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A weekly analysis of significant political issues.

Focus on Politics RNZ News

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    • 4.3 • 78 Ratings

A weekly analysis of significant political issues.

    From lobbyist to legislator: Andrew Hoggard's vision for reform

    From lobbyist to legislator: Andrew Hoggard's vision for reform

    Andrew Hoggard might be new to Parliament, but he's certainly not new to New Zealand's screens and airwaves.
    The Manawatū dairy farmer was president of Federated Farmers from 2020 to 2023, and one of the more prominent critics of the previous government's agricultural policies.
    In this week's Focus on Politics, RNZ Political Reporter Giles Dexter sits down with new MP - and new minister - Andrew Hoggard, to discuss the suite of reviews and replacements he's been tasked with.

    • 16 min
    Aim and fire? Public service targets return amid job cuts

    Aim and fire? Public service targets return amid job cuts

    Public Service Targets are set for a comeback but with job cuts looming over ministries and agencies, unions fear public servants are only being asked to do more with less.
    Originally introduced by the John Key National government, the targets have led to improvements in the past - but that experience shows there are also risks. 
    In this week's Focus on Politics, Political Reporter Giles Dexter looks at the impending comeback of Better Public Services targets, one of the points in the government's new action plan.

    • 16 min
    Winston Peters navigates troubled waters with India, China

    Winston Peters navigates troubled waters with India, China

    New Zealand must pull its weight on defence and security, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says in a sit-down interview with RNZ, after talks with both India and China. 
    While trade was a driving force behind those engagements, it is clear tension points - like the South China Sea, and potential involvement in AUKUS - are becoming more central to foreign policy discussions in the Indo-Pacific. 
    In this week's Focus on Politics, Political Editor Jo Moir sits down with Foreign Minister Winston Peters after his visit to India, and a visit from his Chinese counterpart.

    • 16 min
    Labour prepares to be prepared for power

    Labour prepares to be prepared for power

    Humiliated and humbled in last year's election, Labour has spent its first months back in opposition licking its wounds.
    At the party's caucus retreat this week - a gathering of its MPs at a remote location to strategise for the year ahead - it promised a comeback.
    In this week's Focus on Politics RNZ deputy political editor Craig McCulloch takes a look at the difficulties and dilemmas facing Labour as it readjusts to life in opposition.

    • 15 min
    Clock stops on coalition's urgency-filled 100-day plan

    Clock stops on coalition's urgency-filled 100-day plan

    The House has been in full swing for four weeks, with MPs sitting long hours as the government pushes through legislation under urgency to complete its 100-day plan. 
    What's in it? Did the government achieve it all? And how will the plan hold in six, 12 or even 18 months?  
    In this week's Focus on Politics, Political Reporter Anneke Smith examines the 100-day plan and the fanfare for it by the coalition government. 

    • 15 min
    When no news is bad news

    When no news is bad news

    Summary

    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
78 Ratings

78 Ratings

Spyrash ,

Needs a little more producing

Just a report on what happened, can be jolting because they go straight into the story with no intro, weird when you are listening to the end of another podcast and then a report starts

Bloonspeare ,

Good Summaries, but

Why on earth must you give Simon Bridges so much air time? He’s got absolutely nothing of value to add

AshDawgles ,

Nope

Biased

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