12 Jul 2017

Top Stories for Wednesday 12 July 2017

From Morning Report, 6:00 am on 12 July 2017

The number of roadside alcohol breath tests being conducted by the Police has dropped to their lowest level in a decade - just 1.9 million tests were conducted last year and police put that drop down, in part, to their targetting of high risk rural areas. The Police Association, however, puts it down to funding and resources. Severe weather is affecting roads in the South Island, with people being advised to delay travel if possible with the worst affected areas beinbg Canterbury and Otago. "I love it" Donald Trump Jnr releases an email chain showing he believed he was being offered "sensitive" information on Hillary Clinton by a Russian national. Our correspondent in Washington, Giles Gibson reports on Trump Jnr's proactive decision to release the emails on his twitter account. The Government has hinted more money is coming to help solve Auckland's huge problems funding all the roads and pipes it needs for new housing projects. It's already earmarked $300 million and there'll be another announcement in the coming weeks. The Labour Party is pledging to scrap National's promised tax cuts and put more money in the pockets of families if it's elected. The National government's families package gives a 2 billion dollar a year boost for Working for Families and the accommodation supplement, as well as a rise in tax thresholds. We talk to Stephen Joyce about National's plan - and how it stacks up against Labour's. Labour's finance spokesperson, Grant Robertson defends his parties families package.