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A lawyer who has taken cases against the Ministry of Social Development says the ministry needs to completely overhaul its fraud investigation unit.
The Ministry of Social Development is being told it has to do more, and now, for the beneficiaries who have been on the receiving end of over-zealous fraud investigators.
MSD has been unjustifiably intruding on the lives of beneficiaries, with third parties collecting intimate messages, as well as police and banking records, says the Privacy Commissioner. Audio
A solo mum who's had her benefit cut by $28 a week for six-and-a-half years says the government is waiting too long to scrap the sanction that's leaving her out of pocket.
The government's initial response to the welfare expert advisory group's 200-page report is "pathetic", National says, with interest groups and the Green Party also saying more needs to be done.
A report recommending 42 changes to social security - including revamps of abatement rates and solo parent sanctions - has been released as the government begins its overhaul of the welfare system.
A long-awaited report on how the welfare system should be overhauled will be made public later today.
Fisheries New Zealand is introducing a recreational catch limit for bluefin tuna for the first time to help stocks recover.
Former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig will face a second trial on claims he defamed Taxpayers' Union founder Jordan Williams.
An organisation supporting families affected by the Christchurch mosque attacks says mental health support will be needed for some time to come.
The daughter of Haji-Daoud Nabi, who was gunned down in Christchurch's Al Noor Mosque, says she isn't sure the reality of her father's death has really sunk in.
For the first time, Oranga Tamariki has laid bare just how much harm and abuse is being done to children in its care.
The high cost of burials is leaving low income families with no choice but to cremate their loved ones even if it's against their beliefs, the Funeral Directors Association says.
The Salvation Army is launching its own truck shop, in a bid to stamp out unethical mobile traders who are trapping people in a cycle of debt.
Despite the odds being stacked against them, three New Zealand dotterel chicks have managed to make it through the peak summer period on one of Auckland's busiest beaches.
Preschoolers who spend too long in front of screens are more likely to be obese, visit the doctor more often and have poorer physical motor skills.
More than $100 million was paid out in hardship grants by the Ministry of Social Development in the last three months of 2018.
Budget advisers are worried short-term lenders and door-to-door salespeople are trying to cash in on people's anxiety about their finances in the lead-up to Christmas.
The first Work and Income office to have its security fully upgraded in the aftermath of the 2014 Ashburton shooting is open for business.
Organisations working with people addicted to synthetic cannabis support the government's plan to take a less punitive and more health-based approach towards them.
The father and uncle of British backpacker Grace Millane have held a private blessing in Auckland's Waitakere Ranges. Video
Children in the poorest regions still have worse teeth than the rest of the country - and there are warnings that more has to be done if real gains are to be made.
Owha the leopard seal has returned to Auckland's Waitemata Harbour, and has been stalking rowers training out on the water. Video
The former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig was defamed by Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater, a High Court judge has ruled. Video
The review follows concerns by the Privacy Commissioner and beneficiary advocates that some of the investigations could breach people's privacy.