Meg Draffin and Nathan Roye are young, in love and ready to embark on the adventure of a lifetime - to climb Africas highest mountain. From the outside, Meg seems like a typical 24-year-old, but shes living with Cystic Fibrosis. This incurable genetic condition makes every breath difficult, but Meg is determined to conquer Mt Kilimanjaro. We join the pair on their heart-warming journey of hope and courage set on the rooftop of the world.
When we get sick or injured, we ring our local GP to patch us up or sort us out. Thats the way it works doesnt it? Not in Kaitaia. Ailing new arrivals in the Far North town are struggling to get basic healthcare after local doctors closed their books to new patients, and as the Northland population continues to surge, the region has come face-to-face with an unprecedented healthcare crisis. Overworked, burnt-out doctors are worried for patient safety as well as their own. Is it time to rethink healthcare in New Zealand?
The world has fallen in love with New Zealand's liquid gold - manuka honey. But there are claims the Aussies are trying to plunder our brand, using the word "manuka" to sell their honey. Aussie beekeepers say they've been using the word for more than a century. Kiwi beekeepers say that "manuka" is ours alone - because it's a Maori word. A lucrative industry is at stake. Who will come out on top? SUNDAY investigates.
The death of 19-year old Mason Pendrous at a Canterbury University hostel has initiated several investigations, and much debate, about how he was left unchecked for so long. Away from the headlines Masons stepfather pays tribute to his dearly missed son and speaks candidly about the young man who loved two minute noodles, his dog, and his mates.
Our farmers should be happy - commodity prices are good, interest rates are low. But instead, many farmers feel like theyre under siege. They say theyve been unfairly targeted by government proposals to clean up our dirty waterways and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Some even say that it could be lights-out on their businesses and the rural towns they support. What's fair for down on the farm?
Its the firefighters who come to save us when the siren rings but their job is killing them. Cancer rates are up to 100 times higher than the general population because of the toxic smoke from fires, and theres an alarming increase in PTSD and suicides following a huge increase in medical calls theyre now attending. For the past two months Sunday has been alongside firefighters as they battle the burnout from their jobs long after the flames have gone out.
It’s almost as if he never existed. Bo Harris was 34 weeks in gestation, soon to be born, when his mother Joanna was in a massive head-on car crash. Doctors rushed to save Joanna but Bo, plump and perfectly formed when he was delivered, died before he could take a breath. Under New Zealand law, the driver who caused the crash could not be held responsible for Bo’s death because the unborn baby was not officially a person. Is it time for a law change?
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