The odds were stacked against Aucklander Alex Gilbert.
Abandoned as a baby in Russia, he was picked out by Kiwi strangers and offered a new life in a new land.
He grew up in Northland where he wanted for nothing. But his life-long dream was to meet his birth parents in Russia. He never imagined the consequences –joy, heart-break, celebrity – five million Russians watching his story - and as luck would have it, finding true love.
Reporter: Janet McIntyre
Producer: Carolyne Meng-Yee
Camera: Cameron Williams, Ken Dorman
Editor: Paul Anderson
Will Google be driving you soon?
We meet the Kiwi behind the Google car who is working to make driverless cars fail-safe.
New Zealander Dave Ferguson says driverless cars like Google’s car will be here soon and they really will save millions of lives on our roads.