Social Issues

Annual Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal highlights poverty issue

Every year an estimated 68,000 Kiwi kids and their families rely on the Sallies for their basic needs.

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A wellbeing survey also showed some teens spend up to six hours a day at the weekend online.

Schools want to prioritise student wellbeing but national standards 'has come first'

A global survey shows NZ the second worst OECD country for teenage bullying.

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So far in 2017, the Government's spent $550 million to house Kiwis without a place of their own.

Huge sum spent on emergency accommodation sparks calls to build social housing instead

The government is spending $6.2 million a day on housing support for those without a place to live.

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A wellbeing survey also showed some teens spend up to six hours a day at the weekend online.

NZ second worst in OECD for teen bullying - survey

More than a quarter of teens surveyed reported they experience bullying a few times a month.

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Goebel has teamed up with her sisters to launch a year-long mentoring programme for the young women.

Dance superstar Parris Goebel and her sisters helping build confidence in young South Auckland women

Goebel and her family are using their talents to inspire the next generation of Kiwi women.

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Kristin Hall's campaign for better access to sanitary products has had a big win today.

Funding boost for Kiwi girls who struggle to afford sanitary products

Kristin Hall's campaign for better access to sanitary products has had a big win today.

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Andrew Little says Labour is open to supporting the blueprint but feels more emphasis needs to be put on affordability.

Labour pledges to build 400 affordable homes in Hutt Valley if elected

Labour plans to build 100,000 affordable homes over 10 years under its KiwiBuild policy.

The man had numerous images depicting children having sex with adults, other children and animals.

Porn harm spurs 22,000 to sign petition for public inquiry

Family First's petition will be presented to Parliament this afternoon.

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There are laws governing how to take control of parties – but one mum thinks they are totally unrealistic.

Police stick to guns on parental consent for teens to drink at parties

Mike Hosking was blamed by a teenager viewer for ruining her life with his anti-teen parties rant.

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There are laws governing how to take control of parties – but one mum thinks they are totally unrealistic.

At what age should parents let their teens party with alcohol?

There are laws governing how to take control of parties – but one mum thinks they are totally unrealistic.

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Police have addressed the issue after a spate of suspicious behaviour near kids.

Should parents be alarmed over increased reports of attempted child abductions?

Child abductions in New Zealand are extremely rare and most of those are custodial related, police say.

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Huia and her family are desperate for emergency housing but have been told there's simply nothing in the area.

Gisborne family of seven forced to use public restrooms to wash their kids before sleeping in van

Huia and her partner sleep in a van each night with their four children because no social housing is available.

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They call themselves the Nannies Against P, and are making a stand against the drug that's tearing families apart.

'Nannies Against P' win support from former addict in campaign against abuse from users

The Hawke's Bay grandmothers have joined forces to fight P addiction in their families and community.

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They call themselves the Nannies Against P, and are making a stand against the drug that's tearing families apart.

Watch: 'Nannies against P' join forces to stop abuse from meth users, fight addiction in community

The Hawke's Bay grandmothers have asked local leaders for support to prevent abuse from family members high on P.

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There are concerns for those relying on Auckland motels for emergency housing as two big sporting events are set to kick-off in the city.

Lions tour, World Masters Games predicted to push families out of emergency motel housing

About 370 families a week rely on motels for emergency housing in Auckland.

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Fundraising Institute’s  Kate Russell says the new electronic way of fundraising gives a cashless society the opportunity to donate.

Eftpos becoming the new tool for charity fundraising as we become a 'cashless society'

Alongside the coin bucket, charities are investing in Eftpos machines so the public can donate.

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards.

Privacy Commissioner criticises MSD policy requiring disclosure of client information

"There is a real risk that the new arrangement will deter some people who are most in need."

Spying on teens surges as parents with 'massive concerns' hire private investigators

"I predict an increase in teenage surveillance in the future," PI Anna Jeffs told Seven Sharp.

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The Seven Sharp host gives his view on free speech in universities, after a warning it was under threat.

Mike Hosking: You can be affronted or offended and not actually die

The Seven Sharp host gives his view on free speech in universities, after a warning it was under threat.

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1,600 families from low decile schools have signed up each year to get computer training and a second-hand PC.

Programme bridging NZ's digital divide since 2001 to be axed in June

The Government says the Computers in Homes programme has been outpaced by changes in technology.

Justin Lester has been appointed as the new Mayor of Wellington.

Wellington Council to waive outdoor dining fee for cafes that go smokefree

"This is an incentive for more of our venues to become smokefree."

'It feels shaming' - Kiwi woman filmed high on synthetic drugs hopes her experience will help others get clean

Ngaetu Grover says she's focusing on kicking a three year synthetic drugs habit.

FILE - In this Monday, March 17, 2014 file photo, artist Gilbert Baker, designer of the Rainbow Flag, is draped with the flag while protesting at the St. Patrick's Day parade in New York. Baker, creator of the flag that has become a widely recognized symbol of gay rights, has died at age 65. His death was reported Friday, March 31, 2017 to the New York City medical examiner’s office. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

'A trailblazer for LGBT rights' - rainbow flag creator dies, aged 65

Gilbert Baker taught himself to sew and created the rainbow flag in 1978.

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The Samoa Weightlifting Federation are going to the International Weightlifting Federation after their athlete came second to New Zealander Laurel Hubbard.

Samoa protests New Zealand transgender weightlifter win - 'A man is a man'

The Samoa Weightlifting Federation are not happy after they came second to New Zealander Laurel Hubbard.

November 12 2016 - Rome, Italy
Rugby test match Italy v New Zealand at Olimpico Stadium
In the photo Lima Sopoaga (A) 
Photo Matteo Ciambelli / Photosport

Employment proceeding launched after All Black Lima Sopoaga's Instagram slur

"I'm not homophobic but understand how my comment may have been interpreted that way," he said.

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The PM said at the launch of the new Oranga Tamariki ministry, replacing CYFS, that there will be many challenges along the way.

New independent advocacy service for children and young people in state care launched

The service comes after the Government yesterday launched the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, formerly CYFS.

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