Meet the Auckland man who went from living on the streets to selling art in London

A man who once called the streets of Auckland home is now a successful artist holding exhibitions around the world and selling work in London.

Five years ago, Richard Turipa was living on the streets when he started taking art classes at the Auckland City Mission - and discovered he had a talent.

Now, he's been part of an exhibition that's travelled to Berlin and New York - and has an apartment to call home.

To find out more about how Mr Turipa turned his life around, click on the video above.

Richard Turipa started doing art class at the city mission, and discovered a hidden talent. Source: Seven Sharp

Take a tour through the Te Puke research centre testing the kiwifruit of the future

Your standard green or yellow kiwifruit might be a familiar sight, but what if there were thousands more to choose from?

Zespri's Te Puke research centre is home to the kiwifruit of the future - and there are over 100,000 varieties.

The Te Puke research centre took Seven Sharp along to meet the people breeding tomorrow's little kiwis.

To learn more about the research centre swimming in kiwifruit, click on the video above.

Green and gold may be familiar to you, but in reality, there are over 100,000 varieties. Source: Seven Sharp


Kiwi scientists in $20m research project helping uncover the secrets of remote underwater volcano

For the first time, scientists have drilled down several hundred metres from the Kermadec Seas, in the South Pacific Ocean, into the Brothers Volcano below.

Cornel de Ronde, a research geologist with GNS Science, says the volcano offers "an opportunity to see what's going in these active hydrothermal systems on the sea floor".

"Most of the world's volcanism - about 85 per cent - occurs on the sea floor, so it's out of sight, out of mind for most folks," Mr de Ronde said.

Mr de Ronde is one of four Kiwis on board the JOIDES Resolution research ship.

The international ocean discovery program, consisting of 23 different nationalities, has spent two months out at sea.

"We were very interested in what metals are transported within these volcanoes, what they are, where they are, and how they got there," he said.

The team discovered the volcano was full of copper - and even gold – with the colour of the rocks indicating the presence of different elements.

However, using large drill bits to bore into the rocky summit of the volcano at 1200 metres below sea level is proving to be quite the challenge for the team, with acidic and hot fluids just two of the many obstacles the team must face.

"The hardest thing of all was to start a hole because a lot of it was ashy-type material and that's very difficult to start a hole. But we drilled in casing, and we drilled down through the casing into the hard rock below."

While the findings must now be taken on-shore for testing, the mission has been hailed a technological triumph in extreme conditions.


The cutting edge science mission in the Kermadec Islands involved four Kiwis, and wasn’t without its challenges. Source: 1 NEWS