11:09 Police have resumed the search for the missing 18-year-old whose boat flipped off the coast of Paritutu near New Plymouth on Monday.

10:22 Space rockets launched from New Zealand can now legally drop debris into our waters.

10:22 Pressure is mounting on drug-buying agency Pharmac to fund Epipens, which can prove life-saving for people with severe allergies.

10:21 The Minister for Housing is denying he's on the side of land-bankers and speculators in the Auckland housing market.

08:06 Power is expected to be restored to thousands of homes in regional Auckland within the next hour after wild weather overnight.

Fri, 18 May 2012

Christchurch Mother of 12 upset by public reaction

Michael Laws speaks to Olivia Carville, journalist from The Christchurch Press about the story of Shanita Araipu and her family. The single mother used to reside in a house nextdoor to murdered Jason Somerville. Shanita's family home burnt down in 2009 and they lost their second house to the February 2011 earthquake. Her story generated a wave of response yesterday, though most comments were about the number of children Shanita has, rather than her housing situation. She is due to meet with a ministry official today after the Ministry of Maori Affairs stepped in to help her situation. 18th May 2012

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