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Focus on Politics for 16 September 2016

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 18:40:00 +1200

Sweeping changes to family violence laws were unveiled this week, lifting the lid on what have been described as devastating and insidious statistics. Cabinet papers say the police attend an average of 280 family violence incidents each day, with children present at two-thirds of them. But those incidents are understood to only be a fraction of the numbers that are occuring with eighty-percent of family violence incidents never making it to the police. Here our political reporter, Demelza Leslie.

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Focus on Politics for 9 September 2016

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 18:40:00 +1200

The Government is facing continued criticism for not having a plan to deal with the housing crisis. This week it passed legislation allowing special housing areas to be extended for another three years, and boosted funding for social housing places in Auckland. That came hot on the heels of Auckland homes tipping the million-dollar mark for average price. Here's our political reporter, Demelza Leslie.

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Focus on Politics for 2 September 2016

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 18:38:00 +1200

Much of the debate around national security centres around the threat of a physical terrorist attack in New Zealand, but cyber security is also gaining an increasing amount of attention. The electronic spy agency, the GCSB, says cyber crime is on the rise, and shows no sign of abating. Our political editor Jane Patterson examines the different types of cyber threats, and how they could impact New Zealand.

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Focus on Politics for 26 August 2016

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:38:00 +1200

The Maori King dealt a blow to the Labour Party this week by backing the Maori party and saying he would not be voting for Labour again. However, Labour have the upper hand heading into the election next year holding six of the seven Maori seats, and unphased by the royal comments, the party's leader says they're aiming for them all. With political reporter Mei Heron.

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Focus on Politics for 19 August 2016

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 18:40:00 +1200

In a law change that had its genesis in the illegal spying operation against Kim Dotcom in 2012, the Government Communications Security Bureau will be given an explicit mandate to spy on New Zealanders. The New Zealand Intelligence and Security Bill will also set new guidelines for the sharing of personal information, and create a new offence for people who leak classified information.

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Focus on Politics for 12 August 2016

Fri, 12 Aug 2016 18:38:00 +1200

Record immigration levels have reignited debate in Parliament over whether it's time to put a cap on numbers. The new arrivals put stresses on the nation, and that can cause dangerous resentments. It's being felt mostly in Auckland, not just with housing but other infrastructure like transport. Here's our political reporter, Demelza Leslie.

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Focus on Politics for 5 August 2016

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 18:40:00 +1200

While National is the main governing party, it could not do so without support arrangements with other, much smaller, political parties. Since being elected in 2008 National has had agreements with United Future, the Maori Party and ACT. While the individual deals are renegotiated at each election, National still has confidence and supply agreements with those three parties. Our political editor Jane Patterson talked to each of the support parties about working with National, and the challenges of making their agreements work.

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