Social Issues

Disabled people three times less likely to be employed

The median weekly income for disabled people was $358, nearly half that of non-disabled people.

Most read: Man arrested at WINZ office hours after leaving prison - 'The security guards came over and they were right in my face'

Jamie Mako, out after serving four years for aggravated robbery, blames rude and intimidating staff.

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US school district who crowned a transgender homecoming queen installs gender neutral toilets

The decision was based on privacy, safety and security, says official.

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Their innovations like laundered nappies delivered to your door were on display at the Baby Show in Auckland.

Kiwi 'mum-preneurs' showcase sustainable baby products and services at Baby Show in Auckland

The mums' innovations include laundered nappies delivered to your door and reusable food pouches.

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Debate over right to change gender on birth certificates - 'Borders on ridiculous'

Transwoman Diane Sparkes argues a medical sign-off should be necessary.

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Te Puea Marae's approach has been praised as the model that should be used across social agencies.

Demand still growing two years after Auckland marae opened doors to homeless

Te Puea Marae is now part of the Government's transitional housing programme.

Most read story: Aussie Paralympic champion left stranded on plane without wheelchair

"Australian airlines need to sort their s**t out," Dylan Alcott wrote on Twitter.

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Frustrated by the lack of job opportunities, The Independence Collective hope to gain financial independence by selling craft beer.

Kāpiti friends with intellectual disabilities look to create their own employment opportunities with craft beer label

The Independence Collective is made up of six friends determined to prove they're just as able as everyone else when it comes to business.

Auckland youth hubs face closure despite empowering communities

The hubs have provided a significant space for young Māori and Pasifika youth within their communities.

Transgender sceptic's sold-out Perth talk cancelled due to safety risk

Pediatric endocrinologist Quentin Van Meter says transgender people have "a delusional disorder".

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Housing NZ will only lease homes build after 2000, but critics say it’s a ludicrous position in the current housing climate.

Housing New Zealand accused of making a 'mockery' of the housing crisis by rejecting homes because of their age

Judith Collins said the agency needs to look at the “dopey policy” given the current demand for state housing.

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The craft angels army is mobilising around the country, sewing for babies in need.

'Craft Angels' knitting up a storm for some of NZ's tiniest, vulnerable citizens

The Craft Angels army is mobilising, knitting, crocheting and sewing for babies in need.

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Kris Taylor of Auckland University says there are always ways to get around bans, particularly in the world of technology.

Online pornography age limit would be hard to police, says expert

The Government wants compulsory age verification on such sites.

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Most read: The South Auckland street where a free food pantry is bringing neighbours together - 'No judgement here'

Locals are invited to give what they can and to take what they need from an outside pantry, or pātaka.

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TVNZ 1’s Sunday programme lifted the lid on the effects on children who are born to mothers with meth addictions.

'A social crisis' - Children's Commissioner demands urgent action after devastating effects suffered by 'P babies' revealed

TVNZ 1's Sunday programme lifted the lid on the effects on children who are born to mothers with meth addictions.

UK Government reveals plan to end rough sleeping in England by 2027

A sum of £100 million has been pledged to do this.

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Pat Newman says he is part principal, part social worker, and that the problem is out of control.

Northland principal begs for funding to help kids escape P-related suffering - 'Help now or build bigger prisons'

Pat Newman says schools are "screaming out" for help dealing with the problem, but are being told there's not enough funding.

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Grace is only 11 but she’s old enough to understand the bullet point in her medical records – “exposed to P in utero”.

'I’m going to be brave' - Girl, 11, knows her mother's drug taking meant she was exposed to P in the uterus

An Auckland University professor is called for women to be screened for P during pregnancy, and those identified and their babies to get treatment they need.

When asked about if there was more money in the pot for teachers, the PM said the issues were about "much more" than just pay.

'We will keep trying'- Jacinda Ardern not giving up fight over trans-Tasman deportations

The prime minister says the Anzac friendship is not breaking down.

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The announcement means the Lumsden facility will provide pre and post-natal care, but won’t be a birthing centre.

Lumsden Birthing Centre in Southland to close despite community outcry - 'Could put babies and mothers at greater risk'

National's Hamish Walker said when the centre closes mothers may have to travel up to 130 kilometres to give birth.

In this Aug. 3, 2018 photo, actor Casey Affleck poses for a portrait at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles to promote his upcoming film "The Old Man & The Gun," in theaters on Sept. 28. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

'Enough is enough' - Casey Affleck opens up in the wake of #MeToo

He became associated with a long list of men who have abused power in Hollywood.

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For some survivors, being able to speak publicly about their abuse is a very important part of their healing process.

'They have already paid enough' - calls for no fees for sexual abuse survivors who want their automatic name suppression lifted

Sexual abuse survivor Brodie Joyce was initially quoted up to $4000 in legal fees to get her automatic name suppression lifted.

Lindsay Lohan says women speaking out about #MeToo movement are 'weak'

Lindsay suggested some women have made public accusations just for attention.

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