2013 ( 15′ 28″ )
18:36 This week the deputy Prime Minister, Bill English, led a ministerial delegation to Sydney to meet with ministers in the new Government there as part of the Australian New Zealand Leadership Forum.
Focus on Politics for 22 November 2013 ( 16′ 15″ )
18:36 Voters in Christchurch East will head to the polls next weekend to decide who'll be their next member of Parliament.
Focus on Politics for 15 November 2013 ( 17′ 41″ )
18:37 Ministers and officials from 195 countries are meeting in Poland next week to try to get closer towards the first globally binding treaty to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Focus on Politics for 8 November 2013 ( 17′ 47″ )
18:38 This week the Focus Team takes a look at the future of United Future and starts with a look at the past year.
Focus on Politics for 1 November 2013 ( 16′ 55″ )
18:38 The Labour Party is holding its annual conference in Christchurch over the weekend just seven weeks after David Cunliffe was elected leader. In the immediate aftermath of Mr Cunliffe's election Labour got a bounce in the polls but in the past week its support has settled back around the levels it achieved under its previous leader David Shearer. For Mr Cunliffe this weekend is an opportunity to pull the party together and ensure it is in the best shape possible to contest next year's election. Our political editor Brent Edwards spoke to Mr Cunliffe.
Focus on Politics for 25 October 2013 ( 16′ 54″ )
18:38 The Government announced the sale of 49 percent of its shareholding in Meridian Energy this week. But only 62,000 individual investors bought shares, well short of the 113,000 who invested in Mighty River Power. As well, the shares sold for just $1.50 each, the very bottom of the Government's range of $1.50 - $1.80. Despite those setbacks, government ministers declared the sale a success. Political editor Brent Edwards looks at the sale and the politics surrounding it.