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Lolohea Palelei has permanent damage to her heart valves because of Rheumatic Fever Photo: RNZ Insight / Luke McPake


NZ's heart-breaker: rheumatic fever rates on the rise

100 years ago, hospital wards were filling up with young people suffering from severe rheumatic heart disease. Now most well off countries have all but rid themselves of rheumatic fever; but not New Zealand. Philippa Tolley talks to those living with this heart-damaging autoimmune disease and to those left behind.

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Meet this week's reporter - Philippa Tolley

Philippa Tolley has always thought journalism is the perfect job for someone who is curious and possibly a bit nosy. Starting out in radio in the regions, she then worked for the BBC for more than a decade before heading back home to now commission and make Insight programmes. She says in making this programme  it was very moving to speak to those whose lives have been so severely hit by this disease dubbed one of poverty.
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This week's podcast:

Growing Demand - NZ's Budding Cannabis Businesses

Business is booming in Canada and some US States where Cannabis use is no longer an offence. With a referendum on whether to legalise cannabis for personal use set for 2020, Insight's reporter Teresa Cowie takes a look at what some of the promises, pitfalls and potential for a 'cannabusiness' sector in New Zealand might be.

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Farming and the Fight Against Climate Change

Climate friendly sheep could soon be romping around as part of the national flock as farmers take action to help reduce the carbon footprint of agriculture.


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