The Week In Review
A web-only programme review of news from the last 7 days.
2:00 AM. A review of the week's news including... The Prime Minister says he's not going to TeTii marae this Waitangi weekend because marae trustees wanted to gag him and some were effectively advocating violence, an attempt to burn down the Whakatane electorate office of the Social Development Minister, Labour's free tertiary education policy will not have a spending cap, a group of shocked and angry teenagers gathered in a Wairarapa town to grieve for two young friends who died in a car crash after fleeing from police, there's elation in the North at news the Government is backing the long-awaited Hundertwasser art centre, the lawyer for 68 owners of uninsured homes, or empty sections in Christchurch's red zone is going back to the High Court, for the first time this year there'll be equal numbers of men and women lawyers, unemployment is at its lowest rate in 7 years while the number of people NOT participating in the Labour market grows, former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark is at the heart of a new Australian political scrap, the Department of Conservation is looking at ways to ease chronic overcrowding on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and is there a buried prodigy in all of us? - we hear from a psychiatrist who has spent five decades studying people with savant syndrome.
6:00 PM. A review of the week's news including... An investigative journalist says Scott Watson is guilty of murdering Ben Smart and Olivia Hope but he didn't act alone, the Prime Minister goes on the front foot over New Zealand's intention to formally sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal while the Labour Party leader attempts to keep a lid on brewing tensions in his caucus over the party position's on the TPP, more dairy farms may go on the market as desperate farmers struggle financially after the forecast dairy payout is cut this week, Police relaunch their investigation into the 1976 murder of Auckland girl Tracey Ann Patient, the Government ends five years of haggling and commits itself to the country's largest ever transport project, the case of 'the cattle in the water' on land majority owned the Chief Justice and her husband, a British adventurer and descendant of a New Zealand Antarctic hero, who had been attempting to become the first person to cross the continent unsupported dies after collapsing 50 kilometres from the finish, New Zealand director Taika Waititi's new film has a Sundance Film Festival audience standing and clapping and legendary cartoonist Murray Ball celebrated his seventy seventh birthday this week and got a birthday present from Gisborne - life-sized bronze statutes of Wal and Dog.
6:00 PM. A review of the week's news including... The owner of a tour boat that caught fire with 60 people on board off the Whakatane coast says his company isn't fully insured, Te Atatu residents welcome the news of police charging a 19-year-old man with the murder of an Auckland woman, some beneficiary advocates are scathing about the Government's latest plan to get poor people into new homes, latest details of the pay gap between what women and men are paid in the country's 29 public service departments show there has been no improvement, why 2016 could be a good year to ask for a pay rise, the man who coached the Highlanders to victory is to become the new head coach of Japan's national rugby team, the official drought period in parts of Otago and all of Canterbury and Marlborough has been extended by six months, our film reviewer sits down and chats with Quentin Tarantino who's been in country, it's been two months since New Zealand's first global rugby superstar Jonah Lomu died at the age of 40 - John Campbell talks with his wife Nadene, Britain's National Maritime Museum hopes a group of London based Maori can resolve a mystery around artifacts brought back to England by Captain James Cook and an Air New Zealand flight from Tokyo to Auckland causes terror when severe turbulence sent it dropping through the air.
12:00 PM. A review of the week's news including... Auckland University researchers hit back at a study which downplays alcohol's link to violence, the Property Council is shocked by a new global housing report that shows how extremely expensive New Zealand's homes are, recreational fishers say they're being shortchanged by new marine protection plans, union stalwart Helen Kelly calls for a Government inquiry into working conditions for farm workers, the AA's newest driver training tool for tourists seems to be a hit, the lack of progress in addressing tobacco-related harm amongst Maori is being seen as a very real stumbling block to New Zealand becoming smoke free by 2025, a homeless shelter specifically for women will now be a permanent fixture in Christchurch, Netflix customers threaten to desert the streaming service after moves to stop viewers watching films and TV shows from its American site, a declining numbers of Sperm Whales off Kaikoura sparks research into the environment the mammals live in, the 170th anniversary of the battle of Ruapekapeka Pa is marked, talks to keep the Wellington Phoenix football team in the Australian A-League are positive says the club, from folk remedies to micro chips an exhibition on the history of contraception in New Zealand reveals some horrifying impliments and world changing innovations and some of the country's finest up and coming opera singers have been treated to a masterclass by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.
12:00 PM. A review of the week's news including... The Labour Party leader says his party would defy the Trans Pacific Partnership in Government, what should NZ do in a row between Saudi Arabia and Iran following the execution of a Shia cleric?, who's to blame for the Dick Smith Electronic retail chain's receivership?, author Duncan Greive on the Dan Carter biography he co-wrote, what a recent survey looking into the safety culture at the Fire Service says, the Japanese whaling fleet seems to be winning its annual battle with Sea Shepherd in the Southern Ocean, a veteran reporter and Pulitzer Prize winner talking about the movie 'Spotlight' which is about the investigative team he lead who broke the story of sexual abuse by priests in the Catholic Church in 2002, the humble ute has toppled the passenger car as the top selling vehicle in New Zealand and the housing stock in Wellington and Dunedin is in for a shake-up with confirmation a rental warrant of fitness scheme will go ahead this year.
12:00 PM. A review of the week's news including... Cyber attacks are being seen as an increasingly significant threat by Government ministers and New Zealand's intelligence agencies, the Marlborough region is facing it's worst drought in nearly 15 years, the New Years Honours are out and we hear from three recipients, Kiwi race car driver Scott Dixon tells us why his 2015 Indy Car title was his greatest yet, the husband of Lecretia Seales talks about a blog he kept called called Lecretia's Choice, we meet the main Auckland mayoral candidates hoping to succeed Len Brown next year, New Zealand actor Cliff Curtis' production company gets set to produce it's first documentary and we hear from the great granddaughter of a suffragette leader about a movie based on her famous family members.
6:00 PM. A review of the week's news including... Hollywood's powerbrokers welcome a court decision Kim Dotcom and his associates can be extradited to the United States to face movie piracy and racketeering charges, the Government leaves the door open to the possibility of taxpayers money being spent reinstating Christchurch's cathedral, illegal practices uncovered by Labour Department inspectors have found widespread worker abuse and exploitation, Blackcaps captain Brendon McCullum is pulling stumps on his illustrious international career, the tourism industry is scrambling to ensure there are enough hotel beds and tourist buses a record numbers of visitors expected this summer, New Zealand is set to get a new Maori science academy, we meet the first person attempting to cross the Antarctic continent alone, two veteran RNZ presenters hung up the headphones this week and what word made the grade in this year's word of the year poll?
6:00 PM. A review of the week's news including... A police raid on journalist Nicky Hager's home has been ruled illegal, a convicted armed robber who's lived in Australia since he was nine and has just been deported to Invercargill fears he's on the brink of returning to a life of crime, the Law Commission wants a specialist sexual violence court set up, youth advocate Tupua Urlich who spent his childhood in state care talks with Kathryn Ryan about his involvement in a review of Child, Youth and Family, Auckland's mayoral race has a new prominent contender, questions raised again about the Prime Minister's media interviews, the first charter school to fail, the American psychologist whose study on prison mentality exposed the ease at which participants playing the role of guards began psychologically torturing their prisoners, evolutionary biologist, ardent atheist and science educator, Professor Richard Dawkins who is coming to New Zealand, the principal investigator of the New Horizons mission to Pluto and a new religion based on a belief in an airborne god formed from spaghetti and meatballs has won the right to conduct legally recognised marriages.
6:00 PM. A review of the week's news including... The number of women travelling from New Zealand to Islamic State controlled areas in the Middle East is on the rise, a new Government agency to combat cyber crime is being described as a huge change in the way this country deals with online threats, farming leaders say an advertisement in a British newspaper highlighting animal cruelty in the New Zealand dairy sector is a kick in the teeth, the Mayors of two areas whose young adults have been labelled the most "at risk" in the country blame a lack of jobs and hope, National MP Judith Collins has been returned to Cabinet, we hear from TV3 journalist Mike McRoberts who's in Lebanon ahead of the first intake of the Government's emergency quota of Syrian refugees, a Hawke's Bay pastor has had a head wound stapled after a strange attack by a man wielding a Maori weapon, Wellington will get a new multimillion dollar movie museum and convention centre, Monday's Nine to Noon feature guest Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu who was suspended from international rugby after accusing a referee of racism in a series of tweets and an incredible 14 month 'lost at sea survival story' is told in a new book, we hear from the author.
6:00 PM. A review of the week's news including... Pharmac says there's not enough evidence to justify spending 30 million dollars a year on a promising new melanoma drug, an animal rights campaigner says the dairy industry's reputation is in tatters after revelations of shocking animal abuse, the latest investigation into the so-called Roastbusters case has found social workers initially took complaints of rape seriously but then decided the sex was consensual, five young men associated with Opotiki College are charged with sexual offending against underage girls and appear in court, a not guilty verdict for cricketer Chris Cairns, the Meat Workers Union says its members are being bullied and made to feel distressed since winning a major court case against their employer, Government ministers have been questioned about their record on climate change after the Prime Minister's speech to a Paris summit this week, the Army has sacked five soldiers for taking a powerful hallucinogenic drug called N-bomb on a night out in Palmerston North over Labour Weekend and a sneak look inside the Otago region's first digital planetarium which opened this week.
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.