It’s been the era of social media and influencers – where follows and shares really matter. But it seems people are beginning to tire of heavily filtered attention-seekers, subtly trying to sell something. Instead, there’s a growing anti-influencer movement – people whose sway – and appeal to multinational brands – increases the less they care about what others think of them. One famous duo - The Inspired Unemployed – are two proudly ordinary Aussie blokes, turning their humour into big business.
Our kids are born with the essence of creative genius, but by the time they’re teens, their creativity is largely lost. To prepare for an uncertain future, they need the skills to think differently, be innovative. But are we preparing them properly? Meet the man on a mission to keep creativity in the classroom
Amber, Zak and Annabelle are all young teens at school. They’re also part of an invisible, unpaid and isolated group of caregivers looking after whanau who can’t look after themselves. They’re known as ‘young carers’ but most of them are actually children who provide a significant level of care for someone else. But while they look after others why aren’t we looking after them? An international expert says New Zealand should be ashamed of its poor record of identifying and supporting our young carers and that can lead to serious mental health issues later in life.
They work with life and death, with children and their whanau, and through 24/7 shifts. Every day, specialist staff treat, nurse, and hold the hands of our critically-ill tamariki. In a rare and exclusive look, we’re inside PICU, Starship Hospital’s paediatric intensive care unit. We meet Rehua, Harry, Toutai and their families, and we meet those working on the wards, with stretched resources, as the hospital looks to expand.
When it comes to elaborate scams and stealing millions from unsuspecting victims - Anna Sorokin is a mastermind. This 30-year-old convinced New York’s rich and famous she was a German heiress about to inherit a US$60 million fortune, and then used her lies to live the high life on their money. She served three years in prison for the fraud, but, in an extraordinary interview, Sorokin is totally unrepentant. She boldly believes there’s nothing wrong with making it by faking it.
Robin Williams was a one-of-a-kind entertainer. A masterful comedian and a skilled actor, he lived his life at a wonderfully frantic pace. His struggles with drugs and alcohol were well-known, but that didn’t make him at all unusual among his Hollywood peers. Less well-known however, was that no-one, including Williams himself, realised that he was also suffering from a rare degenerative brain disease. As difficult as it is, his wife, Susan Schneider Williams, and several of his closest friends now know why Robin took his own life seven years ago, and want to share this.
She's an actress, a trainee makeup artist, a dance-lover and a teenager who happens to have Down Syndrome. 19-year old Libby Hunsdale is featuring in a new film as New Zealand's first lead actor playing the role of a young woman with the Syndrome. For Libby, who's already lived through her own family tragedies, life is there to be embraced and she makes every opportunity count.
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