21:14 A 4.3-magnitude earthquake has rattled Hawke's Bay, but there have been no initial reports of damage.

21:14 Two men armed with knives, who took several hostages at a French church, have been neutralised. There are reports a priest was killed.

20:28 Suicide bombers have struck Somalia's Capital Mogadishu in a double car bombing - at least 8 are dead.

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.

Thu, 31 May 2012

Paula Bennett orders investigation into Ngaire Kura Tukiwaho case

Michael Laws speaks to social development minister Paula Bennett about the case of Ngaire Kura Tukiwaho and the accidental smothering of her two-month old son in her car. The minister explains the background to the lady's case and agrees that Tukiwaho is completely unfit as a parent. Tukiwaho was sentenced to two years in prison yesterday for the death. Child, Youth and Family have been asked by the minister to investigate the woman's situation, including the status of her other children. 31st May 2012

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