Checkpoint

Monday 7 May 2012, with Mary Wilson

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Checkpoint Top Stories for Monday 7 May 2012

17:00 Package of 80 million taxpayer dollars for childcare so welfare dependent parents can go back to work. Thousands in compensation for women injured in a high speed boat trip and locked out and striking AFFCO meatworkers tried in vain to speak with the company's owners today.

Women get big payouts for breaking backs on tourist boat

17:08 Three women whose backs were broken on tourist boat rides in the Bay of Islands will be paid out tens of thousands of dollars by the company that injured them.

More from one of the injured passengers

17:12 Petula Patey is one of two passengers who suffered a broken back on Intercity's high speed boat in January last year.

Government provides costings of welfare changes

17:16 The Government will invest an extra 80-million-dollars in childcare to help beneficiaries back into work.

Evening Business for 7 May 2012

17:24 News from the business sector including a market report.

Locked out meatworker on Talleys protest

17:26 Locked out and striking AFFCO meatworkers tried in vain to speak with the company's owners today, going to their homes in Motueka to try to meet them in person.

Sports News for 7 May 2012

17:32 An update from the team at RNZ Sport.

Immigration fraud trial

17:36 A High Court judge has questioned how a wealthy Chinese businessman, accused of immigration fraud, managed to gain citizenship.

Dunedin aims for 10,000 new jobs in 10 years

17:42 The Dunedin city council has launched an economic plan to create 10,000 jobs and lift incomes by $10,000 in the next ten years.

Latest from Samoa on drugs raid shootings

17:45 To Samoa, where three police officers have been shot and injured during a drug raid in a village Faleatiu near Apia.

Manu Korihi News for 7 May 2012

17:48 A central North Island iwi says the Government is unfairly putting the Waitangi Tribunal under pressure; The Waikato-Hauraki MP, Nanaia Mahuta, wants to make it easier for iwi and hapu to correct Maori placenames; The former chair of the Waikato-Tainui executive, Tukoroirangi Morgan, is no longer a tribal leader on the Iwi Chairs Forum, but is staying on to help the group; The Dryland Forests Initiative says many Maori communities would benefit from the development of a durable timber industry in New Zealand.

Fraud cases going unreported

17:52 An investigation has found nearly half of the recent fraud cases at District Health Boards, local authorities and universities and polytechs don't get reported to the police.

A warning a planned crack down on loan sharks

17:56 The Government's being warned a planned crack down on loan sharks could drive the industry further underground.

Lachan Kelly-Tumarae's mother on police investigation

18:09 A police investigation into the fatal shooting of a teenager near Napier last year has found the officer was justified in opening fire.

Passenger has permanent disability after accident on boat

18:15 Four women whose backs were broken on tourist boat rides in the Bay of Islands will be paid out tens of thousands of dollars by the companies that injured them.

Far right party makes huge gains in Greece

18:18 The political turmoil and public unrest about the economic situation in Greece has meant unprecented success for a neo-nazi party that's promising to clear out both legal and illegal immigrants.

Evening Business for 7 May 2012

18:25 The listed company, Metlifecare, will become the biggest retirement village operator in the country if it gets approval to buy two rivals.

Evident George Gwaze's neice was near death

18:28 A nurse has told the High Court in Christchurch that that the ten year old girl at the centre of a murder trial was "obviously dying" when she was rushed to an emergency clinic.

Sports News for 7 May 2012

18:33 An update from the team at RNZ Sport.

Prision for those linked with Arrowtown kidanpping

18:37 A court has heard how a group of men went on a drug and alcohol fuelled frenzy to deliver retribution on a drug dealer, using machetes and meat cleavers.

Taxi enforcement criticsed by taxi organisation

18:39 The Taxi Federation is accusing the Transport Agency of cutting back on policing taxis by stealth.

Unanimous opposition to asset sales at South Island hearing

18:42 There was unanimous opposition today at the South Island's only select committee hearing to the Government selling off parts of state-owned energy companies.

Ranger quits, says tramper safety system a DOC cop-out

18:44 A DOC ranger who's quit over a new tramper safety system is accusing the department of acting out of fear it'll be blamed for deaths in National Parks.

Manu Korihi News for 7 May 2012

18:46 The Waikato-Hauraki MP, Nanaia Mahuta, wants to make it easier for iwi and hapu to correct Maori place-names; A central North Island iwi says the Government's unfairly putting the Waitangi Tribunal under pressure; The former chair of the Waikato-Tainui executive, Tukoroirangi Morgan, is no longer a tribal leader on the Iwi Chairs Forum, but is staying on to help the group; The Dryland Forests Initiative says many Maori communities would benefit from the development of a durable timber industry in New Zealand.

The stories making headlines in Latin America

18:50 To Latin America now where a fire at a drug rehabilitation centre in Peru has killed 14 people, firefighters there say the patients were locked in so could not escape.

Protesting meat workers send message to Talley family

18:55 Locked out and striking AFFCO meat workers say they want the company's owners to understand how hard it is for their families.