A small farming community awakes to absolute devastation. After a night of heavy rain, a million tonnes of forestry waste comes crashing down the slopes, smashing anything in its way. Some locals are angry that forestry is allowed to operate on some of the most erodible land in the country, but others feel forestry's a vital industry that pumps millions of dollars into the economy. So who is to blame and who pays the multi-million dollar clean-up bill?
Black blood runs in the veins of 17 year old Brigham Riwai-Couch. Maori All Blacks on his mums side and his dads Grandfather was Ben Couch, an All Black from 1947 1949, whose international career was cruelly shortened after he was prevented from touring South Africa because he was Maori. Almost 70 years later his great grandson Brigham set off to South Africa to right the wrong.
To his believers, hes known simply as The Healer. Charlie Goldsmith claims he can cure the sick without even touching them. Arthritis, infections, chronic pain Charlie says he can heal them all with his mysterious energy alone. He does it for free and he has plenty of patients who will attest to his inexplicable powers. But is he truly a healer or is it all a hoax?
Work hard and you should be able to enjoy a decent life, or at least be able to pay the rent, right? Well for some working Kiwis living pay check to pay check that's not happening. It's the impact of rising rents and low wages that's biting hard as breadwinners are earning crusts and eating crumbs. But it's an issue that's hidden by feelings of stigma, embarrassment and often shock that full time work doesn't guarantee financial security.
Calyn Hoad was only seven when he threw himself in front of a four-wheel-drive to save his little brothers life, suffering massive brain damage. Doctors were uncertain he would even wake up. We meet up with Calyn almost four years on, when hes suffered another tragic blow - almost dying not once, but twice when he contracted a life-threatening bacterial meningitis infection.
Shes a household name and a mega-star whos been creating hits for over six decades. This week SUNDAY sits down for an exclusive interview with Cher the singer, movie star, fashion icon and political activist. She reveals the cost of being a working mum, the ups and downs of her career, and puts a request to our Prime Minister.