15:35 Former Wallabies captain Phil Waugh is sure to raise the ire of NZ fans after suggesting Australia's wrestled the World Cup favouritism off the ABs.

15:34 Jamie Whincup has blitzed the lap record during the final practice session at Bathurst today. The Red Bull driver was one of the last on the track.

15:31 Motorists hoping to leave early for the last school holiday weekend face serious congestion on Auckland's southern motorway after a two car collision.

15:16 A 26 year old South Auckland man charged with impersonating a police officer may have done so to attract women.

15:15 The little elephant seal who captivated South Canterbury, has died. The three week old and his mum drew crowds at Caroline Bay in Timaru.

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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