12 Dec 2014

Week In Review for week ending Dec 12 2014

From The Week In Review, 6:00 pm on 12 December 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?