He’s the legendary Kiwi sailor you probably haven’t heard of – Conrad Colman.

Last November 250,000 people waved Conrad  off on the Vendee Globe yacht race – a solo, non-stop, round the world challenge, that is known as the Everest of the Seas. Half those who attempt it fail to even finish.

Conrad's remarkable journey of 110 days, alone, facing physical and emotional challenges he never expected, has made him a hero in France. 

This week he tells his story of his near- death experience on the high seas, and how courage, Kiwi grit, and his family values helped him make it home against the odds.

Reporter:  Emma Keeling
Producer: Joanne Mitchell
Camera:  Will Green, Martin Anderson
Editor: Cara Darvill 


"Be gallant, be great, be gracious, and be grateful for the opportunities that you have."

The words of Christchurch schoolboy Jake Bailey echoed around the world, as he lay dying from cancer. 

The video of his 2015 prize giving speech went viral – and then, against all odds, he survived.

Now in remission, Jake faces new challenges – rebuilding his body and his life.

Reporter: Jehan Casinader
Producer: Jane Skinner
Camera: Gary Hopper
Editor: Paul Anderson


They are like a rugby scrum with 200 people, but vertical - Spain’s incredible human towers. 

Most prized among the participants are the tiniest of children who, in front of the nation’s cameras, clamber to the very top of the human towers only to fall furthest when the towers collapse.   

Reporter Denham Hitchcock had the honour of taking part in the proud 200-year-old Spanish tradition of building soaring human towers when he competed with the Xiquetes de Tarragona in the grand final and when  the team’s pride and glory were on the line. 

Sunday Night - Channel 7 

SUNDAY, 7.30pm, TVNZ 1