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October 22, 2020 21 min
A growing population, cities straining at the edges, and everyone wants a back yard for the kids. Or do they? We may have reached the stage where a change of mindset is helping to house people. 
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October 21, 2020 21 min
Construction of Auckland's City Rail Link is well underway and don't local retailers know it. It's killing the heart of the city and turned it into a cone zone, the sound of construction replacing the ringing of tills. 
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Journalist Aaron Smale talks about his deep-dive investigation into children abused in state care - and the roadblocks the Crown put up to stop the details getting out. 
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A lot has been said about Sweden's approach to tackling the Covid pandemic. Not a lot of it is true. 
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Winston Peters was the wild card of New Zealand politics for most of his long political career - cutting, brusque, combative, rude, funny - a contradiction. Now he's gone, and we look back. 
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October 15, 2020 22 min
New Zealanders are coming home in droves in what's becoming known as the 'brain gain'. Who are they, why are they returning, and how long will they stay for? 
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Are farmers really intractable over freshwater regulations and climate change rules - or are they embracing environmental protections as the Prime Minister suggests? 
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Peter Dunne is the MP who's been involved in more coalition negotiations than any other - he takes us behind the closed doors to shine a spotlight on what happens after an MMP election. 
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Advance NZ's Billy Te Kahika has some strange ideas that it would be better to keep a lid on. So why has one of the country's top investigative reporters shone a spotlight on him?
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The alarming levels of New Zealanders with mental health issues is being described as a silent pandemic. What's being done to stem the tide? 
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The Taxpayers' Union has generated a lot of heat but not much light when it comes to its digs at Creative NZ grants. We explore who they go to, and what the money is used for. 
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Dyslexia was recognised officially as a learning condition 13 years ago, but our attitudes towards children - and adults - who think differently have barely moved. Isn't it about time this changed? 
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New Zealand's not far off achieving 100 percent renewable energy - but is that really our best bet for combating climate change? 
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At election campaigning time politicians have a lot to say about public debt and government spending. But how does it really affect ordinary people, and should we care about it? 
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October 4, 2020 23 min
The political narrative on immigration has flipped - with closed borders, the numbers have plummeted and the debate has dried up. But we have to talk about it at some stage.
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Locked up inside and working from home - it was a death knell to the high fashion industry. But one expert says some luxury brands may have closed their doors too quickly. 
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Wellington is trying to prepare for its projected population growth, but potential housing developments are being held up by debate over how to honour its heritage buildings. 
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September 29, 2020 22 min
It's the annual story - orchardists can't get fruit pickers at harvest time. Now with no immigrant workers the situation is even more dire. But there's a reason unemployed New Zealanders won't take up the jobs. 
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September 28, 2020 22 min
Can you date, marry, or even just be friends with someone who holds the opposite political views to you? In the US that's generally a hard 'no' - here, it's a bit different. 
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September 27, 2020 22 min
As the cannabis referendum draws nearer, we have a look at the chemical make up of the substance there's been so much debate over.
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