15:28 A two-storey house has been badly damaged by a blaze in Penrose Street, Lower Hutt. Four fire crews were sent just before one o'clock.

15:27 Attorney General Christopher Finlayson says a manslaughter plea bargain from Moko's killers was the only way to ensure they ended up in jail.

14:46 A report into NZ's tax system concludes revelations in the Panama Papers have the potential to cause reputational damage to New Zealand.

14:45 53 year old alleged conman Paul Bennett has denied all 60 charges he faces, including fraud and theft totalling over half a million dollars.

13:31 A new study puts the number of alcohol-related cancer deaths in New Zealand at around five per week.

Fri, 13 Jul 2012

Foetal alcohol syndrome is getting worse

The cases of foetal alcohol are becoming more prevelant and Dr Russell Wills, Children's Commissioner is presenting at a select committee on the perils of alcohol in the community. Dr Wills said that about a fith of the kids being referred to paediatricians have problems with development and behaviour - he blames foetal alcohol.

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