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 23 November: Insight: Cyberwarfare and New Zealand

wiresThe world is in the age of cyberwarfare. Nations are striking one another with digital weapons, corporations hack competitors for secrets while criminals steal data and hold it for ransom.

The GCSB says the number of reported cyber attacks is soaring each year as technology makes it easier and cheaper to launch attacks - while the cost of defence keeps growing.

Authorities say New Zealand is well defended with the likes of Project CORTEX screening critical computer systems.

But security experts say a lack of funding and lax attitudes towards IT security have left government networks vulnerable to attack.

Radio New Zealand reporter, William Ray, examines global trends in cyberwarfare and what they mean for the people and government of New Zealand.

(Photo RNZ / William Ray)


8:12 am Sunday 30 November: Insight: The State of Social Housing

boarded up housing harzard grve cannons creekIs the National-led government's desire to step away from state housing just ideological, or will it work and give the thousands of people on housing waiting lists a place to call home?

As the government moves to sell off more than twenty thousand state houses, many church groups and Iwi say they are keen to take them on.

But they want the properties at a discount and they don't want to lumped with the dumps.

Radio New Zealand's Housing reporter, Teresa Cowie looks at the future of state housing and whether charities and private companies could do a better job.

Photo: State housing Cannons Creek, Porirua  (RNZ / Teresa Cowie)