Market meltdowns and the pool of discomfort: the best reads

1:25 pm on 30 August 2015

From mega market meltdowns to the Rugby World Cup's 'pool of discomfort' - radionz.co.nz put its stamp on some of the week's major stories.

Counting down to the Rugby World Cup in their own unique way, Toby Manhire and Toby Morris explain All Black nappies, breakfast martinis and why pool c is full of mild discomfort.

Toby and Toby: What's the score with the Rugby World Cup?

A Porirua family, who have fostered children, explain the problems they and their relatives have had with CYFS bouncing kids from family to family:

'CYFS need to listen to carers'

OPINION: The selection of the All Blacks backline for the World Cup is still prompting plenty of debate just days out from the naming of the squad:

World Cup spots still up for grabs

Forensic teams were working at the site.

Dozens of bodies were found in the abandoned truck. Photo: AFP

When 71 people are found dead in a parked truck in Austria, and on the same day, dozens are feared drowned after a boat capsizes off Libya, do semantics matter?

Are they refugees or migrants?

There is growing public disenchantment with politics, but how much of it is due to the cynical way politics is conducted now, wonders Brent Edwards in Power Play:

NZ politics grow more cynical

From balls to internship auctions, has school fundraising gone too far - and why are our schools pushing so hard for money?

What happened to the simple sausage sizzle?

Investors look at screens showing stock market movements at a securities company in Beijing.

Investors look at screens showing stock market movements at a securities company in Beijing. Photo: AFP

Market meltdowns are nothing new. We look at 10 of history's worst, linked by one common theme: what goes up must come down.

Bubble trouble: History's 10 worst crashes

OPINION: The Kiwi NBA basketballer Steven Adams has copped criticism for choosing the NBA over the Tall Blacks, but the castigation is misplaced.

Steven Adams: Mercenary or messiah?