Is the next generation going to be unfairly burdened with the cost of Covid? Generation Z – those currently aged under 25 – have weathered climate change anxiety, mental health issues and now a global pandemic which will result in economic downturn, unemployment and national debt for decades to come. How do they hope to manage their future?
Charles Ma is building a town – thousands of homes amounting to around a billion dollars. It's a remarkable mission for any developer, but Charles Ma is just 29 years old and lives in a renovated garage. In Auckland's fiercely competitive market, where even the government has failed to deliver big on homes, how has he done it? And, as we face a recession, can this young entrepreneur continue?
LSD, magic mushrooms and ecstasy are hallucinogenic and psychoactive drugs that have been thought of as bad and dangerous for decades. But an increasing number of doctors and therapists are now suggesting that under strict supervision, these drugs can have a vital therapeutic value. Questions are being asked whether rather than destroying lives, these controversial drugs could be used to save them. We meet the former police officer with PTSD who says ecstasy saved his life.
It’s one of our country’s most important jobs. The new All Black captain is Sam Cane, a farm boy from Reporoa, who had to overcome a horror injury that came close to leaving him in a wheelchair. SUNDAY visits Sam and new wife, Harriet and unearths a surprising side to the young man charged with returning the All Blacks to the top of the world.
For a place that only ever closes for Christmas Day, gates at Auckland Zoo have been shut now for the past six weeks. But have the animals noticed the lack of human visitors? And have they missed us? We get special entry on the first day of alert level 2 to catch up with the keepers who have been caring for the animals, and meet some brand new arrivals.
In the world of basketball Sean Marks has done it all. The first kiwi to play in the NBA, win a championship, to coach and now to run a multi-billion dollar team, the Brooklyn Nets. But like the rest of the world, COVID-19 has brought the NBA to a crashing halt and Sean Marks is having to hunker down in the epicentre of America’s outbreak with his American wife and four rambunctious boys.
Our elite sports stars – what’s life like without a team or a training partner or any chance to travel? We’re with boxer Joseph Parker, canoeist Lisa Carrington, surfer Ella Williams, and All Blacks players Damian McKenzie and Anton Lienert-Brown – they share a more personal side of their regime in lockdown and how keeping a sense of humour and a sense of family is so important. SUNDAY asks them how they’re coping with their sporting careers when there are no matches, no crowds, no Olympics.
How young is too young to become a social influencer? This week we meet kid influencers, aged 4, 6 and 7, and ask about what it means for fame and fortune to start so young. The Kardashian family has proven that you don't need any particular ability to be famous or to go viral. Being an influencer means having millions of followers on social media, and what follows followers is money. And if you’re a kid influencer, that’s a whole lot more than the pocket money any parent will pay.
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