Parents leave more kids outside SkyCity


Officials recorded a steep rise in incidents of children left unattended around the SkyCity casino in Auckland in 2012. Newly released figures showed a rise in such cases to 64 in 2012 from 19 in 2009. Last year’s cases involved 96 children, including one incident in which five children aged between five months and 8 years old were left in a van in the casino carpark for 45 minutes while the children’s mother and her partner gambled inside. The partner was convicted and discharged in the case.