16:36 A woman has appeared in court accused of helping Joshua Kite, who has been on the run since shooting at officers in Whangarei on Friday.

16:05 John Key is open to law changes over "coward punches", where people are punched in the back of the head from behind.

15:42 There is pressure on the Australian Government to allow a group of Chinese nationals, abandoned on a coal ship for six weeks, to come ashore.

15:40 The latest figures on the number of new housing consents approved in July show it is roughly the same as last year, despite the housing crisis.

15:37 Northland Police are searching for a man who fled from a car after a firearms incident at Broadwood, north of Kaikohe, at around 12.30pm.

Wed, 15 Aug 2012

New anti-tobacco laws in Australia - good news for New Zealand

Australia's highest court has endorsed tough new anti-tobacco laws and Anne Jones from ASH Australia says that it's good news for New Zealand too. It's a big victory for Australia says Ms Jones abd she hopes that it may be a victory for other countries who want to look after the health of their citizens too. 15 August 2012

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