20:24 Two new Treaty of Waitangi settlement Bills have passed their first reading in Parliament.

20:24 Police are investigating an aggravated burglary in Hamilton that left several people in hospital.

20:23 Pockets of Canterbury have been labelled as some of the most polluted places in Oceania

15:38 A Canterbury teacher's appeared in court on child sex charges dating back 26 years. The 54-year old man entered no plea on all 15 charges.

15:34 An Australian 15-year-old has died as a result of injuries suffered in a junior rugby league game in Gundagai, NSW.

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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