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RNZ: Focus on Politics

A weekly analysis of significant political issues.


Focus on Politics for 2 December 2016

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:38:00 +1300

Political deals to help out a certain candidate or party in an electorate seat have been frowned upon in the past, but the practice will become much more widespread in the 2017 election. National has done deals to help its support partners back into Parliament, but critics of those arrangements, Labour and the Greens, are now signalling their intention to do the same. Here's our political editor, Jane Patterson.

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Focus on Politics for 25 November 2016

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 16:45:00 +1300

Housing, crime and transport are the three most talked about problems in Mt Roskill and are high on the agenda for the candidates vying to be the electorate's first new MP in decades. Phil Goff was first elected MP for the then seat of Roskill in 1981 but lost it in 1990 before being re-elected in 1993. Mr Goff has held the seat ever since but has finally left for good to be Auckland's new mayor. Our Political reporter Mei Heron has been in the Auckland seat looking ahead to next Saturday's by-election.

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Focus on Politics for 18 November 2016

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 18:45:00 +1300

A massive 7.8 earthquake centred at the top of the South Island has sparked a major government response this week. The damage wrought in Kaikoura and the wider region and in Wellington is estimated to cost billions to repair, including significant repairs to parts of State Highway One north of Kaikoura.

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Focus on Politics for 11 November 2016

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 18:38:00 +1300

Donald Trump's victory in the United States Presidential elections sent shock waves throughout the halls of Parliament this week. It caught many New Zealand Politicians off guard, and left them scrambling to work out how it would impact on the country's relationship with America. And whether that kind of protest or rust-belt vote could happen here. With political reporter, Demelza Leslie.

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Focus on Politics for 4 November 2016

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 18:45:00 +1300

The Government's controversial Saudi sheep deal was back in the public spotlight this week after the Auditor General released her long-awaited report into the matter. While Lyn Provost cleared the Foreign Minister Murray McCully and officials of acting corruptly, her report raised serious questions about the deal.

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Focus on Politics for 28 October 2016

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 18:38:00 +1300

One case of a autistic boy being locked in a seclusion room in a Wellington has led to revelations the practice is much more widespread than authorities were aware of. An investigation into the use of seclusion rooms in schools around the country is now being carried out by the Ombudsman, and in one case, by the police. Here's our political editor, Jane Patterson.

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Focus on Politics for 21 October 2016

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:38:00 +1300

The sudden increase in the country's prison population means the Government will now have to stump up an extra billion dollars to build more beds. The move means there is less in the pot for other spending, but the Finance Minister says the Government has no choice. Deputy Political Editor Chris Bramwell reports.

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Focus on Politics for 14 October 2016

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 18:38:00 +1300

The government has acknowledged it has to restrict the numbers of new residents allowed to come to New Zealand, as those numbers show no sign of abating. Changes introduced this week are aimed at making it harder to get residence through the Family and Skilled Migrant categories.

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Focus on Politics for 7 October 2016

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 18:40:00 +1300

A proposal by the Police Minister Judith Collins to boost front-line officers has been given to the Prime Minister and other senior members of Cabinet. The level of police numbers have been in the spotlight recently, with statistics showing an increase in assaults and burglaries, and the force's own annual workplace survey revealing officers are stressed and under-delivering.

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