The events of this year have highlighted our strengths and our weaknesses - things we thought were certain, suddenly aren't in the middle of a pandemic. The Prime Minister said this week that "we have weathered this storm better than anticipated", but tens of thousands more kiwis are now on a benefit, some of them for the first time in their lives. So just five weeks out from the election we're asking what it's like to go without? Without food, without a warm, dry home? And what still needs to change?
When 21-year-old student Drew Pavlou organised his first-ever protest at his Australian University, he never imagined the extraordinary chain of events that would follow. His criticisms of China’s human rights record resulted in him being bashed by pro-Beijing protestors, branded an enemy of the Chinese state and subjected to death threats. Drew thought his university would leap to his defence, but it appears instead to have gone on the attack. Now the University of Queensland stands accused of siding with the communist regime, raising serious questions about its reliance on Chinese money and how deep Beijing’s influence on campus goes. Channel 9 “60 MINUTES”
There’s nothing too crazy or too dangerous for these Kiwi twins. Sunday tags along with the 29-year old sisters – called The Wild Twins – who live up to their name whether they’re skydiving, mountain climbing, hunting or competing in an international tv reality show in the African wilderness. For 21 days, the twins took part in the adventure of their lifetime. Left naked in the African savanna, with no food, and nothing more than a bow and arrow and a machete, they fended off rhinos, leopards and hyenas. How did they survive this extreme survival challenge?
29-year old Alo Ngata was tasered, pepper-sprayed and tied up by Police after he randomly attacked an elderly man in central Auckland in 2018. A few hours later he died in a cell with a spit hood over his head. Witnesses to the arrest heard him call out, “Brother, help me, I can’t breathe”. Family believe that the Police misused the spit hood on Alo and failed to properly monitor his condition. A two year SUNDAY investigation into the arrest and death of Alo Ngata.
In New Zealand face masks are almost of thing of the past, but in parts of Australia they're mandatory. What’s happening now in the state of Victoria is not only a grim reminder of how easy it is for the disease to spiral out of control, it’s causing many to rethink Australia's plan to fight Covid 19. Across the ditch, people are looking to Aotearoa and elimination - to rid the country of the virus, but others are proposing a more controversial way. Channel 9 “60 MINUTES”
Making fire from ice sounds impossible, but that’s exactly what scientists are doing in the Arctic wilderness. Ground that’s been frozen for thousands of years is rapidly thawing out, releasing dangerous gas on a colossal scale. The result is wrecking chaos on local communities and has the potential to accelerate global warming. We explore this new environmental threat that has profound implications for us all.
It’s the Christchurch retirement home and dementia facility that suffered over half of our country's Covid-19 related deaths. The Rosewood rest home has become synonymous with the virus breakout but for the staff, residents and their families, it was far more personal. The lockdown, the spread of the virus and its effects was a time of isolation, confusion and grief. We bring you this exclusive report from inside Rosewood.
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