13:56 Lakes District Health Board, covering Taupo and Rotorua, admits it is struggling to reach the Government's Faster Cancer Treatment target.

13:56 A man in his 50s has been killed in a workplace incident at a commercial property on Furnace Road, Silverdale, north of Auckland.

13:33 Few details are known about the circumstances leading to a workplace death in Silverdale, north of Auckland.

13:12 Power is cut to some areas of the Lower Hutt CBD.

13:11 A mass recall of Mitsubishi vehicles is about to get underway due to a fault involving headlight switches.

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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