16:19 National MP Maurice Williamson will bow out of politics at next year's election. The MP for Pakuranga has spent three decades in Parliament.

16:19 Farmers growing peas in Wairarapa are facing a two year ban,following the discovery of a "pea weavel" pest insect in the region.

15:41 About 200 metres of Paraparaumu Beach has been cordoned off after stormy seas exposed a sewer main.

15:19 A standing ovation for American First Lady, Michelle Obama at the Democratic National Convention for a speech backing Hillary Clinton.

14:06 Teremoana Kimiangatau has admitted 3 charges after allegedly committing fraud of up to $1.8 million against Auckland International Airport.

Fri, 11 Jan 2013

Heroin in Afghanistan

During his time in Afghanistan last year, Australian author Antony Loewenstein spent time with opium addicts on the outskirts of Kabul and he spoke of his experiences to Wallace Chapman on RadioLIVE. Loewenstein said that because the drug is so readily available and the situation in Afghanistan is so grim a lot of the locals and indeed soldiers from other countries are using drugs. 11 January 2012

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