The secretive state of North Korea is considered by many to be the world’s most repressive regime – nukes, famines and human rights abuses under the cult-like leadership of the Kim family. 

But for almost a decade a small group of New Zealanders have been quietly slipping in and out of the country, building ties that are the envy of diplomats. 

Their work has gone largely unnoticed – until now.  

This year SUNDAY was granted extraordinary access to North Korea, to parts of the country no foreigner has ever been, and to witness an unlikely collaboration that could end up saving the world’s migratory shore birds.

Reporter:        Mark Crysell
Producer:       Louisa Cleave
Cameras:        Martin Anderson, Joseph Day, Gary Hopper
Editor:            Ben Selkirk