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.
Live animal exports by sea have this week been officially banned by the government. It's an industry which was thrust into the spotlight last year when the Gulf Livestock 1 capsized in the East China Sea after leaving Napier, killing 6000 cattle, and two New Zealand men aboard the ship. But how has New Zealand's live export industry operated under the radar for decades? And why will tens of thousands more animals will be sent to China - before it is stopped completely?
For those caught up in it, QAnon is very real. For the rest of us, it's a baffling mega-conspiracy that has us scratching our heads in utter disbelief. Those who follow 'Q' believe the world is ruled by a cabal of Satan-worshipping elites who prey on children. It seems whacky, but the fact is that millions of people have gone down the rabbit hole of this online cult. We examine the “truth” behind QAnon.
Meet two of Aotearoa’s newest stars. Hailing from the mighty Far North, mother and son duo Isey and James Cross are the most unlikely and unique of film stars and at the tender age of 102, Isey may be the oldest too. But that hasn’t slowed her down a jot. “I’m the boss in this relationship”, she says. Film maker Florian Habicht captured the quirky pair for his upcoming new documentary “James and Isey”, the film he says that not only stole his heart but turned around his moviemaking career.
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