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Kiwis heading to Moscow in search of hope, convinced that stem cell therapy can halt their horrific disease. SUNDAY follows one desperate woman who leaves behind her baby to go to Russia, taking a gamble with her money and her life. Does this treatment work? Is it safe? And if so - why isn't it available here?
We all try to live up to our family's expectations, but Dr Matire Harwood has exceeded hers. This week, the clinical researcher, GP, mother of two and kapa haka teacher, won a prestigious scientific award - the L'Oreal UNESCO For Women in Science fellowship. She's part of the medical establishment but she's also an activist, fighting for Maori to have equal treatment in our health system.
He's known as 'The Godfather' by the comedy community for his longevity and experience. Scott Blanks has been giving rookie comedians a stage and an audience at Aucklands 'Classic' comedy venue for 20 years now, and occasionally someone special comes along. Scott says he can spot it in seconds, and the way an audience laughs can alert him to a rising star. So who has he found this year? And can she go as far as some of his other discoveries?
Fang Ruzhen is 79 and immigrated to Auckland to help raise her grandchildren. Seventeen years on, English is still a foreign language, but she has found community with other elderly Chinese grandparents through her daily ritual of riding the bus to the Asian supermarkets. A delightful and often-untold perspective of those who do not assimilate but are Kiwis as much as they are Chinese.
Sir Lloyd Geering - the 99-year old, distinguished professor and former Presbyterian minister is an unlikely radical. Geering was a man of God who openly rejected the fundamental ideas of Christian faith. Religion and God, he says, are outdated concepts - but where does that leave society? What do we worship? And, the big question, what's the meaning of life?
Stressed, exhausted, and overwhelmed - many of our teens are at breaking point. In the past decade the number of young people on medication for anxiety has doubled. Experts say parental expectations, academic pressures, and social media all play a role. How can we relieve the pressure? And could the answer be simpler than we think? Paralympic gold medallist Liam Malone opens up on how anxiety almost beat him, and how he overcame it.
He's the much-loved young Kiwi star of 'Boy' and 'Pork Pie' who was heading to Hollywood. But last year James Rolleston almost died in a horrific car crash. His life hanging by a thread, James' whanau was told to say goodbye. In this exclusive hour-long documentary James describes his miraculous survival, and lets us inside his recovery from his traumatic brain injury. From scratch - learning to walk, talk, and adapt to a whole new life. Can he make it back to the top?