The Week In Review
A web-only programme review of news from the last 7 days.
6:00 PM.operation A review of the week's news including... comment and analysis following this week's budget, the Government's cash injection offer to help people pack up and move out of Auckland, why are families using emergency housing in Auckland being forced in to debt? the Police IT project that is running months late and millions over-budget, controversy over the way thousands watched boxer Joseph Parker take on and beat Carlos Takam, a stranded 4 wheel drive group prompts a dramatic search and rescue operation involving more than 50 volunteers, helicopters and snowcats, Wairoa iwi say the initialing of their deed of settlement with the Crown is a powerful milestone, Helen Clark's leadership style at the UN Development Programme has been criticised harshly as the battle for the UN's top job heats up, a newly restored digital version of the documentary 'Bastion Point - Day 507' has screened at Orakei marae thirty eight years after the Bastion point eviction and we meet the current national speed cubing champion.
6:00 PM.A review of the week's news including... Those dealing with Auckland's most needy say the Government's efforts to deal with the city's housing crisis are failing, the Government warns it could step in if the Auckland Council doesn't agree to open up more land for new houses, the inquiry into the management of Tony Robertson who raped and murdered Auckland mother of three Blessie Gotingco is released, Police in Christchurch believe sex workers could hold the key to solve the mystery of a young woman's death, another Wicked Campers van is ordered off the road, the Government and the seafood industry are sceptical of a new report which claims there's been gross under-reporting of the country's commercial fish take for decades, a fisherman targeted in a fish dumping investigation admits what he was doing was illegal but he was never charged, an outbreak of measles in Waikato may not be fully contained until next month, the group 'No Forced Vaccines' questions a request for non vaccinated Waikato school children and staff to stay home during the measles outbreak, pirated science from Nine to Noon and Nasa's super balloon successfully launches from Wanaka airport.
6:00 PM.A review of the week's news including... the Panama Papers, the Prime Minister is kicked out of the House for the first time ever, four teenage suicides within 13 months in the Hastings suburb of Flaxmere has lead to a Coroner calling for a multi-agency crackdown on family violence, the logging truck problem on some Northland roads, will Fairfax's potential merger with APN's New Zealand arm NZME be major step backwards for journalistic integrity? the Government's move to clarify how many foreigners are buying properties in New Zealand creates even more confusion, Auckland emergency housing providers are hoping a new Government fund will help them to get more people out of cars and garages, the Law Commission recommends a law change so battered women who kill their abuser can argue it was an act of self-defence, Wellington City Council votes to increase oversight over a controversial economic development fund criticised as a secret slush fund, a solar panel supplier asks the Electricity Authority to stop a lines company charging more to customers who install solar panels, the Ngapuhi leader pleads guilty to having his son-in-law try to take the rap for killing kereru, an Auckland mayoral candidate says he'll reduce rates by 10 percent over the next three years and tie future rate rises to the rate of inflation, the Government is told literacy and numeracy levels required of teenagers getting the NCEA should be raised. Mid Canterbury police put paid to school after-ball parties and a farmer and shearer who didn't have his first novel published until he was 56 has won the 50-thousand dollar prize for fiction at the revamped New Zealand Book Awards.
11:00 PM.A review of the week's news including... Pharmac announces this week it will be funding an immunotherapy drug for patients with advanced melanoma and we hear the reaction from a Melanoma sufferer, why former Mediaworks employees popped champagne this week at news of the resignation of it's CEO, Maori TV comes under intense scrutiny in Parliament, is the multi national catering company serving up meals to New Zealand hospital patients paying it's fair share of tax? Civil Aviation figures show one of the most widely used helicopters in New Zealand has been involved in 95 accidents, some fatal, since the year 2000, the Sensible Sentencing Trust begins a social media campaign after murder charges were dropped against two people who admitted killing a three-year-old Taupo boy, the Justice Minister wants more money spent on mental health services for those appearing and being sentenced in the country's courts, Winston Peters on the Overseas Investment Office's failure to properly vet the buyers of North Taranaki's Onetai Station, John Key is forced to defend his relationship with his ministers and personal lawyer over allegations he pressured the Revenue Minister to drop a review of the foreign trust sector, a highly-ranked Anglican priest is stood down for having two affairs - 25 years ago and Drug Free Sport New Zealand says it's disturbed by reports members of the Warriors have been getting high by mixing prescription drugs and energy drinks.
11:00 PM.A review of the week's news including... Kiwirail's fall from transport powerhouse to commercial cot case is laid bare in a startling report made public this week, ripples from the Panama Papers continue to throw up awkward questions for the Government, the Prime Minister suggests a land tax could be applied to foreigners, women in the Auckland suburb of Onehunga are on edge because a young serial sex attacker is yet to be caught, the controversial Ruataniwha dam looks likely to go ahead, three Wicked Campers vans have been ordered off the road by the chief censor, guilty verdicts for two teenagers who've been on trial for murder, the first ever win for a New Zealander of a leg of the World Rally Championship, how hard it is for some patients to access elective or non-urgent surgery? the country's first ban on winter trout fishing takes effect in North Canterbury this weekend and once labelled a Zombie town, Whanganui now finds itself shortlisted as the world's smartest community.
2:00 AM.A review of the week's news including... Auckland Council has the owners of unregistered menacing dogs in its sights, ten thousand Amway workers from China are coming to Queenstown while chilled New Zealand beef could be soon appearing in top Chinese restaurants, organisers of a protest against the sale of land with attached water rights are eager to see if they will get a response from their council, Winston Peters calls for water exporters to pay a royalty, the future of the Maori Council looks unstable, Scenic Hotel Group owners reject any suggestion of impropriety after their company won a tender to manage a luxury resort in Nuie, taxi and ride-sharing companies such as Uber will now be governed by the same set of rules, in a turnaround an Iranian film maker will now be allowed to visit New Zealand, the Government moves to prevent small community groups from objecting to local government amalgamations after they've taken place, should New Zealand establish an extradition treaty with China? the Police may be asked to investigate a Greyhound New Zealand board member, the construction industry wants to get more women into building and New Zealand's Navy is celebrating its 75th birthday this year.
3:00 AM.A review of the week's news including... Auckland Council has the owners of unregistered menacing dogs in its sights, ten thousand Amway workers from China are coming to Queenstown while chilled New Zealand beef could be soon appearing in top Chinese restaurants, organisers of a protest against the sale of land with attached water rights are eager to see if they will get a response from their council, Winston Peters calls for water exporters to pay a royalty, the future of the Maori Council looks unstable, Scenic Hotel Group owners reject any suggestion of impropriety after their company won a tender to manage a luxury resort in Nuie, taxi and ride-sharing companies such as Uber will now be governed by the same set of rules, in a turnaround an Iranian film maker will now be allowed to visit New Zealand, the Government moves to prevent small community groups from objecting to local government amalgamations after they've taken place, should New Zealand establish an extradition treaty with China? the Police may be asked to investigate a Greyhound New Zealand board member, the construction industry wants to get more women into building and New Zealand's Navy is celebrating its 75th birthday this year.
2:00 AM.A review of the week's news including... The Panama Papers leaves John Key with some explaining to do, the Government considers options to tighten laws on dangerous dogs following attacks, Australia takes a hard line on New Zealand dialysis patients, the Environment Minister believes Maori leaders who claim they have the right to fish the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary are wrong, the cost of a controversial water storage project in Hawke's Bay approaches the one billion dollar mark, mandatory third-party testing of all critical building products could be on the way, the Government is urged to do more to boost housing supply as Auckland prices hit another high, a former Waikato dairy farmer who is now one of the largest legal cannabis dealers in the US, Kiwis take out leading cricketer awards for 2015 from cricketing bible Wisden, CNN aviation correspondent Richard Quest on his new book about what happened to flight MH370 and hundreds of people gathered in Nelson's Victory Square in an attempt to break a world record - were they successful?
6:00 PM.A review of the week's news including... more than 180 jobs will be lost after Fisher and Paykel announces the closure of its East Tamaki factory, the leak of more than 11 million documents revealing New Zealand is being used as a tax haven by foreign politicians, drug traffickers, billionaires, celebrities and sports stars, NZ post are to sell 55% of Kiwibank to the NZ superannuation fund and ACC, a big supermarket chain pulls an eggs brand from its shelves that come from a farm implicated in an undercover investigation, private prison operator Serco, is to pay eight million dollars to Corrections after it took over the management of Mt Eden Prison, two teenagers are injured in an Auckland college's production of Sweeney Todd, Helen Clark announces she is putting her name forward to become the United Nations Secretary General and what does a new research paper looking into human sacrifice in nearly one hundred cultures including pre-European New Zealand reveal?
6:00 PM.A review of the week's news including... the Associate Health Minister promises a more tolerant approach towards minor drug offences in the coming years, Housing New Zealand is stepping up its testing for methamphetamine use in state houses, New Zealand's rate of melanoma is now the highest in the World, a payroll systems expert believes up to two million New Zealanders may be getting underpaid by their employers for their holidays, The Finance Minister leaves the door open to a possible split between New Zealand Post and Kiwibank, solar panels - are they are good idea for the environment or not? a Hawke's Bay farmer says she's been forced to sell her underweight stock because a broken privately-owned dam allowed silt to contaminate the water supply, sports and arts groups that rely on funding from Lotto grants have been told to expect much less cash this year, director, writer and occasional actor, Taika Waititi on his new film 'Hunt For The Wilderpeople', politics takes a nasty turn with ministers subjected to threats and insults, we hear from a man who spent a year sleeping just three-and-a-half hours a night, who is New Zealand's most successful world championship athlete? and figures from the agriculture and farming industry remember veteran broadcaster Frank Torley who died this week.
6:00 PM.A review of the week's news including... the country votes to keep its current flag, New Zealand's largest company doubles its profit while dairy farmers are squeezed, eight years in prison for the man who threatened to release 1080 contaminated infant milk formula into the market, the Prime Minister comes under pressure to disclose how much taxpayer's money has been spent on legal costs in the so-called Teapot-Tapes defamation case, what real estate can be bought around the country for the amount Auckland first home buyers expect to pay for their first home? what effects do the 100 trillion microbes living in, on and around us humans have on our health? firms are still crying out for skilled workers despite the surge in foreigners coming to New Zealand to live and work and aircraft enthusiasts from around the world are heading to this year's Warbirds over Wanaka Airshow.
6:00 PM.A review of the week's news including... a top laboratory that says Steel and Tube's test results for critical quake strengthening steel mesh cannot be trusted, Britain has announced a new tax on sugar in soft drinks as part of its plan to tackle childhood obesity - will New Zealand follow suit? an American professor of global nutrition says Coca-Cola's support of prominent health researchers is reminiscent of tactics used by the tobacco industry, the Finance Minister has described the Labour leader's suggestion to force banks to pass on Official Cash Rate cuts to customers as a 'pretty dumb idea', banks are being criticised for keeping credit card interest rates at nearly 20 percent while interest rates generally are at their lowest for decades, our Foreign Minister hopes his Iranian counterpart's visit to New Zealand earlier this week will help refresh relationships between the two countries, prices for dairy farm land have fallen dramatically in the past year, a proposed animal bylaw to protect the public from nuisance, a woman appeals a District Court sentence removing animals from her and a whale missing part of its tail is spotted off the coast of Kaikoura.