11:20 An Australian woman kidnapped by a militant group in West Africa, is understood to have been freed.

11:18 Police have yet to reveal what's behind a burned-out car in Marlborough, other than to say it's an active crime scene.

11:18 Two Queenslanders are recovering after testing positive to the Zika virus.

11:17 There's been another weekend fatality on our roads, as a motorbike rider dies in a smash at Hawke's Bay.

10:15 There's new criticism of Britain's move to impose a health and dental surcharge on New Zealanders who spend more than six months in the UK.

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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