Justice Minister Andrew Little has announced details of the draft law to legalise cannabis use.
Personal possession of 14 grams of cannabis, the sale of cannabis edibles, and growing up to four cannabis plants per household, are all included in the bill, which the public will be asked to vote "yes or no" at the 2020 general election.
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Coronavirus cases highly likely to arrive in NZ , health officials say as they seek extra quarantine powers
There is a high chance that the deadly coronavirus will make it to New Zealand, health officials say, but that doesn't mean you should panic.
Director-General of Health Dr Ashley BloomfieldBloomfield said cases in New Zealand of the new outbreak, which has killed 56 people and infected thousands overseas, were likely.
Hospitals ICU units were already stepping up in preparation for the possibility of severely ill people with the virus. This was because while the virus was unlikely to kill anyone in New Zealand, figures out of China show about one-in-five people who were infected became severely ill.
Read more about coronavirus and New Zealand's response here
Health authorities are searching for about 40 diners who may have been exposed to Hepatitis A at Madam Woo in Christchurch.
The local community and public health team wants to hear from anyone who dined at the St Asaph St restaurant on January 15 and 17.
People who ate food from the restaurant – either dine-in or takeaway (including through a food delivery service) – should call the public health team as soon as possible on 03 364 1777 and ask to speak to a health protection officer.
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