Radio New Zealand: The Week In Review

This page lists items from RNZ that are identified as "The Week In Review". RNZ didn't start regularly putting both its audio and news content online until 2008. From 2002-2007 written news items (particularly from RNZ International) were placed online. You can access these items, plus the vast audio collecton from the mid-2000s onwards by using the day schedule pages. You can access items prior to 2002 on the historic page.

07/08/2009: The Week in Review - week ending 7 August 2009
Unemployment rises, new youth jobs scheme, Deputy PM under fire over expenses, first NZ politician convicted of bribery and corruption, avalanche deaths, dolphin deaths, 2 dregrees mobile network launched, kiwi dollar strong, NZ's first eco-classroom, superstition goes west in Palmerston North, tribute to Sir Peter Blake [more]

14/08/2009: The Week in Review - week ending 14 August 2009
A review of the week's news - greenhouse gas emissions, NZ navy search in Tonga, tax debate, Bain on OE, cellphone ban in cars, NZ SAS to Afghanistan, new food marketing plan, toddler deaths, hitchhiking MP, Scott Dixon's win, Dame Kiri bows out. [more]

21/08/2009: The Week in Review - week ending 21 August 2009
A review of the week's news including closer links with Australia, road safety plans, schoolboy rugby brawl, Rob Hamill faces Khmer Rouge chief, Telecom profits down, record cannabis haul, measles increase, adoption law push, greenpeace emissions campaign, student flat health risk, whitebait season underway, Valerie Vili [more]

28/08/2009: The Week in Review - week ending 28 August 2009
A review of the week's news including smacking referendum result, mining proposals, youth offending plan, vine cuts, Air NZ profit result, Telecom's CEO pay controversy, tension over Maori seats, sick hunter holds vigil, young scientist's emissions breakthrough, winter games in NZ. [more]

04/09/2009: The Week in Review - week ending 4 September 2009
A review of the week's news including violence in schools, anti-gang patch law, high business confidence, record power company profit, report on greenhouse gases, Uyghur documentary, US Pacific Command Chief in NZ, Winston Peters makes comeback, row over kids letters, golden weekend for NZ rowers. [more]

11/09/2009: The Week in Review - week ending 11 September 2009
A review of the week's news including housing binge warning,spy agency merger, house of horror, call from Fijians for NZ work, ministerial expenses, Balibo Five investigation, human trafficking, dairy debt spiral, NZ's most boring town, amphibious van [more]

18/09/2009: The Week in Review - week ending 18 September 2009
A review of the week's news including Auckland supercity, Undie 500 chaos, Emissions Trading Scheme, Wanganui's spelling drama, Greenpeace action, Wellington quake risk halved, new broadband scheme, Labour says sorry, protecting the godwits, All Blacks losses [more]

25/09/2009: The Week in Review - week ending 25 September 2009
A review of the week's news including boost for exports, Sir Howard Morrison dies, John Key at the UN, dairy payout increase, House of Horrors fire, record prisoner numbers, adventure tourism under investigation, carpooling Wellingtonians, 100 tests for Irene van Dyk. [more]

02/10/2009: The Week in Review - week ending 2 October 2009
A review of the week's news including: Tsunami devastates the Samoas, NZ's civil defence response criticised, Finance minister gives in to public pressure, NZ's UN Security Council bid, Sir Howard's tangi, report released on pilot deaths, crime rates rise, NZ anti-drug device launched, Key's performance on the Letterman show [more]

09/10/2009: The Week in Review - week ending 9 October 2009
A review of the week's news including freak snowstorm strands hundreds, manhunt in Hawkes Bay, another tsunami alert, aid for Samoa, missing toddler, the high dollar, MP jailed, flu tablets restricted, a green supermarket for Christchurch, Floyd Landis to cycle in the south [more]

16/10/2009: The Week in Review - week ending 16 October 2009
A review of the week's news including: toddler found drowned, minister's blunder over ACC suicide coverage, Bill English on NZ's huge cash deficit, tsunami bravery award for kiwi schoolgirl, the bidding war for World Cup TV coverage, police urged to change car chase policy, 25 year dumping reprieve for paper mill, NZ slang a test for new crime line and a thumbs up for the kiwi accent [more]

23/10/2009: The Week in Review - week ending 23 October 2009
A review of the week's news including: ACC to lose its monopoly, new national standards for primary schools, P.E., art and science on the backburner, an apology for Mt Erebus victims' families, schoolboys cause controversy over Nazi salute, immigration at five year high, new laws to crush boyracers' cars, toxic mine threat, guerilla artist in Dunedin and cries for more seats for football World Cup qualifier. [more]

30/10/2009: The Week in Review - week ending 30 October 2009
A review of the week's news including protest warnings against new DNA testing powers, new fraud squad to target 'P', kiwis' debt levels at 7 year high, sex attacks in Auckland, Bill English cleared of wrong-doing over allowances, beach smoking ban, new cellphone law comes into force, from sewage to biofuel and a tickertape welcome for rugby heroes [more]

06/11/2009: The Week in Review - week ending 6 November 2009
A review of the week's news including NZ's diplomatic stoush with Fiji, John Key's first year in office, Maori Party MP's expenses wrangle, NZ Super Fund considering oil industry deal, Bollard on catching up with Australia, Aramoana killings revisited, RAF statue's London unveiling, South Auckland's gang culture, fruit back in schools and the continuing search for a Black Caps coach. [more]

13/11/2009: The Week in Review - week ending 13 November 2009
A review of the week's news including maverick MP's future, Rodney Hide's apology, guilty plea in House of Horrors case, jump in grocery prices, billion dollar boost from dairying, setback for windfarm plan, Australian MP calls for cap on kiwi migration, 36 million dollar kiwifruit research, iceberg nearing NZ, crashlanding birds in Kaikoura and buildup to World Cup qualifier in Wellington. [more]

20/11/2009: The Week in Review - week ending 20 November 2009
A review of the week's news including freak accident kills sergeant,rest home furore, bikies protest, government plan to unlock"black gold rush", the All Whites win, political haggling over climate change law, plagiarism by top author, NZ authors' victory in digital books row, first space rocket launch in NZ, historic whiskey find in Antarctic and the Minty revamp. [more]

27/11/2009: The Week in Review - week ending 27 Nov 2009
A review of the week's news including Erebus crash relatives visit Antarctica, legal aid review finds corruption, Parliament approves private prisons, emissions trading scheme becomes law, Maori MP Hone Harawira set to return to fold, New Zealand's fastest texter found, credit card fraud in carpark, possum numbers on decline, train travel on increase, Phar Lap remembered, poor parking etiquette, and Auckland's Santa restored [more]

04/12/2009: The Week in Review - week ending 4 December 2009
A review of the week's news including PM U turn on Copenhagen, NZ spam king fined millions by US court, tax changes aired , government rejects"radical"economic recipe, second apology from Harawira, Auckland bridge repair costs prompt tunnel debate, Maori remains returned from Europe, song used as anti whaling weapon, DIY passport control revealed, NZ plantation to sell tea to Chinese and sport urged to open up to new migrants. [more]

11/12/2009: The Week in Review - week ending 11 December 2009
A review of the week's news including: consumers welcome electricity sector shake-up, ACC levies announced, factory dairy farms proposed,angry investors grill Hanover directors, NZ involved in Copenhagen controversy, tougher rules urged on Antarctic tourism, Nelson's watery future, report ordered on toxic sludge dumping, Battle of River Plate commemorated, playful dolphin raises ire and excited Douglas residents await bequest. [more]

18/12/2009: The Week In Review - week ending 18 Dec 2009
A review of the week's news including a research initiative at Copenhagen, a yes from Hanover investors, the go ahead for a new highway, a new approach to reducing crime, the Rugby World Cup's host cities and towns, the Maori flag, more Australians make New Zealand home, a cold case under review, a premiere for Peter Jackson's latest movie, climate change activists camp in Wellington, a trap for panther and Dr Seuss's art on show [more]

24/12/2009: The Week in Review - week ending 24 December 2009
A review of the week's news including calls for tougher penalties in wake of police shooting, positive economic growth, Christmas sales up, banks made to pay up $2.2 billion, clamp down on beneficiaries planned, Copenhagen"not a waste of time", two spellings allowed for Whanganui, Susan Boyle complaint upheld, controversial church billboard vandalised, towns big and small to host rugby teams, native mistletoe discovered, Santa imposter no match for real thing [more]

03/02/2010: The Week in Review - week ending 29 January 2010
A review of the week's news including power cuts affect thousands , SPCA horror at Northland dog slaughter , Government lifts SAS secrecy, Education Minister to focus on national standards, Labour Party leaders re-elected, accolades for NZ short film, setback for indoor dairy farms, bumpy road ahead for economic recovery, jail term for gecko smuggler, Air NZ uniforms 'fail to understand Maori culture. [more]

05/02/2010: The week in Review - week ending 5 February 2010
A review of the week's news including taxi driver slayed for fifteen dollar fare, unemployment at ten year high, controversy over Waitangi Day flag, fewer New Zealanders head over the ditch, 71 year old granny jailed for cyclist death, Fonterra's new dairy farms in China"a threat to NZ's green reputation", How Bizarre singer dies, turn-around for Nelson village, 14 year old fights off shark, and Melissa Moon conquers Empire State Building. [more]

12/02/2010: The Week in Review - week ending 12 February 2010
A review of the week's news including the government's new economic plan to raise sales tax and open more mines, State housing investigates bribery in its ranks, Christchurch's efforts to stamp out boyracers, green light urged for medicinal dope use, Green Party MP bows out, students warned over Facebook hatemail, Eden Park name could be sold, Shackleton's whisky uncovered, King Kong boat to sink [more]

19/02/2010: The Week in Review - week ending 19 February 2010
A review of the week's news including sports people's dilemma in wake of terror threats,top tax rate drop signalled, fraud at record levels, outdoor centre chief apologises for deaths, RNZ's future under spotlight, anti-whaling protester heads to Japan, farmers threaten lockout over pylons, liquor ban possible for Wellington, Auckland logo competition launched, high reoffending rate among young, Team NZ cheers Oracle win, Napier quake survivors gather [more]

26/02/2010: The Week in Review - week ending 26 February 2010
A review of the week's news including Telecom mobile network fails again, Housing Minister resigns over expenses, three police attacks in as many days, former NZ child migrants grateful for Brown's apology, NZ bottom of table for doctor numbers, Air NZ chief denies drink-driving culture in airline, NZ government prefers diplomacy in anti-whaling battle, Department of Conservation goes commercial, NZ hockey team relaxed in spite of terrorist threats, Chatham Islanders welcome tui [more]

05/03/2010: The Week In Review - Week Ending 5 March 2010
A review of the week's news including a nationwide tsunami alert, a shake up to road rules, a verdict in South Auckland liquor store killing case, proposal to track abusive families, science funding under spotlight, trans-Tasman wages gap may widen further, unease over tidal power project, lack of household disaster planning, heritage properties up for sale, sell-out crowd for Phoenix game, and Bluff oyster season starts. [more]

12/03/2010: The Week in Review - week ending 12 March 2010
A review of the week's news including anti-whaling protester arrested in Tokyo, millions slashed from education ministry budget, tertiary funding to be linked to success, new cable planned to boost broadband, economy still sluggish, NZ soldier hailed as hero, new visas aimed at wealthy foreign retirees, BAT grilled over Maori smoking record, NZ's Oscar successes, Wellywood sign raises Hollywood's ire and NZ's first biofuel station opens. [more]

19/03/2010: The Week In Review - week ending 19 March 2010
A review of the week's news including: 18 million dollar swindle earns six years in prison, Waihope spy base activists walk free, NZ to aid of cyclone-struck Fiji, Auckland Commonwealth Games hopes dashed, intensive dairying plans scuppered, trans Tasman rower arrives in NZ, health sector waiting for promised frontline resources, NZ human rights record under spotlight and gold for NZ at the Winter Paralympics. [more]

26/03/2010: The Week in Review - week ending 26 March 2010
A review of the week's news including conservation land earmarked for mining, The Economist slams NZ's 100% Pure image, Coromandel residents reaction to mining plans, Chinese investors eye big stake in NZ dairying, rule-tightening a"kick in the pants"for beneficiaries, David Bain claims compensation, foreign investors re-invest profits in NZ, government"greedy"over tuna, American Indians apologise to NZ salmon, NZ-born CNN camerawoman dies, Geraldine people blame sat-nav for lack of tourists, weka spin-off from kiwi programme and heartland NZ prepares for World Cup. [more]

02/04/2010: The Week in Review - week ending 2 April 2010
A review of the week's news including violent crime up, coroner says gorge deaths preventable, hunt on for Norwegian kereru killers, Heatley back in cabinet, North Shore City mayor under fire, Shell stations now in NZ hands, Royal Commission reports on Tongan ferry tragedy, drifting yacht found with no skipper, claims of anti-democratic moves in Canterbury, Vili splits from longtime coach and World Cup song panned for not being kiwi enough [more]

09/04/2010: The Week in Review - week ending 9 April 2010
A review of the week's news including: deathly Easter on the roads, top spy agency issues unusual denial, New Zealand Catholic Church speaks out about sexual abuse allegations, energy company gets go ahead to dam valley,Fonterra plan to shake off overseas farm investors, official drought extended, Whanau Ora details announced, Bethune's case"political", organ buying mooted and Warbirds buzz over Wanaka [more]

16/04/2010: The Week in Review - week ending 16 April 2010
A review of the week's news including: criminal charges laid against two former cabinet ministers, anti-nuclear policy no longer irritates NZ-US relations, boost for GM research, 30 year old missing person case reopened, green light for raising driving age, private sector to build prison, employment market grows, Telecom foreshadows earnings loss and axes jobs, ban on NZ apples to Australia could be lifted, Chinese owned company eyes South Island dairy farms, Team NZ to take part in Volvo Ocean Race and Digital Emmy for Wellington firm [more]

23/04/2010: The Week in Review - week ending 23 April 2010
A review of the week's news including travellers stranded in eruption chaos, exports curtailed, NZ signs up to UN declaration on indigineous rights, ACC under fraud investigation, DNA technology helps solve cold case, police driving in spotlight after motorcyclist road death, head of state bill voted down, roses suffer from human ashes, last stretch of SH1 sealed, companies duped by world cup scams, super V8s roar round Hamilton [more]

30/04/2010: The Week in Review - week ending 30 April 2010
A review of the week's news including Air Force crew killed in ANZAC Day crash,extensive inquiry ordered, smokers hit with surprise tax, Law Commission calls for sweeping liquor changes, police say cannabis industry broken, super regulator announced for finance industry, Queenstown braces for flooding, London Met releases Blair Peach report, money troubles for Serepisos, Waiheke burial site gets official nod and the kiwi spreads its wings and its genes [more]

07/05/2010: The Week in Review - week ending 7 May 2010
A review of the week's news including a dramatic drop in the unemployment figures, the PM's secret trip to Afghanistan, an airline link up could mean better trans Tasman deals, Gulf oil spill could affect New Zealand oil exploration, industry reacts to large protest against mining, rail workers want share of rail upgrade, two log ship workers suffocate to death, tourist tramping death sparks warning, national vote in France leads to return of Maori heads, text-a-fight trend worries Gisborne police and campaign launched to polish up dairying's image [more]

14/05/2010: The Week in Review - week ending 14 May 2010
A review of the week's news including two student knife threats in a week, a 16 year old drinks himself to death, the PM's cannibal joke strains relations with Maori, an apology for Maori excluded from apartheid era rugby, experts say NZ has the ear of China, a new national science strategy draws criticism, unis warn foreign students are not the full answer to funding woes, an inquiry opens into claims of NZ's largest tribe, begging's on the increase in the main cities and the All White's squad is named. [more]

21/05/2010: The Week in Review - week ending 21 May 2010
A review of the week's news including government slashes taxes, prison officer killed on duty, NZ ambulance officer caught up in Bangkok's chaos,"lifeline"offered to leaky home owners, Blue Chip founder escapes prison sentence, clamp down on Auckland underage party scene and NZ rowers head for pre-champ warm-up in Europe [more]

28/05/2010: The Week in Review - week ending 28 May 2010
A review of the week's news including NZ anti-whaling protestor in Japanese court, Kiwibank head resigns sparking asset sales debate, Key under attack over blind trust, no ill feelings for boy's sudden death, mining proposals attract 35,000 submissions, Haden defends right to be RWC ambassador, record dairy income for farmers predicted, Landcorp denies political interference, three-strikes bill passed into law, Maersk Line refuses to transport Orange Roughy and thousands celebrate healthy oyster catch [more]

04/06/2010: The Week in Review - week ending 4 June 2010
A review of the week's news including: Principals say the entire school system is under a cloud, Ministry tracking down NZ women who may have contracted Hep C at abortion clinic, Otago researchers find women in the Unfortunate Experiment were done profound harm, New Zealander caught up in aid flotilla violence, Local Government Minister cops super city savings criticism, huge anti-whaling petition presented to politicians, Government awards first gas and oil exploration permit to Brazilian energy giant, John Key says he has not changed his mind over the future of Kiwibank, new scheme to keep doctors and nurses in NZ eschews pay parity with Australia, our justice reporter spends a night as a prison inmate and drunk native wood pigeons needing treatment in birdy rehab. [more]

11/06/2010: The Week in Review - week ending 11 June 2010
A review of the week's news including day of shame for ex minister, Bethune trial ends in Tokyo, interest rate rise expecetd to hurt exporters, lowest holiday road toll in 54 years, underage prostitutes on the rise in Auckland, urgent appeal sought on paua poaching, pranksters in tv hoax on whaling, protected wildlife status reviewed and NZ ski fields upgraded this season. [more]

18/06/2010: The Week in Review - week ending 18 June 2010
A review of the week's news including an historic point for the All Whites, Labour's leader punishes MPs over credit cards, agreement reached on foreshore and seabed, top Chinese leader visits NZ, manslaughter verdict for adventure company boss, declining sheep flock threatens meatworks, wine industry delighted at lower harvest, Phar Lap skeleton and hide to be reunited and the Vuvuzela sparks a look at local sporting sounds [more]

25/06/2010: The Week in Review - week ending 25 June 2010
A review of the week's news including proud All Whites bow out, a row over MP's protest to Chinese delegation, PM doubts Australia's leadership change will disrupt relations, veteran Timaru businessman under investigation, whaling talks break down, oil experts say NZ prepared for oil spill, mayors want more road funding, challenging Queenstown runway has facelift, tuatara film in running for international award and Carisbrook sees final test match [more]

02/07/2010: The Week in Review - week ending 2 July 2010
A review of the week's news including: Tobacco to be banned in prisons from next year, report on crash of Air New Zealand plane off French coast blames"human error", Emissions Trading Scheme extends to power and fuel, overwhelming farmer support in"most significant day ever"for Fonterra, first school reports including assessments against national standards going home to parents, MPs in line for up to 10 percent pay rise, police commissioner announces retirement and opens investigation into former officer and Moriah College collects buttons to mark death of every child in Holocaust. [more]

16/07/2010: The Week in Review - week ending 16 July 2010
After police shooting, calls renewed to arm officers, a further call to license air rifles after a second killing using a high-powered model, New Zealanders"at risk of dying"if changes are made to water management, Waihopai activist says change to court defence undemocratic, Tertiary Education Minister wants to link graduates getting jobs to some university and polytech funding, police no closer to solving a mysterious Manawatu homicide, government's accounts on track to reduce deficit by $8b, new law to allow all employers to fire within 90 days without legal action and the injured kiwi Dark Star - mistaken for a possum- gets to go home. [more]

23/07/2010: The Week in Review - week ending 23 July 2010
A review of the week's news including: controversial mining plan dropped, new laws for the workplace, Foreign Affairs staff under scrutiny over leaks, police bust money laundering ring, Chinese announce dairy investment, nominations open for local body elections, rugby central finalised, Melbourne schoolboys disgraced for shoplifting in Queenstown, far North children undergo heart tests, supercomputer starts crunching data and tickertape parade welcomes All Whites home. [more]

30/07/2010: The Week in Review - week ending 30 July 2010
A review of the week's news including Labour dumps disgraced Carter, flight training industry in spotlight after fatal air crash, Pacific Blue passenger tells of fearsome flight out of Queenstown, Hamill in court to hear Khmer Rouge prison chief verdict, government announces crackdown on dangerous drivers, alcohol watchdog says rules don't go far enough, Labour predicts government about-face on foreign investment, Te Reo still endangered, NZ cyclist dodges setbacks in Tour de France and post office prices go up. [more]

06/08/2010: The Week in Review - week ending 6 August 2010
A review of the week's news including NZ soldier dies in Afghanistan, former PM to head Gaza flotilla inquiry, disgraced Labour MP takes two months leave, jobless rate up but questions abound, NZ to host next Pacific leaders forum, Telecom agrees to split if broadband bid successful, huge canal system may solve water woes in Canterbury, huge iceberg ready to break off Tasman Glacier, rugby and cricket mourn loss of joint hero and Rocky Horror creator given NZ residency opportunity. [more]

20/08/2010: The Week in Review - week ending 20 August 2010
A review of the week's news including fishing trawler sinks in Southern Ocean, crew rescue efforts praised, Pacific Blue pulls out of NZ's domestic market, ACT deputy leader dumped, search continues for Gisborne 4 year old, Auckland leads low voter sign-up for local body elections, drop in profits for two of NZ's largest companies, Reserve Bank warns of interest rate increase, vandals attack windfarm, Nelson businesses boom and struggle and study reveals startling insight into NZ video gaming culture. [more]

27/08/2010: The Week in Review - week ending 27 August 2010
A review of the week's news including sweeping changes to restrict the sale of alcohol, police pursuit policy in spotlight after fatal collision, body of four year old found in river, government announces new rules for adventure tourism, ACT party members present united front, Fielding reels after more deaths, former MP sentenced for defrauding charities, government looks at reeling in loans from borrowers overseas, pioneering scientist dies and a natural seal nursery drawing the tourists in Kaikoura [more]

03/09/2010: The Week in Review - Week ending 3 September 2010
A review of the week's news including $1.7 billion bailout of South Island finance company, company head tried to forwarn of lending problems, secondary teachers set for a nationwide strike, child support system under review, 'P' seizure success impacts street drug prices, government culls migrant skills list, former PM says republic inevitable, Rotorua sewage to be turned into power, Silver Ferns celebrate win over Australia and London to Auckland jetski trip fails. [more]

24/09/2010: The Week in Review - week ending 24 September 2010
A review of the week's news including wild weather batters country, mayor says Southland's outlook worse than recession, Invercargill's stadium collapses under heavy snow, quake victims claim neglect, taxi drivers talk of narrow quake escape, NZ's Commonwealth Games involvement uncertain, ACT MP resigns, by-election campaigning begins, rheumatic fever rife among Maori, Southland wins against Auckland in Ranfurly Shield and stranded pilot whales trucked to safety [more]

03/10/2010: The Week in Review - week ending 1 October 2010
A review of the week's news including union action threatens filming of The Hobbit, the dispute makes international headlines, the government makes it harder for foreign investors to buy farmland in NZ, tax changes take effect, NZ Games team pleased with improvement to Delhi facilities, growing condemnation of quake legislation, Kaiapoi people still struggle four weeks after quake, DOC bids to free whales tangled in rope and Otago scientists in world first to photograph single atom [more]

08/10/2010: The Week in Review - week ending 8 October 2010
A review of the week's headlines: Paul Henry's comments offend Indian government,anti-whaling activists accuse each other of lying, the Government to sue the Waihopai Three, local government electioneering draws to a close, IHC organisations in statutory management over overnight pay, Auckland's mayor weeps at inquest of teenager, the father of Kahui twins says their mother must have inflicted fatal injuries, schools given ultimatum over Maori students' achievement and two men net maneater in Wellington Harbour. [more]

15/10/2010: The Week in Review for 15 October 2010
for the week ending 15 October 2010A review of the week's news including political pendulum swings to the left in local body elections, a golden conclusion to Delhi Commonwealth Games, TVNZ presenter resigns after uproar, Chris Carter expelled from Labour Party, daughter wants another enquiry into 40 year old Crewe murders, two big oil investors give up on Great South Basin, firearms could be in police cars within months, battle heats up over national standards in schools and NZ inventor proud to play part in Chilean rescue [more]

22/10/2010: The Week in Review - week ending 22 October 2010
A review of the week's news including: the saga of The Hobbit production twists and turns, underground walls to be built to shore up quake hit Christchurch, cash is back in the hands of South Canterbury Finance investors, a Serious Fraud Office investigation begins into the company bidding to buy the Crafar farms, a review ordered into the Crewe murders, the Maori Party is unlikely to ditch its support for the new Foreshore and Seabed law, a report suggests Te Reo is on the brink of extinction, a New Zealand nun speaks about the canonisation of Australasia's first saint and the seats at the new Eden Park that can't see the whole pitch. [more]

29/10/2010: The Week in Review - week ending 29 October 2010
A review of the week's news including: The Hobbit gets the green light in New Zealand, the report into a top defence official's embellished CV is published, a teenage driver who killed a four year old boy escapes prison, police respond to the Labour weekend road death toll, tributes to a teacher shot dead while camping, a New Zealand aid worker speaks about the natural disasters in Indonesia, Hone Harawira is replaced on the committee considering the replacement legislation to the Foreshore and Seabed Act and Lyall Bay surf club celebrates 100 years. [more]

05/11/2010: The Week in Review - week ending 5 November 2010
A review of the week's news including: Clinton's visit heralds a new era of NZ-US relations, the government's Defence Review shifts more money to the front-line, Key is confident his Vietnam trip spells better trade deals, James Whakaruru's killer is to walk free, the NZ dollar hits a two and a half year high, school trustees revolt against standards, stricter tobacco display laws are planned, pomp, ceremony and politicking at the first meeting of the new Auckland Council, New Zealand out in force at the World Rowing Championships at Lake Karapiro and NZ punters break records on the Melbourne Cup [more]

12/11/2010: The Week in Review - week ending 12 November 2010
A review of the week's news including: fears over detection of new kiwifruit disease, investigation into Navy ship being forced to turn back just hours into first deployment, an Auckland real estate agent found guilty of multi million dollar fraud, neurosurgery in South Island to be based at both Christchurch and Dunedin, research suggests the number of children affected by melamine tainted formula in China may be greater than first thought, a report into New Plymouth birth defects says it was down to chance, house prices hit a new record level, investigations into a stoat sighting on Kapiti island, the snowline on glaciers in South Island increases, and the 2 year old speech made in Parliament. [more]

19/11/2010: The Week in Review - week ending 19 November 2010
A review of the week's news including: growers' concern as killer kiwifruit disease is found in South Island, MP's lose travel perk in the wake of Pansy Wong's resignation, a report blames both whalers and protestors for the collison in the Southern Ocean in January, protestors reoccupy land at Taipa Point, a hunter who killed a camper pleads guilty to manslaughter, experts are baffled at the weekend's high road toll, repairs to quake damaged houses begin, the number of people who can't afford to buy their own home grows, a former mountaineer stands by his Hillary Ridge proposal, and the five dollar painting that could be worth a fortune. [more]

26/11/2010: The Week in Review - week ending 26 November 2010
A review of the week's news focusing on the disaster at the Pike River Coal Mine which claimed the lives of 29 men, New Zealand's worst mining disaster in nearly a century. [more]

03/12/2010: The Week in Review - week ending 3 December 2010
A review of the week's news including: thousands gather to remember Pike River miners, one miner's father talks of the support he's received, progress is made in extinguishing mine fire, the search is on for an expert to head mine safety audit, the WTO upholds it's decision against Australia on NZ's apple exports, Pansy Wong is cleared of systemic abuse of her travel rebate, report says NZ could experience double-dip recession, new pig farming welfare code bans sow crates, first boot camp graduates complete programme, mystery over oyster deaths and conservators continue work at historic huts in Antarctica [more]

10/12/2010: The Week in Review - week ending 10 December 2010
A review of the week's news including: an independent authority will decide on MP's perks, government announces constitutional review but makes no mention of whether NZ should become a republic, mass killing of fur seals provokes debate on a seal cull, two French men defy weather warnings and meet with tragedy on Lake Wakatipu, faults and poor workmanship play part in Stadium Southland collapse, May Wang declared bankrupt, questions continue to arise over Pike Rive mine disaster, Key under attack for refusing to debate retirement age, widow outraged by unregulated hang gliding industry and low alcohol beer introduced to deter ugly scenes at cricket matches [more]

17/12/2010: The Week in Review - week ending 10 December 2010
A review of the week's news including: an independent authority will decide on MP's perks, government announces constitutional review but makes no mention of whether NZ should become a republic, mass killing of fur seals provokes debate on a seal cull, two French men defy weather warnings and meet with tragedy on Lake Wakatipu, faults and poor workmanship play part in Stadium Southland collapse, May Wang declared bankrupt, questions continue to arise over Pike Rive mine disaster, Key under attack for refusing to debate retirement age, widow outraged by unregulated hang gliding industry and low alcohol beer introduced to deter ugly scenes at cricket matches. [more]

17/12/2010: The Week in Review - week ending 17 December 2010
A review of the week's news including: policeman in brutal machete attack, Pike River mine in receivership, mine contractor's widow speaks out, police to fund rescue effort for now, West Coast job losses huge blow to community, Pansy Wong resigns from parliament, safety standards questioned after second fatal sinking of foreign trawler, South Auckland cemetery feels effect of obesity epidemic, new NZ China air link announced, New Zealander to chair UN talks on climate change and Christmas shoppers keep wallets tight. [more]

24/12/2010: The Week in Review - week ending 24 December 2010
A review of the week's news including: snow in Europe hitting New Zealanders Christmas travel plans, former Prime Minister Helen Clark rubbishes WikiLeaks cables, warnings that the Pike Rive Coal mine may have to be sealed permanently, tests confirm two strains of kiwifruit vine disease in New Zealand, private insurers set to compete with ACC, the funeral of a New Zealander killed while serving with the British Army, the Hong Kong based bid for the Crafar farms is turned down, a new trans-Tasman airline tie up is approved, New Zealand's UFO files are released and the predictions of a good summer as the Pohutukawa tree is in bloom. [more]

28/01/2011: The Week in Review - week ending 28 January 2011
A review of the week's news including: Maori Party in crisis over its outspoken MP; the case of the burning body leads NZ police to Fiji; Labour fires its opening election year shot; John Key responds with one of his own;Chief coroner opens inquest into Pike River Mine deaths; Crafar farms receive second China-based bid; self control at three means health and happiness at 33; the cat that went out a stud and came back...not. [more]

04/02/2011: The Week in Review - week ending 4 February 2011
The Week in Review - week ending 4 February 2011.A review of the week's news including: New Zealanders caught up in the anti-government protests and Australia's Cyclone Yasi speak to Radio New Zealand, unemployment jumps prompting speculation the country fell back into recession in 2010, the first hunter to be jailed for manslaughter, accusations the Maori Party is trying to oust Hone Harawira, the Prime Minister names election day, a remnant of the Pink and White Terraces is discovered and Wellington's Rugby Sevens kick off. [more]

11/02/2011: The Week in Review - week ending 11 Feb 2011
A review of the week's news including: Maori Party leaders move against Hone Harawira, a NZ tourist dies of suspected food poisoning in Thailand, PM signals cuts and mergers in the public sector, the Finance Minister won't rule out double dip recession, 30 arrested in North Island drug raids, police hospitalised after two separate weekend attacks in Dunedin, numbers down at Waitangi Day events, All Whites shine at Halberg Awards and The Hobbit actors front up in Wellington [more]

18/02/2011: The Week in Review - week ending 18 February 2011
A review of the week's news including: Gillard says a strong Australia good for NZ, police criticised over handling of child abuse cases, NZ soldier dies in Afghanistan, book giants Whitcoulls and Borders under administration, families visit site of Erebus disaster, victims welcome arrest warrant for Blue Chip founder, milk prices set to rise again, government defends upgrade of BMW fleet and warning to scalpers over Rugby World Cup tickets [more]

25/03/2011: The Week in Review - week ending 25 March 2011
A review of the week's news including: more financial support for quake-hit businesses, frustrated business people storm quake cordon, NZ search and rescue team returns from Japan, Labour MP investigated by police, contentious coastal bill becomes law, sceptics gather to defy Ken Ring, more students back to school in Christchurch, new rules for freedom campers to stop fowling of scenic spots and an extraordinary fossil find in Otago [more]

31/03/2011: The Week in Review - week ending 1 April 2011
A review of the week's stories including: unidentified quake victims may get mass grave, new powerful authority announced to fix up Christchurch, government flags more public sector job cuts, Goff faces scrutiny over Hughes affair, PM wants tougher line on bullying in schools, protestors take to the sea against oil drilling off East Cape, Christchurch language schools struggle to survive following quake, revised schedule released for Rugby World Cup and thousands attend London quake commemoration service [more]

08/04/2011: The Week in Review - week ending 8 April 2011
Government doesn't know cost of possible bailout of AMI Insurance, Labour says Bill English should resign over bailouts of finance companies, a $2m plastic waka for the Rugby World Cup causes a stir, the receivers of Pike River Coal say they don't have the money for Royal Commission inquiry, government's books continue to deteriorate, climate change activists react angrily to government's new energy strategy, arrest in Scott Guy killing, NZPA to close after 130 years, Christchurch lawyers driving taxis and waiting tables, backstage at ID fashion show in Dunedin. [more]

22/04/2011: The Week in Review - week ending 22 April 2011
A review of the week's news including: food and fuel costs continue to climb, former public servant detained over drug smuggling in Argentina, minister says SAS attack not revenge over NZ soldier death, jitters and suspicion surround family court review, seismologist warns more aftershocks to come, million dollar project to boost Christchurch tourism slump, student army to help disaster effort in Japan, new rural broadband contract signed, PM's use of Iroquois labelled extravagant, Serepisos escapes liquidation for now, study links mother's diet to obesity in children and government gives $36m to yachties for America's Cup [more]

29/04/2011: The Week in Review - week ending 29 April 2011
A review of the week's news, including: Don Brash rolls Rodney Hide as the Act Party leader, stormy weather conditions wreack havoc and result in evacuations, power cuts and a state of emergency in Hawke's Bay, the discovery of what may be a body at the Pike River mine gives hope - and draws criticism, Mark Todd wins for the fourth time at the Badminton Horse Trials, Anzac Day commemorations around the country and the world, a survey shows young NZers as more confident and optimistic than their foreign peers, the resurgence of a kaka population in Fiordland and the NZ woman with a little known connection to the Royal Wedding. [more]

13/05/2011: The Week in Review - week ending 13 May 2011
A review of the week's news including: government prepares New Zealanders for tight budget and changes to kiwisaver, bedbug spray claimed to be behind the death of a NZ tourist in Thailand, new South Island interisland terminal mooted for Clifford Bay, police try to reassure people over anti-Asian leaflet drop, Pike River families grow angrier at delays over body recovery, new earthquake recovery chief announced, ceremony held for return of tattoed Maori remains from Europe, Rugby World cup organisers hope for surge in demand for tickets and Auckland rated unhealthiest place in NZ [more]

20/05/2011: The Week in Review - week ending 20 May 2011
A review of the week's news including: budget sees Kiwisaver cuts and privatisation plans, English explains 4 percent growth forecast, budget focuses on getting books back in order, Fiji military officer urges NZ to take harder stance on Fiji, families want answers to building collapses in Christchurch, Christchurch looks to Scandinavia for help with re-build, freedom campers say new laws draconian, former Pike River Coal employees hire top lawyers, kiwifruit disease causes tumble in orchard value, NZ scientists instrumental in rogue planet discovery and Dan Carter shuns big money for All Black jersey [more]

20/05/2011: The Week in Review - week ending 20 May 2011
A review of the week's news including: budget sees Kiwisaver cuts and privatisation plans, English explains 4 percent growth forecast, budget focuses on getting books back in order, Fiji military officer urges NZ to take harder stance on Fiji, families want answers to building collapses in Christchurch, Christchurch looks to Scandinavia for help with re-build, freedom campers say new laws draconian, former Pike River Coal employees hire top lawyers, kiwifruit disease causes tumble in orchard value, NZ scientists instrumental in rogue planet discovery and Dan Carter shuns big money for All Black jersey [more]

27/05/2011: The Week in Review - week ending 27 May 2011
A review of the week's news including: Telecom wins ultrafast broadband contract, feasibility study agreed on for re-entering Pike River mine, Nelson home left teetering after torrential rain, NZ may be on course for diplomatic row over Mara, Labour Party unveils election year policies, NZ state owned companies may be target of China funds, dairy farmers in line for bumper payout, ten month demolition job for quake-damaged Grand Chancellor Hotel, some students worry about Facebook snooping by schools and loud opposition to Wellywood sign for Wellington [more]

02/06/2011: The Week in Review - week ending 3 June 2011
A review of the week's news including NZ dollar hits a 25 year high, ticket sales still an issue 100 days out from the Rugby World Cup, welfare reform shapes up as key election year battle ground, government proposes mergers to save money, criminal defence lawyers may work to rule over legal aid changes, despair in Manaia after major employer Yarrows calls in receivers, Northland hapu propose cultural ban to stop tide-driven turbines in Kaipara Harbour, Wellington Airport bows to public pressure over Wellwood sign, singsongs and carrot sticks in place of cigarettes for prisoners and schoolchildren warm up for the Rugby World Cup [more]

10/06/2011: The Week in Review - week ending 10 June 2011
A review of the week's news including Hawkes Bay prisoners in roof-top protest, one woman killed in explosion in Auckland, police won't lay charges against former Labour MP, independent report supports 1080 use, markets over-reacting says Reserve Bank Governor, group opposes Fiji officer's plan to visit NZ, hospital staff assaulted and abused, huge hike in insurance premiums looms, taniwha legend shouldn't be ignored in rail tunnel project say hapu and rugby world rocked by sacking of Nonu and Hore [more]

24/06/2011: The Week in Review - week ending 24 June 2011
A review of the week's news including: government offers to buy 5000 quake-stricken homes,another big aftershock rattles Christchurch residents, the Serious Fraud Office charges 82 year old Timaru business man but many locals stand by him, John Key makes historic address to Australia's Parliament but his comments on mine structure raise ire of Pike River victims' families, two tornadoes rip through New Plymouth, teenager dies in landslide, Air NZ chief hits out at "malicious" rumours over volcanic ash, Employers' chief apologises over comments about women in the work place, NZ exodus to Australia at record high and skifields delay opening due to lack of snow [more]

01/07/2011: The Week in Review - week ending 1 July
A review of the week's news including: Councils left with no earthquake insurance cover, two SAS soldiers injured in Kabul firefight, cuts to defence force may leave up to a quarter of defence force roles filled by civilians, mines rescue personnel enter Pike River mine seven months after explosions,leading paediatrician estimates 10 percent of children raised in abusive households, Labour says race for Maori seats wide open, employers' advocate enrages women workers, John Key goes to Bollywood, Happy Feet gets top gastroenterology help. [more]

08/07/2011: The Week in Review - week ending 8 July 2011
A review of the week's news, including: the Government's new demand for the sale of the Pike River mine as some contractors say they won't give evidence to the Royal Commission into the disaster which claimed 29 lives, reports that one of the NZ soldiers injured in the Kabul hotel siege was a victim of friendly fire, higher costs look likely as the Government strengthens infrastructure in the wake of the Canterbury quakes, the Waitangi Tribunal delivers its report on the Wai 262 claim, a Taranaki-founded retail chain could be about to close leaving a huge hole in some communities, NZ's spy agency will be able to monitor cellphone calls and emails, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre is changing its alerts to countries including New Zealand as it can be alarmist, a NZ journalist at the News of the World speaks out about the British tabloid's demise, the third warmest June on record and the Webb Ellis trophy has begun its journey round the country ahead of the Rugby World Cup. [more]

29/07/2011: The Week in Review - week ending 29 July 2011
A review of the week's news including: a controversial idea to combat child abuse resurfaces, the Kiwi dollar hits a new high as a possible US debt default looms, the Salvation Army says basic food costs rising at twice the official inflation rate, NZ's rich get richer, Christchurch Council credit rating cut, wintery blast hits the country bringing weather chaos, Kohanga Reo supporters take their protest to the capital, Happy Feet has his first dip in salt walter in a month. [more]

05/08/2011: The Week in Review - week ending 5 August 2011
A review of the week's news including: the Commerce Commission balks on holding an inquiry into the price of milk, a very bad week for the Defence Force, synthetic cannabis products off the shelves for a year, Treasury looking at automatic Kiwisaver enrolment, no alcohol for under-20 drivers from Sunday, public health authorities in Canterbury on alert after meningococcal scare, Otago rated worst for air pollution - again, pollution of New Zealand's waterways going to get worse according to new research, alternate World Cup strip for English rugby team riles New Zealanders. [more]

19/08/2011: The Week in Review - week ending 19 August 2011*
A review of the week's news including: a blast of cold straight from the Antarctic brings snow to Wellington's CBD, Sir Paul Reeves is farewelled,the Social Development Minister refuses to rule out extending a payment card to all beneficiaries, the Government backs down over mines inspectors, New Zealand not such a good place to raise children, Kaiapoi residents find out which have to leave, government agencies agree to work more closely on child abuse and just how many Rugby World Cups are there? [more]

26/08/2011: The Week in Review - week ending 26 August 2011
A review of the week's news including: the first New Zealand SAS soldier to be killed in Afghanistan, Labour struggles in opinion polls three months out from the election, IRD to continue to pursue tax evasion after high profile case against two surgeons, Nia Glassie coroner recommends radical overhaul of the monitoring of young children, are New Zealanders getting ripped off by power companies,some Cantabrians say they'll lose thousands of dollars in the government's offer for their quake-damaged homes, school leaders to meet to discuss parts of the education system they want off-limits to politicians, the regions in high gear preparing for Rugby World Cup,and Mr Pip goes to Oamaru. [more]

16/09/2011: The Week in Review - week ending 16 September 2011
A review of the week's news including: Chaos in Auckland on the opening say of the Rugby World Cup, the Royal Commission investigating the Pike River Mine tragedy continues in Greymouth, the Reserve Bank keeps the offical cash rate at record low, the 9-11 attacks remembered by a former Radio NZ journalist who was there, speed camera warning signs are ruled out, 70s rockers Hello Sailor inducted in to the New Zealand Music Hall Of Fame and the Emperor Penguin Happy Feet may be lost forever. [more]

23/09/2011: The Week in Review - week ending 23 September 2011
A review of the week's news including: the Prime Minister reassures bereaved Pike River families about recovering their men's bodies; the government scrambles to get legislation through parliament to nullify the effect of a Supreme Court ruling; the economy slows sharply; the collapse in the building sector; record payouts to dairy farmers; Insurance Council warns policies may soon not cover earthquakes and other natural disasters; Palmerston North City Council identified as a polluter of Manawatu River; Rugby World Cup draw turned on its head by Ireland's win over Australia; a fake pilot skit for a comedy show turns unfunny for the star. [more]

30/09/2011: The Week in Review - week ending 30 September 2011
A review of the week's news including: second SAS soldier killed in Afghanistan and most political parties call for elite unit to be brought home; MPs told secret filming by police is humiliating - and vital; prime minister talks up country's chances of weathering likely global downturn; environmental groups want government to directly appoint some members of regional councils and the Minister for the Environment responds; what is the dope on ACT Party policy?; deadly flesh eating disease increases seven fold and the Warriors have fans in a frenzy of delight. [more]

07/10/2011: The Week in Review - week ending 7 October 2011
A review of the week's news including a potential environmental disaster looming in Bay of Plenty, John Key shrugs off country's credit downgrade as National retains substantial lead in polls, Treasury rejects Auditor General's accusations it did not do enough to manage the deposit guarantee scheme, criminologist says plunging crime stats are not down to "get tough" measures on criminals, biggest reforms in criminal justice procedure in 50 years become law, more drownings so far this year than in past 14 years, Foreign Minister says "ominious" tone surrounds strengthened security for this year's Japanese whaling mission and All Blacks' rivals say a Rugby World Cup tournament without them would be empty. [more]

21/10/2011: The Week in Review - week ending 21 October
A review of the week's news including: salvors working furiously to pump oil from the stricken Rena before she breaks up,a judge continues name suppression when Rena's captain and navigator re-appear in court, Bay of Plenty ocean-reliant businesses wonder how long they can keep going without cashflow,owners of company that chartered Rena summoned to the Beehive,the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Canterbury quakes begins in Christchurch,the country convinced the All Blacks will win the Rugby World Cup, despite coach's warnings,lethal bacterial fish disease spreads to second species and Peter Jackson's Tin Tin gets lukewarm reception from Guardian reviewer. [more]

28/10/2011: The Week in Review - week ending 28 October 2011
A review of the week's news including: the All Blacks become heroes to four million, the Government opens its books with good and bad news, a gas pipeline rupture costs the economy $175m a day, salvors aboard the Rena pump oil day and night, National says if it gets re-elected, under-sixes will get free after-hours GP visits, Labour says if it is elected, it will raise the age of national super to 67....but gradually, and a large white swan terrorises riverside strollers in Nelson. [more]

04/11/2011: The Week in Review - week ending 4 November 2011
A review of the week's news including: the winners and losers in the first week of the election campaign, a spat between the anti-MMP campaign and its reluctant poster boy, unemployment on the rise, the UN ranks NZ as the fifth-best country to live, assisted suicide trial renews calls for a law change, the "Beast of Blenheim" to be released from jail next year, central Christchurch mall reopens - in shipping containers, Pike River families angry at lack of progress in mine, Occupy Dunedin protestors mull mayoral offer, Brooke Fraser and The Naked and Famous sweep New Zealand's music awards. [more]

11/11/2011: The Week in Review - week ending 11 November 2011
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18/11/2011: The Week in Review - week ending Friday 18 November 2011
A review of the week's news including: "Teagate" dogs the electoral campaign, Radio New Zealand among four media outlets faced with police search warrants, Green Party embarrassed by sticker attacks on National Party billboards, All Black Zac Guildford in trouble with alcohol...and the NZRU, the government talking up a breakthrough in Pacific free trade talks, a sad milestone for the Pike River families, a former mines inspector defends himself at the Royal Commission into the mining disaster, Rena salvors turn their attention to containers on the ship, did the Christchurch City Council play Russian Roulette with its citizens' lives?, the quake film When a City Falls premieres in Christchurch and Occupy protestors defy orders to leave. [more]

02/12/2011: The Week in Review - week ending Friday 2 December 2011
A review of the week's news including: post-election horse trading begins, the race is on for the Labour Party leadership, denial that conditions in the Huntly coal mine in mid-November resembled Pike River, Pyne Gould engineers who assured tenants their building was safe say they wouldn't do it any differently, New Zealand's economic outlook ever more grim, a Far North suspicious fire, one of a number, leads to the deaths of two men in a helicopter crash, Law Society says Canterbury courthouse closure takes regional justice system back to the dark days of February, claims the Rena salvors demanding guarantee of payment equal to 80 percent of value of cargo, South Island's West Coast place to be this summer and the lights of Franklin Road herald the coming of Christmas. [more]

09/12/2011: The Week in Review - week ending Friday 9 December 2010
A review of the week's news including: John Key gets the numbers to govern, Serious Fraud Office prepares for country's largest fraud trial, teachers and principals unite against charter schools, Pike River Royal Commission told serious safety problems recurred for months, public service workers union wants consistent approach to earthquake-prone buildings, arrest in 30 year old murder, Auckland Chamber of Commerce says port workers strike putting city's reputation at stake, guilty verdict in Cezar Taylor murder case, multi-million dollar Pacific oyster industry on verge of collapse, 16-year old shot put sensation throws Olympic qualifying distance - his dad says its all about icecream and good fun. [more]

16/12/2011: The Week in Review - week ending Friday 16 December 2011
A review of the week's news including: The National Government's new Cabinet line up, serious flooding in the Nelson region, The Labour Party elects a new leader, the all clear to rebuild on Christchurch CBD land is given, two men appear in the Wellington District Court charged with the murder of Radio New Zealand journalist Phillip Cottrell, are Kiwi mobile phone users paying too much?, the NZ cricket team break a twenty six year winning drought, the Bishop of Christchurch refuses to resign over cathedral rebuild plan, and NZ's first and most famous drag queen dies. [more]

23/12/2011: The Week in Review for Friday 23 December 2011
The Week In Review for the week ending Friday 23rd December... Labour Party MP's line up behind their new leader as caucus rankings are revised, an independent report into the abuse of a West Auckland girl finds many Government agencies failed her in multiple ways, The Prime Minister announces the SAS's return home from Afghanistan in March 2012, Canterbury's biggest public hospital could end up being privately owned, senior criminal lawyers say many are considering ditching legal aid work, voting irregularities emerge in Waitakere, the Rena Captain and navigational officer face more charges, the Auckland City Mission's food stocks come under pressure and thousands of people in Christchurch will be attending Christmas church services under a different roof this year. [more]

30/12/2011: The Week in Review week ending Friday 30 December 2011
A review of the week's news including: Relief in Turangi following an arrest for the attack on a five year old child, aftershocks continue in Christchurch while the Police get ready to desert the Christchurch central city police station, the next move for Occupy Auckland protesters, Queensland police say the killer of NZ musician in Brisbane may have been lying in wait at his home, we meet the Wellington Zoo veterinary science manager responsible for the treatment, care and release of the wayward penquin known as Happy Feet, we find out about a proposal to build a motorsport park and race track at Whenuapai Airbase along with one of the most ambitious military history projects ever launched in New Zealand, and we have some expert tips for maintaining New Year weight loss resolutions. [more]

20/01/2012: The Week in Review week ending Friday 20 January 2012
A review of the week's news including: Meridian Energy's shelving of it's Project Hayes wind farm project, NZ On Air seeks legal advice on blocking politically sensitive programmes running during election campaigns, charges are laid against five men in New Zealand's biggest ever fraud case, plans to restart a methanol manufacturing plant in Taranaki could create hundreds of new jobs, a well known New Zealand physicist carries out alternative cancer treatments on himself, the increasing number of women going to prison for violence offences, Wellington farewells it's best known homeless person and getting ready for new give way rules on New Zealand roads. [more]

27/01/2012: The Week in Review week ending Friday 27 January 2012
A review of the week's news including: The Christchurch City Council in crisis, John Key announces a lower Government surplus forecast, Fonterra unhappy about a proposed shake up in domestic milk pricing, legal action against an alleged internet copyright pirate could take years, the number of lawyers offering service to legal aid clients almost halves, people in a park lucky not to be hurt by a plane crash in central Feilding and a New Zealand girl becomes the youngest person to sail solo around the world. [more]

03/02/2012: The Week in Review - week ending 3 February 2011
A review of the week's news including: Christchurch people protest against the city's leaders, National and the Maori Party at loggerheads, NZ 14 year old golfer world's youngest to win pro tournament, two high profile resignations in the business and finance sector, government launches new China strategy, Hollywood director buys Wairarapa farms, major potential seen for oil industry, opposition parties question charter school trial leadership and slow progress on NZ cycle trail [more]

17/02/2012: The Week in Review - week ending 17 February 2011
In this edition... The High Court orders reconsideration of a Chinese conglomerate's bid to buy 16 North Island Crafar farms, the Te Urewera Four go on trial, a major quake in Wellington could cost nearly twice as much as the Christchurch quake, who should pay for electronic note taking equipment for New Zealand's first profoundly deaf MP, Australia and New Zealand in the running for what's been described as the biggest science project in the World, and a Christchurch woman becomes the first blind person to complete the Speights Coast To Coast. [more]

24/02/2012: The Week in Review - week ending 24 February 2012
In this edition... Commercial hot air balloon operators are defending their safety standards, a three week strike begins at Ports of Auckland, more than 300 jobs will be cut from Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade as part of a proposed restructuring, two boys taken into a training camp in Te Urewera National Park say they were made to wear blindfolds and forced to the ground by people with guns, the US lawyer for the MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom says the case against him is politically inspired and American authorities are wrong on the facts and wrong in law, Norwegian adventurer Jarle Andhoy is continuing to question New Zealand's involvement in the loss of his yacht Berserk and three crew members last year and the last of the government's initiatives to make younger drivers safer on our roads comes into effect on Monday. [more]

09/03/2012: The Week in Review - week ending 9 March 2012
A review of the week's leading news: state of government's books continues to deteriorate,finance minister defends modest returns from government spending cuts, police commissioner wants officers to consider zero pay increase, Cairo-based consul refuses to leave Algeria apartment without New Zealand children, hundreds of Auckland port workers to lose their jobs, legislation underpinning partial assets sales passes first reading but Labour says the sales are a con, Pacific Blue pilot fights charges of recklessly flying an aircraft, interim TAIC report says Rena radar picked up Astrolabe Reef but captain still sped straight toward and onto it, Christchurch quake widower demands hearing into search and rescue operation, more than 100,000 expected to attend 20 year old Pasifika Festival. [more]

16/03/2012: The Week in Review - week ending 16 March 2012
A review of the week's leading news: ACC admits massive breach of privacy, more public service job losses expected with formation of "super ministry", man credited with saving New Zealand rugby dies at 52, indebted Otago Rugby Union gets a last minute rescue, seven missing in Foveaux Strait after fishing boat sinks, Auckland's mayor fails to resolve dispute between Ports of Auckland and striking workers, armed man rampages through streets of Christchurch, HIV support groups upset at court's "sexual violation" ruling, urgent investigation into how breast screening missed cancers, David Shearer confirms Labour's capital gains tax policy will stay. [more]

16/03/2012: The Week in Review for 16 March 2012
A review of the week's leading news: ACC admits massive breach of privacy, more public service job losses expected with formation of "super ministry", man credited with saving New Zealand rugby dies at 52, indebted Otago Rugby Union gets a last minute rescue, seven missing in Foveaux Strait after fishing boat sinks, Auckland's mayor fails to resolve dispute between Ports of Auckland and striking workers, armed man rampages through streets of Christchurch, HIV support groups upset at court's "sexual violation" ruling, urgent investigation into how breast screening missed cancers, David Shearer confirms Labour's capital gains tax policy will stay. [more]

23/03/2012: The Week in Review - week ending 23 March 2012
A review of the week's news including: cabinet minister resigns, bitterness envelops Ports of Auckland dispute, jury hung on most significant charge in Te Urewera trial, court grants Kim Dotcom $60,000 a month, NZ's expat Tongans mourn their King, funeral held for boating tragedy victims, rave reviews for NZ's fastest built stadium in Christchurch and Volvo Ocean Race yachts farewelled from Auckland [more]

30/03/2012: The Week in Review - week ending 30 March 2012
In this edition... the Lombard Finance Directors are sentenced while questions are raised over whether one of the directors, Sir Douglas Graham should retain his knighthood, Labour MPs ignore a threat of legal action, an arrest in the Mellory Manning case, New Zealand cricket star Chris Cairns wins his libel case against the former head of the Indian Premier League, tributes flow for one of New Zealand's most distinguished scientists who died last weekend, a new study has found women often stay with abusive partners to protect their pets and the Air Force's Red Checkers flying display team is making a nationwide tour to celebrate seventy five years of the force. [more]

05/04/2012: The Week in Review - week ending 5 April 2012
A review of the week's news including: Plans by the only bystander ever to be shot by the Armed Offenders Squad to prosecute the officer who pulled the trigger while the family of a teenage driver killed by mistake in the same incident pursues a private criminal prosecution against the officer responsible, the Maori Party co leader Pita Sharples is alarmed several Whanau Ora providers have had their contracts cancelled for non performance, more debris expected on Bay Of Plenty beaches after the wrecked Greek container ship Rena is hit be huge seas, police may soon announce whether criminal charges will be laid now the Pike River Mine Royal Commission has completed it's hearings, latest crime figures show crime at a fifteen year low, opposition MPs want ACC to explain why it has special rules for handling 'VIPs' and Bay of Plenty small business owners are taking fewer holidays then anywhere else in New Zealand according to a new survey. [more]

13/04/2012: The Week in Review - week ending 13 April 2012
A review of the week's headline news including: Government to use rare veto to block extended paid parental leave, asylum seekers set sail for New Zealand, Government plans to keep high risk offenders locked up after the end of their prison sentence, Government says extra spending on consultants is justified, police celebrate fatality-free Easter road toll period, business confidence up, but what does that really mean?, Christchurch trades companies struggling to find experienced staff as rebuild begins, Government proposes delay in full implementation of ETS, Blues rugby coach targetted by racists over team's string of losses, and thousands enjoy the mighty warbirds in Wanaka. [more]

27/04/2012: The Week in Review - week ending 27 April 2012
A review of the week's headline news including: The stiffest prison sentence yet for a finance company director has been imposed on Rod Petricevic of collapsed finance company Bridgecorp; A vet is crushed to death by a former circus elephant at a Zoo south of Auckland; The commissioner appointed to run Moerewa School in the Far North arrives at the school to some local disquiet; New papers reveal just how much the Government conceded to Warner Bros to ensure the Hobbit Movies were made in New Zealand; The Student Volunteer Army in Christchurch was presented with the ANZAC of the Year award; The RSA set to re-brand its clubs to attract younger members; National Party MP's have an uncomfortable time at the public hearings on partial asset sales and; The New Zealand television comedy series, Super City, is under serious consideration by the ABC network in America, with the possibility it could eventually hit prime time. [more]

04/05/2012: The Week in Review - week ending 4 May 2012
A review of the week's news headlines, including: John Banks in a storm of controversy over two cheques, changes to liquor laws dismissed by opposition as a smokescreen, student allowances cut, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade documents leaked to opposition, law change to deter people-smugglers, joblessness rises, ill-prepared hikers risk death on Tongariro Crossing, claim that NZ's native eels heading for extinction, All Black legend Sir Fred Allen farewelled at Eden Park, Kimbra wins International Songwriting Competition. [more]

11/05/2012: The Week in Review - week ending Friday 11 May
A review of the week's news including: Pike River families say 18 months of "hell" have been for nothing; Government wants female beneficiaries and their teenage daughters on long term contraception; Minister of Finance downplays deteriorating Government accounts; no retrial for "Urewera Four"; report on air crash triggers calls for tourists' boycott; John Key says drug testing may be introduced to tourism sector; male Queensland fruit fly in Auckland suburb gives export sector the jitters; Dunedin City Council launches plan to create 10,000 jobs, increase incomes over next decade; Conservative Party leader's "promiscuous" remark sparks outrage; Lam hints he won't be reapplying and duck shooting season starts. [more]

18/05/2012: The Week in Review - week ending Friday 18 May
A review of the week's news including: parent-carers of disabled children a step closer to being paid, prescriptions to double in price from January, trade unions say employment law changes will allow employers to walk away from talks, head of Welfare Working Group brought back to oversee welfare reforms, no guarantee from Minister that teachers won't lose jobs in new plan, Greek crisis puts skids under dollar and world dairy prices, wind energy industry hailing research predicting big fall in costs, quake-hit Christchurch suburb is reborn, report into Swimming New Zealand expected to recommend that chief executive and board go, calls for a kitty curfew in Waikato. [more]

25/05/2012: The Week in Review - week ending Friday 25 May
The week In Review podcast for week ending May 25th 2012, including Budget 2012 reaction and comment, sentencing of the Urerewa Four, Shane Jones stood down from Labour's front bench while an immigration decision is investigated by the Auditor-General, suppression orders lifted over an attack on a North Shore teenager, Iwi leader helps end acrimonious industrial dispute, more shaking in Christchurch and ghostly goings on in Dunedin. [more]

01/06/2012: The Week in Review - week ending Friday 1 June
The week in Review Week Ending June 1st 2012, including... arrest warrants are issued for five people in Qatar over the Doha mall fire, which killed 19, including New Zealand triplets and we hear from the grieving parents, George Gwaze walks free for the second time, found not guilty again of sexually violating and murdering his adopted daughter, the Government's class sizes policy spurs a week long confrontation with Intermediate Schools with the call going out for a boycott of the Ministry of Education, A 31-year old woman has been sent to jail for two years and a month for suffocating her two-month old son in January last year while she was drunk, an interview with Megaupload's founder, Kim Dotcom, who's strict bail conditions were relaxed this week, a Manawatu inventor who's been nominated for a prestigious international award known as the Nobel Prize for food, an amazing story of survival and friendship on Lake Taupo and remembering the American marines who were here in their thousands during the Second World War seven decades ago. [more]

08/06/2012: The Week In Review - week ending Friday 8 June 2012
A review of the week's news and interviews, including... Delight at the government's backdown on staffing ratio, the Scott Guy murder trial gets underway, should courts be given the power to ban child abusers and killers from having more children? ACC's complaint over a whistle blower has hit a dead end, over-crowding in state houses in a South Auckland suburb is forcing some people to live in caravans, the Green party holds it's annual conference and a Kiwi veteran of Bomber Command in World War Two heads to London for the unveiling of a 70 metre memorial to those who served in Bomber Command. [more]

15/06/2012: The Week in Review - week ending Friday 15 June 2012
A review of the week's news and interviews, including... ACC Chairman John Judge, did he walk or was he pushed from his job? its been revealed in court the man accused of killing Feilding farmer, Scott Guy, misled the police about arson attacks on his brother in law's property, leaked documents from trade talks show New Zealand has agreed to give foreign businesses the right to sue the Government in international courts for policies that cause them financial loss, the Economic Development Minister Stephen Joyce is relaxed and confident over the announcement that the Auditor General's office is investigating Sky City's controversial deal to build a convention centre in Auckland, the legislation paving the way for the partial sale of four state owned assets is steadily making its way through Parliament, an Auckland lawyer warns new Family Court charges could throw fuel on already volatile relationships and one of the country's leading Olympic medal hopes crashes during training and one of the country's more unusual holiday parks is on the market. [more]

22/06/2012: The Week in Review - week ending Friday 22 June 2012
A review of the week's news including: "white flight" from schools in low-income neighbourhoods; prime minister floats idea of league tables to rank primary schools; ACC case managers financially rewarded for getting long-term claimants off the books; homicide investigation launched after remains of Jane Furlong found on Waikato beach; Revenue Minister gets grilling from opposition MPs over partial sales of state-owned assets; biggest quarterly increase in economic growth in five years; methane buildup at Huntly East Mine suspends operations and frightens locals; at-risk endemic eels used in petfood; historic and quake-prone Basin Reserve stand likely to go; casino employee gets into hot water over Bible. [more]

29/06/2012: The Week in Review - week ending Friday 29 June 2012
A review of the week's news including:rowdy parliamentary session before controversial assets sale legislation becomes law; principals admit they gerrymander zones to avoid poorer areas; calls for review of all foster care placements of youth offenders after CYF apologises for rape; ACC claimants say new agreement is "window dressing"; Royal Commission examines CTV building collapse in February 2011 quake; High Court ruling delivers blow to case against Kim Dotcom; rape allegation against young New Zealand rugby player in Cape Town; Fonterra gets support for contentious new scheme,but farmer-shareholders now divided; 30 percent chance of Alpine Fault rupturing in next 50 years; ministerial review holds first meeting on debt-ridden Kaipara District Council. [more]

06/07/2012: The Week in Review - week ending Friday 6 July 2012
A review of the week's news including: a verdict in one of the country's most high profile murder trials, New Zealand condemns South Korea's move to hunt minke whales for science, an independent report on how the kiwifruit vine disease PSA came into the country has found major biosecurity shortcomings, the lawyer for the former chief executive of Pike River Mine wants the Royal Commission into the mine tragedy reconvened to hear three previously unheard witnesses, Auckland Council has decided to spend ten million dollars bringing the Australian V8 Supercar race to the city for five years, Auckland Council is to spend up to nearly a quarter of a billion dollars buying properties needed for its as yet uncertain downtown rail tunnel and our Auckland Correspondent visits the factory in spain where Auckland's new electric trains are being constructed. [more]

13/07/2012: The Week in Review - week ending Friday 13 July
A review of the week's news: Maori Party reconsidering its role supporting the Government; Northland police commander quits over government funding squeeze; Vodafone buys NZ arm of TelstraClear for $840m; authorities hunting Chinese students in NZ on visas based on fraudulent paperwork; Government not ruling out listing power company shares for sale in Australia; group wanting to save quake-damaged Christ Church Cathedral say they've had breakthrough; Kim Dotcom furious his extradition hearing delayed until March; Timaru's mayor hopeful port workers who lose their jobs will be snapped up elsewhere in South Canterbury's robust economy; Anglican leaders agree to debate gay marriage; club rugby referees getting out of the game because of abuse; oil company given four months to drill for oil on Stewart Island. [more]

13/07/2012: The Week in Review - week ending Friday 13 July
A review of the week's news: Maori Party reconsidering its role supporting the Government; Northland police commander quits over government funding squeeze; Vodafone buys NZ arm of TelstraClear for $840m; authorities hunting Chinese students in NZ on visas based on fraudulent paperwork; Government not ruling out listing power company shares for sale in Australia; group wanting to save quake-damaged Christ Church Cathedral say they've had breakthrough; Kim Dotcom furious his extradition hearing delayed until March; Timaru's mayor hopeful port workers who lose their jobs will be snapped up elsewhere in South Canterbury's robust economy; Anglican leaders agree to debate gay marriage; club rugby referees getting out of the game because of abuse; oil company given four months to drill for oil on Stewart Island. [more]

20/07/2012: The Week in Review - week ending 20 July 2012
A review of the week's news including... A promise from the Prime Minister to the Maori Party that there'll be no foreshore and seabed-style legislation that extinguishes Maori claims to water while the Waitangi Tribunal considers a demand by the Maori Council that the sale of shares in state-owned enterprises be put on hold until Maori claims to water are resolved, two Piha women who looked after a distraught Iraena Asher on the night she disappeared are furious a coroner has said their actions contributed to her death, the Principal Youth Court judge has asked Board of Trustees members to think very carefully before expelling or excluding students, two former directors and the head of Capital and Merchant Finance are found guilty of fraud charges, police have arrested two and half thousand people in the first nationally co-ordinated operation targeting cannabis growers and dealers, five million dollars worth of New Zealand honey has been rejected by export markets after failing a test used to detect adulterated honey and New Zealand's charities are mourning the loss of the businessman and philanthropist, Hugh Green, who has died at the age of 80. [more]

27/07/2012: Week in Review for 27 July 2012
A review of the weeks news including... a coroners report in to the death of the Kahui twins, a loyalty bonus scheme the Government says will deter New Zealanders from quickly flicking off their shares in state energy companies, MPs are to be asked to vote for or against gay marriage for the first time, opposition parties say the Prime Minister should still consider sacking John Banks as a Minister despite the police deciding not to prosecute the ACT MP over political donations, the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic become the first New Zealand side to win the trans Tasman netball competition, the internationally acclaimed children's author Margaret Mahy dies at the age of 76, part of the wreck of the Rena is to be left on Astrolabe reef where the containership ran aground last October, controversy over Whanganui Hospital's announcement that it is going to offer a natural therapy service for those who want to receive treatments focused on spirituality, healing and strengthening of the mind and young people from all over Aotearoa descend on Whangarei for the fiercely contested Secondary Schools Kapa Haka challenge. [more]

03/08/2012: The Week in Review - week ending 3 August 2012
A review of the weeks news including... New Zealand strikes gold and bronze at the London Olympics, the National-led Government has signaled it will NOT wait for a Waitangi Tribunal report on water, major changes to the way disputes are dealt with by the Family Court are on the way following a review of the system, the blueprint for Christchurch's CBD has been unveiled and it is for a smaller, greener and more compact central city, the Pacific Fibre cable project is abandoned, a financial review of the country's 14 ITM Cup rugby unions shows the unions' collective revenues have dropped nearly 20 percent since 2007 - threatening the game, conservationists may have found a way to end the long running battle between the Kea, and high country farmers and a captivated audience of more than five-hundred people has gathered to celebrate the life of author Margaret Mahy. [more]

10/08/2012: The Week in Review for 10 August 2012
A review of the week's news including... The return home of the bodies of two New Zealand soldiers killed in Afghanistan, two teenagers and their rock climbing instructor who disappeared in rough seas while climbing on Mt Paritutu in New Plymouth are presumed dead, New Zealand's most notorious sexual predator will be released to live near Whanganui, the man in charge of the raid of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom's home has defended his use of the police's elite strike force and the involvement of the FBI, the New Zealand Olympic Committee has vowed to get to the bottom of problems with documents that saw at least four athletes left off final confirmation start lists, hundreds of Blue Chip investors have escaped being forced to sell their homes to cover the failed company's losses, a week of volcanic eruptions, and Sir Peter Snell is to become one of the inaugural members of the International Association of Athletics Federations' hall of fame. [more]

10/08/2012: The Week in Review for 10 August 2012
A review of the week's news including... The return home of the bodies of two New Zealand soldiers killed in Afghanistan, two teenagers and their rock climbing instructor who disappeared in rough seas while climbing on Mt Paritutu in New Plymouth are presumed dead, New Zealand's most notorious sexual predator will be released to live near Whanganui, the man in charge of the raid of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom's home has defended his use of the police's elite strike force and the involvement of the FBI, the New Zealand Olympic Committee has vowed to get to the bottom of problems with documents that saw at least four athletes left off final confirmation start lists, hundreds of Blue Chip investors have escaped being forced to sell their homes to cover the failed company's losses, a week of volcanic eruptions, and Sir Peter Snell is to become one of the inaugural members of the International Association of Athletics Federations' hall of fame. [more]

17/08/2012: Week In Review for 17 August 2012
A review of the week's news including... the continuing inquest in to a Fox Glacier aircrash that killed nine, more than eight million dollars spent on public relations and consultation for the Government's Roads of National Significance, smaller political parties divided over the proposed removal of the one seat threshold to enter Parliament, Whanganui councilors unanimously oppose the release of Stewart Murray Wilson into their community, nearly half of New Zealand's nurses think about quitting, because they are morally uncomfortable with patient care, a father speaks out over the repeated drink driving of his former partner, when will Valerie Adams get her shot put gold medal and our Olympians arrive home. [more]

24/08/2012: The Week in Review - week ending 24 August 2012
A review of the week's news including... a warning from the police to a Kaitaia school three years ago about a deputy principal who has pleaded guilty to forty nine charges against boys aged 11 top 13, efforts by Kiwi Rail to stop Radio New Zealand revealing the contents of a leaked report outlining the future of the country's rail network, New Zealand loses it's first woman soldier since the Vietnam war, one of three killed instantly by a roadside bomb blast in Afghanistan, an investigation into privacy breaches at ACC finds the corporation has at times an almost cavalier attitude towards protecting claimants personal information, Auckalnd's mayor heckled over rises in rates, the state of the job market in New Zealand and a family tree dating back 500 years has been discovered on Waiheke Island. [more]

31/08/2012: The Week in Review - week ending 31 August 2012+* (-3 dB)
A review of the week's news including: NZ's most notorious sex offender released from jail to storm of protest; John Key appears determined to proceed with sale of Mighty River Power shares, despite Waitangi Tribunal recommendation; legalisation of same-sex marriage passes first hurdle; 18- and 19-year olds still able to buy alcohol in pubs and shops, after parliamentary vote; opposition urges Government to act on child poverty; Drug Foundation warns proposed drug testing of beneficiaries could create bigger problem; banks' profit margins at their highest level in years; Huntly and Greymouth reeling after job cuts announced; Ministry of Primary Industries rejects Department of Conservation's recommendations on protecting Maui's dolphins; Lydio Ko becomes youngest golfer to win on the LPGA tour; Amitai Pati wins 2012 Lexus Song Quest. [more]

21/09/2012: The Week in Review - week ending 21 September 2012
A review of the week's news including... the strongest economic growth at any time since 2007, the country's biggest insurance company offers cover for new homes for the first time since the September quake in 2010, a former mayor of Christchurch accuses the Government of turning local governance in the quake-hit city into a eunuch, a lawyer for Kim Dotcom says this country's judiciary should stand strong against a legal appeal by the United States Government, only 15 people show up to a hui into discuss Maori water rights, paying only the most needy families who care for their disabled adult children at home, a 45 million dollar pay boost for defence force personnel, and New Zealanders can have a crack at buying a piece of Second World War aviation history. [more]

28/09/2012: The Week in Review - week ending 28 September 2012
A review of the week's news: Prime Minister apologises to Kim Dotcom over spying debacle; police asked to investigate CTV building construction manager; senior member of Taliban network that killed two NZers captured in Afghanistan; miners fail to convince Government to save their jobs; teachers rail against publication of National Standards data; Government forced to defend jobs record; Dunedin businesses throw weight behind proposed oil and gas drilling; Palmerston North ratepayers to pay $130,000 for river pollution report offering few new details; All Blacks' McCaw taking six months off; more than a million NZers take part in first national earthquake drill. [more]

05/10/2012: The Week in Review for 5 October 2012
A review of the week's news, including... More revelations in the Kim Dotcom spying controversy, John Key pays a personal visit to Hollywood movie bosses, what controversial new search and surveillance laws mean in practice, boxing champion and convicted rapist Mike Tyson's on off visit to New Zealand, the wreck of the Rena one year on, latest statistics show the crime rate is continuing to fall, the fiancee of an African keeper fatally mauled by a tiger at Zion Wildlife Gardens speaks at the inquest in to his death, our Foreign Minister criticises the use of the veto in his speech to the United Nations and legendary punk rockers Toy Love are to be inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame. [more]

12/10/2012: The Week in Review - week ending 12 October 2012
A review of the week's news, including... a White Paper presenting a new way of working with the country's most vulnerable children, a major shift in monetary policy proposed by the Green Party, teenagers entering the workforce will be paid less for longer, the Mana Party MP Hone Harawira has been arrested at a protest in Auckland, more details on when the Prime Minister knew about Kim Dotcom's failed application to buy a Coatsville mansion, a new regime for party pill manufacturers is on the way, The union representing public servants criticises public sector chief executives pay hikes, national security questions about Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei and New Zealanders are using anti depressants more than ever before. [more]

19/10/2012: Week In Review for 19 October 2012
A review of the week's news, including... accusations the Government is using bully boy tactics to get poor iwi to agree to low-level treaty deals and make them complicit in their asset sales plan, the Maori Council decides to mount a legal challenge to the Government's planned partial sale of hydro power generators, the parents of Christie Marceau, who was killed by Akshay Chand say they do not accept the court's ruling that he was insane when he stabbed her to death and we hear from the forensic psychiatrist who assessed Chand, IT experts say incompetence is to blame for a massive security breach at the Ministry of Social Development, the Civil Aviation Authority has launched an investigation into an incident in which the Air Force put explosive gas canisters on an international Air New Zealand passenger jet, is the Kohanga Reo movement in crisis because of the way it has been treated by the Government?, how clean are the rivers we use for swimming and other recreational activities? and some of the last whisky ever distilled in New Zealand more than 20 years ago has been snapped up by the Scottish. [more]

26/10/2012: The Week in Review - week ending 26 October 2012
A review of the week's news, including... a judge throws out serious charges against 21 Nelson gang members because the police faked the arrest and prosecution of an undercover officer, Northland's hit with the vine-killing disease PSA, a depressing income forecast for farmers next year could result in some already cash-tight dairy farming businesses collapsing, the Secondary Principals Association says the Government is going soft on drugs by proposing law changes that would stop schools drug-testing students, or using dogs to search for drugs, a water quality scientist says New Zealand is a decade behind Europe in cleaning up our waterways, New Zealand veterans of the North Africa Campaign during the second World War are on their way home after attending the 70th anniversary of the Battle of El Alamein in Egypt and a mystery Sir Ed signature is re discovered. [more]

02/11/2012: The Week in Review for 2 November 2012
A review of the week's news, including... A man describes leading the charge to save people from the rubble of the CTV building because fire and police crews were too indecisive, Canterbury's young job-seekers will be first in line for nine-hundred guaranteed new jobs as part of the Christchurch rebuild, Customs officials say there's no way a large haul of drugs Algerian police have found in shipment of Fonterra milk powder was put there in New Zealand, the outgoing head of the family court wants domestic violence made a criminal offense in its own right, new proposals for Wellington's local government future, discussions in Whangarei about the spike in Northland's suicide rate, revelations that a Far North man charged with child sex abuse was a caregiver for Child Youth and Family, Picton locals are uneasy about Government support for moving the Cook Strait ferry terminal from their town to Clifford Bay, New Zealand volcanologists investigate what's thought to be the largest ever eruption in New Zealand waters and Toy Love are inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame. [more]

09/11/2012: Week In Review for 9 November 2012
A review of the week's news, including... a rise in unemployment rate to a 13-year high, the Government's response to the Pike River Mine disaster report's findings will determine how well the victim's families can move on according to Greymouth's Anglican minister, a moment's silence in court in memory of the high profile defence lawyer, Greg King, The Government appears to be facing an uphill struggle to achieve cross party consensus on proposed changes to MMP, an unseasonal frost has hit Central Otago vineyards which could affect Pinot Noir prices, a poisons expert considers the recent mysterious deaths of young western women in South East Asia and scientists have been able to glean a unique insight into a rare species of whale, after two washed up on a New Zealand beach. [more]

16/11/2012: Week in Review for 16 November 2012
A review of the week's news, including... Problems continue with the new school payroll system Novopay, victims of a pedophile Far north teacher James Parker stared at him in court as a judge heard arguments about what sentence he will face, The Catholic Church in New Zealand says it can't find any record of Australian Bishops warning about a late pedophile priest sent here in the 80s, hundreds of millions of dollars still can't be accounted for, as fears grow that a Wellington - based investment firm was the front for a ponzi scheme, angry workers at Kiwirail's Hillside workshops in Dunedin are blaming the government for the loss of up to 90 jobs announced Thursday, the owners of the Wellington Phoenix, a consortium of local businessmen, have bought a stake in the Hurricanes rugby team, Thousands of New Zealanders took a break this week to watch the moon make it's way across the sun, and the most famous drummer in rock music is on the way back to New Zealand. [more]

23/11/2012: The Week in Review - week ending 23 November 2012
A review of the week's news, including... The Australian company behind the new school payroll system has breaks it's silence, Ross Asset Management receivers talk with the company's owner and say there is no hope of finding any more money to return to investors, David Shearer is in moving-on mode, following his confirmation as leader of the Labour Party and the demotion of his leadership rival, David Cunliffe, New Zealand businesses are hoping to take advantage of the political and economic change taking place in Myanmar, also known as Burma, a notorious stretch of road from Huntly to Hamilton is the most dangerous state highway in the country, the deal to sell the heart of Dunedin's Hillside railway workshops could yet be scuttled by its own workers, Mt Tongariro has erupts again, new research showing beneficiaries committing welfare fraud are punished much more harshly than white collar criminals evading tax, Yvonne Mackay the managing director and chief producer of ProductionShed.TV and previously a co-owner of the Gibson Group from Nine to Noon and the boys from down on the farm, Ches and Dale and the famous Chesdale Cheese jingle has taken pride of place on a new CD called 'Kiwiana Goes Pop'. [more]

30/11/2012: The Week In Review - week ending 30 November
A review of the week's news, including... full coverage of the Hobbit movie premiere event in Wellington, the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment's interim report on fracking, the chair of the Waikato-Tainui Parliament is stood down, a former Catholic brother convicted of abusing schoolboys leaves New Zealand at the same time the Australian police issue a warrant for his arrest, the New Zealand sharemarket's hit its highest level in five years, the New Zealand Rugby Union fends off criticism it is not doing enough to promote women to senior management positions and a chapter in the history of the 28th Maori Battalion draws to a close with the official winding up of the Battalion Association in Wellington. [more]

07/12/2012: Week in Review for 7 December 2012
A review of the week's news, including... a severe storm and tornadoes that swept across west Auckland killing three people, the sole survivor of the RSA triple murders in 2001 settles a lawsuit with the Corrections Department for 300-thousand dollars, hundreds of teachers voted to strike for a day in February, the oil company Petrobras is quitting New Zealand after just the first stage of exploring for oil and gas off East Cape, the former Government minister John Tamihere isn't saying if he wants to be a MP again after being accepted back into the Labour Party, a New Zealand robotics and computer scientist who has been playing key roles in technology for the Mars rovers, New Zealand waka crews have arrived at Easter Island otherwise known as Rapanui and Spartacus TV show memorabilia up for auction. [more]

14/12/2012: Week In Review for 14 December 2012
A review of the week's news, including... controversy over a report on David Bain seeking compensation for wrongful imprisonment, the Maori Council and Waikato iwi have lose their High Court challenge over water rights, a sobering report on children's health in New Zealand, two survivors of the CTV building collapse call for manslaughter charges to be laid, a public funding drive is launched for the controversial Hundertwasser art museum in Northalnsd and a Southland farmer who loves planes and flying has just taken on the project of a lifetime, restoring a vintage top dressing plane. [more]

21/12/2012: Week in Review for 21 December 2012
A review of the week's news, including... One of New Zealand's youngest ever murderers is sentenced to 18-years in jail, the Secretary for Education quits after barely a year in the job, calls from education leaders in Christchurch to begin the school reorganisation process again, the National-led Government hikes petrol tax to help public finances get back to surplus, Police announce inter-agency agreement on dealing with forced marriage, disappoint that no one was convicted of murder for the death of a Radio New Zealand journalist, Maori Party Co Leader Tariana Turia confirms she will resign from Parliament, Kathryn Ryan talks with Chief High Court Judge Helen Winkelmann and a new book tells the stories ANZAC pilots who risked so much in The Battle of Britain. [more]

28/12/2012: Week In Review for 28 December 2012
A review of the week's news, including... A warning from Treasury to the Government about the partial sale of three big power companies in one year, a career criminal's successful challenge to the smoking ban in Auckland Prison, another blowout in the Diplomatic Protection Squad's budget, a new Italian fertiliser could help combat the vine killing PSA-v disease, a study finding physical and mental harm from long-term cannabis use has been underestimated, an Antarctic experiment to drill through three kilometres of ice to a 500-thousand year old lake is called off, writer and journalist Steve Braunias goes in search of civilisation in the small towns of New Zealand, London based PR guru Max Clifford vehemently denies historical allegations against him following on from the Jimmy Saville scandal and an end of year look at the latest jargon being used by our bureaucrats and politicians. [more]

04/01/2013: Week in Review Jan 4 2013
A review of the week's news, including... an accusation that the US government mislead the courts over pirated material on Kim Dotcom's Megaupload website, a record low six deaths on New Zealand roads during the official holiday period, St John ambulance says it's taking up to 80 thousand people to hospital each year unnecessarily, we talk to a new Knight recognised for his services to broadcasting and the public in the New year's honours list, a homeowner in Lower Hutt says her neighbourhood has turned into a ghetto after Housing New Zealand moved tenants out of the area, a triple-murderer claims to have done away with his alter ego named Hell, a persona he says urged him to kill women, why Americans in Colorado are now officially allowed to use marijuana and New Zealand's most famous sheep is on his final journey to Te Papa Museum, where he will be imortalised at the hands of a taxidermist. [more]

11/01/2013: week in review fri jan 11 2013
A review of the week's news, including... covering up asbestos in quake-damaged Canterbury houses condemned as shortsighted and a potential health hazard, the stubbornly high New Zealand dollar last year has left exporters more exposed than usual in 2013, health and safety experts believe better safety procedures would not have prevented a man getting onto the 54th floor ledge of the Sky Tower, Chatham Islanders hope to cash in on another lucrative resource in their waters, actor Temuera Morrison talks about his new movie - Mt Zion, the Black Caps are not an attractive side to play against according to the Director of New Zealand Cricket, Christchurch employers struggle to fill low-skilled job vacancies, we hear from the man who started the annual Coast To Coast endurance race and from a women who is beginning her 69th year in the workforce. [more]

18/01/2013: Week In Review for 18 January 2013
A review of the week's news, including... reaction to a fall in beneficiary numbers, three New Zealanders are dead after a minibus crash in Kenya, the Salvation Army says new Auckland house price figures are further evidence of a growing housing crisis in the city, disbelief at figures showing how many people worked on the Hobbit movies, internet tycoon Kim Dotcom promotes his new website, an outgoing chief executive's comments ignites debate about the so-called tall poppy syndrome, broadcaster Paul Holmes is officially knighted at his home in Hawke's Bay, the British Foreign Secretary William Hague visits New Zealand for the second time in two years and a hill near Helensville in Auckland is soon to play host to a very slippery kind of fundraiser. [more]

25/01/2013: Week in review 25 January 2013
A review of the week's news, including... The race for the Maori vote out in the open at Ratana this week, the scramble for Maori Party leadership described as "pork barrel politics" by the New Zealand First leader, the Prime Minister sacks the Housing and Conservation Ministers in a cabinet reshuffle, a high profile economist calls for fewer cats in New Zealand, Kim Dotcom launches his new internet site, calls for the Government to front up over the mothballing of the rail line to Napier, a friend and housemate of disgraced All Black Zac Guildford believes the 23 year-old's been let down by the NZRU, a former New Zealand diplomat describes living in Damascus as a civil war broke out and New Zealanders lag behind in Australian civic education test. [more]

01/02/2013: The Week in Review - week ending 1 February 2013
A review of the week's news including: MPs return to work and slanging match begins, Kenyan crash driver turns out to be 18-year old former Bethlehem College student, Defence Force cost cutting: success or failure?, Oamaru facing closure of second biggest employer, Reserve Bank takes aim at rising house prices, Novopay debacle grinds on, Government ignores Ministry of Education and Treasury advice on Wanganui Collegiate, Wanganui District Council's last attempt to control 'terrible smell' before discharging untreated waste into sea, country's most famous broadcaster, Sir Paul Holmes, dies at 62, David Bain going to court for judicial review of Justice Minister's actions, Sevens fever hits Wellington. [more]

08/02/2013: The Week in Review - week ending 8th February 2013
A review of the weeks news, including... Mainzeal Construction goes into receivership, coverage of Waitangi day, a paedophile who police say is part of international child abuse ring pleads guilty to multiple charges, a big fall in employment at the end of 2012 as more than 15 thousand Pacific workers lost their jobs last year, a senior doctors' union denies it's warnings about chronic staff shortages are a shrewd tactic linked to pay talks that have begun, Lucy Lawless sentenced to 120 hours community service and ordered to pay 650 dollars in reparation for an environmental protest and the World premiere of a brand new Sam Hunt poem. [more]

01/03/2013: The Week in Review - Week ending 1 March 2013
A review of the weeks news including... a man killed in a shark attack at the west Auckland beach of Muriwai is named, it's full speed ahead for the Government's flagship asset sales programme, new e-mails are released on the Hobbit dispute, the Minister of Conservation steps in to decide whether a multi-million-dollar tunnel project in Fiordland National Park goes ahead, the Auditor General publishes a report saying the Ministry for Primary Industries is under-prepared for biosecurity incursions, the head of Kim Dotcom's new cloud storage site Mega and artist Ralph Hotere is praised as a great pioneering artist on a quest for justice at his funeral in Dunedin. [more]

08/03/2013: Week in Review for 8 March 2013
A review of the week's news including... about 35 thousand people pre-register for the Mighty River Power share float on the first day of a newly launched website going live, a critic of the Government's plan to sell shares in the country's power companies says the move is a huge strategic blunder, households are taking another hit in the pocket as power companies continue to put their prices up, the Labour Party says there are 389 million reasons why there should be a full select committee inquiry into the financial mismanagement of Solid Energy, the drought is continuing to spread across the country, engineers accused in the High Court of manipulating red zoned house results to please Tower Insurance, the former Secretary of Education has been paid out almost half a million dollars, the Airline Pilots Association says the sentence of community service for shining a laser light at a police helicopter is not the deterrent they were hoping for and packaging that's just impossible to open. [more]

15/03/2013: Week in Review for 15 March 2013
A review of the week's news... All of the North Island is now officially in a state of drought as the South Island West Coast seeks a Government drought declaration and some of our biggest metropolitan areas come under unprecedented strain through lack of water, opposition MPs are still calling for a full select committee inquiry into Solid Energy despite the appearance of Don Elder and John Palmer at the Commerce Select Committee this week, the 'Keep Our Assets' petition is delivered to Parliament, a class action law suit on bank fees is launched, an opposition inquiry into the manufacturing sector has heard from workers who fear for their future, hints the Government might drop its plans to tax big city carparks, the All Black, Zac Guildford, has admitted publicly he is an alcoholic and proof that you can significantly reduce your salt intake, even on a fairly constrained budget. [more]

29/03/2013: Week In Review for 29 March 2013
A review of the week's news including... an attack on top cricket player Jesse Ryder leaving him with critical head injuries, the man wrongly sent an email containing details of more than eighty thousand Earthquake Commission claims, says he's prepared to use the information in a dispute over money he says he is owed, Fonterra dairy farmers struggling with one of the country's worst droughts are getting an early cash payout of on average a hundred thousand dollars to help keep them afloat, the Prime Minister admits he's known the head of the Government's spy agency from their school days, but says he wouldn't describe him as a friend, Solid Energy will keep its former chief executive, Don Elder, on the payroll until August, at a cost of more than quarter of a million dollars, an aviation commentator is questioning the sentence given a Pacific Blue pilot found guilty of carelessly operating an aircraft and the head of CAA comments on the case, homeowners who want to be sure they're totally covered will have to pay for annual valuations under changes insurance companies will introduce in June, and a project that stops food from going to waste every day in Wellington has won the supreme accolade at the 2012 Trustpower Community Awards this year. [more]

05/04/2013: The Week in Review - week ending 5 April 2013
The Labour Party calls for an inquiry as the Prime Minister comes under more pressure over the appointment of Ian Fletcher as director of the country's electronic spy agency, opposition parties and the Council of Trade Unions say a big pay hike for Mighty River Power Directors is yet more evidence that privatising the company is a bad move, Invercargill mayor Tim Shadbolt says his community is going to fight to save the Tiwai Point Aluminum Smelter, Bruce Hutton, the detective chief inspector found to have planted evidence that helped convict Arthur Allan Thomas of double murder, has died, the Motor Caravan Association says it wants to avoid more court action over freedom camping and says confusion on how the law works needs to be cleared up, a flag-lowering ceremony in Bamiyan in Afghanistan has brought to an end New Zealand's longest military deployment, a diary kept by a New Zealand diplomat contradicting events depicted in the film Argo about a 1979 hostage drama in Iran is donated to the Alexander Turnbull Library and a top New Zealand architect says he's disappointed with the designs for the new Christ Church cathedral. [more]

12/04/2013: Week In Review for week ending 12 April 2013
A review of the week's news, including... Pike River victims family members say they are angry and disappointed no government staff will be held accountable for failings that contributed to the mine's explosion, an anonymous blogger appears to have defied a court order preventing the release of Earthquake Commission claimant details, a report into spying by the Government Communications Security Bureau over the last decade has called into question the legality of 55 cases, involving 88 people, the lawyer for the disgraced Kaitaia teacher James Parker says his client doesn't deserve to be locked up indefinitely, median house prices have hit a record high - topping 400-thousand dollars for the first time, Aucklanders might have a new tourist attraction at some point in the form of gently erupting volcanoes, a watering mission for New Zealand's best known and oldest tree and two Kiwi mountaineers are part of a four-strong team to take on an as-yet unconquered peak in the Himalayas. [more]

19/04/2013: The Week in Review - week ending 19 April 2013
A review of the week's news including: Parliament passes gay marriage legislation, prime minister justifies law changes allowing GCSB to spy on New Zealand citizens and permanent residents, Pike River Coal found guilty of fundamental health and safety breaches, Government accuses opposition of trying to sabotage partial sale of Mighty River Power, Ministry of Education goes to High Court over leaky school buildings, environment watchdog says fisheries staff ignored warnings over native eel, Queenstown bouncer found guilty over Tindall video, Dave McArtney of Hello Sailor dies suddenly, even the food at Gallipoli threatened soldiers' health. [more]

19/04/2013: The Week in Review - week ending 19 April 2013
A review of the week's news including: Parliament passes gay marriage legislation, prime minister justifies law changes allowing GCSB to spy on New Zealand citizens and permanent residents, Pike River Coal found guilty of fundamental health and safety breaches, Government accuses opposition of trying to sabotage partial sale of Mighty River Power, Ministry of Education goes to High Court over leaky school buildings, environment watchdog says fisheries staff ignored warnings over native eel, Queenstown bouncer found guilty over Tindall video, Dave McArtney of Hello Sailor dies suddenly, even the food at Gallipoli threatened soldiers' health. [more]

26/04/2013: The Week in Review - week ending 26 April 2013
A review of the week's news, including... The anonymous critic who waged an online campaign against the Earthquake Commission who says he's giving up writing his blog and is calling for an inquiry into the way the EQC works, the Justice Minister says it needs to be easier for the police to warn people about convicted killers without breaching privacy laws in the wake of the Jade Bayliss murder trial, the father of Emily Longley says he's relieved his daughter's killer will now have to serve his full sentence, there are fresh signs investors are getting cold feet about buying shares in Mighty River Power, the Labour Party leader David Shearer says the latest political polls show the party's policies are hitting the right mark, the tourism industry has welcomed the way a major funding boost is being divided up, after nearly six decades on display at the National Museum of China, a traditional Maori feather cloak is home for a limited time at Te Papa and ANZAC day has been commemorated around the country and the story of an ANZAC day hymn with a twist. [more]

03/05/2013: The Week in Review for 3 May 2013
A review of the week's news, including... The death of The Labour MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti, Parekura Horomia, allegations of bad behaviour by a National Party list MP, a family who've known for decades who killed their father and husband gets the justice they've been waiting for for almost 34 years, from Nine To Noon, American woman Amanda Knox who was jailed for four years in an Italian prison for the murder of her flatmate, investors in Hanover Finance must now look to a civil case for redress after the Serious Fraud Office announced it would not prosecute the failed company, up to one-point-five billion dollars will be spent over the next ten years to upgrade Inland Revenue's information technology systems, the New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards supreme category has been re-named after the acclaimed author Margaret Mahy and the New Zealand woman about to run from New York to Los Angeles. [more]

10/05/2013: The Week in Review - week ending 10 May 2013
A selection of the week's news including: the week from hell for "do you know who I am" Aaron Gilmore, more people in work, Government blames Greens and Labour for lack of interest in Mighty River Power share sale, Timaru mayor pleads with MPs to ban party pills and legal highs, Government sticks with plagued Novopay school payment system, 24/7 gold mining operation planned for underneath Waihi homes, Kaipara rates rebellion leaders say council is using dirty tactics, the problem of criminals cutting off their electronic anklets, Paget takes Badminton, duck shooting season underway. [more]

17/05/2013: The Week in Review - week ending Friday 17 May
A selection of the week's news including: Aaron Gilmore quits Parliament, Finance Minister delivers fifth Budget, police defend pursuits of fleeing vehicles after four die, police and NZQA investigating cheating website allegations, convention centre agreement unveiled but groups worried about problem gambling worried, up to 19 months before some Cantabrians find out if their quake-damaged home is repair or rebuild, an emotional return to Cathedral Square as cordons lifted. [more]

24/05/2013: The Week in Review - week ending 24 May 2013
A review of the week's news on Radio New Zealand including: police conduct watchdog says officers' actions during 2007 Ruatoki raids were unlawful, unjustified and unreasonable, new report says Pacific people are the lowest paid and least employed of any community in New Zealand, Murry McCully tells US secretary of state John Kerry NZ will do its bit to support Palestinians-Israel peace process, electricity survey finds a third of people struggle to heat their homes, Hamilton City becomes first council in New Zealand to vote in favour of paying its staff a "living wage", environmentalists horrified at Minister of Conservation's okaying of mining on Denniston Plateau but job-hungry locals delighted, High Court challenge to hospital smoking ban in mental health units, Government's drug-buying agency accused of "terrifying abuse of power", calls for Minister for Primary Industries to step down after China meat blockade, waka return from Rapanui to rapturous welcome, music labels still very much in charge of New Zealand music business. [more]

31/05/2013: The Week in Review - week ending 31 May 2013
A review of the week's news including: Breakfast in Schools programme to expand, Netsafe welcoming tougher penalties for online child sexual abuse, badly hurt brothers disappointed by army refusal to advocate for compensation, tears and disappointment at Christchurch schools' closures, public consultation closes on country's biggest-ever urban planning exercise, sixty years since Everest was conquered, Government seeking advice on stripping Sir Douglas Graham of his knighthood, Breakfast in Schools cartoonist refuses to apologise, good and bad news for economy, Conservation Department defends merging teams managing recovery of kakapo and takahe, Ali Williams announces retirement from All Blacks, new research shows graduates with highest opinion of themselves are lowest-performing in workplace. [more]

07/06/2013: The Week in Review - week ending 7 June 2013
A summary of the week's news including: an historic day for Tuhoe, government agencies with insecure IT systems, Novopay report scathing of Ministry of Education officials, United Future - a political party or not?, Albert Wendt becomes member of Order of New Zealand in Queens Birthday honours, Government urged to get its debt down more quickly, conservation land eyed by Government for platinum exploration, house building up by 21 percent in Canterbury - almost twice national rate, Cricket Canterbury wants Hagley Park for 2015 Cricket World Cup, centenarians still driving on New Zealand roads. [more]

14/06/2013: The Week in Review - week ending 14 June 2013
A selection of the week's news including: Peter Dunne resigns as government minister but won't say why, Christchurch City Council in danger of losing power to grant building consents, military court of inquiry finds two New Zealand soldiers in Afghanistan wounded by friendly fire, Green Party demanding prime minister be upfront about spying company, worse to come for some Cantabrians' mental health, John Key accusing Labour of hypocrisy over SkyCity hospitality, business advocates welcoming government's offer of mining exploration permits in Northland, opponents of Otago River dam plans say split court decision enough for them, farming leaders warning against country's dependence on dairy sector, Matariki marked by waka in Wellington harbour. [more]

21/06/2013: The Week in Review - week ending 21 June 2013
A summary of the week's news including: Winter solstice brings worst weather in years, Mark Lundy's case heard at Privy Council, class action against ANZ for "unfair" fees, Peter Dunne rejects "vile speculation", Doha mall fire sentences handed down, stock market soars -- economy doesn't, Taupo mayor furious at SFO investigation, Fonterra no longer to accept milk from "drilling waste" farms, online company beats SKY to EPL rights, tango comes to New Zealand. [more]

28/06/2013: The Week in Review - week ending 28 June 2013
A review of the week's news including : Government to put money and support behind Auckland rail loop, negotiations underway as government seeks support for new spy law,snowed in farmers grateful for volunteers,300 Wellingtonians still without power after last week's storm,net migration hits highest monthly level in three and a half years, voters to go to the polls in Ikaroa-Rawhiti, Defence Minister announces inquiry into safety culture in the military,funding for new heart drug,locals in Hawkes Bay demand more information on proposed new dam, doubts over claims by Auckland man on whereabouts of Hone Heke's bones, posthumous award for Dame Margaret Mahey at children's book competition, portrait of 19th century maori chief on display for the first time. [more]

28/06/2013: The Week in Review - week ending 28 June 2013
A review of the week's news including : Government to put money and support behind Auckland rail loop, negotiations underway as government seeks support for new spy law,snowed in farmers grateful for volunteers,300 Wellingtonians still without power after last week's storm,net migration hits highest monthly level in three and a half years, voters to go to the polls in Ikaroa-Rawhiti, Defence Minister announces inquiry into safety culture in the military,funding for new heart drug,locals in Hawkes Bay demand more information on proposed new dam, doubts over claims by Auckland man on whereabouts of Hone Heke's bones, posthumous award for Dame Margaret Mahey at children's book competition, portrait of 19th century maori chief on display for the first time. [more]

05/07/2013: The Week in Review - week ending 5 July 2013
A review of the week's news including: Pike River to pay three point four million dollars to families of victims; Maori Party licks its wounds after coming third in by-election, and co-leader of Maori Party Pita Sharples to relinquish leadership; tense meeting between the Prime Minister and Kim Dotcom at parliament; major problems with building consents in Christchurch and chief executive sent home on leave; further complications from rheumatic fever means more surgery for rugby star Robbie Fruean; a memorial service for the 50th anniversary of New Zealand's worst domestic air disaster; many fluent Maori speakers move to Australia; new film on rugby player Stephan Donald and his World Cup match saving kick; aspiring opera star heading overseas, and; thousands hit the slopes of Mount Ruapehu as the ski season begins. [more]

12/07/2013: The Week in Review - week ending 12 July 2013
A review of the week's news including: Sky City deal passes first hurdle in parliament, New Zealand negotiators praised for securing trade deal with Taiwan without offending China, home invasion and dramatic chase leaves former soldier dead, New Zealand doctor knocked unconscious by whale in Bondi, stories which never made it into the history books heard at Waitangi Tribunal hearing, Cantabrians offer their opinions on Deans' demise, volunteers battle to save trees planted in memory of First World War soldiers, New Zealanders love their bananas. [more]

19/07/2013: The Week in Review - week ending 19 July 2013
A review of the week's news including: A controversial plan to put a bus tunnel through Fiordland and Mount Aspiring National Parks is rejected, inflation at its lowest level in 14 years but cost of living still hitting low income families hard, the Government buys the CTV building, scientists discover major threats to New Zealand's manuka honey industry, bullied teenager awarded nearly 40-thousand dollars by Employment Relations Authority, New Zealand researchers asked by World Anti-Doping Agency to come up with improved test to detect the use of EPO by athletes, workers at Auckland steel factory fortunate to escape injury after big explosion, survey reveals New Zealanders are happier than most Europeans, and Hairy Maclary celebrates his 30th birthday. [more]

26/07/2013: The Week in Review - week ending 26 July 2013
A review of the week's news including : Defence Force pleads guilty to ensuring safety of soldier who died on training exercise,plans to restrict some types of home loans could undermine financial stability,some insurers refuse to issue new policies in wake of earthquake in Wellington and Marlborough,concern over safety of some buildings in Wellington CBD,veterans from protest at Muroroa Atoll seek answers from government on continuing health problems,price of rental properties in Auckland rising less than in the rest of the country, 18 carved poles unveiled as part of redevelopment of Civic Square in Hawkes Bay, workers at tobacco factory lose their free cigarettes,general public not permitted to see gory movie starring Elijah Wood,increase in number of breeding pairs of endangered Kokako,mince and cheese wins in the annual pie awards,tickets snapped up for All Blacks training games and annual rich list revealed. [more]

02/08/2013: The Week in Review - week ending 2 August 2013
A review of the week's news including: wide condemnation for the leaking of a press gallery journalist's phone records,business confidence highest it has been for 14 years,widower of woman killed in 2001 RSA triple killings awarded compensation,concern over proposed 600 million dollar dam for Hawkes Bay,rescuer tells of smashing car window to save toddler in sinking car,Lauren Boyle wins second bronze medal at World Swimming Championships,the clean up for June storm in Wellington likely to exceed four million dollars,a new app for people suffering with panic attacks is a best seller and New Zealand's biggest fishing firms sign up to a programme to protect seabirds. [more]

09/08/2013: The Week in Review - week ending 9 August 2013
A review of the week's news including: Fonterra at centre of international botulism scare, Peter Dunne seeking legal advice over release of emails to GCSB report leak inquiry, Crown lawyers defend Justice Minister's handling of Bain compensation claim, reprieve for Southland aluminium smelter workers, scientists find Cook Strait earthquake triggered by previously unknown faults, owners of 25,000 quake-prone buildings given 20 years to strengthen properties, labour market showing signs of gradual improvement, conservationists not ruling out further legal action against proposed Denniston Plateau mine, Dunedin City Council warned freedom camping could burden ratepayers, Lauren Boyle becomes NZ's most successful world championship swimmer since Loader, adoring fans cram centre of Hamilton to celebrate Chiefs'win. [more]

16/08/2013: The Week in Review - week ending 16 August 2013
A review of the week's news including: new laws to protect vulnerable children from abuse, Pamapuria still reeling from James Parker's sexual abuse of young boys, John Key wants speedy inquiry into Fonterra contamination scare, the effect of the crisis on New Zealand's reputation in China, how "pure" is New Zealand, given its "100% pure" tourism marketing brand, economy continues to pick up, shot putter Valerie Adams joins elite group of world athletes, Christchurch City Council again in trouble, Cook Island New Zealanders want help keeping their language alive, a population explosion of tui in Hamilton. [more]

23/08/2013: The Week in Review - week ending 23 August 2013
A review of the week's news, including... Labour leader David Shearer calls it quits, the Government Communications Security Bureau can now legally spy on New Zealanders, millions of dollars worth of New Zealand milk powder product blocked by China after another contamination scare, economists and banks warn new Reserve Bank restrictions on low deposit home loans will hurt first-home buyers, the Government offers time payment for shares in Meridian Energy, inspectors from the Earthquake Commission work their way around damaged properties in the quake-hit town of Seddon, and a first-of-its-kind study in New Zealand... scientists measure air quality along Auckland's Queen Street. [more]

30/08/2013: The Week in Review - week ending 30 August 2013
A snapshot of the week's news including: New Zealand's potential role in any Syria intervention, botulism turns out to be botch-up, Labour MPs eyeing leadership woo caucus, party members and unions, no criminal charges over Dotcom spying, Ponzi fraudster pleads guilty, New Zealand's trade to Middle East looking good, Pike River Mine re-entry plan before Government, Totara-feller fined $32,000, golfing teen Lydia Ko makes history, World War 1 recollections go online. [more]

06/09/2013: The Week in Review - week ending 6 September 2013* (+8 dB)
A snapshot of the week's news and interviews including: the US asks NZ for "moral support" for a strike against Syria, NZ journalist Wayne Hay recounts his week in an Egyptian jail cell, thousands of Christchurch property owners still waiting for insurance settlements - three years after first major Canterbury quake, Pike River mine re-entry plan approved by Government, call to action on climate change at Pacific Islands Forum, referendum on government asset sales programme branded a waste of $9m, NZ beats Australia for economic competitiveness in global ranking, mayoral candidates woo ratepayers in leadup to local elections, Sir Russell Coutts says Oracle cheating penalties are astonishing and outrageous, NZ kayaker stalked by six metre crocodile in far north Australia branded by locals "a dill". [more]

13/09/2013: The Week in Review - week ending 13 September 2013
A review of the week's news including... severe storms lash the South and lower North Islands, the Government's plans to overhaul the Resource Management Act hangs in the balance, the whooping cough epidemic claims the life of a third baby, the wrangle over who will take the helm at Maori Television continues, New Zealand is easing sanctions brought in to punish Fiji's coup leaders, Auckland's mayoral contest throws up some of the most radical policies for years, the Ministry of Health admits it cannot handle the growing number of prisoners needing urgent mental health treatment, the latest in the story of Molesworth Station and another group of ANZACs descends on the Gallipoli Peninsula. [more]

20/09/2013: The Week in Review - week ending 19 September 2013
A review of the week's news including... The new leader of the Labour Party David Cunliffe and his front bench choices, the Government gives the go-ahead to five groups to run publicly funded charter schools, a campervan with two missing Canadians in it is swept off the Haast highway by a landslide, the Green Party calls for the Conservation Minister to be sacked over a big dam planned for Hawke's Bay, the Government unveils eight new areas for oil exploration and announces Meridian Energy's date for listing on the stock exchange, hundreds of tractors chug into a field between Hastings and Havelock North protesting against the Hawke's Bay Regional Council's management of water, a former backer of New Zealand America's cup campaigns remains one of the team's keenest fans, and the Christchurch East MP Lianne Dalziel gives her valedictory speech to Parliament. [more]

27/09/2013: The Week in Review - week ending 27 September 2013
A review of the week's news including... a stunning comeback by Oracle Team USA against Emirates Team New Zealand to win the America's Cup, John Key's speech to the UN General Assembly, two New Zealand Greenpeace protesters ordered to spend two months in a Russian prison, ASB Bank withdraws all its loan preapprovals for buyers with deposits of less than 20 percent, yet another Government agency becomes involved in the controversy around the Ruataniwha Dam project, it could be back to the drawing board on organ donation if extra funding fails to lift donations, a regional council admits it's likely to be an uphill battle eradicating an aquatic pest, and do military-style boot camps work? [more]

04/10/2013: Week In Review for week ending 4 October 2013
A review of the week's news including... claims more and more people are having their electricity disconnected because they can't afford their power bills and why electricity prices are rising while demand is falling, applications for shares in state-owned Meridian Energy are now available to investors, two New Zealanders arrested during a open sea Greenpeace protest near Russia are charged with piracy, the Government uses its powers of compulsory acquisition to take over land in the centre of Christchurch for the first time, an international food giant says it will be claiming at least 200 million euros from Fonterra, assaults on staff and patients at mental health units across the country are climbing, and the biggest movie star you've probably never heard of makes a flying visit to New Zealand. [more]

03/01/2014: The Week in Review week ending January 3 2014
A review of the week's news, including... Passengers on board a stranded ship in the Antarctic are rescued, New Years Eve crowds are generally well behaved while a New Zealand Greenpeace activist is pleased to be back home for New Year, support builds for a special commission to review alleged miscarriage of justice cases, global temperatures could rise by up to five degrees, the director and actor Ben Stiller on 'The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty' along with a country and western icon who's coming to New Zealand and Black Cap Corey Anderson rewrites cricket's record books. [more]

10/01/2014: The Week In Review week ending Jan10 2014
A review of the week's news, including... Estimates that legal action against dairy giant Fonterra could cost the average New Zealand dairy farmer 43 thousand dollars, a video showing a child drinking alcohol has prompted police to launch an investigation into an incident in a Hamilton Park, environmentalists are expressing concern at Shell deciding to go ahead with plans to drill for gas off the Otago-Southland coast, the New Zealand and Australian Governments are facing renewed pressure to act on Japanese whaling in Antarctic waters, a fund manager slams the Government's asset sales programme, the Auckland house price average tops 700 thousand dollars, a Christchurch City Council report says many low lying suburbs will be submerged as a result of changing sea levels, a new study may help us understand what causes super volcanoes like Lake Taupo to erupt and some old TV gems in the realm of the political. [more]

17/01/2014: The Week In Review week ending Jan17 2014
A review of the week's news, including... A Dunedin community in shock after two children were shot dead by a man who had no gun licence and protection orders against him, Kim Dotcom announces the name of his new political party, papers are filed in court taking a private prosecution against the Mayor of Auckland, the former MP who introduced the anti-smacking amendment bill in 2007 says she's appalled the Conservative Party leader has publicly admitted smacking his daughter, Fonterra doesn't yet know how dangerous the E. coli strain is detected in thousands of bottles of fresh cream, The ACC Minister Judith Collins says 19 million dollars spent on health and safety contracts is a rort, a discussion on the political year ahead with Associate Professor Raymond Miller and former Prime Minister Sir Geoffrey Palmer and New Zealand's highest peak, Aoraki Mount Cook, is now shorter. [more]

14/02/2014: Week In Review for 14 February 2014
A review of the week's news including... claims by Labour Party MP Shane Jones in Parliament that an Australian owned supermarket chain is blackmailing New Zealand businesses, have immigration authorities curbed freedom of speech by banning a US rap group from playing in New Zealand?, the Government may be acting illegally by cancelling the passports of New Zealanders wanting to fight with rebels in the Syrian civil war, the police will review the management of alcohol at the Wellington Westpac Stadium after a drunken weekend at the Rugby Sevens, the New Zealand First leader Winston Peters, is accusing the Prime Minister of using the Government's spies to keep tabs on him, and The Tardis is landing in Wellington with the Fifth Doctor Who on board. [more]

21/02/2014: Week In Review for week ending Feb 21 2014
A review of the week's news including... the Commerce Commission launches an investigation into the Countdown supermarket chain, Television New Zealand says it was a mistake to take back a senior journalist, an Australian women's magazine is thought to have done an exclusive deal with the Sydney based flat mate of a New Zealand woman facing drug charges in Bali, New Zealand Cricket history is made at the Basin Reserve, a knock back for Kim Dotcom from the Court of Appeal, All Blacks' Coca Cola called "totally inappropriate" and "an embarrassment" by campaigners against sugary drinks and hundred's of thousands attend three big events in Auckland including the rugby league Nines. [more]

28/02/2014: The Week In Review for week ending Feb 28 2014
A review of the week's news including... revelations the lawyer for the former Pike River boss wrote to Government officials offering a 3.4 million dollar payment in return for charges being dropped, veteran political strategist Matt McCarten changes his mind about Labour leader David Cunliffe, leaked documents show the Government's spy agency has been schooled in how to deny, disrupt, degrade and defeat online activism, revelations a man who died in custody had been assessed by a doctor who only looked through a window at him, more details come to light about an Afghan interpreter who says he escaped being executed by the Taleban, British rock musician, turned physicist, Brian Cox talks about communicating science, a New Zealand Navy ship is forced to make a U-turn after battling 14 metre waves on its way to the Sub-Antarctic Islands and the New Zealand Movie 'Three Mile Limit ' has won the best international film award at the Washington DC film festival ahead of it's public release in early March. [more]

07/03/2014: The Week In Review for week ending March 7 2014
A review of the week's news including... fall out from flooding this week in Christchurch, preliminary results from air samples taken from 11 Chinese-made Kiwirail locomotives with asbestos in them are negative, a seven-year-old Japanese girl is critically hurt after being mauled by dogs in Murupara, a clandestine drugs laboratory is discovered in an upmarket Wellington apartment block, a Ngapuhi elder asks a northern hapu to come together and support a push to settle Treaty claims, the ACT party is urged to be more radical at it's recent get together in South Auckland, principals are angry at a suggestion by the Ministry of Education their schools need special help, Raetihi is now back to getting its drinking water from the Makotuku River five months after being contaminated by a diesel spill and a playdate with ten strangers in Wellington looks set to be Prince George's first royal engagement. [more]

14/03/2014: The Week In Review for 14 March 2014
A review of the week's news including... the announcement of the General Election date, Police vow to bring to justice the other killers of Mellory Manning, the Reserve Bank raises its official cash rate, the Government sugars the deal on it's fourth and final asset sale, Judith Collins says she'll be much more careful about potential conflicts of interest after a trip to China last year, the engineer whose company designed the CTV building in Christchurch resigns from the Institution of Professional Engineers, the South Canterbury Finance trial has is delayed and a former All Blacks coach says too much pressure is being put on coaches in the professional era. [more]

21/03/2014: The Week In Review for week ending March 21 2014
A review of the week's news including... calls for the Education Minister to step down over her handling of alleged mis-spending by the commercial arm of Te Kohanga Reo Trust, the Rugby Union admits two All Blacks took a cocktail of sleeping pills and alcohol shortly before a quarter final game at the last World Cup, the Opposition asks more questions about who paid for Judith Collins' controversial dinner in Beijing, a group representing thousands of people with incurable eye disorders tells the Health Select Committee of an urgent need for comprehensive rehabilitation services, the Associate Health Minister is back from a major UN conference on drug policy and a major discovery which may be the equivalent of a window into how the universe began and evolved. [more]

28/03/2014: Week In Review for week ending Mar 28 2014
A review of the week's news including... A lawyer and friend of former New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns is released on bail after being arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice in London, the Blues halfback and former All Black Piri Weepu suffers a stroke, one of two big private companies looking at investing in the controversial Ruataniwha Dam has pulled out, the Mana leader Hone Harawira says the declaration from Kim Dotcom that the Internet Party would not back the National Party is welcome, but formal talks are weeks away, Hamilton City Council has voted to put fluoride back in the water, the west coast north of Auckland is now officially a drought, All Black fullback Israel Dagg has spoken out about taking sleeping pills before a drunken night out at the last World Cup and Dunedin has applied to be called an International City of Literature. [more]

11/04/2014: The Week In Review for week ending April 11 2014
A review of the week's news including... The nine day Royal tour gets underway, the Prime Minister says any talk of Labour distancing itself from the Greens is merely a stunt, the Mana Party kicks off it's annual general meeting with a proposal to join forces with the controversial internet mogul, Kim Dotcom, a poor eastern Christchurch school looses it's battle to stay open but says it will keep on fighting, a replacement Interisland ferry is out of action with a hole in it's hull after running into a Wellington wharf, the off field battle at the Warriors rugby league club is becoming increasingly bitter, a crucial hui for the Kohanga Reo movement, the UN's High Representative for Disarmament discusses the investigation in to chemical weapons use in Syria on Nine to Noon and a 60 year old grandmother from Rotorua becomes the first person to make a double crossing of Cook Strait in a rowing skiff. [more]

18/04/2014: The Week In Review for week ending April 18 2014
A review of the week's news including... The Prime Minister blames a New Zealand man killed during a counter-terrorism drone attack in Yemen last year for his own death, the Justice Minister continues to be under pressure over her involvement with the New Zealand milk export company Oravida, Mana Party members vote to continue talks on forming an alliance with Kim Dotcom's internet party while the internet entrepreneur celebrates an eleven point eight million dollar victory in the High Court, Treasury tells the country's biggest ever fraud trial it knew South Canterbury Finance was about to fail but extended a Crown guarantee to it anyway, the Economic Development Minister writes off Labour's new manufacturing policy, new social housing reforms come into effect, hundreds of poppy volunteers take to the streets and Wanaka is abuzz with a big Warbirds International Airshow over the Easter weekend. [more]

25/04/2014: The Week In Review for week ending April 25 2014
A review of the week's news including... Labour MP Shane Jones quitting as an MP, homeowners having to dig deeper to keep up with rising interest rates, the Justice Minister insists the ground hasn't shifted over what she recalls about her controversial dinner with Oravida executives, and what she told the ambassador to China, dozens of small infant formula companies could be barred from exporting to China under strict new rules, a follow-up to the martial arts hit 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' to be filmed at an Auckland studio this year, the Warriors rugby league club adds it's name to the list of NRL teams that won't be making a move to sign the playmaker Benji Marshall and an ambitious project to be launched on Anzac Day will try to photograph all surviving World War Two veterans. [more]

02/05/2014: The Week In Review for week ending May 2 2014
A review of the week's news including... The resignation as a minister of Pakuranga MP Maurice Williamson after intervening in a police investigation, the withdrawal of legal highs from sale until they can be proven they are safe, nine out of ten infant formulas expected to fail to make the list of approved exporters to China, two people are in police custody and being questioned about the killing of New Zealand tourist Nicholas Heyward in Mendoza - Argentina, the Labour Party's announcement of its plan to lower interest rates and tackle New Zealand's high dollar, the World Health Organisation's announcement that antibiotic resistance is no longer a prediction for the future and Lydia Ko pockets her biggest ever victory prize. [more]

04/05/2014: The Week In Review for week ending May 2 2014
A review of the week's news including... The resignation as a minister of Pakuranga MP Maurice Williamson after intervening in a police investigation, the withdraw legal highs from sale until they can be proven they are safe, nine out of ten infant formulas expected to fail to make the list of approved exporters to China, two people are in police custody and being questioned about the killing of New Zealand tourist Nicholas Heyward in Mendoza - Argentina, the Labour Party's announcement of its plan to lower interest rates and tackle New Zealand's high dollar, the World Health Organisation's announcement that antibiotic resistance is no longer a prediction for the future and Lydia Ko pockets her biggest ever victory prize. [more]

09/05/2014: The Week In Review for May 9 2014
A review of the week's news including... A ban on synthetic cannabis and party pills, opposition MPs sailing close to the wind in their questioning of the Immigration Minister over his meeting with the businessman at the centre of Maurice Williamson's resignation, a former Justice Minister who says he didn't do anything wrong in the collapse of Lombard Finance, the head of the GCSB refusing to discuss information about New Zealand's spying activities which could be leaked by an American whistleblower, a block by China of hundreds of tonnes of infant formula after a sudden change in rules, half of all New Zealanders saying they are now more concerned about their privacy and how to control an increasing population of wasps infiltrating our parks, gardens and bush walks. [more]

16/05/2014: The Week In Review for week ending May 16 2014
A review of the week's news including... reaction to this week's budget, TVNZ told it should ban political reporters, editors and producers from belonging to political parties, Auckland Hospital aims to go ahead with testing a new drug on unconscious patients in intensive care, an American whistleblower reveals more about New Zealand's involvement in the sharing of information between international spy agencies, it'll be harder for some students to be accepted to study at the country's largest University, Solid Energy planning to develop new coal mines in an attempt to haul itself out of its financial misery, more than two point five million dollars of cash has been sniffed out by detector dogs at the border and the World's Veteran Table Tennis Championships have been on in Auckland, we hear from the event's oldest competitor. [more]

23/05/2014: The Week In Review for week ending May 23 2014
A review of the week's news including... former New Zealand batsman Lou Vincent charged with fixing the outcome of a county cricket match by the England and Wales Cricket Board, the police watchdog says officers undermined public trust by giving wrong information about girls who complained of being sexually assaulted by a group of young men in Auckland, the lawyer for some of the families killed in the CTV building collapse says his clients are disappointed no one has been held accountable, the ongoing trial of John Banks, the Prime Minister confirms information gathered by the Government's electronic spy agency could have been used in identifying targets for US drone attacks, a Milford Track guide says too many tourists walk the track unaware of the dangers of high rivers following a drowning this week and Shane Jones - the labour list MP - makes his final speech to Parliament. [more]

06/06/2014: The Week In Review for week ending June 6 2014
A review of the week's news including... ACT MP John Banks is found guilty Thursday of filing a false electoral donation return, a Christchurch mosque is at the centre of fresh claims about the past life of a suspected terrorist killed by a drone strike in Yemen last year, four Queen's Birthday weekend road deaths are linked to foreign drivers, Team New Zealand accepts rule changes to the America's Cup and says it's time to get on with the job, Conservative Party leader, Colin Craig seeking costs only in his defamation case against Green co-leader, Russel Norman, Danica Weeks, the wife of one of the two New Zealanders missing on board flight MH370 on Nine to Noon, The Prime Minister wraps up his Pacific Mission with a day-long visit to Niue and netball's most capped international player, Irene van Dyk, announces her retirement. [more]

13/06/2014: The Week In Review for week ending June 13 2014
A review of the week's news including... both of the boys charged over the assault and murder of a Henderson dairy owner are denied bail, businesses are warning that further hikes in interest rates will derail the economy, primary school teachers and principals unite in opposition to the government's flagship education policy, the Epsom MP John Banks formally resigns from Parliament, Wellington's mayor says she wants to keep the city's famous trolley buses on the roads for a few years yet, a Marlborough Boys College student becomes a life-saver after jumping into a river to rescue a 12-year-old girl, a prestigious honour recognising the outstanding achievement for a New Zealand cancer researcher, the Ellerslie International Flower Show is canned by the Christchurch City Council and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra's Beethoven marathon. [more]

20/06/2014: The Week In Review for week ending 20 June 2014
A review of the week's news including... The Prime Minister John Key denies there is a dirty tricks campaign against Labour over its link with a businessman, the Glenn Inquiry into family violence releases its report, the Internet Mana alliance says the current five percent party vote threshold required to enter Parliament, is too high, the police will be independently investigated for NOT prosecuting John Banks who quit as an MP last week, a World-renowned primatologist, ethologist and conservationist, whose ground breaking study of the chimpanzees altered forever the accepted definition of humanity, a former top diplomat has triggered an Ombudsman investigation into the controversial inquiry into Foreign Affairs Ministry leaks that put some of the blame on him and we remember the arrival of The Beatles in Wellington fifty years ago this week. [more]

27/06/2014: The Week In Review for week ending 27 June 2014
A review of the week's news including... Community leaders calling for calm in the wake of two stabbings in South Auckland, Labour rejects claims about donations from Donghua Liu published in the Herald On Sunday newspaper, and in a second opinion poll within a week the party is below 30 per cent support, will the National Party come to an agreement with the Conservative Party leader in East Coast Bays?, scientists and environmentalists cheer Ruataniwha Dam ruling, the Government defends its flagship health initiative, an investigation concludes passengers were put at risk when a pilot decided to land in fog at Christchurch airport, the Egyptian ambassador to New Zealand says he recognises the distress the Al Jazeera verdict has caused and The Big Day Out festival won't be returning to New Zealand's shores in 2015. [more]

04/07/2014: The Week In Review for week ending July 4 2014
A review of the week's news including... a Malaysian newspaper reporting diplomat Muhammad Rizalman will still have diplomatic immunity when he returns to New Zealand to face sex charges, a former Maori Affairs Minister who is railing against a judge's decision to discharge the Maori King's son without conviction on theft, burglary and drink driving charges, the Government is denies its regional transport package amounts to an election year bribe, a nine-point-four million dollar package of justice proposals aimed at preventing family violence, Federated Farmers push for rustling to be made a specific criminal offence with its own penalties, cabbies unhappy with a smart phone app that lets private motorists pick up paying fares, the puzzle of why two tsunami's struck the coast of Gisborne in 1947 and Labour MP Trevor Mallard's idea of resurrecting the moa. [more]

11/07/2014: The Week In Review for week ending July 11 2014
A review of the week's news including... an injured trans Tasman kayaker who says he has no regrets about abandoning his attempt to cross the Tasman, the police say the Malaysian defence attache accused of sex crimes didn't tell them he worked at the High Commission and was covered by diplomatic immunity, the New Zealand dollar is almost at the highest value it's had since the currency was floated in 1985, the OECD has awarded New Zealand a glowing report card when it comes to financial literacy, Aucklanders hoping for low council rate rises are likely to have to pay more in other charges, a Kaitaia woman who found herself trapped under a mighty tree brought down by punishing winds is lucky to be alive while one of the crew of the stricken racing yacht had to battle fierce winds and more than five metre swells off North Cape as they were being taken to a rescuing navy boat, the Police say it is wrong to claim they are not fully investigating or prosecuting family violence cases, a New Zealand woman who says she was assaulted by the entertainer Rolf Harris has laid a formal complaint with police and when you hear the word "psychopath" you might not immediately think of surgeons, currency traders, spies and Special Forces soldiers. [more]

18/07/2014: The Week In Review for week ending July 18 2014
A review of the week's news. An Australian soldier has died while climbing Aoraki Mt Cook while ten kilometres away on the opposite side of the mountain a massive and rare land slip has engulfed a climbers hut, the man at the centre of a spying scandal says it's ridiculous that he has to take the step of filing a private prosecution in order to get any justice, meanwhile the Government's facing mounting questions over exactly what political pressure was applied in the decision to grant Kim Dotcom residency, a double whammy of lower than expected inflation and a big drop in dairy prices could mean mortgage rates stay lower for longer, councils in Southland and Otago are searching through hundreds of building consents in their districts to determine what buildings a struck off structural engineer has been involved with, a High Court judge has described the car crash that killed three people in Canterbury as yet another tragedy the city won't forget, the latest inflation figures show prices of consumer goods and services held steady in the second quarter of the year, a community worker in Opotiki says the town is still shocked and alarmed by the death of a young man and subsequent violence, we hear from swimming champion Ian Thorpe's long time mentor sports psychologist Deidre Anderson after he came out as gay and we meet the host of the cult podcast Hardcore History. [more]

25/07/2014: The Week In Review for week ending July 25 2014
A review of the week's news... The 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow is underway, an IPCA report released this week says the police failed to properly investigate the first known attack in 1987 by serial rapist Malcolm Rewa, the Minister of Transport is being investigated by his own officials for avoiding a security check at Christchurch Airport, a think tank publishes a report card on key election issues, documents the Maori Development Ministry tried to keep from Radio New Zealand reveal problems with its flagship Whanau Ora scheme, a Waitemata police constable pepper sprays a pit bull savaging the teenage boy out walking it, how Formula One motor racing technology is helping power New Zealand cyclists to the medal podium at the Glasgow Games, some advice for people contemplating becoming a member of Parliament and the movie 'The Dark Horse' has captured the headlines at this years New Zealand International Film Festival. [more]

01/08/2014: The Week In Review for week ending August 1 2014
A review of the week's news including... The former Act leader and Epsom MP John Banks who says he has new evidence and has vowed to appeal his conviction and sentence, the long awaited review into the Crewe murders has brought little resolution for the country's most controversial unsolved cold case, the Labour Party says the release of ministerial credit card details reveal the Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully knew more about the Malayasian diplomat case than he has let on, the Minister of Conservation, Nick Smith has been accused of telling Fish and Game to stop advocating for better water quality in lakes and rivers, or else, the Internet Party Leader Laila Harré is to stand in John Key's Helensville electorate this election, Fonterra has slashed its forecast payout from seven dollars to six dollars per kilo of milk solids, School principals have been celebrating the news the government is taking over the school payroll from Australian firm Talent2, some of the country's best scientists are warning the Government's new flagship funding programme for science could be a total disaster, the 50th Parliament has risen but not without some final point scoring by the politicians and New Zealand-based aerospace company Rocket Lab has entered the space race. [more]

08/08/2014: The Week In Review for week ending August 8 2014
A review of the week's news including... the father of an Auckland teenager who died after being assaulted at school rugby practice who says he'll campaign for a law change after his son's attackers both walked away from court without a conviction, the impact on the economy of the plunge in global dairy prices, Kiwibank cuts eighty jobs across the board in its latest round of restructuring, the Prime Minister says he's comfortable with the sale of Lochinver farm to a Chinese company, the Government has announced major anti gang moves, TV3, TVNZ and SkyTV have all banned ads by the internet company Slingshot, and a one-hundred gun salute has been fired for the first time in this country since 1911, to mark the beginning of the First World War a century ago. [more]

15/08/2014: The Week In Review for week ending August 15 2014
A review of the week's news including... The Prime Minister dismissing claims made in a new book by investigative writer Nicky Hager, the Police apologise to the people of Tuhoe for illegal roadblocks and detentions but not everyone is accepting it, cancer survival in this country is lagging far behind Australia according to medical researchers, a flurry of listings on the stock exchange boosts NZX profits, opposing MPs go head to head on local Government, New Zealand First leader, Winston Peters, courts controversy by using a joke about Asians and New Zealand film maker Vincent Ward pays tribute to actor Robin Williams who was found dead at his home near San Francisco this past week. [more]

22/08/2014: The Week In Review for week ending Aug 22 2014
A review of the week's news including... The Prime Minister says he's prepared to answer questions under oath in the official investigation into the release of spy agency documents to a blogger in 2011, Tuhoe accepts an apology from the Crown for killing their ancestors and brutally taking their land, Mighty River Power hotly denies claims that its profits are outrageous, more than two hundred roading and maintenance workers are losing their jobs in Central and Southern Hawkes Bay, the Green Party says high income earners should be taxed more and the money used to fight child poverty, the Finance Minister is still on track to get his budget surplus by June next year but it's shrunk, the number of people killing themselves has fallen to a seven year low but the Chief Coroner says the suicide rate is still too high and have the efforts of New Zealand women in the First World War been consistently overlooked and under-documented? [more]

29/08/2014: The Week In Review for week ending Aug 29 2014
A review of the week's news including... The gloves are off as David Cunliffe squared up to John Key in their first televised leaders debate on TVNZ, the Justice Minister has had to backtrack after wrongly claiming the Privacy Commisioner had cleared her of any wrong doing over passing information to a blogger while the New Zealand First leader says someone representing Judith Collins approached him to ask if he could work with her after the election, if he couldn't cut a deal with John Key, Fonterra is teaming up with a Chinese company in a major deal to cement its influence in the lucrative Chinese infant formula market, there are new concerns about the sale of Lochinver Station near Taupo, Air New Zealand says its strong financial results are not down to price-gouging the regions, the police have been criticised for using unjustified and excessive force when they deal with 'out of control' parties, the police officer who got shot in the foot wrestling a gunman in a Hamilton supermarket carpark is being hailed as a hero, insurance companies in Christchurch may be forced to pay out hundreds of millions of dollars extra in claims after a Supreme Court ruling and an Australian investigative journalist's look into the use of human guinea pigs at British nuclear test sites in central Australia in the 1950s and 60s. [more]

05/09/2014: The Week In Review for week ending Sept 5 2014
A review of the week's news including... Police arrest the man accused of walking into a Work and Income Office and shooting three staff killing two and critically injuring the other, two significant polls have support for National over 50 percent and able to govern alone, three years after the CTV building collapsed in the Christchurch earthquakes killing 115 people, the Government's outlined its plans to get tougher on engineers, a third senior Dunedin City Council manager has resigned over the growing Citifleet scandal, politicians and health specialists call for the chief executive of the Food and Grocery Council to be sacked from the Government's Health Promotion Agency - accusing her of undermining public health, the Labour Party leader David Cunliffe has been stumped by details of his own tax policy for a second time in a week, a sports coach at an exclusive private Auckland girl's school has been suspended after allowing at least one student to strip down to her underwear in the centre of Rotorua, Northland environmentalists say the Government is turning a blind eye to an illicit export trade in swamp kauri and the New Zealand Rowing Team has wrapped up the world champs in Amsterdam finishing with 9 medals including 6 gold. [more]

14/11/2014: The Week In Review for week ending Nov 14 2014
A review of the week's news including... A likely swift deportation from Brazil for a recaptured fugitive, domestic violence is estimated to be costing the country as much as 7 billion dollars a year, a union covering fast food workers is fighting to scrap employment contracts where the employer is under no obligation to provide work, sales of million dollar plus homes in Auckland have nearly quadrupled over the past decade, conservationists say it would be a huge international embarrassment for New Zealand if it allowed our national bird to become all but extinct, the Wellington scientist whose award winning documentary about climate change is to be screened on American public television, medical specialists say New Zealand is facing a workforce crisis for doctors trained in end-of-life care, a new survey finds the number of patients admitted to intensive care with severe flu symptoms has doubled in a year and NCEA exams started this week. [more]

21/11/2014: The Week In Review for week ending Nov 21 2014
A review of the week's news including... the visit to New Zealand of the Chinese President, Christchurch's earthquake recovery boss quits after a sexual harassment investigation, Andrew Little takes the Labour Party leadership by just one point zero four per cent, the Commerce Commission dismisses accusations against Countdown supermarkets, Lorde cleans up at the 2014 NZ music awards, Richie McCaw brings up another milestone, Kim Dotcom scrambles to replace his New Zealand lawyers, a man who had been deaf for seven years regaines his hearing following groundbreaking surgery done for the first time in New Zealand, the long-awaited re-opening of the Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch and after 112 years a missing wreck is finally found off the coast of Northland. [more]

28/11/2014: Week In Review for week ending Nov 28 2014
A review of the week's news including... convicted murderer and child molester Phillip John Smith is deported from Brazil, the Prime Minister comes under fire following the release of the SIS inquiry and his involvement with a right-wing blogger, the director of the SIS says the organisation needs more powers to continue to keep the country safe, the results of an inquiry finds no evidence to back up claims the former Justice Minister attempted to undermine the head of the Serious Fraud Office in 2011, the Labour Party's new leader gives the new intake on his front bench a year to prove whether any of them is good enough to become his deputy, the President of the Labour Party announces her resignation, a North Shore woman is dead and a young couple are seriously wounded as the suspect tries to escape the country, the Green Party says people are increasingly spending more of their pay packet on power, we hear from a senior Australain water scientist in the country for the River Awards, a mothballed rail link between Napier and Gisborne has been thrown a lifeline and Lydia Ko may be New Zealand's highest paid sportswoman. [more]

05/12/2014: The Week In Review for week ending Dec 5 2014
A review of the week's news including... Wellington and Wairarapa mayors bite back at a proposal to amalgamate the region's nine councils into one, the Government waters down its latest anti-terror legislation while the Prime Minister reveals more details about the sort of role New Zealand might play in any war against Islamic State, new drink driving laws came into force this week, a Labour MP tells Parliament he's been informed of unsubstantiated claims about the businessman Mark Hotchin, speculation mounts as to when AC/DC will finally call time on troubled drummer Phil Rudd who's appeared in a Tauranga Court again, most gambling operators fail to identify problem gamblers in an undercover test, a bid to increase the supply of affordable housing Auckland, the third and final installment of Sir Peter Jackson's Hobbit series has it's first screenings, two New Zealanders are part of a nine-man Volvo Ocean Race crew who ran aground in the Indian Ocean and a University of Canterbury history Professor says there may actually be something in the wind in Canterbury. [more]

12/12/2014: Week In Review for week ending Dec 12 2014
A review of the week's news including... murderer and child sex abuser Phillip Smith says he had help from a prison guard to escape from jail, a New Zealander who is in prison in Bali for suspected drug smuggling is on suicide watch, the Labour Party leader says he believes corrupt Chinese who've fled their own country may be making donations to political parties here, the Finance Minister responds to new analysis by the OECD that says trickle down economics doesn't work and rising inequality has cost the New Zealand economy growth, the heat is back on in the housing market while the older generation is complaining banks are shutting them out of the market, a senior manager at Counties Manukau District Health Board admits if his team had listened to the family of a schizophrenic man, they may have been able to stop him killing his friend, the bottom drops out of dairy prices, the drug-buying agency Pharmac says district health boards will save more than 100 million dollars over the next five years because of its work, KiwiRail has decided to bring back the Stena Alegra despite the ship's troubled record and why are some provincial stadiums bucking the trend and getting near sell-out crowds to this years national championship rugby matches? [more]

19/12/2014: Week In Review for week ending Dec 19 2014
A review of the week's news including... The Government's been called on to ban alcohol advertising and sponsorship in sport, the Government is moving to regulate small airfields in the wake of a fatal air accident in 2008, global dairy prices increase, Dunedin City Council's missing cars, petrol prices dip again, the chair of Mighty River Power wins the Shareholders' Association's Beacon Award, players in the telco industry say a planned new trans-Tasman data cable should've happened years ago, health researchers say Maori are more likely to suffer from an increase in diseases brought about by climate change, the man who masterminded the refloating of the Costa Condordia, All Blacks first five Dan Carter is set to be the highest paid rugby player in the World and Steve Hansen has signed on as All Blacks coach till 2017. [more]

02/01/2015: The Week In Review for week ending Friday Jan 2 2015
A review of the week's news including... A three hour riot in Gisborne that left 83 injured, the top New Years Honours recipients, latest road toll figures show motorcyclist deaths are going up, Infratil and the New Zealand Super Fund are investing in Australia's retirement industry, New Zealand's two-year term on the United Nations Security Council begins, a drive from Cape Reinga to the Bluff without using a drop of petrol, a record number of construction apprentices for 2014, Summer Noelle's 'Gallery of the Day' in Nelson and the way we are reading books is changing. [more]

09/01/2015: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Jan 9 2015
A review of the week's news including... investigators trying to work out why a plane crashed into Lake Taupo, Air New Zealand named one of the ten safest airlines in the world, Pope Francis names twenty new cardinals including one from New Zealand and Tonga, warnings from Australia about New Zealand's reliance on dairy exports, commentators and experts question Vodafone price rises, what online recruitment site Seek's new data shows about where to live and work, we hear from an expert in well-being, the RNZAF's fleet of Iroquois helicopters will soon to be a thing of the past and we hear a couple of recently added gems available at the NZ On Screen website as played on Summer Noelle. [more]

16/01/2015: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Jan 16 2015
A review of the week's news including... The New Zealand First Party calling for the Navy to up the ante and use its firepower in the standoff with a fleet of illegal toothfish ships in the Southern Ocean, the Labour leader questions the reasons for the sudden resignation of the head of the Government's spy agency, the Police Minister orders a review of how the Police's zero tolerance on speed campaign was promoted, an Islamic leader in Wellington is urging people to show more respect for Islam in the wake of last week's terrorist attacks in Paris, Auckland Transport looks to step up security at the city's central transport hub, house prices rise by almost 18-per-cent since the market high of 2007, the New Zealand Film Commission believes the country has what it takes to make a mark on the world's stage, the Medical Council hits back at criticism that doctors aren't taking enough care when writing medical certificates for stressed workers, a discussion about New Zealand's place in the World, a campaign to crack down on poaching and illegal hunting on remote West Coast farms and the Labour Party leader is looking for a new media minder. [more]

23/01/2015: The Week In Review for week ending Jan 23 2015
A review of the week's news including... The Whanganui District Health Board says the mother of a 16-month-old toddler who died in the hospital grounds is a valued staff member and they are grieving with the family, the Government believes it's possible to cut the cost of a house or section by tens of thousands of dollars with changes to the Resource Management Act, why the commander of the HMNZS Wellington decided not to board boats illegally fishing near Antarctica, an Iwi leader says Tuwharetoa will come back from its financial losses after bad financial decisions that have substantially reduced the Iwi's treaty settlement amount, the Taxi Federation says a review of the law that regulates taxis and private hire vehicles such as the online taxi-sharing Uber is not before time, more of the country's banks join the pack in cutting home loan rates, David Bain 's fight for compensation for the 13 years he spent behind bars is resuming after two years of delays, child abuse falls by 12 percent according to the latest Child Youth and Family statistics, trams could be back in Auckland, Rolling Stone and now childrens author Keith Richards talks about his latest book and a hundred years of aviation history was on display at the Wings over Wairarapa airshow. [more]

30/01/2015: The Week In Review for week ending Jan 30 2015
A review of the week's news including... Some social housing groups are worried charities wanting to buy up large numbers of state houses could bite off more than they can chew, a weight loss surgeon says New Zealand will become the fattest nation on earth within five years, the Air Force will no longer fly people to Antarctica on its Boeing 757s after a terrifying landing two years ago, a New Zealand Book Award judge joins a chorus of people dismayed at Booker Prize winner Eleanor Catton's criticism, an Auckland city councillor says linking ethnicity with a high number of dog attacks amounts to South Auckland bashing, a Wellington lawyer says too many travellers may be buying domestic travel insurance from Air New Zealand unwittingly and it's unfair, Queenstown airport turns away private jets as a summer influx of the rich stretches it to maximum capacity, recently retired Christchurch coroner Richard McElrea on his two decades presiding over cases, CERA workers farewell the disgraced one time chief executive Roger Sutton and we hear from Auschwitz survivor Benjamin Steiner on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and extermination camp. [more]

06/02/2015: The Week In Review for week ending Feb 6 2015
A review of the week's news including... Waitangi Day celebrations take place against the backdrop of ongoing divisions within host Iwi Ngapuhi, the Reserve Bank rules out a cut in interest rates for now, global dairy prices bounce back, the British Foreign Secretary urges New Zealand to commit troops to fight Islamic State, two insurance workers who had sex in their office late at night oblivious to hundreds of people looking on and filming from a central Christchurch bar could lose their jobs, claims a girls basketball team were refused entry into the National Maori Basketball Tournament because their coach isn't Maori, a petition seeks to implement a pardon for men convicted of homosexuality in New Zealand in the past, a unique and high-profile case in New Zealand's legal history is the subject of a new book - we hear from it's author, the 100th anniversary of the first New Zealand combat casualty of the First World War was marked this week and the story of a 1984 song that became an anthem is being turned into a movie. [more]

13/02/2015: The Week In Review for week ending Feb 13 2015
A review of the week's news including... the Mark Lundy retrial, NZ Post to axe four hundred posties from July, the Cricket World Cup is officially opened, predictions the synthetic cannabis industry would go underground have been confirmed, concerns that sporting supplements taken by schools' elite sports teams is becoming normalised with possible dangerous consequences, a judge blames the parents of a teenager jailed for attacking a good samaritan saying they should be in the dock too, the first of seven men sought by the FBI in its internet piracy case against Kim Dotcom is now in the US facing charges, can mindfulness improve the quality of life for people with asthma, a meteorite lights up the sky and the New Zealand writer Anthony McCarten wins best screenplay at the BAFTAs for the Stephen Hawking biopic the Theory of Everything. [more]

20/02/2015: The Week In Review for week ending Feb 20 2015
A review of the week's news including... a decision by the Justice Minister to order a fresh report on whether David Bain should receive compensation, the Queenstown and Wanaka communities are reeling following the deaths of two men in a helicopter crash, a major biosecurity operation gets underway in Central Auckland after a Queensland fruit fly is found, the future of Dean Barker as Team New Zealand's helmsman remains unclear - we hear the view of a former Kiwi Americas Cup skipper, passengers and tables went flying when an Auckland ferry slammed into the Devonport wharf, plans for Auckland's convention centre are back on the drawing board while the New Zealand First leader calls for an investigation in to an apparent surge in SkyCity share sales, a Chilean family seeks refuge in a Christchurch church after threats of deportation, a call for hand crafted poppies to honor service men and women who died in World War One has been met with an overwhelming response, The All Blacks captain gives his biggest hint yet he may retire from Rugby after this year's World Cup, the Archbishop of Wellington is appointed a Cardinal of the Catholic Church at a ceremony at the Vatican and the first printed image of New Zealand helps researchers identify an important piece of our coastal heritage that may have been overlooked. [more]

27/02/2015: The Week In Review for week ending Feb 27 2015
A review of the week's news including... the Prime Minister defends the decision to deploy military personnel to Iraq, former Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker is 'gutted' he's been dumped as sailing director, tourism New Zealand is defending the job it's doing in driving home the road safety message to overseas visitors, Christchurch's proposed rates hike of 28-percent has passes its first hurdle, a flight ban on all Robinson R44 helicopters with Dash 7 rotor blades has been lifted, taxpayer and worker representatives are calling on the Prime Minister to change the law and find a new way of setting MPs' salaries, a public health watchdog calls in the police after someone at a private hospital tried to cover up a mistake that led to a three year old boy being given a massive overdose of codeine, why is cricket's popularity sliding? Nine to Noon asked why we like the foods we do, and are grossed out by others? and more than eight-thousand people attend the country's biggest medieval re-enactment. [more]

06/03/2015: The Week In Review for week ending Fri March 6 2015
A review of the week's news including... An investigative journalist says New Zealand is spying on its Pacific neighbours on a scale never seen before, the Privy Council delivers its decision on Teina Pora's appeal against his conviction for rape and murder, the Government's plans to reduce tourist crashes on South Island roads have been criticised as being as effective as fighting an AIDS epidemic with sticking plasters, a snap poll of Northland voters has New Zealand First leader Winston Peters as the frontrunner in the upcoming by-election, a High Court judge rules a serial stalker is allowed to write to women, despite being barred from starting new relationships, Work Safe charges the Ministry of Social Development over the death of two of its employees, are Bosnian war crime suspects living in New Zealand? many school students who failed to meet a tougher entrance standard last year make it into university anyway and NASA gets set to launch a giant balloon into the upper atmosphere from the outskirts of Wanaka. [more]

13/03/2015: The Week In Review for week ending Fri March 13 2015
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. [more]

20/03/2015: The Week In Review for week ending Mar 20 2015
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. [more]

27/03/2015: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Mar 27 2015
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. [more]

03/04/2015: The Week In Review for week ending April 3 2015
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. [more]

10/04/2015: The Week In Review for week ending April 10 2015
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. [more]

17/04/2015: The Week In Review for week ending April 17 2015
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. [more]

24/04/2015: The Week In Review for week ending April 24 2015
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. [more]

01/05/2015: The Week In Review for week ending May 1 2015
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. [more]

08/05/2015: The Week In Review for week ending May 8 2015
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. [more]

15/05/2015: The Week In Review for week ending Fri May 15 2015
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. [more]

22/05/2015: The Week In Review for week ending Fri May 22 2015
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. [more]

29/05/2015: The Week In Review for week ending May 29 2015
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. [more]

05/06/2015: Week In Review for week ending June 5 2015
A review of the week's news including... Lecretia Seales, the 42-year-old Wellington lawyer with terminal brain cancer has died of natural causes as a High Court judge rejects her fight to die on her own terms, housing experts say a toddler who died due to sickness in part caused by a cold, damp home is the tragic face of an issue facing thousands of children, Dunedin's once in nearly two hundred years flood event, the trial of two teenagers accused of murdering a Henderson dairy owner is underway, Northland's new MP wants the Government to explain why it's spent millions on a new charter school while forcing children in Kaikohe to study in building being likened to a slum, a road safety advocate on why he thinks our road toll is looking so bad, the shock resignation of FIFA president Sepp Blatter is discussed on Nine to Noon, how standing while working at the office, rather than sitting all day-long could extend your life, a personal crusade to find homes for hundreds of urns left unclaimed after an Auckland funeral home went bust and Wellington's 152-year-old department store Kirkcaldie and Stains is closing if shareholders give it the green light. [more]

12/06/2015: Week In Review for week ending June 12 2015
A review of the week's news including... Low payouts, low dividends and a tumbling share price has the country's biggest company facing complaints of poor performance, what's thought to be the biggest ever live shipment of sheep from New Zealand left the port of Timaru this week, a one off cannabis oil treatment for a 19-year old Nelson man has been approved, the central bank cuts the official cash rate for the first time in more than four years, rescuers recover the body of a digger driver who was buried under tonnes of rock at a quarry near Waikari, secondary students zip their lips for a day in a stand against the bullying of LGBT students, one of this county's leading lawyers dies of cancer aged 80, a South Auckland primary school is spending thousands of dollars a year on air testing so it knows when to move the children out of toxic classrooms and one of New Zealand's greatest racehorses has been buried at Ellerslie Racecourse where he so often triumphed. [more]

20/06/2015: Week In Review for week ending June 19 2015
A review of the week's news including... Regional city councils welcoming Jetstar's plans to expand, the Crown rubbish claims the stabbing of a dairy owner was self defense, are large slabs of New Zealand swamp Kauri being sold overseas illegally? Otago and Southland leaders back the sacking of the Southern DHB, accusations New Zealand's agricultural reputation has been put at risk as a result of a controversial Saudi farm deal, thousands farewell Jerry Collins, heavy flooding cuts off the West Coast, some of the poorest parts of New Zealand could soon be paying 500 dollars more a year for power, large swells close Wellington's south coast roads leaving the future of some stretches in question, a Wellington emergency physician calls for a rethink of the country's drug laws, Motueka High School students fight for the right to wear puffer jackets, a teenager joyrides in a stolen digger and the New Zealand Police Museum has decided to lay to rest human remains, some of them old murder victims. [more]

26/06/2015: Week In Review for week ending June 26 2015
A review of the week's news including... Helicopters evacuated pregnant women and ferried food and generators to farms cut off in flood-ravaged Whanganui and Taranaki, thousands of Auckland homeowners face rates hikes of more than a thousand dollars a year, there's shock from both the family and friends of Auckland dairy owner Arun Kumar at the verdict reached for his killer, the sacked head of Auckland's downtown promotion agency is jailed, protesters climb on to Parliament's roof to protest Government inaction on climate change, the lawyer for Edward Livingstone's ex wife says she doesn't accept the coroner's finding that agency action might not have stopped the shooting of her children, the Association of Scientists says more scientists are coming forward saying they are being gagged or pressured, schools pulling out all the stops to attract the best student athletes may be weakening not only those players but also New Zealand's ability to compete and win internationally, a New Zealand sailor who leapt for his life from a burning yacht says he and his mates were saved by series of miracles and drone racing is taking off as a new sport in New Zealand. [more]

03/07/2015: Week In Review for week ending July 3 2015
A review of the week's news including... Four bodies have been removed from a house in Ashburton, angry rugby fans crash an auction for tickets to the weekend's Super Rugby final as excitment in the Hurricanes vs Highlanders game builds, the principals of two schools involved with a violent rugby brawl meet with the Auckland Rugby Union, sending harmful messages or posting damaging images or comments online is now a criminal offence, two Northland MP's accuse a Cabinet Minister of misleading Parliament on laws governing the export of swamp kauri, a Napier teenager is told to stay away from school after giving a speech about bad teachers, the Government is considers changes to tenancy laws to support the growing number of 'forever renters', the first of the new digital speed cameras has more than doubled the number of tickets issued, a child's nightmare that turned out to be real and the Wellington man who has has lived life in the public eye and been seen by millions of people around the world without anyone knowing what he looks like hangs up the costume. [more]

10/07/2015: Week In Review for week ending July 10 2015
A review of the week's news including... Manu Samoa take the All Blacks down to the wire in the historic Apia test match, the Prime Minister rejects suggestions from economists that the Government will need to spend more money to stimulate the economy while also rejecting advice to close down KiwiRail but it has still put it on notice, a judge tells former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd that his rockstar lifestyle has finally caught up with him, the Government commits to what it says is a more ambitious emissions reduction target, could West Auckland become home to the country's biggest film studios?, thousands living in cold, damp private rentals will have to wait up to four years until their landlords are forced to insulate their homes, the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister cancels drinks to avoid publicity about suggestions of an improper relationship with the event's sponsor, New Zealand's first celebration of all things truffle and this week marked the 175th anniversary of the ocean liner. [more]

17/07/2015: Week In Review for week ending Fri July 17
A review of the week's news including... a Northland farming organisation says banks are quietly forcing debt-ridden dairy farmers to quit, Fonterra is cutting 523 jobs as it pushes ahead with restructuring plans to cut costs and make the company more resilient in an increasingly volatile market, Labour rejects accusations of racism and xenophobia as it stands by data showing 40 percent of homes sold at auction in Auckland over a three-month period went to people with Asian surnames, beneficiary advocates are accusing Work and Income of bending its own rules so it can slash benefits, John Banks says he's not giving up his hunt to find out why Crown Law withheld key evidence during the Dotcom donations prosecution against him, where to draw the line between free speech and having straight conversations about racial and religious differences without being offensive from Nine to Noon, the Ministry for Primary Industries tightens controls on swamp Kauri exports, New Zealand veterans attend a reunion to mark the 50th anniversary of this country's involvement in the Vietnam war, the first national bonspiel to be held at Naseby in more than 80 years is likely to be the first of many thanks to perfect ice conditions and the 2015 APRA Silver Scroll award finalists have been announced and the organisation is also presenting the lost award from 1981. [more]

17/07/2015: Week In Review for week ending Fri July 17
A review of the week's news including... a Northland farming organisation says banks are quietly forcing debt-ridden dairy farmers to quit, Fonterra is cutting 523 jobs as it pushes ahead with restructuring plans to cut costs and make the company more resilient in an increasingly volatile market, Labour rejects accusations of racism and xenophobia as it stands by data showing 40 percent of homes sold at auction in Auckland over a three-month period went to people with Asian surnames, beneficiary advocates are accusing Work and Income of bending its own rules so it can slash benefits, John Banks says he's not giving up his hunt to find out why Crown Law withheld key evidence during the Dotcom donations prosecution against him, where to draw the line between free speech and having straight conversations about racial and religious differences without being offensive from Nine to Noon, the Ministry for Primary Industries tightens controls on swamp Kauri exports, New Zealand veterans attend a reunion to mark the 50th anniversary of this country's involvement in the Vietnam war, the first national bonspiel to be held at Naseby in more than 80 years is likely to be the first of many thanks to perfect ice conditions and the 2015 APRA Silver Scroll award finalists have been announced and the organisation is also presenting the lost award from 1981. [more]

24/07/2015: Week In Review for week ending Fri July 24
A review of the week's news including... the Department of Corrections considers what action it can take against prison manager Serco after discovering yet another inmate has been injured at Mt Eden prison, a new report concludes it's futile to fight ACC decisions through the court system, banks have been quick to lower their interest rates after the Reserve Bank cut its Official Cash Rate, cabinet ministers claim to have been offered Kereru at a hui in Ohakune in 2013, substandard building work is on the rise, a Manawatu rugby club is investigating the deliberate ploy to incriminate a player who was handed out a hefty ban for abusing a referee when that player wasn't even at the game, we hear from the New Zealand cousin of surfer Mick Fanning who survived an encounter with a great white, a Russian internet billionaire donates 100 million to dollars to a project that's searching for extraterrestrial intelligence and New Zealand's scrabble champion is now the French champion. [more]

31/07/2015: Week In Review for week ending July 31 2015
A review of the week's news including... The Trans-Pacific Partnership talks go into the final sprint towards a finish, a prisoner at the centre of the violence accusations at Mt Eden Prison says he was beaten by four prisoners and dropped off a balcony, authorities knew exactly where Tony Douglas Robertson was every minute of every day but couldn't stop him abducting, raping and murdering a North Shore mother of three, Conservative Party founder and one time leader Colin Craig announces he's suing blogger Cameron Slater, a political rival and a lobbyist, the Government maintains it has public support for its referendum to change the flag, a trucking supremo takes a swipe at the Treasury's call to shut down KiwiRail because it's bleeding millions, who is on the National Business Review Rich List and how much richer are they? the first set of quintuplets born in New Zealand 'The Lawson Quins' turn 50, black magic-practicing witch doctors storm South Auckland and a retired top rugby referee cries foul over All Black captain Richie McCaw's match-winning try against the Springboks last weekend. [more]

31/07/2015: Week In Review for week ending July 31 2015
A review of the week's news including... The Trans-Pacific Partnership talks go into the final sprint towards a finish, a prisoner at the centre of the violence accusations at Mt Eden Prison says he was beaten by four prisoners and dropped off a balcony, authorities knew exactly where Tony Douglas Robertson was every minute of every day but couldn't stop him abducting, raping and murdering a North Shore mother of three, Conservative Party founder and one time leader Colin Craig announces he's suing blogger Cameron Slater, a political rival and a lobbyist, the Government maintains it has public support for its referendum to change the flag, a trucking supremo takes a swipe at the Treasury's call to shut down KiwiRail because it's bleeding millions, who is on the National Business Review Rich List and how much richer are they? the first set of quintuplets born in New Zealand 'The Lawson Quins' turn 50, black magic-practicing witch doctors storm South Auckland and a retired top rugby referee cries foul over All Black captain Richie McCaw's match-winning try against the Springboks last weekend. [more]

07/08/2015: Week In Review for week ending August 7 2015
A review of the week's news including... The Nepalese man who died alongside his wife and young son in a house fire had moved to Waimate to provide his family with a better life, the latest dairy price drop is described as 'about as bad as it could have been', a boxload of documents sheds more light on the deal which led to the Government paying a Saudi businessman to set up a sheep farm, people from both sides of the debate present their arguments at a meeting on the Ruataniwha Dam in Napier, the Prime Minister says the state-owned coal miner Solid Energy is in a precarious position and a decision on its future could be made within weeks, Dame Silvia Cartwright talks about eight years presiding over the Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Cambodia, volunteer firearm instructors are reeling at the sudden shake up of the country's main gun safety programme, New Zealand has not learnt the lessons of the last global financial crisis according to the author of a new book, the last living Dam Buster pilot dies in Tauranga hospital at the age of 96, the Netball World Cup gets under way in Sydney and John Campbell is joining Radio New Zealand as a drive-time news and current affairs presenter. [more]

14/08/2015: The Week In Review for week ending August 14 2015
A review of the week's news including... Hundreds of coalminers still have their jobs at Solid Energy but they're only secure for the next five weeks, Fonterra's woes continue with the cooperative being placed on negative credit watch, Sir John Kirwan talks to farmers about depression and resilience, hospital emergency departments are seeing record numbers of sick patients and some staff are reaching breaking point, animal advocates and opposition MPs say they're appalled the Government pushed the country's animal welfare laws to the limit to fly heavily pregnant sheep to Saudi Arabia, Auckland Council goes ahead with the first ever sale of a house because a woman didn't pay her rates, a second Australian community housing organisation wants to buy or lease state housing in New Zealand, a new survey finds that almost two thirds of New Zealanders nearing retirement have not yet even started to think about how much money they'll need, the Dunedin city council is reassuring ratepayers it has no more big lurking scandals to reveal and scientists mark twenty years since the Mt Ruapehu eruptions. [more]

21/08/2015: Week In Review for week ending August 21 2015
A review of the week's news including... An Auckland mother who says mould in her state house is killing her children, a man accused of shooting at two police officers and sparking a day-long manhunt appears in court, there have been farcical exchanges between MPs in Parliament over the serious issue of reducing New Zealand's rate of workplace death and injuries, international dairy prices rise sharply in this week's overnight global dairy trade auction, the Conservation Department says deerstalkers taking part in an official pukeko cull on a Hauraki Gulf island could face charges after they shot and killed four endangered takahe, social workers and volunteers say the number of homeless pregnant women asking for help is rising with some still without anywhere to live just weeks before they're due to give birth, Australian health advocates believe big tobacco companies are stooping to new lows to market cigarettes to teens, more people are calling and texting behind the wheel than ever before, the number of the endangered bottlenose dolphin population in the Bay of Islands drops almost 90 per cent in the past 20 years and a university dean who has developed a fleet of robots that can play musical compositions impossible for a human has been awarded one of the country's highest teaching honours. [more]

28/08/2015: Week In Review for week ending Fri August 28 2015
A review of the week's news including... Child, Youth and Family is accused of a "dump and run" culture in a scathing report, the Government's controversial health and safety law passes its final hurdle in Parliament, an update on the story about Te Ao Marama Wensor who told us her state house in Auckland was so mouldy it was killing her children, the Green Party accuses the Government and Act Party of breaking their word on the Rugby World Cup Bill, the Government is moves to end the long standing row over Easter Sunday trading, Air New Zealand vows to pass on its huge profits to customers, a Waitara couple emerge virtually unscathed from crashing their single-engine plane in rugged hill country, the head of the United Nations Development Group, former Prime Minister Helen Clark is back in the country for the Bishop Sir Paul Reeves Memorial Lecture and our greatest comedy export talks about satire. [more]

04/09/2015: Week In Review for week ending Sept 4 2015
A review of the week's news including... a decision on whether New Zealand will take more refugees could be made within weeks, one of the country's most well known rock musicians has died aged, the Prime Minister says there is enough variety for the public to choose between in the final four alternative national flag designs revealed this week while a designer says the proposed flags are poorly thought out and too complex, a gaffe prone National MP apologises after his sexually explicit jokes at a conference awards dinner prompt several delegates to walk out, a provincial price war breaks out between the country's top airlines, the College of Midwives says it has been left no choice but to take High Court action against the Government over pay, the Sensible Sentencing Trust is taking legal action to try and stop the head of failed finance company Bridgecorp from being released on parole within days, New Zealand indefinitely suspends more than a million dollars of annual aid to Nauru over worries about basic civil and humans rights on the island, a prominent Northland kaumatua tells the Waitangi Tribunal a generation of Maori children were subjected to painful and degrading beatings for speaking Te Reo at school, the story of rapper and Silver Scroll award winner Scribe from Nine to Noon and the All Blacks coach labels some of his selections for the World Cup 'risk and reward'. [more]

12/09/2015: Week In Review for week ending Friday Sept 11 2015
A review of the week's news including... New Zealand to accept an additional 750 Syrians over the next two and a half years, the Auckland housing market is in dangerous territory according to the Central Bank Governor, a man is shot dead by Police after he opened fire at a McDonalds restaurant in the centre of Upper Hutt, tens of thousands ask for another flag design to be one of the choices in this year's flag referendum, protesters evicted by police from Kaitaia airport vow to return even if the army's called out, fears for children's safety have prompted the Education Ministry to suspend the registration of a private school for the first time ever, school librarians are in uproar after being told to take copies of banned book off their shelves, a damning report by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons tells of bullying, discrimination and sexual harrassment, more than 30 years after French Government operatives sank the Rainbow Warrior the agent who planted the bombs identifies himself and the voluntary organisation struggling to rehome stray cats in the Auckland area. [more]

18/09/2015: Week In Review for week ending Fri Sept 18 2015
A review of the week's news including... an eight point three magnitude earthquake off the coast of Chile prompts local tsunami warnings, the Government turns down a Chinese bid to buy Lochinver Station, the Corrections Minister says over 50 breach of contract notices against Serco is a reasonable number, creditors of Solid Energy vote to accept a gradual selldown of the company's assets, a senior doctor who jumped on a car carrying the deputy Prime Minister could lose his job, prices for New Zealand's single biggest export rise sharply again, pressure to include the Red Peak design in the flag referendum refuses to go away, Work and Income pays beneficiaries coming off stand down a day late for the last 18 years, Nine to Noon speaks with Jan Arnold about a new movie dramatising the events the killed eight climbers including her husband Rob Hall on Mt Everest in 1996, a song penned 20 years ago by Neil Finn takes on a new life as a fundraiser, New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko makes history and New Zealand's song writers chose their favourite New Zealand songs of 2015 and 1981. [more]

25/09/2015: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Sept 25 2015
A review of the week's news including... At least 750 Fonterra workers will soon be hunting for new jobs, dairy farmers say a lift in Fonterra's forecast payout is a relief but many still won't be making money at the same time as a three quarter of a million dollar pay rise for Fonterra's chief executive leaves some dairy farmers with a sour taste, the Social Development Minister outlines what she calls transformational change of Child Youth and Family, there will now officially be five designs to choose from when voters return their flag referendum papers, the ACT party is calling for the Government to compensate the owner of Lochinver Station after it blocked its sale to a Chinese company, a former scientist from AgResearch says the latest round of staffing cuts form part of the largest loss of scientific talent in New Zealand since the second world war, the father of a family turned down for refugee status based on climate change is deported from New Zealand, another 20 New Zealand and Pacific Islanders arrive at the Christmas Island detention centre amid growing calls for the Government to ramp up the pressure on Australia, an average of seven people go missing in New Zealand every day, World renowned comedian, celebrity interviewer and holder of a master's degree in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy from Oxford University - Ruby Wax and it's World of Wearable Arts time again in Wellington. [more]

02/10/2015: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Oct 2 2015
A review of the week's news including... investigators find multiple failures let a murderer and child sex criminal expose big security gaps and escape the country, New Zealand will receive more information about pending deportations from Australia under a new information sharing arrangement, a Labour MP is asked to help two young children caught up in Australia's immigration crackdown, entertainer Chris Brown finds unlikely allies in some of New Zealand's most prominent female anti-domestic violence advocates, the Social Development Minister says she wants better family planning and contraceptive advice for women who have had multiple children taken into state care, a huge ocean sanctuary covering more than 6-hundred thousand square kilometres is to be created, an Auckland plasterer describes how he grabbed a knife off a man soon after he'd killed his wife, university academics say a new requirement for tertiary institutions to publish job and salary data about their graduates is dangerous and counter-intuitive, Fonterra's CEO asks for his multi-million dollar salary to be frozen this year as the co operative cuts costs and slashes jobs, the president of the New Zealand Mars Society on this week's confirmation of liquid water on the red planet and what Wellington needs to do if it wants giant pandas. [more]

09/10/2015: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Oct 9 2015
A review of the week's news including... Searchers find the body of a missing 10-year-old Levin boy launching a homicide investigation, a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal is reached in Atlanta, the Prime Minster makes a secret trip to Iraq this week to visit Kiwi troops at the controversial Camp Taji, the prosecution opens it's case in Chris Cairns' perjury trial in London, Solid Energy is to close its underground coal mine at Huntly East, the suicide rate is the highest in eight years, the pay gap between men and women grows to its biggest point in six years, an exclusive interview with Wikileaks founder and whistleblower Julian Assange, the campaign for the right to physician-assisted dying continues in New Zealand as a bill is signed into law in California this week, a Christchurch hunter is furious that a helicopter pilot who helped save his life could be jailed and Tourism New Zealand hastily removes an online promotional video of a campervan driving on the wrong side of the road somewhere in the South Island. [more]

16/10/2015: The Week In Review for week ending Oct 16 2015
A review of the week's news including... A 60-year-old Auckland businessman appears in court charged with criminal blackmail over the threat to poison infant milk formula with 1080, the Council of Trade Unions President Helen Kelly admits to using cannabis oil illegally to combat the side-effects of cancer, cancer patients say it's ludicrous they're being classified as jobseekers when they apply for benefits, John Key says there'll be a frank discussion about the deportation of New Zealanders with criminal records when he meets with new Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull this weekend, the latest from Chris Cairns' perjury trial in the UK, all restrictions are lifted on the first book banned in New Zealand in 20 years, top executives slam a Green Party quota promise to put together a Cabinet that's half female as misguided, a new report says Americans, not Chinese, were the biggest overseas buyers of New Zealand dairy farms in 2013 and 2014 and Stewart Islanders are spurning any attempt to move to a greener way of getting their electricity. [more]

23/10/2015: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Oct 23 2015
A review of the week's news including... Australia refuses to do any special deals for New Zealanders caught up by tough new immigration laws, pregnancies supervised by newly graduated midwives are much more likely to end in a baby's death according to Otago University researchers, the latest from the Chris Cairns perjury trial in the UK, Gun City vows to take a private prosecution against a TV3 reporter after she flouted gun laws, reaction to the Health Minister's new plan announced this week to tackle child obesity, staff and patients may have been exposed to asbestos at Dunedin Hospital, a storm is brewing in Waitangi over the country's founding document, the country's national heritage collector has been duped into paying seventy five thousand dollars for a painting it was warned was a fake, Police are recalling hundreds of faulty state-of-the-art breathalysers, will your job be taken over by a robot within the next fifty years? and after two years, Alice the giant boring machine emerges in to the daylight. [more]

30/10/2015: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Oct 30 2015
A review of the week's news including... Victims' families feel betrayed over the Transport Accident Investigation Commission investigation into the Fox Glacier skydive crash, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Seymour Hersch says there is something 'dramatically wrong' with the way the Government has behaved toward Nicky Hager, a New Zealand family makes headlines around the world after their decision to stunt the growth of their severely disabled daughter, the parents of triplets killed in the Doha mall fire are calling on the Prime Minister to follow up promises made to him by the Emir of Qatar, an Immigration New Zealand investigation into the use of fake documents by Filipino farm workers is leaving them desperate and unable to work, the latest from the Chris Cairns' perjury trial in the UK, sixty two homes in Upper Hutt remained cut off Friday morning after a surging Akatarawa River damaged a narrow bridge, a woman who fled violence in Iraq 23 years ago was told by the New Zealand Defence Force she couldn't enlist because of where she was born, a former trade unionist and professional director wants companies to start putting senior executives on casual contracts, the future of the Wellington Phoenix in the Australian A-League football competition is becoming increasingly uncertain after Football Federation Australia declined the club's bid for a 10-year extension, a new regional airline launches services this week and new additions to the list of New Zealand's top ten most endangered species. [more]

06/11/2015: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Nov 6 2015
A review of the week's news including... The champion All Blacks World Cup parade moves through the country, one of the country's largest farms is sold to New Zealand buyers, details of the controversial Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement are finally made public, a New Zealand bred horse takes first and another raised here third in the Melbourne Cup, the latest from the Chris Cairns perjury trial in London, New Zealand First's deputy leader is accused of racism, police officers are having to deal with more than a hundred cases a day involving what they term acutely distressed mentally ill people, New Zealand's unemployment rate cracks six percent, the Government won't be reining in the record profits made by the country's main Australian-owned banks, Queenstown airport plan to bring in night flights prompts serious safety fears from pilots, we meet the 12th Dr Who and why is Radio New Zealand now RNZ? [more]

20/11/2015: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Nov 20
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. [more]

27/11/2015: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Nov 27
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. [more]

05/12/2015: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Dec 4 2015
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. [more]

11/12/2015: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Dec 11 2015
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. [more]

19/12/2015: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Dec 18 2015
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. [more]

26/12/2015: The Week In Review for week ending Friday 25 December 2015
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? [more]

01/01/2016: The Week In Review for week ending Friday 1 January 2016
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. [more]

08/01/2016: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Jan 8 2016
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. [more]

15/01/2016: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Jan 15 2016
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. [more]

22/01/2016: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Jan 22 2016
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. [more]

29/01/2016: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Jan 29 2016
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. [more]

12/02/2016: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Feb 12 2016
The Prime Minister says his failure to appear at Waitangi this year is not a sign that the Government's relationship with Maori is failing, the philanthropist and businessman Gareth Morgan says he's offered to contribute towards the cost of buying a beach, the organisation who polices the Police tells MPs at Parliament that it cannot afford to investigate some complaints against the police, a retired vet raises serious concerns about the treatment of sheep held at the Alliance Group's meatworks plant just outside Nelson, a shortage of college maths and science teachers is being described as a crisis, smartphone based driver service Uber says the Government should be making it easier for it to operate, not harder, posties may start picking up parcels as well as delivering the mail as part of a revamp of New Zealand Post and a Glen Innes school has been flooded with offers of togs and towels so pupils from one of Auckland's poorest communities can learn to swim. [more]

19/02/2016: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Feb 19 2016
A review of the week's news including... Seventy thousand commuters find their own way to work in Auckland on Friday, the shaking in Christchurch isn't over yet, the Salvation Army says some Government departments are so focused on meeting targets they have become willfully ignorant about the effect of policies, the number of teenage mothers is on the decline, another appeal seems almost certain following the overturning of a Qatari Appeals Court's decision in the Doha mall fire case, the Corrections Department says it won't be able to cope with the forecast increase in prisoner numbers, a revolutionary American blood cancer therapy that uses the body's own immune cells to attack metastatic tumours makes headlines around the world and is similar to research underway in New Zealand, World Cup winning former All Black captain Richie McCaw has another award to his name, a storm is brewing in the world of Maori performing arts, a rare account of prison life during World War Two and what it says about New Zealand today and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra was up for the Best Orchestral Performance award in this week's Grammys. [more]

26/02/2016: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Feb 26 2016
A review of the week's news including... an update from our reporter in Fiji covering the aftermath of Cyclone Winston, a petition about to be presented on the steps of Parliament will call for a new melanoma drug to be funded through Pharmac, the man who threw brown slime at the Earthquake Recovery Minister says he did so because the Government has shown no remorse to the families who lost loved ones in the earthquake and we hear from the Earthquake Recovery Minister on the fifth anniversary of the devastating quake, the fundraising campaign to buy a remote Abel Tasman beach for the public succeeds, where to now for Auckland Council's failed proposal to build more houses on less land in some parts of the city? the United Future leader says he's pushing for a change to the 'clean slate law', hundreds of people will be out of work when Dick Smith closes its doors in eight weeks, an explosion of freedom campers this summer has left small town New Zealand struggling to cope, one of the World's most influential experts on counterinsurgency and military strategy shares his views on the war on terror, New Zealand's smaller bee keepers are worried about their futures and Wellington can breath easy... The bucket is back. [more]

04/03/2016: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Mar 4 2016
A review of the week's news including... Tributes flow to two distinguished New Zealanders who died this week, cricket legend Martin Crowe and noted Maori academic, writer and activist Dr Ranginui Walker, a woman who died after she fell from the boot of a car bound and gagged in South Auckland is named as Police begin a homicide investigation and we hear an eye witness account of what took place in Papatoetoe, young Africans say they've been racially profiled and harassed by the Police, an in studio discussion with those fore and against changing the flag as over 3 million voting packs are sent out, the Government launches a crackdown on gangs, reforms aimed at reducing the role lawyers play in the Family Court appear to have failed, talk of dirty politics between two Auckland mayoral candidates and the taps have been turned on at New Zealand's first and only man-made white water park. [more]

11/03/2016: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Mar 11 2016
A review of the week's news including... Four police officers are shot and injured in the Bay of Plenty, after seven hours of deliberation a jury finds Russell John Tully guilty of murder and attempted murder, New Zealand's dairy debt reaches a level one farming consultant is describing as a crisis point, the National MP for Whanganui is unhappy with Fonterra, a balcony collapse at a Dunedin student concert causes injuries, the Reserve Bank Governor drops the official cash rate, public debate on the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes is sparked by news high profile New Zealanders have used the drug for pain relief, the country's greatest batsman is farewelled at a warm and colourful ceremony in Auckland, there's just one more hurdle to jump before nine needy Northland families can move into their very own ex-state houses and you might think Washington DC's about as far away from the flag debate as you can get, think again. [more]

18/03/2016: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Mar 18 2016
A review of the week's news including... a top laboratory that says Steel and Tube's test results for critical quake strengthening steel mesh cannot be trusted, Britain has announced a new tax on sugar in soft drinks as part of its plan to tackle childhood obesity - will New Zealand follow suit? an American professor of global nutrition says Coca-Cola's support of prominent health researchers is reminiscent of tactics used by the tobacco industry, the Finance Minister has described the Labour leader's suggestion to force banks to pass on Official Cash Rate cuts to customers as a 'pretty dumb idea', banks are being criticised for keeping credit card interest rates at nearly 20 percent while interest rates generally are at their lowest for decades, our Foreign Minister hopes his Iranian counterpart's visit to New Zealand earlier this week will help refresh relationships between the two countries, prices for dairy farm land have fallen dramatically in the past year, a proposed animal bylaw to protect the public from nuisance, a woman appeals a District Court sentence removing animals from her and a whale missing part of its tail is spotted off the coast of Kaikoura. [more]

25/03/2016: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Mar 25 2016
A review of the week's news including... the country votes to keep its current flag, New Zealand's largest company doubles its profit while dairy farmers are squeezed, eight years in prison for the man who threatened to release 1080 contaminated infant milk formula into the market, the Prime Minister comes under pressure to disclose how much taxpayer's money has been spent on legal costs in the so-called Teapot-Tapes defamation case, what real estate can be bought around the country for the amount Auckland first home buyers expect to pay for their first home? what effects do the 100 trillion microbes living in, on and around us humans have on our health? firms are still crying out for skilled workers despite the surge in foreigners coming to New Zealand to live and work and aircraft enthusiasts from around the world are heading to this year's Warbirds over Wanaka Airshow. [more]

01/04/2016: The Week In Review for week ending Fri April 1 2016
A review of the week's news including... the Associate Health Minister promises a more tolerant approach towards minor drug offences in the coming years, Housing New Zealand is stepping up its testing for methamphetamine use in state houses, New Zealand's rate of melanoma is now the highest in the World, a payroll systems expert believes up to two million New Zealanders may be getting underpaid by their employers for their holidays, The Finance Minister leaves the door open to a possible split between New Zealand Post and Kiwibank, solar panels - are they are good idea for the environment or not? a Hawke's Bay farmer says she's been forced to sell her underweight stock because a broken privately-owned dam allowed silt to contaminate the water supply, sports and arts groups that rely on funding from Lotto grants have been told to expect much less cash this year, director, writer and occasional actor, Taika Waititi on his new film 'Hunt For The Wilderpeople', politics takes a nasty turn with ministers subjected to threats and insults, we hear from a man who spent a year sleeping just three-and-a-half hours a night, who is New Zealand's most successful world championship athlete? and figures from the agriculture and farming industry remember veteran broadcaster Frank Torley who died this week. [more]

08/04/2016: The Week In Review for week ending Fri April 8 2016
A review of the week's news including... more than 180 jobs will be lost after Fisher and Paykel announces the closure of its East Tamaki factory, the leak of more than 11 million documents revealing New Zealand is being used as a tax haven by foreign politicians, drug traffickers, billionaires, celebrities and sports stars, NZ post are to sell 55% of Kiwibank to the NZ superannuation fund and ACC, a big supermarket chain pulls an eggs brand from its shelves that come from a farm implicated in an undercover investigation, private prison operator Serco, is to pay eight million dollars to Corrections after it took over the management of Mt Eden Prison, two teenagers are injured in an Auckland college's production of Sweeney Todd, Helen Clark announces she is putting her name forward to become the United Nations Secretary General and what does a new research paper looking into human sacrifice in nearly one hundred cultures including pre-European New Zealand reveal? [more]

16/04/2016: The Week In Review for week ending Fri April 15 2016
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? [more]

21/04/2016: The Week In Review for 22 April 2016
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. [more]

22/04/2016: The Week In Review for week ending Fri April 22 2016
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. [more]

29/04/2016: The Week In Review for week ending Fri April 29 2016
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. [more]

06/05/2016: The Week In Review for week ending Fri May 6 2016
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. [more]

13/05/2016: The Week In Review for week ending Fri May 13 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. [more]

20/05/2016: The Week In Review for week ending Fri May 20 2016
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. [more]

27/05/2016: The Week In Review for week ending Fri May 27 2016
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. [more]

03/06/2016: The Week In Review for week ending Fri June 3 2016
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. [more]

10/06/2016: The Week In Review for week ending Fri June 10 2016
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. [more]

17/06/2016: The Week In Review for week ending Fri June 17 2016
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. [more]

24/06/2016: The Week In Review for week ending Fri June 24 2016
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. [more]

01/07/2016: The Week In Review for week ending Fri July1 2016
A review of the week's news including... Police arrest a fugitive who was on the run for 30 hours in Palmerston North, a judge in Rotorua has handed down the highest sentence ever given in New Zealand for the manslaughter of a child, Police in Waikato appeal to the public for any last known sightings of a man whose body was discovered in a cardboard bale in Hamilton, Friday marked an historic day for advanced melanoma patients, the Prime Minister has been forced to backtrack on his claims that New Zealand has a World class foreign trust system that doesn't need changing, members of New Zealand's Muslim community say they've been targeted by Airport Customs, half of Auckland's 180 thousand Supergold cardholders are now without their access to free public transport, more developments on the RNZ News discovery that past steel test certificates from a Chinese firm now providing steel for a major New Zealand project were fakes, how much should patients be able to find out about surgeons' safety records?, unions pushing for a living wage say increasing numbers of New Zealanders are feeling the pinch as the value of their wages falls and well-paid jobs disappear and a sequel to a story we included in last week's Week in Review edition, that of Sir Peter Snell's double Olympic gold medal winning black singlet. [more]

08/07/2016: The Week In Review for week ending Fri July 8 2016
A review of the week's news including... The saga surrounding Taranaki based kaiwhakamana and Black Power member Ngapari Nui, cab drivers in Christchurch say their incomes have plummeted since the arrival of Uber, a former chair of the Reserve Bank says the government needs to deliberately crash Auckland house prices by 40-percent, the Labour and Green Parties are launching an inquiry into homelessness, the mother of three year old Moko Rangitoheriri hears of the more than one hundred criminal convictions amassed by his killer - through the media, unions representing aviation security staff in Auckland and Wellington agree to last minute talks ahead of a planned strike, gay men convicted of homosexuality may be pardoned as the Government considers acknowledging the wrongs of the past, a former army instructor goes on trial accused of grabbing his students' testicles and dragging female recruits to the ground by their hair, a High Court judge publicly apologises to former Act leader John Banks's wife after questioning her credibility as a witness and Nasa's super balloon launched from Wanaka in May successfully completes its mission in Peru. [more]

15/07/2016: The Week In Review for week ending Fri July 15 2016
A review of the week's news including... In the wake of two shootings this week there have been calls for police to start wearing body cameras, the Labour Party's big plan for affordable housing is attacked by property investors, opposition parties have a field day after the government announces it will not be receiving a dividend from Housing New Zealand, the frustrating and fruitless search for an affordable home in Auckland, the coroner rules the death of Kirsty Bentley fifteen years ago was not accidental, Northland Grey Power members wanting to plant marijuana are standing firm in the face of mounting opposition from within their own organisation, the Nauru opposition MP who has returned to New Zealand after a cloak and dagger escape from his home country, Helen Clark spells out why she believes she should be the next Secretary General of the United Nations, a dairy owner chases away four men who tried to rob his store armed only with a broom, a commercial fisherman is to be prosecuted over the deaths of 38 albatrosses, a 17-year-old building apprentice from Luggate is on his way to the world championships of duck calling, and the world premier of a movie about the release of a song that shot to world wide fame 32 years ago. [more]

23/07/2016: The Week In Review for week ending Fri July 22 2016
A review of the week's news including... After a thirty-year stalemate the United States says it will send a naval ship to New Zealand, allegations of steel dumping are labelled a 'storm in a teacup', Checkpoint reveals WINZ has directed desperate families to garages in South Auckland, the New Zealand First Leader says the Government and Reserve Bank need to front up to the public about the realities of the property market, the head of New Zealand's largest bank warns the housing market is overheated and could face a messy end, the new Maori Party President has the Labour held Maori electorate seats in his sights, Auckland health authorities want to encourage more women to give birth at home, New Zealander William Trubridge breaks his own world record for the deepest free dive, the tobacco industry wants the government to crack down on a burgeoning black market in home grown tobacco, we take a ride on the country's first smart motorway, Auckland harbour bridge gets ready for pedestrians and cyclists and we go for a flight in the world's largest airborne observatory. [more]

29/07/2016: The Week In Review for week ending Fri July 29 2016
A review of the week's news including... The Auckland Unitary Plan is released, only twelve people take up a Government grant to move out of Auckland to free up state housing, revelations the department of Prime Minister and Cabinet were told of Chinese threats to NZ exports, accusations DHBs are hiding patients on phantom waiting lists, freedom campers travelling without toilets could be permanently banned from Christchurch, a decision to have a China state owned company as the majority shareholder of a new milk plant near Gore is described as economic lunacy and we hear from the mayor of the Gore district, the New Zealand Olympic committee backs the decision not to impose a blanket ban on Russian athletes as the New Zealand team delays it's move into the Rio athletes village, the Government announces it's intention to make New Zealand predator free by 2050, David Jones arrives in Wellington to major excitement and what are our current favourite forms of media? [more]

05/08/2016: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Aug 5 2016
A review of the week's news including... A stripper hired by the Chiefs rugby team says the players were drunk, swore at her and touched her inappropriately, a case that has gripped and polarised the country for 22 years has come to it's final conclusion, a Bay of Plenty town is in mourning after the death of five Tongan seasonal workers in an horrific crash, scientific evidence used to evict people for methamphetamine contamination is being questioned by a top expert in the field, the Wellington City Council votes for compulsory microchipping of cats, a Kiwi motorsport legend has died and Dunedin has been named the Pokemon capital of New Zealand. [more]

12/08/2016: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Aug 12 2016
A review of the week's news including... Hundreds of homes in the Taupo district and parts of Hawkes Bay lose power after a big snow storm pounds the region, a High Court murder trial hears the first details of what the crown says happened to road worker George Taiaroa, one of Britain's best known commentators on the law suggests the New Zealand judge who headed an independent inquiry into child sex abuse was sacked, Kiwi medal highs in the first week of the Rio Olympics, Sir Colin Meads has a tough fight on his hands following a cancer diagnosis, a decision on the future of the search for flight MH370 is approaching, alcohol interlocks to stop drunks starting their cars will soon become compulsory, an immigration consultant says people need to put the politicking aside and it was a case of third time lucky for the Hurricanes as they claimed the Super Rugby championship. [more]

19/08/2016: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Aug 19 2016
A review of the week's news including... Medical centres in Havelock North have been under siege and schools have been closed this week as a water contamination crisis escalated, a new poll has found two thirds of New Zealanders want cannabis legalised for personal use or at least for criminal penalties to be removed, the Intelligence and Security Committee is being likened to a cozy club between National and Labour, Wellington International Airport vehemently rejects a report which says there won't be enough demand for proposed international routes to justify a runway extension, the real estate giant Colliers International suggested the government house homeless people in tents and warehouses, student loans are costing taxpayers 600-million dollars a year in interest write-offs and aren't actually benefiting poorer students according to a think tank, the Chatham Islands wants to upgrade its airport so jet aircraft can land, the New Zealand cloud storage company Mega fails in a High Court bid to stop information about its customers being handed to the Kazakhstan government, there's deep disappoint at Vietnam's last minute decision to cancel a ceremony planned to mark this week's 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan, another record has been broken in Utah by a TEAM of New Zealanders, and for the first time a musical performance on Checkpoint. [more]

25/08/2016: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Aug 26 2016
The Government outlines the parameters of an inquiry into the contamination of the Havelock North water supply, New Zealand's Olympic athletes return home with a record medal haul, the Maori King makes an unprecedented attack on the Labour party, the former head of the Wellington Tenths Trust who's on trial in the High Court takes a break due to ill health, a controversial businessman and three others get the largest forfeiture order in New Zealand to date over alleged money laundering, a young Czech tourist survives three nights out in the open and almost four weeks in a freezing DOC hut, the Government wants children to ditch the classroom and study at home from on-line schools, Parliament's health select committee begins hearing submissions on a voluntary euthanasia petition, Parliament passes a law giving local councils power to decide on Easter Sunday trading, a Nelson woman carries a jar full of cannabis in to the country, Helen Kelly talks about her use of medicinal cannabis for terminal cancer, what a survey on alcohol consumption by young people in Wanaka found and pizza delivery by air is coming to Auckland. [more]

02/09/2016: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Sept 2 2016
A review of the week's news including... A tsunami warning after a severe 7.1 earthquake north of East Cape, Havelock North's residents finally get the chance to grill their local leaders, the Environment Minister says people who insist that every lake and river should be safe to swim in are being unrealistic, Kim Dotcom wins his bid to live stream his High Court appeal against his extradition, New Zealanders who've been living in Australia for up to ten years say they're reaching breaking point, legal action over faulty steel mesh triggers doubts about some house insurance, a prominent Maori leader is found guilty of defrauding his fellow trustees in the Wellington Tenths Trust, a South Canterbury farming official says stealing 500 cows is like stealing the Crown jewels - complicated but not impossible, Auckland mayoral candidate Vic Crone pledges to bring forward the cross-harbour tunnel project by a decade or more after saying she'd make no commitments on it, while another candidate, Phil Goff wants to introduce a living wage for all council staff, the transgender community wants the waiting times for sex change operations cut, a sit down chat with Olympic pole vaulting bronze medalist Eliza McCartney and the real story behind the 2nd Bledisloe Cup test in Wellington from a former Wallaby. [more]

09/09/2016: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Sept 9 2016
A review of the week's news including... Reaction to the Chiefs and NZ Rugby's investigation into what happened at the team's end of season party, a guilty verdict in the stop-go murder trial, reaction to the performance of Auckland's main mayoral candidates in RNZ's candidates debate held this week, the East Coast settles back into normal life following the big 7.1 quake, the average house price in Auckland breaks the million dollar mark, the NZ First leader wants his party to be a major player after the next election or else he says it's not worth carrying on, six legal aid offices around the country are set to close leaving only two, the P babies - victims of drug addicted parents who are being cared for by their grandparents, who will replace the All Blacks Sevens' coach? and a painting by Colin McCahon sells for a record price. [more]

18/09/2016: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Sept 16 2016
A review of the week's news including... An immigration lawyer says 'paying for jobs' is so rampant in New Zealand there needs to be a fresh look at powers available to officials, criminals are using sex to blackmail Indian male students, Auckland lays out its plan to spend 83 billion dollars on transport, the electrified section of the main trunk line between Auckland and Wellington could be mothballed, frustrated advocates are calling for better reporting of suicides committed by current and former members of the military, doctors say making voluntary euthanasia legal would involve many complex and difficult decisions and New Zealand should avoid it, the Morning Report Wellington mayoral candidates debate, a Maori fisheries body wants the Maori Party to abandon its support for the Government if plans for a Kermadec ocean sanctuary go ahead unchanged, Maori representation becomes a virtual no-go area for those vying for public office in New Plymouth, Colin Craig denies ever sending his former press secretary explicit text messages, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child raises concerns about the naming of the new children's ministry, MPs hear emotional pleas from the family of soldiers killed in action and buried in Malaysia for the government to bring their remains home, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will perform in Christchurch on the eve of the sixth anniversary of the Canterbury earthquakes this summer and Prince Charles praises New Zealand soldiers who fought at the Somme at a centennary ceremony in Northern France. [more]

23/09/2016: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Sept 23 2016
A review of the week's news including... An email trail reveals how top bureaucrats were intent on prosecuting fishermen for dumping until they got worried about being publicly embarrassed in court, a private tertiary institution has been accused of selling pass marks to foreign students, a Wellington maths teacher says for the year 11s who sat an algebra exam last week it was like little lambs being sent to the slaughter, the Prime Minister says there is zero chance the dispute over the Kermadec ocean sanctuary will destabilise his government, concerns about sexual allegations against Colin Craig were raised at every monthly board meeting of the Conservative Party after the last election, the country's biggest company Fonterra is milking it - literally and figuratively, people living in some of the country's smallest towns have been hit with the news they're to lose their Westpac banks, the New Zealand Paralympians arrive back in the country, up to 400 thousand people living in Waikato can now speak to a family doctor online, the Christchurch mayor takes asset sales off the table, the Queenstown mayoral race sparks a debate over whether the resort town should be limiting its booming growth, a new 36-million-dollar theatre on Auckland's waterfront has officially opened and Foxton residents are 'up in arms' over their council's plan to shift the town's cenotaph, describing the move as sacrilegious. [more]

30/09/2016: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Sept 30 2016
A review of the week's news including... New Zealand Rugby concedes it has lessons to learn from the handling of a rugby player's discharge without conviction for a vicious assault on four people, Don Brash champions a new lobby group, family doctors call for an overhaul of maternity funding after a study found babies are more at risk if a midwife is the lead carer, a boxing official says there aren't enough rules in place to ensure the safety of inexperienced boxers at corporate events, NZQA admits it handled the fallout over a maths exam badly, the Corrections Minister Judith Collins addresses cabinet after her department bungled the release dates of thousands of people, the lawyer for the man suing Colin Craig for defamation tells a court Mr Craig was the author of his own misfortune, an Auckland reality TV star wants the Race Relations Commissioner to apologise for casting her as a racist, New Zealand's 21st Governor General is sworn in at a formal ceremony and the retiring Mayor of Auckland says goodbye to the Auckland Council. [more]

07/10/2016: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Oct 7 2016
A review of the week's news including... Maori leader Sir Ngatata Love is jailed for obtaining property by deception, All Black Aaron Smith is suspended in disgrace after an incident with a woman in a disabled toilet at Christchurch Airport, the Human Rights Review Tribunal orders Colin Craig to pay Rachel MacGregor record breaking damages plus costs, the Children's Commissioner urges National and Labour to work together to cut child poverty rates by 10 percent, private prison operator Serco was scoring "exceptional' marks for performance at the very time it had too few guards to detect or stop organised fights, the country's biggest bank is closing its Milton branch and the town's mayor isn't happy, a senior hospital doctor says many of them are working hours just as tough as those facing junior doctors as junior doctors prepare to strike, Helen Clark misses out on the top job at the UN, a Dunedin council candidate challenges other candidates to "wheel a mile in his shoes" on a busy lunchtime in Dunedin's CBD, the insurance company Youi is fined 100-thousand dollars for misleading sales practices, two top olympians are unfazed at becoming the first New Zealand athletes to have medical documents made public by Russian hackers and the launch of a book is raising questions about how New Zealand history is taught in schools. [more]

14/10/2016: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Oct 14 2016
A review of the week's news including... The Labour MP Phil Goff delivers his valedictory speech to Parliament after 35 years in the house before taking up the Auckland mayoralty, the battle lines are drawn around the table at the newly elected Canterbury Regional Council, a Taranaki iwi leader says it is no surprise that not a single Maori candidate has won a seat on the New Plymouth District Council, campaigners against child poverty are aghast at a claim by the Police Minister Judith Collins, a union is heralding a collective agreement with Restaurant Brands that guarantees workers' hours, reports of children being locked in a very small cell-like room at a Wellington primary school as a form of control and punishment, migrants are no longer able to sponsor their parents for residency under new immigration rules, it's been revealed that controversial spitting hoods have been used by Police more than 300 times over the last two years, a petition urging the Government to make medicinal cannabis more readily available has been presented to Parliament and one of the country's most prominent unionists has died. [more]

21/10/2016: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Oct 21 2016
The family of Warriena Wright cried in court when Gable Tostee was cleared of all charges in the death of the 26 year old Wellingtonian, about two and a half thousand junior doctors didn't show up to work this week, special education advocates say seclusion rooms are a symptom of under funding of the special education system, an elderly Nelson woman says she was stunned when two police officers turned up on her doorstep with a search warrant, the family at the centre of an alleged kidnapping incident involving a teenager and senior policeman have spoken for the first time, Education Minister Hekia Parata denies she's leaving the Beehive before seeing through some major reforms, the US Navy confirms the USS Sampson will be its first naval vessel to visit NZ since the anti nuclear rift three decades ago, British MPs looking into the performance of a child sex abuse inquiry focus on New Zealand judge Dame Lowell Goddard, a 500 dollar moisturiser has tested less effective than its 13 dollar supermarket competitor and New Zealand fashion stores urged to pull up their socks after the arrival of some of the world's biggest fashion retailers. [more]

28/10/2016: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Oct 28 2016
A review of the week's news including... Police admit they used a drink drive checkpoint to identify and trace people who had been at a meeting organised by a voluntary euthanasia group earlier this month, four people including a New Zealand woman are killed in an accident that ranks among the world's deadliest theme park accidents, the former Maori Party co leader says families are being torn apart by Housing New Zealand's use of Meth testing, the Ministry for Primary Industries launch a full investigation into new hidden-camera footage, depicting rough treatment of bobby calves, the fairy tale appears to be over for an iconic children's clothing retailer, WorkSafe admits there's not much more it can do to crack down on people flouting quad bike safety rules, for the first time a three-way kidney exchange has taken place in New Zealand, Auckland principals say nearly every secondary school in the city is losing staff to high house prices, the Prime Minister wraps up his official visit to India with the strongest commitment yet from the Government there to finalise a free trade deal and a Whakatane woman who failed to get into Police College says she was told it was because she was from Tuhoe and knew too many locals. [more]

05/11/2016: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Nov4
A review of the week's news including... The case of a terminally ill woman serving a prison sentence for fraud, Gareth Morgan promises to shake up New Zealand politics, schools are to be banned from using seclusion rooms to punish children, the serious backlog of eye appointments at the Southern District Health Board, Auckland's new mayor is sworn in, Labour's former leader says he won't run for re-election next year, an Auckland councillor whose family were refused entry into VIP seating says he wants the problem fixed, a woman stranded on an uninhabited island in the Hauraki Gulf sets fire to 13 hectacres in a bid to attract help, the Auditor General clears the Government in the controversial Saudi sheep deal, a former soldier with post-traumatic stress disorder wins a landmark case for compensation, Ranfurly's only bank opened for its last day of business this week and Longtime RNZ White House correspondent Connie Lawn who says lots of Americans could be packing their bags for New Zealand if Donald Trump wins. [more]

11/11/2016: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Nov 11 2016
Terminally ill prisoner Vicki Letele is released from prison, the world wakes up to the next President of the United States, December's heavyweight boxing title in Auckland will be the most expensive boxing contest ever to be held in New Zealand, can the proposed marriage of two of New Zealand's biggest media companies recover from an initial Commerce Commission rejection? is a new government injection of funding to help the homeless enough? a man leaves a parliamentary committee during an anti-euthanasia submission by the wife of the deputy prime minister, two Auckland sisters waive their right to anonymity so they can name their step-father who abused them and the King and Queen of the Netherlands have visited New Zealand with a record sized trade delegation in tow. [more]

18/11/2016: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Nov 18 2016
A review of the week's news including... This week's RNZ News coverage of the 7.8 Kaikoura earthquake, the family of a woman killed as she jogged in Remuera says they will never be able to forgive her killer, the families of the men killed in the Pike River tragedy are devastated their loved-one's bodies will not be recovered from the mine, more than a hundred demonstrators clash with police outside a defence forum in Auckland, the fate of a half-million-dollar global marketing campaign for Auckland could be passed back to politicians to decide, after criticism about it's cost, a New Zealand swimmer becomes one of the first people ever to swim across the Dead Sea.and the story of a 98-year-old Hamilton woman, dubbed the world's oldest navigator. [more]

25/11/2016: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Nov 25 2016
A review of the week's news including... more of RNZ's continuing coverage of the aftermath of the 7.8 Kaikoura earthquake, a company which was supplying concrete to seal the Pike River pulls out of the job, the seven-year jail sentence given to a man for pinching a prison guard's bottom described as preposterous and cruel, the decision by the Federation of Islamic Associations to cut all ties with a controversial cleric for making anti-Semitic and sexist speeches gets the thumbs up, the New Zealand First leader says the Government is being reckless with immigration, an Auckland Uber driver says the company is encouraging their drivers to commit insurance fraud, just one district health board is meeting the government's faster cancer treatment target and five more volcanic cones in Auckland will be open only to pedestrians from next year. [more]

02/12/2016: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Dec 2 2016
A review of the week's news including... The tragic fatal capsizing of the Francie as it attempted to cross the Kaipara Harbour bar, tourism tremours from the Kaikoura earthquakes hit Picton hard while the occupants of a Wellington apartment block hit by the quake have been allowed back home, the Social Development Minister says people abused as children while in state care should not be put through the ordeal of giving evidence to an independent inquiry - a judge disagrees, the passing of a Kiwi music icon, Pike River families and supporters picket the mine following a meeting the CEO of Solid Energy, Waitamata police say they don't prosecute low level P dealers anymore, we hear the view of the founder of an addiction recovery programme, the brother of the New Zealand journalist killed when Indonesia invaded East Timor in 1975 is asking the government what it's done to bring his killers to justice and one of New Zealand's most unlikely industrial milestones was reached 50 years ago this week. [more]

09/12/2016: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Dec 9 2016
A review of the week's news including... John Key announces he is stepping down as Prime Minister, we'll hear from Mr Key and reaction to his surprise Monday announcement, Labour MP David Shearer heads for a top job with the United Nations while a landslide victory in the Mt Roskill by-election gives Labour a huge morale boost, Kaikoura tourist operators accuse authorities of leaving them in the dark, new figures show just how serious last month's earthquakes have been for the people who work in the capital, Solid Energy releases an open letter saying it is reckless for uninformed people to claim the Pike River Mine could be safely re-entered, we hear from the NZ first MP who's 'Broadcasting Games of National Significance Amendment' Bill has been drawn from the ballot for debate, a vigilante tyre slasher has struck again in the Wellington suburb of Miramar near the Airport and New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko's dumped coach says her father should stop interfering in her career. [more]

16/12/2016: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Dec 16 2016
A review of the week's news including... New Zealand has a new Prime Minister for the first time since 2008, Gisborne businesses reopened two days after they had to stop selling because the city had no power, a fresh look at worker exploitation reveals those in the construction, dairy, horticulture and hospitality sectors are targeted the most, tensions were high as the new Prime Minister and the Earthquake Commission minister met with frustrated Kaikoura farmers, Checkpoint revealed how much WINZ has been spending on emergency and temporary accommodation, the daughter of an investigative journalist is enormously relieved the police are going to pay damages and costs, we hear from the father of a toddler allegedly kidnapped from his Rotorua home, boxer Joseph Parker is now a heavy weight champion, he's also son to two proud parents and we meet his mother, New Zealand rugby players are in line for a pay rise, a public health professor says contaminated chicken is the biggest food safety issue in New Zealand, two fishing companies say they're joining forces to help protect the World's rarest dolphin and he's played a gangster, a duke, a priest and was the voice of Rangi from Footrot Flats, now Rawiri Paratene has been given the Toi Maori achievement award for his half century of service to the arts. [more]

27/01/2017: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Jan 27 2017
A review of the week's news including... What the inauguration of Donald Trump as US President means for New Zealand's trade, Ratana Pa erupts in a war of words with Gareth Morgan calling Winston Peters an "Uncle Tom" and anti-Treaty, there's been a further call for the Government to ban rodeos after footage released exclusively to Checkpoint, more than five thousand dairy cows are to be shipped to China by the same Saudi businessman involved in the Saudi sheep scandal, the extraordinary case of the man who took his six year old daughter across the Tasman in a small home built catamaran, one of the two Pike River survivors demands a rescue team be granted permission to enter the mine, the Prime Minister defends the Government's decision to grant a US tech billionaire and Donald Trump advisor New Zealand citizenship, a disabled Auckland woman who was growing and smoking marijuana for pain relief has escaped eviction from her state home and the United Future Leader launches a petition to find out what you think about moving the summer holidays. [more]

03/02/2017: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Feb 3 2017
A review of the week's news including... a major health alert in Pukekohe after two and a half thousand children were exposed to contaminated water, the Prime Minister kicks off election year with a pledge to spend more than half a billion dollar on crime-fighting, is New Zealand citizenship for sale? several former employees of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority are being investigated, international Indian students to be deported, more alleged mistreatment of animals revealed at another New Zealand rodeo event, a women's sexual abuse group says the judge got it wrong when he ruled in favour of a man who posted photos of his half naked wife on Facebook, people increasingly find ways to get around petrol prices that they think are too high, should an unofficial white chair memorial to the victims of the 2011 Christchurch quake be moved? the scientific test results which reveal exactly how Havelock North's drinking water supply was contaminated, the Maori Party backs calls from a group of local councils campaigning to keep their regions free from genetic modification, a film producer is caught out by a recent law change banning anyone travelling from America from entering New Zealand with medicinal cannabis and an update on a seriously unwell albatross chick. [more]

10/02/2017: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Feb 10 2017
A review of the week's news including... More than 400 pilot whales strand at Farewell Spit in Golden Bay, the Prime Minister gets the thumbs up for getting through a phone call with the US president Donald Trump, calls to move Waitangi Day commemorations away from Te Tii Marae gain traction, the Rugby Union describes the news that their own security guard has been arrested over the bugging of their Sydney hotel meeting as 'bizarre and unbelievable', the Government is promising medical cannabis will be quicker and easier to access under policy changes announced this week, the Government announces a new scheme to address historical convictions for homosexual offences, the Labour leader lays down the law with his MPs and party members after being criticised for headhunting urban Maori leader Willie Jackson, beneficiaries and low-spending households are hardest hit by rising living costs in the past year, Solid Energy asks for more time to get the Pike River Mine sealed and the former All Whites captain Steve Sumner has died after a battle with cancer. [more]

17/02/2017: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Feb 17 2017
A review of the week's news including... Some sleepless night for residents near Christchurch's Port Hills this week as a massive blaze swept through the area destroying homes and claiming a life, a woman is arrested following an attack on a group of New Zealand Muslim women, an 8000-strong petition calling for foreign drivers to sit a practical driving is presented at Parliament, the chair of Solid Energy says he'll resign if the company is forced to enter the Pike River mine, the Greens deny they are being hypocritical by standing aside in the key seat of Ohariu, surging rental prices make it hard for students to not just find flats but to keep paying rent and ongoing costs, Dunedin's Mayor says the impending closure of the Cadbury factory is a reminder that manufacturing will probably not be part of the city's future. thirty years after the 'Unfortunate Experiment' the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists apologise publicly to the women affected and Team New Zealand launches 'peddle power' on the boat it'll contest the America's Cup in just over three months. [more]

24/02/2017: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Feb 24 2017
A review of the week's news including... Mt Albert voters head to the polls to select a new MP this weekend, we hear from three candidates contesting the by election, Maori political leaders respond explosively to the Labour leader's comments that the Maori party is "not kaupapa Maori", how did a senior council roading manager receive over 1.1 million dollars in payments from a council contractor without his bosses knowing? the High Court rules Kim Dotcom is eligible for extradition US, the Fire Service's principal rural fire officer says lives may have been lost had firefighters not been told to return to their station, Sky TV says a decision to deny its billion dollar proposal to buy Vodafone is bizarre and disappointing, Pharmac considers funding women's sanitary products, we have coverage from the 6th anniversary of the Christchurch earthquake, the Prime Minister puts the board of the NZ Super Fund on notice after it approved a 23 percent pay increase for its Chief Executive, an Australian woman helping New Zealand dairy farmers across the Tasman who have fallen onto hard times is horrified by a lack of Government help and helicopters to Hercules and F-16s to classic spitfire replicas are on display at Ohakea airforce base during this weekend's Air Tattoo. [more]

03/03/2017: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Mar 3 2017
A review of the week's news including... Jacinda Ardern looks likely to be elected as Labour's deputy leader, a report the government tried to keep secret says its approach to social and affordable housing lacks a robust plan and is fragmented, a woman living in a Wellington flat with rats in the walls says the Prime Minister's view that soaring rental prices in the city are a sign of sucess is stupid and ridiculous, the Prime Minister's told his claims young New Zealanders are too stoned to get jobs are disgraceful, the Race Relations Commissioner says children were more likely to be taken off their families and put in State care if they were Maori, The New Zealand First leader will sit on Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee, the death of a former Silver Fern after collapsing while playing touch rugby, a New Zealand film editor wins an Oscar for his work on war film Hacksaw Ridge, US-style negative election campaigning may be coming to New Zealand's airwaves, a former All Black apologises for letting down the rugby community after being charged with buying cocaine in Paris, the law firm at the centre of the Panama Papers scandal quits New Zealand, cavers involved in rescuing a Canadian woman in Harwoods Hole on Takaka Hill say the operation went like clockwork, the champions of Kapa Haka are crowned and is Martin Guptill New Zealand's great ever one day batsman? [more]

10/03/2017: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Mar 10 2017
A review of the week's news including... Wellington students encourage others to take advantage of 'drunk girls', threats force change of venue for Wellington College protest, NZ Super eligibility age to rise to 67 by 2040, former Glenn Inquiry head starts domestic violence watchdog, a man tells Checkpoint he thought he was going to die after being trapped in a car during a flood, "a game changer" is how the Maori Party's President Tukoroirangi Morgan describes a political endorsement by the Maori King, foreign ownership in private firms reaches 15-year high, a call for world's clearest spring to be protected from commerce, Trident could miss out on roll out of cameras on fishing boats and an eclectic mix is on offer at Dunedin's biggest ever Fringe festival. [more]

17/03/2017: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Mar 17 2017
A review of the week's news including... Hundreds of students turn out on the grounds of Parliament in solidarity against rape culture, two Wellington College boys are suspended for making Facebook comments about raping drunk young women, a supermarket removes an egg brand from its shelves and the Serious Fraud office is investigating after reports it's been selling caged eggs labelled as free-range, an ambulance service says better reporting is behind the sharp jump in the number of serious mistakes by paramedics, a convicted child sex offender and murderer who fled to South America has won the right to wear a toupee behind bars, a district council is investigating all its contracts issued in the last three years after it was revealed it awarded a contract to upgrade water treatment plants to a company run by a cake decorator, the Abortion Supervisory Committee wants the abortion law updated, the Early Childhood Council says there's no need for compulsory vaccination for all children at early childhood centres, MPs listen to arguments on why fluoride in water should or shouldn't be a decision left to the Ministry of Health, the man who murdered his 6-year-old step-daughter doesn't ever want to get out of prison, an Auckland man who has spent hundreds of dollars in hospital parking fees has launched a petition calling for the charges to be scrapped, New Zealand overtakes Australia to become the third biggest exporter of wine to the United States, the Polyfest cultural festival kicked off on Wednesday, the Maoriland indigenous film festival opens in Otaki and cartoonist Murray Ball is remembered. [more]

24/03/2017: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Mar 24 2017
A review of the week's news including... Journalist Nicky Hager says it is beyond belief government officials deny New Zealand SAS troops were involved in civilian deaths during a botched raid in Afghanistan in 2010, the Prime Minister says he's open to look at charging bottling companies for water, meanwhile the Labour leader says the Government is deliberately delaying the question of taxing water, a pregnancy-testing drug claimed to have been responsible for a number of birth defects was prescribed in New Zealand, businesses in Kaikohe have had a gutsful of gangs of children causing chaos in the Far North town, the director of hospital services at Middlemore defends ACC earning about $4 million a year running a carpark at the hospital, the Government's goal to rid all schools of sugary-drinks by the end of last year fails, John Key talks to Political Editor Jane Patterson on the eve of his departure from Parliament and a Napier fisherman has been nominated for a major international award for a cage that allows under-sized fish to swim free. [more]

31/03/2017: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Mar 31 2017
A review of the week's news including... almost a week after a book made explosive claims about a fatal New Zealand SAS raid on two villages in Afghanistan the chief of the defence force says he's open to an inquiry being held, many fog bound passengers end up spending a night in the Wellington airport terminal curled up under thin blankets while flash flooding in Auckland had a South Auckland farmer rescuing motorists and a postal van from rising waters, more Chinese investment and booming tourism numbers were a key part of talks this week between our Prime Minister and the Chinese Premier, the health ministry strongly defends a decision meaning people in their 50s will be kept waiting to be screened for a major cancer killer, Police fail to find any sign of a missing Auckland woman who isn't the only woman to have gone missing in the Mercer Bay cliffs area at Piha, New Zealand research finds children exposed to high levels of leaded petrol fumes in the 70s and 80s have lower IQs, major questions are still being asked about a lack of resources ahead of the launch of the Ministry Of Vulnerable Children this week, Winston Peters remains in prime position to decide who forms the next government in RNZ's latest poll of polls, a new booklet to help Maori whanau raising gay or gender diverse children is published and Napier plays host to artists from around the World who've painted large scale murals on the city's empty walls. [more]

07/04/2017: The Week In Review for week ending Fri April 7 2017
A review of the week's news including... Flooded Edgecumbe residents scatter as the Rangataiki river sweeps through their town, a church at the centre of a typhoid outbreak says members feel let down by health authorities, a decade of independent scrutiny into how police treat sexual assault victims and investigate their own officers' behaviour is about to end, the Opposition leader defends himself against a High Court defamation suit filed by tourism operators, the Greens target the youth vote with new candidate selections, the theft of two Lindauer paintings has art experts puzzled, the Privacy Commissioner publishes a report highly critical of the Government's plan to make community groups hand over clients' private details, a vigilante says he was proud of slashing the tyres of cars parked near Wellington airport, the Prime Minister is accused of joining a seven year cover up, and RNZ's Checkpoint turned 50 this week - we have a special feature celebrating the milestone. [more]

14/04/2017: The Week In Review for week ending Fri April 14 2017
A review of the week's news including... Relief after cyclone Cook passes quickly down the North Island with limited damage, questions about what was known about the increasing risk of Edgecumbe stop banks bursting, the man who gave us Fred Dagg has died suddenly, three more former CERA staffers are being investigated after conflict of interests prompted calls for a wider inquiry, a warning more homeless families will be sleeping in cars parks and garages in Auckland this winter, the High Court rules excessive defamation damages against Colin Craig constitute a miscarriage of justice, a verdict in a defamation against the Labour leader Andrew Little, relatives of New Zealand soldiers killed on duty in South East Asia are relieved their family members will be finally returned home, US consumer campaigner Erin Brockovich visits Christchurch homeowners who are trying to settle earthquake insurance claims six years on, three teams have been cut from the Super Rugby competition and a more than 50 year old copper time capsule has been cracked open. [more]

21/04/2017: The Week In Review for week ending Fri April 21 2017
A review of the week's news including... a two billion dollar pay equity settlement, the Government announces changes it says are aimed at improving the quality of immigrants and controlling the quantity, irresponsible, unsafe, and unethical -- that's how a new Netflix series aimed at teenagers is being described, the top family court judge fires back at criticisms levelled at the court system by a new women's advocacy group, the Prime Minister who oversaw the dramatic undermining of unions now says unions have probably become too small, a review of Mental Health Services finds they are under pressure, under resourced and not widely understood, the Air Force's NH90 helicopters have been all but grounded, an eight-year-old girl is pulled alive from Manukau Harbour after treading water for more than two hours, the conversion of thousands of hectares of the Mackenzie Basin to dairy farms has been halted, tampons and sanitary pads will not be subsidised for all women by Pharmac, the government department set up to make the economy bigger isn't sure it can reach the goals it set for itself, Central Christchurch residents say they're under siege from sex workers and are threatening legal action, the massive Kaikoura earthquake may have saved the town from having to spend millions of dollars and the largest multi-sport event in the world has arrived in Auckland. [more]

28/04/2017: The Week In Review for week ending Fri April 28 2017
A review of the week's news including... Invercargill police say they're shocked to be investigating one of their own for murder, the Censor's office has created an entirely new classification specifically for the Netflix show 13 Reasons Why, an American tourist sentenced on two charges of careless use of a motor vehicle causing death and four charges of careless use causing injury talks exclusively to Checkpoint about the weight of his guilt, New Zealand's high use of solitary confinement and restraint practices in prisons has been lambasted, patients with lung cancer have their fingers crossed that they'll be next in line to get free access to the drug Keytruda, a warning there could be thousands of cases of a dangerous potentially lethal superbug infection every year if action isn't taken, the Government announces 11-billion-dollars of infrastructure spending over the next four years, what's expected to be the National Government's last Cabinet reshuffle before the election, a national shortage of fruit and vegetables following Cyclones Debbie and Cook, a woman is attacked by a shark at Curio Bay and stargazers around the country were treated to an epic show not once, but twice. [more]

05/05/2017: The Week In Review for week ending Fri May 5 2017
A review of the week's news including... New questions are raised by leaked video footage showing a robot and two workers inside the Pike River mine just months after the 2010 disaster, fresh happy faces in the newly announced Labour list line up, the country's two biggest media companies have been given a strong message from the regions after their proposed merger is knocked back, a full biosecurity operation launched in Kerikeri, Wellington house prices soar, a helicopter pilot describes his crash north of Wellington as 'frightening', women in the Mongrel Mob say there is now less violence towards women, a review of the Kaikoura earthquake reveals it generated a tsunami of nearly 7 metres, the most annoying driving habits on Christchurch roads and one half of a champion rowing crew is surprised by the other half's retirement announcement. [more]

12/05/2017: The Week In Review for week ending Fri May 12 2017
A review of the week's news including... Embattled Kiwi rugby league players not being considered for the World Cup after allegedly buying cocaine, does Australia think of New Zealand as a soft back-door path for immigration? Netflix announces a second season of a controversial TV series, major political leaders are reluctant to support a prison based on Maori values, an inquiry into Havelock North's water contamination finds there was 'a failure to protect public health', the education council underlines it's zero tolerance approach to cannabis, is a black market in cigarettes driving the rising number of aggravated dairy robberies? we hear from two MPs who don't own a home, more Myrtle Rust is found in Northland, the former Conservative Party leader reads letters to his then press secretary out loud in court, an expat Kiwi group in Canada objects to an energy drink called 'Haka' and who and what is representing New Zealand at the World's biggest contemporary art event? [more]

19/05/2017: The Week In Review for week ending Fri May 19 2017
A review of the week's news including... A high profile suicide prevention campaigner makes a very public exit from a Government advisory group, the Opportunities Party wants cannabis laws reformed, the Government is urged to demand answers over the planned closure of a sheep meat plant in Ashburton, the Solicitor General applies to the High Court for an unprecedented third trial of a serial rapist for the murder of an Auckland woman, police release CCTV footage of the latest aggravated robbery and link the increasing cost of cigarettes to a jump in robbery numbers, the former Conservative Party leader and a leading blogger go toe to toe in court, a woman who was granted compassionate release from prison last November has died of cancer, the Prime Minster is happy Japan is continuing with the TPP and Auckland needs more film studios. [more]

26/05/2017: The Week In Review for week ending Fri May 26 2017
A review of the week's news including... Analysis of this week's budget, former whistle blowing Transport Ministry workers speak out for the first time about being forced out of their jobs, a Kaitaia doctor and former New Zealander of the year launches a passionate attack on a controversial film, New Zealand joins the space age, Kim Dotcom is described as ridiculous and manipulative by the family of a murdered man he says was the leaker of emails to Wikileaks, dairy owners say quitting selling cigarettes is not an option in tackling the growing number of aggravated robberies, concern in Canterbury that a lucrative water consent attached to a former wool scouring plant could be used to export bottled water, a new report into ACC finds hundreds of thousands miss out each year on cover, treatment and support - four times ACC's own estimates, the mayor of Christchurch warns of years of legal wrangling if the Anglican Church tries to get a resource consent to demolish the city's cathedral, the former head of Auckland's downtown promotions agency is released early from prison and what has the Hillary step gone? [more]

02/06/2017: The Week In Review for week ending Fri June 2 2017
A review of the week's news including... Legal action looms over the Auckland Council following its decision to vote for Mayor Phil Goff's targeted accommodation rate, the Auditor General releases a report critical of what happens when mental health patients are discharged from hospital or in-patient care, Wellington mayors unanimously vote to support an indoor arena that would seat up to 12,000, eighty percent of New Zealand's native bird species are in trouble, New Zealand politician's reaction to the United States pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord, two students take a petition to Parliament calling for GST to be removed on sanitary products, dairy owners say the Government's 1-point-8 million dollar fund to help them buy security equipment is nowhere near enough to protect them, New Zealand Defence Force soldiers return from a six month deployment in Iraq believing they've made a difference in the fight against IS, a rodeo cowboy caught abusing animals escapes formal punishment, KFC's deal to sponsor this year's Rugby League World Cup has been called a coup for the company but a tragedy for public health, the mother of Kiwi IndyCar driver Scott Dixon is grateful her TV coverage went to an adbreak just moments before her son's spectacular Indianapolis 500 crash and the British and Irish Lions seek to write their names into rugby folklore. [more]

09/06/2017: The Week In Review for week ending Fri June 9 2017
A review of the week's news including... The oyster industry says a crisis is imminent, the US Secretary of State drops in for a short visit, the controversial question of whether people with terminal illness should be able to take their own life has dropped like a bomb into election year, the head of the Salvation Army's social services says the Prime Minister asked for his help to tackle a looming housing crisis in Auckland six years ago, the Transport Minister is caught trying to block an Official Information request, Shane Jones comments on the Government's withdrawal from negotiations with Ngapuhi, the President of the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party defects, the Government is in no rush to demand big online companies share encryption secrets at the next Five Eyes meeting, overseas visitors lodge nearly thirty claims a day with ACC, this week sees the 100th anniversary of The Battle of Messines and Team New Zealand are through to the finals of the challenger series of the Americas Cup. [more]

16/06/2017: The Week In Review for week ending Fri June 16 2017
A review of the week's news including... Labour promises to cut immigration numbers by a year, the Prime Minister congratulates Theresa May on her re-election as British Prime Minister, a police prosecutor tells an inquest she assumed the judge was well aware Akshay Chand was living just a few minute's walk from his victim's home, New Zealand and Israel agree to restore diplomatic ties, a scathing report by UNICEF is highly critical of the status of children in New Zealand, new emails show how KiwiRail gave in to pressure from the Transport Minister's office to keep a report secret, an Auckland building consultant demands the Government suspend certification of a type of cladding in the wake of the fatal tower fire in London, Winston Peters' potential kingmaker role is underlined in the latest RNZ Poll of Polls, most Cantabrians want Christchurch's quake-damaged cathedral to be restored, we check the pulse of the rural sector at the National Agricultural Fieldays, Devonport's most famous musical export releases her second album, our Navy's only tanker is being decommissioned and Team New Zealand will contest the America's Cup after a convincing defeat of its challenger rival in Bermuda. [more]

25/06/2017: The Week In Review for week ending Friday June 23 2017
A review of the week's news including... National MP Todd Barclay falls on his sword while Labour is in damage control, the decision to not prosecute the Pike River Mine CEO is to be contested in the Supreme Court, the lawyer for Akshay Chand says she sought bail on his behalf believing his mother and aunt would monitor his every movement, The Education Ministry is forced to apologise for its flawed handling of school closures and mergers after the 2011 Canterbury earthquake, The Health Minister is forced to defend his embattled Ministry following a major budget blunder, employment lawyers aren't surprised another health sector group is taking a pay equity claim, Ministry for Primary Industries officials come under fire at a packed Stewart Island public meeting on the cull of the island's farmed oysters, it's Plan B for a crowd funded initiative that wants to take control of Dunedin's Cadbury factory and All Black great Sir Colin 'pinetree' Meads has been immortalised in bronze. [more]

30/06/2017: The Week In Review for week ending Fri June 30 2017
A review of the week's news including... Team New Zealand wins the America Cup, the Police re open their investigation into whether Todd Barclay secretly recorded staff in his electorate office, we tour Labour's interns accommodation, the Government digs in over it's decision to make an American billionaire a New Zealand citizen, young children are to learn the basics of computer programming, a shipwrecked New Zealander says hitting a remote reef was like a freight train hitting a brick wall, the new United States ambassador asks New Zealanders to give him and his President a fair go and the last word from the mother of victorious Team New Zealand helmsman Peter Burling. [more]

07/07/2017: The Week In Review for week ending Fri July 7 2017
A review of the week's news including... An official apology and a law change - three decades in the making, the Amercias cup is paraded through Auckland CBD as the Government writes a five million dollar cheque to help Team New Zealand, there's fresh pressure on the Government to tackle high petrol prices, the volume of house sales in Auckland plummets according to the latest QV data, more of Checkpoint's ongoing coverage of billionaire Peter Thiel who became a New Zealand citizen after spending only twelve days in country - just who is he?, another call to raise the drinking age, the minister responsible for drug reform U-turns on medicinal cannabis, fears the Government may try to change the law to get round a Supreme Court ruling against the controversial Ruataniwha Dam, Auckland's new $1.4 billion tunnel opens for its first Monday morning rush hour and 50 years is a long time between red cards. [more]

14/07/2017: The Week In Review for week ending Fri July 14 2017
A review of the week's news including... the weather, questions about how the Greens and New Zealand First can work together, a philanthropist property developer says he'll spend 50 million dollars building a replacement children's hospital in Wellington, the police say a huge drop in the number of breath tests is quality over quantity, is the Maori Party's ambitious plan to resurrect rail in the regions doomed to failure?, an Auckland marae will open its doors to the homeless again and the Government is footing the bill, a New Zealand couple whose mentally ill son died in a Japanese hospital have described his treatment as cruel and medieval, a New Zealand woman dies after a jet engine blast knocks her to the ground in the Caribbean and both experienced and relatively new musicians have been nominated for New Zealand's top song writing award. [more]

22/07/2017: The Week In Review for week ending Fri July 21 2017
A review of the week's news including... State owned company Airways has apologised for "excessive and unacceptable" spending after it over eleven thousand dollars for a farewell book, an internal audit says the Horowhenua District Council has engaged in extremely risky practices including secretly intercepting emails, a senior constable wept as she described to a court the bloody scene where a child had been shot, a community meeting in Dargaville lifts the lid on homelessness in the town, Labour makes its main economic pitch to voters, a new report on the financial position of 31 iwi and hapu shows they're recording an average return on assets higher than top 40 listed companies, Fletcher Building shows thier CEO the door as earnings shrink, the granting of Australia's top honour to Sir John Key bemuses some New Zealanders across the Tasman who say the Australian government is treating the former prime minister far more kindly than it treats expat Kiwis, the renowned Maori artist and carver Cliff Whiting has died, why calling a cab in Auckland is twice as expensive than doing the same in Sydney and it's a tough life if you're an urban-dwelling little blue penguin. [more]

22/07/2017: The Week In Review for week ending Fri July 21 2017
A review of the week's news including... State owned company Airways has apologised for "excessive and unacceptable" spending after it over eleven thousand dollars for a farewell book, an internal audit says the Horowhenua District Council has engaged in extremely risky practices including secretly intercepting emails, a senior constable wept as she described to a court the bloody scene where a child had been shot, a community meeting in Dargaville lifts the lid on homelessness in the town, Labour makes its main economic pitch to voters, a new report on the financial position of 31 iwi and hapu shows they're recording an average return on assets higher than top 40 listed companies, Fletcher Building shows thier CEO the door as earnings shrink, the granting of Australia's top honour to Sir John Key bemuses some New Zealanders across the Tasman who say the Australian government is treating the former prime minister far more kindly than it treats expat Kiwis, the renowned Maori artist and carver Cliff Whiting has died, why calling a cab in Auckland is twice as expensive than doing the same in Sydney and it's a tough life if you're an urban-dwelling little blue penguin. [more]

28/07/2017: The Week In Review for week ending Fri July 28 2017
A review of the week's news including... details emerge of the life of a Whangarei double killer, eight people die after smoking synthetic cannabis and Checkpoint meets users of the drug on the streets of Auckland, an apology to whistleblowers who were bundled out of the Transport Ministry by a convicted fraudster, close to a 100 staff at a Thames engineering firm lose their jobs, a court hears the Crown claim a father cocked a loaded shotgun, pointed it at his two year-old daughter and pulled the trigger, Auckland school principals fear they won't be able to find enough teachers, Britain's foreign secretary assures New Zealand it's near the front of the queue for a free trade deal, a Government backtrack on changes to skilled migrant visas, an aviation conference in Hamilton is told 50 alcoholic pilots are back flying, the country's councils call on the government to give them extra powers to protect wildlife from cats, an over-zealous team of election volunteers in Christchurch nail their hoarding over one belonging to another candidate and the big winner at this years annual Matariki awards. [more]

04/08/2017: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Aug 4 2017
A review of the week's news including... Jacinda Ardern promises to run the "campaign of our lives" after becoming Labour's youngest ever leader, the auditor general falls on his sword, Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei gave a false address when she enrolled to vote in the 1993 election, a crisis at the Southern DHB, property values in parts of Auckland are dropping and the rate of growth in other areas is at multi year lows and a former All Black captain and Auckland Grammar Headmaster has died. [more]

11/08/2017: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Aug 11 2017
A review of the week's news including... The shock resignation of a Greens Party co leader, continuing questions about the Prime Minister's role in the Todd barclay affair, the amount of surgery at Dunedin Hospital revealed - one a day a fortnight, more medical students face having to drop out of their studies, the Opportunities Party want much better legal rights for renters, a new report shows Maori mothers are less likely than any other group to breast feed their babies, a child is found by after hours cleaners at a Ministry of Vulnerable Children's office after social workers forgot about him, evidence given at a Sydney court hearing into the alleged bugging of the All Blacks, Timaru shot-putter Tom Walsh talks about winning gold at the World Athletics Championships in London and the battle of the darts playing David and Goliath. [more]

18/08/2017: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Aug 18 2017
A review of the week's news including... a poll crash for the Greens, the Southern DHB CEO admits eleven men waited too long for prostate surgery, the Australian Government accuses the New Zealand Labour Party of colluding with the Australian Labor Party, four political partys sign a commitment to re-enter the Pike River Mine, hundreds sign a petition calling on police to change the way they post on social media to find offenders, a youth justice lobby group slams a proposed bootcamp for serious young offenders, Sir John key receives his knighthood, Wellington's renters are keen on a voluntary rental warrant of fitness, conditions on an Invercargill dairy farm described as catastrophic and MPs sling barbs across the house. [more]

25/08/2017: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Aug 25 2017
A review of the week's news including... Why Peter Dunne wasn't willing to fight to the end in Ohariu and what political commentators made of it, the new Labour Party leader launches 'the campaign of their lives', the National Party announces more roads of national significance, the Act Party leader David Seymour uses an expletive ridiculing a New Zealand First candidate, The TOP Party founder defends his 'lips on a pig' tweet, a standoff between the Northland DHB and the Ministry of Health, the Maori Party wants Mike Hosking to be dumped from his role as election debate moderator, a union says bus driver pay and conditions are being pushed down to save money, Auckland Council will not allow more shops to open on Easter Sunday, tributes pour in from fans friends and family in Colin Meads' King Country hometown who has died. [more]

01/09/2017: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Sept1 2017
A review of the week's news including... the first major party leaders TV debate as seen by our deputy political editor, police charge two men in relation to the 1987 murder of Chris Bush at the Red Fox tavern, who new about Winston Peters' superannuation over-payment and how long ago did they know about it? Winston Peters wants to move Auckland's container port to Northland, David Tamihere tells a court a secret witness wrote to him admitting he gave false evidence, the union for two truck drivers who have been stood down for being overweight says the men have been humiliated, the head of a Maori suicide prevention group says it's time to let rangitahi lead the discussion on how to reduce appalling rates of suicide among young Maori, the Hawke's Bay regional council votes to pull its financial support for the failed Ruataniwha Dam project, dire prediction from divers, conservationists and salvage experts unless something is done about the wreck of the Niagara, a judge adjusts Teina Pora's wrongful imprisonment compensation for inflation, a young woman who fled Gloriavale says its residents work for free whilst leaders of the West Coast community claim family tax credits as a charity and the Black Ferns win the Rugby World Cup. [more]

08/09/2017: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Sept 8 2017
A review of the week's news including... Labour edges ahead of National in the RNZ Poll of Polls, Bill English and Jacinda Ardern lock horns in more leaders' debates, the National and Labour deputies both admit making mistakes in their Spinoff debate, the Maori Party co-leader knows he has a battle on his hands to keep his place in Parliament, New Zealand Rugby investigates 36 cases of misconduct in the past four years, the Environment Minister is the victim of two protests, doctors can now prescribe medicinal cannabis without approval but advocates say the move won't make a difference to people in pain, public health authorities struggle to bring a mumps outbreak in Auckland under control, the days of owning a car could be numbered in Christchurch and an Auckland man calls for a colonial memorial to be removed saying the man it honours is nothing more than a thug. [more]

15/09/2017: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Sept 15 2017
A review of the week's news including... Labour makes a sudden and dramatic shift in its tax strategy, more in the series of Morning Report party leaders interviews featuring Winston Peters and James Shaw, a National MP seeks legal advice over a story which raises questions about his links with Chinese military and intelligence, a shock response to a very simple social experiment conducted by Checkpoint, can a single person live off the pension and afford rising rents?, butter is back in vogue with high demand being blamed for pushing prices to a record high, the 2021 America's Cup defence to be sailed in monohull yachts, thousands gather on the streets to celebrate the beginning of Te Wiki o te Reo Maori and young Maori graphic designers are dismissing criticism that they have gone too far by modernising historic Maori figures in contemporary art. [more]

22/09/2017: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Sept 22 2017
A review of the week's news including... Political leaders make their final push for votes, who pays for the Marsden to Auckland pipeline break?, in search of the owner of SaveMart, the Southern DHB Chief Medical Officer says he'll resign if it makes a difference over delayed prostate cancer treatment, a south Auckland mother-of-four faces eviction and potential bankruptcy over the bill to repair her leaky house while the community housing sector criticises a big upmarket Auckland Council development, a High Court judge says a staff member at Vehicle Testing NZ handed over the name and address of a police informant to a patched gang member, Indian students are turning to self harm or suicide according to a group representing them, hanglider and paragliders could be putting themselves in danger to look good on social media, lightning strikes New Plymouth's wind wand and the latest trouncing of South Africa by the All Blacks earns worldwide criticism and scorn. [more]

29/09/2017: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Sept 29 2017
A review of the week's news including... Kingmaker Winston Peters returns to parliament with the media in his sights, a former New Zealand First MP says Jacinda Ardern would be wise to offer Winston Peters a shared prime minister's role, National and Labour put the wheels in motion to enter talks with New Zealand First leader Winston Peters as they vye to form the next government, the "youthquake" that didn't happen, a political panel discussion a week on from the election, controversy has reignited over the thorny issue of teaching christianity in state schools, New Zealand's highest paid worker gets a pay rise taking him to 160-thousand dollars a week, librarians are being asked to do more to make homeless people feel welcome, more than 200 companies pledge to hire more people who don't have formal qualifications, the number of children and teenagers appearing in court for robbery is the highest in almost a decade, the cost of the worst outbreak of water bourne disease in New Zealand's history a New Zealand Air Force plane returns from carrying out a survey of Vanuatu's erupting Monaro volcano and a nine-week voyage to study the lost, submerged continent of Zealandia sheds new light on New Zealand plants and animals. [more]

07/10/2017: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Oct 6 2017
A review of the week's news including... The impact of the more than 380-thousand special votes to be revealed, a former Greens MP believes the strongest push for a Blue-Green coalition is coming from those within National looking to weaken Winston Peter's position as Kingmaker, two women who lost family members in the Pike River mine explosion are continuing their legal fight to have someone held accountable for what happened, the findings of the independent review of the Rangitaiki River Scheme, the senior doctors' union says it's no surprise the chief executive of the Waikato district health board has quit after an investigation into his overspending, the council chief executive who intercepted people's emails says there was nothing anti-democratic about it, northern iwi are welcoming New Zealand First's call to re-establish a Forestry Service, it's been revealed that a senior gang member used a friend inside Vehicle Testing New Zealand to get the names and addresses of nine people, Countdown supermarkets have vowed to get rid of single use plastic bags by the end of next year, the Kereru count is up and the Wairarapa town of Masterton has reached the finals of the Keep New Zealand Beautiful most beautiful city awards - much to the surprise of some locals. [more]

13/10/2017: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Oct 13 2017
A review of the week's news including... The talks are over, the horse trading is done and now it's decision time on who will lead the next government, a top police officer speaks of his horror at the recent carnage on our roads and John Campbell visits the community of a teenager killed in a police pursuit, is the casting couch alive and well in New Zealand? our military's deadliest day 100 years on, Inland Revenue is taken to court for demanding its staff take personality tests, a landslip on Auckland's north shore has a local business complaining about a lack of council action, a woman who wants to help solve the housing crisis by setting up a village of tiny homes, a Syrian refugee who says his heart is "full of joy" after a working bee to help restore his trashed market garden and the last loop of the circuit for Wellington's iconic trolley buses. [more]

20/10/2017: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Oct 20 2017
A review of the week's news including... New Zealand First makes it's choice and New Zealand has it's youngest Prime Minister in over a hundred and fifty years, the Court of Appeal is told the killing of Mark Lundy's wife and daughter was an inside job, hard-nosed banks are being blamed for house sales falling over in Auckland, the lawyer for a military spy who developed a drug habit and stole highly sensitive equipment says it would have been unfair to punish the him, parents with autistic girls say their daughters' lives are at risk, IBM announces a new low cost payment system for digital currencies will be available in New Zealand, the All Whites vs Peru Football World Cup qualifying match in Wellington next month sells two thirds of it's tickets in half an hour, after a 30 year wait motor-racing fans will finally watch a New Zealander race in Formula 1, New Zealander Warren Gatland says he never wants to coach the British and Irish Lions again and the line up for next year's New Zealand Festival is revealed. [more]

01/12/2017: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Dec 1 2017
A review of the week's news including... Widespread dismay at a decision not to prosecute anyone for the deaths of 115 in the CTV building collapse, the Chair of the embattled Waikato District health board resigns, tensions reach "motion of no confidence point" at the Horowhenua District Council, more emerge about unreleased notes from the coalition talks between Labour and New Zealand First, the New Zealand First leader seeks monetary damages from two journalists, central Auckland comes to a standstill as Tongan league fans converged for yet another protest after their world cup semifinal loss, biographies of Green Party MPs are reviewed, could the Kauri go extinct?, an independent review of the Auckland Council's efforts to improve outcomes for the city's Maori finds little improvement, after waiting 38 years friends and family of those who died in the Erebus crash have finally been promised a national memorial, a mother who suffered from Munchausen Syndrome by proxy is sentenced to seven years jail and a hot, sticky summer is on the cards. [more]

08/12/2017: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Dec 8 2017
A review of the week's news including... we meet the man who's the Government's longest ever motel tenant, hundred of thousands of people may be forced to have their water chlorinated, cancellations and delays to Air New Zealand long haul flights lie ahead for weeks as Rolls-Royce does urgent maintenance to it's Boeing 787 engines, the Foreign Minister speaks following Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, New Zealanders being held in Australian detention centres claim they're being offered a cash incentive to leave before the end of the year, Fonterra cuts its forecast milk price, a medical trial shows Pharmac was right to initially fund the breast cancer drug Herceptin for just nine weeks of treatment, Aucklanders could be in for more train disruption before Christmas, New Zealand is being urged to follow Australia's lead and tighten security laws to prevent foreign governments influencing domestic politics, several Taupo lakeside settlements have had their water supplies shut down over fears of a potentially toxic algae bloom, Christchurch swelters in 30 degree heat all week and environmentalists are disappointed at the Auckland Council's decision not to close the Waitakere Ranges in a bid to stop the spread of kauri dieback. [more]

15/12/2017: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Dec 15 2017
A review of the week's news including... the Government opens it's books and launches announces a family package to halve the number of children in poverty, nearly two thirds of MPs vote in support of a bill to legalise euthanasia, women fighting for a ban on surgical mesh feel vindicated health officials have finally acted, shocking details emerge on how an Invercargill policeman planned and executed his estranged wife and shot her new partner, a trainer could be kicked out of greyhound racing if it's proved he used live animals as bait, a serious cattle disease is found in the Hawkes Bay and Southland for the first time, does KFC operate a Yellow list to avoid giving employees days off in lieu?, the State Services Commissioner names and shames Government entities who ignored guidelines and paid their CEOs too much, the head of Briscoes appeals a decision restricting the number of times he can land a helicopter at his new Herne Bay home, why have there been an 'exodus' of dancers from the Royal New Zealand Company?, a raised maximum speed limit comes in to force on two of New Zealand's safest roads and an archeologist makes a remarkable discovery at the site of the country's first major battlefield. [more]

26/01/2018: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Jan 26 2018
A review of the week's news including... The Government's announcement of a ministerial inquiry into mental health and addiction and it's first changes to employment laws since assuming power, potentially carcinogenic chemicals the Air Force used in firefighting foam has farmers calling for more information, Winston Peters says NZ First now supports the TPP, the significance of the Prime Minister spending more than five days at Waitangi this year and a warm welcome for Jacinda Ardern at Ratana Pa this week, why were repeated concerns raised against the appointment of a DHB chief executive now under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office ignored? and New Zealand becomes a player in space with the successful launch of a Rocket Lab 'Electron' rocket from the Hawke's Bay's Mahia Peninsula. [more]

02/02/2018: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Feb 2 2018
A review of the week's news including... bad weather hits, many victims from a Kiribati ferry sinking are likely to be high school children, the son of a medicinal marijuana campaigner says the government's medicinal cannabis bill is 'woefully inadequate' while the Green MP whose medicinal marijuana bill was heavily defeated this week says politicians have demonstrated how out of touch with the public they are, the refugee community is devastated following a terror attack in Afghanistan, a New Zealander is among a group of 10 foreigners arrested for "singing and dancing pornographically" in Cambodia, hundreds of Wellington commuters were stranded after an electrical fault stopped all Wellington's electric trains, a weather bomb hits mainly the south, the Prime Minister heads to Waitangi for a five day first visit, unhappiness at Fire & Emergency's dropping of an investigation into the devastating Port Hills fires, speculation mounts about the future of Bill English as National leader while his deputy says she's "feeling much better" since having gastric bypass surgery and a Kiwi singer-songwriter takes home her first ever Grammy. [more]

09/02/2018: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Feb 9 2018
A review of the week's news including... the biggest and busiest Waitangi Day commemorations ever, tension in court as a 30 year old Dunedin doctor is charged with the murder of a 16 year old girl, one of the teenagers killed in a flash flood had been trying to help his friend when he was swept away, the Minister of Employment says the percentage of Maori out of work compared to the national average is still too high, a wide-ranging government inquiry will look into whether New Zealanders are getting a fair deal on their power bills, Team NZ win big at the Halberg awards, a company that writes and manages wills, trusts and estates trials a four day week for it's staff, the New Zealand tax payers Union is unhappy with figures showing Callaghan Innovation spent over two million dollars on travel and accommodation, rotting food is been fingered for its huge role in causing climate change, the record-breaking hot summer is causing high numbers of fish to die in Kapiti waterways, hunting Rangitoto Island's black cat and an Auckland doctor has developed a test which shows how your genes could be helping or hindering you achieving the goals of looking younger, getting fit and losing weight. [more]

16/02/2018: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Feb 16 2018
A review of the week's news including... A massive clean up is underway for Tonga after Cyclone Gita, Bill English resigns from Parliament and leadership of the National Party, a MP is forced to change how uses Snapchat after concerns, friends and family of a murder victim walk out of court in tears as the man who discovered her burnt body described what he saw, the Christchurch Muslim community will be involved in intensive monitoring of a radicalised teenage boy sentenced for a violent attack, an Auckland woman breaks a half century of secrecy around her father, Fletchers building division announces revised losses of $660 million, a retired school teacher is on trial for assisting her mother to commit suicide, the road safety minister is unimpressed with a recommendation to introduce roadside saliva testing, the police union says the number of officers being threatened with guns has increased by almost 40 percent in two years and the struggle of being a full time carer and only being being offered 17 hours a week at the minimum wage. [more]

23/02/2018: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Feb 23 2018
A review of the week's news including... Cyclone Gita rips through central New Zealand, two Olympic medals in just two hours breaks a 26 year drought, Australian cancer patients are better off and experts agree, a new report warns an uncontrolled invasion of the Asian stink bug would devastate New Zealand's horticultural industry, the entire forested area of Auckland's Waitakere Ranges will soon be closed to the public, an equal-pay advocate who changed the lives of thousands of New Zealand's lowest paid workers is the New Zealander of the year, the Human Rights Commission says it dished out the appropriate punishment to a senior staff member who sexually harrassed an intern, One of the country's biggest media companies has unveiled plans to sell or close 28 of its community papers and magazines, the race to become leader of the National Party has become even more crowded, hundreds of drivers have had their licenses cancelled or have been required to re-sit tests after an investigation into bribes being paid for licenses and a traffic stopping swan's swansong. [more]

02/03/2018: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Mar 2 2018
A review of the week's news including... Simon Bridges is in - Bill English checks out, seven years after the big one and still 48% of claims are unresolved, revelations law students and solicitors had sex on a boardroom table, just four days left to fill in census forms, Aotearoa needs more midwives, a British endurance swimmer has strong feelings about Air New Zealand's latest safety video, Sky Television is cutting prices of its cheapest plans to try and counter a slide in subscribers, Winston Peters presses ahead with legal action against four former National Party ministers, New Zealand rugby boss says potential future All Blacks are being plundered by overseas clubs as teenagers and beginners' classes in Te Reo Maori are attracting so many enrolments, many are full and some have hundreds of would-be students on their waiting lists. [more]

09/03/2018: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Mar 9 2018
A review of the week's news including... inside the Canterbury Home Repair programme, the explosion in freedom campers has reached a crisis point, a hundred or so tourists trapped near Taumarunui are rescued by helicopter, the revamped Trans Pacific Partnership is finally signed, a Ministry of Transport fraudster denied parole for a second time, New Zealand gives nearly 10 million dollars to help Samoa tackle climate change and boost its economy on the first stop of the government's Pacific 'reset' tour, twenty-seven thousand hospital nurses could go on strike, Golden Bay business owners try to figure out how to cope with a dramatic downturn in business since last month's storm, It's official - we've just experienced the hottest summer on record and a famous picture has been immortalised in bronze. [more]

16/03/2018: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Mar 16 2018
A review of the week's news including... labour's senior leadership comes under intense pressure after revelations of sexual assault at a youth camp, New Zealand's pursuit of a free trade deal with Russia has been complicated by a nerve agent attack in London, a bogus breath-testing checkpoint is ruled unlawful and unjustified, the police face renewed criticism of their pursuit policy after three people were killed near Nelson, National's new leader reveals his new look opposition line up, the EQC Minister signals legislative change may be needed to deal with Canterbury homeowners who purchased houses post-quake believing the homes had been fully repaired, the Defence Minister says he's the victim of a scurrilous attack, ocean swimming events are now regularly being cancelled in Auckland because the city's beaches are so dirty, more than half of the engines on Air New Zealand's eleven Dreamliner planes have had to be checked after two long haul flights had to turn back, Chatham Islanders hope their new wharf will make life smoother sailing and Te Papa's new art gallery 'Toi Art' is officially opened. [more]

23/03/2018: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Mar 23 2018
A review of the week's news including... Barack Obama's visit to New Zealand, the Prime Minister tells the Regional Development minister to pull his head in, current and former Health Ministers were kept in the dark about the extent of the leaky buildings at Middlemore Hospital, Fonterra's eight million dollar man resigns, train drivers are terrified to cross the bridge at Ngaruawahia in case another child is killed, a total ban on set net fishing is possible after five nationally endangered hector's dolphins were killed in a single net, the foundation that fundraises for Plunket says its ability to raise money for the service is being undercut by unfair criticism and it's a long way from Waikato to the White House for but Matamata born businessman. [more]

30/03/2018: The Week In Review for week ending Fri Mar 30 2018
A review of the week's news including... the Prime Minister stands by her Broadcasting Minister in the wake of the resignation of senior RNZ news executive Carol Hirschfeld, all cattle with the disease Mycoplasma bovis will be culled by the end of May as three properties are raided by the Ministry for Primary Industries, Jacinda Ardern asks for official advice on whether there are any people of Russian origin who should be refused entry to New Zealand in the wake of the nerve agent poisoning attack in the UK, Air New Zealand wants prison sentences for drone pilots involved in life-threatening near misses with aircraft as a pilot and his passenger have a narrow escape after colliding mid air with what they believe was a drone, the lives of an estimated eight people have been saved in the first eight months of bowel screening, a 20 metre wide 5 metre deep trench in the road just north of Kaitaia has off the only public road to Cape Reinga, the Marine Industry says new jobs have already been created and economic benefits are already being felt from the America's Cup being held in Auckland in 2021, the family of a mother of two shot dead by her boyfriend yelled "thank you" as the jurors left the court room, Dunedin has become Dun-ED-in and Sir Bob Jones on the Parker-Joshua fight. [more]

06/04/2018: The Week In Review for week ending Fri April 6 2018
A review of the week's news including... The bill to fix botched EQC repairs from the Canterbury earthquakes is now four times what the previous Government predicted just two years ago, immigrants are being computer profiled, MPs are told that medicinal cannabis should be legalised for more people, Middlemore Hospital's woes continue, the Government orders a compulsory recall of 50 thousand vehicles with faulty airbags, Auckland drivers face a double tax hike under proposed sweeping changes to transport funding, Parliament changes the law so New Zealand men with historical homosexual convictions can have them wiped, a bus company wants to recruit more than 100 drivers from overseas because it can't find enough people to do the job here, Dunedin has its biggest weekend ever in terms of money spent thanks to Ed Sheeran, first it was closing - now it's not, Kaikohe's Warehouse is to stay, it all comes together for the New Zealand cricket team against England, an international consortium reaches a verbal agreement to buy the New Zealand Warriors and the woman who was RNZ's Washington correspondent for more than 20 years has died. [more]

13/04/2018: The Week In Review for week ending Fri April 13 2018
A review of the week's news including... After an intense storm thousands of Aucklanders wake up to a bitterly cold morning with no prospect of a hot coffee, the government tells the New Zealand oil industry to get real, it's 50 years since the Wahine sank in Wellington Harbour, the Greens elect a new co-leader, the Health Minister warns of more big building troubles, Immigration New Zealand apologises for confusion relating to a controversial data modeling programme used to profile overstayers, industrial unrest ahead for nurses and port workers, a Grey Power representative calls for wider availability of medicinal cannabis, findings from a survey on gender attitudes commissioned by the National Council of Women, several hundred people are forced to evacuate a 13-storey office building in central Wellington and the weather didn't keep bidders away from the auction of Kiri Te Kanawa's personal art collection. [more]

20/04/2018: The Week In Review for week ending Fri April 20 2018
A review of the week's news including... EQC accused of ignoring true extent of damage to Christchurch homes, another Government agency used the services of a controversial security consultant, Sky loses bradcast rights to the Rugby World Cup next year, Wallabies rugby star Israel Folau makes a bombshell revelation that he would walk away from Australian rugby immediately if asked to, why thousands of people were left out of a life-saving cancer screening programme, Filipino workers are being brought in to work on Wellington's huge Transmission Gully project infuriating unions, a teenage girl whose mother pimped her out for sex says all she ever wanted was for her mother to love her, a petition is launched to stop Mark Middleton's deportation, New Zealand's biggest ever Commonwealth Games team brings home the biggest pile of medals from an overseas Commonwealth Games, an American researcher on celibacy predicts a long battle in New Zealand for the Catholic church to face up to the issue of priests secretly fathering children, a New Zealand speedway legend has died and we have two reports from the Taite Music Prize event held this week. [more]

27/04/2018: The Week In Review for week ending Fri April 27 2018
A review of the week's news including... 28 billion dollars to be spent over the next decade on efforts to get Aucklanders moving around their city faster, the Chair of the Board at Counties Manukau DHB reveals the former and current minister of health were told about Middlemore's building issues, a call for a rethink on the use of "jailhouse snitches", a big turn out in for Anzac Day services, the Ministry of Social Development apologises to a woman who's benefit was stopped because she had been on two Tinder dates, the Social Development Minister says an announcement on the promised overhaul of the welfare system can be expected in the next few weeks, claims the bureaucracy is too sluggish and it needs to move faster, the Foreign Affairs Minister talks up the prospect of a free trade agreement between all 53 commonwealth nations, some Christchurch residents say their drinking water now tastes and smells like a swimming pool, the search for the boy in the photo and a Taranaki cinema is standing by its decision to turn away customers wearing pyjamas, onsies and even dressing gowns. [more]

04/05/2018: The Week In Review for week ending Fri May 4 2018
A review of the week's news including... The Minister of Energy receives no concessions from oil company BP over their pricing strategies, banks have been told to provide proof they are behaving ethically, the failing meth rehab funding system, the Drug Foundation backs an Auckland school which is under fire for issuing pamphlets describing how to safely use P, the Police say the partner of the Prime Minister is not and has not been the subject of a police inquiry after widespread rumours were published, a tax specialist says the Government's indulging in 'industrial strength optimism' if it thinks retailers around the world will jump on board it's GST plan, a snub by US president Donald Trump has the Government worried about the future for New Zealand aluminum and steel exports, schools that have tackled unconscious bias among their teachers say it has a big impact on Maori students' achievement, a new report shows New Zealand companies are seriously lagging behind other developed nations in using artificial intelligence and the Dominion Post downsizes to tabloid. [more]

12/05/2018: The Week In Review for week ending Fri May 11 2018
A review of the week's news including... Questions over the labeling of made in NZ fashion garments, the 100 Per Cent Pure marketing slogan is getting a shakeup, a euthanasia advocate is convicted of two charges of importing a drug which can be used to commit suicide, a serial rapist to face a third murder trial, a union claims employer exploitation of kiwifruit workers is rife, the unprecedented Maori youth suicide rates are raising alarm, a nw health board chair gets a first-hand look at the scale of the problems at the crumbling Middlemore Hospital, retail chain Smiths City has been caught underpaying minimum-wage-workers for at least 15 years, a back track on a promise to remove a controversial path and the first New Zealand woman to win the Badminton Horse Trials in England. [more]

18/05/2018: The Week In Review for week ending Fri May 18 2018
A review of the week's news including... Extensive analysis of this week's budget, the death of the founder of the Gloriavale sect focuses attention on a new leader, the Waikato region's first confirmed case of mycoplasma bovis is detected, the Government is under serious pressure to avoid a repeat of the Foreshore and Seabed controversy, are insurance companies offering their agents incentives that could leave clients worse off?, the massive alpine fault is due for another big earthquake - what would the devastation would look like?, an Auckland activist accepts an offer to postpone the payment of her unpaid rates until she sells her home or dies, more than a dozen of New Zealand's largest retail chains have now been accused of forcing their employees to work without pay, the BNZ trespasses a 93-year-old customer with dementia and Girl Guiding New Zealand ditches their famous biscuit. [more]

25/05/2018: The Week In Review for week ending Fri May 25 2018
A review of the week's news including... Hopes of avoiding a nurses' strike in the middle of winter may be dashed, are compostable bags really better for the environment?, the Government says a 3000 bed mega-prison won't be built, Housing New Zealand rejects suggestions it routinely blocks people from being bailed or paroled, a leaked fisheries report reveals some of the country's biggest fishing companies have been under-reporting their hoki catch by hundreds of tonnes, how Mycoplasma Bovis was discovered and the fall out, New Zealanders may get to vote on legalising marijuana next year, the public start to make their case in person for or against euthanasia, a Maori woman is backing a life coach for also wearing one despite being Pakeha, the Transport Minister offers his resignation but the Prime Minster refuses to accept it, plane passengers begin to panic above Tauranga and a New Zealand scientist is promising to solve the mystery of the Loch Ness monster. [more]

01/06/2018: The Week In Review for week ending Fri June 1 2018
A review of the week's news including... Significant developments in the meth testing story, nervous times for farmers worried about their prized herds catching mycoplasma bovis on Gypsy Day, a Tauranga Hospital nurse committed suicide and left a note to his colleagues asking 'if they were happy now', sex workers say they are being undercut and crowded out by foreign prostitutes working in breach of their visas, Police defend their pursuit policies after a double fatality near Palmerston North, MPs have been told there is no evidence the country's banks are ripping off customers like their Australian counterparts, why a dozen sperm whales washed ashore on a South Taranaki beach still remains a mystery and the New Zealander who won Silver at the 76 Montreal Olympics and broke the 5,000 metres World record has died. [more]

08/06/2018: The Week In Review for week ending Fri June 8 2018
A review of the week's news including... a new new super ministry to deal with the housing crisis, a leading environmentalist calls for tougher rules to stop logging operations from causing devastation seen at the weekend, the Housing New Zealand chief executive says its black list of tenants banned from state housing based on a dodgy meth testing regime has been wiped, the Government choses a former National Party prime minister to lead a group studying ways to achieve a fairer deal on pay and conditions, a patient at Tauranga Hospital says she could hear nurses arguing and swearing while she lay bleeding in a bed, residents of a botched housing development compare losing their homes to a loved one's funeral, the Taranaki rugby team will be without a home ground this season, some tourism operators in the Abel Tasman National Park say a hike in fees for huts and campsites will put some overseas visitors off, the rail tracks between Napier and Wairoa are humming again, Northcote voters go to the polls this weekend - we hear from the National and Labour candidates, brave, courageous and exceptional - just a few of the words used to describe bravery medal recipients and a cat makes a miraculous recovery after it survived a four and a half hour drive trapped in the grill of a car. [more]

15/06/2018: The Week In Review for week ending Fri June 15 2018
A review of the week's news including... Dairy farmers want Shane Jones to butt out of their business, the Land Information Minister who is a Green MP has been labelled a sell out over a Government decision to allow a water bottling giant to expand, the Government confirms meth users won't be kicked out of state houses, Police have apologised and will pay damages to investigative journalist Nicky Hager for breaching his rights during its 2014 investigation into his book 'Dirty Politics', a gang expert says for the first time since gangs emerged in this country some change, a mental health unit at a planned new prison is not ideal according to a psychiatrist, New Zealand First puts the brakes on Labour's plan to repeal the three strikes law, conflict at Auckland Council potentially threatens it's operation according to Massey University's public management group, Auckland University urges staff and students to put some plastics straight into rubbish bins as it is no longer able to find anywhere to recycle them, a Hamilton dentist launches a petition calling for Government to subsidise dental visits and it's the one place vegan steaks are unlikely to be much in evidence - Fieldays 2018. [more]

22/06/2018: The Week In Review for week ending Fri June 22 2018
A review of the week's news including... The Prime Minister's baby arrives, the Nurses Unions says the only thing that will stop a strike is more money, the saga of a State Intelligence Services staff member who appears to have helped a private security firm secure government contracts, frustrated Tolaga Bay locals hit with massive storm damage demands the Government steps in to help, a crack down on farmers who continue to break the rules around animal identification and tracking, a census of Auckland's rough sleepers the start of addressing the city's shameful levels of homelessness, why your house insurance could cost way more than the neighbours, a lucky escape for a Waikato school boy swept into the air by a tornado, a terminally ill woman calls for greater access to Maori healing methods and a toxic bug may be to blame for bowel cancer. [more]