The Week In Review
A web-only programme review of news from the last 7 days.
6:00 PM. A review of the week's news including... recovery teams bring down the remaining three victims from last weekend's Fox Glacier chopper crash, firefighters battle a forest fire that's burned through more than 400 hectares north of Blenheim, tens of thousands of New Zealanders are expected to attend the public memorial service for Jonah Lomu at Eden Park in Auckland, a leading obesity campaigner is quitting the battle saying she has achieved nothing in the last 14 years, a massive increase in the number of homeless people asking Citizens Advice Bureaux to help them find emergency housing, the Chris Cairns perjury trial enters its final stages, Qatar's attorney-general has ordered an appeal against the acquittal of several people over the Doha Mall fire that killed New Zealand triplets, the Labour Party leader says Australia is wasting its money keeping New Zealanders in its detention centres, veteran Labour MP Phil Goff confirms he will run for the Auckland mayoralty next year, about 100 thousand patients with alcohol related problems are being treated by emergency doctors in New Zealand every year, Dunedin succeeds in its bid to host some of the 750 Syrian refugees coming to New Zealand and Sam Hunt is turning 70 and has a new book of verse on the way.
6:00 PM. A review of the week's news including... Rugby's first global superstar former All Black Jonah Lomu has died at the age of 40, Richie McCaw says farewell to his 14-year All Black career, twelve New Zealanders deported from Australia land at Auckland International Airport, the Police have charged a man with the murder of road worker George Taiaroa more than two years after he was shot and killed, Scott Watson speaks publicly for the first time since his arrest to protest his innocence of the murder of Olivia Hope and Ben Smart in the Marlborough Sounds more than seventeen years ago, the fifth anniversary of the Pike River disaster, the Salvation Army demands a new law to make sure all children have a legal right to adequate housing, Police reveal they pepper sprayed a six-year-old boy earlier this year after he threatened to kill his mother, should motorcyclists pay less for their vehicle insurance than the rest of us? a warning that Monarch Butterflies are facing a famine in Auckland this summer, Dan Carter interviewed on Nine to noon and the winners and losers at the 2015 New Zealand music awards.
6:00 PM. A review of the week's news including... The champion All Blacks World Cup parade moves through the country, one of the country's largest farms is sold to New Zealand buyers, details of the controversial Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement are finally made public, a New Zealand bred horse takes first and another raised here third in the Melbourne Cup, the latest from the Chris Cairns perjury trial in London, New Zealand First's deputy leader is accused of racism, police officers are having to deal with more than a hundred cases a day involving what they term acutely distressed mentally ill people, New Zealand's unemployment rate cracks six percent, the Government won't be reining in the record profits made by the country's main Australian-owned banks, Queenstown airport plan to bring in night flights prompts serious safety fears from pilots, we meet the 12th Dr Who and why is Radio New Zealand now RNZ?
6:00 PM. A review of the week's news including... Victims' families feel betrayed over the Transport Accident Investigation Commission investigation into the Fox Glacier skydive crash, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Seymour Hersch says there is something 'dramatically wrong' with the way the Government has behaved toward Nicky Hager, a New Zealand family makes headlines around the world after their decision to stunt the growth of their severely disabled daughter, the parents of triplets killed in the Doha mall fire are calling on the Prime Minister to follow up promises made to him by the Emir of Qatar, an Immigration New Zealand investigation into the use of fake documents by Filipino farm workers is leaving them desperate and unable to work, the latest from the Chris Cairns' perjury trial in the UK, sixty two homes in Upper Hutt remained cut off Friday morning after a surging Akatarawa River damaged a narrow bridge, a woman who fled violence in Iraq 23 years ago was told by the New Zealand Defence Force she couldn't enlist because of where she was born, a former trade unionist and professional director wants companies to start putting senior executives on casual contracts, the future of the Wellington Phoenix in the Australian A-League football competition is becoming increasingly uncertain after Football Federation Australia declined the club's bid for a 10-year extension, a new regional airline launches services this week and new additions to the list of New Zealand's top ten most endangered species.
6:00 PM. A review of the week's news including... Australia refuses to do any special deals for New Zealanders caught up by tough new immigration laws, pregnancies supervised by newly graduated midwives are much more likely to end in a baby's death according to Otago University researchers, the latest from the Chris Cairns perjury trial in the UK, Gun City vows to take a private prosecution against a TV3 reporter after she flouted gun laws, reaction to the Health Minister's new plan announced this week to tackle child obesity, staff and patients may have been exposed to asbestos at Dunedin Hospital, a storm is brewing in Waitangi over the country's founding document, the country's national heritage collector has been duped into paying seventy five thousand dollars for a painting it was warned was a fake, Police are recalling hundreds of faulty state-of-the-art breathalysers, will your job be taken over by a robot within the next fifty years? and after two years, Alice the giant boring machine emerges in to the daylight.
6:00 PM. A review of the week's news including... A 60-year-old Auckland businessman appears in court charged with criminal blackmail over the threat to poison infant milk formula with 1080, the Council of Trade Unions President Helen Kelly admits to using cannabis oil illegally to combat the side-effects of cancer, cancer patients say it's ludicrous they're being classified as jobseekers when they apply for benefits, John Key says there'll be a frank discussion about the deportation of New Zealanders with criminal records when he meets with new Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull this weekend, the latest from Chris Cairns' perjury trial in the UK, all restrictions are lifted on the first book banned in New Zealand in 20 years, top executives slam a Green Party quota promise to put together a Cabinet that's half female as misguided, a new report says Americans, not Chinese, were the biggest overseas buyers of New Zealand dairy farms in 2013 and 2014 and Stewart Islanders are spurning any attempt to move to a greener way of getting their electricity.
6:00 PM. A review of the week's news including... Searchers find the body of a missing 10-year-old Levin boy launching a homicide investigation, a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal is reached in Atlanta, the Prime Minster makes a secret trip to Iraq this week to visit Kiwi troops at the controversial Camp Taji, the prosecution opens it's case in Chris Cairns' perjury trial in London, Solid Energy is to close its underground coal mine at Huntly East, the suicide rate is the highest in eight years, the pay gap between men and women grows to its biggest point in six years, an exclusive interview with Wikileaks founder and whistleblower Julian Assange, the campaign for the right to physician-assisted dying continues in New Zealand as a bill is signed into law in California this week, a Christchurch hunter is furious that a helicopter pilot who helped save his life could be jailed and Tourism New Zealand hastily removes an online promotional video of a campervan driving on the wrong side of the road somewhere in the South Island.
6:00 PM. A review of the week's news including... investigators find multiple failures let a murderer and child sex criminal expose big security gaps and escape the country, New Zealand will receive more information about pending deportations from Australia under a new information sharing arrangement, a Labour MP is asked to help two young children caught up in Australia's immigration crackdown, entertainer Chris Brown finds unlikely allies in some of New Zealand's most prominent female anti-domestic violence advocates, the Social Development Minister says she wants better family planning and contraceptive advice for women who have had multiple children taken into state care, a huge ocean sanctuary covering more than 6-hundred thousand square kilometres is to be created, an Auckland plasterer describes how he grabbed a knife off a man soon after he'd killed his wife, university academics say a new requirement for tertiary institutions to publish job and salary data about their graduates is dangerous and counter-intuitive, Fonterra's CEO asks for his multi-million dollar salary to be frozen this year as the co operative cuts costs and slashes jobs, the president of the New Zealand Mars Society on this week's confirmation of liquid water on the red planet and what Wellington needs to do if it wants giant pandas.
6:00 PM. A review of the week's news including... At least 750 Fonterra workers will soon be hunting for new jobs, dairy farmers say a lift in Fonterra's forecast payout is a relief but many still won't be making money at the same time as a three quarter of a million dollar pay rise for Fonterra's chief executive leaves some dairy farmers with a sour taste, the Social Development Minister outlines what she calls transformational change of Child Youth and Family, there will now officially be five designs to choose from when voters return their flag referendum papers, the ACT party is calling for the Government to compensate the owner of Lochinver Station after it blocked its sale to a Chinese company, a former scientist from AgResearch says the latest round of staffing cuts form part of the largest loss of scientific talent in New Zealand since the second world war, the father of a family turned down for refugee status based on climate change is deported from New Zealand, another 20 New Zealand and Pacific Islanders arrive at the Christmas Island detention centre amid growing calls for the Government to ramp up the pressure on Australia, an average of seven people go missing in New Zealand every day, World renowned comedian, celebrity interviewer and holder of a master's degree in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy from Oxford University - Ruby Wax and it's World of Wearable Arts time again in Wellington.
6:00 PM. A review of the week's news including... an eight point three magnitude earthquake off the coast of Chile prompts local tsunami warnings, the Government turns down a Chinese bid to buy Lochinver Station, the Corrections Minister says over 50 breach of contract notices against Serco is a reasonable number, creditors of Solid Energy vote to accept a gradual selldown of the company's assets, a senior doctor who jumped on a car carrying the deputy Prime Minister could lose his job, prices for New Zealand's single biggest export rise sharply again, pressure to include the Red Peak design in the flag referendum refuses to go away, Work and Income pays beneficiaries coming off stand down a day late for the last 18 years, Nine to Noon speaks with Jan Arnold about a new movie dramatising the events the killed eight climbers including her husband Rob Hall on Mt Everest in 1996, a song penned 20 years ago by Neil Finn takes on a new life as a fundraiser, New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko makes history and New Zealand's song writers chose their favourite New Zealand songs of 2015 and 1981.
12:00 PM. A review of the week's news including... New Zealand to accept an additional 750 Syrians over the next two and a half years, the Auckland housing market is in dangerous territory according to the Central Bank Governor, a man is shot dead by Police after he opened fire at a McDonalds restaurant in the centre of Upper Hutt, tens of thousands ask for another flag design to be one of the choices in this year's flag referendum, protesters evicted by police from Kaitaia airport vow to return even if the army's called out, fears for children's safety have prompted the Education Ministry to suspend the registration of a private school for the first time ever, school librarians are in uproar after being told to take copies of banned book off their shelves, a damning report by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons tells of bullying, discrimination and sexual harrassment, more than 30 years after French Government operatives sank the Rainbow Warrior the agent who planted the bombs identifies himself and the voluntary organisation struggling to rehome stray cats in the Auckland area.
6:00 PM. A review of the week's news including... a decision on whether New Zealand will take more refugees could be made within weeks, one of the country's most well known rock musicians has died aged, the Prime Minister says there is enough variety for the public to choose between in the final four alternative national flag designs revealed this week while a designer says the proposed flags are poorly thought out and too complex, a gaffe prone National MP apologises after his sexually explicit jokes at a conference awards dinner prompt several delegates to walk out, a provincial price war breaks out between the country's top airlines, the College of Midwives says it has been left no choice but to take High Court action against the Government over pay, the Sensible Sentencing Trust is taking legal action to try and stop the head of failed finance company Bridgecorp from being released on parole within days, New Zealand indefinitely suspends more than a million dollars of annual aid to Nauru over worries about basic civil and humans rights on the island, a prominent Northland kaumatua tells the Waitangi Tribunal a generation of Maori children were subjected to painful and degrading beatings for speaking Te Reo at school, the story of rapper and Silver Scroll award winner Scribe from Nine to Noon and the All Blacks coach labels some of his selections for the World Cup 'risk and reward'.