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Focus on Politics for 20 April 2018

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:38:00 +1200

The Green Party finally has a new female co-leader after several months, but Marama Davidson has her work cut out for her. Since the election there has been fierce debate within the party's membership about decisions made under leader James Shaw and accusations of a departure from the Green Party kaupapa. The party is teetering dangerously close to the five percent threshold in political polls, the most tenuous its survival has looked in more than a decade. Here's our Deputy Political Editor, Chris Bramwell.

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Focus on Politics for 13 April 2018

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 18:38:00 +1200

From the moment she became leader, Jacinda Ardern, has made it clear that tackling climate change is one of her primary focuses. So it should have been no surprise this week that she announced her Government would not be granting any new offshore oil and gas exploration permits. But as our Deputy Political Editor, Chris Bramwell, reports some in the oil industry claim they were caught unawares.

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Focus on Politics for 23 March 2018

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 18:38:00 +1300

The blow up between New Zealand First Cabinet minister Shane Jones and Air New Zealand led to extraordinary exchanges between politicians and business leaders this week. Mr Jones' call for a cull of the board, starting at the top, earned him a Prime Ministerial rebuke. At a broader level it's also highlighted potential tensions between Labour and its governing partners. Here's our political editor, Jane Patterson.

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Focus on Politics for 16 March 2018

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 18:38:00 +1300

The world has been watching as the UK and Russia face off over the poisoning of a former Russian double agent. The leaders of France, Germany, the United States and the United Kingdom have issued a joint statement condemning the act. Meanwhile, the US has imposed sanctions against Russian individuals and countries accused of meddling in the US Presidential campaign. Closer to home there are a number of other foreign matters the government has on its radar. Our political editor Jane Patterson sat down with the Foreign Minister Winston Peters to talk first about the so-called "Pacific reset".

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Focus on Politics for 9 March 2018

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 18:38:00 +1300

Jacinda Ardern has spent the week island-hopping in the Pacific - a whirlwind trip, meeting four nations' leaders and dishing out millions in aid. It was Ms Ardern's first trip to the region as Prime Minister - starting in Samoa and finishing in the Cook Islands. Here's our political reporter Craig McCulloch.

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Focus on Politics for 2 March 2018

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 18:38:00 +1300

The National Party has a new leader - Simon Bridges. He's 41, married with three young children and while brought up in West Auckland, is currently the MP for Tauranga. Mr Bridges was a senior minister under John Key and Bill English, and now has the challenge of readying the party to adapt to opposition, and take on Jacinda Ardern and Labour in 2020. Here's our political editor, Jane Patterson.

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Focus on Politics for 23 February 2018

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:38:00 +1300

The remnants of Tropical Cyclone Gita ripped through central New Zealand this week, cutting off communities, closing roads and wreaking havoc for the upper south island. It's not the first bad storm of 2018, and will not be the last as the effects of climate change are felt in more ways than one. Our Deputy Political Editor, Chris Bramwell, looks at the resilience of New Zealand's infrastructure and what is being done to adapt to the changing climate.

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