The Weekly Snack brings you a summary of the top stories in New Zealand and international news.
NEW ZEALAND NEWS
A 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the South Island, in particular, Kaikoura, north of Christchurch, has left 2 dead and hundreds stranded on Monday. The earthquake was felt in parts of Wellington and Auckland. Thousands of aftershocks have further accumulated debris and NCEA scholarship exams were postponed as a result. Brian Tamaki, the controversial leader of Destiny Church has come under heavy scrutiny for blaming the gay community for the natural disaster, while a Facebook post which predicted the earthquake by Nigel Antony Gray has gone viral.
In other news, current affairs show ‘Story’ which started in August 2015, has come to an end due to mediocre ratings.
Making headlines across the globe this week was Donald Trump’s surprising victory in the 2016 US Presidential Election. Hillary Clinton, former First Lady, New York Senator and Secretary of State won the popular vote although Trump surpassed the 270 electoral votes needed to secure the Presidency. Protests across the US in 31 cities and 14 universities have erupted after the billionaire was named their 45th President. Protesters were not tolerant of the electoral votes system, Trump’s immigration policies and his comments on Muslims and Mexicans among other things. Trump is also the first person elected to have no political or military experience.
South Korea also staged protests, asking for the resignation of President Park Geun-Hye, after news had gotten out that her policies were being influenced by a friend with no government experience. An estimated 1 million people participated in a rally which took place Central Seoul.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Modi of India has banned the 500 rupee and 1000 rupee notes in the hopes of fighting tax evasion. Indian citizens have a limited time to exchange their large notes for smaller denominations, which has thrown several communities in turmoil.