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D I VO RC E D The un­wel­come takeover of­fer by Briscoe's man­ag­ing

di­rec­tor Rod Duke for out­door re­tailer Kath­mandu

failed af­ter only a tiny per­cent­age of share­hold­ers

agreed to sell.


BE­HEADED Volk­swa­gen CEO Martin

Win­terkorn fell on his sword af­ter the car maker will­fully set out to mis­lead emis­sions reg­u­la­tors with a clev­erly hid­den piece

of soft­ware.


DIED Larger-than-life ad­man David Walden (also-known

as Devo) went, as his good friend and ri­val Mike Hutch­e­son said, to the big restau­rant in the sky”. An­other larger-than-life char­ac­ter, Main­freight co­founder and phi­lan­thropist Neil Gra­ham, died aged 71. Gra­ham loved rugby and fast cars, brought go­ril­las

to Christchurch, and do­nated $600,000 a year

to char­ity. A se­lec­tion of cur­rent hap­pen­ings

(us­ing Henry VIII mnemonic*)

D I VO RC E D A four-year mar­i­tal and

debt bat­tle be­tween prop­erty de­vel­oper Greg Ol­liver, his wife Sarah Sparks, the BNZ and the IRD over Auck­land

prop­er­ties worth an es­ti­mated $17m reached a crit­i­cal stage – but didn't

in the end get re­solved.

BE­HEADED The Em­ploy­ment Re­la­tions

Author­ity ruled a Mighty River Power em­ployee was jus­ti­fi­ably fired over the $23,350 of data roam­ing charges he racked up on a busi­ness trip to Sri Lanka.

SU RV IV E D The Trans Pa­cific Part­ner­ship Agree­ment

was fi­nally signed af­ter years of se­cret

ne­go­ti­a­tions and months of games of diplo­matic chicken. Pro­fes­sor Jane Kelsey

called it a trav­esty of democ­racy”; Trade Min­is­ter Tim Groser de­scribed it as fois gras”

with a few dead rats”.

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