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.
Emergency contraceptive pill free at Northland pharmacies
The emergency contraceptive pill, or morning after pill, normally comes at a cost of at least $40 at New Zealand pharmacies.
But across Northland, it is free. For the last two years, the DHB has fully funded consultations and dispensing of the ECP at three quarters of pharmacies, to reduce unwanted pregnancies.
The contracts are now being renewed for at least another year. And as Sam Olley reports, pharmacists hope the initiative can go nationwide.
Govt's mental health delivery review sparks political tit-for-tat
The government has been handed a good report card for its work in the mental health system but has been criticised by the opposition for reviewing itself.
The Implementation Unit is housed in the Prime Minister's own department - was set up to monitor the government's delivery on a small number of critical projects.
Our political reporter Anneke Smith has more.
Cook Islands' tourism suffers from NZ Covid-19 outbreak
Cook Islands' tourism industry is facing a blow from New Zealand's outbreak. It's been five and a half weeks since Aotearoa went into lockdown and most Kiwi visitors who planned to wait it out, have now returned from the Cook Islands.
Now, Cook Island businesses are relying on government grants to stay afloat as the tourism industry faces an uncertain future.
RNZ Pacific's Eleisha Foon has the story.
Wage subsidy bill for Delta lockdown now $2.5 billion
The wage subsidies bill for the latest lockdowns across Aotearoa has reached $2.5 billion, but requests for support are dropping as restrictions ease.
Nita Blake-Persen has the story.
Silver Ferns face mammoth task to hold Taini Jamison Trophy
The Silver Ferns face a mammoth task to hold onto the Taini Jamison Trophy when they take on England in the deciding Test in Christchurch tonight.
The Ferns confirmed this afternoon that injury has ruled out both their captain and vice-captain from the must-win clash. After taking the first Test by six, the Roses beat the Ferns by 10 two nights ago and will fancy their chances again, against a depleted New Zealand side.
Sports reporter Bridget Tunnicliffe is in Christchurch.
New report claims Tarras can support international airport
Christchurch Airport has today released analysis showing Tarras - a small Central Otago farming settlement - can support an international airport.
The airport - which is owned by Christchurch City Council and the Crown - bought 750 hectares of farmland in the area last year.
But, as Timothy Brown reports, the findings don't mean the proposal is ready for take off yet.
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