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Ever since he was a small boy he's been bullied, put down, shunned all because of his face. Carlos Askew was born severely disfigured and with complex health issues. He's never been in a relationship, never been kissed, never had sex. But instead of letting that destroy his life, it's inspired him to believe anything is possible. Now 21, Carlos been given the chance of pioneering surgery to transform his looks and his life.
She's confident, curvy and controversial and she's taking on the fashion world. Tess Holliday, the world's first plus-size supermodel, is a global superstar. But just by being who she is, she makes a lot of people very angry. Doctors warn she's promoting obesity, but Tess feels she represents all the women out there who don't feel comfortable in their own skin.
When Paul Bosauder plays flamenco guitar people ask: is he from Seville, from Madrid, perhaps Barcelona? The answer is none of the above - he's a Kiwi export straight out of South Auckland. He's showing up the big hitters of flamenco in Spain and proves that no-one is born to do anything, but hard work and a Kiwi can-do attitude may help.
Kiwis heading to Moscow in search of hope, convinced that stem cell therapy can halt their horrific disease. SUNDAY follows one desperate woman who leaves behind her baby to go to Russia, taking a gamble with her money and her life. Does this treatment work? Is it safe? And if so - why isn't it available here?
We all try to live up to our family's expectations, but Dr Matire Harwood has exceeded hers. This week, the clinical researcher, GP, mother of two and kapa haka teacher, won a prestigious scientific award - the L'Oreal UNESCO For Women in Science fellowship. She's part of the medical establishment but she's also an activist, fighting for Maori to have equal treatment in our health system.
He's known as 'The Godfather' by the comedy community for his longevity and experience. Scott Blanks has been giving rookie comedians a stage and an audience at Aucklands 'Classic' comedy venue for 20 years now, and occasionally someone special comes along. Scott says he can spot it in seconds, and the way an audience laughs can alert him to a rising star. So who has he found this year? And can she go as far as some of his other discoveries?
Fang Ruzhen is 79 and immigrated to Auckland to help raise her grandchildren. Seventeen years on, English is still a foreign language, but she has found community with other elderly Chinese grandparents through her daily ritual of riding the bus to the Asian supermarkets. A delightful and often-untold perspective of those who do not assimilate but are Kiwis as much as they are Chinese.