Conversion therapy also known as spiritual healing or praying the gay away refers to the practice of curing same sex attraction. Though the practice has been discredited by the NZs leading mental-health organisations, and has been banned in some parts of the world, its still legal here. SUNDAY spoke with three gay men about the conversion therapy theyve been through. And we go undercover where it was surprisingly easy to find people willing to help.
Two years ago Kiwi woman Cindy Waldron was holidaying on a remote Australian beach with her best friend, Leeann Mitchell. Arm-in-arm, standing in knee-deep water, Cindy was grabbed by a crocodile. The women tried to fight it off, but Cindy is dragged away and killed. This was an area where croc sightings are rare. Leeeann reveals what happened that terrifying night as Cindys death re-ignites the fierce debate about culling the growing population of the deadly predators.
Auckland Zoo has been an icon of the city for nearly a century. The jewel in its crown? A pride of lions. There were once 11 mighty lions, but only two remained Kura and Amira. As these lions reached the end of their natural lives, the zookeepers faced a dilemma. Should they be euthanised? SUNDAY's cameras follow zoo staff as they face the most difficult and possibly heartbreaking decisions of their careers.
She was once ashamed to be Maori so its ironic that she's now celebrating Maori cuisine. Chef Monique Fiso made a name for herself in NYC, working in Michelin-star restaurants. But the notoriously tough cooking world resulted in Monique battling anxiety, drugs and alcohol. With her trademark determination she decided to make a shift and came home to discover a new style of cooking, and a new side to herself.
A small group of New Zealanders has been slipping in and out of North Korea for almost a decade, as part of an unlikely collaboration that could end up saving the worlds migratory shore birds.