20:27 A mass shooting has broken out at a nightclub in Fort Myers, Florida - with reports two people are dead and 10 wounded.

15:39 John Key has announced an ambitious conservation target this afternoon - setting up Predator Free NZ to make NZ predator-free by 2050.

15:21 Immigration NZ's adding more security to check travellers coming in and out of the country. Their details will now be run through Interpol.

15:19 Napier City Council is warning residents to be on high alert for a pair of pitbulls roaming the suburb of Bluff Hill.

15:18 Child Youth and Family is apologising over its involvement with two Nelson children who have been living in cesspit-like conditions.

Wed, 22 Aug 2012

British-American Tobacco launches offensive against plain packaging cigarettes

Andrew Patterson speaks to British-American Tobacco General Manager Steve Rush about the company's plans to lobby the government against plans to enforce plain-packaging of cigarettes. Health Minister Tony Ryall says the campaign will fall on deaf ears. Rush says the regulations have the ability to impact New Zealand's trade and sets a "disturbing precedent" for other industries. "We believe it will foster the illicit trade, the black market cigarettes, and that will undermine the health agenda that the government is trying to achieve," he said.

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