It’s a coastal oasis – Matakana Island – just offshore from the sprawling city of Tauranga, and far from the modern stresses of urban life. Last year this unique and close-knit Maori community had their way of life torn apart and the 200 people who live there have been left reeling.
Imagine waking up one morning and sounding like a completely different person - a person from a foreign-language-speaking country. That’s the bizarre scenario that confronted Australian friends Elaine Davidson and Heather Scammell. They met when their voices suddenly changed overnight. Both women speak English but Heather now speaks with a thick Italian accent while Elaine sounds French one day and Italian the next. Foreign Accent Syndrome might sound like an exotic, even slightly comical, condition. But it’s as devastating as it is rare. Channel 7 “SUNDAY NIGHT”
After more than half a century on stage, Rod Stewart still knows how to pull a crowd. He’s certainly come a long way since his first professional gig playing harmonica in the early 60s. Sir Rod is one of the greatest singer-songwriters of our time with more than 250 million record sales worldwide. And 74-year-old rocker is showing no signs of slowing down. Channel 7 “SUNDAY NIGHT”
The gig economy has been hailed as a major game changer in the world of work, and possibly the end of the 9 to 5. It’s based on short term contracts via a digital platform where you get paid for the jobs or ‘gigs’ rather than a regular salary or wage. If you’ve taken an Uber, stayed in an Air BnB or ridden on a Lime scooter then you’ve been looked after by the gig economy. But where does the buck stop? Reporter: Mark Crysell Producer: Paul Deady Cameras: Joseph Day, Gary Hopper Editor: Paul Anderson
When we get sick or injured, we ring our local GP to patch us up or sort us out. That’s the way it works doesn’t it? Not in Kaitaia. Ailing new arrivals in the Far North town are struggling to get basic healthcare after local doctors closed their books to new patients, and as the Northland population continues to surge, the region has come face-to-face with an unprecedented healthcare crisis. Overworked, burnt-out doctors are worried for patient safety as well as their own. Is it time to rethink healthcare in New Zealand?
The world has fallen in love with New Zealand's liquid gold - manuka honey. But there are claims the Aussies are trying to plunder our brand, using the word "manuka" to sell their honey. Aussie beekeepers say they've been using the word for more than a century. Kiwi beekeepers say that "manuka" is ours alone - because it's a Maori word. A lucrative industry is at stake. Who will come out on top? SUNDAY investigates.
The death of 19-year old Mason Pendrous at a Canterbury University hostel has initiated several investigations, and much debate, about how he was left unchecked for so long. Away from the headlines Mason’s stepfather pays tribute to his dearly missed son and speaks candidly about the young man who loved two minute noodles, his dog, and his mates.
Our farmers should be happy - commodity prices are good, interest rates are low. But instead, many farmers feel like they’re under siege. They say they’ve been unfairly targeted by government proposals to clean up our dirty waterways and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Some even say that it could be lights-out on their businesses and the rural towns they support. What's fair for down on the farm?
It’s 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 there’s an alarming increase in PTSD and suicides following a huge increase in medical calls they’re 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.
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