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.
$4.5m mental health boost for services in Northland, Auckland
The government has announced a boost in funding for mental health in the north but even the Minister concedes that for some people it will feel overdue.
Andrew Little has announced $4.5 million will go into extending services through the Northland, Auckland and Waitematā District Health Boards.
The new money will help provide support for nearly a quarter of a million young people.
Nita Blake-Persen reports.
Govt initiative addressing sexual violence welcomed by survivors
They say it's long overdue, but survivors of sexual harm are welcoming a new government initiative aimed at hearing their voices.
It's as figures show half of wāhine Māori have experienced some form of sexual or physical violence.
Te Aorewa Rolleston reports.
Linwood Mosque trustees sidelined by deal to build new masjid
Trustees of Christchurch's Linwood mosque say they have been completely sidelined by a secret deal to build a brand new masjid on the site.
Money for the $10 million mosque, which will be the biggest in the country, has come from the United Arab Emirates, but the current trustees say it is being pushed through by an Australian based businessman with no links to the community.
Conan Young reports.
MSD owes millions in allowances owed - caregivers' advocate
A grandparents' support group is calling on the Ministry of Social Development to lift its game when it comes to coughing up what it owes carers.
Checkpoint heard from a woman caring for her nephew who is owed tens of thousands of dollars in back-dated unsupported child benefit payments from MSD.
Since Checkpoint got involved things have picked up pace and MSD has confirmed the woman will be paid on Friday night.
The agreed payment is understood to total more than $76,000. Social workers and advocacy groups say some MSD case workers give incorrect advice or neglect to tell people what they're entitled to and to get any arrears is a big effort.
Kate Bundle is the boss of Grandparents Caring for Grandchildren. Last financial year they squeezed almost $1 million in IOUs for entitlements out of MSD.
Gold-painted cupola on Hundertwasser centre nearly complete
Whangārei's highly anticipated Hundertwasser Art Centre is a step closer to completion with the golden globe which will sit atop the building nearly finished.
Real gold has been sent over from Italy to be applied by hand to the giant cupola, the jewel in the crown of the building according to those working on the project.
The multimillion-dollar centre is due to be opened by December, with locals counting down to the finished product.
Nita Blake-Persen reports.
Canterbury woman waits on ACC for injury two years ago
A Canterbury woman is still waiting to find out if she can get mental injury cover from ACC following a traumatic injury suffered more than two years ago.
Laura Roberts suffered an injury to her arm after a routine medical procedure went wrong in late 2018.
But despite two independent reviews asserting that a physical injury did take place, ACC is continuing to decline her cover.
Anan Zaki and cameraman Nathan McKinnon have this story.
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