21 Dec 2017

Insight: A Whole Year of Documentaries

From Insight, 8:10 am on 21 December 2017

The Insight team look back over a year of programmes and revisit some to see if anything has changed.

Medicinal cannabis balm

Medicinal cannabis balm: Photo: RNZ/Hans Weston

Demand for medical cannabis is growing, Teresa Cowie investigates how patients are coping with living in an 'illegal limbo'


Slimy looking very slow flowing stream

Coes Ford in Summer 2017 - hardly flowing and full of algae Photo: ( Supplied / Fish and Game )

Philippa Tolley checks out if enough is being done to clean-up the country’s lakes and rivers.


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New Zealand's GPs argue what is needed is a review of the country's entire funding system, including the rates they are paid. Photo: 123rf

About 500,000 people can't afford to see a GP, patient fees are high and still climbing, and doctors themselves are burnt-out and angry. RNZ Health Correspondent Karen Brown investigates what's gone wrong with primary healthcare and why.


*Kate's daughter transitioned from male-to-female at age 8

Kate's daughter socially transitioned from male to female at age eight. Photo: RNZ/Teresa Cowie

What would you do if your child constantly told you they'd been born in the wrong body? Insight's reporter Teresa Cowie talks to parents about the constant judgement they face, the worries and the practicalities around bringing up a transgender child.


Children sit on the floor with teacher looking at books

A class at South Wellington Intermediate School discusses myths and legends. Photo: ( RNZ / John Gerritsen )

Schools in New Zealand have faced huge change since 2008. RNZ Education Correspondent John Gerritsen investigates what impact nine years of National Party policies have had on schools and the children in them.


Construction with cranes against a blue sky

A Park Hyatt hotel being constructed in Auckalnd's Wynyard Quarter Photo: RNZ / Phil Pennington

New Zealand is entering the biggest construction boom in its history. Phil Pennington investigates if it is possible to avoid a cycle that has led to chronic and sometimes acute building failure.