Topics - In a magazine editorial the outgoing US President Barack Obama says this is the best time in human history. Criminal barrister Johnathan Krebs discusses a UK sex assault acquittal and compares it with the laws in New Zealand. There are new record regional house prices. An Environment Court ruling has preserved the ridgeline of Saddle Hill in Dunedin. Mercedes-Benz autonomous cars will priorotise driver safety over pedestrians'.