18 Mar 2016

The Week In Review for week ending Fri Mar 18 2016

From The Week In Review, 6:00 pm on 18 March 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.