For more than a century, the SPCA has protected Kiwi animals from cruelty and neglect. But now, it’s fighting for its own survival. There's been a funding crisis, a restructure, and intense criticism from former staff and volunteers. SPCA inspectors say they're facing a wave of abuse and harassment from the public. Will the charity be able to continue helping animals - and enforcing the law?
More than 50 thousand kiwis have returned home since Covid struck but Lorna Butler has endured more than most to get here. Her journey from Lebanon to Aotearoa, after 30 years living overseas was fraught with tragedy and danger. SUNDAY is with Lorna, her husband and son as they emerge from managed isolation into a country they call home but barely know.
Dr Anthony Fauci has become a world-wide name as an immunologist. His expertise in fighting the coronavirus pandemic has made him a hero to many, but not to his boss, the United States President. Donald Trump continually undermines his chief scientific adviser, calling him alarmist, and scoffing when the doctor urges caution about reopening the economy. But instead of being worried, Dr Fauci is instead getting on with trying to beat the virus. Channel 9 “60 MINUTES”
Welcome to our new gold rush. International gold prices have soared in the wake of the pandemic, and there’s never been a better time to be hunting out the abundance of nuggets and flakes to be found on the South Island’s West Coast. Hobbyists and professionals are sluicing, dredging and digging – sharing how the search for gold is addictive, and when you get lucky, very lucrative. We’re deep in the West Coast with the locals, looking for hidden treasure.
Katy Perry - the pop superstar – is now also a Mum after her daughter Daisy Dove was born last week. Back in March, Katy was in Australia supporting victims of the catastrophic bushfires. Then Covid-19 put everything on hold until a few weeks ago when a heavily pregnant and very excited mother-to-be spoke about her mental health, new music and why she couldn’t wait to meet her daughter. Channel 9 “60 MINUTES”
He’s a three-time world surfing champion, but 39-year old Mick Fanning’s life is not all about the sun, beaches and big waves. His supposedly dream existence masks years of pain and suffering. Fanning’s tough times began in 2015 after he was famously attacked by a shark. It’s taken five difficult years, but with help from his mates, his mum and his fiancée, Mick Fanning has risen from the depths and faced up to his biggest fear. Channel 9 “60 MINUTES”
Margaret and Jock Jamieson want to keep the man who killed Margaret's parents in jail, but, after 26 years inside, Gresham Marsh has just been released. Where? They don't know. Has he changed? They doubt it. The head of Police at the scene of the double-murder called it an “execution” and says the killer showed no remorse. Now, the Jamiesons believe Marsh could be a threat to them, and they want a photo of him. Reporter: Tamati Rimene-Sproat Producer: Steve Butler Camera: Gary Hopper Editors: Paul Anderson, Ben Selkirk
Police failed in their duty of care to Alo Ngata – this is the report out now by the Independent Police Conduct Authority. 29-year old Alo died in 2018 after he was tasered, pepper-sprayed, tied up and put in a spit hood by Police. The IPCA found serious failings by Police, stating the spit hood was put on incorrectly, and wrongly left on. The IPCA also criticises the Police’s supervision of Alo, saying there was an “unacceptable” delay by officers in delivering necessary medical treatment. In this exclusive, SUNDAY speaks to the IPCA and to Alo’s mother, Alofa, who wants the Police held to account for her son’s death.
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