Remember Wham? Back in the eighties, there was no bigger band. British duo - Andrew Ridgeley and George Michael ruled the pop charts for years. When they split, George Michael became a solo music legend, while Andrew Ridgeley happily escaped the public gaze. Now, three decades later he's stepped back into the spotlight, to share insights about his precious time with his best friend. Channel 9 “60 MINUTES”
They come out when it’s dark; greedily and stealthily devouring our native bush and pasture. Most New Zealanders would never have seen a wallaby in the wild despite them being here for well over 100 years. Numbers are now exploding and they’re escaping the special containment zones. SUNDAY goes wallaby hunting and asks why this forgotten pest seems to have slipped the government’s mind.
It’s a coastal oasis – Matakana Island – just offshore from the sprawling city of Tauranga, and far from the modern stresses of urban life. Last year this unique and close-knit Maori community had their way of life torn apart and the 200 people who live there have been left reeling.
Imagine waking up one morning and sounding like a completely different person - a person from a foreign-language-speaking country. That’s the bizarre scenario that confronted Australian friends Elaine Davidson and Heather Scammell. They met when their voices suddenly changed overnight. Both women speak English but Heather now speaks with a thick Italian accent while Elaine sounds French one day and Italian the next. Foreign Accent Syndrome might sound like an exotic, even slightly comical, condition. But it’s as devastating as it is rare. Channel 7 “SUNDAY NIGHT”
After more than half a century on stage, Rod Stewart still knows how to pull a crowd. He’s certainly come a long way since his first professional gig playing harmonica in the early 60s. Sir Rod is one of the greatest singer-songwriters of our time with more than 250 million record sales worldwide. And 74-year-old rocker is showing no signs of slowing down. Channel 7 “SUNDAY NIGHT”
The gig economy has been hailed as a major game changer in the world of work, and possibly the end of the 9 to 5. It’s based on short term contracts via a digital platform where you get paid for the jobs or ‘gigs’ rather than a regular salary or wage. If you’ve taken an Uber, stayed in an Air BnB or ridden on a Lime scooter then you’ve been looked after by the gig economy. But where does the buck stop? Reporter: Mark Crysell Producer: Paul Deady Cameras: Joseph Day, Gary Hopper Editor: Paul Anderson
When we get sick or injured, we ring our local GP to patch us up or sort us out. That’s the way it works doesn’t 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.
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