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In the days leading up to this week's Budget there was plenty of talk it would include policies to rein in rising house prices and to help alleviate poverty. (17′00″)
This week the Government sold its 49 percent stake in Mighty River Power, raising one-point-seven billion dollars. It also introduced under urgency legislation which will make it easier for the country's electronic spy agency to monitor the communications of New Zealanders. And the Finance Minister, Bill English, suggested the Government would not support Solid Energy or other State-owned Enterprise if they weren't viable businesses. But all that was overshadowed by the controversy surrounding backbench MP Aaron Gilmore. Our political editor Brent Edwards looks at how Mr Gilmore made himself a household name. (17′36″)
The Labour Party MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti, Parekura Horomia, died on Monday afternoon and his tangi is underway at his turangawaewae, Hauiti Marae. (16′23″)
For the first time in the region's history, a delegation of more than 60 Pacific MPs and political leaders came to the New Zealand Parliament to participate in a regional assembly. (17′36″)
New Zealand's Parliament passed historic legislation on Wednesday night to enshrine marriage equality in law - the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to do so. (16′42″)
The actions of the Prime Minister in relation to the Government's electronic spy agency have once again come under intense scrutiny, following the release of a highly critical report into the GCSB. (16′44″)
The Prime Minister has faced criticism all week over revelations he rang Ian Fletcher about the job as director of the Government Communications Security Bureau. (16′30″)
An embarrassing breach of confidential information by the Earthquake Commission has raised questions about whether there is a systemic problem with privacy across the whole of An embarrassing breach of confidential information by the Earthquake Commission has raised questions about whether there is a systemic problem with privacy across the whole of government. (17′22″)
The Government is still refusing to abandon the error-ridden Novopay system, even though a review has found the school payroll remains unstable and the taxpayer bailout for it has surged to at least 11 million dollars. (17′24″)
The two men who used to head Solid Energy have broken their silence over how the state owned coal company ended up nearly $400 million in debt. (16′49″)
After getting the green light for its partial asset sales programme from the Supreme Court, the Government's wasted no time getting the process underway for the first company, Mighty River Power. (17′06″)
Release of documents reveal truth about Hobbit dispute. (16′55″)
The ACT Party goes in to its annual meeting this weekend hoping to breathe new life into its party membership and leave recent troubles behind. (17′06″)
The New Zealand First MP, Richard Prosser, has dug in his heels and is refusing to heed calls for his resignation, after he wrote a column about air safety, terrorism and young Muslim men. (16′58″)
Compared with previous visits, this year's political visits to Waitangi ran relatively smoothly. However, infighting between local elders threatened to overshadow the Prime Minister's traditional welcome to the celebrations. Those fed up with the constant disruptions at the Waitangi Marae have suggested the events should be moved to take some heat out of the visits and avoid the protest that Waitangi Day inevitably attracts. (15′11″)
The first official day back at Parliament on Tuesday was more reminiscent of the first day back at school, with personal attacks and political point scoring characterising the Prime Minister's Statement, and the subsequent debate. (16′36″)
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