Its the firefighters who come to save us when the siren rings but their job is killing them. Cancer rates are up to 100 times higher than the general population because of the toxic smoke from fires, and theres an alarming increase in PTSD and suicides following a huge increase in medical calls theyre now attending. For the past two months Sunday has been alongside firefighters as they battle the burnout from their jobs long after the flames have gone out.
We meet the million-dollar kids and find out how they got so rich and how your child could too. These youngsters are teenagers who have big dreams and even bigger success. Theyre entrepreneurs already running businesses worth millions of dollars, and they claim school is actually holding them back.
Its almost as if he never existed. Bo Harris was 34 weeks in gestation, soon to be born, when his mother Joanna was in a massive head-on car crash. Doctors rushed to save Joanna but Bo, plump and perfectly formed when he was delivered, died before he could take a breath. Under New Zealand law, the driver who caused the crash could not be held responsible for Bos death because the unborn baby was not officially a person. Is it time for a law change?
Hes quickly become one of the biggest names in world sport. Kiwi fighter Israel Adesanya is a MMA champ taking the hits in this brutal martial arts mix of boxing, wrestling and jiu jitsu. Athletic, determined and outspoken, its a long way from when he was the skinny Nigerian immigrant kid being bullied at school in Whanganui.
They're the kids who stopped the world - thousands of kids playing truant, demanding action on climate change. 'You're stealing our future, we feel betrayed,' they say. But who are they? The children leading NZ's school strikes for climate are smart, resourced, and determined to get what they say they need to survive. They're also terrified. What would happen, we wondered, if we brought them face to face with the very companies they claim are threatening our future?
Michael Whittaker was still a schoolboy when he was spotted by a talent scout and told he could have a huge international career as a model. By 18, he was living an international life - walking the runways of some of the worlds most glamorous fashion houses. Michael though has been struck by a devastating disease that the fashion industry doesnt yet know about. Hes bravely speaking about it publicly for the first time.
The deep south isnt where you might expect to find a finishing school for young women but then the Southern Girl Finishing School isnt about learning etiquette or elocution. The girls here are taught how to jumpstart a tractor, handle sheep, fire a shotgun and crack a whip and their teacher, Laura Douglas - who moved from finance to farming - is a fine example of a southern girl. We meet her in her Kingston Station maimai.
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