Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:45:00 +1300The Government's been in damage control this week, after Maori leaders spoke out against a planned change to the care and protection system for children. The change, governing the placement of children in state care, places emphasis on a child's safety above everything else - leading some Maori to wonder where that leaves whanau. More than five thousand children are currently in the care of Child Youth and Family and almost two-thirds are Maori.
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:45:00 +1300The government has once again found itself on the back foot over housing, during an ongoing debate about how it measures housing shortages, particularly in Auckland. It has also started the formal process of establishing powerful authorities to help fast track house construction around the country.
Fri, 10 Feb 2017 18:43:00 +1300Time now for Focus on Politics. The Government announced this week that people who want their doctor to prescribe medicinal cannabis will no longer need to get ministerial approval, but they still will have to get sign-off from the Health Ministry. But questions remain over whether the change will actually speed up access to the drug. Here's our Deputy Political Editor, Chris Bramwell.
Fri, 03 Feb 2017 18:45:00 +1300Donald Trump's sudden and sweeping ban on refugees and people from seven Muslim nations entering the United States has had far reaching consequences. The US President's executive order, referred to by critics as the Muslim ban, threw governments around the world into a spin as they struggled to get up to speed on what it meant for their citizens and tried to come to grips with the new Republican president.
Fri, 27 Jan 2017 18:38:00 +1300A war of words erupted and insults were traded earlier this week as political party leaders made their annual speeches at Ratana. The celebrations mark the official birthday of the church's prophet, Tahupotiki Wiremu Ratana, who was born 144 years ago - but the event also serves as the unofficial start to the political year. Our political reporter Mei Heron has been at Ratana.