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RNZ: Focus on Politics

A weekly analysis of significant political issues.


Focus on Politics for 26 May 2017

Fri, 26 May 2017 18:38:00 +1200

The Finance Minister, Steven Joyce, has delivered his first budget, clearly aimed at helping National win September's election. It includes a lift for lower income families through changes to Working for Families and the accommodation supplement and also includes a rise in some tax thresholds But the package doesn't come into effect until April next year, making it an election year sweetener.

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Focus on Politics for 19 May 2017

Fri, 19 May 2017 18:38:00 +1200

The trans-Tasman bond is again being tested with the rights of New Zealanders living in Australia being stripped further. Australia tightened its visa rules last month making it harder for people to gain citizenship. And this month it announced the fees New Zealand students pay will effectively triple from next year. Our political reporter Mei Heron looks at the relationship between the two countries.

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Focus on Politics for 12 May 2017

Fri, 12 May 2017 18:38:00 +1200

Debate about charter schools and what would happen to them under a Labour government has flared up after comments made by its list candidate and Maori campaign manager Willie Jackson. Labour has a long standing policy to repeal the legislation that allows charter schools to operate, but there's discussion within Labour about what should be done with those seen as doing a good job. This has coincided with a Labour Party bill being drawn from the ballot, prohibiting charter schools from turning a profit. Here's our political editor, Jane Patterson.

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Focus on Politics for 5 May 2017

Fri, 05 May 2017 18:30:00 +1200

Low and middle income families should expect to receive some financial relief in this month's Budget. The finance minister Steven Joyce is putting the final touches on his first budget and as our political reporter, Demelza Leslie, explains, changes to Working for Families and income tax thresholds appear to be on the cards.

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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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