How do a group of teenagers who have had their world blown apart come through stronger, more passionate about their dreams and with wisdom that far exceeds their years?

Silver Lining is a one-off studio based panel discussion, centred around interviews with the siblings of the six students & teacher who died whilst on a routine school trip to the Mangatepopo River in 2008. Using this tragedy as an example, the programme unpicks the grief journey, asking the the key question -- how can something so devastating really have a Silver Lining? Turning the conventional approach to tragedy on its head -- Silver Lining explores personal growth through difficulty, leaving viewers with a sense of encouragement and hope in what is often an apparently hopeless situation.

Silver Lining is hosted by Petra Bagust (TVNZ, Breakfast), joined by a panel including veteran broadcaster and parenting guru Ian Grant, counseling expert Chris Hight and school principal & 2010 New Zealander of the Year, Murray Burton - the central theme is the journey from grief to growth.

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