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Hes the much-loved young Kiwi star of Boy and Goodbye Pork Pie who was heading to Hollywood. But last year James Rolleston almost died in a horrific car crash. His life hanging by a thread, James whanau was told to say goodbye. In this exclusive hour-long documentary James describes his miraculous survival, and lets us inside his recovery from his traumatic brain injury. From scratch - learning to walk, talk, and adapt to a whole new life. Can he make it back to the top?
A bag of synthetic cannabis costs as little as $20 and as much as your life. At least 20 Kiwis have died using it just this year and hundreds more have been hospitalised. 23 year old Feilding man, Rohan Bahram was found in his father's garage "frittering" and foaming at the mouth. Unlike two of his friends, he's survived to tell a story of euphoric highs and life-threatening lows he's experienced over years of using the drug.
During the Vietnam War three Kiwi soldiers from the Victor 6 company carried out an act of extraordinary bravery under intense enemy fire. Their brave and selfless actions saved the lives of two Australians who were critically injured when a rocket-propelled grenade fired by the Vietcong slammed into their tank. For 46 years their platoon commander has been pushing governments on both sides of the Tasman to award medals to these men but has been ignored. Whats become of those soldiers, and is it time NZ recognised the outstanding bravery of the Victor 6? Reporter: Mark Crysell Producer: Joanne Mitchell Camera: Gary Hopper Editor: Ben Selkirk
At 20 years old, Luke Chivers began eating- and then starving- himself to death. Bulimia had trapped him in an endless cycle of binging and purging. The illness is usually associated with women but Kiwi men are suffering too. Luke speaks to SUNDAY, hoping to break the stigma and silence around the disorder.