13 May 2016

The Week In Review for week ending Fri May 13 2016

From The Week In Review, 6:00 pm on 13 May 2016

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.