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The trip to Ireland is the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s first trip abroad as a married couple.

Wrapping up the trends of 2018: What Kiwis searched for online this year

With 2018 almost done and dusted, it's time to reflect on everything that brought us together this year.

Woman with hands tied.

Online guide launched to help sexual violence survivors navigate justice system

There's been "overwhelming feedback" from victims and survivors about the need for better access to information.

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The latest Child Poverty Monitor found children in our most disadvantaged communities are twice as likely to end up in hospital.

Welfare benefits involving children should be linked to wages - Children's Commissioner

The Child Poverty Monitor shows one in five children from the most disadvantaged communities are going without the basics.

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A bitter split in the Rainbow Community has put one of the biggest events on the LGBTQI calendar under threat. John Campbell looks at both sides of the debate, and at the historic events leading up to the current tension.

The Story with John Campbell: The Pride Divide

A bitter split in the Rainbow Community has put one of the biggest events on the LGBTQI calendar under threat. John Campbell looks at both sides of the debate, and at the historic events leading up to the current tension.

Food grants have soared by 50 per cent over the past couple of years.

Auckland City Mission calls on Government to track food poverty as problem rises

Over the next two weeks the mission plans to hand out over 8000 family food parcels.

Te Mata Peak controversy resolved

Controversial Te Mata Peak track removal to cost further $200,000

Ngāti Kahungunu described Craggy Range Winery's zig-zag pathway as a "scar" on the culturally significant site.

Bad Taste Food Awards: Consumer NZ calls out our food companies over 'misleading' claims

This year's awards included foods promoted as healthier choices, "even though they contained spoonfuls of sugar".

Board of Auckland Pride Parade survives no confidence vote, wins mandate for ban on police uniforms

Move follows board's ban on police marching in uniform at next year's Pride Parade, which had divided the rainbow community and caused sponsors and support groups to pull out.

Watch: Head girl of Christchurch high school opens up on her battle with depression in inspiring end-of-year speech

St Margaret's College's Jem Vaughan spoke about the role of social media in her struggle.

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New offences include strangulation and suffocation, and coerced marriage, that come into effect today.

Strangling and suffocating coming under domestic violence laws in bid to hold perpetrators accountable

The new framework also aims to make victim safety "the primary consideration in bail decisions"

Farmers Santa Parade Auckland 2015

Santa Claus recalled for Auckland Santa Parade after 'inappropriate' comments

Neville Baker was replaced last week after he said he wouldn't hire women to play Father Christmas.

Bethel Protestant Chrurch in the Netherlands  has been leading a round-the-clock church service to prevent an Armenian family from being deported.

Dutch church holds 24/7 service to shield asylum-seekers from deportation

After nine years in the Netherlands, the Armenian family has been ordered to leave.

The auction in Bredbo, near Queanbeyan, Australia, on Saturday features Nazi medals, helmets, jewellery and the Hitler portrait.

Australian auction of Nazi memorabilia outrages Jewish community

The auction features Nazi medals, helmets, jewellery and the Hitler portrait.

Police dropped LGBTQI training two years ago, it has been revealed

Sexuality and gender identity training for police was compulsory from the early 2000s up until two years ago.

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Dames Jools & Lynda Topp talked to Breakfast this morning about the controversial decision and their responsibility to maintain the lesbian and gay community.

'There's always two sides to a story' – Topp Twins' unique take on Pride Parade's police uniform stoush

The Twins are happy for police to march, but understand not everyone in the community agrees.

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Dames Jools & Lynda Topp joined TVNZ’s Breakfast this morning to discuss their incredible achievement.

Topp Twins to be honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award at LGBTI awards - 'we just had to stay gay long enough to get it'

"It can be a lonely place if you're scared about coming out as a gay person," said Dame Jools.

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The Attitude Awards, which is in its 11th year, honoured a woman who’s been serving the blind community for more than 20 years.

Woman who served blind community for over two decades honoured at Attitude Awards

"I'm so inspired by everybody's stories," said Martine Abel-Williamson.

The Labour MP spoke about the compensation other countries have given.

Louisa Wall explains 'terf' comment, suggests police wear ceremonial uniform in Pride parade

The Labour MP has said people who don't support transgender rights shouldn't be in the Pride parade.

Worrying new homicide figures highlight the prominence of domestic violence in NZ.

Oranga Tamariki 'absolutely appalling' in case of young mother's death, family says

"I'm absolutely disgusted. They're absolutely appalling, they could have done more."

Two participants kiss as Gay rights activists and supporters walk during annual gay pride gathering in New Delhi, India, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. Earlier this year, India's top court struck down a colonial-era law that made homosexual acts punishable by up to 10 years in prison, a landmark victory for gay rights in the world's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Prem Singh)

Watch: Hundreds march at Pride parade in New Delhi to fight India's LGBTQI stigma

Earlier this year, India's top court struck down a colonial-era law that made homosexual acts punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

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The National Party leader is not in favour of legalising cannabis, and would vote against it in a referendum.

Simon Bridges against cannabis legalisation, worries about signal it would send

National leader would also be reluctant to vote in favour of euthanasia.

Both major parties had triumphs and disappointments yesterday. And some races are still on a knife’s edge.

Trump administration asks Supreme Court to issue quick ruling on transgender military case

It's the fourth time in recent months the administration has had proposals pushed to the high court.

For the first time a prime minister is taking part in the parade celebrating New Zealand's rainbow communities.

Crowdfunding page for next year's Auckland Pride parade raises over $3000 overnight

The campaign aims to replace Pride's corporate funding with community money.

Farmers Santa Parade Auckland 2015

Farmers ditch 'traditional' Santa following 'inappropriate' comments

Neville Baker will apparently be replaced after he said he wouldn't hire women to play Father Christmas.

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It follows a decision to ban police in uniform from taking part.

Auckland Pride Parade loses another sponsor as media giant NZME pulls the plug

It comes as defiant organisers remain committed to their controversial ban of cops officers marching in police uniform.

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Abortions still sit under the Crimes Act. As the Government moves to change that, John Campbell asks New Zealand's most vocal reproductive rights advocate, Dame Margaret Sparrow, why she's never given up speaking out on the issue.

The Story with John Campbell: Abortion, a woman's right to choose?

John Campbell asks NZ's most vocal reproductive rights advocate why she's never given up speaking out on the issue.

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