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Disability support providers may stop accepting new clients and some services may close because of a freeze in government funding.
A growing pay gap between community social workers and their government-agency counterparts is putting programmes for vulnerable families at risk.
Some family carers are disappointed recent changes to the Funded Family Care system didn't overhaul the assessment process, but the associate Minister of Health says that overall families are happy… Audio
The service would have paid families between $500 to $5000 a year, allowing them to buy the respite support which suited them best, but the Ministry of Health baulked at the cost.
The Family Court system is not fit for purpose, with the radical reforms of 2014 delivering few of the promised benefits and actually increasing delays, a review has found. Audio
Today, the government revealed its plan for combating climate change. It's already being condemned as "toothless" by environmentalists and "cruel" by farmers. Video
Public health officials struggled to give effective advice in a mass illness incident at a Wairarapa primary school last year, according to a new report from officials.
MPs have been deluged with thousands of submissions on the fast-tracked gun legislation, but there are concerns about the pace of change.
Hundreds of thousands of New Zealand children are still living in poverty because of housing costs, according to new figures released today.
Spending on lawyers in the Family Court has rocketed, despite reforms five years ago aimed at slashing the court's running costs.
KiwiRail's plans to upgrade its network are running into funding obstacles, with some bids to the Provincial Growth Fund being rejected.
Newly-released documents show the government forced KiwiRail to backtrack on its decision to ditch the electric locomotives on the North Island's main trunk line.
A Wellington primary school has suspended music lessons that used tutors without police background checks.
Politicians have been told pressures on the mental health system are not sustainable and demand is overwhelming.
The government is looking at having more than half of children walking, cycling or scooting to school by 2030.
KiwiRail has confirmed plans to replace its three ageing Cook Strait ferries with two new, larger, purpose-built rail ferries.
A report into the country's mental health services describes patients and families pleading for help from a failing system. Audio
The cost of installing seven bus hubs in the capital has blown out to more than $14 million.
Pharmacists have been told to restrict the number of paracetamol tablets they give out because of a national shortage of the country's most dispensed medicine.
New Zealand Defence Force has almost eight hours of secret American drone footage it says shows there are more than 100 mistakes in a book about a controversial raid in Afghanistan.
Social workers contracted by Oranga Tamariki want to piggyback on a big pay boost going to their counterparts at the state agency.
A $3 million memorial to remember the victims of the country's worst ever aircraft crash, the Mount Erebus disaster, has finally been announced to the relief of victims' families.
Another parent of severely disabled children is heading to court seeking a ruling that his daughter and son are incapable of employing him.
Placing children and young people in state care can have disastrous consequences and greatly increase their risk of becoming chronic offenders, says the Chief District Court Judge.
Authorities remain stumped by a mystery vapour that left children sick at a Wairarapa school on Friday and prompted a full scale response from emergency services.