For four years Team New Zealand has been a fortress, most of its operation off-limits to media as it prepares to defend the America's Cup. Now, for the first time, SUNDAY has been invited inside for an exclusive behind the scenes look at what it will take to win in 2021. We talk controversies, spying and high speed sailing.
Not many would step into the boxing ring to take on former world heavyweight champ Joseph Parker but Junior Fa is willing and able. The two boxers are South Auckland and proud. They grew up down the road from each other and even attended the same church. But while Parker has become a household name, the man who wants to go 12 rounds with him is a complete unknown.
They’re one of the loudest and most loved bands in rock and roll history but it seemed for a while that AC/DC had turned down the volume and were quietly fading into background music. Co-founder Malcom Young passed away and other band members were battling their own demons. Now, in 2020, they’re back with a new album. Can a band with almost 50 years of history do a u-turn on the highway to hell? Channel 9 “60 MINUTES”
It’s almost a year since Whakaari White Island volcano erupted, seemingly without warning. 47 tourists and their guides were caught up in the catastrophic explosion and were stranded on the island. All suffered injuries and 21 died. The miracle survivors ask why they were allowed to visit such a perilous location in the first place, and why efforts to rescue them were flawed. For the first time, St John’s NZ medical director fronts the cameras, admitting that rescue teams could have reached the island much sooner. Channel 9 “60 MINUTES”
Kiwi wool is natural, renewable and biodegradable. For decades, it was the envy of the world. But in recent years, plastic has taken over our lives, and demand for wool has plummeted. Now, wool prices are so low that many farmers are losing money - and they've had a gutsful. Can New Zealand's wool industry be saved? SUNDAY meets the bright sparks who may have the answer. Reporter: Jehan Casinader Producer: Julia Sartorio Cameras: Tory Evans, Matt Smith Editor: Bleddyn Parry
Hayden Paddon is easily our most successful rally driver – the only Kiwi to win an event in the prestigious World Rally Championship. But after he was controversially dropped by his sponsor, the 33-year-old has been struggling to get back to competing against the world's best. Geraldine’s favourite son still wants to win, only this time, the self-confessed petrolhead is going fully-electric with world’s first competitive EV rally car. We’re alongside Hayden and his team on the new car’s first run.
Celebrity chef Peter Gordon has come home after 31 years in London. It’s not a fleeting visit - he’s here to stay and to give back to the country of his birth. Peter and his partner, Alastair Carruthers are sinking their life savings into New Zealand’s first food embassy to support struggling local food producers hit hard by the pandemic. They’re not alone. A huge number of the one million kiwis living abroad want to return home for good, bringing money and expertise with them.
Beloved Kiwi band Six60 may seem like they have it all, but, for the first time, they reveal the price they‘ve paid for their success. Their original hit song was a trap, they say, and they didn’t have the tools to deal with the fame. Now they publicly acknowledge their demons, their vulnerability, and the help they needed to get through the hard times.
It’s known as ‘cancel culture’ - a movement which has seen some of our most celebrated characters and stories now become unacceptable. Once popular films and sitcoms are being banned from our screens for being offensive - and casualties of this are comedians like John Cleese and Kathy Griffin. But cancel culture and the censorship of our entertainment is also being called ‘dangerous’. In this age of outrage is this the wake-up call the world has been waiting for, or are we becoming too easily offended? Channel 9 “60 MINUTES”
Green School New Zealand promotes itself as unique, holistic, community-focused and about children learning purposefully. So how did it end up as a political hot potato? When it opened at the beginning of this year, the 55-student private school had been fully funded by entrepreneurial couple and Taranaki locals, Michael and Rachel Perrett. But following Covid and a government economic stimulus package, the Green School became $11.7 million richer when its application got the green light from four senior Government ministers. What happened next can only be described as a mess. Reporter: Tamati Rimene-Sproat Producer: Joanne Mitchell Camera: Gary Hopper Editor: Ben Selkirk
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