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A weekly analysis of significant political issues.


Focus on Politics for 28 April 2017

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:30:00 +1200

The controversial Te Ture Whenua Maori Bill would make major changes to the way Maori control and develop their land, as well as removing some of the discretion of the Maori Land Court. The legislation is on track to be passed before the September election, but it still has its detractors.

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Focus on Politics for 21 April 2017

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

Global trade now looks very different for New Zealand, with the withdrawal of the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, and the imminent departure of Britain from the European Union. And talks for the upgrade of New Zealand's free trade deal with China start on Tuesday (April 25th), eight years after the agreement was first struck. Our political editor, Jane Patterson, asked the Trade Minister Todd McClay about New Zealand's priorities for the upgrade.

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Focus on Politics for 7 April 2017

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

Parliamentary hearings on the thorny topic of voluntary euthanasia wrapped up this week. The select committee is now tasked with distilling the thousands of submissions and coming up with recommendations. Here's our Deputy Political Editor, Chris Bramwell.

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Focus on Politics for 31 March 2017

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 18:38:00 +1300

Pollsters are rushing to reassure New Zealanders of their credibility ahead of this year's election. The sector's reputation has taking a drubbing globally after several major misses last year - most notably Donald Trump's shock victory in the US election. Here's our political reporter, Craig McCulloch.

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Focus on Politics - Nicky Hager

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:45:00 +1300

A startling new book by the investigative journalists Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson was released this week, raising questions about whether the New Zealand Defence Force committed war crimes in Afghanistan.

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Focus on Politics for 17 March 2017

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 18:38:00 +1300

The issue of abortion law raised its head again this week, which in election year is never a welcome topic for political parties. The laws governing abortions in New Zealand are 40 years old and include out-dated and sexist language, but there is still political resistance to even initiating a review. Here's our Deputy Political Editor, Chris Bramwell.

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Focus on Politics for 10 March 2017

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 18:38:00 +1300

The Prime Minister has taken a political gamble, and laid out a plan to increase the age of entitlement for superannuation - but not for another 20 years. Under John Key the National -led government refused to consider any change, but his successor Bill English says the time is right. Here's our political editor, Jane Patterson.

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Focus on Politics for 3 March 2017

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 18:38:00 +1300

The revelation this week at-risk prisoners have been subject to inhumane treatment, has again raised questions about the country's mental health system. In one case a prisoner was tied down to a bed for 16 hours at a time for 37 nights in a row. The Government has acknowledged the number of people seeking out mental health services is growing and more needs to be done to meet demand. Here's our political reporter Mei Heron. Where to get help: Lifeline: 0800 543 354 Suicide Crisis Helpline: 0508 828 865 / 0508 TAUTOKO (24/7).  Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (24/7) Samaritans: 0800 726 666 (24/7) Youthline: 0800 376 633 (24/7) or free text 234 (8am-12am), or email What's Up: online chat (7pm-10pm) or 0800 WHATSUP / 0800 9428 787 children's helpline (1pm-10pm weekdays, 3pm-10pm weekends) Kidsline (ages 5-18): 0800 543 754 (24/7) Rural Support Trust Helpline: 0800 787 254 Healthline: 0800 611 116 If it is an emergency and you feel like you or someone else is at risk, call 111.

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