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It's considered the leading preventable cause of intellectual and developmental problems and there's evidence that it's under diagnosed.

Fetal alcohol syndrome misunderstood and under-diagnosed, says expert

It's considered the leading cause of developmental problems.

01:59
The animals are being relocated to Orana Wildlife Park.

NZ's only Bornean orangutans touch down in Christchurch

They are settling well but very groggy and tired.

05:31
Nigel Hampton QC says the payout of $3m to victim's families to make charges go away was a dangerous precedent to set.

'Chequebook justice' not OK in NZ, says Pike River lawyer

A Supreme Court decision found withdrawing prosecution in exchange for payment, was unlawful.

06:50
The Auckland Mayor says the new plan is about $40m cheaper than TNZ's idea.

'It is a compromise, but it meets TNZ's needs' – Auckland Mayor Phil Goff reveals new details on AM Cup

The Council's preferred option is $40 million cheaper than Team New Zealand's.

One person dead after boat found submerged off Taranaki coast

Another person was found alive by Coast Guard.

Kiwi troops return home from training mission in Iraq

They were helping to boost the combat edge of Iraqi troops against IS extremists.

03:41
The Breakfast team battle it out on the merits of changing the prayer.

Should Jesus be taken out of the parliamentary prayer?

The Breakfast team battle it out on the merits of changing the prayer.

One left dead after Northland crash with three pedestrians

Three pedestrians have been hit by a car in the Northland area.

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Fire crews battle Lower Hutt scrub fire

There are four fire engines on the scene.

Smoking in many of the city's public spaces is being stubbed out as the council beefs up its smokefree policy.

Misinformation is spreading over e-cigarettes, says public health expert

Marewa Glover is rejecting claims of staggering declines in smoking rates.

Police blitz on drunk driving taking place this weekend

It will be the first of several road policing operations planned for the Central District this summer.

01:40
One hundred wordsmiths from around the world gathered in Christchurch to duke it out.

'My lucky earrings' - world senior scrabble champ says her scrabble tile earrings did the trick

Joanne Craig won the title ahead of 100 wordsmiths from around the world.

03:52
It's been two months since the Maori Party lost its place in Parliament, a time of reflection for leader Mr Flavell.

Te Ururoa Flavell eyes business role but not saying goodbye to politics just yet

The Maori Party lost its voice in Parliament but the co-leader still wants to bridge gaps between Maori and Pakeha.

A preview of how the emergency mobile message will look on an iPhone

Emergency Mobile Alert system to send loud sound to NZ cellphones in Sunday test

It's Civil Defence's latest tool to alert people if their life, health or property is in danger.

02:31
Police are calling it a "particularly nasty and aggressive robbery" which has left staff traumatised.

Video: Do you know these thugs? Police appeal to public after terrifying aggravated robbery of Tauranga tavern

Police are calling it a "particularly nasty and aggressive robbery" which has left staff traumatised.

Cyclists crash near Christchurch, nine taken to hospital

They were part of a group of 40 cyclists riding in Leeston.

00:29
NIWA scientists say today was one of the top 10 hottest November days in New Zealand history.

Central Otago scorcher as tourist town Cromwell hits 33 degrees

It's among the top ten hottest November days ever recorded in New Zealand.

03:52
It's been two months since the Maori Party lost its place in Parliament, a time of reflection for leader Mr Flavell.

Watch: 'Sorrow, anger, aroha' - Te Ururoa Flavell on Maori Party's election defeat

He says someone should have written a manual about life after Parliament because it's been a huge adjustment for him.

02:02

Compromise option costing around $140 million chosen for Auckland's new America's Cup base

A cluster of bases across Wynyard, Halsey and Hobson wharves could be established, but there won't be a major extension.

NZ-born ex-priest granted bail in Sydney on multiple sex charges

James Cunneen was extradited to Australia yesterday, accused of sex offences against young men in the 1980s.

A woman suffered injuries after being crushed by a piece of farm equipment in Tuakau.

Woman crushed by heavy farm equipment in Waikato rushed to hospital

The woman is in serious condition at Auckland's Middlemore Hospital.

00:52
Wellington Zipline Adventures plans four 300-metre ziplines linked by walking tracks near the Southern Landfill.

Watch: Stunning drone footage shows site of proposed Wellington ziplines

Thrill-seekers could soon be enjoying the vistas in the flesh.

00:22
The local council says evidence suggested "natural death from a mass shoal stranding in the estuary".

Raw video: 'It's all just dead fish' – hundreds of dead smelt wash up on Otaki Beach near Wellington

The local council says evidence suggested "natural death from a mass shoal stranding in the estuary".

00:14
Police have significant concern for her wellbeing.

Missing woman found on Bay of Plenty bush track

Mount Maunganui woman Ola Shahin was reported missing yesterday.

01:01
Inspector Hurimoana Dennis says the only thing he did wrong was be a proud Maori officer.

Watch: 'Absolutely humiliating' – cop found not guilty of unlawfully detaining teen speaks out

Inspector Hurimoana Dennis says the only thing he did wrong was be a proud Maori officer.

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