suicide pic spinzEach year in New Zealand, the number of people who take their own lives is higher than the road toll.

A review of media guidelines on the reporting of suicide is currently underway, with some arguing that greater openness could help address the problem.

Erina O'Donohue  investigates what's being done to tackle what's often described as a silent epidemic.

Information on suicide prevention and support services:

Lifeline: 0800 543 354 or  Youthline: 0800 376 633 or  Depression helpline: 0800 111 757 or  Samaritans: 0800 726 666

Ministry of Health:

Suicide Prevention Information New Zealand:

Casper - Community Action on Suicide Prevention, Education and Research:


Coming Up on Insight

8:12 am Sunday 8 March: Blurred Frontlines - The Changing Nature of Journalism

Mariupol UklraineKim Vinnell reporting during a shoot out in Mairupol, Ukraine (Photo:Kim Vinnell)

The images of Western journalists clad in orange jumpsuits being murdered by fighters claiming a holy war are difficult for the public to ignore. But for journalists, and especially those working in the Middle East, it means much more.

Being a war correspondent used to involve watching the front lines, and making calculations on risk versus reward. Now, especially in the Middle East, conflicts involve armed groups who are much harder to predict than armies.

Having covered conflicts both up close and from afar, reporter Kim Vinnell takes a look at how groups like Islamic State are changing the game for journalists.



8:12 am Sunday 15 March: Insight: Moving More Government to Auckland

len brown and simon bridges bikes

 Auckland's Mayor Len Brown, and the Minister of Transport Simon Bridges joining forces on a cycleway, but does the Government have to find new ways or working in Auckland?"

Auckland, by world standards, is not only disproportionately large compared with the country it sit is in, but also vastly more diverse and growing faster than other parts.

Radio New Zealand's Auckland correspondent, Todd Niall, looks at whether the Government  needs to radically change the way it makes policy for, and operates in, the country's biggest city.

Commentators and analysts argue that increasingly, public service chiefs are out of touch with Auckland's challenges, and that the consequences of staying out of touch will be serious.