Its been more than three decades since the worlds worst nuclear accident at Chernobyl. But for a community of survivors downunder the children of Chernobyl the memories of that day are as vivid as ever. We follow one Melbourne mother, as she ventures back to the city of her birth to confront the truth of what happened there. Its a journey of unexpected joy and unimaginable heartbreak as Inna remembers her childhood living in the shadow of Chernobyl. Channel 7 SUNDAY NIGHT
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.
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.
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?
Its one of the most infectious diseases out there and is far more serious than many think. New Zealand is in the middle of a measles epidemic, with over 1300 cases reported this year and numbers are rising. Health specialists say rates of MMR vaccination have been low and that this should never have happened. Now, theyre struggling to bring the outbreak under control. Whos suffering most and how do we stop this public health crisis?
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.
All Blacks captain Richie McCaw hit rock bottom in 2007 after losing the Rugby World Cup. But from the worst of times he achieved greatness going on to win back to back world championships. And his secret? Facing self-doubt, vulnerabilities and learning how to perform under pressure, Richie credits Dr Ceri Evans with teaching him the tools he needed to change his mindset. This week, Ceri shows us all how we can not just survive, but thrive in our own worlds of stress and pressure.
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