16:13 Changes to the Resource Management Act will ease the housing crisis in Auckland, but minister Nick Smith concedes it may take some time.

15:48 Motorcycle riders heading off on the Burt Munro Challenge are being warned about heavy rain and 160k gusts in the Southland forecast.

15:07 24 hours on, and a forest fire is continuing to burn fiercely in Marlborough with wind gusts of up to 100ks forecast for tonight.

15:06 A hearing is underway in Auckland to decide whether plans will go ahead for one of the country's biggest caged chicken farms in Patumahoe.

15:05 Police are appalled by a group of Hamilton teenagers who dragged an elderly woman from her car before taking a joyride to Raglan.

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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