Mark Henaghan discussed the changes on The AM Show.

Sentencing changes for meth dealers welcomed by law experts

Addiction and poverty will now be considered mitigating factors during sentencing.

Related video: Earlier this year, high-profile New Zealand prisoners to Corrections to court over an "unlawful" strip search.

'I could not stop crying': Teen allegedly strip searched at festival by authorities

"I was absolutely shocked that the police would do this to me."

Watch: Newshub report on the new proposals.

Security expert backs new terror law proposal

Paul Buchanan says its "clearly directed at people who are more dangerous than" the 'Bumbling Jihadi'.

Ross Taylor.

'It is not fair': A mother's call for change to get justice for her late son

Corinda Taylor lost her son, now she has to bear the pain of a coronial inquest.

The pride flag

Uganda to bring back 'Kill the Gays' bill

The bill was nullified in 2014 but the government says it will be back within weeks.

The San Diego Sheriff says the victim was able to message for help, and the alleged offender was arrested.

US girl gets kidnapped trying to trap paedophile

She hoped to expose the man, but it went horribly wrong.

Related video: National correspondent Patrick Gower learns how to grow cannabis.

Australian capital set to legalise weed for personal use

Citizens will be allowed to have between 18 and 50g of cannabis if laws pass.

Watch: Simon Bridges and Jacinda Ardern comment on how National might not support the next tranche of gun law reforms.

Tighter gun laws to go before Parliament

"We know the majority of gun crime is committed by people without a licence."


'I may well': Helen Clark says she would consider seeking illegal cannabis for pain relief

The debate about the drug is heating up.

Related video: Grief never stops, it just evolves.

Father speaks out after losing his son killed in 'senseless' death

"We haven't slept."

Watch: The Government believes upping standards for rental homes could save lives.

Five ways you're breaking your tenants' hearts, souls and wallets

Renting isn't a choice, it's a necessity - so cut them some slack.

Supporters of Peter Ellis say his fight for justice hasn't died with him.

Calls for Supreme Court to hear Peter Ellis' appeal

The man whose child sex abuse case gripped the nation died on Wednesday.

Judge holding gavel in courtroom

Missouri temporarily blocked from enforcing restrictive abortion law

The law would only allow for an abortion after the eighth week in the case of medical emergencies.

The repeal was announced on Tuesday.

Difficult to judge appropriate pay for MPs - employment expert

The current formula is being repealed.


Parents sue school after staff allegedly drew on boy's hair with marker

"It took many days of scrubbing to come off."

Dr Marewa Glover and Andrew Becroft were on The AM Show.

'Shocking': Māori leader stunned by claim smoking in car ban discriminatory

A researcher told The AM Show banning smoking when kids are in the car is unfair to Māori.


Woman who uses cannabis to treat arthritis urges doctors to prescribe to patients in need

"I think it's just a matter of a bit of bravery."

Andrew Little on Newshub Nation.

US unlikely to honour NZ suppression orders - expert

"Their concerns of free speech can pretty much trump anything."


Majority of MPs vote in favour of abortion law reforms

As it currently stands, abortion is an offence under the Crimes Act.

New York has banned pet owners from declawing their cats.

'Cruel' cat declawing banned by New York

The state's lawmakers signed the legislation on Monday.