RNZ's new show to gender pay gap: the best reads

5:23 pm on 24 January 2016

From John Campbell's interview with Nadene Lomu on the new Checkpoint show, to a gimlet eye cast on the debut show by Mediawatch, to an interview with the partner of a New Zealander jailed without charge in Australia, and stories lamenting the continued opaqueness of the glass ceiling.

Lomu gave almost everything away

Jonah Lomu's widow confirmed to Checkpoint with John Campbell that the former All Black left very little money when he died suddenly in November, aged 40, after suffering for many years from a serious kidney disorder.

Nadene and Jonah Lomu

Nadene and Jonah Lomu Photo: RNZ

'NZ women making microscopic gains'

OPINION: More disappointing than news of a pay gap in New Zealand's public service is the people who accept it as par for the course, says Dita De Boni.

She cites Iceland, where in 2010 - despite the country long topping the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap rankings - thousands of women walked off the job at 2.25pm, the time when men started earning a premium to their female colleagues.

'He's let down, he's upset, he's confused'

The partner of a former New Zealand soldier held without charge in an Australian prison since October says he's angry because he can't get any information about why he is there or how long he will be incarcerated. Teresa Mariner says being locked up for most of the day is affecting Ko Haapu's mental state and he feels let down, upset and confused.

Detained New Zealander Ko Haapu.

Detained New Zealander Ko Haapu Photo: SNPA

Maori women viewed as 'inferior' by settlers

Early settlers' "disturbing" documentation of Maori women has had a damaging impact on how wahine are viewed today, an emerging health researcher says.

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Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders Photo: AFP/FILE

Gender pay gap: Young women told to think big

Encouraging young women to consider careers that are in high demand and offer high wages could help address the bleak gender pay gap, the Minister for Women says.

Mother hits back at cannabis report

Medical cannabis given to a 19-year-old suffering from a severe form of epilepsy was not effective, doctors say, but his mother disagrees.

Review: Checkpoint with John Campbell

Also this week, Mediawatch cast a gimlet eye on the new Checkpoint with John Campbell show, finding no gimmicks or visuals calling the shots on RNZ's debut live multimedia news show. Colin Peacock said the show lived up - or down - to promises that it would be simply "radio you could watch" and not a revival or copy of his former TV show Campbell Live.

But Mediawatch was disappointed there were no scoops of significance, although Colin Peacock said he hoped "more crunchy" stories were in the wings, including holding camera-shy politicians to account.

Watch the inaugural Checkpoint with John Campbell show here.