Sunday 3 May 2015, with Philippa Tolley

New Zealand's Neglected Foetal Alcohol Problem


The damage that some babies can suffer when pregnant women drink heavily has again floated into the public consciousness after the Privy Council accepted that the then convicted murderer Teina Pora suffered from Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

It quashed his conviction for the murder and rape of Susan Burdett and decided that his "frequently contradictory and often implausible confessions and the recent diagnosis of his FASD lead to only one possible conclusion ... that reliance on his confessions gives rise to a risk of a miscarriage of justice."            

The number of people in New Zealand affected by the disorder is unknown, but some estimates indicate that 3,000 babies are born with it every year.

Insight's Philippa Tolley has been speaking to families coping with the disorder, medical experts and Youth Court Judges about what needs to be done.

Coming Up on Insight

8:12 am Sunday 10 May: Insight: NZ Cricket and the Next Generation

The Black Caps celebrate their World Cup semi final win over South AfricaThe Black Caps celebrate their win over South Africa (Photosport)

The New Zealand cricket team's historic success at the World Cup marked the end of a long road back from turmoil and disappointment just two years ago.

The nation rallied behind the team like never before, and although the team fell at the final hurdle, those both within and without the game have suggested the effects of the tournament could be enduring.

With school participation numbers dropping every year, Max Towle examines whether the Black Caps' recent success can galvanise cricket, and what needs to be done to inspire the next generation to pick up a bat and ball.