The Week In Review
A web-only programme review of news from the last 7 days.
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.
1:00 AM.A review of the week's news including... Four police officers are shot and injured in the Bay of Plenty, after seven hours of deliberation a jury finds Russell John Tully guilty of murder and attempted murder, New Zealand's dairy debt reaches a level one farming consultant is describing as a crisis point, the National MP for Whanganui is unhappy with Fonterra, a balcony collapse at a Dunedin student concert causes injuries, the Reserve Bank Governor drops the official cash rate, public debate on the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes is sparked by news high profile New Zealanders have used the drug for pain relief, the country's greatest batsman is farewelled at a warm and colourful ceremony in Auckland, there's just one more hurdle to jump before nine needy Northland families can move into their very own ex-state houses and you might think Washington DC's about as far away from the flag debate as you can get, think again.
6:00 PM.A review of the week's news including... Tributes flow to two distinguished New Zealanders who died this week, cricket legend Martin Crowe and noted Maori academic, writer and activist Dr Ranginui Walker, a woman who died after she fell from the boot of a car bound and gagged in South Auckland is named as Police begin a homicide investigation and we hear an eye witness account of what took place in Papatoetoe, young Africans say they've been racially profiled and harassed by the Police, an in studio discussion with those fore and against changing the flag as over 3 million voting packs are sent out, the Government launches a crackdown on gangs, reforms aimed at reducing the role lawyers play in the Family Court appear to have failed, talk of dirty politics between two Auckland mayoral candidates and the taps have been turned on at New Zealand's first and only man-made white water park.
12:00 PM.A review of the week's news including... an update from our reporter in Fiji covering the aftermath of Cyclone Winston, a petition about to be presented on the steps of Parliament will call for a new melanoma drug to be funded through Pharmac, the man who threw brown slime at the Earthquake Recovery Minister says he did so because the Government has shown no remorse to the families who lost loved ones in the earthquake and we hear from the Earthquake Recovery Minister on the fifth anniversary of the devastating quake, the fundraising campaign to buy a remote Abel Tasman beach for the public succeeds, where to now for Auckland Council's failed proposal to build more houses on less land in some parts of the city? the United Future leader says he's pushing for a change to the 'clean slate law', hundreds of people will be out of work when Dick Smith closes its doors in eight weeks, an explosion of freedom campers this summer has left small town New Zealand struggling to cope, one of the World's most influential experts on counterinsurgency and military strategy shares his views on the war on terror, New Zealand's smaller bee keepers are worried about their futures and Wellington can breath easy... The bucket is back.
6:00 PM.A review of the week's news including... Seventy thousand commuters find their own way to work in Auckland on Friday, the shaking in Christchurch isn't over yet, the Salvation Army says some Government departments are so focused on meeting targets they have become willfully ignorant about the effect of policies, the number of teenage mothers is on the decline, another appeal seems almost certain following the overturning of a Qatari Appeals Court's decision in the Doha mall fire case, the Corrections Department says it won't be able to cope with the forecast increase in prisoner numbers, a revolutionary American blood cancer therapy that uses the body's own immune cells to attack metastatic tumours makes headlines around the world and is similar to research underway in New Zealand, World Cup winning former All Black captain Richie McCaw has another award to his name, a storm is brewing in the world of Maori performing arts, a rare account of prison life during World War Two and what it says about New Zealand today and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra was up for the Best Orchestral Performance award in this week's Grammys.