When it comes to knowing what’s offensive and what isn’t, most people rely on common sense. But with the internet being such an effective tool for outrage, as well as a weapon to instantly and publicly shame perceived offenders, that’s not always the case. British TV host Piers Morgan is one of the most divisive characters in the cancel-culture debate. Three months ago he controversially declared the Duchess of Sussex had lied in her tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, and in the outcry that followed his comments he was sacked. But now the outspoken Morgan is fighting back, warning the world of dire consequences if the battle to defend free speech is lost.
Is our national game seriously hurting our heads? As the players and hits get bigger, scientists are presenting alarming findings about what constant head knocks and concussions are doing to brains. American Football was forced to pay out $1 billion compensation and now former rugby players are taking World Rugby to court in the UK alleging the game’s administrators failed to protect them from the risks of concussion. Sunday’s Mark Crysell talks to former All Blacks who took the knocks and asks is rugby’s greatest test about to kick off?
Alone, unconscious, and struggling to breathe - Allen Ball took over two hours to die on the cold floor of a cell just metres away from police officers who were oblivious to his fate. For two years his family have struggled to get answers about what went so horribly wrong. SUNDAY follows this highly unusual case, where police admitted to making mistakes - prosecuting three of their own, and takes the family’s questions right to the top. Reporter: Rebecca Wright Producers: Steve Butler, Chris Cooke Cameras: Gary Hopper, Chris Cooke, Scottie McKinnon, Will Green Editor: Stuart Robertson
It’s just 6 weeks until Japan will host this year’s Olympic Games – the hype, tension and extraordinary feats as our best athletes test themselves against the world's best. But, should the Games happen? Tokyo is in a state of emergency, grappling with its 4th wave of Covid infections. The country’s death toll is 13,500 and counting. Athletes are due to arrive within weeks, while others call for the games to be cancelled. We ask the Olympic Team CEO Kereyn Smith and epidemiologist Professor Michael Baker about New Zealand’s state of play. Reporter: Miriama Kamo Producer: Arun Jeram Cameras: Rewi Heke, Ben Ireland, Will Green Editor: Paul Anderson
When Crowded House played their farewell concert on the steps of the Sydney Opera House 25 years ago, tears were shed in New Zealand and Australia. Their music was so well known and so well loved that the end was tough to accept. But the band has reformed with new members joining the lineup to make it a family affair, and keep the legendary Crowded House sound as memorable as ever. They speak about the breakup, their energy, their grief and where they find joy. Channel 9 “60 MINUTES”
Is it time to rethink our love affair with big cars? Of the top five new cars sold in the past year, three were utes and the other two SUVs. Kiwis are spending more time in increasingly large vehicles - and billions on roads to drive them. But New Zealand also has one of oldest and dirtiest fleets in the developed world. With drastic moves to clean up our car emissions over the next three years, what needs to change?
It’s Game Over for Sonny Bill Williams and his Aussie mate, former Socceroo Craig Foster. Eight years ago, New Zealand offered to resettle 150 refugees a year from Australia's offshore detention centres. Australia has consistently refused and this week Sonny Bill put on his political hat and went to Queenstown to meet Prime Minister Scott Morrison, saying “let’s just get that paper signed - it’s inhumane to keep these people holed up”.
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