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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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/fop/fop-20180223-1838-focus_on_politics_for_23_february_2018-128.mp3




Focus on Politics for 16 February 2018

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

For the second time in less than 18 months, the National Party is in the throes of a leadership contest. The party's leader, Bill English, announced on Tuesday that he would resign at the end of this month, not just as leader, but from Parliament altogether. And now the race is on to see who can get the support for the top job. Here's our Deputy Political Editor, Chris Bramwell.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/fop/fop-20180216-1838-focus_on_politics_for_16_february_2018-128.mp3




Focus on Politics for 9 February 2018

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

This year's commemorations at Waitangi have been widely heralded as a huge success - there were record crowds enjoying the music, food and korero. Politicians are formally welcomed to Waitangi on February the 5th, the day before Waitangi Day and in a break with recent tradition, this year the powhiri was moved away from Te Tii Marae and was held at the marae on the treaty grounds. Our Deputy Political Editor, Chris Bramwell, was at Waitangi.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/fop/fop-20180209-1838-focus_on_politics_for_9_february_2018-128.mp3




Focus on Politics for Friday 2 February 2018

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

Two pieces of legislation on medicinal cannabis have been before Parliament this week, raising questions about who should be allowed to grow and access the drug. A Government bill, which lays the groundwork for a regulated medicinal cannabis industry, passed its first reading. However, another bill which allows people to grow their own, failed. Here's our political reporter Mei Heron


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/fop/fop-20180202-1838-focus_on_politics_for_friday_2_february_2018-128.mp3




Focus On Politics for 26 January 2018

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 17:30:00 +1300

The Government is wasting no time as the political year begins, rolling out announcements as its self-imposed 100-day deadline looms. The week also included the annual pilgrimage to Ratana Pa - the first time for Jacinda Ardern in her role as Prime Minister and Labour Party leader.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/fop/fop-20180126-1741-focus_on_politics_for_25_january_2018-128.mp3