Social Issues

Pretty Hser with her husband and three sons.

Language barrier stopped refugee mum-of-three, who died suddenly, from getting mental health support

Refugees are having to wait months for support services, the New Zealand Myanmar Ethnics Council says.

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Some shops opened at midnight to celebrate the law change.

Canada becomes largest country to legalise recreational marijuana

Those with convictions for possessing up to 30 grams of marijuana will also be pardoned.

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The report recommends the Government looks beyond the private rental market towards home ownership programmes.

Salvation Army calls for a 'KiwiBuy' scheme, predicts growing homelessness, rent rises

A new paper 'Beyond Renting', released today by the Army offers a bleak outlook for the private rental housing market.

Mobile laundry and shower service launched for rough sleepers in Auckland

It's not just about clean clothes and showers, says Housing Minister Phil Twyford.

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Meet 17-month-old Wren, whose mum froze her eggs three years before her birth

With more women opting to wait to have kids, Seven Sharp got thinking - how viable are 'back up' options?

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Under proposed changes to discrimination laws, religious schools could be offered new rights.

Gay students, teachers could be banned by Australian religious schools

The Government has downplayed a recommendation that the right for schools to ban gays be enshrined in sex discrimination law.

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The Ministry of Social Development has handed out $1.5 billion in loans to half a million people to pay for the likes of the dentist and a house to live.

Exclusive: Nearly half a million Kiwis owe social development ministry $1.5 billion for loans

The Social Development Minister defends the loans, but National says it would consider wiping the debt.

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Those sleeping rough in the city tonight can expect to have some visitors drop by.

Auckland's homeless count finds 336 'unsheltered' but total estimated to be 800

Volunteers counted 179 people sleeping rough and 157 sleeping in cars on September 17.

Abortion rights group brings complaint to Human Rights Group over 'discriminatory' laws

ALRANZ says it believes New Zealand's abortion law discriminates against women and pregnant people on the basis of sex.

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The Human Rights Commission says the 60-year-old law is outdated and discriminatory.

Calls for children's rights to be recognised in review of 'outdated' adoption laws

The Human Rights Commission describes the 60-year-old legislation as outdated and discriminatory.

FILE - In this July 9, 2018 file photo, Harvey Weinstein is escorted in handcuffs to a courtroom in New York. The #MeToo movement has sent dozens of once-powerful men in Hollywood into exile, but it has yet to put many of them in handcuffs or courtrooms. Weinstein has been charged with sexual assault in New York and Bill Cosby has been sent to prison in Pennsylvania in the year since stories on Weinstein in The New York Times and The New Yorker set off waves of revelations of sexual misconduct in Hollywood. But those two central figures have been exceptions. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

#MeToo movement raises concerns over lack of criminal charges for Hollywood figures

Cases involving six suspects, including Weinstein and Spacey, both of whom have multiple accusers, remain open.

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Anti-poverty groups are disappointed a social investment approach is being entrenched in legislation.

National throws support behind Government's 'game-changing' Child Poverty Reduction Bill

Simon Bridges says we "want to do everything we can to support New Zealand children to be happy and healthy".

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Kiwi businesses revamping online questionnaires to be more gender-inclusive

The move comes after a Kiwi couldn't buy a microwave without declaring if they were male or female.

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Garth Bray attempts to clear up the confusion once and for all.

Taxi driver stunned at fine after parking in mobility spot without permit to help amputee customer

Brian Stewart said he was trying to help, but Hutt City Council said he was denying others who might need it.

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Murder victim Emily Longley's sister – 'The grief never goes away'

Hannah Longley has spoken of rebuilding her life seven years after her teenage sister was murdered in England.

Facebook users in NZ likely to be caught out by massive hack

Internet NZ spokesperson Andrew Cushen said it was another reminder that people needed to take internet security carefully.

The Green Party co-leader says she has already received messages that her speaking out is allowing abused people to not feel alone.

Greens campaign for sanction-free welfare system

The party is campaigning for a sanction-free welfare system, where compassion rules the safety net for vulnerable New Zealanders.

This photo combo shows, from top left, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite, and Serbia's Prime Minister Ana Brnabic. Middle row, from left, Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee, from Liberia, U.N. General Assembly President María Fernanda Espinosa Garces, and Costa Rican Vice President Epsy Campbell Barr.  Bottom row, from left, Croatia's President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, Liechtenstein's Foreign Minister Aurelia Frick, and British Prime Minister Theresa May. At the U.N. General Assembly, the first since #metoo took root, some of the most powerful words came from the mouths of female leaders, a group whose numbers, influence and ambitions for the planet are on the rise. (AP Photo/File)

Female voices ring loud during first UN meeting of the #MeToo era

The PM wasn't the only world leader to discuss women's empowerment while in New York.

Flag in the city

First two homosexual convictions expunged to fix unjust 'historical wrong'

Justice Minister Andrew Little said more expungement applications are being processed by officials.

Happy mixed-race couple standing in front of house.

Beneficiaries' personal lives are being needlessly probed, says lawyer

Half of those investigated for fraud have to answer questions about their relationship status.

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The deputy prime minister was appalled that the opposition leader and housing spokesperson could make the meth crook claim about mostly innocent Housing NZ tenants.

Simon Bridges and Judith Collins were 'defamatory' with 'meth crooks' claim, says Winston Peters

National have repeatedly said they're against compensating Housing NZ tenants evicted after meth testing.

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It involves more hands-on community involvement and sometimes fish and chips.

New pilot programme trialled to help integrate refugees into Kiwi culture

It involves more hands-on community involvement and sometimes fish and chips.

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National’s housing spokesperson savaged the decision to compensate Housing NZ tenants who were evicted for using P or allowing its use in their homes.

Judith Collins savages decision to compensate Housing NZ tenants evicted over meth contamination

The National spokesperson says they had used the best advice available at the time.

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Finland is the only European country that has seen a decline in homelessness.

How Finland solved its homeless crisis while numbers increase across Europe

It's the only European country that has seen a decline in homelessness.

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From discrimination to an overpriced rental market and family violence, the homeless face a raft of challenges.

Homeless in New Zealand: 'I was struggling to get a tenancy in my own country' - What's keeping the homeless on the street?

Housing First says it’s much easier for homeless people to deal with issues like addiction, mental and physical health once they have a safe, warm, stable place to live.

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The PM spoke about New Zealand’s inspirational women in central Auckland today, including one close to her heart.

'She was extraordinary' - Jacinda Ardern hails mother as 125 years of women’s suffrage celebrated

Ms Ardern marked the occasion from Auckland's Aotea Square this morning.

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1 NEWS reporter Ryan Boswell spoke to three men who are or were homeless about the reason they became homeless.

1 NEWS investigates homelessness in New Zealand: The faces of New Zealand's homeless

1 NEWS reporter Ryan Boswell spoke to three men who are or were homeless about the reasons they ended up living rough.

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