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A weekly analysis of significant political issues.


Focus on Politics for 17 November 2017

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:45:00 +1300

Much of the political focus has been at the high powered economic APEC and East Asia Summits this week, with the Prime Minister Jacinda Adern's first major foray onto the world stage. Back home, Parliament's winding back up with select committees being established and paid parental leave legislation being pushed through the House.

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Focus on Politics for 11 November 2017

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 18:30:00 +1300

The 52nd Parliament is now under way and the Government's first law change is making its way through the house, but the coalition's start has not been without a few teething pains.

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Focus on Politics for 3 November 2017

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 18:30:00 +1300

Ministers in the new Government are getting their feet under their desks, reading briefings and preparing for what will be a busy Parliamentary term. The house will begin sitting this week as the Labour-led Government begins implementing its one-hundred day plan.

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Focus on Politics for 27 October 2017

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 18:38:00 +1300

The new government is now in place, after party deals have been revealed, portfolios allocated and new ministers sworn-in. There's been a flurry of activity at Parliament this past week as the Labour-led government prepares to move into the Beehive and relegate the National Party to the opposition corridors. Here's our political editor, Jane Patterson.

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Focus on Politics for 20 October 2017

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:50:00 +1300

The wait, at last, is over - after 26 days, the public has finally learned who will lead the next government - the Labour Party's leader Jacinda Ardern. On Thursday evening, Winston Peters announced New Zealand First will go into coalition with Labour. The Greens, meanwhile, will support Labour on confidence and supply.

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Focus on Politics for 13 October 2017

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 18:38:00 +1300

It's been three weeks since New Zealand went to the polls, a week since the final election result was announced and the writ has been returned, but there is still no Government in sight. New Zealand First, which holds the balance of power, has been in talks all week with both National and Labour as it tries to decide who to form a Government with. Our Deputy Political Editor, Chris Bramwell, has been on stakeout all week at Parliament.

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The final result puts two newcomers in Parliament

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 17:24:00 +1300

National's Nicola Willis and Maureen Pugh have both lost their seats. However, Labour's Angie Warren-Clark and and human rights lawyer and Green candidate Golriz Ghahraman will now be coming to Parliament as list MPs.

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James Shaw hopes for a three-way coalition

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 17:21:00 +1300

In the final result, the Green Party picked up an extra seat, to take its total up from seven on election night, to eight.

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Ardern says the final results strengthen Labour's mandate

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 17:17:00 +1300

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern says the final election results give her party a strengthened mandate to continue with coalition negotiations.

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Bill English says National still best placed to lead

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 17:14:00 +1300

The National Party leader Bill English spoke to reporters at Lake Hayes.

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Colin James crunches the numbers

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 17:10:00 +1300

Veteran political journalist Colin James crunches the numbers.

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Focus on Politics for 6 October 2017

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 18:38:00 +1300

Perhaps the biggest upset of the election was the Maori Party's exit from Parliament as voters abandoned the party for Labour. In a shock few saw coming, co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell lost his 12-year hold on the Waiariki seat. The days since have been cause for reflection - what went wrong? Is the movement over - or can the party rebuild? Our political reporter Craig McCulloch was in Rotorua with Maori Party supporters as the results came in.

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Focus on Politics for 29 September 2017

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 18:38:00 +1300

The election may be over, but there is no sign of a new Government just yet. All four parties involved in the coalition talks are getting their negotiating teams ready and figuring out where and what they are prepared to compromise on. Our Deputy Political Editor, Chris Bramwell, wraps up the week.

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