Social Issues

01:54
Jacinda Ardern helped out at a hospice fundraiser, and promised to find a sustainable funding model for the sector.

'We would like certainty around funding' – PM wants to take closer look at how we care for the dying

Nationally it costs over $103 million to provide the cost of hospice services.

04:18
Surf therapy is designed as an alternative to locking people up.

Surf's up - the alternative keeping many young people out of jail

Organisers want to see it spread to other parts of New Zealand.

01:42
Business owners have noticed an increase in begging on the street, and want the council to do more to solve the problem.

Christchurch beggars 'taking advantage' of people who're genuinely homeless

As the number of beggars increases, the City Mission says most of them have a roof over their head.

01:03
She said her offer of taking Manus Island refugees may not be welcome, but she saw a role with Manus Island to "assist Australia".

Manus Island: 'It's as simple as doing the right thing'– PM

Jacinda Ardern seems undeterred by Australia's potential push back.

01:49
The Ministry of Health is concerned about hazardous alcohol use by those under 25.

NZ has dramatic drop in teenage smokers with the biggest decline among Maori men - survey

Fifteen to 17-year-old smoking has fallen by 75% in the past decade.

Jamie Oliver

'Sugar of social media'- Jamie Oliver bans daughter from posting selfies to Instagram

Oliver described teenage girls' use of Instagram as "frightening".

02:08
The city mission says chronic homelessness among women has been overlooked for too long.

'A lot of women are in a vulnerable space' - female homeless shelter opens up in Christchurch

In most homeless shelters around the country, only men are allowed to stay.

04:42
The circumstances are dire, but the decisions are no less easy.

'Ask us for that help' - Ministry for Vulnerable Children moves to regain public trust and confidence

The ministry granted Seven Sharp unprecedented access to a meeting of social workers as they discussed a sensitive family case.

04:12
Three weeks on from the hashtag "Me Too" went viral online, what if anything has changed?

How do we get more men speaking out over other men treating women badly?

Three weeks on from the hashtag "Me Too" went viral online, what if anything has changed?

04:00
Children who regularly see their parents drinking are twice as likely to binge themselves.

Watch: 'Mummy's having another glass' - Wellington mum gives up alcohol after realising effects of habit on daughter

A new study shows children who regularly see their parents drinking are twice as likely to binge drink themselves.

00:56
The National Party leader said last year's veto was a matter of timing, and that his government had planned to extend parental leave at a later time.

'We'll support it' - Bill English changes his tune on paid parental leave after 2016 veto

Opposition Leader Bill English says he will support the government's move.

03:39
Taine Polkinghorne says representation of LGBT+ teens in popular media will help teens grappling with their own issues around sexuality.

Rainbow Youth says 'really positive' coming-out story on Disney show will help other teens

"I don't think it's ever too early to have conversations about love."

New research reveals nearly one in five Kiwi teens asked to send nude pictures

Thirty per cent of respondents think peer pressure behaviour is involved.

02:18
Labour MP Jenny Salesa was sworn in as the Minister for Building and Construction and Minister for Ethnic Communities.

'I helped my mum clean schools' - NZ's first Tongan-born Cabinet minister Jenny Salesa reflects on family's sacrifice, homelessness

Labour MP Jenny Salesa moved to NZ as a 16-year-old, and this week was sworn in as a Cabinet minister.

02:16
It is a more intimate gesture than the handshake and very easy to make awkward.

The etiquette of hugging: What are the dos and don'ts

It is a more intimate gesture than the handshake and very easy to make awkward.

Having released a report on the issue, the Labour leader tells Breakfast much more needs to be done to tackle the problem.

Kiwis choose to spend night sleeping rough to help those with no choice

The fourth annual 14 Hours Homeless event tonight will raise money for projects tackling homelessness.

02:01
Thanks to the two girls in Central Otago, one of NZ's estimated 40,000 homeless has somewhere to stay.

'Can't judge a book by its cover' - Kind hearted Alexandra family welcome homeless man off the street

Thanks to the two girls in Central Otago, one of NZ's estimated 40,000 homeless has somewhere to stay.

00:23
Experts at University of Auckland say victims are at risk of injury or sexual abuse.

Forced marriage and worker exploitation among modern forms of slavery hiding in NZ society

Experts at University of Auckland say victims are at risk of injury or sexual abuse.

00:58
Family violence campaigner Merepeka Raukawa-Tait says resources need to go to preventing violence, not dealing with its aftermath.

'Around the wrong way' - campaigner demands sweeping changes to prevent Kiwi kids suffering violent deaths

Family violence campaigner Merepeka Raukawa-Tait says families need to be helped early.

03:44
Tommy Kapai used to work with stars like Nicole Kidman, but is now helping families in need.

Author writing for 'prisoner kids' to read with jailed parents says 'reconnecting' cuts reoffending

Tommy Kapai has gone from butler to the stars to getting the wayward back on track.

02:55
The former Aussie PM is voting no, but his sister is gay and daughter is also pushing for equality.

Marriage equality survey making things awkward in Tony Abbott's family

The former Aussie PM is voting no, but his sister is gay and daughter is also pushing for equality.

Aussie senator defends robo-calls urging 'no' vote in same-sex marriage survey

At the same time he slammed the use of 'yes' text messages.

02:08
The number has risen 10 per cent in the past year, and the city mission expects the problem to get worse.

'We'd love to do ourselves out of a job' - Christchurch mission experiences spike in bed demand from homeless

People seeking beds in the city mission has risen 10 per cent in the last year.

'He loved us so much' - Chester Bennington's wife shares video of rocker laughing hours before his tragic death

"This is what depression looked like to us just 36 hours before his death," Talinda Bennington‏ tweeted with the video.

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