'I feel as a young Maori male this is an opportunity to speak to others ' - Boy actor James Rolleston speaks about recovery from crash that nearly killed him

I don't recall anything that happened that night, but I believe what happened… I made a decision to get behind the wheel of my car and I drove dangerously.

Now I'm living with the consequence…a brain injury that's affected my speech, movements, memory and emotions, and I must live with the fact I nearly killed my mate.

Most of us never think a car accident will happen to us. I never thought it would happen to me. I was on top of the world…invincible, and on my way to Hollywood.

This experience of being a young man, making choices, having an accident that put my life and future at risk needs to be shared.

Nothing happens without reason, and I feel as a young Maori male this is an opportunity to speak to others about their choices.

When the documentary crew started filming me, I felt worried and embarrassed about the public seeing me in a mess.

But I started to realise my journey could help others. I slowly got over the fear and embarrassment.

I remember waking up from my coma barely able to move or talk and thinking 'this is me for the rest of my life, my recovery has stopped'.

I thought I'd always need support, a wheelchair and a team of people to help me. When I got to ABI Rehabilitation, (a brain rehabilitation centre in West Auckland) I started doing more for myself and began to get hope things would get better.

Making this documentary was so different from any film I had ever done.

It's my life and I am not acting! The big thing was how personal this documentary needed to be.

The Boy star told TVNZ1's Sunday show he was helped through the ordeal by his good friend and fellow actor Cliff Curtis. Source: Sunday

I had to get over the fear of sharing so much and get over the embarrassment of how people would view me.

I also had to push through the fatigue - part and parcel of having a traumatic brain injury. At times I had to battle through and suck it up and at other times the filmmakers had to just let me sleep.

This documentary helped me realize it could have been a lot worse. The process of filming has forced me to think about my life and helped me understand myself better. As hard as it is to be grateful, I am.

I have down days, but I am happy to be alive.

I feel like I'm still improving. My speech is getting better. Physically I'm able to move better. Last month I couldn't run, now I'm beginning to jog.

TVNZ1's Sunday show is featuring the emotional journey of the Boy star, since shooting to fame as a youngster. Source: Sunday

The most important thing for anyone who has suffered a brain injury is having a supportive family and friends who are aware that the person will go through ups and downs and will always need them.

Sometimes I've felt embarrassed about asking for help because I feel like I should be doing a lot on my own. My family and friends have been a massive help in my recovery.

In some ways I feel this accident is positive for my career as an actor. The dark places I've been through and challenges I have had to overcome and am still overcoming has given my acting more depth.

The past year has been the most challenging of my life. The Attitude film crew has been there recording some of my darkest days in the hope young viewers will understand the consequences of reckless driving.


The Boy actor has spoken candidly with TVNZ 1's Sunday programme about the crash, his recovery, and resulting documentary. Source: Sunday

Little South Auckland town celebrating their own female pioneers

Next week will mark 125 years since women in New Zealand won the right to vote.

As the country prepares to mark the historic day, a little town south of Auckland is celebrating their own female pioneers.

The residents of Pukekohe say women’s suffrage is about the lasting inspiration it gave to those who followed.

Hundreds turned out today to show their appreciation and remembered those like the woman who started a female fitness club in 1913 or ran for president of the RSA.

Pukekohe's not the only town making big noise this year, a number of towns up and down the country are expected to hold events like this, ahead of next Wednesday's 125th celebration.

Hundreds will join Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in Auckland’s Aotea Square for a sunrise salute to those who made the women’s vote and countless other everyday tasks possible.

Pukekohe turned out to celebrate their own as New Zealand gets set to mark 125 years since women’s suffrage. Source: 1 NEWS

Police appeal for sightings after man found dead on Auckland road

A body has been found on an Auckland road after being hit by a vehicle, but police believe the man may have already been deceased before the incident.

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Police car generic. Source: 1 NEWS

Police were called to the scene on Popes Road, Takanini, at 7.20pm after reports that a pedestrian had been hit by a car.

Police say initial indications are that the man was already deceased on the road when hit by the driver who contacted emergency services.

Police are investigating and no further information is available at this time.

Anyone who saw a man wearing a red checkered shirt and jeans hitchhiking along Popes Road earlier this evening has been advised to contact Papakura Police on 09 295 0200.


Boy, 4, found dead in sewage pond after going missing from West Coast farm

A four-year-old boy has been found dead in an effluent pond after going missing from a West Coast farm today.

Police received a report Reuben Nolan had disappeared from a farm in Hari Hari, West Coast, just before 1.30pm today.

Police, local volunteers, family, neighbours and friends joined the search for the boy, whose body was found in an effluent pond at 4pm.

Police would like to extend their condolences to the family for their loss.

Reuben's death will be referred to the Coroner, and his family is being assisted by Victim Support.

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Police generic Source: 1 NEWS

Police searching for elderly woman with Alzheimers missing on Waiheke Island

Police and family are concerned for an elderly woman who has gone missing on Waiheke Island.

Sylvia Henley suffers from Alzheimers disease and may be confused.

Ms Henley has not been seen since this morning.

She may be wearing a light blue dressing gown and slippers.

Anyone who may have seen Ms Henley has been advised to call 111.

Source: NZ Police