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... the Prime Minister says the Government will not pay a ransom for a Kiwi kidnapped in Nigeria, a scheme to pay homeless people to move out of Auckland began this week and we here from a special arrival at Te Puea, the Auckland marae that has been taking in the homeless, a damning report in to an inquiry carried out by the Government's 'go to woman' isn't a fatal blow to future work for her, New Zealand military personal will stay in Iraq longer, New Zealand's first prosecutions for owning and distributing violent Islamic propaganda, the economics of the Compass Group's contract to supply food for some DHBs, an Auckland mayoral candidate's idea to free up housing, scaremongering by anti immunisation groups is being blamed for a drop in the rate of Pakeha girls receiving the HPV vaccine, an American company is being condemned for selling tea towels featuring portraits of Maori and a black singlet sells for over a hundred thousand dollars, we hear from the man who made it famous.
2:00 AM.A review of the week's news including... The Justice Minister says the two and half million dollars in compensation offered to Teina Pora is fair, the father of schoolboy unleashes a scathing criticism of his son's school, saying it should have done more to communicate with the family after he died, hundreds sleep out in Auckland in support of the homeless, the Social Housing Minister apologises after one of her staff members told a journalist a marae official was under police investigation, deaths will soon be able to be reported as a "suspected suicide" after legislation to change the Coroners Act passes, the champion of a bill which would have extended paid parental leave says she's exhausted every avenue, a group supporting gay and transgender young people in New Zealand warns some schools are not safe for transgender students, is the risk of Meth residue contamination in houses seriously overstated? the Transport Agency entrusts an investigation into bad steel at the new Waikato Expressway to the very company that imported it, an ACC blunder overcharging thousands for their car registrations is much bigger than initially thought, the Government pours cold water on suggestions of a Mediaworks and TVNZ tie up, a group credited with fighting racism against Pacific people in New Zealand commemorates its 45th anniversary and a five metre tall sculpture of an artist's hand and facial features is unveiled on the roof of the Christchurch City Art Gallery.
2:00 AM.A review of the week's news including... Calls for a review of New Zealand's immigration settings as the number of people settling here reaches record highs, we meet an eleven year old child who's staying at a Mangere Marae because she and her family are homeless and have been living in a van, the Government rejects suggestions banks are doing its job for it by placing heavy restrictions on lending to foreign home buyers, the Reserve Bank targets resident property investors, Gareth Morgan proposes the introduction of a comprehensive capital income tax, the worst Queen's Birthday road toll in 27 years, who are the problem drivers on our roads? the Government wants to spend 20-billion-dollars on defense, the latest poll of polls shows the gap is closing on National's lead over a Labour-Greens combination, a review of jump races after three horses were killed at Elleslie Racecourse, finding alternatives to seclusion for people with severe autism, the new residents of a Northland social housing provider's scheme move in, the Government consults on how to improve organ donation rates and leaders throughout Maoridom pay their respects to Sir Graham Latimer who has died in Kaitaia at the age of 90.
6:00 PM.A review of the week's news including... Relatives of a two-year-old girl shot dead at her home in Mangere speak of their grief and shock, Labour and the Greens are formalising their relationship, the Chairman of a Mangere Bridge marae calls for a permanent facility to be set up to provide temporary help to the homeless in Auckland, an urban Maori authority urges its whanau to boycott an after-hours clinic because it's too expensive and go straight to Hospital emergency, tobacco companies fume over the Government's plans to wrap up their cigarettes in plain packets, a steel trader says loose controls in New Zealand means 95 percent of substandard imported steel is not detected and ends up in bridges and buildings, a review of suicide deaths finds many of those who took their own lives did not get the right help, or slipped through the cracks of multiple Government agencies, the Civil Aviation Authority grounds all helicopters of the company which owned the machine that crashed on Fox Glacier causing multiple fatalities, the sister and father of a New Zealand woman feared dead after she was taken by a crocodile in Queensland say they'll stay at the site of the attack until the search for her ends, punters will have to go without alcohol at the Trentham winter races as the Police take a strong stand on alcohol abuse and illegal alcohol sales, Wellington City Council scraps a proposal to fine people who are late to burials and rodeos have been slammed as cruel and outdated with animal rights groups calling for their outlawing.
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?