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Checkpoint is RNZ’s weekday drive-time news programme.

Our multi-media show broadcasts on 101FM, and you can also watch it live on our website, Freeview Channel 50 and Face TV on Sky Channel 083. Hosted by Lisa Owen.

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Checkpoint is RNZ’s weekday drive-time news programme.

Our multi-media show broadcasts on 101FM, and you can also watch it live on our website, Freeview Channel 50 and Face TV on Sky Channel 083. Hosted by Lisa Owen.

    Seymour demands answers as major rehab service to close

    Seymour demands answers as major rehab service to close

    Epsom MP David Seymour is demanding answers from the government over the closure of a major rehabilitation provider in his electorate.
    Checkpoint revealed Laura Fergusson Rehabilitation is closing its rehab and respite services in Auckland, Whanganui and Waikato - by August this year.
    Mr Seymour wants to know what will happen to the people who rely on it for their complex needs.
    He says relocating the clients could be damaging to them and may end up costing tax payers more.
    Checkpoint understands Associate Heath Minister Jenny Salesa is growing increasingly frustrated with Laura Fergusson Trust and its lack of co-operation with Ministry of Health before announcing its closure.

    • 6 min
    NZ First, National facing Serious Fraud Office problems

    NZ First, National facing Serious Fraud Office problems

    The Prime Minsiter is standing by her deputy, despite two scandals now swirling and the opposition calling for him to step down.
    Today the Serious Fraud Office confirmed it was launching an investigation into the New Zealand First Foundation's handling of donations.
    And questions still remain about what involvement, if any, Winston Peters had in covert photographs of two journalists ending up on a political blog.
    But during question time Jacinda Ardern labelled the opposition's political punches 'ironic' - given their Dirty Politics history, and amid revelations SFO charges against four people relate to two donations to the National Party.
    RNZ political reporter Yvette McCullough has more.

    • 3 min
    Covid-19 virus studied - what you need to know

    Covid-19 virus studied - what you need to know

    At least ten New Zealand passengers from the Diamond Princess are expected to board a Qantas flight on Wednesday bound for Auckland via Darwin where they will then spend 14 days in quarantine at Whangaparāoa.
    The timing will be perfect - the 157 people who travelled from Wuhan two weeks ago are due to leave the camp to return to their homes.
    The government says it is also in touch with 16 New Zealanders who got off Holland America's MS Westerdam in Cambodia last week, just hours before an elderly passenger tested positive for Coronavirus.
    It comes as Australian scientists study the outbreak in a lab in a bid to work out how long the covid-19 strain can survive outside the body.
    And they say the Diamond Princess cruise ship could provide vital clues to how it spreads and reacts.
    The Doherty Institute in Melbourne has been growing the virus in a lab. Lisa Owen asked the Director Professor Sharon Lewin what is known about how long it can live on a surface, like inside a plane or a campervan.

    • 9 min
    Tonga rugby leage boss shocked at being expelled from IRL

    Tonga rugby leage boss shocked at being expelled from IRL

    The Secretary of Tonga's Rugby National League says he is shocked the association has been expelled by the sport's governing body.
    The International Rugby League board announced the expulsion this week, the latest move in a long-running battle over governance and money.
    The TNRL has been suspended since October, after it sacked coach Kristian Woolf over disagreements around control and finances, which led players to threaten a boycott of the World Cup 9s and end of season tests.
    International Rugby League recommended a package of reforms in December, at the end of a two-month investigation into the operation and governance of the game in the country.
    Thirty days of consultation ended in January and, in a statement, International Rugby League confirmed a resolution had been passed at a board meeting on Thursday to expel Tonga's NRL.
    TNRL Secretary William Edwards told RNZ Pacific's Vinnie Wylie he was surprised by the move.

    • 4 min
    Staff failures blamed in mental health unit suicide inquest

    Staff failures blamed in mental health unit suicide inquest

    The mother of a man suspected to have committed suicide while in a mental health unit says there were a series of failures by staff that led to his death.
    Samuel Fischer died in mid-April 2015, after he had been admitted to a facility at Wellington Hospital at the end of January.
    During an inquest into his death, Mr Fischer's mother, Lyn Copland said some of the responsibility lay with the people who were caring for him in the ward.
    Harry Lock reports.

    • 2 min
    Murder-accused woman showed PTSD symptoms - psychologist

    Murder-accused woman showed PTSD symptoms - psychologist

    A clinical psychologist says a woman on trial for the murder of her partner was displaying symptoms consistent with post-traumatic stress disorder at the time, due to her life-long history of violence and abuse.
    Karen Ruddelle admits stabbing Joseph Ngapera in their Manurewa home in 2018, but claims she was acting in self defence to protect herself and her child.
    The High Court at Auckland heard from the final defence witness, who described the abuse Ruddelle has suffered her entire life, by Mr Ngapera and others.
    Matthew Theunissen was there.

    • 3 min

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