The Week In Review
A web-only programme review of news from the last 7 days.
18:00 A review of the week's news including... The judge deciding whether a Wellington woman can die with her doctor's help thanks the dying woman for taking the case, more than 180 jobs at Fairfax New Zealand could be axed in a shake-up of the country's biggest news publisher, Auckland Police try to identify a gang of masked graffiti taggers who ambushed a train at Newmarket on Wednesday night, the Government considers automatically enrolling all workers in KiwiSaver just days after scrapping the one thousand dollar KiwiSaver kickstart payment, Auckland drivers face many more parking restrictions, California's worst drought in over a thousand years, a survey reveals that New Zealanders are a pretty satisfied lot and an unexpected customer forced a South Auckland carwash to close for most of Tuesday.
18:00 A review of the week's news including... a 790 million dollar four-year anti poverty package was at the heart of Thursday's Budget, property investors say the Government's move to tighten property tax rules will not solve the Auckland housing market crisis, a combative and tearful John Banks lashes out calling the Crown very personal and very vindictive in pursuing him in the Dotcom donations prosecution, TV3 announces a new show will take over Campbell Live's slot and host John Campbell will be leaving the network, Scott Watson's lawyer tells a court the convicted double murderer deserves to be able to tell the public about the miscarriage of justice that saw him locked up, how well is the national carrier servicing regional New Zealand? fifty-thousand New Zealand cars are being recalled because an of airbag fault the manufacturer admits could cause them to explode unexpectedly and a new documentary on social housing launched as part of the Documentary Edge Festival.
18:00 A review of the week's news including... heavy rain causing flooding across the lower North Island, damaging homes and almost completely cutting Wellington off from the north, the Reserve Bank announces regional loan restrictions in an attempt to slow the rise in Auckland property prices, a call to reduce the speed limit on many rural roads to 70 or 80 kilometres following a horrendous weekend of road deaths, hundreds of inmates will be transferred and 194 will lose their jobs with the shutting of units at older prisons, reassurances to locals that there's no plan to import Chinese labour to the North, the Associate Conservation Minister announces a review of unsafe and illegal gun use by hunters after the deaths of two young hunters, we hear from the lawyer asking the High Court to clarify whether a doctor would be committing a crime if he or she were to help his client to die, a new report warns New Zealand's regions are getting a bad deal, smaller, high-rise retirement villages could hit the skyline of Auckland in the future and Prince Harry learns and performs the Haka.
18:00 A review of the week's news including... a hundred miners are to lose their jobs as the country's largest opencast coal mine axes more than a quarter of its workforce, one of the country's biggest concrete makers admits recent shipments of its product have been substandard possibly affecting a major transport project, the Auckland Council puts the brakes on its Housing Accord with the Government, Tauranga and Invercargill will be first off the block for the Government's state housing sell off but one potential buyer says it needs much more information before it makes a move, a surgeon and the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board are in the gun over a man who bled to death during routine surgery, the Auditor General says its impossible to tell if the 137 million dollar Whanau Ora programme has achieved what it set out to do, mountaineer Peter Hillary who was on Mt Everest when the massive Nepal earthquake struck recalls the event, the former captain of the Black Ferns and now a senior lecturer in sports management at Massey University on Nine to Noon, stray cats are invading Woodville and the Air Force gets ready to say goodbye to a workhorse.
18:00 A review of the week's news including... the aftermath of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal, industry experts say the drop in Fonterra's forecast milk payout will take 7 billion dollars out of the economy, members of the infant formula industry are playing down the impact from a new range targeting the Chinese market, all major fast food chains commit to ending zero hours contracts, a coroners inquest into the deaths of two Dunedin children at the hands of their father raises serious questions about the way police enforce protection orders in domestic violence cases, the political stand-off between the Auckland Council and its ports company is over but public protest is continuing, Fish and Game applaud a precedent setting jail sentence for trout poaching and New Zealand scientists hail a potential breakthrough in controlling greenhouse gas emissions from sheep and cows.
18:00 A review of the week's news including... The Prime Minister describes his repeated pulling of an Auckland waitress' hair as just 'horsing around', a hearing into the shooting of two Dunedin children by their father has heard of a series of failures by the police to follow up on information that could have saved their lives and Edward Livingstone's psycho-therapist says she was naive and wrong to write a letter for court saying he was not a violent man, the mother of a 15 year old boy who died after a routine appendix operation is furious the anesthetist who made critical mistakes has not been named, AC/DC's drummer pleads guilty to charges of threatening to kill and possessing methamphetamine and cannabis, the firm behind a radio advertisement playing a Singapore says it has no compunction in calling Auckland 'a property investor's dream', landlords in Canterbury are taking advantage of a housing crisis with the region overtaking Auckland as the most expensive to rent, a tramper crawls for ten hours with a dislocated shoulder after being stuck on the side of a mountain for two days, one of the country's biggest fisheries companies closes its Christchurch mussel processing factory blaming rising ocean temperatures and variable weather, the former Heart of the City chief executive admits stealing millions from the agency he ran to promote Auckland and from Gallipolli we hear about the man who led New Zealand troops in the first Anzac Day service.
18:00 A review of the week's news including... The Reserve Bank urges the Government to think again about a capital gains tax to help quell the overheated Auckland housing market, the Medical Council wants a debate about what information the public should be given about the performance of doctors, a new loyalty card aimed at people with student loans has been criticised for being nothing more than a marketing ploy, the Prime Minister says the Government will continue to work with iwi over Maori freshwater rights but maintains nobody can own the resource, the high profile head of a rape prevention group reveals she was threatened with a funding cut if she continued to criticise the Government, the director of the Security Intelligence Service has warned more people, not fewer, are being monitored because of their links to Islamic State, the Green Party says it's shocking that New Zealand appears to be helping what it calls 'Bangladesh's notoriously brutal security agencies', policing tactics in Canterbury are being questioned after official figures revealed the region is responsible for almost one in six armed offender call outs, the stones a young hunter got in his boots while climbing up a slip to get to a deer he'd just shot, probably saved his life and packaged foods may be even less healthy than you thought.
18:00 A review of the week's news including.... Media commentators say they expect a review of TV3's Campbell Live show will lead to it being axed, a business leader warns that parity with the Australian dollar is a double edged sword, a police officer criticised in an independent report on the handling of the Roast Busters case has criticised the police management's response to the inquiry, the police searching for a missing Southland boy say all the evidence so far points to him being the victim of a murder-suicide, conservation group has been at the centre of a dramatic rescue after a poaching vessel it's been shadowing for more than three months sank of the west African coast, higher fences to stop mental health patients getting out won't be happening at a Hamilton unit with a history of escapes including two in the past week, more than two hundred seafood workers told they'd be out of a job by the end of the month, Auckland's housing market is being likened to a giant ponzi scheme by one leading economist, the family of a mother of three killed while she was out jogging is angry the driver who hit her has not been jailed and controversial zero-hour contracts at some fast food chains are set to be scrapped.
18:00 A review of the week's news including... Mark Lundy begins his second term of life imprisonment after once again being found guilty of murdering his wife and young daughter in Palmerston North 15 years ago, Teina Pora will not face a retrial for the rape and murder of Susan Burdett, the National Party analyses Winston Peters' historic win in the Northland byelection, the departing head of a manufacturing exporters group says the obsession with property has severely weakened the sector, the Government blames a slump in milk prices on the World market being awash with milk, the Black Caps lose their first ever Cricket World Cup Final, the High Court rules against the Electoral Commission's decision to ban public broadcasts of the a satirical song during last year's election, the tax system could be in for the biggest shake up ever seen, the Government strikes a deal for New Zealand soldiers to defend themselves in Iraq, Trade Me looks at implementing a code of conduct on the sale of animals, the Mt John University Observatory at Tekapo is celebrating its 50th birthday and forty years of Morning Report.
18:00 A review of the week's news including... Mark Lundy's defence team begins its closing argument in his murder trial, a second opinion poll within 24 hours gives New Zealand First leader Winston Peters a commanding lead heading in to the Northland by-election, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security will investigate whether the GCSB spied on New Zealanders working or traveling in the South Pacific, the New Zealand cricket team makes it to the World Cup final at the MSG, a Christchurch school insists it was within its rights to ban two students from competing in the Maadi Cup rowing regatta despite being overruled by a High Court judge, a grim development in the search for a missing eleven year old boy who was taken from school by his step-father a fortnight ago, Ports of Auckland looks likely to face a legal challenge to its planned wharf extension, veteran Dambusters pilot Les Munro's medals will stay in New Zealand, HMNZS Canterbury reaches Vanuatu nearly two weeks after Cyclone Pam and an explorer's great, great, great grand daughter prepares for the 175th anniversary of the discovery of the Ross Sea and Ross Ice Shelf on the edge of the Antarctic.
18:00 A review of the week's news including... Police come under fire for their interpretation of the law around sexual assaults in the wake of a report on the Roast Busters case, a week after Cyclone Pam tore through the archipelago of Vanuatu some of the worst-hit islands are still without aid while a frantic campaign to vaccinate children against the measles enters its fourth day, a jury has been told a man who had once worked with Christine Lundy and was receiving psychiatric treatment was a possible suspect in the murders of Mrs Lundy and her daughter Amber, questions and accusations over brand new bridges and dusty old roads are continuing to dog the Government in the run up to the Northland by-election, the father of a New Zealander jailed for insulting the Buddhist religion in Myanmar, says he and his wife are shocked and hurt by the court's decision, a Government proposal to allow Canterbury ratepayers to once again elect some regional councillors is being seen as too slow a return to democracy, Pacific nations try to work out how to get a bigger cut of the multi billion dollar tuna fishery and first it was Shackleton's, then Scott's, now it's been announced Hillary's Antarctic Hut is next in line for restoration.
18:00 A review of the week's news including... Blackmailers threaten to poison infant milk formula unless New Zealand stops dropping 1080 in the bush, the Prime Minister says the Government's electronic spy agency does not do mass surveillance, a kauri tree protest climber is charged with trespassing hours after the tree wins a reprieve from the developers' axe, the jury in the Mark Lundy murder trial told that tissue found on his polo shirt was definitely brain material, Police say every effort was made to save a man who died during an altercation with officers who used tasers, Solid Energy warns MPs more job cuts are inevitable, Auckland Council's new chief economist says inner city land values could crash unless high density housing is allowed, a Dutch entrepreneur who dreams of sending humans on a one-way trip to Mars by 2024 and we remember a special day in New Zealand sport twenty years ago this week.