We spoke to some characters this year; a passionate farmer, an academic turned pole dancer, a barber making a real difference and a Wairarapa cricket farmer among them.
Southland contract milker and vlogger Tangaroa Walker is evangelical about the joys of rural life.
In 2018, Glynn – who's known as 'The Prince' by his fellow pole dancers – was one of the top five male pole dancers in the country.
RNZ's resident expert has tips on lighting, angles and facial expressions.
Wairarapa farmer John Hart was considering crickets as a food source for chickens when he realised they were much too expensive and would be better food for humans.
Newshub journalist Patrick Gower reckons he now knows more about marijuana than anyone else in New Zealand.
Matt Brown is a barber - but he does much more than cut hair. After the Christchurch earthquakes, he set up a barbershop - in a shed in his backyard.
David Downs: 'My favourite thing [about having cancer] was if a mosquito bit me, they would die'
Comedian and author David Downs was given an 80 percent chance of recovery after his cancer diagnosis. He’s now in remission and his weekly blog has become the book A Mild Touch of the Cancer.
Taylor Banks was just 17 when she ended up living on the street, after escaping family trouble. She's proud to be studying social work soon, but misses some of her 'streetie' friends.
"Future generations are not going to have the luxury of things that we probably take for granted now."
Her designs have been worn by Lorde and Jacinda Ardern, but after 15 years in business, Kristine Crabb feels glad to be free of the fashion game.