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Paper cranes hang in the Columbine High School library in suburban Denver on Saturday, March 23, 2019. Several survivors and family members of the victims gathered at the library to speak about the upcoming 20th anniversary of the April 20, 1999, attack that killed 12 students and a teacher. (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert)

Columbine families gather to tell stories nearly 20 years on

It was on April 20, 1999, that two Columbine students gunned down 12 classmates and a teacher in the Denver suburb of Littleton.

Corinda Taylor (centre).

Six years later, mother still waiting for coronial inquest into son's death

Ms Taylor has been told there would be an inquest, but she only received correspondence this month.

07:08
Glenn Singleton of Courageous Conversations explains ways people can approach discussions on diversity.

US expert gives tips for Kiwis approaching conversations about race

Glenn Singleton urges people to avoid becoming "dug in and arrogant".

04:49
There are those who now say we've been turning a blind eye to some ugly behaviour.

'Were our voices not enough?' asks refugee who experienced racism in NZ prior to mosque attacks

Racism is a social problem that many, here and abroad, are talking about in the wake of Friday's Christchurch shootings.

Japan urged to stop requiring sterilisation surgery to change gender on official documents

A 2004 law states people wishing to register a gender change must have their original reproductive organs removed.

AFLW player Tayla Harris kicks the ball for Carlton Blues.

Aussie broadcaster apologises for deleting picture of female AFL player due to trolls

The picture showed Carlton Blues star Tayla Harris at full stretch as she followed through a kick.

01:04
Jacinda Ardern said “we cannot ignore” that there are people who do not hold the values of the majority of New Zealanders.

Racism 'something we're going to have to confront as a nation'

The PM said "we cannot ignore" there are people who do not hold the values of New Zealand.

Over 200 children abused in state care in six months, Oranga Tamariki reports show - 'Deeply disturbing'

There were over 300 instances of neglect, or emotional, sexual or physical abuse.

01:14
Education Minister Chris Hipkins does not think unvaccinated children should be banned from school.

Education Minister says unvaccinated kids should be allowed at school, should not be punished for the 'bad decisions' of their parents

“Look I want parents to immunise their children, that is the sensible, responsible thing to do,” he said today.

03:15
Lance O'Sullivan on vaccination.

'No jab, no school' - Dr Lance O'Sullivan says vaccination should be compulsory for kids

Dr O'Sullivan says it shouldn't take an epidemic to highlight the value of immunisation.

Instagram, Whatsapp and Facebook are suffering issues.

Facebook, Whatsapp and Instagram are down for many

Problems began to be reported by people unable to access the sites from about 1am NZT.

02:04
The Breakfast crew weighed into the tricky topic as a measles outbreak hits Canterbury

Should kids who aren't vaccinated be banned from going to school in New Zealand?

In Italy, vaccinations are compulsory for children if they want to attend state schools.

Child (file picture).

Child, 6, getting support after trying to seriously self-harm at school

The child's mother says she has been trying to get counselling for the child.

01:15
New Zealand General Manager James Williams says they want different tax treatment for their new products only.

Tobacco giant Philip Morris will stop selling cigarettes in NZ tax break or not

The company's general manager fronted on Breakfast today where he clarified the company's request.

04:11
The new guideline is set to help equip frontline staff with skills to ensure the safety of all staff and patrons

Hospitality staff to receive new guideline to tackle drug use in bars

'We have a responsibility to keep everybody safe' - Hospitality NZ President Matt Mclaughlin.

03:58
This follows the death of a participating horse at the Rodeo National Finals in North Canterbury.

‘I want to see an end to rodeo, pure and simple’ - SAFE renews call to ban rodeos after horse dies at Canterbury event

“They chase these baby animals as young as three months old and drag them to a sudden halt with a choking rope around their neck and throw them to the ground.

Nutritionist Claire Turnbull says unhealthy eating habits we develop as kids lead to problems later on in life.

Reports of children fainting prompts charity to expand food scheme into preschools and kindergartens

KidsCan founder and chief executive Julie Chapman said that early childhood centres had previously been overlooked.

The New York City Pride Parade celebrating all lifestyle choices. Flags at the parade. The parade route was lined with tens-of thousands of spectators supporting the event.

Greens calls for Government team dedicated to improving equality for the Rainbow community

Jan Logie's comments were made during the launch of the annual Wellington Pride Festival.

01:40
The Kasipale family moved into their Auckland home today.

After nearly 40 years living in state housing Kiwi family realise dream of home ownership

A shared equity scheme has helped a family of four adults see their dream come true.

01:03
Meghan revealed she began her personal journey as a feminist at the age of 11.

Duchess of Sussex hopes her child will fight sexism, too - 'I feel the embryonic kicking of feminism'

Meghan Markle was speaking as part of a panel discussion to mark International Women's Day.

03:34
Global Woman is asking workplaces to take a hard look at unconscious gender bias as part of International Woman’s Day.

Do you have unconscious gender bias in your workplace?

Global Woman is asking workplaces to take a hard look at unconscious gender bias as part of International Women’s Day.

04:38
Angela Rennie shared her wisdom with Seven Sharp.

Is device overuse causing you intimacy famine? A weekly date night could spice things up

A walk in the park or mini golf is suggested by an Auckland sex therapist seeing more and more lonely clients.

Auckland mum of seven and stroke victim forced to use public bathroom to shower

Natasha Sadler's own bathroom is too dangerous for her to use after she suffered a stroke last April.

Kristin Legault says Victoria University did not seek advice from her psychiatrist or psychologist in Canada before rejecting her application.

Victoria Uni faces human rights complaint by Canadian student denied exchange due to mental illness

Upon telling the tertiary institute she had bipolar disorder, Kristin Legault's offer of study was revoked.

00:33
The float of the Fish Face group at the carnival in Aalst was themed Sabbat Year.

Belgian group receives backlash for carnival float with caricatures of Jews on bags of money

Two Jewish organisations submitted an official complaint against the carnival group.

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