When Covid-19 hit the globe, the Cook Islands shut up shop for over a year. Closed borders kept the deadly virus out, so too the lucrative tourist dollars desperately needed. Tour operators, restaurants and hotels had to close their doors, and jobs dried up. Young Cook Islanders, desperate for work, headed to New Zealand looking for jobs in our orchards and meat works. Now, with their borders open and the school holidays in full swing, thousands of Kiwi families are flocking to the Cook Islands to soak up the sun and as businesses start to scale up again the shortage of workers is causing major problems.
When Harper’s Bazaar or Vogue Magazine want a spectacular cover shot,Mariano Vivanco is likely to be the man they call. The Kiwi photographer has captured the who’s who of the rich and famous like Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Kim Kardashian. In this exclusive Sunday story, Mariano reveals for the first time his struggles, setbacks and challenges he overcame to rise to the very top of the fashion world all the way from Palmerston North.
At first it sounds too fishy to be true, but this story is definitely the real deal. A few weeks ago, fisherman Michael Packard, was diving for lobsters when a humpback whale appeared from nowhere and swallowed him. In an instant his world went black and a frightening and heroic struggle for survival began. Packard gives a gripping account of his miraculous escape from the whale’s mouth and explains how this was not his only brush with death.
When East Otago residents were told in February about high lead spikes in their water supply – it put the toxic metal back on our radar. But how much do you really know about the risks? Decades after phasing out lead in paint and petrol, lead exposure is still a public health issue. Young children are particularly vulnerable and the source of the poison could be in your home. Reporter: Tania Page Producer: Kim Peacock Cameras: William Green, Gary Hopper, Tory Evans and Casey Harper Editor: Bleddyn Parry
The world at war against an invisible enemy – in an era where everyone’s a target of cyber terrorists. Every minute of every day, governments, institutions and companies are vulnerable to hackers. These cyber criminals are extremely clever in attempting to extort money from often unsuspecting organisations – using stealth to create maximum mayhem and damage. So what can be done to defeat them?
Te Tairāwhiti - The East Coast - 200km of rugged coastline with a rural and isolated population of almost 4,500 - 90% of whom are living in high deprivation. It’s the first place to see the sun but where people die younger than anywhere else in the country. Sunday gets a rare insight into life on the ‘Coast’ and the challenges of accessing and delivering healthcare in one of the most remote communities in the country.
Sir Bob Parker led Christchurch through its devastating earthquakes and the city’s rebuild. Now, the former mayor faces an even greater challenge: rebuilding himself. In October, he had a stroke which dramatically affected his mind and body. Sir Bob and his wife, Lady Jo, are facing a very different future. In this raw and intimate story, they allow SUNDAY’s cameras to capture their new normal. Plus, we ask why strokes are rising among younger Kiwis – and whether a new surgery could make all the difference.
Aussie rocker Jimmy Barnes’ most famous song is ‘Working Class Man’. But is he now a new-age man? He spent his lockdown last year learning to play the bagpipes, gardening and perfecting his cooking. But, is he good enough to make a pavlova alongside iconic NZ chef Peter Gordon? In this SUNDAY interview, Jimmy talks about how his darkest day was in Auckland and reveals his deep connection to the song Pokarekare Ana.
Foreign Accent Syndrome may sound weird, but it’s an extremely rare and baffling condition that affects the way people speak. One moment someone is completely normal, the next they’re talking as if they were born and raised in another country. For years, FAS has left experts scratching their heads, but a Sydney neuroscientist is trying to unlock the secrets of this strange syndrome by using state of the art technology to map what’s going on inside the brain. It’s welcome news for two Australian women who strangely and unexpectedly started speaking in accents that suggested they’d spent all their lives in Ireland.
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