10 Mar 2017

Top Stories for Friday 10 March 2017

From Morning Report, 6:00 am on 10 March 2017

Britain's public inquiry into historical child sex abuse has heard claims of mistreatment of children sent to New Zealand. The BBC's Tom Symonds was at the hearing and says children in New Zealand were put into foster care "one child described being a child slave, working 18 hours a day." RNZ's Maori Correspondent Mihingarangi Forbes says King Tuheitia's slapdown of Hauraki-Waikato MP Nanaia Mahuta has made Labour's safest Maori seat one of the most challenging in this year's elections. Students organising a protest against rape culture have been forced to change the venue from outside Wellington College after being threatened with violence. We speak with one of the organisers of the protest, Mia Faiumu. The Labour Party is calling for an investigation into whether a convicted fraudster effectively pushed public servants out of their jobs after they raised red flags about her, as Craig McCulloch reports. Auditor-General, Martin Matthews, was in charge of the Ministry of Transport at the time and says a tip-off from an external source caused him to commence investigations "I am not aware of any occassion where the people you're referring to drew anything to my attention directly about Joanne Harrison." Weather commentator Richard Green says "the gods have smiled and not delivered " the rain forecast for Northland, Auckland and the Coromandel over night... but that another bout is due and warnings are out. The rain messed up Denis Beaver's just recarpeted and revamped home in Whangamata's industrial zone. Bu this clean-up's on hold with more severe weather expected to sweep through in the next couple of days.