Kiwi mother and daughter campaign for cheaper sanitary pads

It may be an uncomfortable subject to talk about, but a Kiwi mum and daughter are campaigning for more affordable sanitary pads for financially squeezed women.

"It wasn't something I would've talked about before, I've gotten good at it, I've learnt," Kate Boyle told Seven Sharp

Ms Boyle along with her mum Helen run the New Zealand branch of Days for Girls, which make reusable sanitary pads for women in developing countries.

"We emailed them and asked if there was a New Zealand chapter, I knew what she'd say," Helen said.

From the Philippines to Ethiopia, girls who don't have access to proper sanitary products are also not attending school.

"A girl who isn't at school [is] likely to be married off younger," Helen said.

However, the mother and daughter duo have found the problem also extends to New Zealand where some women can't afford the products they need.

In an unscientific Seven Sharp consumer survey basic pads, liners and tampons came to a cost of $24.56.

A woman will get her period an average of 450 times, which may result in a life sanitary pad bill of more than $11,000.

There is also the 15 per cent GST tax on tampons because they are considered a luxury product in New Zealand.

There have been campaigns to lift the tax and a push for government subsides but there has so far been little action.

There are girls here in NZ that charities say are missing school because they can’t afford products they need. Source: Seven Sharp

Labour takes another shot at tougher housing standards

The Labour Party is set to introduce a bill which would force landlords to keep their rentals at a higher standard of insulation and heating.

The government, however, says that those costs will inevitably be passed on to tenants.

Mother Alex Saunders has moved her family eight times because of cold, damp houses, as her children often got sick.

"It was freezing cold in winter, boiling hot in summer, we just couldn't afford it anymore," she said.

With the help of her family, Ms Saunders has now managed to buy a house - and is not taking any chances.

"We've insulated everything, the ceiling, the walls."

Labour Leader Andrew Little says the bill was, in part, sparked by the 2014 death of toddler Emma-Lita Bourne after the coroner ruled her living conditions contributed to her illness.

"This is about making sure that 42,000 kids aren't going to hospital each year with bronchial conditions and poor health because of poor homes," Mr Little said.

However, Housing Minister Nick Smith says the bill is unrealistic.

"I think Andrew Little's Housing insulation Bill is shallow," he said.

"It's got unworkable provisions - like requiring a landlord to maintain minimum temperatures."

And if the bill does pass, landlords are being warned that there will be no free passes for those needing to get their properties up to scratch.

Labour will have a second crack at introducing a bill for tougher standards around home insulation and heating in rentals. Source: 1 NEWS


Missing man found at Lake Rotorua

A man who went missing on Wednesday night is being treated for hypothermia.

Police car
Police car Source: 1 NEWS

The Coastguard located the man just after 12am today in shoulder deep water at Lake Rotorua.

Bay of Plenty Police started searching for the man who was last seen jumping off a wharf into the lake at 11pm lastnight.

The man was also spotted swimming towards Mokoia Island.