Watch: Car crosses centre line repeatedly on dangerous trip to Auckland's Piha

A car has been caught on video repeatedly crossing the centre line of a winding road in West Auckland.

The video was taken by a motorist who travelled behind the erratically driven car from Swanson to Piha this afternoon, and she told the NZ Herald she's reported the incident to police.

Motorist Alexa Robinson said the car crossed the centre line "at pretty much every corner".

She said cars coming in the opposite direction had to swerve or slam on the brakes several times during the trip of more than 20 kilometres.

Ms Robinson said she believed it was a rental car and suspected the driver was a tourist.

Parliament already a child-friendly workplace as birth of Jacinda Ardern's first baby expected in June

Politicians are trying to set an example by making Parliament a family-friendly workplace. 

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and partner Clarke Gayford today revealed they were "surprised" but "excited" to be adding to their family, with their first child due in June. 

From Ms Ardern kissing babies on the campaign trail, to MPs holding babies in the debating chamber, since last year's election New Zealand's Parliament has become more child friendly. 

New MPs Kiri Allan and Willow Jean Prime often bring their babies to work and several male MPs also have infants. 

We feel comfortable to bring our children in. They are growing up as Parliament babies. We will probably have a Parliament Kohanga Reo soon," said Ms Allan, a Labour list MP. 

Ms Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford are expecting their child in June. Source: 1 NEWS

"There has been a really pro-active approach by our Speaker Trevor Mallard to change the culture and make Parliament more family-friendly. So I think that that leadership has been so important for the likes of myself, Willow Jean, in terms of the way we can have our families present on the precinct," she said.

Juggling family and long hours has always been a problem for politicians.

Former Green MP Holly Walker wrote a book about her struggles as a new mum. 

A lot of other women who are doing very big jobs will feel that things are possible - Former prime minister Dame Jenny Shipley

Parliament does have a crèche and a quiet room for breastfeeding, and back in 2002 National MP Katherine Rich breastfed her baby in the chamber.

As a one-time working mum, former prime minister Dame Jenny Shipley believes Jacinda Ardern will take it in her stride. 

"I think that she will be very capable of doing as she is now - being our Prime MInister and also demonstrating that you can be a mother. A lot of other women who are doing very big jobs will feel that things are possible," Dame Jenny said. 

The Women's Ministry says the Prime Minister's pregnancy puts the spotlight on family friendly workplace policies.

"We think this will be inspirational for many young women and families in New Zealand," said Kirsty Anderson of the ministry.  

"There will be greater awareness of issues such as childcare, parental leave, support for parents returning to work - that's men and women - and on employment arrangements that are going to suit each family in this situation."

Labour is no doubt hoping some family-friendly policies will bring a bump in the polls.

Two new MPs often bring their babies to work and several male MPs also have infants. Source: 1 NEWS


Young Kiwi cancer sufferers dying at much higher rate than those overseas - study

A new study has found the survival rates of young New Zealanders suffering from cancer are falling well short of international survival rates.

Many more young New Zealanders are dying than their counterparts in Australia and the UK.

The recent study published in the New Zealand Medical Journal has found our youth cancer survival rates are dramatically lower than overseas. 

For those aged between 15 and 29 years old, the five-year survival rate for bone tumour patients is just 46 per cent, 20 per cent lower than in Australia. 

And breast cancer cases are not much better, with just 64 per cent survival compared to 80 per cent in the United States and Germany. 

"The two things we feel are important, are delayed diagnosis - GPs don't think of the diagnosis of cancer when they see someone in their twenties - and secondly the lack of the clinical trials that are offered to these patients," said Dr Ruth Spearing, the study's co-author.

"Obviously a diagnosis of cancer for anybody is horrendous. But for somebody who is at that adolescent stage it really is very, very stressful," she said. 

Dr Spearing says access to cutting edge international treatments is crucial. 

"We need to work with the ministry to see how it can be easier for DHBs to take part in clinical trials," she said.

Many more NZ youngsters are dying than in Australia and the UK, a new study has found. Source: 1 NEWS