The Weekly Snack brings you a summary of the top stories in New Zealand and international news


A homicide investigation, Operation Mainstay, is underway after a man was found dead in his Papatoetoe boarding house. His name will not be made known to the public until his next of kin is notified. The police are treating his death as suspicious and urge anyone with any relevant knowledge to advise them immediately.

In other national news, David Seymour has proposed a plan to ensure the safety of dairy owners. The ACT leader wants the tobacco tax to be given to dairy owners so that they can install cigarette vending machines to prevent interaction with thugs and other violent customers. This proposal was announced after a spike in dairy robberies this past month.


Making headlines this week was the tragedy which unfolded in Manchester at pop star, Ariana Grande’s concert on Monday night. A lone suicide bomber attacked innocent fans at the end of the American singer’s show in Manchester arena. 22 people were killed, the youngest, only 8 years old. The Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for Britain’s deadliest terrorist attack since 2005 and has been condemned by several world leaders and religious figures. The concert was mostly attended by teenage girls and the horrific event which sent thousands of helpless people running and screaming for their lives, have shaken the young fans. Support all over the world for the victims have been shown at the vigils held in Manchester, as well as online. Millions of fans have comforted Ariana Grande via social media as the universe stands still to remember the innocent lives that were taken too soon.