16 May 2017

Top Stories for Tuesday 16 May 2017

From Morning Report, 6:00 am on 16 May 2017

There are more extraordinary revelations this morning about Transport Ministry fraudster Joanne Harrison who's behind bars for stealing nearly $750,000. After reading through hundreds of documents our political reporter Benedict Collins has the details. Heavy pipes, wires and aircon units in buildings' ceilings that could be lethal in an earthquake are escaping proper scrutiny. The Ministry of Health's director of Mental Health Dr John Crawshaw says he is disappointed by the departure of suicide prevention campaigner Mike King. He defends the strategy and says he hopes the publicity will encourage more people to have their say. How and where did the WannaCry ransomware attack originate? Kim Zetter, the author of Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World's First Digital Weapon, says ransomware attacks usually originate in the eastern bloc - and they are becoming more common. The long running and troubled prosecution of five men accused of plotting the 9/11 terror attacks has resumed at Guantanamo Bay Cuba. Our correspondent Nick Harper has the latest from Guantanamo Bay. A new survey of Unitec students has found that Tertiary students are "regularly going without food or other necessities" because they can't afford them. The National President of the New Zealand University Students Association, Jonathan Gee, says the Unitec report shows how conditions are getting worse.