Focus on Politics

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  • Focus on Politics for 19 December 2014 ( 18′ 19″ )

    18:38 The Government's still clinging to its promise to return the books to surplus this financial year, despite Treasury predictions to the contrary.

  • Focus on Politics for 12 December 2014 ( 16′ 35″ )

    18:36 Parliament has risen for the year but not before rushing through legislation which gives the Security Intelligence Service greater powers to pry into people's lives.

  • Focus on Politics for 5 December 2014 ( 16′ 04″ )

    18:35 The Government is under continued pressure to defend its response to the threat posed by Islamic State. It was forced to water down its controversial anti-terror legislation this week, and to quash reports that the defence force is getting ready to deploy troops to Iraq.

  • Focus on Politics for 28 November 2014 ( 17′ 24″ )

    18:35 The Prime Minister, John Key, is on the defensive after an inquiry by the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn, found his office fed information from the SIS to rightwing blogger Cameron Slater.

  • Focus on Politics for 21 November 2014 ( 16′ 19″ )

    18:36 The visit of the Chinese President, Xi Jinping, ends a busy two weeks of international meetings for the Prime Minister, John Key. Last week Mr Key was at the APEC leaders' meeting in Beijing and the East Asian Summit in Myanmar before attending the G20 summit in Brisbane over the weekend. There most attention was focused on how to lift world economic growth but climate change also forced its way on to the agenda. Our political editor Brent Edwards was in Brisbane for the summit.

  • Focus on Politics for 14 November 2014 ( 16′ 05″ )

    18:43 The Labour Party has finally wrapped its three-week long roadshow; it'll soon decide on a new leader.

  • Focus on Politics for 7 November 2014 ( 16′ 20″ )

    18:34 After months of talking the Prime Minister finally announced this week the steps the Government intends taking to combat the threat posed by the jihadist group Islamic State.

  • Focus on Politics for 31 October 2014 ( 17′ 48″ )

    06:36 The Government has passed new workplace laws that will affect collective bargaining, employees' breaks and strike action and it's already turning its attention to possible changes to the Holidays Act.

  • Focus on Politics for 24 October 2014 ( 16′ 03″ )

    18:38 The Government's plans for the coming term have been laid out as MPs return to Parliament following last month's general election. But while it's back in action, it's going about its business under increased security after a shootout in the Canadian Parliament.

  • Focus on Politics for 17 October 2014 ( 17′ 12″ )

    18:35 After a ten-year campaign New Zealand has won a non-permanent position on the the United Nations Security Council for 2015-16.

  • Focus on Politics for 10 October 2014 ( 16′ 43″ )

    18:40 The Government's Ministers are now sworn in and the 51st Parliament will kick off in just over a week.

  • Focus on Politics for 3 October 2014 ( 16′ 22″ )

    18:36 This week the Prime Minister, John Key, has quietly gone about putting his government together while the Labour Party continues to focus on its leadership woes.

  • Political Editor Brent Edwards ( 5′ 14″ )

    17:25 From our Auckland studio, Brent wraps up the days announcement and reactions.

  • Sue Moroney ( 4′ 49″ )

    17:19 Sue Moroney is a senior Labour MP, who resigned as the party's senior whip on Tuesday. She spoke to Jane Patterson.

  • Senior Labour MP Grant Robertson ( 5′ 40″ )

    17:13 The senior Labour MP and former deputy leader Grant Robertson was defeated by David Cunliffe in the last leadership contest. He told Jane Patterson he will contest the leadership.

  • The Announcement ( 5′ 54″ )

    17:09 David Cunliffe has officially resigned as Labour leader.