Social robots are charming humans, providing company to elderly people and giving joy to children. But is there a danger in letting data-collecting robots into our lives? Thomas Phillips reports.
The kids left bed-bound by chronic fatigue
What do you do with a child who falls ill and is never again well enough to return to school? Felicity Monk reports on the illness striking down thousands of Kiwi youths.
News The battle over Wellington’s ‘ugliest building’
For six years, the towering Gordon Wilson Flats have sat empty and decaying, as its owner has fought to demolish the heritage-listed building. Now it hopes it can end the impasse by capturing the building in virtual reality before knocking it down. Max Towle reports.
News The life and death of David Cerven
At 21, David Cerven was shot dead by police in what many assumed was 'suicide by cop'. Susan Strongman traces his story of love, debt and despair all the way from Slovakia to the Auckland park where he died.
News Wireless Docs: The Forest of Tiriwa
Maunga Waitakere supplies drinking water to the wider region, and drives significant tourism value through its iconic scenery. With some Pākehā showing confusion over the recently established rāhui, now is the time to discuss the wider cultural life of the region.
News Crime and Punishment: Will freeing more prisoners work?
Grisly attacks and brutal murders convinced New Zealand that criminals should be locked up for longer. Now, with jails bursting at the seams, the government wants to slash prisoner numbers. Will Kiwis panic, or get behind the changes? Susan Strongman reports.
News In defence of trolls
They're thought of as the scourge of the internet, but Aimie Cronin finds trolls aren't always dangerous and, in fact, can sometimes be helpful.
Are parents still smacking their kids?
As the UK moves towards outlawing smacking, Lucy Corry asks whether the 2009 New Zealand ban changed Kiwi families.
Wireless Docs: Pig Man
Stu is a gentle soul who lives with dozens of pigs he calls his mates. He wants a simple life on his family’s old Coromandel farm, but it’s not easy.
News Why transgender athletes can’t get a sporting chance
A weightlifter is the butt of online jokes. A cyclist faces a slew of criticism. A fighter prepares to hide who he is. Max Towle meets the transgender Kiwis suffering for their sport.