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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.

Focus on Politics for 31 July 2015

6:35 PM. Time now for Focus on Politics, where our parliamentary chief reporter, Jane Patterson, looks at how the political debate in New Zealand unfolded, during the week as the Trans Pacific Partnership talks were held in Hawaii.

Focus on Politics for 24 July 2015

6:35 PM. The National Party is holding its annual conference in Auckland this weekend as it nears the end of the first year of its third term in government.

Focus on Politics for 17 July 2015

6:35 PM. Dairy prices plunged again this week piling more pressure on the country's dairy farmers and New Zealand's biggest industry.

Focus on Politics for 10 July 2015

6:37 PM. This week the Government announced it aimed to cut greenhouse gas emissions eleven percent by 2030 from 1990 levels.

Focus on Politics for 3 July 2015

6:30 PM. New Zealand has the presidency of the United Nations Security Council, for the month of July.

Focus on Politics for 26 June 2015

6:36 PM. The Government is coming under increasing pressure to accept more refugees, particularly after the Prime Minister wrongly claimed thousands and thousands were getting into the country under the reunification programme. On Monday John Key was forced to correct himself, saying he had got mixed up over the figures for a three-year period. Mr Key has repeatedly defended having a refugee quota of just seven-hundred-and-fifty but other political parties say it is time to take more. Our political editor Brent Edwards looks at the debate.

Focus on Politics for 19 June 2015

6:36 PM. It's been a tumultuous week for the Housing Minister, Nick Smith, as he tries to keep the Government's grand plans for Auckland housing on track.

Focus on Politics for 12 June 2015

6:35 PM. Not long after Labour elected Andrew Little as leader he announced the party would confront what he said was one of the biggest challenges facing New Zealand: the future of work.

Focus on Politics for 5 June 2015

6:38 PM. The new Green Party male co-leader James Shaw has big, ambitious plans for the party.

Focus on Politics for 29 May 2015

6:36 PM. The Government has run into a roadblock, in the form of caucus resistance, over its workplace health and safety legislation.

Focus on Politics for 22 May 2015

6:35 PM. This week the Finance Minister, Bill English, delivered his seventh Budget and it included a surprise pay increase for beneficiaries with children.

Focus on Politics for 15 May 2015

6:35 PM. Six months after becoming the leader of the Labour Party, Andrew Little is forging new links with the business community as he makes economic growth his top priority.

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