Focus on Politics

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  • Focus on Politics for 29 August 2014 ( 16′ 42″ )

    18:34 While the disclosures in Nicky Hager's book Dirty Politics continue to cast a shadow over the election campaign, this week there was more focus on policy. The Saturday broadcast of this programme was replaced with a live special covering the resignation of Judith Collins as a minster.

  • Focus on Politics for 22 August 2014 ( 16′ 23″ )

    18:35 More than a week on from the release of Nicky Hager's book Dirty Politics, the Prime Minister, John Key, is still having to deal with its consequences.

  • Focus on Politics for 15 August 2014 ( 16′ 50″ )

    18:35 Investigative writer Nicky Hager's book Dirty Politics has been immediately denounced by the Prime Minister as being full of baseless accusations that do not stack up. But email and facebook exchanges included in the book do add weight to its contention that senior National figures have used rightwing bloggers to attack the Labour Party.

  • Focus on Politics for 8 August 2014 ( 15′ 31″ )

    18:35 Land sales to foreigners has again reared its head as a political issue just weeks out from the September the 20th election.

  • Focus on Politics for 1 August 2014 ( 16′ 54″ )

    18:38 This week the Prime Minister announced which parties will get National Party help this election. He gave the nod to National supporters to vote for the United Future's Peter Dunne, in Ohariu and ACT candidate David Seymour in Epsom. But he dashed any hopes the Conservative Party might have had that National would stand aside in East Coast Bays. His announcement came as Parliament wound up for the term, leaving politicians and their parties to spend the next seven weeks campaigning until the election on September the 20th. Our political editor Brent Edwards looks back on Parliament's last week.

  • Focus on Politics for 25 July 2014 ( 17′ 3″ )

    18:37 New Zealand First is relishing an opportunity to potentially be a kingmaker following September's general election.

  • Focus on Politics for 18 July 2014 ( 16′ 45″ )

    18:34 Christchurch and its surrounding towns are slowly starting to be rebuilt after the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. Our political editor Brent Edwards has been in Christchurch to find out whether the rebuild debate will dominate the election campaign in the city.

  • Focus on Politics for Friday 11 July 2014 ( 16′ 22″ )

    18:35 Young people are increasingly boycotting the ballot box and staying home on election day.

  • Focus on Politics for 4 July 2014 ( 17′ 13″ )

    18:52 Liz Banas looks at the fiasco of a Malaysian diplomat being able to flee the country without facing up to sex charges.

  • Focus on Politics for 27 June 2014 ( 16′ )

    18:37 The two major parties are holding their annual conferences over the next week as they prepare for the election campaign just weeks away.

  • Focus on Politics for 20 June 2014 ( 16′ 18″ )

    17:37 This week the Labour Party announced the details of its compulsory KiwiSaver policy. But that is not what dominated the news. Instead Labour's leader David Cunliffe had to spend the week defending himself after it was revealed he had written a letter in 2003 to the Immigration Service on behalf of businessman Donghua Liu. The Government used the revelation to attack Mr Cunliffe's credibility and promised it had more information to come on alleged donations Liu made to the Labour Party. Our political editor Brent Edwards reviews the week.

  • Focus on Politics for 13 June 2014 ( 16′ 6″ )

    18:38 The Green Party has put climate change back on centre stage for the coming election campaign after announcing it would introduce a carbon tax to help reduce CO2 emissions.

  • Focus on Politics for 6 June 2014 ( 15′ 52″ )

    18:38 While the court case against the ACT Party MP John Banks is finally at an end, the matter is likely to dominate political debate for weeks to come as he remains a Member of Parliament.

  • Focus on Politics for 30 May 2014 ( 16′ 57″ )

    18:38 The contest for votes on the left is heating up with the announcement this week of an alliance between the Mana and Internet parties and the reappearance of former Alliance Party MP Laila Harre.

  • Focus on Politics for 23 May 2014 ( 17′ )

    18:36 Youth unemployment has decreased since the last election but that still leaves 75 thousand young people in New Zealand who are not doing any kind of work, training or education.

  • Focus on Politics for 16 May 2014 ( 17′ 5″ )

    18:37 After six years of running deficits the Government is poised to run a budget surplus in the next financial year. As well, in his sixth Budget the Finance Minister, Bill English, has found the money to provide more support for struggling families, including making doctors' visits and prescriptions free for children aged up to 13.