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RNZ: Focus on Politics



A weekly analysis of significant political issues.



 



Focus on Politics for 21 July 2017

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:38:00 +1200

As the election draws nearer opposition parties are busy trying to carve their own path, while also presenting a picture of a stable, credible alternative government. However, nothing is straightforward, and the possible combinations of a Labour-led government could look quite different, depending on the number of seats each party ends up with after polling day. Here's our political reporter Mei Heron.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/fop/fop-20170721-1838-focus_on_politics_for_21_july_2017-128.mp3




Focus on Politics for 14 July 2017

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 18:45:00 +1200

The Prime Minister wants to stick with National's current support partners if the party is in a position to lead the Government for a fourth term. But is that healthy and would it work for another three years? And what about New Zealand First? Despite his loyalty to United Future, ACT and the Maori Party, Bill English is still keeping the door open to Winston Peters. Our political reporter, Demelza Leslie, takes the pulse of the current governing relationship.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/fop/fop-20170714-1845-focus_on_politics_for_14_july_2017-128.mp3




Focus on Politics for 14 July 2017

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 18:38:00 +1200

The Prime Minister wants to stick with National's current support partners if the party is in a position to lead the Government for a fourth term. But is that healthy and would it work for another three years? And what about New Zealand First? Despite his loyalty to United Future, ACT and the Maori Party, Bill English is still keeping the door open to Winston Peters. Our political reporter, Demelza Leslie, takes the pulse of the current governing relationship.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/fop/fop-20170714-1838-focus_on_politics_for_14_july_2017-128.mp3




Focus on Politics for 7 July 2017

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 18:38:00 +1200

After several months a report into petrol prices has confirmed what many suspected, that people in Wellington and the South Island are paying more than the rest of the country for their fuel. But will anything change? Our Deputy Political Editor, Chris Bramwell, reports.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/fop/fop-20170707-1838-focus_on_politics_for_7_july_2017-128.mp3




Focus on Politics for 30 June 2017

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 18:38:00 +1200

The Government's been in court this week over the way it has set New Zealand's climate targets. Hamilton law student Sarah Thomson is taking legal action against the Minister for Climate Change Issues - the first case of its kind in the country. Here's our political reporter Mei Heron.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/fop/fop-20170630-1838-focus_on_politics_for_30_june_2017-128.mp3




Focus on Politics for 23 June 2017

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:30:00 +1200

It's been an unexpectedly messy week for the National Party this week in the lead up to its election year conference, and the first real test of Bill English's leadership. The party clearly thought the controversy around its Clutha-Southland MP, Todd Barclay, was over and done with last year - but it rose its head again on Tuesday morning and just over 24 hours later the 27-year-old's political career was over.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/fop/fop-20170623-1830-focus_on_politics_for_23_june_2017-128.mp3




Focus on Politics for 16 June 2017

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 18:38:00 +1200

Immigration continues to be hot election year topic, and Labour has poured fuel on the fire with its new immigration policy. The leader Andrew Little says New Zealand is not prepared for the thousands of new migrants and it's time to "take a breather". Political editor Jane Patterson reports.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/fop/fop-20170616-1838-focus_on_politics_for_16_june_2017-128.mp3




Focus on Politics for 9 June 2017

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 18:38:00 +1200

The controversial voluntary euthanasia debate took another twist this week after a member's bill legalising the right to die was pulled from the ballot. The legislation in the name of the ACT party leader, David Seymour, would allow people with a terminal illness or grievous, incurable medical condition to end their own lives. The matter is a political hot-potato - with previous attempts to debate the issue being knocked back - and now all MPs will have to deal with it leading into September's election. Here's our political reporter, Demelza Leslie.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/fop/fop-20170609-1838-focus_on_politics_for_9_june_2017-128.mp3




Focus on Politics for 2 June 2017

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 18:35:00 +1200

An investigation is underway into whether the Auditor General Martin Matthews is fit to continue in that role.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/fop/fop-20170602-1835-focus_on_politics_for_2_june_2017-128.mp3




Focus on Politics for 26 May 2017

Fri, 26 May 2017 18:38:00 +1200

The Finance Minister, Steven Joyce, has delivered his first budget, clearly aimed at helping National win September's election. It includes a lift for lower income families through changes to Working for Families and the accommodation supplement and also includes a rise in some tax thresholds But the package doesn't come into effect until April next year, making it an election year sweetener.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/fop/fop-20170526-1838-focus_on_politics_for_26_may_2017-128.mp3