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Tuesday, 08 April 2014 16:54

Royal Babies and Politics

The Royal Tour is providing some great photo ops for politicians - but if you can win votes by kissing babies, do you get more votes with Royal babies? Political expert Dr Bryce Edwards looks at the political campaign as we head toward the election, and asks is it still possible for Labour to succeed?

Published in Mornings
Thursday, 06 March 2014 10:12

Darren Ward - Sport and Politics

The Para-Olympics get underway in Sochi at the end of the week, Normally this would be a celebration of the Human Spirit triumphing over adversity, but with Russia's involvement in neighbouring Ukraine some nations are considering a boycott. Darren Ward from CBM talks about the balance role of Sport, Politics and Humanitarian interests.

Published in Mornings
Thursday, 30 January 2014 10:18

Act's Epsom seat up for grabs

ACT PARTY_LOGOACT's Epsom and leadership nominees will go head-to-head at a meeting tonight, before the party decides who'll take it into this year's election.

With leader and Epsom MP John Banks stepping down, ACT has the choice of splitting his two roles.

David Seymour's seeking just the Epsom candidacy and believes the roles should be separated.

The other two contenders - Jamie Whyte and former MP John Boscawen both want both the leadership and Epsom.

- Rhema Media/Newstalk ZB


Published in National

parliament -_NZ_chambers2New and familiar faces have been welcomed to Parliament as the House sits for the first time this year.

National MP Sam Lotu-Iiga has been sworn in as minister, taking on Pacific Island Affairs; and two new MPs were also sworn in to Parliament at 2pm.

National's Joanne Hayes replaces Katrina Shanks, who retired from politics at the end of last year; while Labour's Poto Williams has been waiting to take her seat in the house since having won the Christchurch East by-election last November.

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett picks up the Local Government portfolio, while the prodigal Peter Dunne makes a ministerial comeback. He has been sworn in as Minister of Internal Affairs and returns to the role of Associate Health Minister.

The United Future leader quit his portfolios last year after refusing to cooperate with an inquiry into who leaked a GCSB report to media.

- Newstalk ZB

Published in National
Thursday, 16 January 2014 07:19

Kim Dotcom's political success

Kim-Dotcom-landscapeA warning to mainstream politicians not to take Kim Dotcom too lightly.

The German-born resident of Auckland's North Shore has indicated he's going to officially announce the launch a political party - the Internet Party - on Monday night.

He wants to engage those currently detached from the political process - those who live through social media and the internet - and there's speculation that Kim Dotcom could be on a political roll.

His Internet Party is said to be planning to field candidates in Auckland Central and the new Upper Harbour electorate.

Fifteen-thousand free tickets to his album launch on Monday night at Vector Arena have been snapped up, with many of those now up for sale on TradeMe.

David Slack says conventional politicians hold old-time political meetings but hardly anyone goes. He says waving their hoardings at passing motorists is about as much engagement as most people have with their politicians.

David Slack says it's possible for the Internet Party to get the 150,000 votes needed for a place in an MMP government.

He says Kim Dotcom's made no secret that he's looking after his own interests in the wake of facing extradition to the US - but he can be taken at his word when he says he is outraged at the way some of the officers of the state have played fast and loose with our important consitutional principles.

David Slack saysthe Internet Party could have more of a chance getting into an MMP parliament than Colin Craig's Conservatives.

Newstalk ZB/RBG News

Published in National
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 10:07

Latest from Parliament

Barry Soper our political correspondent joins Andrew with the latest from Parliament.

Published in Breakfast
Tuesday, 22 October 2013 15:38

The week in politics

It’s been quite a week in the political world... Dr Bryce Edwards from Otago University discusses the latest with Andrew.

Published in Mornings
Tuesday, 08 October 2013 17:02

Shine TV headlines - Tues 8 Oct, 2013


Brad Mills has a round-up of today's top stories, including Mark Lundy's quashed muder trial from the Privy Counsil in London; A fatal train accident in Auckland; Snow on the ranges in Canterbury and Dave Dobbyn is inducted into the New Zealand music hall of fame.

From the Rhema newsroom for Shine TV. Hourly bulletins every weeknight between 6:30-9:30pm on Sky 201, Freeview 25, or

Published in National
Monday, 07 October 2013 17:01

Shine TV headlines - Mon 7 Oct, 2013


Davina William has a round-up of today's top stories, including the capture of two major terrorists; the release of a Kiwi journalist from an Egyptian prison; and updates from the APEC 2013 summit in Bali, Indonesia.

From the Rhema newsroom for Shine TV. Hourly bulletins every weeknight between 6:30-9:30pm on Sky 201, Freeview 25, or

Published in National
Thursday, 26 September 2013 14:05

UK Labour courts younger voters

UK-flag-voteBritish youth in their mid-teens could become eligible to vote if the Labour Party is elected to power.

Party leader Edward Miliband has pledged to lower the voting age by two years, from 18 years old to 16.  Mr Miliband made the announcement at the party's conference this week, in a speech that many are saying is his finest yet.

The Opposition leader lambasted Prime Minister David Cameron's administration, claiming the Conservatives were set on winning the global race at the cost of British citizens' livelihoods. He added that the current cost-of-living crisis is not merely a by-product of the government's economic policy, but the policy itself.

Worrying statistics on voter turnout at general elections may be an indictment on the current government and could work in the Opposition's favour. UK correspondent Malcolm Stuart says just 63% of eligible voters had their say in the last election. He expects that lowering the voting age would benefit Labour, as 16- and 17-year-olds are judged more likely to vote for the party.UK-Labour

Other policy announcements made at the Labour Party 2013 conference include a promise of 25 hours' free childcare for working parents with 3- to 4-year-olds, paid for with a greater bank levy; and proposed requirements for large firms to take on a local apprentice for every foreign worker hired.

The Opposition leader made his pledges under the motto "Britain can do better than this". And if Labour wins the next general election in 2015 despite the decreasing voter turnout, more voters of a younger age will get a chance to rally to that exhortation, and keep Labour in power.

- Newstalk ZB/ RBG News

Published in International
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